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The World of Bootbeep Solpolyp

How to do it, Bootbeep, how to do it, Oh Elixirious One, Quintessence of the Secret of three Moments! I come to you inquiring, requesting, beseeching knowledge. I come to you inquiring, requesting, beseeching clarification. I come to you inquiring, requesting, beseeching instruction oh Twice Born Gem of Ambrosia, Champion of the Two Realms of Being and Non-Being, Delicious Narwhal of the Inner Ocean!

Bootpeep responds: I incline favorably to your request, Noble son of a Good Family, I incline favorably to your inquiry, I incline favorably to your beseeching, worthy one: ask, beseech, inquire regarding knowledge, ask, beseech inquire regarding clarification, ask, beseech, inquire regarding instruction! What issue, pray me Tender Honest One, do tell seek you clarity. What issue I pray thee, Sweet Elixirious One, seek you knowledge? Down what road, Wanderer of the Three Aproias, Seek you Instruction? Speak without fear, Tender One!

I say to Bootpeep: I am teaching the children. I am entertaining the children. I am telling a story to the children. I wish the children to be brave, loved, satisfied, elixirious, mountainous, oceanic, mysterious, knowers of the vegetable mysteries, plumbers of the depth, playful, childlike, wise, able to become adolescents, able to become adults, able to become aged, clean-minded, ethical, adventurous, knowers of mysteries, plumbers of depths, kindly ones, safe ones, wise ones.

I wish my teaching to led the children to being brave, loved, satisfed…

I wish my entertainment to leave the children brave, loved, satisfed…

I wish the story I tell the children to plant the seeds in their minds then when germinated produce the fruits of being brave, loved, satisfied, elixirious, mountainous, oceanic, mysterious…safe ones, wise ones.

How shall I do it Oh Noble One. And is it worth attempting?

Bootpeel inclined himself to aquiescence and nectarously expressing himself responded, it is worth attempting. And I shall tell you how.

Sez Bootpeep: Tell the children thus:

THE TALE OF BOOTPEEP

There were two dogs named Josephus and Armando. Josephus was a lion and Armando was a bird. The lion was named Hoshea. The bird was named Alandoflap. Alandoflap lived alone but his friend was a Mutazilite of the Third Century. They will not be menitoned until the end of this story and then they will Glory in the Seventeen Imponderables!

The End

And everyone listening said: Well-answered, Bootpepp! Well-answered Noble One! We have obtained understanding, we have obtained knowledge, we have reached an end to our inquiry, we wander beyond the Last Tree, we transverse the furthest Star, We Have Tasted the Holy Casava.

We are At Peace.

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Creeds of Forgiveness

Imagine two families living side by side, the Abbotts and the Barneys. Mister Abbott is a successful engineer, and rich, while Mr. Barney tried a number of longshots in his youth which didn’t pan out and now works as a Lyft Driver. When Barney’s son wants to go to school, Abbott gives Barney a twenty year loan. Time passes and Barney’s son invests his time and money in a fish restaurant which goes bust.

It seems obvious that the Barney family will be attracted to a creed, such as Christianity, that emphasizes forgiveness. Both in the general — the Barney family should not be judged harshly for their failed ventures — and specifically — their loan should be forgiven. And I am attracted to this creed too. Why should the Barney children suffer under the weight of a promise their father made?

Suppose Abbott forgives their loan, and metaphysically, doesn’t judge them. In a few years the young Barney — Barney Jr. — asks for a loan from the young Abbott — Abbott Jr. He gets it. But history repeats. Barney Jr. can’t pay back the loan. Instead he has a dream that the gods, or god, don’t expect people to pay back loans. Or he decides that engineering is wicked, and the fruit of a wicked tree is poisonous, and he need not pay back the loan. Or he decides that the Abbotts in particular are jerks, did it on purpose to humiliate them, and needn’t be paid back. Or he decides that words mean different things in different contexts — when he said “I will pay you back in ten years” — “I” and “pay” and “years” — all meant different things or nothing — but what they actually meant, if they meant anything, which maybe they didn’t, means he does not have to pay back the loan.

If Barney III asks for a loan from Abbott III will Abbott III make it? He would be a fool to. And the consequences of this small scenario over the society as a whole will be about what you would expect.

Over time in a society where most — or I should say “enough” — people are like the Barneys, nobody will make loans. Because they will expect that because of the value loan-recipients place on forgiveness, they will come up for some justification for not paying them back. It could be a justification that is high flown and philosophical, or beautiful and poetic, or down and dirty. But they are incentivized to do so, so they will.

Maybe that’s okay. Because a world where people are crushing their future because of promises they made in the past is sub-optimal. But a world where people will never trust promises, because they know the promisers (and everybody else) believes the promises will never be honored, is no great shakes either.

Is there an ideal mix in a society of the creed of forgiveness and the creed of doing what you said you would do?

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Becca and Nissim

Sarah fell in love with Anthony because he was so dashing, and they had a child — LeRoy. Anthony pressured LeRoy to be a martial daring young man who would win the respect of Anthony’s drinking buddies. LeRoy joined the army to impress his father and was very badly hurt. He came back an invalid. Sarah said “You’re so stupid — all you cared about is impressing your friends — and they don’t care about you — and now we will have no grandchildren.” And because LeRoy did not want to cause his parents unhappiness he left home, and became expert at carving beautiful nut-shells, and I will sell you one for fifteen dollars, even though it took LeRoy two weeks to carve it. And Nissim said “OK!” and kept that nutshell with him as a good luck charm, and advanced into the quarter-finals.

The night before the quarter-finals one of the other players after practice heard this story and told Nissim that this was just a lie to get him to buy nutshells and he became very sad and wondered “What does it all mean?” Why would somebody tell a story that’s not true? Just to sell nut shells for fifteen dollars?

Maybe the stories they told me — that I am great at football — that we will win this year — are also not true.

When Becca heard that she said it wasn’t true at all, that Nissim’s friend had not known shit.

The next day Nissim scored the winning goal, and looking at him from the stands Becca thought and felt from head to toe: ❤️ .

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Dog-Master and Sweet-Monkey

Dog-Master and Sweet-Monkey dwelt together in the empyrean, but didn’t get along. I think it’s because they were each of them unhappy, and this made them angry at whoever they would run into, and since they dwelt together, each was angry at the other: Dog-Master at Sweet-Monkey and Sweet-Monkey at Dog-Master. Sure, the anger showed up in different ways because Dog-Master was more outgoing and would yell at Sweet-Monkey, while Sweet-Monkey was nervous and self-critical, and would seldom criticize Sweet-Monkey to his face, but in his heart, murder.

Why were they unhappy? For reasons that were different, opposite even, although viewed at a sufficient level of abstraction, the same. Although I will level with you: “viewed at a sufficient level of abstraction: the same” doesn’t mean so much — a hill and a hole are both deviations from level ground, but are they the same? Try falling in one, and see how the same they feel!

They both felt out of place. Dog-Master thought he deserved a higher place in Heaven: he had his heart set on the super-empyrean. The super-empyrean is for “those whose selves were simply vehicles for the good” while the empyrean is for “those who lived their lives in service of the good.” Dog-Master truly believed that his self had simply been a vehicle of the good. He was not simply a servant of the good.

He was wrong of course. He knew he was wrong. But he didn’t believe he was wrong. He wanted the super-empyrean!

Sweet-Monkey felt he belonged in the level two below the empyrean: the heaven of the super-lunary. The heaven is the dwelling place for those souls that are suffused with self — who are selfish — but because of a happy emotional constitution lucked out and did less bad than good. Sweet-Monkey thought he had been too high a dwelling place, and was afraid that he would be found out. Or worse, that he would never be found out! Because if the universe were such that somebody as low as he, could be rewarded beyond his merits, didn’t it make everything Meaningless?

Sweet-Monkey feared that it did. And that made Dog-Master’s railing that he should be placed even higher grate on his nerves.

I think they ultimately worked it out. Not sure. I should give them a call!

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Situations

The world is made of situations i.e. not facts or things.

People are part of the world and thus are part of situations. There are no unsituated people, languages, or knowers.

All situations are dynamic and unstable.

To understand a situation means to know what to do.

Situations involved other situations and at the limit they are all involved in each other i.e. there is no such thing as an isolated situation.

More complete understanding means understanding what to do in a situation in various different possible situations that situation can be situated or situate itself.

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