The narrative and the dross

Decades ago, as a callow youth of maybe 23, I was made a “leader trainer” in Scouts and was therefore entitled to wear an extra pip on the lanyard around my neck.

So there I was in a big hall, dimpled hat with hard brim on the side table and spindly legs in high socks emerging downwards from baggy shorts, lecturing to adults, some decades older than me and the only way I got away with it to an extent was that I wasn’t rehashing POR, the Scout manual but acknowledging that they were my superiors in life experience but here were a few other ideas they might like to consider.

Reasonable people, even of my age, would acknowledge that we are always learning, it never stops and a child can teach us things we’d forgotten or weren’t aware of specifically. A child can reteach us perspective.

There was one woman on that course I’ve just come out of this week and one girl – what she was there for I’m not sure.

The woman had an interesting perspective and we got on well. Thank the Lord above, she was bereft of feminism, a proper woman worthy of the name – hell, I even gave her some of my Munchies and she gave me some of her filling-removing toffees. We didn’t quite get to I’ll show you mine if you … but the kindergarten motif was still there in force and that passed the time.

That was in stark contrast to the lecturer, a callow youth of maybe 23, from Warrington and my attitude was that he might have some interesting aspects to impart – the attitude started out positive, though most of the others at the table were not so charitable. I even made a comment at one point that “this is fun” and the others looked at me, puzzled, except for the woman, of course, who was grinning and that’s why she became my friend.

One outspoken guy also became my friend later because he clearly had the same attitude I had and that will unfold. In fact, it might be said we colluded, so where does that leave people who say conspiracy is bunkum? Over on another table in the corner were two young men, children of the narrative and they were having trouble with the coffee all over the table and floor – they kept that up over the course of the course. I asked one of them at one point how he was enjoying the course and he shot back: “It’s not my fault” – the spilt coffee presumably.

The two most interesting characters were the girl and the lecturer and I’ll return to the latter later. The girl was just out of school and she reinforced the 80s art idea of Devo, the band:

The name “Devo” comes “from their concept of ‘de-evolution’ – the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society.” This idea was developed as a joke by Kent State University art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis as early as the late 1960s. Casale and Lewis created a number of satirical art pieces in a devolution vein.

They met Mark Mothersbaugh around 1970, who introduced them to the pamphlet “Jocko Homo Heavenbound”,[5] which includes an illustration of a winged devil labeled “D-EVOLUTION” and would later inspire the song “Jocko Homo”. However, the “joke” became serious, following the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, which Casale witnessed.[editorializing] This event would be cited multiple times as the impetus for forming the band Devo.

That idea that we’re de-evolving has now become a reality and was alive and well in that girl. She was pretty, she was empty of any knowledge relating to the real world but knew all the dross which was, in a sad way, relevant to her world. Her one and only concern was that she was 4’8″ and no one took her seriously. The reason she was virtually ignored was that she added nothing, understood nothing, smiled sweetly and sat with her feet up on the chair, looking down at her pink smartphone and inventing ways to amuse herself, which had many of the men intrigued, until one chimed in with: “He who has never watched porn cast the first stone.”

Someone else made a smutty remark and I leapt to the defence of the ladies: “Let’s face it, guys, this course would be unbearable without these two here, we’re all as ugly as sin,” most conceded that, the lady was intrigued and the girl did things with herself while the lads in the corner mopped up yet another spilt coffee.

All the things this site and others have said about the emptying of our children of anything worthwhile and the substitution of dross was on show for all to see in this lass and many of those adults were quietly shocked. They had children of their own in varying states of ignorance and lack of life experience but this girl took the prize. She was sweet enough by her lights and smiled sweetly but her lights were not, shall we say, on.

Returning to the lecturer, it was apparent early that he was a nice enough chap but was slavishly following the narrative. His materials let’s not get into at this point, as my role has been supervising teacher of student teachers in the past and things like lecture notes and preparation were my lot to comment on until not so long ago. I kept shtum about these things and just occasionally put in some info where he either had gone astray or didn’t know.

What also became apparent was that he was nervous and yet, at the same time, so convinced he was the expert, as the lecturer. And not only that, he had the absolute certainty of youth, as Mark Twain might have observed, which admitted of no other lessons learned on the ocean of life, things which came out in force when he was not there and those at the table opened up about their lives and past – and there were some mightily experienced people there who’d been in many fields and were consequently more than interesting as people.

The boy returned and all went back to the narrative. What became apparent also was that he was a slave to the narrative, as 50 something percent of Americans showed they were on Tuesday. And as we went from Pack 1 to Pack 2 and things began to repeat themselves and those things were absolute garbage, assuming a lie or series of lies in the PC mold, some people stopped him and drew attention to the fact that he was spouting cr*p, though not in those words.

No, no, he assured us – he was simply presenting the same things in different ways, so that if it hadn’t got through in one way, it might in another – good teaching technique in his book.

NLP in mine. This was Common Purpose stuff – false assumption of agreement on faux premises and a cynical knowledge that he, being the lecturer and we, the receivers of wisdom, actually labelled “students”, were in our respective roles and all was well with the world.

And the terror for him was that ideas other than what were in those lecture notes might arise and had to be suppressed instantly. The notion that those people at the table each had rich lives did not enter the narrative, did not enter his consciousness – he knew, we didn’t – after all, he had the esoteric materials, the knowledge handed down to him from above. The vast age discrepancy did not phase him, the possibility that we might have accumulated some life experience – no, no, the narrative!

The narrative! It is all, it is all we ever need to sustain us.

As for myself, I wasn’t annoyed with him – he was a product of his era and lack of education – he told us all about his earring he had to take out for these lectures, which he called tutorials and many other vital snippets from his vast life experience in Warrington and … er … Stockport. I asked about what he thought of nosebones and tattoos but he chose not to pursue that one.

Look, it wasn’t his fault, he was OK. I liked him and shook his hand at the end of the excruciating so-called “course”, an utter waste of valuable days in all of our lives.

I even told him I was so amazed by his lectures – tutorial please – that I was going to follow him to all of his lect tutorials over the north-west, even as far as Preston and he was pleased I’d accepted the narrative so completely.

That is until he reads the last page of the last pack, in answer to “What have you learned?” an open invitation to cut loose if ever there was one.

I’d written at the top of the page: “Do you want the truth or the narrative? Are you genuinely interested in how things are in this country?” Then I gave the truth which had been spoken at the table out of earshot of him, not mentioning them of course and virtually giving him a primer in what is written at OoL and NO, let alone a dozen other blogs.

It was done in the nicest possible way, I assure you and he got his brownie points where I wrote down what a fine lecturer he’d been. After all, I’d got him into trouble when he’d said he always had to make the coffee and when I went downstairs, asked the girls why the boys had to make the coffee for them and they were indignant that he’d said that and I said he hadn’t and I was sure they all took turns making the coffee and I’d like milk and two please in mine and they said make your own and I asked if they’d like some coffee and how did they like it and they said: “You’re learning.”

I saw, during that course, sporadic resistance from the table [interesting concept] when some piece of guff was so divorced from reality that some guy had expostulated about what BS it was and the potential rebellion was brought to heel again by well-tried NL techniques the Common Purpose “training” had primed him for.

And the cynical bstds are essentially correct – people, if not sheeple, are only self-interested and consequently they know only what relates to them and thus can be cajoled and manipulated on other matters. To a lesser extent that’s so for those who read with an open mind – even they – we – get hoodwinked at times. What I do know is that the pr***s who had prepared this whole structure of lecture materials needed to be taken out and shot. I’d dearly like to meet some of these face to face and observe the brainwashing at first hand.

With that sort of pigswill propaganda forced, by increments, into people’s brains all over the UK and America, let alone the colonies, no wonder situations like Obama’s re-election occur. It’s frightening how far the narrative is so deeply entrenched in people – half the people, the people with little life experience, the people who’ve lived all their lives as Eleanor Rigbys.

As for us, we are the hate-filled intractables, the “phobics” to be identified – and you probably are well aware of the multiple form filling and really intrusive detail they wanted – and taken out of calculations. Recovery in the economy? Social recovery? Not from where anyone at that table was sitting, except perhaps for our coffee mopping up lads over in the corner, chewing on their fingers and grinning – for them, life was richly rewarding, except for the coffee. I should have introduced the girl to them.

In fact, the effect it had on everyone there was to reinforce resistance to the whole narrative and people who had not been radicalized before now were, in the face of this dross. Because humans do have this cunning ability to reason when the narrative slips up. To a great extent it relies on bastardized buzzwords and concepts, redefinitions and the like but when its dross is too widely removed from people’s experience, doubt seeps in and that’s the beginning of the end.

In America, it’s clearly still going strong, the narrative. Are we not men? We are de-vo.

Freedom of choice?

2 comments for “The narrative and the dross

  1. Mark
    November 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I think if I had received that reply on offering to get someone a coffee, my response would have gotten me chucked off the course.

  2. dembones
    November 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    This is the reason I read this and many other blogs and if I can some of the classics. We are always learning. Something that I see not appreciated by a lot of those around me. For my grandparents’ generation learning was a life-long aspiration, they scrimped and scraped to send their children to the best schools, whereas they has taken the self-education route. Perhaps that it where it went wrong, thinking that those better taught knew more, discounting life experience and self-education.
    My grandfather had a thick volume called The People’s Educator (if I recall rightly), it was composed of weekly newspaper-like publications of lessons of a vast number of disciplines and topics from Greek Mythology to Pitman’s Shorthand and many others that I cannot recall. I used to love reading though articles/lessons that I had no comprehension of, the foreign languages and mathematics etc. My own parents ensured that there was a set of encyclopaedia in the home. One of our first lessons was the thirst for knowledge. Unfortunately, I did not do well at school and perhaps that is the reason that I feel that schools are not always a good thing. Today we are so fortunate that we do not have to scrimp and scrape and collect weekly editions of The People’s Educator, the internet is our education. I think that the saviour will be to ensure that the next generation once taught to read uses the internet as their educator and uses the knowledge of previous generations to gain a greater understanding of their own. Already babies are accepting what we call new technology as part of their existence.
    I will do my best to see that those around me can see through NLP and other brainwashing techniques and want to learn all through their lives. To remember that experts and often self-proclaimed and nothing of the sort, that something oft repeated is not always true. I guess it is no accident that after ‘yes’ and ‘no’ the most used word a child uses before s/he goes to school is ‘why’, then that changes after they go to school.

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