Cry Wolf

K. had a section on Myth in K. / Teaching / Schlarship. I’ll try to recreate everything at pKnatz: but here’s a sentence I just wrote at IonaArc: in relation to the Yellowstone super volcano:

The boy(-who-cried-wolf) was mortal anyway; but did the society have to be? It’s not the boy’s sheep the wolf kills!
(If the robbers tie up the night watchmen and rob the bank, whose money did they steal? the night watchman’s?! The watchman may have had a few dollars in the bank, but the boy owns none of the sheep.)

Myth: “explaining” experience
(generally before it happens)
by a story

I’ve been a fan of doomsdaying since childhood. I’ve tried to contribute my own warnings. No one in history knows better than I how obtuse the society can be, how stubborn, how dishonestly closed-minded. There’s a zillion ways for life to fail: none more threatening than the super volcano under Yellowstone.

The dangers I impoverished myself by warning us about were solvable; Yellowstone is not: not to any trick we know now!


About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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