Past Jiminy first speach

What makes human a human you ask ? Comparing to what, animals ?

We can recognize that animals have emotions, reasoning, they learn, love, mourn. We see that they can care for others.

But as far as I know, animals do not assume that loved one can hurt itself intentionally. That they need to be protected from themselves.

We recognize our own bad mistakes and destructive urges and we expect and afraid of what kind of things go on in heads of others. As Maimonides said, “our conceptions of good and evil involve the imagination”.

Animals do correct and control behavior of others, but not by demonstratively intending to harm itself.

If you look at the problem this way, than the shared believe that one can hurt himself, is the foundation of humanity and base for the eventual guilt trip.

If one can hurt himself intentionally and we care about this person, we go and protect instinctively. Sometimes we just know better what’s good for this person. And sometimes it’s even true.

Different religions treat it differently of course. Every culture develops it’s own way to enforce good behavior. I like to think that mythologically the difference have its roots in the end game. Mothers prepare children for life on earth and the afterlife. Parents generally feel guilty for the job they’ve done. Kids are never perfect, you know. Parents have enough guilt to pass it all around. But there is only that many ways how you can convince somebody of anything. Or at least that was how it used to be. But what else do you really have ?

Buddhist will look for a way to stop this emotion, the suffering. Those who want to get off samsara wheel, have to follow The Path. Or you will suffer and reborn to suffer again and again until you will fucking start following The Path. Repetition till perfection in everything, including all social practices. Accept hardship from your guru. And really, just lose all your desires, you will be fine.

In Islam, you know, they still reinforcing strong social norms. And it works, since the core idea, the word itself, means “Submission”. So, total respect is absolutely required. And totally regulated and reinforced niceness. True believers are very nice people. And gentle, and tender. You just can not bring shame on your family. Aggression than, in normal circumstances, only possible against those who outside the community. So people live with strong and clear definitions of loyalty, between families, geography, denomination. Sort of like a “bad ‘hood”. When prisoners have a dilemma to snitch or to stick together, reciprocal loyalty always is the best strategy. Well, in the long run. That’s why, I think, more people in poor places are converting – it is religion of tough survival. Don’t be surprised by these people, try to be nice all the time, you will see how hard it is.

Catholics require confession. Which is a form of forced therapy. But on the other hand, the whole Christ thing is an illustration of intentional self inflicted harm to shame us all into good behavior. And I am saying it with all due respect to Christians. I think it is accepted to look for personal emotional connection with the Son of God, so no disrespect. All I am saying that dying on cross for my sins is may be 20 out of 10, but still, on a Jewish Mother Scale of guilt trip. Jewish mothers have to guilt kids into good behavior without appealing to the eyes of All Seeing God. Even for those mothers, in families that still live within tradition, what’s best describes the attitude is: “God has better things to do, than to deal with somebody like this disappointment”. And I am not saying that Catholic Guilt is not a thing. Of course Catholics have their own personal hell, and I mean they even have the word – Hell, to use. There is the stick you can use, the stick of inevitable justice.

Jews don’t fret Hell, being chosen and all of that. All what’s going to happen to you in afterlife is an eternity by the side of God. And if you did something awful during lifetime, you will spend sometime in Purgatory, feeling very ashamed. And so all you need to be prepared for is this feeling of being ashamed. And you take all your earthly life for this preparation.

Without the stick of Hell, Jewish mothers have to beat their kids with carrots of love, so to speak. And that’s the guilt trip. The emotional trip you take because somebody made you feel guilty using love and caring.

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Future Jiminy first speach

So, what makes human a human ? Another way to think about it is through myths and stories about “others” who become a human. Or, even better, the story of one who still tries to become. What is he after ? In this scheme of things story of Supermen is a great illustration.

You know that Supermen could be anybody. He is an ALIEN. He just happen to look like human, but then again there is a lot you do not know about Superman and how might he look like. But for now lets ask a question more relevant to the discussion: why Clark Kent ? (bubbles start appear, people across the room quickly learn about Clark Kent visually with minimal text, people eyes looks different when it happens) Why spend so much time – the only really valuable resource for Superman, pretending to be a person invisible in the crowd ? Why devote yourself helping people at all ? But do it only as a last resort to appear as Supermen, why ?

Well, the short answer, is : his role model is Pinocchio, he want to be a real boy.(bubbles appear again) So he needs to be brave, truthful, unselfish and able to tell right from wrong by listening to his conscience. Pa and Ma Kent never did realize what an impact that evening story book time made. You should read books to your children. And I mean read it for real, open your mouth and talk for real. And stop your fucking eye blinking, talk like humans. You have a comment ? A question to ask ? Go ahead and say it out loud, we can all share this experience. So, When Supermen left for Metropolis, he just left for the closest city big enough to optimize his chance to find the next most important thing on the quest: find his Jiminy Cricket.

Introduction of characters in future Metropolis.

Modern house. Things look recognizable, designed with lots of transparency (mostly fractal holes) but with clearly recognizable, almost cartoonish style border outlines.
They look at each other, they talk as if telepathically. We see text bubbles. They discuss upcoming party, and at some point conversation leads to the guest of honor, an old dude. She suggests for him to check his uncle comfort levels, she says it is only appropriate. He says no,  the guy clearly prefers privacy, suggests to look at his profile. Both agree that having him would be fun, he has opinions to offer.

anecdote

Marc Abrahams invented Improbable research, and few years ago changed the motto to “Improbable research is research that makes people laugh and then think”. I will use this category to collect jokes, fun stories, anecdotes and such that may be fit this criteria.

supermen is just like – pinocchio

There is a story I want to write (or make somebody else to write it for me), about what does it mean to be human. I want to re-think Supermen saga and show that he is just like Pinocchio. He wants to be a real boy. The story will happen in Metropolis, in two time periods – past, may be 50 years ago, the origin. And future, may be 50 years in, when hero comes back. In both times he will seek and find Jiminy Cricket to be his human guide. I will use this category to collect posts I feel should be part of the story, from notes to research.