An English In Kentucky


















January 5th 2010

    The new technical device contains "games".  Quite obvious to me they have been put there by an organization dedicated to my overthrow.  And quite obvious to me they are succeeding.

    Like all new things there is a period of time during which the thrills of first meeting evolve into an awkward acquaintanceship that I will call the Romantic Period.  It is a tentative and explorative time which reminds me so much of how Plato described the beginning of an excellent republic.   "As for the beginning," he said, "That too is a God which will calm and succor."

    It was necessary, he felt, for beginnings to align themselves with good values passed along through constructive work into good memories.  And this way, he felt, there would be less likelihood of future generations looking into the past and saying something like , "Well! In the good old days we used to stone people who didn't have health insurance."

    Some might think it better to gauge the Romantic Period by applying the word 'learning' to it.   And such a propaganda sounds well to the ears of the innocent.   But I don't think Plato thought of it as 'learning'.  He understood tyranny.   He understood what happens when an innocent announces, "I wonder what this does?"  

    Forty-eight brutal hours later the technical device announces statistics.  Ninety one games played.  Eighty seven draws.  One win.  And  I can't help but think that somewhere in Seattle there are tubby and pasty faced characters rubbing their hands.

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