Episode 8: Part 1 of “The Tools of Peers”
“Curiouser and curiouser’ cried Alice”
L. Carroll “The Pool of Tears”
Alex found himself on a direction away from the “Grove of Circles.”
As he peddled along on his bicycle he realized that
this mode of transportation was quite deceptive.
It appeared to be very efficient and loads of fun.
In reality it was slow and repetitive.
Alex accepted the deception with grace and promised himself
to find another mode to reach his goals but
(in another burst of reality)
he knew he really had no goals.
And there Alex was,
once again trapped
It was a desire to get someplace and
the reality of knowing he had
no place to go.
It was as if
(subject only to the ebb and flow of whatever surrounded him)
Alex thought and thought but did not know
what he should be thinking about.
It was as if he were floating
in a pool of water.
His hands and mind paddled at an alarming rate
but little progress was made.
People that knew him
Some thought him insane. A few considered him
Others interpreted it as
a sign of intelligence;
if not brilliance.
(these others included a beaver, a fish, and a moose)
His new acquaintances formed a committee,
and compared notes. The result was;
that Alex was deemed
“vexing yet benign.”
Alex (floating along on this ungrounded thought process)
met an Irishman floating in the same morass.
But the Irishman was older
and had more experience.
Alex noticed that
the Irishman was
holding on to
Every once in a while the object
would tip and Alex perceived
this floatation device to be
In fact there were several books; however,
Alex could only see the top one.
Once (when the Irishman was not looking)
Alex strained his neck and eyes
to see the title of the top book.
The title confused Alex.
He remembered the
Homerics and was
confused by the
Yet there was Odysseus’ alias inscribed
on the spine of the Irishman’s
floatation device; “Ulysses.”
Alex, always curious, waited for the Irishman to be distracted.
Once he was, Alex dove under the water to see what other
secrets the Irishman had. As expected, it was not
just one book; there were several.
There were “Animal Farm”, “Atlas Shrugged”,
“The International Language ‘Esperanto’”,
and several others including a codex;
“The Code of Military Justice.”
Alex thought “if this is all that holds the Irishman afloat
then I must also have these books.
So he obtained them and soon
discovered it was much easier
to obtain them than to
But digest them he did; chapter-by-chapter-by-chapter.
He thought “This James Joyce is a strange character”
and “Orwell is on to something big here”
and “Rand has a great philosophy
but why all the horse shit and
gun-smoke at the end?”