Plato’s Cave

Before I use intellectual shock and awe on people, let me say that I learned of this story through listening to an Audible book, “The Joy of Ancient History” by a whole bunch of historian type scholars. I would like to think that I am a good listener.

picture of Greek theater mask from wikipedia
Wikipedia Greek Theater Mask
Tragedy or Comedy?

The Cave Allegory is all about the difference between seeing the world in a cave, shackled so that you can only see shadows on the wall, versus being brought to the surface to discover a different world in bright sunlight.

My father’s allegory was pretty similar. It involved a country boy on his first trip out of the backwoods, trying to buy a cup of coffee and a piece of pie at the Greyhound bus station lunch-counter. When asked what kind of pie he wanted, the country boy replied, ” I didn’t know there was anything other than sweet potato pie.”

In both cases people found themselves in a different world than the one in which they were trained. Suddenly, what they had learned was no longer relevant, and they were assaulted with new truths.

The Plato thing is supposed to be a commentary on education, and how we let our educations dominate our view of the world whether or not these views are valid. Indeed, how do we know that our new sunshine experience is not more of the figurative shadows on the wall?

The world is what it is. The world exists in all its physical glory whether or not our philosophy agrees. The aspirations of people are the same all over the world. The basics of economics are not overthrown by religion, politics, or schoolboy ideas.

From what cave did Barack Obama appear? What did he have as his shadows on the wall in his education and raising? His mother’s generation were hippies. His fathers’ families were Muslim, socialist, and tribal.

Obama’s college education was cave-like at Ivy League schools. What? Ivy League being compared to a cave?  Yup! As long as liberal, Ivy League professors keep running off the tracks in their archaic, nineteenth century political philosophies, they are in their own figurative caves. Impressionable kids like Barack Obama learn bad history, bad economics, and bad social theory. We are way past the time of Marx and his crowd.

Sometimes we just want to tell Obama to go back to his little cave and leave thinking people alone. I don’t think he ever came out of his cave into the intellectual sunshine, and there is no chance he ever will.

7 thoughts on “Plato’s Cave”

  1. Bob, good thinking….I’ve often asked “How could Obama be anything different with his family background and the socialist/communist mentors he sought?” And yes, the Ivy League is in the same darned cave and brings darkness to us all. Thank the Lord we have Light.

  2. Is it not clear to everyone that obama governs with hate as a bias? The sucker never smiles unless he is screwing Americans or Christians. It’s obvious to me. Now jimmy carter was a moron. This guy is an imbecile filled with hate. Very dangerous. We’ll be discovering the effects of what has been put in place the last 6 years and the next 2 for decades. Future government Must learn how to roll back or it’s over for sure.

    If I may, Cognitive Bias Is an interesting subject. The link talks about all 12 of them and they are hard for anyone to avoid, let alone a hateful, moslem imbecile. Not sure how links work on this site, so If I screwed it up above, here is the raw link..

  3. Thanks, Z: Listening to the book, I was surprised to hear about Plato’s Cave. As a matter of fact is is as much common sense as philosophy. It is surprising how some people never come out of their intellectual caves.

  4. Kid: Thanks for the interesting link, and it does work. This kind of stuff is psychology, and that kind of stuff gives me a headache. I listened to most of a book by Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winning psychologist. The book I have is as follows:Kahneman, D. (2011) Thinking, Fast and Slow, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN 978-0374275631.

    Kahneman is really into cognitive biases, and has a lot to say about how we think. it is a fascinating book.

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