the history of the republic
is a history of juvenile men
following a polymath genius around,
puffing up hubris to get him
to talk to them.
For the past... believe it or not, it's almost been nine yearsi I've been trying to construct something that I'm well satisfied by now can not in fact be constructed.
The failure is not driven by some kind of absolute necessity ; it's not anything like trying to construct a triangular circle, recipients more voluminous inside than outside, machines that move on their own power, hypercubes in bidimensional space etcetera. Nothing even remotely like it. There's no deep, fundamental reason men can't exist in the world. Leaving aside any theoretical considerations, the very practical will readily dispose : I've seen such. Although not lately, any argument attempting to show why the basic and banal "can not possibly exist" will never make it past laughable. One could as well propose that dinosaurs couldn't have ever possibly existed on the basis of a cursory survey of the nearest mall parking lot or highschool grounds.
The failure is not driven by a substantial problem, eitherii. It's not a matter of "can't make pigs' ballsacks out of discarded towels". For one thing, again, I've seen much better made of much less ; and not as a thing of magic, but the plainest, most uncontroversial technology. For the other thing, substance's a lot less... substantial, so to speak, than usually given credit for. Discarded towels will either ferment or burn, given enough of them some pigfeed will be squeezed, and with some pigstock the ballsacks will be produced, as long as you don't hassle me on conversion rates I can make lead into gold no problem, and so can anyone with a clue. "Money's no object" doesn't anylonger mean anything nearly even remotely close to what it used to ; such is the aperture in human capacity, ability and possibility driven by technology.
The problem is, I am well persuaded, purely environmental. You can't farm hermit crabs if your neighbour pesticides for spiders. There aren't going to be any old European vines in a post-philoxera worldiii. The importation of syphilis ended the possibility of ye olde Roman morality and ushered in protestant "moral values" necessarily, and not as a matter of any kind of "choice" or "will" of all the dour dorks involved. This is where that aperture comes in : the space's so vast now, the possibilities so ample, male maturation (always and everywhere an echo phenomenon) can no longer proceed. The misfortunate young'un can just go straight his whole, meagre existence, not encountering any walls, not finding aught to ricochet off in any meaningful sense. By my current fittings, about a century and a half in extra age is required for every decade of informational revolution, meaning kids born in the 90s will become men on their own power and through the natural process no sooner than the year 2500 -- and this provided I'm all that right about Moore's death ; and that they live so long. If not...
In any case, I'm for my needs such as they are satisfied that for a while (and at least for your lifetime) there's nothing interesting or important occuring that'll have human males involved to any significant degree ; and thus find myself quite ready to move on. Again.
In practical terms, I'll be de-admining deedbot, devoicing everyone and also updating the topic in #trilema, once I get around to it. While I do wish the best of luck with whatever they might be doing to anyone interested or involved, I don't intend to continue supporting anything in that veiniv, nor will I likely bother with irc for the foreseeable future. Who knows, maybe that changes later, as it has changed before. Then again, maybe not... who ever knows these things.
That'd be all.———
- What's the longest you spent evaluating a first impression in your life to date, by the way ? [↩]
- And let it be mentioned that certainly this paste turned out, upon assays and trials, quite better than the other. [↩]
- Think of this if ye will, that both Persian and American walnut strands survive ; while only American vine survives, the European long lost to New World native pest infection. [↩]
- I've stopped reading the logs, too, something that's never really occurred before. In fact, I've been current, on the same-day basis the vast majority of the time, on the next-day basis on rare, exceptional cases, for nigh on a decade. But... no more. [↩]