Posted by The Happy Tutor
Certain statements have, famously, the form of being true if false and false if true. ("I always lie," says the Cretan Liar.) But I am more interested, for reasons that will become apparent, in speech acts that work like this: If you tell the truth you are must suffer and recant. That is how you know you finally got the truth out. The authority, embodied in the norms obeyed by so many people, having its truth revealed, and wanting it suppressed, lest others defect, makes sure that your statement miscarries as does your career.
I think we are many of us in this pickle. We are preconscious - Sleepwalkers. We get closer to self-understanding, to waking up, and to understanding the institutions that we collectively maintain, ("The inhuman institution is us; we are Wealth Bondage") but we recognize that the understanding, let alone the utterance of that understanding, is lethal to our own best interests. So we half think and half speak our attenuated truths, out of our half consciousness, our inchoate consciousness, like men and women speaking in our sleep. We would not jeopardize our position in Wealth Bondage, for outside of Wealth Bondage there is nothing.
Imagine a Nobel Prize or Macarthur genius grant whose winners are strangled with a cord then beaten to death with iron rods.The head of the awards committee is appointed by Candidia. Alberto Gonzalez and a secret military tribunal would be responsible for presenting the prize to the unlucky recipients. The goal of the award is to encourage Human Excellence. And it would too. Everyone in WB would be working their ass off the next day to Achieve Excellence. Anyone with a better idea than conformity would quickly make the list of candidates for next year's Prize or for the Special Prizes awarded from time to time, such as ostracism, contempt, silence, abduction, and sequestration beyond the bounds of polite society. Am I right? Hell no! Not even close to being right. I would like to live long enough to lift a toast to the New Year, five or so hours from now. Another great year shaping up for us all in Wealth Bondage. Let us drink to that.