Ferguson or How to Narcissistically Lose Friends & Influence Nobody

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Ferguson or How to Narcissistically Lose Friends & Influence Nobody

Sir Percy Blak­ley: You think I like sit­ting there in the shadow of the knife while one head falls after another. Peo­ple I know and love that inno­cent peo­ple, kindly peo­ple, herded like sheep and butchered like cat­tle by men who make high sound­ing prin­ci­ples an excuse for the most bes­tial cruelty?

The Scar­let Pim­per­nel 1934

Shel­don: Well done, Leonard. The true hero doesn’t seek adu­la­tion, he fights for right and jus­tice sim­ply because it’s his nature.

The Big Bang The­ory: The Finan­cial Per­me­abil­ity 2009

A great exam­ple of how to see the real dif­fer­ence in cul­ture over four gen­er­a­tions is to com­pare the heroes of one age vs another.

In the 1934 movie the Scar­let Pim­per­nel the title char­ac­ter, played by Leslie Howard, is joined by a group of 20 fol­low­ers all pos­ing as “fash­ion­able pup­pies” young upper class twits who in real­ity are risk­ing life and limb to save the life of those who are being slaugh­tered by the French Rev­o­lu­tion for not believ­ing the right things at the right time.

When one of his fol­low­ers notes that they could, with lit­tle effort be 1000 rather than 20, Sir Percy scoffs saying:

Mere force is use­less against peo­ple who are nei­ther cow­ards nor fools, so we must match courage with courage and cun­ning with still greater cun­ning if we are to do any­thing at all. We’re all will­ing to give our lives but we must do more than that. We must mask our iden­ti­ties, suf­fer the humil­i­a­tion of being taken for fops, fools nitwits, cowards.

For that hero it’s not all about them, it’s about those they wish to save and are will­ing not only to risk their lives, but also will­ing to suf­fer humil­i­a­tion for the cause of good and right.

The same young boys who saw movies like this or read books like that and dreamed of risk­ing all, ten years later were will­ing to give their lives to fight the Nazi’s (Howard him­self would be shot down over the Bay of Bis­cay) and the men who came home didn’t boast or brag about it. Remem­ber the famous Band of Broth­ers spent over five decades under the nations radar sat­is­fied with the knowl­edge that they had done right, and their duty before Tom Hanks’mini series made their names and faces inter­na­tion­ally known.

Con­trast that with the idiots of Fer­gu­son and beyond.

They imag­ine them­selves brave heroes defend­ing the honor of black amer­ica in gen­eral the Brown fam­ily in par­tic­u­lar yet what to they do?

They torch and loot busi­ness and bak­eries owned by peo­ple of peo­ple, of color in the town (leav­ing strangers to pay to rebuild them), loot black ele­men­tary schools , and even burn the church of the Brown Family’s pas­tor at least as long as they are undefended

They close down shop­ping malls on the one week­day where many work­ing peo­ple might have off before Christmas.

The dis­rupt a christ­mas tree light­ing mak­ing a bunch of chil­dren cry.

The try & fail to dis­rupt the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Parade

They block Traf­fic dis­rupt­ing the lives of aver­age people

And then they tweet about their “brav­ery” as one per­son described it in LA:

“Half of this protest I feel like is bait­ing cops … sort of about prov­ing who you are against the police,” said Wilder Bunke, 21, of Hol­ly­wood, who was crit­i­cal of actions by some in the crowd. “The modern-​day “… the police” isn’t shoot­ing a cop, it’s post­ing a pic­ture of your­self pos­ing with a cop car on Face­book or Twitter.”

Do you see the con­trast? In the 30’s the hero pre­tends to be a cow­ard in pub­lic while putting them­selves in dan­ger behind the scene. Today they pre­tend to put them­selves in dan­ger in pub­lic. All those videos of col­lege kids lying down in malls and pro­fes­sional pro­test­ers dis­rupt­ing shop­pers, all those tweets declar­ing death threats to Offi­cer Wil­son are all about fak­ing the courage of those who came before for all the world to see.

And yet, even that “courage” is an illu­sion as they taunt police in the sure and cer­tain knowl­edge they will not shoot and are in fact trained not to. (Although I sus­pect the pro­fes­sional protest orga­niz­ers, the Lisa Fithi­ans of the world dearly hope one of their dupes would get them­selves shot and cre­ate a mar­tyr to the cause).

Alas the prob­lem with liv­ing in a bub­ble, even a bub­ble that holds the fas­ci­na­tion of the main­stream media, unlike Cuba’s Women in White , is that while your niche might see such action as world-​changing, the gen­eral pub­lic sees some­thing else, as Jazz Shaw put it:

The very first thing which came to my mind was to place myself in the posi­tion of a com­muter who might not be all that famil­iar with the events in Fer­gu­son hear­ing about the move­ment on the news later one. Oh.. so those were the guys who kept me sit­ting on I-​90 for five freak­ing hours when I was sup­posed to be pick­ing up cran­berry sauce for my mother-​in-​law? Oh, I def­i­nitely will want to get on board with their legislation.

Peo­ple under­stand it takes no actual courage to make trou­ble for aver­age folks and peo­ple who can’t fight back that’s why those who prac­tice the form of cow­ardice take so much time to pre­tend oth­er­wise. I’ll give the last word to C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape

Cow­ardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful – hor­ri­ble to antic­i­pate, hor­ri­ble to feel, hor­ri­ble to remember;

Unless the num­ber below changes before year’s end I will fin­ish 2014 in deficit.

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Sir Percy Blakley:  You think I like sitting there in the shadow of the knife while one head falls after another. People I know and love that innocent people, kindly people, herded like sheep and butchered like cattle by men who make high sounding principles an excuse for the most bestial cruelty?

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934

Sheldon: Well done, Leonard. The true hero doesn’t seek adulation, he fights for right and justice simply because it’s his nature.

The Big Bang Theory: The Financial Permeability 2009

A great example of how to see the real difference in culture over four generations is to compare the heroes of one age vs another.

In the 1934 movie the Scarlet Pimpernel the title character, played by Leslie Howard, is joined by a group of 20 followers all posing as “fashionable puppies” young upper class twits who in reality are risking life and limb to save the life of those who are being slaughtered by the French Revolution for not believing the right things at the right time.

When one of his followers notes that they could,  with little effort be 1000 rather than 20, Sir Percy scoffs saying:

Mere force is useless against people who are neither cowards nor fools, so we must match courage with courage and cunning with still greater cunning if we are to do anything at all.  We’re all willing to give our lives but we must do more than that.  We must mask our identities, suffer the humiliation of being taken for fops, fools nitwits, cowards.

For that hero it’s not all about them, it’s about those they wish to save and are willing not only to risk their lives, but also willing to suffer humiliation for the cause of good and right.

The same young boys who saw movies like this or read books like that and dreamed of risking all, ten years later were willing to give their lives to fight the Nazi’s (Howard himself would be shot down over the Bay of Biscay) and the men who came home didn’t boast or brag about it.  Remember the famous Band of Brothers spent over five decades under the nations radar satisfied with the knowledge that they had done right, and their duty before Tom Hanks’mini series made their names and faces internationally known.

Contrast that with the idiots of Ferguson and beyond.

They imagine themselves brave heroes defending the honor of black america in general the Brown family in particular yet what to they do?

They torch and loot business and bakeries owned by people of people, of color in the town (leaving strangers to pay to rebuild them), loot black elementary schools , and even burn the church of the Brown Family’s pastor at least as long as they are undefended

They close down shopping malls on the one weekday where many working people might have off before Christmas.

The disrupt a christmas tree lighting making a bunch of children cry.

The try & fail to disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

They block Traffic disrupting the lives of average people

And then they tweet about their “bravery” as one person described it in LA:

“Half of this protest I feel like is baiting cops … sort of about proving who you are against the police,” said Wilder Bunke, 21, of Hollywood, who was critical of actions by some in the crowd. “The modern-day “… the police” isn’t shooting a cop, it’s posting a picture of yourself posing with a cop car on Facebook or Twitter.”

Do you see the contrast?  In the 30’s the hero pretends to be a coward in public while putting themselves in danger behind the scene.  Today they pretend to put themselves in danger in public.  All those videos of college kids lying down in malls and professional protesters disrupting shoppers, all those tweets declaring death threats to Officer Wilson are all about faking the courage of those who came before for all the world to see.

And yet, even that “courage” is an illusion as they taunt police in the sure and certain knowledge they will not shoot and are in fact trained not to.  (Although I suspect the professional protest organizers, the Lisa Fithians of the world dearly hope one of their dupes would get themselves shot and create a martyr to the cause).

Alas the problem with living in a bubble, even a bubble that holds the fascination of the mainstream media, unlike Cuba’s Women in White , is that while your niche might see such action as world-changing, the general public sees something else, as Jazz Shaw put it:

The very first thing which came to my mind was to place myself in the position of a commuter who might not be all that familiar with the events in Ferguson hearing about the movement on the news later one. Oh.. so those were the guys who kept me sitting on I-90 for five freaking hours when I was supposed to be picking up cranberry sauce for my mother-in-law? Oh, I definitely will want to get on board with their legislation.

People understand it takes no actual courage to make trouble for average folks and people who can’t fight back that’s why those who practice the form of cowardice take so much time to pretend otherwise.  I’ll give the last word to C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape

Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful – horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember;

 

 

Unless the number below changes before year’s end I will finish 2014 in deficit.

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