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Friday, June 28, 2013

An Allegory


Once upon a time there was a young father who was teaching his 9-year old son how to play chess. The lad was eager to play and to win. He even read the rule book himself just to be sure his father hadn't left out any information about the rules of the game.

But not long after the lad had finished reading the rule book of chess for himself, he began using a move that was not a proper move under the rules of chess. In particular, the lad was moving a piece that was not his. The father patiently explained to the lad that manipulating another player's piece was not a proper move. But the boy was adamant and persistent, inexplicably asserting the father was also doing exactly the same thing — moving an opponent's piece.

Finally, in exasperation, the father said, "OK. I am going to play the next move using your set of rules, even though I say those are not the appropriate way to play chess."

And then the father moved the lad's king off the board.

Game over, lad. Game over.

3 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

Its a bit condescending to position oneself as "the father" to others when oneself is the person having the difficulties in being civil isn't it?

3:26 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

[File: Complaint about Fervor Fever, a Schadenfreude Theatre Production]

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From: Karlis Sheolmeisters
To: Uncle Moulton
Subject: Burnt Umbrage

In respect to my late grandfather. Please take down your sarcastic post about the book he authored.

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From: Uncle Moulton
To: Karlis Sheolmeisters
Subject: Re: Burnt Umbrage

We are in receipt of your above captioned grievance and complaint regarding Fervor Fever.

We have assigned your grievance Bug No. 666 and outsourced it to the MuseNet Complaint Department, which carefully reviews and researches all grievances, complaints, and bug reports. Once the MuseNet Complaint Department has completed its bureaucratic processes, they will recommend Best Practices for responding to it in an appropriate manner.

Please allow 5 to 7 years for the MuseNet Bureaucracy to complete its investigation and research.

Thank you for patronizing MuseNet Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Orenda Project.

Sincerely yours,

Uncle Moulton
Chief Schmeggegy Scientist
The Orenda Project

6:51 AM  
Blogger Moulton said...

Note: The domain name, MuseNet.Org is now MuseNet.Info. In the above comments, if you wish to view linked items previously residing on MuseNet.Org, manually change the URL to go to MuseNet.Info instead.

9:05 AM  

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