Over the past few days and weeks, I have been taking shots at Glenn Beck, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, Tea Party protestors, and those who watch them in order to determine what they should think.
I announced on Thursday September 10th, that I had had enough with these dullards and was determined to form an effective third political party.
My desire was to form a group that could counteract the stupidity that flows from the minds and mouths of the aforementioned morons.
I am still in the process of putting this idea into an entity of tangibility, but I have made progress. I have come up with the name of this political movement, and our basic purpose…
The Speleology Coalition.
“Matt-Man,” you ask, “what the hell is speleology?”
Speleology is the study of caves…and why have I named this movement after the study of caves?
Sure, some of you who have known me for awhile, may think it refers to a perverted desire of mine to be a caveman who engages in sex with hot Neanderthal chicks who, instead of having language capabilities and the ability to talk back, can only grunt.
As appealing as it would be to have sex with a chick who is unable complain, that is not the reason.
No my friends (and critics), my reason for choosing, The Speleology Coalition refers to the Allegory of the Cave set forth by Plato in Book VII of his epic work, The Republic.
No, I have not lost my mind, so stay with me…
In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato, who is writing in the persona of Socrates, describes a hypothetical situation in which people since childhood have been held prisoner in a cave.
Their arms and legs shackled; their heads stationary, gazing at a wall, they are forced to watch shadows of animals, humans and other material things being cast upon the cave wall through the cooperation of a blazing fire and people walking behind them.
To the prisoners, the shadows and accompanying noises and voices they hear, are to them, what comprises the “real world”.
To the incarcerated, the beclouded specters and muddled voices combine in concert to compose what is the, Symphony of the Real World in B Flat.
In 2009, Plato’s Cave Allegory is being put into practice. Millions of Americans are shackled to their couches watching the shadows of ignorance and unyielding ideology being played out on TV, while in the caves of their homes.
Millions more hear the muddled voices while in their cars as they listen to talk radio.
They are prisoners to a marionette show put on by self-aggrandizing, puffed up puppet masters who are pulling the strings of fear, intellectual incapacity, and herd mentality.
This modern day, cave staged, Punch and Judy show, and the ensuing, go along-get along attitude towards it from the audience, is what feeds the lack of non-thinking realism to many, and gives this movement its purpose.
It is up to us as members of this organization to lead prisoners from their cave of shadows and fear.
It’s time to let the light of common sense and heated, yet respectful debate between those who agree and disagree, shine as a rainbow of humanity's evolution through the prism of informed personal discernment and social debate.
The 21st Century cave dwellers of whom I speak, need to realize something, and realize it quickly, lest we all lose...
In the words of Plato’s fellow Greek, Plutarch:
“I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”
Glenn Beck, Rachel Maddow, Birthers, Truthers, Tea Baggers, et al., have become shadows of each other. A shadow does not think for itself. It follows blindly. But…
When light is shone from a point that has no angle one way or the other, and is straight up, a shadow dissipates, and a person is left with only him or herself.
It is at that point when actions and thoughts are the sole responsibility of the person in question.
It is also at that point, that no matter how painful and unfamiliar that intellectual soliloquy may be, a person must think for him or herself, and climb out of the cave.
Shining that light and being a catalyst for others in order to make that metamorphosis happen, is the purpose of this movement.
And for his wisdom, which is as ancient as the scorpion, I thank Plato.
Unlike Plato, I am not calling for Philosopher Kings. I am calling for Philosopher Citizens.
I hope you join The Speleology Coalition and along with me, become a Spelunker.