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Stalking Vol 2: The Bridge of Reason


"I have never made an independent decision?"
"Correct, no one can make a truly deliberate decision until they have left reason behind."
"That’s just bullshit," I smirked.
"So says your reason, which is what we’re trying to have you leave behind." Bonnie looked
at me inquiringly. "Logically, if all that you think you know has been shaped by the same
perceptions that have been hammered into everyone, what else can you conclude within that
cognition?"
"Okay, let’s try what impeccability is about again. Maybe I’ll see your point from there."
Looking into my innocent eyes, Bonnie rea lized I had not grasped much of that concept in
our Saturday classes, either. In a monotone, she said, "You have a difficult day ahead. Grasping
the pervasive nature of your conformation is critical."
"Still..." I held my ground.
Shaking her head at whatever I was in for, she relented.
"To a reasoning mind, impeccability can look like ethics or morality, but it can fly in the
face of both because it’s about the regulation of energy. In simple terms," she cocked her head to
one side, indicating this was not a definitive explanation, "impeccability means doing the right
thing for the right reason, which includes doing nothing as a proactive decision. Where it can get
complicated," she grinned ruefully, "is that reason doesn’t apply to decisions based on the
regulation of energy. Reason is inherently energy inefficient. More than that, impeccable choices
have to take into consideration where you really are, so that you act in proportion to the arena.
Otherwise, the amount of energy employed will not be correct."
"Let’s start with what you mean by it looking like ethics, then we’ll go to acting in
proportion to the arena," I said evenly.
"Reason deals with the ‘because’ of an event you have interpreted in a particular way and
subsequently decided you should respo nd in a way consistent with your interpretation. This
maintains the continuity of thought through action, which always seems reasonable under the
circumstance. It follows that there are many ethical standards—meaning no real standards that
everyone can embrace as the most moral, or apparently beneficial to the most people."
"Understood."
"There are no variables affecting a Stalker’s motivation: they would say a circumstance
beckoned them, and they responded with the most efficient use of their energy. This response
could mirror your reasoned choice and look ethical, or it might confound you with its apparent
irresponsibility."
"I’ll need an example of that, but what does acting in proportion to an arena mean—it
sounds like a variable?"
Bonnie gave this a moment’s thought before, suddenly sporting a wide grin, she said,
"Imagine that you are driving the third vehicle to arrive at a four way stop simultaneous to a
fourth car on your right. You know the correct order in which to safely proceed, but what usually
happens?"
Her pleasure came from knowing this circumstance was a pet peeve of mine: in casual
conversation, I had used it to support my declaration that twenty- five percent of driving-age
humanity was terminally stupid. Being generous with Murphy’s Law, I said that we are certain to
encounter at least one of these people seventy- five percent of the time at four-way stops in most
of Canada. The exceptions were in Halifax, where a cluster of identical signage was uniformly
thought to mean, "Just go ahead when you can," and in Nanaimo, "Slow your truck, create the
impression that you know what you’re doing, then go."
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