(1) All adults (25+) begin adult life within 1 or more caves. A cave is a mental condition whereby one can't identify, articulate, nor value through action the human GOOD and thereby chooses some non-GOOD thing as the guiding framework of one's life (either all of it or long stretches of it). Something is not a cave if one can easily discard the thought patterns and behaviors that flow from it.
(2) Someone entrapped within one or more caves is not a bad person; the cave condition is usually caused by the adoption of misguided "peer group" values, neglectful and otherwise poor parenting, and/or tragedies and other unfortunate events one was not fully responsible for. Although each person's caves are slightly different, there are some very common caves humanity has created for "shelter." (the cave provides shelter by GREATLY reducing- indeed eliminating- one's need to think and make choices among the infinite routes one could potentially take in LIFE). These include (a) money, woman, and sex worship, (b) belief in science as the pinnacle of human wisdom, and (c) any view of the world that places one at the center of it.
(3) Only the highest use of reason allows one to correctly identify all of one's caves and then realistically implement a path out of each cave: "And because you've seen the truth about fine, just, and good things, you'll know each image for what it is and also that of which it is the image." (Plato, Republic) Many things are not caves and- even though they represent behaviors that are less than perfect- still should not be problematized. The key inquiry remains one's ability to discard the behavior and thoughts driving it upon some demonstration that the activity or thought pattern is terribly bad. If such a demonstration has been made to one and one still can't discard the belief or behavior then one is within a cave.
(4) Excluding a few branches of psychology, science is absolutely NOT the highest use of reason such that knowledge of IT would be sufficient to engage in the activity described in the first sentence of #3. Adopting Plato's view of the cave, man escapes the cave condition by EARNING some form of wisdom that permits him to see the GOOD as an intellectual form which then permits him to "return to life" and-for the first time- correctly value and pursue the most valuable human things:
In the usual case, this knowledge of the GOOD results in a radical shift/change in one's priorities, goals, career, personality, ways of interacting with other people and Nature, preferred hobbies and cultural entertainments, and so on. This knowledge of the GOOD is NOT such that one would have it but leave one's life in the same condition as it was before.
(5) It is now becoming painfully and irrefutably obvious that science can't serve this function of leading us to the GOOD. Cramming one's head with an infinite amount of Science- even ALL SCIENCE- would lead one no closer to the GOOD. It would literally leave one not one millimeter closer to identifying and getting out of various caves.
And so indeed let us make the simplest of observations here: at a time when scientific knowledge is surging out of control to all time highs, we have seen no improvement in a whole host of metrics that are closely tied to the GOOD. Friendships and marriages are languishing, addictions of all sorts proliferating, racism still "alive" particularly in romantic mate selection, drug and alcohol abuse still a serious problem, violence- particularly non-lethal and emotional in nature- being inflicted everywhere, depression a serious epidemic, and money, woman, and sex worship all serious problems. If science could lead man reliably to the GOOD, all of these things would've been either eliminated or greatly reduced by now. This hasn't happened. Science's pretensions of leading humanity to the GOOD is just that, a pretension.
(6) To buttress this point even further, consider the following two categories, GOOD and SCIENCE. The GOOD category is a series of very common important human GOOD questions and challenges. The SCIENCE category is a collection of various equally important fundamental scientific truths.