I was talking to my husband's mom the other day, while she was watching some guy, named "Jimmer,*" throw a ball around. Apparently, I "needed to be watching" that game, or so I was told. (I really wasn't interested.) She kept going on and on about him, and how he was a nice guy, how he was on all these tv shows, how he's not the crap player who was having consensual sex with his girlfriend, and so on.
Later, as I related the story of mind numbing-not-caringness to my husband, I had this idea: Mormonism and The World are in Plato's cave. I mean, really, most of the world is in the cave. How could it not be? If Huxley were alive today when he wrote his book, Brave New World would be filed under "Social Commentary" not science fiction.
So this is how it works: Mormons are in the cave. The World is in the cave. And everyone is just kind of chained up in there together like a bunch of unenlightened dumbasses. So what is the difference between Mormons and The World? I will tell you.
Mormons refuse to entertain themselves with the shadows that The World likes. Mormons award their own prizes and honors to each other for shadows, of which the Mormon leader in the cave approves. In a sense, Mormons are EVEN more ridiculous because they somehow think their shadows and honors are better then the poor schmuck chained to the wall next to them. Similar things can be said of other people-made organizations, though some, like the Church, take it to a rather fucking-insane level by attaching "salvation" to their shadows and honors.
Also, by putting The World in the Cave, I'm not saying The World is evil, but that doesn't mean it's enlightened either.
PS - I wrote "World" so many times, now it doesn't look like a word.
*WHAT KIND OF A NAME IS "JIMMER"? SERIOUSLY, IS THIS A PERSON OR SOME KIND OF FISH-BAIT?!