We are living in a cave, experiencing an illusion.
What will happen when we finally get to exit the cave? Our eyes will hurt at first but will slowly adjust to the light. Then we will be able to see all the colours, feel the warmth of the sun, the wind, smell the flowers and listen to the birds.
We will return to the cave and tell everyone there is more to life than this cave. The others will laugh at us. Most people are comfortable in their ignorance and can even become hostile to anyone who points it out.
Philosophers, the lovers of wisdom, can be found anywhere. They can point out the reality and the ignorance. Like actors, they shed light where there is shadow.