A long time ago in a galaxy sort of near, lived a small rotund creature named Ernie.
Ernie was a happy type of chap.
He would meander through his domain…
… channeling Mr. Rogers with all his friends.
One day though, Ernie came across a dark opening in his world..
Anyway, Ernie finally plucked up the courage to go inside the cave…
Where he witnessed a strange sight! He saw others of his kind, shackled, facing a blank wall of flickering light.
Ernie noticed with curiosity that they stared fixedly at the shadows cast on the wall..
… and muttered darkly amongst themselves about the images they were seeing.
As Ernie looked on, the strange ones bickered about their world..
… which led Ernie to be a little immature..
Over time though, Ernie started to find it less funny and even a little sad, for it seemed that this world of shadows was all they knew –
Ernie decided it was time for a change!
Little did he know at the time, but as it turns out Ernie had accidentally stumbled across his world’s version of Plato’s Cave.
Ernie was glad to finally leave the cave.... but couldn’t help but muse upon what he had seen.
Years later when asked about his experience with the cave-dwellers, Ernie would smile enigmatically and pronounce:
“Everyone has a cave or den of his own, which refracts and discolours the light of nature…” – Sir Francis Bacon