On the Illusion of Truth and Plato’s Cave

Truth is something that any one of us thinks to know.

Of course we know which is the truth of our everyday reality. It somehow accomplishes our sense of expectation or, at least, it comes very close to it.

In the BIG history that we experience everyday we look for a comfortable truth, which helps to understand what happens around us. As Plato describes through “The Cave” allegory and Slavoj Žižek points out, our “truth” is coated with a good glossy layer of ideology that really helps us on bridging the void of reality, which we can’t really grasp when displayed as raw.

At two years distance from the “Snowden” case, the storm looks quieter, also because our attention has moved to another bigger problem we are trying to cope with, when speaking about freedom of speech and professing multiplicity of credos and ideas in order to coexist, in our diversity, under the same roof.

Neverthless after watching at ICA Laura Poitras’s “Citezenfour“, my own sense of reality has been reevaluating the state of things. At the beginning I thought the movie was about the “celebration” of Edward Snowden and his capability of taking a big breath and revealing us what NSA has been weaving for us under the “symbol” of “national security”.

After watching the end I changed my mind. I am not sure yet who is the audience of the movie, whether us – well done, I felt like Neo taking the red pill – or the Security-entitled-people-I-dont-fxxxxxx-care-about-your-privacy.

A quote from the movie says that what we call PRIVACY is what our ancestors died for not long time ago: FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

What does really worry me is that data, hence metadata, collection moulds a kind of society where you can drink 1000 kinds of different milks, eat 2000 kinds of breakfast cereals but think in ONE single way. As there are no effective laws that protect people like Snowden and ourselves (the movie makes a good point of it) we give out, for no return, the structural articulation of our thoughts, i.e. our forma mentis.

Snowden again makes another good point. As we know that it works in this way we refrain on searching for specific key words because we know we’ll be given a “particular attention”. As consequence we limit our “freedom of speech”. We limit ourselves on making a new apparatus of thinking; new ideas are no longer on the menu of civilisation.

The system is so intricate that it feels like we are all wire connected to the same router, which packages words and thought for us, when we believe to live a free world, which we need to “export”.

Here the ends of the movie makes me feel a bit relieved, when it portrays the after Snowden: other people are trying to fight the Internet Colonialism where nations are  replaced by lawless private corporations.

Whether you agree or not I hope you do watch the movie and spend sometime to think about which might be the new democracy that can bring us back to express our ideas in the contemporary agora. Don’t let it go

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