Nobody Came

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What if they gave a war and nobody came?

That was one of my favorite koans of the 1960s. They were giving a war, and lots of people came, and went: some by coercion (the draft), some by bribery (soldiers were paid, protesters were beat up, sabotaged) …

That phrase propagated: somebody said it, wrote it: others repeated it. It became a meme. I repeated it, and I varied it:

What if there was a Jesus: and nobody paid attention?

What if lots of things: what if there was a salvation but nobody qualified?

Wait a minute: revise that: what if there were a salvation offered but the quorum necessary for it to work was not achieved?
Like what if communication were possible, but more than two people would have to participate? And only one participated? or twenty were necessary but only ten showed up?

I offered a Christian anarchist internet in 1970, following Ivan Illich’s prescription: instead of coercion (compulsory schooling, for example), a free people would support cybernetic data bases where anyone could advertise but no one could supervise? In other words social order should self-form, not be dictated. That’s what my Free Learning Exchange was: or at least what it was intended to be. The public used it: several dozen people. The public supported it: a dozen volunteers and I raised maybe $200 over three years effort. It wasn’t nothing, but it wasn’t enough. (That doesn’t count the $1,500 or so that the United Methodist Women contributed: $800 or so to FLEX, another $700 or so to fly me to Cuernavaca to see Illich and meet Denis Detzel.)

I say this to you today over this internet: state-sponsored, kleptocracy-financed: the state a plagiarist, thief, and pervert. Illich and I offered freedom, an unsupervised internet, no censorship. The states, led by the US, substituted a supervised internet: coercively financed. And now we’re permanently helpless. But it’s not Jesus’ fault. What can be the fault of the guy crucied?
It’s not Illich’s fault: he was defrocked by the Church before he even proposed a free internet.
And it’s certainly not my fault.

But you know the truth of any of these things is up to God, isn’t it?
What if God says that Jesus was supposed to save us? and we’re not saved? so it’s Jesus’ failure!
Isn’t that self-evident?

What if something called reason tried to emerge, but hordes of humans came out instead?

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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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