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Plato's Allegory of the Cave...

"The Allegory of the Cave—also known as the Analogy of the Cave, Plato's Cave, or the Parable of the Cave—is presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic (514a-520a) to compare "..the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature." It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter. The Allegory of the Cave is presented after the metaphor of the sun (508b–509c) and the analogy of the divided line (509d–513e). All three are characterized in relation to dialectic at the end of Book VII and VIII (531d–534e).

Plato has Socrates describe a gathering of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato's Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners..."


Cave? Down the rabbit hole we go...


And where it stops...

This is a cave.

Any belief system that takes criticism of it as evidence of it's validity

can be thrown away.

'Nuff said.

How come I'm not racist if I criticise Bobby Jindahl?

Never got that.


OK, you wanna know what I think of Generation Y?

They seem to HATE EACH OTHER.

I'm hyper-rugged individualist "take some gaddamned responsibility" Generation X and me and the crazy "squeeeeeze every last minute out of your life with your bare hands!!!" Boomers and the heroic "just be kind and do the right thing" Greatest Gen, and even sensible, placid, unassuming "I'm not really sure what the fuss is all about" Gen Jones (who nobody ever listens to), and, like, everybody are all looking at each other thinking "shite dudes, we fucked all this up, the poor Gen Y guys are going to be so mad at us" and what Gen Y seems to do almost universally is point fingers at each other with accusations of "NARCISSISM!"

I don't have to carry a gun. I live in the UK.

There's basically no guns. Well, there are some, but not in anything like significant numbers.

I suppose I just take it for granted that I can wander about without thinking "has that guy got a gun" or "oh no, another gun massacre".

Nobody where I live is bothered about protecting themselves. There's nothing in particular to protect ourselves against, really. Apart from the occasional drunken moron.

I'm incredibly traumatised psychologically, in almost innumerable ways.

Don't you understand that you are all responsible for my emotional well-being?

How can I feel good about myself and the world I'm living in when I am surrounded by so many upsetting people?

Can't you see that my belief system only has any integrity if you all agree with it?

Sometimes I think you people and I simply aren't on the same page at all.

Don't you realise that when you disagree with me it's because you have a deep and unconscious personality flaw that distorts your thinking, a flaw that I can understand and you can't?

You must understand - I excel in standing on a sort of psychologically internal pedestal, from which I can make pithy observations about our conversation as a whole, whereas when you appear to attempt something similar you're just ignoring me.

Don't you realise that if you leave me with no way of contradicting what you've posted then it makes me look bad and consequently feel bad? That's kind of a jerky thing to do, isn't it? You're kind of a jerk.

There's one thing I'd like to draw particular attention to - when I make generalisations I do it properly because of the special vantage point from which I make them, but when you do it, the special vantage point from which you make them means you're in the wrong.

WP: "This is the speech Obama would give on Syria if he were brutally honest"

"My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria, why it matters and where we go from here.

Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of President Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. Over 100,000 people have been killed. Millions have fled to neighboring countries, risking greater instability and sectarian conflict in the region.

The question now is what the United States of America, and the international community, is prepared to do about it. The answer is: not very much..."


It's a sort of conspiracy theory in reverse.

Instead of shadowy, manipulative, super-powerful, super-clever forces carefully controlling your every thought for deeply nefarious reasons, Mr super-powerful, super-clever Wonderguy is carefully controlling everybody's thoughts for ultra-lovely reasons.
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