"You're an Asocial, Aren't You?"

“You’re an asocial, aren’t you?” It’s a line from “Fatherland,” the novel by Robert Harris, set in the postulated world where Germany won WWII. It’s the hero’s son’s accusation against him, hurled from the boy’s Nazi education.             I have a...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Seven – the ‘Abuse Truth.’

            Here’s the way I’ve been expressing what I consider to be the dominant social construct/metaphor/meme around our parenting:              . . . that story, about what must happen and how consequences make it happen and about how what...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Six - Abuse

            What I offer as the child-rearing paradigm for groups in conflict is rather bare-bones, I wanted to go after the core of it; I really think to change anything we kind of have to change it all, all the way up from the bottom, because...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Three

            I think perhaps a creative recap first, a summary with some adjustments.             I plagiarized Dawkins’ idea of the meme, the social construct or metaphor (but there, I’ve cited him now, sort of. Honestly, I thought I’d simply...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Five

            OK, the blog I decided was part four for logical order, I wrote that a month or two ago, but I wrote part three over the last few days. Things took a sudden turn for the dark there, I’m afraid, so if you saw the one about what we think we...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part Two

            If we consider what I’ve labelled as the ‘consequences meme’ that captures the most common parenting methods and attitudes and try to glean what goals it may serve, the first and most basic thing offered by it appears to be control. Here’s...

Human Nature – or Let Me Tell You What We Think of Us.

            It’s a problem when nouns are provided as explanations, generally, or at least it’s a problem for me.             When we search for an answer, it’s a cause for something that we seek - and we might think a ‘cause’ would be something...

AST– A Better Metaphor, Part One

I can’t commit to one thing or another.             Art or science, I mean. It’s a self image thing, I know I don’t have the education for science, but I also can’t compete artistically, so . . . so I’m afraid I abuse them both, using one as a...