the Wakefield Doctrine ( CSR 101 )
” Manifest” Destiny
Attention…Company! Order…Arms! Dress…Left! In Place…Rest!
Just my quirky little way of bringing the class to order. And seeing as how Janie is coherent once more, we’ll move on.
First off; sorry about the scrunched-up chart in the last post. It is indicative of my sadly semi-autistic capabilities with the WordPress Dashboard. ( Actually, being autistic might serve as an asset in this forum… hmmm….) And that, even sadder ( sadlier?) is the best I can manage for a lead-in to today’s topic; Self- improvement.
Over the last few days, Your Eminent Instructor found himself listening in on a radio program from the legendary Dr. Laura. She is a fully licensed counselor? chiropractor? criminologist? crustacean? I swear on your mother’s eyes that she claims all that and more, so if that were a test question, the correct answer would be E), all of the above.
In my typical semi-autistic habit of not really paying attention, I just sort of listen for the buzz words that seem to jump out, and if something interesting goes by, then I’ll swing around and try to actually focus on the damned thing. And on this program, I noticed the word ” manifest ” being bandied about quite freely.
” Manifest” seems to have become the ” word du jour” in the wonderful world of self-improvement. Apparently, you don’t just endeavor to improve yourself any more. We must now ” manifest” ourselves. Or was that “manifest ” other people? Not sure. Might be a critical detail, though. I would hate to just go ahead and blindly manifest something that did not really require manifestation.
Anyway…all that manifesting led to Dr Laura’s plug for SelfGrowth.com ( I would provide a link here for your convenience, but being semi-autistic and all, I had better not try it ). And it turns out that SelfGrowth.com is a veritable fountain of the touchiest/feeliest stuff you ever did see. If you read down the entire list of links, you’ll realize that the human psyche can be endlessly compartmentalized, and you’ll discover whole vistas of problems that you, binyon, never even knew you had. So you had best get to manifesting some of the big ones right away, and save the little ones for later. ( Note to Acolytes- the Progenitors will clue you in to all the cryptic ” Lady” references as soon as we can find a way to do it without scaring you all to death). ( Note to Clark- can we link the Lady to Dr. Laura? Woo-#%^*#-Hoo!!)
And so; after you’ve all had a bit of fun with ” manifesting” stuff, I would like to pique your interest with a predominantly philosophical and yet pointedly perplexing puzzler; ( this might be used as an essay question on the mid-term; and please try to visualize Rod Serling reading this )
If you, as a textbook Clark, Scott, or Roger, were to engage freely and wholeheartedly in the vast self- improvement arena, would the experience simply re-inforce your primary characteristics as outlined in the Doctrine; or might it cause you to venture forth into the pristine wilderness of …those Other Two? ( there’s a signpost up ahead… you’ve just crossed into… The Doctrine Zone…)
All right, that did it…Janie’s eyes have rolled back in her head, indicating lights out. Responses in comment form are quite acceptable, but a full-blown Post on the subject garnishes an automatic ” A” for the course ,in my book. And, maybe even a hat.
Attention…Company! Prepare to Break Ranks… Break Ranks! ( Hardee,1862)