Re: virus: Re: shaman

Brett Lane Robertson (
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 20:48:25 -0500

And I don't want to get lost in this. I have no need for shamans. I don't
think anyone else does either, but that is my bias. I'll live with it. (Smith)


Beginning with the model for professionalistic theory and assuming that
there are two shaman in the center, a non-involved one and an over-involved
one we seek a third which might be translated the professional shaman (for
both the non-involved and the over-involved can be termed non-professional
on the grounds that they can not say what it is that they do). The idea is
that we are involved in a professionalistic worldview and are attempting
then to create the professional example of non-professionalism (to translate
the position of shaman into a "new" memetic form).

Or, we have determined that the original meme for the shaman is that of
joker which translates adolescent. The predecessors of this meme were the
masculine and the feminine. The shaman meme is not the child meme being
neither masculine nor feminine; and the adolescent is not the masculine nor
the feminine meme being both in one body. Using the professionalistic
model, we are asking can we have a professional adolescent. That the
adolescent cannot profess to being either the child or its parents assumes
that the memetic space represented by the adolescent is a job description in
its own right which cannot (but must) be translated by either the child meme
or the parent (s) meme.

One ends up with a central core of respect, humility, responsibility, and
obligation; a manifestation of power, pride, sympathy and empathy: The
process which operates is one where control balances repression (one
controls repression and represses control...both operate continually but
neither is evident). This translates well but also assumes that the
professional non-professional is operating on the principal that paranoia
balances violence.

Because of this, all internal processes are externalized one becomes better
through the destruction of the bureaucracy--which must not be seen as
something which one manufactured. As the internal processes are respect,
responsibility, humility and obligation; one finds oneself destroying the
basis of power, pride, sympathy and empathy but keeping the form. Both the
child and the masculine/feminine are placed in limbo--both religion and
politics. This is the core of the professionalistic model without the
shaman and this is where modern society finds itself today.

So, how can the role of religion and politics be translated by the
professional? The Answer: Those functions provided by religion and
politics are sub-headed under the new magical term, "standards"--the process
becomes the product. We make objective terms like movement, growth, rest,
balance, perspective, stability, change, tension, release, and resistance.
Satisfaction and satiation become the by-words and is judged by quantity and
quality (ie. we mechanize). THEN we ask how does the shaman
satisfy...looking at his quantity and quality.

It seems that the only position that the shaman can then fill is one of
scapegoat. He becomes an anachronism, is seen as controlling and
repressing: He claims the qualities of respect, humility, responsibility,
and obligation but doesn't display the form of power, pride, sympathy and
empathy. But every time we go to destroy him something stops us.

In this system, the shaman is The meta meme. He becomes our antithesis
against which we take sides. We play around with the idea of being
protagonist and antagonist. Destroying parts of ourself at a time, we create
status and class from which we interpolate new ideas of perfection and
impeccability. His conspicuous absence allows us to consider ourselves unique.

The non-professional professional creates ego, form without substance. He
shows up again, though as the professional who laughs at himself. He
magically imparts growth without pain...does it for you, gives it to you and
then steps out of the picture giving you the credit and accepting all of the
blame. How does he pay (he gets paid in freedom)? He offers the illusion


*this is only a translation into professionalistic bureaucracy it does not
change the actual form or substance of the shaman

Rabble Sonnet Retort
Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.

Conte Vittorio Alfieri