A day or two ago when I was watching the live stream of Bob Proctor & Sandy Gallagher’s “The Art of Goal Creation,” I was directly reminded of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
The basic idea is that prisoners are sitting looking at the back of a cave not only transfixed by that which is projected upon it but also physically bound.
Behind the prisoners there is a fire and a place in between where people puppeteer that for which the shadows are cast upon the that screen which everyone is bound to regard.
Every once in awhile though there is someone who breaks away and stumbles to the exit of the cave where very faint ambient light from outside shines.
This person – if sufficiently courageous – is curious enough to follow this light to the outside and at least for a time is blinded by that which is real.
It’s not pleasant at first, but in time this freed prisoner becomes accustomed to the light and is marvelled by how fantastic the real world is.
Now, here’s the thing. In due course the freed prisoner feels obligated to go back into the cave and free as many people from their bondage as they can.
So, what happens? The people in the cave, who don’t have any other knowledge to the alternative, think that the person is an absolute kook!
In fact, it’s rare that even if they are unshackled that they will look away from the screen. Why? Because it is all that they know!
These prisoners might even get surly if not downright violent if they are shown the light.
Well, guess what. I’m one of the people who has “seen the light.”
Justice Smiles represents positive neighbor law. Imagine that!
Photo Credit: https://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/cave.htm