Let’s discuss: The allegory of the cave

Okay so if you read that title and thought 💭 WTF? **Let’s help you out real quick!

The allegory of the cave is a philosophical idea explored in one of Plato’s works titled: The Republic. The allegory aims to depict the impact that education/ knowledge can have on one’s understanding of themselves and the world around them. It does this by painting a picture of a group of human beings tied together inside a cave. In this cave the people see shadows and at first many of them see these shadows on the walls of the cave as independent entities. As time goes on some of the individuals realize that these shadows are actually connected to them.

The point that Plato was trying to make here was one of appearance vs reality. The way you view the world (or a situation) might not always be correct. Sometime you might be misinformed, be influenced by an unconscious bias or simply ignorant to possibility. But once you equip yourself with knowledge and understanding, your perspective will change and come from a place that is better informed.

I really love this philosophical concept because it forces you to think about all of the possibilities in a situation and not just how something makes you feel. In business, this allegory is very helpful especially when working in a team where you have to contribute to 1 project but there are conflicting ideas/ views in the room. It helps to be able to remove your emotions from a decision and actually look at something objectively by asking questions and understanding why people say the things they say or suggest. By doing this, you teach your mind to be fluid and neutral while learning how other people think compared to how you think and how to stitch some/ all schools of thinking to attain a desired and successful outcome.

And that’s it! Now you can use this topic in your next DMC (Deep Meaningful Conversation) with your fellow millennial friends or your colleague and get their perspective of the allegory of the cave that you can hopefully share with me!

**Disclaimer: I am by no means a Philosopher nor did I study philosophy. These are just my Musings and interpretations on society and literature that grab my attention 🙂

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Goodbye LoveSelfBeautiful, Hello Female Millennial Musings!

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Hello and welcome to Female Millennial Musings!

Having started and run a blog (LoveSelfBeautiful) for the the past 3 and a half years has taught me quite a lot about blogging- and commitment (**cough cough prospective employer**). Throughout the journey, there have been plenty of sleepless nights, tears, threatening to delete the whole site and “forget this blogging thing” and euphoria from traffic peaks, all of which milestones that I am very grateful to have experienced and believe were vital for my next step.

When I started blogging, I did not know anything about WordPress, blogging, content creation, SEO’s, monetizing, Adwords, Parent pages vs categories or how to drive traffic (just to name a few critical intricacies). Loveselfbeautiful was my testing ground, my baby and my very forgiving teacher. It helped me take my time and understand my “why” and as a result, 3 years later I understand why I blog and why my content is relevant and necessary.

The purpose of Female Millennial Musings is to produce objective opinions based on research around the millennial generation. Content is developed and curated by a millennial for the consumption of all generations, whether it be for research or for improving one’s “informed opinion”, with the aim of debunking myths and stereotypes, and showcasing how to better cater for, manage and interact with this generation in a work or social context.

So when you actually sit and analyze this, Female Millennial Musings is just a more mature, structured and focused version of my first baby. It’s a millennial that has learnt how to finally adult! Haha.

I hope you will enjoy this journey with me.

xx

T