A razor is needed — 3 Comments

  1. Asbestos !. That was the beginning, when people saw the line between a corporate goal and the common good wasn’t one and the same.
    Remember just how much stuff was made of Asbestos. For heavens sake they even made clothing with the stuff. And to this day the roof of the house I live has tile made of it.
    In Ireland you could add the death of a little girl and her baby under a motte installed with a tableau of Lourdes. Then something hit when an Australian programme about the Boys Towns the Christian Bros built using the labour of the boys, arrived over here. Where kids sent to OZ after the war and where some fell into concrete pours and are still in the structure.
    All this made people rethink. Now all at once, slowly, but the stacking. Still, on both the islands you had property to keep people feeling hopeful. But that ended by 2010, when people realised they weren’t going to be helped.
    Education seen as the meritocratic answer. Soon people realised this was more or less the same con redressed, for as much as 2nd level exams measure, that measure is ignorant of difference between private and sink schools.
    My, but you got me going there boyo.

  2. I love how Tom Stoppard’s character Guildenstern reflects on the tendency to rationalise troubling things:

    A man breaking his journey between one place and another at a third place of no name, character, population or significance, sees a unicorn cross his path and disappear. That in itself is startling, but there are precedents for mystical encounters of various kinds, or to be less extreme, a choice of persuasions to put it down to fancy; until – “My God,” says the second man, “I must be dreaming, I thought I saw a unicorn.” At which point, a dimension is added that makes the experience as alarming as it will ever be. A third witness, you understand, adds no further dimension but only spreads it thinner, and a fourth thinner still, and the more witnesses there are, the thinner it gets and the more reasonable it becomes until it is as thin as reality, the name we give to the common experience… “Look, look” recites the crowd. “A horse with an arrow in its forehead! It must have been mistaken for a deer.”

  3. One of the interesting things about early Christianity was the openness of the adherents. When Mystery Cults were the thing they went out of their way to include. It isn’t that much of a stretch to view the professional bodies on these islands in the roll of the cults what with their closed dinners and regalia, but mostly the restrictions applied to outsiders, coupled with the protection of insiders.
    To paraphrase your comment above. When you have a group intent on keeping the Unicorn in play because they have a vested interest it’s very hard for the crowd to become a Crowd and say the imperial carcase is exposed.

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