Monday, November 10, 2014

Vaya con Dios, Woodpile Report

In those days, pigs believed the sooner they grew big and fat, the sooner they would be taken to pig paradise, a place that was so wonderful...

That no pig had ever come back.

So when when the day came for parents go to that other world of endless pleasure, it was not a time for young pigs to be sad.  It was just another step toward the day when they, too, would make the journey.  -The intro to the movie Babe

Remus had a heck of a run.  He subscribed to the belief that many seemingly random events are not random.  In fact, they become highly ordered when viewed from an informed platform of cynicism, irony, tribalism and cui bono.

In fact, there is a real human being behind the character of "Remus" and he wants to get on with his life.  It takes time and psychic energy to maintain a separate persona. He has earned a break.  Perhaps the human behind the persona will pop up in other venues.  We can hope.

To echo Remus's classic advice "Stay away from crowds."  I add, "Be skeptical of free tickets to pig paradise." 

Baa-ram-ewe! Baa-ram-ewe! 
To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true! 
Sheep be true! Baa-ram-ewe!


  1. Heh... Yep, stay away from crowds! GOOD advice!

    1. My brother, the fire-fighter, used to think Dad was full of fertilizer when he told us, "Nothing good happens after midnight."

      It did not take very many years on the force for him to realize that Dad was 100% on the money. The ratio of carnage-to-fun skyrockets after midnight.

      The same thing can be said about crowds. The ratio between downside-and-upside spikes as the crowd grows.

      To quote Tom Bernard's dad, the effect of combining half-wits is multiplicative. I.e., two half-wits combined function as a quarter-wit.

      The other thing about crowds is that people gain anonymity in a crowd and any sense of accountability is diluted. It is easy to act like a savage when part of a crowd.