Thursday August 9th 2012 Tim
These days where I live we disapprove when the
severed head of an opponent is placed upon a stake then marched around
town, except when this is done symbolically. As for example, when
"The Little Leaguers" go on to a semi-semi-quarter-final. However
there are many who still regard traditional practice as the more obvious
solution to resolving disagreement, even when the dispute is completely
invented, and for no apparent reason, such as any form of Olympic Event.
Stocks and Pillories, for example. Ping-Pong, The Rack, The Brazen
Bull, The Spanish Tickler, Foot Roasting, The Street Sweepers
Daughter, Toe Wedging, Football in all its forms and there is always
Water as an instrument of torture.
But I try to understand it
as all a part of that single minded determination to win Gold. Which
apparently is an Olympic virtue as well as a religious goal. So even
better, for example, if political opponents learn to openly dislike each
other by digging deeper into the dictionary for words like "Aeolist" or "Batrachophagous
Head" or "Mamothept" then sink toward the more visceral and popular
traditions of "Raccoon Felcher," "Shit Mouth" and "Card Carrying
Moron." That way there is less pretending the game has anything to do with a
fairy dust that can also be promulgated through the blooms of language.
And I really need to stop planting in rows and mooning over the Velvet Ant.