WBEZ’s Front and Center project will be launching a series about literacy in late May. We are highlighting writing from organizations around the city as we lead up to the series.
The Odyssey Project is an organization that provides a college-level humanities classes to low-income adults. This essay is in response to an assignment to write a personal version of Plato's cave story.
The Allegory of the Cave
by Tené A. Buckner
My “ascent to the light” was a very long grieving process of realizing that my family would NEVER be the Cosby family, that my mom would never be Claire Huxtable, and that the Cosby family wasn’t even the real Cosby family!
Eventually I began to build a more positive life with warmer, more loving, more affirming people, all very imperfect like me though. My “out-side world” is full of love and fun-times and also very challenging and sad too, such is life.
Relating to my family now, inside the “cave,” can be such a triumph for me sometimes. Other times I need to make that ascension and turn around to reality to discover some new, hard truth about life and about myself.
I have transformed on so many levels, and I can now accept people inside and outside of the cave for who they are, or appear to be, and love them and myself in a more healthy way, or at least what I believe and what I have learned is healthy. But one can never be too sure, for I think that I’ve learned these things inside and outside of the cave.