I've read the entire Kafka Pandemic blog and I really recommend anybody with these conditions to read the whole blog. I'll put a link to it. And I think once you deprogram yourself, the next thing to do is to educate people ... -- Youtube video

POLL: This question relates to our strategy.

RIGHT NOW, will the health authorities and industries change more if we COMPROMISE (accept, appease, cooperate, go along with, explain, give them what they want, seek common ground, etc.) or OPPOSE (fight back, resist, seek allies, show our strength, organize, etc.)?
Choose the closest answer.

(Also, how many times did you leave the house in the last 365 days (for any reason)?


[Update: the poll got reset to zero recently, presumably due to a bug, don't know if it is updating. It might come back with your vote intact.]

What strategy will make the authorities change?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Boys in a circle

When I was in elementary school,1 there was a group of boys who would do a certain thing.

First, they would seek out a pair of close friends. The closer the better.

It is extraordinary how instinctively and swiftly tribalist boys encircle prey, covering all exits.

Then the boys in the circle would push the friends into each other repeatedly.

More boys would join the circle, for a total of perhaps twenty. They would yell, "Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!"

Bystanders would join silently. They couldn't be distinguished from those cheering.

If the friends resisted, the pushing would continue harder. If one fought with a member of the circle, he would be hit and pushed at his friend again.

The friends would resist, but after many pushes over a long time, eventually one would think the other did not resist enough, or took inadequate precautions; or in the confusion, one would reflexively strike, which then looked deliberate.

The friends would fight.

Here is an old Star Trek clip. It lacks gravity and ignores complexities, but it makes a point.

What I'm saying is that we have powerful external enemies. Amid the flying fists, let's not forget their existence.



1 Lest the gang behavior seem rare: it can happen anywhere in the world, not only in ghettos as often portrayed (and not only by boys). In fact, the events in this story happened in a rather high-status place that was regarded as enlightened and not violent.


cinderkeys said...

Thanks for this. I prefer to reserve judgment before choosing sides, or presuming that I understand what the sides are.

Justin said...

Excellent point!