ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER. TWO CAN BE AS BAD AS ONE. It’s not that hard to be a madman in the desert. Or a madwoman. All you have to do is put on the animal skin, scavenge for food and drink, and spout mad wisdom. If The People of the City hear the mad wisdom, they remark: that’s mad.
One person hears the madwoman or man in the desert. That second person agrees with the first, only more so. The first madman in the desert takes small comfort in the less lonely desert. The terror of the true believer strikes the madman at this less lonely time. Where the madman or madwoman in the desert once had one true belief, now two thoughts come to mind. Someone else has heard me, but that person sounds like they are nuts.
So it has always been. We find ourselves in others’ eyes. We find our own courage and more in others’ beliefs. So be careful to whom you look for comfort for that is who you become. You could do worse than look now to the mad who later will be known as wise. You could now look to the one they call leader whom others will later call a fool. What is in the present called mad will only later be called wise.
At some point this will be so obvious one of the People of the City will move out to the desert and build himself a spa. The spa will be a shrine to all who came after, a comfort to those who only later saw that what was mad was wise.
WHAT PEOPLE WILL RECOGNIZE AS WRONG IN THE FUTURE IS FAR MORE WRONG TODAY. Because if what is wrong today is unopposed, we may have no future anyone would want. If leaders can lie and get away with it, leaders will lie again and get away with more. All of us will be the lesser for that. One day we may realize our government has gotten away from us. The madness of our leaders must end today. Who says this battle can be fought tomorrow doesn’t realize their version of tomorrow could well end today.
This morning The Heretik Joe Ivory Mattingly believes this is a fable about the Downing Street Memo. Or it is a dream. Or both. The Heretik believes some day the Age of the Undecided will end. The Liar will be led away. Such a dream is mad or wise. Or both.
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