Six Day emerges! A restful night’s slumber, largely because the need to arise every couple of hours and make an inspection round of the drip posts was absent. That was a duty I did not have last night. And if the foretellings of the weather beavers is accurate this morning, not for a whole week.
So absent expressing the discontent of the season, I shall have to dig about to express alternate discontent.
First, I note [Link] that there has been joy and excitement on the campus of the Black Warrior. It seems one of the women Greeks has gone off on a “racial” tirade of great magnitude – made possible by the wonders of technology and the cancer of social media – that has resulted in her expulsion not just from the U but from the bosom of her comrades in Greekdom.
There are several intriguing aspects to this. The first is the instance of “racism”. Race, of course, is a bankrupt concept that has been scientifically dismissed as odoriferous rubbish numerous times. It does, however, serve a useful purpose for organizations, especially government, to impose a taxonomy on their memberships. And use that taxonomy to control said memberships.
Scientifically, what exists seems to be Us/Them-ism. We identify an in group (sometimes groups) and out groups. The in group is inherently, adamantinely good while the out groups occupy a non-stationary spectrum ranging from tolerable to hated. This distinction is not without some merit but it also has a dark side, and that dark side is an avoidance of mental health.
When the Us/Them relationship is accessed rationally in the light of valid data, then it is a healthy thing, protecting us from stupidity. When we blindly accept an Us/Them relationship without rational validation, then we become serfs of our imaginations and irrationality. We may even accept the prejudices and insanities of society unquestioningly. In a sense, we become EXTRO Bog, since so many EXTRO Bogs are not mentally functional nor healthy.
This appears to be the situation at the campus. It is not surprising. Greek organizations are hotbeds of fascist irrationality, at least on that campus, and have never done anything to correct the problem. They have become very good at hiding the problem, which is why the young woman in question became bus motorway. What is conspicuously absent is any effort by either organization, sorority or university, to help the young woman with her mental sickness.
Of course, no effort has ever been made by either in this direction except for scholarship jocks who add measurably to the brand revenues of the organizations. Sadly, this indicates the fundamentally mercantilist mind set in those campus organizations.
Perhaps we should be happy that no direct harm was done the young woman. She could, I suppose, have been sold to sex slavers or looted for her organs?
There is little humor to be found in this matter. If there is, it is likely galgenhumor although as one of the nation’s major purveyors of college athletic pornography, the galgen may be far off.
I should like to say I am happy to be ORF, but that would ring hollow since I attended this schule and did nothing to change it. “Against Stupidity the Gods themselves contend in vain.” I am not sure that I would not do the same again. Survival dictates other states that fight or flight.
But we don’t have to like it. That’s what happens when we find our In Group is evil and nasty.