Subject: Re: the revenge of ["BOB"] Pet Peeve
Date: 21 Nov 1998 17:01:13 GMT
From: firstname.lastname@example.orgUNSPAMME (OpalPeacok)
Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com
>oh, fuck it, I will GIVE THAT SERMON NOW:
>humans are herd animals. part of their ability to survive comes
>from their herd instincts (officially referred to as "gregariousness",
>but we know what they're *really* talking about.)
>somewhere along the way, though, sentience and sapience evolved
>and became a part of "human" nature... only these features of
>the central nervous system are by nature INDIVIDUALISTIC and thus
>ANTAGONISTIC towards the herd instinct. and so "humans" began
>to split into two distinct groups: the uncreative herd, using
>just enough brainpower to stay alive, and the creative loner, the
>only truly human being.
>there were few of the creative loners; most humans sell out to
>their herd instincts. however, every cultural advance that
>improved the lot of the herd came from these few loners, who
>were slaughtered for their "black magic" moments before the herd
>adopted those same cultural improvements.
>the herd instincts survived, even though it became harder and
>harder to define to which herd any particular human belonged.
>herd instincts began to be expressed as a desire to be accepted
>by a herd -- any herd -- and a desire to conform. PINKNESS.
>the seeking of approval at any sacrifice, especially the sacrifice
>of one's own *uniqueness* and latent desire to express one's
>INDIVIDUALITY. the few freaks who reversed the formula and
>distanced themselves from the herd continued to be persecuted,
>even killed, while all along they were still the ONLY TRUE
>HUMANS, the ones that could truly be distinguished from other
>then, a funny thing happened: all those innovations eventually
>made herd instincts obsolete and even CONTRARY TO SURVIVAL.
>yet the herd continues to be strong, all while leading the
>"human" race towards its doom. THIS IS THE DOOM OF THE PINK,
>to seek the comforts of the herd even when those comforts will
>kill them. the truly human, the SUBGENIUS, suppresses the
>Pink taint to the minimum that is actually needed and pursues
>the creative and individualist instincts that are now the TRUE
>so, a Pink Boy is someone who seeks approval of some herd, not
>necessarily the dominant herd (what we call "mainstream society".)
>what is a Bobbie? obviously, a Pink Boy who seeks the approval
>of the "SubGenius" herd. someone who doesn't get the inherent
>*wrongness* of memorizing SubGenius catchphrases just to feel
>like a member of a group. someone who places greater value on
>feelings of togetherness (camaraderie) over real talent.
>what irks me about your "Bobbie" comment is not that it's wrong,
>but that you don't understand what it truly means. you think
>a long harangue condemning people for posting boring crap is
>actually a way of seeking approval. you completely MISSED the
>spirit of what I wrote, and instead jumped immediately into
>"who belongs in this group, and who doesn't". FUCK THAT, that's
>what a BOBBIE wonders. what *I* wonder is whether A POST belongs
>in alt.slack or not, because being SubGenius is about CREATIVITY,
>not fucking pack bonding!
>so, MISTER Eliot, prove to me you understand what alt.slack is
>all about by posting something that ENTERTAINS without crying
>out "please accept me! I have the word `reverend' in front of
>my name! that means I belong in alt.slack!" prove to me that
>stench I smell is not the PINK STENCH OF THE HERD. prove to me
>you didn't post that lame follow-up because your posts fall into
>one of those categories I criticized. PROVE TO ME YOU DON'T
>DESERVE TO DIE.
>or fucking kill me already. I'm tired of this crap.