The game has a name: Chaos. You don’t have to play.
“The way to perfection is through a series of disgusts.” -Walter Pater[/x_custom_headline][x_columnize]In this context, ‘perfection’ is relative. Which is to say, relative perfection is attained when a problem is solved to one’s own satisfaction. Failure, of which disgust is a product, is a stimulus. No pursuit that is not fraught with failure or a succession of failures, is properly challenging.
Hence, that form of governance is best which is perfectly fascistic, and which is free on its own cognizance to identify, correct, or indemnify failures. This is not Hobbesian fascism or Machiavellian fascism, but Platonic. This is not the fascism of Hegel; this is the fascism of the engineer — of Pareto: conscious of his own failures, the philosopher-king encourages revolution, excision, and deposal.
It is the aim of a perfectly fascistic order to aggrandize failure; to incite through the destruction of classical political liberalism; to spay reason with democracy via myriad inveiglements; and finally, to inspire the great and coming supermen with the threat of incipient totalitarianism.
Bad ideas find purchase in the minds of the infirm. They are particularly appealing to the unwell — those with allergies, poor teeth, badgered immunity; those in whom the psychosoma is divided against itself, who seem always to be rejected, dogged and agitated by the natural environments in which they find themselves. If a host of these compromised specimens is made by unsavory ideas which, when in practice, accelerate the host’s decline, the disassembling ideas are proven able and should be considered battle-worthy.
In this population, infected as it were, a predisposition to self-destruction will become evident. This population, though sizable, must be permitted its course. Any attempt to rehabilitate the fundamentally unwell will impede nature’s attempt to deftly excise its weakest members. The mistake is to believe that nature corrects only through cataclysm; nature too corrects by sleight.
[Alvin H. Lawson], professor of English at Cal State Long Beach, performed an experiment with a clinical hypnotist upon eight subjects selected on the basis of having no UFO knowledge or experiences. Under hypnotic regression, the “imaginary abductees” provided a coherent abduction narrative which closely resembled classic abduction cases. This correlation went from larger factors such as saucer shapes down to obscure and bizarre details. –Obscurantist
Prendergast: Now, of all of these, which is your very favorite?
Mrs. Foster: Well, right now, I think this skunk.
Prendergast: That’s lovely.
Mrs. Foster: That’s not paint. You know, his stripe.
Prendergast: It isn’t?
Mrs. Foster: It might be, but it’s not painted on. It’s in the glass.
If you are consistently middling, you will have consistently middling success and middling success over an extended period of time adds up. What is more, you will make the undeserving feel adequate. One should pray for failure.
Provide immediate feedback as to the correctness of learner responses, provide for immediate correction of errors, and control the progress of learning as students proceed in small steps along the tested learning path to master the learning objectives and criteria with predictable success.
You may identify the unabashed agents of disenchantment by their penchant for credentialing.
I was out, it was cold, I needed a ride, was shivering in front of the post-office, wasn’t wearing a jacket. It was snowing. Two girls in a Volkswagen, one an old classmate, pull up to the curb, say they will give me a ride.
The car is warm. I begin to thaw. The girls smoke and giggle, say they need to make a quick stop, that I should come along. I come along.
We drove to the outskirts of town, parked behind a fleabag hotel. The classmate, who was driving, bruises all over her body, but mostly on her bare thighs – bruises the shape of beefy fingers, fat hands, night sticks – led me up three trash-strewn flights of stairs, through an unlocked door and into a large room around the perimeter of which marched folding metal chairs and against one wall, a king-sized bed.
No one’s here yet, she said.
Okay, I said. I said, what’s going on?
A party, she said, it’ll be fun. Be patient. She left, was replaced…
…with a little redheaded – a coquette – oozing low-rent sex-appeal; her job: get me to stay. It worked. I kicked off my boots. She preened, clawed the air with red fingernails, hissed. I noticed her teeth were good; she bit the air and I didn’t see any fillings, no gingivitis. And this was important to me at the time. She undressed then disappeared into a back room filled with mattresses, closed the door. She got on the phone. I peeked through a slit in the jamb, tried to listen to the conversation, couldn’t hear. In the meantime, others arrived, shouting, with instruments, handles of Jack Daniels. Many wore Peterbilt hats caked in grease. Their jeans were shiny with motor oil. They carried stereo components, tire irons, bulging plastic grocery bags.
The redhead is still missing, the classmate returns. I say, I gotta go.
No, stay, she says, my brother died. It’s his wake. He was murdered.
I feel like I have heard this story before but don’t say so. I’m sorry, I say, about your brother.
Thanks, she says, and sneers.
Does she think I killed him? I didn’t. More men, rough-looking, unshaven, some too young to shave, all world-worn. They fill the metal folding chairs, pass bottles. Most are already drunk. They are all talking about the murder, that it was payback time. Someone asked me, who’s gonna pay? I didn’t know. Hopefully not me. I’m sorry, I say, you know, about the dead guy, really sorry. Where are my boots? I find them, try to lace them up, can’t. Music erupts from a pair of speakers, mites and dirt exploding from their dust caps. It was Slipknot and it was loud. Someone shouts in my ear, sucks about Paul Gray, don’t it?
Yes, I say, still trying to lace the boots.
Having trouble with your boots, someone else says. They were thrill killers for sure. This was my party. I had to get out. I wondered if I could convince the redhead to come along, go out for coffee. I shouldn’t be thinking about coffee. I said it out loud. Someone grabs me from behind, asks, what’s that about coffee?
Will I be able to run if my boots aren’t laced?
I am a proponent of Chaos: the worse the inequities, the wilder the injustices, the sooner the soul of a Folk will wake.