The Devil You Know

I think chains in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave may be nothing more than priming — the intimate relationship between expectation and perception. The problem is the prisoners don’t see the chains. Perhaps the answer isn’t to try and convince them to turn around, but to simply polish the chains to make them more noticeable.

This is why I identified with the Joker in The Dark Knight. Priming, however, is a function to improve processing capacity and frightening people generally leaves them less open to change. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

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