Plato's allegory of the cave serves as the inspiration for "Introspection," a short film I created as my final project for a ScreenDance course I took Fall 2017. Now, nearing the end of my Contemporary Civilization experience, I can perceive other interpretations of the film relating to a variety of concepts such as Smith’s impartial spectator or Hegel’s notions pertaining to self-consciousness due to its introspective nature.
In the film, the contrasting light sources and the shadows they cast represent Plato's descriptions in The Republic of ambiguous shadows and forms revealed. The Icelandic lyrics of the accompanying song emphasize a newfound beauty of objects under the glowing sun. For me, the film’s narrative embodies the struggle that stems from the choice each of us must make daily: to climb out of the cave and attain our own utmost good. This can only be achieved through introspection—an honest examination of ourselves and the actions we take.
Reading the Contemporary Civilization texts has aided in my development as an independent thinker in that I realize it is okay to disagree with prominent figures and widespread beliefs. I have become comfortable with my own identity and voice while learning to form and assert my own convictions. Essentially, I have begun to lean into the discomfort of not knowing what awaits me outside of my cave.