By: Joseph Jankowski | PlanetFreeWill.com
It is no secret that America is becoming more polarized on political lines by the day. As the mainstream, fake news press keeps the tap wide open on their running stream of hysterical propaganda, the divide between those on the left and right has reached a point where regard for another human’s life on the other side of the spectrum has gone completely out the window.
Look no further than the casually expressed desire for the death of President Donald Trump that has been ringing loud for many months now.
And just take a good look at this horrifying video of anti-Trump protesters acting as if they are winners when a Trump supporter is knocked out cold by someone who disagrees with the recent travel ban imposed by the new president.
It has never been more clear: the projections of the mainstream media and pop culture onto the wall of political reality has totally corrupted a large part of the population into losing all sense of what is wrong and what is right.
The twisted views coming from the hysterical hose of the mainstream press, popular culture and certain parts of the political spectrum are projected on a 24 hour, 365-day basis for the masses to take in. The propaganda trickles it’s was through the air right into the television screen and the smartphone. On the other end of this projected propaganda are people who have never been shown the truth, have never took it upon themselves to seek the truth, have never looked beyond left-right politics -and because of that – they reject the truth.
Lets put it this way, if you believe Trump’s executive order temporarily banning Syrian refugees and travelers from countries like Libya, Yemen, and Iraqi, is a “Muslim ban,” – and you are currently at an airport cheering on the fact a Trump supporter was just viciously assaulted – then you are one of the cave dwellers in Plato’s The Allegory of the Cave.
If you aren’t familiar with The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, please take a moment to view this video synopsis.
For those who are at work or on the subway and are in no position to watch a video, here is a breakdown in text courtesy of the philosophyze…
In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato distinguishes between people who mistake sensory knowledge for the truth and people who really do see the truth. It goes like this:
- Imagine a cave, in which there are three prisoners. The prisoners are tied to some rocks, their arms and legs are bound and their head is tied so that they cannot look at anything but the stonewall in front of them.
- These prisoners have been here since birth and have never seen outside of the cave.
- Behind the prisoners is a fire, and between them is a raised walkway.
- People outside the cave walk along this walkway carrying things on their head including; animals, plants, wood and stone.
- So, imagine that you are one of the prisoners. You cannot look at anything behind or to the side of you – you must look at the wall in front of you.
- When people walk along the walkway, you can see shadows of the objects they are carrying cast on to the wall.
- If you had never seen the real objects ever before, you would believe that the shadows of objects were ‘real.’
- Plato suggests that the prisoners would begin a ‘game’ of guessing which shadow would appear next.
- If one of the prisoners were to correctly guess, the others would praise him as clever and say that he were a master of nature.
- One of the prisoners then escapes from their bindings and leaves the cave.
- He is shocked at the world he discovers outside the cave and does not believe it can be real.
- As he becomes used to his new surroundings, he realizes that his former view of reality was wrong.
- He begins to understand his new world, and sees that the Sun is the source of life and goes on an intellectual journey where he discovers beauty and meaning
- He see’s that his former life, and the guessing game they played is useless.
- The prisoner returns to the cave, to inform the other prisoners of his findings.
- They do not believe him and threaten to kill him if he tries to set them free.
‘ The Allegory of The Cave’ by Plato – The Meaning
The Allegory of the cave by Plato should not be taken at face value. In essays and exams, whoever is marking it expects you to have a deeper understanding of the meaning of the theory. You can then use these to think about criticisms and then to form your own opinion.
- In Plato’s theory, the cave represents people who believe that knowledge comes from what we see and hear in the world – empirical evidence. The cave shows that believers of empirical knowledge are trapped in a ‘cave’ of misunderstanding.
- The Shadows represent the perceptions of those who believe empirical evidence ensures knowledge. If you believe that what you see should be taken as truth, then you are merely seeing a shadow of the truth. In Plato’s opinion you are a ‘pleb’ if you believe this (their insult for those who are not Philosophers)!
- The Game represents how people believe that one person can be a ‘master’ when they have knowledge of the empirical world. Plato is demonstrating that this master does not actually know any truth, and suggesting that it is ridiculous to admire someone like this.
- The escaped prisoner represents the Philosopher, who seeks knowledge outside of the cave and outside of the senses.
- The Sun represents philosophical truth and knowledge
- His intellectual journey represents a philosophers journey when finding truth and wisdom
- The other prisoners reaction to the escapee returning represents that people are scared of knowing philosophical truths and do not trust philosophers.
Essential what we are seeing today is a large chunk of the population stuck inside of the cave. And in this cave, there are the projections from the mainstream media and pop culture which are giving off this terribly negative view of the world.
The projections on the wall are all there is to see and just like those in Plato’s allegory, the cave dwellers relish in the fact that they have become masters of the projected knowledge. They reject those who have traveled beyond the cave and obtained polarized opinions.
Taking a look at what has been deemed “generation snowflake” paints The Allegory of the Cave in reality so perfectly.
There is an entire generation being taught to be intolerant of opposing ideas. An entire generation cutting off political and philosophical discourse for the sake of preserving their loyalty to the projections on the wall.
Those inside the cave have no problem violating the rights of others (as seen in that horrific video at the start of the article). Like high noon to a vampire, the truth and opposing ideas are rejected because the projections on the wall are all they know.
Another example of this type of intolerance – and possible the instance which first sent generation snowflake into the major headlines – was the clash between a journalist and students at the University of Missouri in which the journalist was being denied his first amendment becuase a “safe space” was erected to keep out opposing oppinon.
Those inside the cave consuming the MSM and pop culture projections do not want to come out of the cave because of the terrible picture the projections paint.
What this means for the American political landscape is that there will be a confusion and projection loyality plaguing the discourse for the foreseeable future.
As Michael Snyder notes, this could take the country to the brink of mass civil unrest.
It doesn’t take much of a trigger to push extremely large crowds of very angry protesters into committing acts of rioting and violence. And rioting and violence can ultimately lead to widespread civil unrest and calls for “revolution”. The election of Donald Trump was perhaps the single most galvanizing moment for the radical left in modern American history, and we have already seen that a single move by Trump can literally cause protests to erupt from coast to coast within 48 hours. On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that banned refugees from Syria indefinitely and that placed a 90 day ban on travel to the United States for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Within hours, protesters began to storm major airports, and by Sunday very large crowds were taking to the streets all over the country…
As it was in Plato’s Allegory, getting those inside the cave out into the truth filled horizon is going to be a task that will take patience and understanding. It is not their fault they are inside the cave with the belief that what they are being shown on the wall is absolute truth. It was the projection that was already present in the culture which led them to stare at the wall and refuse to seek an exit from the cave.
When Americans indulge in the projections, they turn against one another. Speaking the truth becomes a revolutionary act and dangerous.
The fact that there are so many cave dwellers means that the real America, which values truth and property rights, has their work cut out for them to lift those out of the crevis with reason and reason only.
Joseph Jankowski is a contributor for PlanetFreeWill.com. His works have been published by recognizable alternative news sites like GlobalResearch.ca, ActivistPost.com, InfoWars.com and ZeroHedge.com.