modeled on Gregory Bateson’s
higher level of logical type: a class is a sub-
collective member of a course —a matter of
specific and generic: easy to conflate the two.
Some of my classes do, too: us leaning in to
Alma Matrix for nourishment and not just
derives from Indo European: dhei-.”to suck” —
“female,” “fetus,” “fecund,” “ felix,” “felicity”
(happy: felix natividad): happy nativity ,happy
Denny’s. Happy, all of us sucklings swimming
in the matrix, our ongoing alma mater so to
speak. How does this jovial word “suck” lose
it’s genial connotation and become pejorative?
Nature abhors a vacuum.
—fooling with the words instead of paying
attention to sentences. How come this course
Father: Well, as I said: all my courses suck in
the sense that that they don’t maintain the standard
chaos-filters of task and purpose and covering
ground and getting some WHERE that shape &
edit the normal random-to-order ratios for nailing
timely and what’s a waste, what you got to do for
a decent grade etc: what you
can accept or reject) the whole deal pretty much
we don’t re-create our own game.
arrow of purpose and mandala of all-at-once-ness
to provide visual-aid accentuating the difference
that makes a difference between the values of aim,
purpose, & goal, on the one hand and the values
of constellation of possibility (potency:power) on the
other hand; and how obvious it is that they can’t
Just Get Along: arrow and mandala.
Any fool can see that.
dominant paradigm. “Power” literally means posse:
possibility; potential. A potentate has the power.
When he USES it: it’s an impotency. The same way
a WORD (like “power” say) has infinite potential.
Drop it into a sentence and it’s confined to a specific
syntax and purpose and loses its Potency and
you are operating on Daddy. Most would say a Word
gains power in a sentence—not impotency.
I’m not knocking the Common Sense: it rules. Dominates.
The Arrow of Purpose Uber Alles —eclipsing if not
occluding all the REST that’s possible and potent.
determines what’s possible/impossible (right/wrong,
correct/ incorrect) sucks off and blanks-out the larger
POSSIBILITIES that always float, hover, permeate.
more impossible than a logical one. “Logic and Sermons
never convince,” says Walt Whitman. We’re going to
phobia. Sucks all thepossibilities out in committing
to a specific choice, aim, purpose, goal.
Possibilities over whelm: too much potency and power.
damnit. Chaos invited in on a daily basis. No clear task.
No forced gun-to-the-head No filters dictating good & evil,
creating a vacuum by annihilating the agenda. Lower
purpose abandoned for the higher Purpose of Having-
No-Purpose: that’s got to suck big time—hap-ily or
un-hapily: depending on how ANYONE frames it.
“suck” as in vacuum: exhausting the insides of some
system—physical or psychical. clean sweep, nirvana
(literally: blows, ventilate). Descriptively: that’s what
suck does. Add on yr judgment—whether you like it
or not and it becomes complicated.
- why do your courses suck? And
- sometimes your classes? And
- maybe even a particular real-time
- class-going-on-in-the Be Here Now. Sucks.
Scapegoat that will stand for CAUSE, and address clearly
the Difference between SUCK/NOT SUCK on the
- Courses &
- Classes in general & a class-in-real-time specifically
levels and instances of suck-itude: suck sucking suck-fully
in describe mode (aesthetics) as well as in assess mode (ethic)?
You’d think it’d be as easy as describing on and off,
open and closed. Pregnant and Not.
trick they play for determining MEANING (significance)
which they define as a difference that makes a Difference.
mockingbirds and ice cream and hugs and all the stuff
we want and live for, stuff that does not suck in the
pejorative sense: good stuff that makes life meaningful.
You know what I mean.
meaning of meaning; it’s like throwing a monkey wrench
into the converse-action machine.
:there's a difference that don't make a difference, true?
You say bit and I say bet; I say bitter and you say better:
differences that make a difference. Semantic significance
carried in the physical difference between a high-frontal
vowel /i/ and a mid-frontal vowel /e/.
difference in two systems that are otherwise the same:.
/set/sit can/kin sap/sip eating bread & grape juice /
consuming the body of christ; boxing/fighting...Etc.
difference between the two systems. Hence: meaningful.
make a difference, and a difference does make a difference.
Daddy. And you are using the same word to carry radically
“different” differences of meaning.
of itself, alling meaning a meaning in terms of a difference
that makes a difference? Loopy? Circular?
said Gertrude Stein. I couldn't sleep last night because
of “dormitive dysfunction” (sleep disorder) . Tautology:
defines something in it's own terms, or variation of the
same term disguised so as to sound significant:
dysmorphia (body antagonism).
(restless legs syndrome).
that add no information but sound as if they do. Sort of
like PLACEBO's We are tricked into thinking a significant
significance when in fact there is only a significance that
doesn't have any significance (except in the :mind.)
and it's the first word of the Last Rites in the Catholic
ceremony for the dying. :I please the Lord in
that has no potency or use or curative quality: a sugar pill,
say. But if you take one under doctor's orders—and
assume it will heal you, it can.
thinks it will help—so IT does. Showing what mind
can do over body if it THINKS it's being rational
minding-over-matter, can actually mind-over- matter,
but if it does know it: it can't? .
Conscious Mind can't. I'm not even going to try and
untangle THAT for now. You can, and bring it up in
psychology class. Or better: just think about it your
own self. Here, take this pill—blue or red makes no
never mind. Now THINK.
suck to differences that do and don't make a difference,
tautological definition and placebo?
it wanders, it wonders (Note: a minimal pair: /o/ /a/ is the
difference that makes a difference between wondering
move-on-down- the road & get some WHERE:
dead and deadly. .
but also in the descriptive sense. If you're a practical myn
of purpose, “live” converse feels like spiraling up your own
rear end. Sucks. If you prefer loose play and open-ended
inquiry: on-task talk feels like necrophiladelphia. Sucks
at them: would that do it? My courses, by the way, are
exactly like all the other courses: syllabi , textual
assignments, papers to write, class meetings
nd discussion, journals, in some cases
John Brock, and David Bradshaw, Katherine Burleson,
Ali Climo: yes? Need we argue? more same than difference.
from all the other courses. A difference that really makes
a difference. A significant difference and might be the
reason why, the explanation, the interpretation,,the because
& affect,, the scapegoat,, the blamation that generates the
suck-i-tude in all my courses.
That's what I asked in the first place.