Lessons From the Playground, by Robert Gore

Grow up!

The lessons many of us took from playgrounds are helpful in analyzing war, although war, being humanity’s stupidest activity, is less excusable and less interesting than playground dynamics. Grownups, after all, are supposed to be wiser and more mature than kids. Realizing that most aren’t is one of those rites of passage into adulthood.

On the playground you’ll find one or more bullies, who terrorize the weaker, smaller kids. The bullies tend to form their own clique. Their victims try to stay out of their way, but bullies gotta bully. The victims quickly learn that appealing to adult authority is guaranteed trouble. While bullies may be reprimanded or otherwise punished, they have ways of dealing with upstarts and snitches, and their revenge is always disproportionate.

Once in a too great while the oppressed band together and take revenge on their oppressors, or a bully misjudges a kid as a potential victim and finds out the hard way that the kid knows how to take care of him or herself. Often in such circumstances, bullies will make their own ludicrous appeal to authority, complaining that they’re being picked on.

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Jane
Jane
2 months ago

Here we are rowing aimlessly -- a ship of fools administration. The Empire is decaying. We realize our 24/7 intellectual arguments rarely lead to agreement. Thus public affairs are drifting from bad to worse, amid an unceasing cacophony of argument. Our citizen constant dedication to discussion seems to destroy the power of action. Amid a Babel of talk, the ship drifts on to the rocks. We all are falling down and cannot rise.

a follower, working on it.
a follower, working on it.
2 months ago
Reply to  Jane

Some lessons take that kind of chastisement for people to finally understand. Or not.

Jane
Jane
2 months ago

Guess it will be a interesting next year.