漫画 Expose What Is Hidden

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詩 Loss

The wellspring of grief
Comes not from realizing
That the beloved is not coming
Being told they are gone

But the denied relief
Searching the crowd
Wondering in panic
If you've forgotten their face
Running toward them before
You've really even seen them

That sense of release
Lungs bursting from running
Breath held underwater
Then, when you can go no further
Being told it is not over

Like a stone in a brook
We step blithely, but
Our rock is not there
We did not think we would
Fall. We are not ready

That trying to remember
The last time you made love
Grieving that at the time
You did not know
That there would be
No more after that


Mermaids among us

Mermaid Halloween Costume

模倣子 The Memetics of Intergenerational Abuse and Genocide

I was talking with a buddy this morning about my theories about intergenerational abuse and genocide (and racism and sexism, which are kind of separate) and how they relate to imitation and memetics.  I think I need to write up an essay on that one.  Actually the "battle between the sexes" is theoretically related to intergenerational abuse and genocide for the same reasons, i.e., non-reciprocal memetic resonance. Mommy gets to abuse the kiddies, but the kiddies cannot abuse mommy in return, so the act of imitating the received behavior cannot be completed until the kiddies grow up, and typically have their own children, and then they can complete the circuit by playing the role of the abuser, in a way to "understand" both sides of the action, which is what the imitator brain does.  I see you juggling, I visualize what your body is doing, through a kind of empathy derived from the Dunbar Number and its attendant concept of "group/tribal mass empathy", and then I perform the action myself.  I get the "memetic reward" once I successfully imitate you, once I'm doing what you did and the pins are staying in the air.  By the same token, a people who have been the victims of genocide will, theoretically, carry out the same kinds of actions on another people who are subject to them when they get the chance.  It's like the Joni Mitchell song, if you will, i.e., "Both Sides Now", to paraphrase,

I've looked at intergenerational abuse from both sides now
From parent to child, and still somehow
Until the child abuses he can't feel it all
If being the victim is all he knows
And he hasn't imitated the abuser role
He doesn't know intergenerational abuse at all

I've looked at genocide from both sides now
I have to find meaning in it all
The camps, death marches, and feeling small
Until I imitate the perpetrator role
I really don't know genocide at all

I can't look at gender from both sides now
Nature chooses, win or lose, and so it goes
The fears, the pains one never knows
Envy of imagined joys just grows and grows
The eternal other you must deprecate
Is deöbjectification even possible at all?

I need a term.  Could be "thwarted memetic reward", "non-reciprocal memetic reward", or "deferred memetic reward" (maybe I like the third one best -- what do you think?). Maybe even "displaced memetic reward"? That's pretty good, no? Or "delayed memetic reward"? But that kind of implies that the memetic reward will be collected at some point.  Still, maybe...

Talk with you soon!  I may have time this weekend to embark on this Sex and the City memetic network analysis.  I'm getting really curious about what I might turn up

漫画 Manga Index

The Poets of Porcadis
Meet the Boys
Chestnut Quest
Our heroes, Lenny & Sparky, are prowling around East Porcadis Park on what turns out to be a very strange and mysterious mission for a shadowy patron.
Lulu Goes to College Their quest leads them to Porcadis University, the Department of Mythology and Crypto-Memetics, and Lulu is persuaded to become a graduate student.
Lulu Meets the Blue Horn People Lulu's advisor leads her and her fellow students on a fantastical jaunt into a workshop of anthropology, biology, and ultimately memetics and memetic engineering.
#StandByYourMan Lulu visits the Blue-Horned People again to illustrate a new memetic subsystem she’s working on to make the world a better place.
Lulu's Internship at SCARE
Versión Española
Lulu's starts interning at a local company to help them transform their business processes using the memetic analysis & engineering skills she's learning at school.
Growth Experience Lulu talks about the effects of sustained rapid growth on organizational culture (comic book).
The 2nd Coming While waiting for her advisor to come back, Lulu once again locks horns and crosses swords with Pénélopé over points of philosophy and the bedeviling question of whether the office doughnut pool really is as fair as Lenny & Sparky think it is.
Schrödinger's Catachresis Our heroes awaken to find themselves in a strange place with some strange new companions.
Mop & Broom Con Lulu & Penny are taken on a study trip to the nerdy, feminist Mop & Broom Con.
Financial Intelligence Upon hearing Lenny & Sparky's timeworn refrain about how broke they are, Lulu treats them to coffee (again!) and tries to teach them (and you!) her method of keeping track of her money and growing her Financial Intelligence, Financial Integrity, and ultimately (hopefully) reaching financial security.
Cloud of Dreams Lulu & Lenny meet a new friend in East Porcadis Park, and they all discover that there's more going on at Lenny's place of work than meets the eye.
Better Half Lulu & Penny get kidnapped by aliens (again) and everybody learns a lot about the human condition, maybe more than some ever wanted to know.
Step Forth Casey confronts some inner truths about himself, his self-image, his relationship to himself and others, and to women in particular.
To War! Deb and Lulu go to see Nick and Guillermo off only to find that they may all be confronting dark forces they have only just begun to understand and which may lead to civil war.
Penny’s Ordeal
Behind Enemy Lines
Deb’s Mission
Nelson’s Terms
Curses, Foyle'd Again! Lulu, Deb and the boys are kidnapped by a reformed Church of Zhe which has unknown plans for Tinna Foyle.
Dr. Quack Medicine an ideology? The unexamined ideological precepts, or memetic systems, inherent in the contemporary practice of medicine.
Bad Japanese Lulu and Umiko give a tour of some of the more choice words in Japanese.
Mr. Peabody & The Mermaids
A trip to the full-service Native American Bank Honquèrelle's & Mr. Peabody's projects lead the gang on an adventure to a bank that tries to meet everyone's needs.
Electionville Honquèrelle & Alexántebra use a new on-line game to try to get into office to prevent some bad trends from making it into Siren Cove.
The Tale of Treat Umiko and Honquèrelle's son, Treat, each undertake a quest.
Mermaid Comics and Japanese Mermaid Puns, and More Mermaid Puns in Japanese. One-frame jokes and puns.
Mermaid Olympics, Mermaid Fashion, Cartoon Political Commentary

漫画 Chestnut Quest

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