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.

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