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    Why Did the Prisoner Choose the Bread Instead of the Key

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    You’re a philosopher if you understand the answer. He had the chance to leave, but he chose not to.

    In the popular fable, “The Prisoner and the Bread,” a prisoner finds himself abandoned in a room with nothing but a loaf of bread and a key. Not knowing how to use the key or why it was there in the first place, the prisoner was forced to make a difficult decision. He weighed his options carefully and accepted the loaf of bread.

    When presented with two options, one should carefully consider which would be the best course of action. For inmates, these decisions become even more important as they could mean the difference between life and death. The question of why a prisoner would choose bread over a key to free themselves has generated a lot of debate lately. The Greek philosopher Plutarch was the first to tackle this fascinating puzzle in antiquity. Many people, myself included, have been perplexed by it ever since.

    The reason a prisoner would choose bread over a key is a survival instinct. Even while the key offers an escape from shackles, you can’t be sure that safety and freedom are waiting for you on the other side. If there’s no plan in place to help them get past any barriers or guards, there’s a greater chance that the escape will not succeed. On the other hand, bread provides immediate nourishment and can provide some comfort during difficult times, something that the key cannot provide by itself.

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    A prisoner may prioritize their current need for food over their long-term objective of gaining freedom, even though their ultimate goal may be to escape from captivity. This could explain why they would pick bread over a key. Bread fulfills two purposes: it can be used as sustenance and cash to bribe security personnel and make up for some of the difficulties associated with escape preparation. All things considered, bread appears like the better option when weighing the benefits and drawbacks.

    Ultimately, the choice between bread and a key depends on individual circumstances and intended outcomes, but regardless of the choice, it can always be beneficial to be conscious of one’s limitations and utilize the available resources.

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