Six Sentence Story -the Wakefield Doctrine-

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TAP

…tap… tap?!?! The prompt word is tap?

are you sure?

OK, I just went online and saw that the word is ‘TAP’ and god knows, if it’s online, then it has to be true. Give me a minute.  Late start. This element (of warm-up) is coming at 8:06 am Thursday. yeah! I know!  (There’s a window of ….something for me, for writing. too much real world and whatever aspect of my brain that enjoys doing this withdraws and hides, the 5 year boy, tolerating the company clothes demanded by the occasion, spotting the opportunity of an un-attended empty bedroom (with a pile of coats on the bed, like a high fashion igloo), withdraws and refuses to come out until all the strangers have left the house.)

…ah well.

oh, yeah… New Readers? here’s what we do. zoe provides us with a prompt word and our job is to make up a story using that word. A Six Sentence Story. the six in the name refers to the number of sentences it should contain. give it a try. it seems real hard and, if you’re not careful it might feel like work, but it is not. it’s fun (see? nary a capital letter in the last bunch of words!  the only rule, really has to do with sentence count. ain’t nobody said nothin about grammar!  like I said, Fun!)

PAT

“Tap”, he said.

Patricia thought is was strange to hear a single word, spoken in a solidly-baritone voice, given where she was at the time.

She sat at the console piano, in one of (many) practice rooms in the Music building, sounds of a variety of instruments lightly filling the air, in a quiet barrage of notes and timbres, none loud or assertive enough to proclaim the instrument of it’s birth, it was the sound of an mute orchestra in an asylum.

‘Tap, Tap, Tap.’

Now she was sure she heard it, words and not notes, the fact that she sat in a room that consisted of four walls, a ceiling and a floor, all of which, (except the floor and a little square of glass in the door), was covered in acoustic tile, looking like a sponge pressed into two dimensions; she looked at the sheet music tilted over the keys, ‘Mozart’s Table Music No.3’.

… said he, “Pat.”

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Tuesday -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘(an) answer to yesterday’s question’

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So yesterday we had a post that in part posed a question to Readers. And, as is the way of this here blog here, the process of answering was both the clue to the answer and confirmation of the underlying assumption. (No! wait!! scott.… I’ll get things moving… just let me set up the premise… then music videos and excitement!! I promise!)

Recap:

I think I’ll settle for a quiz that’s as close to a personality assessment as you’re going to encounter here at the Wakefield Doctrine):

    • When you woke up this morning, did you feel good/scared/confident that today would be a good day in ‘the world out there’? If that sounds at all reasonable, go stand over there… no, there are others already in that section of the gym, you’ll see them when you get there.
    • When you woke up this morning, did you get up? ok… amuse yourself while I deal with the last group of personality types. Sure, anywhere will be fine.
    • When you woke up this morning, (well, lets rephrase that to ‘when you transitioned from quiet concern to active concern), did you feel that although you might describe yourself as confident, you will swear in a court of law that the world makes sense if you just work hard enough at understanding it. If you don’t find that description of the start of the average day totally un-reasonable, don’t go anywhere… stay here in the middle of the crowd of participants

There you have it! The three personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine!

How do you know which you are?

To which our friend Cynthia Sageleaf commented:

“Hmm…when I woke up this morning, I thought, man, I DON’T want to get up…I just want to stay warm and let that world out there just do its thing while I do my thing (reading, writing, contemplate) right here. lol”

So, New Readers? Cynthia is a clark* by her own admission. Now in her comment, she gives us clues to understand why the choice she made (from among the three) is the clarklike choice. Do you know what that is?

Hey! We’re not so much into the ‘Tell us the answer and we’ll tell you if you’re wrong or right’ here at the Doctrine. That being said, many of us enjoy the challenge of ‘getting it right’. Far be it from us to deny that self-affirmation that prompts that hand to shoot up in the back of the class…”I know this one!! I know! Call on me.”

So lets compromise! This is being posted in the morning. I’ll follow-up in the afternoon with a continuation of the discussion of the implications of Cynthia’s Comment. Since we’re kinda ‘open book’ in our quizzes here, if you want to ask Cynthia directly, go to her site ‘Intuitive and Spiritual’ and ask her. She is totally happy to help.

Be sure to come back this afternoon!!

 

OK it’s afternoon, in an early-evening sort of way. Thanks to Valerie for commenting (and thereby reminding me that I needed to finish this post).

So, the key element to the ‘quiz’ is the notion of the world as being ‘out there’. Not, ‘out there’ in the sense of, ‘oh man, clark, you’re really kinda getting out there with this personality theory’ but more ‘out there’ as in ‘separate from the person making the observation’. aka the Outsider. Of the three, clarks are the ones most comfortable with the notion that the world, reality, the girl in the checkout line at the Stop n Shop and your favorite nail technician at ‘Plenty Pretty Salon’ are in a place that is not where we are. We wake up and consider the world out there and decide how best (or if at all) we can deal with it. rogers and scotts tend not to make a distinction between themselves and a planet full of people, nephews, dogs, old movies and serious religion. They are a part of, on a pre-conscious level. clarks, it is said, can believe anything because we don’t believe in anything. (that is a deliberately provocative expressing of the notion that if there is always possibility, there can never be certainty.)

ya know?

(Since I did promise our scottian friends a music video):

 

*  btw one of the few Rules around here has to do with designating a worldview to a person. It’s up to you to determine which of the three is your predominant worldview, and therefore, your personality type. No one has any authority to say, “You are a (fill in the blank) get used to it!” That does not mean that we can’t talk about another person’s worldview, but it’s the height of gauche to discuss someone’s worldview when they are standing right there, unless, of course, they invite discussion. aiight? Cynthia has stated publicly that she is a clark.

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Monday -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘the pursuit of the Perfect Doctrine Post’

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It has long been my ambition to write the Perfect Wakefield Doctrine post. (One might argue about that adenoidial descriptor, it has always been my ambition, since the very first post, hell, before the very first post). In any event, I’ll give it a shot today, Monday.

The definition of perfection? A post that a total stranger, (to this blog or, for that matter, a person who has not come into contact with anyone who knows of this personalty theory), can read…once and apply it to their own life right then and there. They will look around and they will see the clarks and scotts and rogers.

 

As a personality theory, the Wakefield Doctrine is more the key a song is played in than it is the song. It is not a definition of a set of established behaviors, tendencies, drives and tropisms, rather it is a way of looking at (the) behaviors, tendencies, drives and tropisms that everyone you encounter today will exhibit. Including yourself. Unlike most of the personality theories that we all come into contact with, the Wakefield Doctrine is not concerned with establishing where, in a pre-established matrix of behavior, you fit best. The Wakefield Doctrine is not concerned with behavior. The Wakefield Doctrine is concerned with ‘how you relate yourself to the world around you’.

Quick set of assumptions and predicates: reality (the world around us) is, to a small, but certain extent, personal; we are, all of us, born with the capacity to experience the world around us in one of three characteristic ways: as an Outsider (clarks), as a Predator (scotts) or as a Herd Member (rogers); finally, although we all, (all of us), settle on, settle into one of the three worldviews, we never lose the capability to experience the world ‘as do the other two’.

Even though the Wakefield Doctrine is concern with relationships, it helps to have labels and definitions (provided that we do not ignore Korsybski’s famous statement, ‘the map is not the territory‘.

Hold on. Enough with the Wikipedia citations and the excessive use of semi-colons!

I think I’ll settle for a quiz that’s as close to a personality assessment as you’re going to encounter here at the Wakefield Doctrine):

  • When you woke up this morning, did you feel good/scared/confident that today would be a good day in ‘the world out there’? If that sounds at all reasonable, go stand over there… no, there are others already in that section of the gym, you’ll see them when you get there.
  • When you woke up this morning, did you get up? ok… amuse yourself while I deal with the last group of personality types. Sure, anywhere will be fine.
  • When you woke up this morning, (well, lets rephrase that to ‘when you transitioned from quiet concern to active concern), did you feel that although you might describe yourself as confident, you will swear in a court of law that the world makes sense if you just work hard enough at understanding it. If you don’t find that description of the start of the average day totally un-reasonable, don’t go anywhere… stay here in the middle of the crowd of participants

There you have it! The three personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine!

How do you know which you are?

Up at the top of the post, I wrote ‘how you relate yourself to the world around you’. That is how you know. Even at the Doctrine, where words are viewed as either those colored semi-candy things that you sprinkle on desert or, the yellow and black Cliff Notes that serve as badges of ‘success at any cost’ in school, sometimes we mean exactly what we say. When we say, ‘how you relate yourself to the world around you’, we do not mean, ‘how you relate to the world around you’. It is about you and your relationship to the world that the Doctrine is concerned. So read some posts, read some pages that describe the characteristics of the three worldviews. The perspective ( as an Outsider or as a Predator or as a Herd Member) through which the world is least blurry, that’s your predominant worldview, your ‘personality type’.

Congratulations! You’re a clark (or) a scott (or) a roger.

Lots more to tell you* stop by anytime!

*self-grading of attempt at the perfect Post: C+ … ok a B- (seeing how you’re a clark and clarks are nothing if they’re not willing to do most things to help the other person feel better).

 

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TToT -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘a slightly binary approach.’

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A bunch of things this week. (It’s been an established goal* here at the Doctrine to try to develop a writing style that permits me to write a direct, organized and straightforward List of Ten Things of Thankosity**)

Being Saturday, this is my TToT  (The TToT, hosted by Josie, is, as most good things, simplicity itself; write a post with whatever may have occurred or been encountered in the previous week, (or when you were in the second grade) that sparked a feeling of gratitude. It’s not a bad use of words and sentences and grammar and such.)

For this week (I am grateful for):

Anonymous mugs

1) black with white dots
2) white with black dots

Weather:

3) sports coats
4) snow shovels

Work:

5) stress*** (‘Fear’s attractively dressed half-sister, who everyone wonders why you two can’t settle down with and make a go of it)
6) satisfaction with occasionally over-coming my natural disinclination to live in the here and now and act genuinely.

Home:

7) Una
8) Phyllis

Misc:

9)  Friends and correspondents here in the ‘sphere. It’s a remarkable place.
10) Hey! New ‘OT-teers! Totally grateful for reminding me of the essential spirit of this exercise.
Jo over at ‘Fallen Angel‘ last week did an Item that illustrates best what I think I mean. She mentioned someone dying, which is usually a not-so-good thing but at the same time, found within that event something that engenders gratitude. And the cool thing about this blog is that by reading her post, I could, to a small and minor degree, identify with her.
 Monster Martha, another of the newer voices here shares that directness and economy of expression that shows itself so very strong when writing Posts focusing on gratitude. This influx of new people and blogs is, imo, one of the reasons that this bloghop is still as lively and satisfying as it was when it first started.

 

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*  if not goal, then surely sub-text would designate the status of the ….ambition  there! that’s the word I should’ve gone for, ambition

** yeah, if’n I only managed to leave the duct tape and finger-painted vocabulary back at the Doctrine, I might get a simple ‘One through Ten’ list written.

*** technically, stress would be an item of hypogratitude, which is a valid, if not somewhat weird approach to compiling items for our list each week. It’s referenced in the BoSR/SBoR, I’ll try to get a more comprehensive definition of the term and the SR that covers it’s application in a list.

 

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Friday -the Wakefield Doctrine- “and then there were three”

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Why is a coffee mug like a writing desk?

no, I’m serious… Readers of the Wakefield Doctrine can easily imagine how good/pleased/(I’d say delighted but fear that would sound… I don’t know, a little X-Chromish) I felt when, upon Phyllis’ arrival home the other night and said, “Did you know there were packages on the porch. I think one is the clothes I ordered…”*

Well. I came up the stairs, a rectangle box that  was littered with slogans and icons of LL Bean in one hand, and in the other, a cube of styrofoam. Not exactly a cube, more of a decahedron of styrofoam. I looked for a return address and finding none, walked out (through the French doors in the dining area) to the deck and scanned the trees surrounding the house.

There was a cup inside the cube decahedron. And the cup is,  well you can see it above. It is a lot like the first mug and undeniably quite different.  Let me show you:

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…that’s how a mug is like a story.

Thank you, mug-fairy(s)**

(Best be careful in them trees, hear tell there’s some snow in the future for them of us in New England)

*  note: I always come into the house through the garage, which is sorta under the main living area and so will hardly ever notice parcels or packages on the front porch. I put a photo in the ‘cover photo’ for this post. You can kinda see the design in the photo

** no, I totally agree, not a major risk of that term gaining traction in the world of fun surprise anonymous gifts of coffee mugs that contain a secret story.

 

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