Sunday, March 22, 2015
  Richard III bes here

Odd thought, somehow triggered by writing "Install ye" and "Install ye not" on the buttons in the silly cartoon for Richard III's EULA-gy. I hadn't noticed this in ordinary English, but casting it into an unfamiliar style grabbed me.....

Far as I can tell, all languages consider positive action or positive answers to be default and unmarked. Not doing a thing is the choice that requires an extra word or prefix. No, not, isn't, in-, un-, an-. The positive condition is the shorter word or shorter sentence. It's easier to describe action than INaction. It takes less energy to describe the more energetic condition.

Why?

One possibility: NOT-DOING is the overwhelming default in Nature. At this moment, like all other moments, you are DOING only one or two of the infinite number of linguistically named actions available to you. Thus you are NOT-DOING essentially everything. Because our nervous system ignores default or unchanging conditions, we notice and name departures from default. DOINGS get words. We'd rather not describe the NOT-DOINGS at all, so we punish them with prefixes when we're forced by circumstances to notice them.

Maybe this rule is why Frugality is at the bottom of the status stack. Frugal is a highly unusual and uncomfortable word, violating the abovementioned rule. It describes a NON-action without having any negative prefixes. Choosing to borrow and spend and consume should typically be the unprefixed word. Choosing NOT to borrow and spend and consume should be punished by having to carry around a shameful prefix.



Car buyers who want simplicity are officially punished with penalty cars.

Simple-living people get chased out of everywhere. We are UNwanted UNpersons. We are Piles Of Stuff.

The Goldman Coup of 2008 was explicitly a WAR ON FRUGALITY. The precise purpose was to punish savers HARD. The frugocide has continued unabated for 7 years. Anyone complaining? Nope. [Sidenote: This protest in Cyprus sounds like it might be the first real battle by savers, but on closer look it doesn't count. The protesters are really speculators, not savers.]

You can't even find the phrase "war on frugality". Try googling it. You'll get two pages of mostly random combinations, several positive references, and exactly one CORRECT usage, written in early 2009. Nobody else picked up the idea because everyone wants to kill frugality. Even the supposed leftists and populists who claim to oppose Goldman are not favoring frugality; they dislike the Goldman approach because it's NOT BORROWING FAST ENOUGH. They want MORE BLOODY DESTRUCTION, not less. See MMT, Bill Black, Stephanie Kelton.

Frugality in speech is equally bad. Quiet people? Loners, oddballs, serial killers, terrorists. All should commit suicide.

I wanted frugality in sound to help me sleep. I wanted FDR sound, Sharia sound, with the peaks pulled down and the valleys brought up to fill the curve. Nope, can't have it. Existing software called "Normalizer" does the exact opposite. It gives you Goldman sound! Morgan sound! Rand sound! Friedman sound! Maxima expanded BEYOND INFINITY! Minima SMASHED to zero! So I had to write my own frugalizer, and it worked.

Frugality in general action? There isn't a verb for it in Standard English. No way to say that you are happily accomplishing your purpose in life without committing any defined activities. Some black dialects do include a precise verb, indicating a saner and more natural approach to life. See the sophisticated distinction between he here and he be here and he bes here. Three gradations of purpose vs activity.

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