When I look at this culture, I am reminded of The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, written over 2,000 years ago.
It is a haunting reminder that our civilization has not changed at all beyond increased technological creations. All else remains the same socially and, dare I say this without being hung, intellectually and psychologically. The cave. The shadows. Illusions. False information. False truths. Reality. The prisoners. The awakened. The believers. Cognitive dissonance. Ego. Fear. The deep fear of change and anything that challenges what we’ve chosen to believe. Ego. Fear. Fear. More fear.
The Allegory of the Cave should not, still after all these centuries, continue to be an allegory we understand and can relate to all too well.
I wonder when, if ever, we will transcend this allegory and create a new culture not built on every depressing aspect of Plato’s allegory. When will we all surface from the cave, into the light and experience the real world?
© zaji, 2016