Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
Lets finish our little discussion about clarks, scotts and rogers from yesterday.
…and Doug was a roger. The most important quality of the newest crew member was not if he knew what he was doing (he did not), it didn’t matter if he had ever been offshore (he had not), it did not even concern Doug if the new guy would freeze up when things got semi-extreme (weather and seas, and such) …nope! None of that was a first order factor. What mattered was that he met this guy in the context of his dominant ‘Right Way to Live’, i.e. his religion. In other words, our Scott was invited and therefore allowed to put us all at risk simply because he was part of (Doug’s) Herd.
A Doctrine Note: rogers are those who live in the world of the Herd Member. This world is one that is quantifiable, and has ‘Right Ways’ (the implied ‘Wrong Ways’ are not necessary to specify, simply because they are an inherent characteristic of anyone not of the Herd… not so much an immediate disqualification, not even as a test for a candidate for membership in the Herd, more an a priori quality of the people a roger may encounter in the course of everyday life. As a result, this means that rogers relate themselves to the world around them through emotion ( clarks think, scotts act and rogers feel), and emotion, being essentially non-rational* is shared among others of the same worldview. As long as Doug perceived Scott as a member of the Herd, he was willing to overlook his glaring deficiencies. ’Herd’, in the context of the Doctrine need not be a literal herd, nor does it need to be a reality-contiguous assemblage of people. Lets say you’re in Namibia, (as Friend of the Doctrine Jennifer Steck expects to be soon be), and she walks off the plane and is feeling like the quintessential Outsider… she can either identify with the members of the group she is traveling with, or …or! she can look at her clothes** and feel that she is a part of the Herd (of those who understand) the Wakefield Doctrine. Jennifer can then walk confidently among the throngs, searching for the clarks and the scotts and the rogers of the Dark Continent! (Damn! what an opportunity for a historic meeting!!*** ”Miz Chisnal, I presume!”
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Lizzi very damn interesting piece about the nature of this made up universe we are all agreeing actually exists go there and read all about it!! O
Dyanne (who reports that she has been stuck in the tech-mud of the internet, at least in regards to her Comments at our little Challenge feature. At her behest, we rummaged through the spam folder and there she was… truth be told, the spammers begged me to ‘Approve’ her Comments as she was quite stern with all of them about wasting everyone’s time and was about to tell them all the Tale of the Littlest Blogger (and how, at the end, she sleweth all the rude spammers and lived happily everafter, the end)… today she helps us understand and appreciate the flatware of the Future!
and…. zoe! she tells us the Answer. Plain or Gravy-producing Cereal??
* while it is tempting, we are not saying irrational… simply non-rational as in, not subject to or constrained by the requirements of logic and explainability-ness
** the plan, so far entails a clandestine meeting between Jennifer and our Gal in London, at Heathrow, and a docTee drop! (yes! exactly!! I would, but do not need to make this up!!)
*** my geography may be a bit sketchy, but I know that Friend of the Doctrine, Melanie hails from South Africa and Jennifer is headed to Namibia, which is in Africa… how hard can it be? (“…You’re from South Africa? omg!!! My sister lives in Windhoek!! Do you know….”)