The Human Zoo

As you may remember, true believers, last time we solved the riddle of the plucked chicken, black swan, and vampire duck.

by O Society September 7, 2019

The Riddle goes like this:

Trump’s in it for the Trump, the whole Trump, and nothing but the Trump. So why in the jumpin’ green Jehoshaphat would anyone follow this guy, Batman?

And we found the answer lies not in the answering at all… but rather, in dissolving the riddle. In other words, the answer doesn’t matter, what does is the question itself.

What does the question mean?

All of our lives, we’ve been following these Greek guys. Plato. Socrates. Aristotle.

Some of us don’t know it’s what we’ve been doing, but we do it nonetheless. It’s called “culture” and it’s what we do as human beings. We reproduce culture in the form of a “meme” just as we reproduce genetically in the form of a “gene.” See?

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Let’s lookit the first statement again. “All men are mortal.”

What is this? Why it’s Monolithic! It is a way of stating all men are like this _____.

Did you catch the all part?

Good.

This is how we get what’s called a stereotype. All men are like ( X ).

Mono-lith: one big rock made up of all the same stuff

This generalization to the universal is something we bring with us as baggage. The monolith the apes find becomes a principle of knowing – didja get the knowing bit? – how to classify stuff. Such as people. Yes. People.

Reporter: “The final scenes of the film seemed more metaphorical than realistic. Will you discuss them — or would that be part of the ‘road map’ you’re trying to avoid?”

Kubrick: “No, I don’t mind discussing it, on the lowest level, that is, straightforward explanation of the plot:

You begin with an artifact left on earth 4,000,000 years ago by extraterrestrial explorers who observed the behavior of the man-apes of the time and decided to influence their evolutionary progression.

Then you have a second artifact buried deep on the lunar surface and programmed to signal word of man’s first baby steps into the universe – a kind of cosmic burglar alarm.

And finally there’s a third artifact placed in orbit around Jupiter and waiting for the time when man has reached the outer rim of his own solar system. When the surviving astronaut, Bowman, ultimately reaches Jupiter, this artifact sweeps him into a force field or star gate that hurls him on a journey through inner and outer space and finally transports him to another part of the galaxy, where he’s placed in a human zoo approximating a hospital terrestrial environment drawn out of his own dreams and imagination.

In a timeless state, his life passes from middle age to senescence to death. He is reborn, an enhanced being, a star child, an angel, a superman, if you like, and returns to earth prepared for the next leap forward of man’s evolutionary destiny.”

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Apes and Aristotle and Carl Linnaeus and whoever else’s fault it is got us classifying things – animal, vegetable, and mineral – and here we are now doing the same old taxonomy of putting people in categories and saying they’re all the same, just like good ole Socrates. We know they’re all the same, don’t we?

Little Boxes

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same,
There’s a pink one and a green one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
And the people in the houses
All went to the university
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same
And there’s doctors and lawyers
And business executives
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same
And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same
There’s a pink one and a green one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same

~ Malvina Reynolds (1967)

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All men are ______.

This is the universal generalization used in deductive reasoning, established by the power of induction, distributed to all in the schools and universities. The stereotype.

Why do people fall for Trump? Support the obvious conman? Play along with the ridiculous made up revisionist history he peddles?

The first step is admitting to ourselves “I don’t get it.”

The second step understanding syllogism, logic, knowledge… it’s all baked into our Western civilization from the beginning. Trump is a cliche. Trump didn’t invent anything. He’s too stupid and shallow to be creative. Rather, he recycles junk food for the mind. Where does it come from?

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Monolithism:

All the mainstream media is fake and is all the same.

All libitards are stupid, they’re all just the same.

All conservatives are rubes and they all look just the same.

All white people are superior to wogs.

On and on it goes… The parade of absolutes.

All of Us are This and All of Them are That.

The aliens put us in boxes and classify us in the human zoo. And we all live in boxes and we all look just the same.

Here is the first essay in this series:

The Riddle of the Vampire Duck

More will be revealed…

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