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It is terse and somewhat dramatic illustration of plato's allegory of the cave (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_Cave)

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How is it remotely related, other than that both scenarios relate to having a partial understanding due to a limited viewpoint?

Parent was attempting to attempting to correlate a classical epistemological exercise with a much more modern epistemological quip about the continuity of modern experience, informed by (among others) neo-Hegelianism, philosophical realism, and proto-pragmatism (similar to James and Spinoza).

In other words, yes, they are the same... in the way a pebble is a mountain.

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