Have any of you heard of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”? Chances are that unless you have taken a philosophy course, you may not be familiar with it. But I will give you the abridged version:
“There are a group of cavemen chained to a rock with a bunch of flickering shadows displayed on a cave wall that the cavemen are mesmerized by. This is the only reality that they know. This is life for them. However, one day, one of the cavemen breaks free from the chains and steps outside the cave to see the sun shining and the birds chirping. He can also smell the fresh air and is awestruck by what he sees and feels. He is so enticed by it that he has to tell the other cavemen about his discovery. However, when he shares the good news with his fellow cavemen, they attack him.”
When I first woke up to the way of the world in 2010 and then heard this allegory, I resonated with it very deeply. Chances are so have many seekers of the truth. We discover something, we feel that it is our responsibility to inform others, and then we get attacked for it. But even though public opinion says that “we are crazy” or “we should just shut up and follow the routine”, we know that in our hearts and minds that we could never go back to our old way of thinking about how the world works.
A great example of this allegory in play in the modern world is in Western civilization (America specifically). Once again, here is another example of Plato’s Cave Allegory at work:
“The West (group of cavemen) receives its information from the mainstream media (flickering shadows on the cave wall). Since this is how they’ve always believed this to be the best way to be informed. they trust the information that is spewed, Then one person, or maybe even a group of people, decides to step outside of the MSM box and look for information elsewhere (stepping outside of the cave) just to find out that the world is a lot different than what was told to them by the MSM. Now making this discovery, the person/people decide to tell his fellow citizens what he has found. For that he is ridiculed and labeled a “conspiracy theorist”, a “kook”, a “looney fringe”, whatever name that the dumbed-down sheep were conditioned to use when confronted with those types of people (the attack on the maverick caveman).”
So looking at this comparison, we can see that Plato’s Allegory of the Cave fits like a puzzle piece in this scenario. Especially if you compare the flickering shadows on the cave wall to a TV set that spews propaganda day and night. But let’s now take this another step further:
“A person who has always lived in the 5-sense material reality makes a discovery that the reality that we reside in is only a mere fraction of the whole. Again, this enlightening discovery is just too great to keep to himself/herself, so this person decides to share the good news. But his good intentions is met with verbal attacks from the conditioned, dumbed down people who dogmatically believe that 5-sense reality is the only reality that exists.”
Isn’t Plato’s Allegory of the Cave great? It can be broken down and fit into scenarios that can help you understand what the world is really like compared to what you have been told that it is like.
So just for fun, I would like to introduced a 21st century version of Plato’s Cave Allegory that I have created. We will called this “The Informed Convict”, and it goes a little something like this:
“Once upon a time there were seven prisoners in one prison cell. They have been locked in this cell for three years. One day, one of the convicts walk over to the cell gate and pulls on it to discover that it is unlocked and slides open. The informed convict steps outside of the cell and starts to walk around the prison. While walking he discovers cardboard displays of prison guards with voice boxes attached to them spewing sound bytes such as “Lights out” and “Back in your cell, convict”. With delight, the informed convict goes back to the cell to inform the other prisoners of his revelation. However, when he tells them about it, some of the prisoners ignore him, some tell him to shut up, and one even threatens to beat him up. The informed convict proves that the cell gate is unlocked by sliding it open. The other prisoners grew more irritated, but continue to pay him no mind. Then the informed convict drags one of the cardboard displays of the prison guards with the voice boxes that spewed out sound bytes attached to them. This time the other prisoners start to gang up on him which results in a chase. As they were chasing the informed convict, they began to realize that they were out of the prison and that what the informed convict said about the cardboard displays of the prison guards was accurate. Upon the prisoners’ discovery, they stopped chasing the informed convict and one of the prisoners asked him: “Why didn’t you tell us before?”
So what was the point of my allegory? This is basically the mentality of the sleeping sheeple. Then one of the asleep wake up to discover that the prison is not real. The informed one took the extra step to question his reality, which lead him to discover that he and the other prisoners had the ability to escape the prison all along. It also shows that the informed one was able to prove that the prison was a farce, yet the other prisoners still refused to believe him. This shows cognitive dissonance. Being shown proof and still refusing to believe it. This is a HUGE problem with humanity. If the proof is there, it would be wise to at least consider the evidence before outright rejecting the claim. Then it took a negative reaction from the prisoners in order for them to realize the truth, which resulted in one of the convicts asking “Why didn’t you tell us before?” This shows how oblivious humanity can be. But here is the kicker. The whole time, the prisoners could leave whenever they wanted to. Unfortunately, due to their conditioning, they really believed that they didn’t have the ability or permission to leave the prison. The same applies to humanity. Humanity is in a prison right now (mental slavery) that they can walk away from at any time. The problem is that most of humanity chooses to remain in mental slavery, even though it is in opposition with their interests. But what really shows is that they don’t even believe that they can walk away. They then shun the one that shows them the exit, like the caveman is Plato’s Cave Allegory, or the informed convict in my allegory. Perhaps we should hear out the way showers instead of rejecting them.