Primates in Plato's Cave

 by Charles Rocco 2018


Primates in Plato's Cave was originally conceived, developed and

used to support one of my major sculpture exhibitions,

'Primate Rapsody' (sic), regarding the fragile state of a 21st century civilisation less than adequately undertaking one of its responsibilities

as a social guardian compassionately overseeing the welfare of its citizens and environment.


 I make no claims about the literary prowess or worth of

Primates in Plato's Cave other than to suggest that it may have a sufficiently quirky novelty value some may find entertaining. Obviously, you will be the judge on that score.


 The moral right of Charles Rocco to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988.


 This work remains the copyrighted property of the author and may not

be redistributed to others for commercial or non-commercial purposes without the written permission of the author.




“If your train’s on the wrong track, 

every station you come to is the wrong station.”


                                               Bernard Malamud 1963



 Primates in Plato's Cave


In Plato's cave we congregate

and arrogantly overstate

that we're this planet's top primate

to rule all things both small and great.




Table of Contents


        Part 1 


000  Prolifix (reproduction)

049  Progeny (offspring)

105  Insides Out (ingesting)

141  Tents and Temples (shelter)

213  Mammon's Mantra (finance)


        Part 2


241  Prize Dunces & Prime Miniatures (governance)

281  Applied Energy (work)

325  Mediacrity (the media)

413  In Practice (law & order)


        Part 3


461  Planet Plunder (environment)

533  Ends to Means (conflicts)


        Part 4


613  Soul Salve (belief systems)

675  Curling Up (dying)

743  Candide's Lament 

765  Step Out into the Light