Well, I survived the weekly trip to Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill, no thanks to all the tales of perfidy and betrayal by politicians of the area. And then I ran across this cartoon: [Link]
and began to think. This led me – eventually – to consider the question of whether a perversion practiced publicly is less unhealthy than a perversion practiced privately?
The great Amerikan perversion seems to be spectator sports, although I have heard other candidates argued. Since this is a perversion I do not indulge in, it may just seem more egregious to me. So the cartoon expresses one aspect of the density of that perversion that there are people, probably not very sentient nor intelligent?, who operate under the delusion that only businesses, especially sports businesses, have logos?
And I shall refrain from nasty comments about how colleges have degenerated into businesses since the Great Patriotic War.
Although that may clearly be part of why the perversion – and the cartoon – is so pervasive.
It is impossible to go any distance or time in Alibam, unless sequestered in a controlled environment, and not encounter a person cad in (predominantly) a campus of the Black Warrior shirt or an Alibam Polytechnic shirt. Based on encounter theory, I would estimate the fraction of the population so attired – at any given time – to be about 0.1. That seems rather a lot, but what is depressing is that 0.9 of that 0.1 seems to be unconscious of the fact that these are colleges and not sports organizations. And that fraction includes quite a few matriculates of the colleges, which would seem strange except that most no longer attend college for an education but a ticket punch. And if all one is doing at college is serving time for a credential, a diploma, then diversion is a primary concern. And learning is not.
So is the perversion healthier? Normally being perverse in public is an invitation to punishment but once the perversion becomes epidemic that likely doesn’t apply, so all we can conjecture is that it makes no difference. Except for violence by perverts of the same flavor but different attachment.