I’d like to get your opinion on Plato’s cave analogy. If you agree with it you’ve accepted that the majority live in imagination attached to the shadows on the wall. Defending it is secularism. No third force which enables a higher perspective is necessary. In fact it must be denied to sustain these attachments.
There is nothing either good or bad about the human condition like there is nothing good or bad about a broken leg. It is an unfortunate condition.
If you deny Plato’s cave analogy and just believe the potential for human being is dependent upon the earth like other plants and animals with no connection to any forms of higher consciousness then you are a political secularist. Dualistic political expression is the ultimate secular expression. There is nothing bad about this and nothing to condemn. The ones who are condemned are the ones who have experienced either through the heart or the third dimension of thought that there is a conscious source for our being. Plato explains what happens in the Cave allegory:
Spirit killers in modern universities will do their best to destroy the results of any third force experience. It is sad but it happens so I support a student’s inner need to awaken regardless of the best efforts of spirit killers to ridicule this need in order for them to become “normal.”[Socrates] And if there were a contest, and he had to compete in measuring the shadows with the prisoners who had never moved out of the cave, while his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of sight might be very considerable) would he not be ridiculous? Men would say of him that up he went and down he came without his eyes; and that it was better not even to think of ascending; and if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death.
There is no sense in debating the human condition with people who have never experienced it. It would be like explaining what an orgasm is to an eight year old boy. He’ll think you’re nuts. I keep ideas and their sources alive for those who can profit from them. If I’ve profited from reading deep thoughts, why can’t anyone else?
Three young women in the past have sent me PMs thanking me for introducing them to Simone Weil. They felt something genuine they would like to explore. I consider it a good thing though the modern experts may frown. After all, Simone was a highly regarded marxist and atheist who died a Christian mystic. Not very PC
Teachers manufacturing teachers to sustain the subjective secular values of cave life including secularized religion are unaware of so unable to teach what is necessary to leave cave life so since we are as we are, everything remains as it is.Simone Weil lamented that education had become no more than "an instrument manipulated by teachers for manufacturing more teachers, who in their turn will manufacture more teachers." rather than a guide to getting out of the cave.
Remember, I’m not condemning anything. What sense does it make to condemn an unfortunate condition which only produces misery while denying the potential for human “being”? Buddhists speak of compassion. Maybe they re right.My interest is in what it will take for the majority of our species to experience the third dimension of thought so can establish the complimentary relationship of science and the essence of religion before we kill ourselves participating in a mutual ritual of self destruction. If teachers cannot teach what is necessary to leave the cave, who will?