Counter culture to the Cave
March 5, 15
I am in love with the “Rebel Sell” it reaches the reality of what some people think about the normalcy of how things are done. It is amazing how it is so easy to accept the way things are done and how things are handed to you. I am dealing with this right now in my studies. It is not that you just naturally want to change things just for the sake of changing things, it is just that some people cant stomach the idea of being fed the same stuff when that does not satisfy the appetite. You are considered a troublemaker for just understanding the nature of things and letting someone know “hey that’s not right.” I don’t agree with every counter culture but I clearly can identify with their concept. As a Christian leader we must identify with church normalcy that is not meeting the needs of our churches or church members. The hardest thing to do is lead church leaders to change when they have waited their whole life to get into a position of authority that they have longed for all their life.
I watched a video of “Allegory of the cave” and they alluded to this in the book.
“It is one of the oldest themes in Western civilization. In the Republic, Plato compared life on earth to a cave, in which prisoners are shackled to the floor, seeing only shadows flickering across the wall from the light of a fire, When one prisoner escapes and makes his way to the surface, he discovers that the world he had been living in was nothing but a web of illusions. He returns to the cave bearing the news, yet finds that his former companions are still embroiled in petty disputes and bickering. He finds it difficult to take these “politics” seriously.” This is one reason that you have to do something in the midst of knowing that some intuitions are operating like they are in a cave. If you can, watch this video on YouTube. What I learned from this is that some people like illusions. And to them it is important to not listen to any one who tells them what they see is not really light but just flickering of shadows. I watched the animated video and it was so illuminating. But what got me the most was that the guy who got out of the cave and saw the world the way it was, became endangered of his life. The people in the cave resented him so much that they actually wanted to kill him.
Counter culture is important so that people don’t remain in a cave. A revolution is always in order when a cave mentality continues to dominate the way people see things and it is just an illusion. Knowing something and not doing anything about it does not relieve a person from the responsibility. You are responsible if you know better. “He that knows to do right and doesn’t do it to him it sin.”
 Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, The Rebel Sell: Why the culture cant be Jammed (Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2004), 6.