-the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘a Post with no delete or backspace key available’

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and to rogers)



I was about to (type) that that’s the last of the error free text to be found in this Post today, but even though I’ve typed ‘Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and roger) more time than I can remember , the self-awareness that lurks to the right of ou us each minute of each waking day, ready to juggle our elbow or push our hands ,  (yeah, no backspace)

So I thought, a) I could simply not write anything on the computer today or 2) I could drive a half-way across the state of for the only store that sells the keyboard I need.

I think I’m c going with the ‘drive across the state’, though I need to spend a few minutes to understand if I’m overlooking…. Ha! I believe I just discovered the workaround!

Thank you for your patience in reading this (because, lets all be honest, we type with the anticipation/expectation of what we write being read by another person. We (at least those of us in the b;oosphere  blogosphere) know that somewhere someone might read out our words our thoughts… in a way, is this not the sm same foundation upon which all of the major religions with their countless numbers of lives shaped and steered by beliefs in something that they can never prove?

(So yes, zoe, I guess I am saying that god is a blogger)

With a single key malfunctioning on my computer keyboard we have re-capitulated and re-framed the Questions of life that all of us struggle with consciously or otherwise :

  • is it better to think than not think? (after all, not typing out my thoughts here in the ‘sphere should not mean the end of my day/my life should it?
  • because I think it, or to be more direct, because I perceive the world around me, do I gain any value or benefit by sharing my experience ?
  • for that matter, why do I need a delete/backspace key in the first place… theory tells me that the life lived in real time, without try -overs and re-sets is the only reality when you think about it.
  • boy, do I need to get out into the real world more

lol  ok  end of this. I have my workaround (involves a remote access to my office computer* I will get ‘out there’** and do something useful and productive and (hopefully) beneficial to another lifeform.

**This Just In!  No, it does not help to live by Proxy. The solution that I genuinely ** felt would work did not… for reasons that most of us will guess, it did not work. **


*jeez louise I do not want to think through the implications of my finding that to be an acceptable substitute to my problem today, do I?

**meaning I thought I felt I had a valid solution



clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. valj2750 says:

    Always an adventure when we visit over here. Backspace function delete

  2. A clever analogy, sir. Good reminder.
    No do overs, no maybes, no cutting to the front of the line.
    Today. Take a stand today. Participate for the simple act of it.
    All else follows.
    Thank you again, for the reminder.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      it’s like there are these frickin billboards on every street ‘Secret of the Universe… here’ and I’m wearing my custom-made billboard filtering lenses

  3. Sageleaf says:

    You know, this is quite the insightful post, dear Clark. Not being able to backspace and type in real time…huh. I guess they’d call that living in the present! :)
    When we think we’d like to do things over, it’s really us in the present trying to fix the past and then we’re not living in the present anymore and thinking about the past and then hours go by and we wonder, “boy, where was I?”
    If I didn’t know better, I’d say you just read Lao Tzu or something. :D

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah… I always end up (at least nowadays, which is a sign of progress) accepting it’s better to remember after forgetting a lesson than to not remember the lesson at all

      or something
      first there’s a Post and then the Post is incredibly wise and then there’s a Post… ya know? lol

  4. Carin says:

    That’s what I feel a lot of times when I realize I’ve been in front of my computer (or phone) for a long time. So soon, here, I should get up and do something, perhaps, walk my dogs before it gets too cold. :)

  5. Having experienced keyboards that I can only assume were possessed, I loved this post, Clark! We can see your thought process played out and that’s fascinating… and a little bit scary. :-) I like the concept of just going with it, living in the now. Perhaps our obsession with auto-correction is partially based in a subconscious effort to appear more perfect than we really are, in addition of course to wanting to make our posts reasonably readable. There are several five-minute writes online that encourage free-flow thought without stopping and I think that’s good training for thought in general, not just writing. Sometimes we need to just walk thru thought and life, and worry about correction and revision a bit later. Kudos to you for turning your keyboard’s failure into an insightful process! I’m sorry that your quick-fix didn’t work, but I know you’ll have it figured out or replaced before too much time elapses. Your finished post actually came out very well despite the minor inconvenience of a rebel key. Thank you for joining in at the new TToT blog!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Thank you, first of all, for picking up the standard from Lizzi. She has done remarkable work with this here bloghop here, not just in keeping it going, but in creating the atmosphere of open welcome to one and all. I can’t think of anyone better (in all respects) to carry on here.
      That being said, I wrote the post before I was aware that the Ten Things of Thankful bloghop continued, so please bear with the… eclectic approach to rhetoric that seems to be my mainstay ’round here.
      Posts tend to be good posts when there is a genuine feeling behind (or under or over) the words that show.
      Looking forward to your tenure here at the ‘hop.

  6. zoe says:

    Its kinda like being without your phone which we lived without forever prior to the past few yrs… I couldn’t type without those keys!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      especially delete, no? (I am stuck with an Apple computer. And in their rogerian certitude did not design a discrete delete key (of only all of my reasons to delete were discrete!) and so the backspace and the delete problem.
      Off to see the rogers at my local apple store for lunch and a new keyboard.

  7. Kristi says:

    Trying to use an uncooperative keyboard can be frustrating! However, there are definitely lessons to be learned from such an experience. Something about do not worry about your neighbor’s lack of a backspace key when you are still struggling with your own sticky spacebar. I might be paraphrasing. :-)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol…. I suspect that this problem (balky and/or faulty technology) has much to allow us to gain new insights into our ownselfs… because we are trying to do one of the rarest (in occurrence and in quality) acts of the day, communicate and create. Talk about your waves rippling back into our inner selfs!!

  8. Pat B says:

    This post has left me contemplating. I’m not sure that is exactly what you were intending to happen to the people who read it. I do agree with you that we do live our lives in real time, but I think sometimes the things a person struggles to understand or live, is presented in another format to give him another chance to do better the next go around. I can’t prove that for sure, but it seems to be true in my life.

    Very interesting read without that dependable keyboard.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yes. and thank you for that additional perspective.*

      *if there is one thing about the Doctrine, it’s that we loves our additional perspectives!

  9. Agree with the others here – no backspace/delete in real life and that’s quite a philosophical metaphor. I really always enjoy seeing your thought process unfold on the page here.
    You’ve given me some things to think about as I continue to wait out this horrible flu and stare at the ceiling.