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the latest new evil: opportunity, crisis, reality, and myth

April 22, 2012
Young gang recruits sign the sign (Guatemala, ...

Young gang recruits sign the sign (Guatemala, 2005). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism

We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


STREET GANG MEMBERS – NARA – 552752 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


STREET GANG MEMBERS – NARA – 552753 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William James was an earlier adherent to melio...

William James was an earlier adherent to meliorism as a halfway between metaphysical optimism and pessimism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

opportunity, crisis, reality, and myth

A chart demonstrating increases in the annual ...

A chart demonstrating increases in the annual income of the top 1% of wealthy persons in the U.S. before economic crises. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conflict and cooperation both exist, including when soldiers and militias and gang members cooperate with their colleagues in competition with their rivals. Crisis and opportunity both exist, too. When the tides recede and a tidal pool traps some fish, that is a crisis for the fish and an opportunity for some birds to easily consume the fish. It’s all relative.

In recent years, I have grown skeptical both of the ultra-pessimism and ultra-optimism (as in “positive thinking” and “the secret” and “the law of attraction”). The ultra-pessimism or ultra-cynicism is evident in the doomsday cults of conspiracy theorists and patriotic reactionaries.

All of those groups metaphorically are putting their heads in the sand. One group basically says that putting one’s head in heaven or paradise is to see more clearly and not be troubled by earthly perceptions. Another group basically says that life on earth is unavoidably hell and so it is best to hide: to put one’s head in the sand and all the rest of the body, too.

They both are accurate to a limited extent. I think it is entirely practical to withdraw from anything too disturbing (to “think positive”) and also to be skeptical about the presumptions of mainstream cultures. However, putting one’s head in the sand may be a wonderful occasional spa treatment, but it is important to remove one’s head from the sand eventually as well.

Conspiracy Theory (film)

Conspiracy Theory (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My comment on conspiracy theories in general is that anyone who thinks that the attacks of September 11th, 2001 were not a conspiracy is an absolute idiot. Were the events of that morning all just a bunch of coincidences? If it was not a conspiracy, then what was it? A comedy routine?

If someone is interested in those events, and it is fine with me if someone is not, then the intelligent question would be what was the conspiracy, not whether there was one or not. Incidentally, I happen to think that the mainstream conspiracy theory presented by folks like George W. Bush and Colin Powell is a ridiculous myth, but I also respect the value and function of popular mythology, especially in politics.

Myths can be useful for directing public opinion to be receptive to things like expensive invasions and new radical draconian security schemes. Again, opportunity and crisis may be two labels that both fit the same situation. Creating myths and popularizing them through propaganda can create tremendous momentum in redistributing public wealth toward the most effective lobbying interests.

Further, myths about how lobbying interests are both evil and new can be indoctrinated on the masses so as to distract them from recognizing the origins of all court systems and all governing systems. Instead of competing or revolting, those masses will passionately but politely protest the latest “new evil” as directed by popular political mythologies. They will campaign for reform and promote a new political savior, repeating the theme of eternal “hope” common to all of populist, proletariat politics.

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura

Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, how about the so-called housing crisis in the West? It is a myth. There is an abundance of available housing. That is not a crisis. That is a supply far in excess of demand. Prices will continue to decline, like in Japan for the last 23 years. So what?

Of course, lots of borrowers and realtors and construction workers are experiencing the decline in the housing boom/bubble as a financial crisis for them personally. So what?

Borrowers who gambled on $300,000 mortgage loans may lose their entire net worth to bankruptcy. What’s new?

One person’s foreclosure has never equated to a social crisis. However, a million foreclosures in a short period of time is a crisis for a court system unprepared to handle that volume, but it is also an opportunity for intelligent investors to multiply their wealth very quickly, similar to what Rothschild did toward the end of the Battle of Waterloo.

A protester outside AIG's headquarters at the ...

A protester outside AIG’s headquarters at the American International Buildling in New York City is interviewed by a news crew. Photographer’s blog post about this photo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you heard on mainstream news that there is a financial crisis and that expensive redistributions must be performed by the government to save the people from the evil demon of falling prices and economic collapse? You may have heard the same theme in Japan or Europe or the US.

Perhaps it is purely a lobbyist myth. It justifies a huge redistribution of wealth from the middle class toward the elite lobbyists, “bailing out” the lobbying interests with TRILLIONS of dollars of wealth transfer.

However, there is simply no financial crisis for someone who has no mortgage, earns $50,000 a year in a steady job in a stable industry, and has $500,000 of cash saved up for retirement and legally sheltered through a simple and conventional method of asset protection. On the other hand, there is a financial crisis for people who “bought in” to the American Dream of flipping houses (and now are upside down by $100,000 or more), who do not have a stable income, and who have been pouring money in to annuities or mutual funds or pensions with no literacy in regard to the reality of risk in stock market prices. Their $500,000 stock market portfolio can quickly fall to $250,000 or even $50,000, just like their $500,000 real estate portfolio can quickly fall to $250,000 or $50,000 of value.

President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Po...

President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell hold a press conference about organization, America’s Promise, in the Rose Garden July 9, 2001. source (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, the mass media may “rescue” them from clarity and prudent adaption by presenting them with a scapegoat or demon to hate. Blame the evil political party. Blame the evil foreign nation. Blame the evil politician. Blame the evil central bank. Blame someone. Blame anyone. Just do not adapt. Just do not correlate one’s own chosen behavior with the actual results of the chosen behavior.

“Think positive. Elect a political savior. Do not EVER adjust your actual behavior. That is just a ridiculous conspiracy theory designed to suck you in to prudence and the prosperity that naturally results from prudence.”

Bank run during the Showa Financial Crisis 日本語...

Bank run during the Showa Financial Crisis 日本語: 昭和金融恐慌時の取り付け騒ぎ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, with prudence in mind, I will address some economic issues. In 2004, I published an article called “the Real U.S. Deficit: OIL” in which I detailed the issue of rising fuels costs and the impact that rising fuel costs have on import-dependent economies like those of Japan, Europe, and the US. (See )

It is certainly possible that fuel prices could drop. However, since 1999, global fuel prices on the whole have been rising, which is a reversal of trends going back over 100 years (when the inflation-adjusted prices of fuel were several times as high as they were by 1999). Consider that in 1880, the amount of fuel (power, energy) that now costs $10 might have taken the average person an entire day’s work to earn.

Modern civilization is still INCREDIBLY abundant relative to humans across the vast majority of history. There is a downside to the abundance though. We have been able to thrive despite rampant idiocy.

People trust uncritically in mass media outlets, government bureaucrats, and naive church leaders. Are the blind leading the blind?

Consider that mainstream medical scientists present a growing list of conditions that they deem incurable, which basically means that they make no claims to understand a physiological process well enough to reliably reverse or prevent it. When they say something is incurable, we think that is an expression of the reality of the condition, not an expression of the reality of the competence of person talking. They are naive idiots negligently using language and so are most of the rest of us.

How do people produce new results? New methods (at least new to the one exploring it).

But new is not always better. So, how do people produce the best results available? The best methods available.

Conspiracy Theory Overlap Diagram

Conspiracy Theory Overlap Diagram (Photo credit: Vince_Lamb)

Now, what is so radical about anything in this blog? I’m not sure there is anything especially radical here. Then again, maybe it is a bit radical to actually openly admit that most people seem to me to be reactive, terrified, hysterical zombies programmed by myths that benefit certain lobbying interests.

“The enemy does not want you to know that investing everything in silver even if it is 1980 will magically solve all of your problems and will magically ruin their evil empire.” That’s idiotic. However, it works to influence the behavior of herds of people.

Real estate always rises, too. Investing in silver always solves everything. Be a patriotic hero. Invest in silver mines, which is the only kind of real estate that always rises always always always.

Therefore, because ridiculous propaganda is so effective, I hereby warn you that your arch-enemy does not want you to adjust your behavior, by which I mean Osama Attila Hitler AKA Dr. Evil, Lex Luther, The Joker, The Riddler, Penguin, Satan, the Devil, the Bilderberger Blackwater Vatican Jesuit Zionist Poseidon. No, he (or she or they) hope that you will keep complaining and blaming and condemning and hating, which empowers them with your attention to their anti-propaganda reverse psychology.

At the UN, Colin Powell holds a model vial of ...

At the UN, Colin Powell holds a model vial of anthrax, while arguing that Iraq is likely to possess WMDs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, if someone consistently demonstrates intelligence and relevance far beyond the mainstream for 8 or 9 years, your arch-enemy does not want you to consult such an intelligent consultant (such as by posting a comment on this blog). Instead, your arch-enemy wants you to think positively about focusing on using the law of attraction to gently expose your arch-enemy by non-violently protesting against them publicly with heroic signs that say “Hey, you, scrawny frightened Holy Roman Inquisition thugs with combat helicopters and fatal chemical weapon mustard gas crowd-control grenades, we dare you to stand your ground as we slowly and arrogantly march over to your local army base or pentagon and climb the razor-edged barbed wire fences to occupy the pentagon military headquarters and federal correctional facilities and gas chambers.”

Also, your Arch Enemy is terrified that you might share or re-blog this post. That would be a horrible humiliation for them. Please be a good heroic saintly patriotic messiah impersonator by having mercy on them and only sharing it once or, at the absolute most, twice.

the secret of power

April 8, 2012

“The secret of power” is my new blog. As traffic to my main blog has averaged far above 200 views per day last week, I have launched a new project.

If I had to use just one word to describe the new blog, it would that it is about INTROSPECTION. However, there are several keywords that I have listed on it to attract traffic, such as:

cfr, Council on Foreign Relations, forbidden, introspection, New World Order, nwo, power, secret, secret of power, taboo, the power of, the secret, Trilateral Commission

Here are some of the links I am using to connect my page with others, including for the purpose of “tickling” search engines with several instances of the words listed above:

investing in the secret of consistent appreciation

April 1, 2012

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Investing in the secret of consistent appreciation

The systematic redistribution of resources is called commerce (or economy, whatever). Markets measure the redistribution (reallocation) of resources, that is, the activity patterns of commerce or economy. By the way, not only are resources redistributed from one activity or industry or technology to another, but from some people to other people. A fundamentally relevant question of investors could be this: which people are which? (Note: if you own any investements- including a business- yet have never asked this question, consider that a very favorable time to explore this question of which category of people consistently benefit from redistribution after redistribution… may be right now.)

So, what if certain categories of people tend to be the beneficiaries of redistribution and certain ones tend to be the “losers” or underwriters of other people’s gain? What could be the fundamental distinction between these two categories of people?

First, notice that people who believe in the value of a certain form of prosperity will attract it. That is obvious though, whether or not we call it the law of attraction or “the secret” or nothing at all. It is a fundamental presumption of economics that people are attracted to what they value- like those are the circular definitions of value and attraction: we are attracted to what we value and we value whatever we are attracted to. So what?

rhizoming the plan of consistency . .

rhizoming the plan of consistency . . (Photo credit: jef safi (writing))

However, the other factor, which may eventually but suddenly deny people of any prior security, is not so obvious and may even be easily denied, even in the face of logically irrefutable evidence. Of course, how relevant is logically irrefutable evidence? Denial may be entirely irrational (and irrationality may be easily rationalized). So, here is the secret of consistent appreciation (profit):

[certain phrases were edited out of this free public version]
People who ______ will always eventually be relieved of prosperity, as they will distract themselves with _______. Ironically, they will eventually lose prosperity by their valuing ______ over experiencing consistent appreciation. In fact, in order to ________, they must not experience consistent appreciation. They inevitably then inwardly experience ___________ as a result of having lost prior prosperity.

You may wonder: how do I know this? I’ve experienced it.

I’ve earned lots of money quickly. Lots of other people have, too. However, keeping lots of money and even multiplying it through various economic conditions, though, is not so common.

Not only have I earned a lot quickly, but I have also experienced sudden loss of assets- several times. That has given me the opportunity to experience for myself what it is that kept interrupting– as in sabotaging- my capacity to earn a lot quickly, keeping my gains inconsistent. Eventually, after my denial (illusions) had been repeatedly weakened by experience, the answer came to me intuitively- not as a result of speculation, but one day while not thinking about it at all.

Helping others distinguish the source of the inconsistency of profitability seems to me the natural thing for me to offer to do, now that I have witnessed the simplicity of it myself. By rigorously distinguishing the source of inconsistency in the realizing of gains, this is also interrupting the recurring interruptions to one’s consistently benefiting from all systematic redistributions- no longer a mix of gains and losses, which can sometimes quickly erase years or even decades of gains. Once the interruptions are interrupted, consistent appreciation is suddenly simple and easy.

[Here ends the free public version.]

Published on: Sep 15, 2009

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropo...

Income inequality and mortality in 282 metropolitan areas of the United States. Mortality is correlated with both income and inequality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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the secret of reverse pyschology propaganda: resistance is creative attention

April 1, 2012

Resistance is attention and attention is creative.

This posts arises from a dialogue. Here is how it started.

Reverse of the Series 1934 $100 Gold Certificate

Reverse of the Series 1934 $100 Gold Certificate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mrs. Hope Johnson wrote:
“Thanks everyone for your comments on this post. They have helped me to more deeply understand resistance and how it can be used to bring about peace and freedom.

Here’s a link to my most recent article, inspired by my interaction with all of you: ”


My response to her:

Hope, here is my reply to your post, with two links added at the end here. Your conversation is to me like a push against a stack of dominoes that I have been setting up for the last 7 years. Thanks and do enjoy. Comments are of course welcome.

US gold certificate (1922)

US gold certificate (1922) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

re: “Just as eating optimal nutrients resists decay in the body by promoting physical health, so too does peaceful assertion of individual rights resist controlling or oppressive governmental forces by promoting freedom.”

I think of this re “assertion:” as we exercise authority, freedom, sovereignty, responsibility, and prudence, we practice intelligence in our investments of attention and other resources such as money. We organize our finances not around the default legal structures that benefit governments- like automatically putting our assets and revenues under “our own” SSN (it’s actually the SSA’s account, not yours or mine) and in our own legal name (again, a structure that is “legal fiction” as a corporate citizen franchise under the accounting and jurisdiction of the USA or UK or EU etc), such that they are exposed to maximum taxes and court liabilities.

In regard to the legal status of “CITIZEN,” I offer this quotation:
Citibank… is deemed a citizen of any state in which
it physically maintains branches.” – US District Ct of
Appeals, 1st Circuit, December 19, 2005.
See also

Further, there is the matter of the prudent allocation of investments, whether in a charitable trust or other structure explicitly exempt from taxation and legally protected by courts from most legal challenges or controversies. Most people ignore the obvious set-ups of recent decades, such as the retiring of the baby boom, and thus were surprised by market developments that I and many others have been forecasting for quite a while. (See

Rather than benefit from the emerging shift, many have poured themselves deeply into debt, aggressively entering markets like real estate and, more recently, gold. Citing the exact same rationalizations as gold investors did in the late 1970s, gold investors may be almost as disappointed as they were from 1980 to 2000… or even as disappointed as mainstream real estate investors have been recently and [according to my projections] will be much more so in the next few years… or even as disappointed as holders of US gold certificates in 1933, when the Federal Reserve foreclosed on the debts owed to it by the US Treasury and produced a “voluntary confiscation” by criminalizing the possession of gold certificates by US Citizens (but not foreigners, who were outside of the jurisdiction of the US and were not the underwriters or sureties of the debts incurred or billed to the taxpaying citizens by those Doing Business As the USA).

Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the Unit...

Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the United States Polski: Fragment preambuły Konstytucji Stanów Zjednoczonych (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Citizens may complain of constitutions and rights, rather than exercising their intelligence and responsibility. They may ignore the provisions in the US Constitution for the explicit acknowledgment of treaties as one of three components of the supreme law of the land:

Here is the “Supremacy Clause” of Article VI: “The judges of every
state shall be bound” by “this Constitution, the Laws of the United
States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof, and all Treaties
made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United
States, [which] shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”

For more, see

The basic thing is that people can argue amongst themselves while bullets and bombs are flying, or they can take action to promote security and prosperity. Operations of government begin and end. They are not to be relied on as if they are God- and neither is gold or silver or any currency or investment or legal structure.

I’ve written extensively on the psychology of what is shifting as well as the history and economics. Rather than allowing change to inform their own actions and benefit dramatically from the most obvious and sudden redistribution of economic resources that I personally know of, and perhaps in the recorded history of mankind, how many of us are instead complaining about things like that the FDA is “full of sh!t” STILL. Seriously, when was that not the case? (Their information and agenda is limited…. So what?)

Those who are arrogant shall be humbled. Those who are asleep shall be wakened. Those who are antagonistic shall be mired in conflict. Those who are judgmental shall be agonizing in the hell of shame and guilt.

Deutsch: Polizeiwagen der Federal Reserve Poli...

Deutsch: Polizeiwagen der Federal Reserve Polizeil (Bundesbankpolizei) English: Federal reserve police car, St. Louis, MO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pieces of this message are not new to any of us, right? However, when the last piece of the puzzle is put into place, even those of us who have not been looking at the picture on the box in which the puzzle came… will know what the puzzle shows when assembled. By the way, if the governments or mass media or churches give us a boxtop that does not match the actual puzzle that is in the box, that does not mean that we should wait for them to give us the correct blueprint or build the puzzle for us.

Put it all together. Do the math.

Many people will experience dramatic increases in various forms of suffering. We are not at fault for their suffering- nor then for own our past suffering. However, we have the opportunity now to learn as well as to teach.

The meek shall inherit the earth and receive abundance overflowing, but the price of giving up vanity and self-righteousness may seem too high for some, so life may “turn the tables” and raise the relative cost of keeping vanity. Thank heavens for that.

(see also:

Published on: Oct 27, 2009

Description: Newspaper clipping USA, Woodrow W...

Description: Newspaper clipping USA, Woodrow Wilson signs creation of the Federal Reserve. Source: Date: 24 December 1913 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Secret of Magic Words

February 25, 2012
The Secret of Magic Words
English: A little girl leaning against a sofa.

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“Mama” was the first word that my first child ever spoke out loud. Well, it was one of the first- at least as long as we do not count “leedle leedle leedle” and other sounds that I personally did not recognize as part of the English language.

I do not actually remember the first word that I personally ever spoke. However, I like to think that my first word was “perfectionist,” but I have recently been told that in fact I did not even learn that word until I was 20 years old. Further, it took me another 20 years after that to pronounce it correctly. Then it took me another 20 years to learn what other people think that word means. Then I spent another 20 years of intense introspection to find the true meaning of the word “perfectionist.”

Now, as the leading perfectionist in the world today, I am often asked how is it that I got to be so perfect. Of course, there is a very simple answer. Unfortunately for you, it is a secret.

What is the secret to perfectionism?
Actually, there is no secret to perfectionism. I just said that to get your attention. Or maybe there is a secret and I am just pretending that there is not so that you will set that subject aside long enough for me to tell you what I really what to tell you.
Either way, what I really want to tell you is the secret of magic words. Are you ready? The secret of magic words is that all words are magic.
However, you may not know yet what I actually mean by magic. In fact, you may not even know what I mean by “magic words.”

What are magic words?
When I was so young that I did not even know yet that there was a secret about magic words, I learned the two most popular magic words in the English language. Everyone knows that the first magic word is “please.”
When you are a child and you want a sweet treat to eat, you learn to repeat a certain word that gives adults a thrill of power and pride: “please.” You learn to please them. You please them by saying “please” and then they will please you by giving you what you want (what pleases you). It’s just like magic.

What is magic?
Actually, it’s not “like” magic. It is magic.
Of course, it does not always work to say please. Imagine a well-trained toddler who says “please give me another bowl of eye screen.” Well, what if all of the eye screen is gone?
Maybe big sister ate all of the chalk lid eye screen and the toddler ate the last scoop of venom love eye screen. So there is simply none left now.
Naturally, the toddler says “please get me more chalk lid eye screen ride now or else I is going SCREEN at the very top of my lunch, pretty please.” Then sister says, “you are so stupid. It’s not eye screen. It’s ice cream. It’s not chalk lid either. It’s chocolate. You are SOOOO stupid. Plus, there is no more eye screen left anyway.”

Yeah, but what is magic?
Magic is the intentional influencing of other people’s attention, perception, and behavior– especially when not recognized by them as a process of influence. So, is it really magic to say “please?” Of course! If it EVER works to influence the behavior of other people, then that counts as fitting the definition of magic that I just made up.
In other words, all words are magic. All words sometimes work to influence (as in manipulate or govern or control) other people. All words direct attention and perception and behavior. There is no other purpose for words except to direct attention, perception, and behavior. That is what communicating is: directing attention, perception, and behavior.
baby while making his first steps

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So are words the only kind of magic?

Let’s imagine a few activities that people might do to influence other people. Can gestures influence other people? For instance, can smiling influence other people? How about waving at them?
Or, can crying influence other people? Can running very fast straight toward them influence them? Can changing your appearance by changing your hair style or your cosmetics or your clothing influence other people? Can fences and locks and snarling dogs influence other people?
Can you even name one possibility that cannot ever influence other people? What part of reality absolutely never influences the behavior of any humans?
Exactly how magical are words?
Isn’t it quite predictable what effects can be produced through any particular “stimulus?” Sure, it may not always work to say please when asking for something, but isn’t it predictable that it MIGHT influence other people to say please?
Maybe a person is deaf or does not speak English or whatever (maybe there is just no more eye screen), but the activity of forming the sound sequence “please” is regularly repeated by millions of humans because it produces more reliable results than the absence of making those sounds or making other sounds like saying “chalk lid” or “venom love” or “perfectionism.”
“Mama, may I have some more eye screen, chalk lid? Wait, I’ll try again. May I have some more eye screen, pretty perfectionism with venom love on top?”
People use “please” not because it works 100% of the time, but because it works somewhere between 1% and 99% of the time. That kind of consistency is truly magic!
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So are words the only kind of magic?

No, stupid! When I was a toddler, the flight of a butterfly was magic. The amazing tree-climbing ability of a squirrel was magic.
Magic was basically anything surprising. To an infant or puppy, a mirror is surprising as in magical. To primitive people who have never seen a photograph of written language on a computer screen or who have never heard a human voice reproduced through a magnetic speaker in a radio or cell phone, you can imagine that the amazing tree-climbing ability of a squirrel is no longer amazing eventually.
Surprise is magic. However, when I repeat the same thing over and over again and again, that that is also magic. It it is is hypnotic hypnotic.
Even if someone knows exactly what I am going to sane ext, that does knot really madder in regard to the possibility of words influencing the attention, perception, and behavior of others. I can’t even made any mistakes without them still under stood the basic point of the basic pointing. It’s just that hardly could be any easier.
So are words the only kind of magic?
Exactly what I meant to say was that words are among the easiest forms of magic. It is so flipping easy to surprisingly influence people with words that it is so flipping easy!
In contrast, it takes a lot of time to style hair or two change clothes or too buy some more chalk lid eye screen. However, what could be faster than saying “please?”
About the only thing that is faster than saying please is to not say anything. That kind of magic is secret perfectionist magic. However, saying absolutely nothing does not always work about 5% of the time. So, if only as a last resort, speak.
How many other child do you have?
Look, as far as you know, I was making all of that up about having even one child. However, if I ever did have any children at all, then I would probably know that they know the secret of magic words that most adults have learned to pretend to have forgotten: that words are one way of directing attention, perception, and behavior.
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When a child is in a crowded theatre to see The Little Mermaid for the third time, by then, they know that there are several four letter words that they can say to get the attention not only of the adult(s) that brought them to the theatre, but of most anyone who can hear them whispering these words in that certain kind of whispering that is designed to attract as much attention as possible: poop, fart, butt, boob, and, of course, “evil.”

However, around the time that children learn that Santa Claus is just a myth constructed of words for influencing the behavior of other people, those same children forget that words like “evil” are also just myths constructed for influencing the behavior of other people. They forget that all words are magic. Or, at least they pretend to forget that all words are magic, such as because pretending to have forgotten is reliably magical in influencing the behavior of others.
“Honey, stop climbing on to the back of the chair right now. Do I have to smack you or are you going to be a good little obedient elf for Santa? And, Jesus Christ, how many times do I have to tell you to say please?”
Mama, that is a great question. However, I really do not know yet. Apparently you have to tell me to say please more than you have so far. By the way, you are such a flipping perfectionist!
Anyway, did you see what the doggie is doing to my pink panther stuffed animal? It seems like it is dancing but there is no music. It must have a bad itch, huh?
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