Parable of the Eye: A Revolutionary View on Media and Conflict

April 16, 2024
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Discover the “mimetic mirror” in the Parable of the Eye. Jerry Bowyer’s interpretation could change how you view everything! 

Remove the beam from your eye
before you pluck the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

Jesus’s Parable of the Eye is documented in Matthew 7. Traditionally, it’s been a lesson on hypocrisy or perhaps a call for forgiveness.

I’ve heard this story for a lifetime. Yet Jerry Bowyer’s insights on this episode of Gracearchy revolutionized my understanding. This isn’t just another discussion – it’s an eye-opener!

That’s saying something because…

  • I devised the concept called the “Conflict Machine.” It’s a better term than mere “politics.” It colorfully describes a political-industrial complex – a system, fueled by coercive power, that divides us into tribes, ensuring there’s always a loser.
  • We have done episodes on the work of Rene Girard. He showed how ideas are caught through imitation and then lead to rivalries.

Yet I had never seen what Jerry showed Bill Protzmann and me. I will never view the Parable of the Eye the same way again.

And if you watch this episode, you too will come away with a high utility in-SIGHT…

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Jerry Bowyer compounds the power of this parable by contrasting the purposes of…

Mirrors and Screens

It’s a memorable metaphor that makes the insight clear and explainable. You’ll be able to apply and share this concept, immediately.

Jerry uses his CNBC experience to expose how media thrives on conflict, especially during crises.

Plus, he discloses how much TV commentators are paid!

You’ll also learn about…

Mimetic Rivalry in Media: How the news media is driven by mimetic rivalry, fostering conflict to capture audience attention.

The Impact of Media Consumption: How continuous exposure to media distorts our perceptions, clouds our values, and distracts us away from our principles. We offer a remedy to take back and secure your personal perspective.

It’s not all theology or philosophy. Jerry offers up a Star Trek Analogy – from the original series. Fans will recall a red light creature that feeds on hate, causing perpetual fighting among people. Bowyer uses this plot to illustrate how accusations can become self-perpetuating.

Frankly, after you listen to this episode, you will see the media, your political allies, your opponents, and even yourself differently.

You can listen while you work or drive on these podcasting platforms and MANY others: Pandora * iHeart * Spotify

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ZAP The State and have a nice day,

Jim Babka
Host, Gracearchy with Jim Babka
Co-creator, Zero Aggression Project


Gracearchy is hosted by Zero Aggression Project’s co-founder, Jim Babka. The views expressed in the show are not necessarily those of the board, staff, or supporters of the Zero Aggression Project (Downsize DC Foundation). ChatGPT 4 was used in the composition and editing of this message.


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