If You See the Buddha

Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com / Teaching / Society / Survival / Social Semiotics /

Remember at all times: it’s not for Jesus to hail himself as Christ; first John has to recognize him, then Peter, then Paul, then the rest of us. God is whatever we’re all pointing at.

It’s not for Beethoven to know he’s great; first the duke has to tell him, then the public, then posterity. Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh … have no right to an opinion: until the museum puts up a plaque.
Einstein wasn’t smart, Relativity wasn’t true: until Life Magazine said so.

If Leonardo were a genius, he’d be famous.

My sister’s friend’s much younger brother asked who Leonardo was. His father, the history teacher, answered, “Leonardo was a genius.” The kid said: “Leonardo can’t be a genius; because it he were a genius, he’d be famous.”

If you see the Buddha, kill him.

Society relies on the golden goose being immortal no matter how many times we kill it. My particular pessimism relies on the public getting irreversible cancer before it stops smoking.

I suspect that Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Conrad … would agree with me: the smartest of us was an idiot.

And what God is is none of our affair.


There’s a difference between the Nazis burning books by Jews and the United States burning books by Wilhelm Reich. The difference may be too subtle for many to see, but for any American it should be clear as a bell. You see, they were bad; but we‘re good.

When I mention Reich I typically mention Leary in the next breath (as did RA Wilson). I think I’ll start a Who Got Fired at Harvard file and invite all to help fill it in: Harvard Firings

I’ll put it though in my Homeostasis folder.

Social Semantics

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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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