Plato’s allegory of the cave is whiteness itself

Socrates’ death has been the paradigmatic image of what it is to die with dignity come what may, maybe it’s time to change that story

Every few years people get piping hot mad about another black life apparently not mattering, and the typical process leads into questioning whether or not they lived a “good life” or a “bad life” so to justify not only his death but whether or not we should do anything about it. Certainly a death in and of itself doesn’t speak reform into literal existence: we have to investigate something in order to determine what that reform should look like, or we may decide to abolish the entirety of the apparently “scoped” cause of the problem. Does it lead to police reform? Reform of the FBI, CIA, etc? Reform of the legal system? The political system? The market? Are any of these things actually distinct? Bear in mind, that Floyd was called-in by a shop keeper, not even the owner (Frank B Wilderson says that the “master has been dispersed throughout society”).

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Shadowplay and Nietzschean Optics. Ryan Johnson. 2013.

… fragility sustains depth, as a relation to the sacred, while power betrays depth and renders life unsustainable. (Daniel Price)

The recognition that we are always-already superpositioned between the midday sun that never sets and the expansive reality of the cave unexplored by sight underscores the fragility of our becoming. We are not allowed to fully become according to the full range of our senses: our walks, our dance, our music, our gestures, our bodies, our languages, all appear as if condemnable acts found of a cave mentality, as if we are emulating the behaviors of shadows. Of course, the sun’s cage of light is not nothing but other than the abolition of shadows, and yet while the sun has its use, for it to never set is to train ourselves for self-betrayal and to live according to the dictates of powers that render life unsustainable for most. The problem is not with how non-white bodies move or trust, but in how the powers, the rulers and their enforces, evaluate those movements and that trust. To abolish whiteness is in the last instance to abolish the allegory of the cave. And to take the ethos of the never-setting sun into the night’s light is but to parody the powers, perpetuating unsustainability. The game of optics must end, and perhaps even begin to trust in the movement of nothingness.

nobody leaves the cave before the end of a new dawn

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