Returning to the Scene of the Crime
Living consists in putting up with negative
inputs from all quarters. Nature emits disturbing signals
incessantly, with the simplicity of a cooler breeze or a set of
Positive-thinking realises that life is going to keep sending negative
signals, from all quarters.
Negative-thinking readily dismisses a warning-sign as yet another negative
Optimism is something else...
Initially a wish to experience good, pleasant and wholesome things,
optimism often gives way to a need to
experience only what is enjoyable. If this urge becomes
imperious, the least contrariety is apt to release critical
emotions. The water fails to be warm enough as one steps under
the shower, or too hot! Someone must have put a curse on this
shower! Who can it be?... The rest of the day could amount to a
search for a culprit.
As to negative-thinkers, it is typical of
them to be concerned only with positive events, to a point of
hypnosis when anything enjoyable happens, one might
Vigilance itself does not try
to remove the cause of discontent.
Alertness consists in activating all possible preventions,
regardless of time of day or local convention.
What we see instead, is that, somehow, it has become socially incorrect to include specialised explanation when posting a warning-sign. Someone from another planet
could read manuals, attend seminars, and still not know
that hands must be washed after touching
money—notes or coins, any currency— and before rubbing
one's eyes. A call to arms is just as likely
to be taken as a threat by individuals or groups, who may
subsequently experience stress, even! This psychological system
of reactions is justifiable insofar as the presence of danger
does tend to promote a fear, an uncertainty—but what
happens to general security, on that basis? For the benefit of all, it
may be more important to differentiate an adult's reaction to
discomfort, from a child's response to a momentary loss of
Stress is available before or after the
fighting, rarely on the battlefield, and never in
Personal satisfaction is a result of all an adult does in a day
and in a life.
Happiness happens when one realises that it is possible to experience
personal satisfaction very often in a day.
satisfaction tends to become unreasonable,
reverts to infantilism for demanding it as a due—and grows
increasingly disillusioned for having expected pleasure to be
pleasurable at every turn.
stimuli is all a child has to go by
[because childhood's scope of evolution is limited due to biological imperatives, at this
time]. Children are annoyed when pleasure fails to be available,
rather than because something unpleasant has occurred. After a few years, the annoyed boy is ready to suspect
existential conspiracy against him!... Oddly enough, the focus
shifts from a need for pleasure [libido, in
a broad sense], to a need to control reality—in order to make
pleasurable things possible, it figures. In some cases
[temperaments], this regime gives way to a
virtual book-keeping of all the unpleasant things that can happen
in a day.
Young girls are
different: the absence of joy is a cause for sadness. In a second
phase, they start philosophising...
The career of being a woman begins
in two ways:
1—Striving for happiness
This feminine temperament strives to obtain modest happiness by doing something
2—Putting up with the lack of it
She may put up with the lack of mirth, for a time.
But all girls wake up one day
realising that they are now a
woman—then, until their last
breath, work at making everyone happy as though it were
Interview with Reef Warner
If your boat has holes and you see sharks,
you don't sing. As a parallel, noxious people wouldn't want you
to stop singing—they would encourage you to more lyrics, if
they could. Evil doesn't want its
victims to stop being happy, or may prefer it to keep its victims
As in Fattening
No, Nemesis hardly thinks that
way—it would be petty, and pettiness leaves tracks; even a
horse would fall in it!... It wants you to stay happy, sing, keep
being interested in your own songs—give you more lyrics, if
As to global insecurities raised by terror-threats, we have had a number of
major incidents since Manhattan, one thing after another, from
Bali to Casablanca in Indonesia—to name a few. The pattern
is unpredictable, so is the extent of the event. Knowing a
pattern would worth the beginning of a strategy. For lack of it,
one looks at anything susceptible to reveal a pattern. Consider
that events following September 11 were trying to be a repeat, in grand style...
Style!—what style, an atrocity?...
Cowardice in a grand-style! What is there to learn from them, and
who would want to?
An assassin doesn't quite return to the
scene of crime as some animal, driven by mating instinct...
Killing people is not enough. After
a time in the business of making
trouble, bullying life and pushing it about, destruction isn't
enough: an assassin must have solace!
Agents of terror are planning a replay on some of their great moments, in
They did Madrid, didn't they?
Yes... This must have meant a great deal to
them, I guess...
Negative! It meant a lot to them, because it
was capable of happening at all, and at the dimension of a major
event. To the nefarious, major only ever
equates with how much of a burden it is to someone
else—the community at large, in
this case. Taking enough lives to amount to a sense of victory
was quite supernumerary, to the bombers! Vital to them:
terror was able to get on rail—a critical installation. This was trying
to say: We can do a little better than
hitting School Buses, and when we want to!... Still, at that level of atrocity, perpetrators are
unlikely to be
satisfied by anything less than the real thing.
Comparatively, the Manhattan's
operation had half as much panache as all major strikes and daily
bombings combined, since then.
You keep saying these words... Do you really
anticipate another operation on such scale?
This is necessary information. Panache is
the essential trigger—maniacs
don't leave home without a fetiche!
Never heard of it!
Maybe not with this slant. But call it what
you will, motive is another word for
You mean, motive as in There's a motive behind every crime!?...
No one in the business of killing has ever
repeated an operation out of plain nastiness alone. Only an ogre
would—but ogres don't go for plain operations, whereas
murderers are plain humans...
More like beasts!...
Use the fact that they are human people, if you
would discern any pattern at all in how they move. Thinking them inhuman
is twice an error!
But they are monsters! Who would carry
out such acts and claim to be a person?
Some thing may be stealthy and odious, yet
predictable for being human. Whereas thinking it a monster makes
it at once mythical, and you might as well chase the white
So—what are you saying!?
What is needed is to understand what
triggers individuals, as opposed to focus on what a bomb does as
it explodes; we know well what happens, then. Comparatively, we
are still much too tentative as to what makes a person lose the
total quality of being a person.
And then, there is the
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