Plato’s Allegory of the Cave has had a lasting impression on me since I first read it in college. I love your description. I’m glad you focused on the importance of the return.
Joseph Campbell once said, quoting his wife who performed with Martha Graham’s dance company, that: “The artist and the mystic are similar. Both journey to the very edge of existence. But the mystic doesn’t have a way to report back.” Terrific essay. Thanks for writing it.