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Saturday, September 27, 2014

None Dare Call It Cheating

When did you last experience suddenly understanding something that once confused and puzzled you? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1607).

The patterns of culture can insinuate themselves profoundly within the matrix of life and those raised in a culture of success have little clue as to the complex cultural source of their coping skills.  They thus typically feel vastly superior to those not raised in a success culture within which success and ownership are taken for granted.  In this sense, the rules of the game are fixed by cultural knowledge and those in the know are entirely content and even eager to leave it that way.  We should be able to look to social science to sharply convict us of this sinful complacency, but regrettably social-science-speak is way too often the mesmerized chantings of a stiff-necked people with corn cobs up their asses--truth be told, it is little more than cant-infested, arrogant jargon.

I saw this clearly this morning.  Last night I had fallen asleep in bed with the radio on.  Early this morning, I dreamed a sequence in which I was given a competitive timed test to take.  The matrices from which to derive the correct answers were awkwardly posted here and there on the wall.  Only those who knew in advance where to look had a chance of scoring well on the test.  Needless to say, I was not one of those in the know and awoke with intense anxiety.  At that very moment speaking on the radio was a social scientist reading a paper in which every word was uniformed jargon designed to assuage other social scientists with contrived objectivity rather than stating clearly the more or less obvious point being made.  Suddenly, many things became clear--even the anger of the far-right who, if nothing else, state their prejudices outright and plainly bare.


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