It is not often that one comes across a poem that tries to teach philosophy. This poem, which appears in Philosophy Now (UK), creates a modern context for thinking about "Plato's Cave," one of the most famous thought experiments of ancient philosophy.
"Plato’s New Cave"
by Clinton Van Inman
Of course the rooms are filled with shadows
While laser lights and computer programs prove
More cost-effective than fire,
But the cardboard cut-outs and the curtains
Have remained the same;
As well as those old lies that trees are real;
That the way out really goes somewhere;
That math leads more than in circles,
And that the Wizard himself is behind the curtains,
Keeping the whole domino world from collapsing.
Yet only a few poets and down-and-outers dare climb
The arduous way out, as most prefer
To sit and talk about food and sports.
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