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.

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“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 

        FUNDAMENTALS

000  Prolifix (reproduction)

049  Progeny (offspring)

105  Insides Out (ingesting)

141  Tents and Temples (shelter)

213  Mammon's Mantra (finance)

 

        Part 2

        INFRASTRUCTURES

241  Prize Dunces & Prime Miniatures (governance)

281  Applied Energy (work)

325  Mediacrity (the media)

413  In Practice (law & order)

   

        Part 3

        GLOBAL INTERACTIONS

461  Planet Plunder (environment)

533  Ends to Means (conflicts)

 

        Part 4

        TRANSITIONS

613  Soul Salve (belief systems)

675  Curling Up (dying)

743  Candide's Lament 

765  Step Out into the Light