On Respect, Fear, Admiration and Irreverence (December 17, 2007)
Respect (R) is a mix of Fear (Fe or F) and of Admiration (Au or A). Marine Corps Drill Instructor: R=Fe8Au1. Minister: R=Fe4Au4. Den Mother: R=Fe1Au8. When the A evaporates, however, the residue is F. The F is often sedated by adopting a detached and irreverent world view. The F is often sedated with sedatives. When Admiration for society’s institutions and individuals disappears, Irreverence emerges as a defense mechanism. Irreverence is a manifestation of alienation (for those under 25 years old) and disconnection (for those over 25 years young) and a defense mechanism. The populace is becoming more alienated and disconnected from American institutions and individuals. [See the e-ssay dated August 28, 2006 entitled “The Residue of Unrelenting Fear: PTSD Afflicts The Populace”]. And no one seems to know or to care.
[With a nod to Montaigne’s work Essais.]
Bumper sticker of the week:
I could care.