November 5, 2016

Plato's Cave


"I live in two worlds. One has www in front of it. I must admit I don't like the imaginary place that's become the ironclad version of reality for most people. The jackanapes who rule the Friendface planet are the worst people extant, if you ask me. By the way, if you're reading this, you asked me.

Anyway, IIRC, this is the first video the boys ever made that got a downvote on YouTube. It's got 322 upvotes and 2 downvotes now. I remember pointing out their first downvote to my children. I thought it was a notable thing.
"I explained the motive behind it. I told them they couldn't always trust upvotes. Many people upvote everything for reasons that have nothing to do with quality. All of my children's contemporaries, for instance, can't sing or play their musical instruments, but are constantly told they are wonderful. Audiences are assembled for them, mostly in school, and they receive applause, and it's all fake. People sit still and then applaud, but it's only because it's over and they can stop listening. Sooner or later, this endless stream of fake enthusiasm tempts the unwary to "follow their passion" and perform in front of strangers who aren't in on the Wobbly gag. They discover quickly that´ú░ the world is a very harsh place, they get the tomatoes, and they wonder where they went off the rails. Of course they didn't go off the rails. The railroad just doesn't go anywhere. Sippican Cottage: Minor Swing By Minors

Speaking only for myself, I'm leaving Plato's Cave for the weekend.

Pull yourselves together
While there's something left to save.
Aren't you getting tired
Of chasing shadows in a cave?

Outside the stars are singing still,
Perfectly in tune.
You can see it's getting late,
There's a circle round the moon.

You don't need songs to tell you
That freedom's in your shoes,
And love the only known cure
For all a lover's blues.

In love some found the answer,
And for love some have died,
But it's only love that makes you real
Out on the Other Side.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 5, 2016 10:54 AM
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"Pull yourself together,while there's something left to save." Good advice. Minor Swing By Minors was lovely, a nice breeze blowing thru the stuffiness of now.

Posted by: Nori at November 5, 2016 7:21 PM

I like the poem.

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." ~ Plato

Posted by: DeAnn at November 5, 2016 9:26 PM