26 January 2008

Puppet show

It took a while for this to sink in, but after some conversations with an amazing variety of people from Perth, WA, I’ve come to realise why a particular puppet show went undetected for far too long.

Puppet show?

That’s where someone (herein, “the Puppet Master”) invents a look-alike for a significant person in their lives, then starts reacting to the puppet, not the reality.

This sounds silly, but for modelling purposes the puppet has some significant advantages over real life, an obvious one being that the puppet will do what you tell it to, whereas real life is seldom so accommodating.

There is a big disadvantage, of course, in that you don’t have the “name” (character & authority) of the one you’re Puppetting — & we all know that bad things happen if you walk up & arrest someone “because I am a policeman,” but two bad things happen because not only to you have to be a policeman, you have to also have a specific reason for needing to arrest someone... which reason is utterly useless without a suitable Name & in the case of the Puppet Master, they have neither Name nor reason so absolutely no chance of eventual success.

Now, a Puppet Master can be a fearsome (albeit sometimes silly) thing to behold, but things get seriously, um, interesting when the Puppet Master themselves becomes subject to the control of other Puppet Masters, who as well as running a “straight” (hah!) puppet show themselves, have grown to regard this as too mundane, so instead of settling for altering the puppet’s behaviour, have stooped to altering the actual behaviour of real people.

It might strike you as unlikely that a Puppet Master should fall subject to other Masters, but in practice the (effectively enslaved) subMaster becomes so accustomed to the puppetry process that they no longer notice when it’s aimed at them rather than by them.

This becomes doubly damning when the Puppet Slave has been quietly running their own show this way since childhood; amongst other things, there’s no steep contrast to signal the onset of either Puppet Mastery or Puppet Slavery.

Some of the Perth people (a few more directly involved than others) tried to warn the Puppet Slave that this was no real game of any sort, that they needed to reconsider everything or lose the lot, but apparently this warning was mis-read as a kind of team-play manoeuvre, so Slave seems to be working on destroying practically everything of value in their life (as a “necessary sacrifice” although their basis for that assertion is in essence a lie also), piece by piece, while simultaneously projecting an image of surprised injury — another old game which teenage friends once mocked Slave openly for playing.

Oh, & ignoring this kind of thing, pretending it will go away, is not an option for a Christian, either. Christians are told in many places (for example, 1 Corinthians 10:5) to actively undermine such falsehoods.

One wonders what surprises the Slave will emit next.

The Slave wonders why nobody trusts them (⟪most unfair, but they were losers anyway⟫).

Stay tuned, I guess.

2 comments:

Leon Brooks said...

Ah, another little light comes on: I suddenly understand why I’m being accused of doing stuff that is quite alien to my approach to life.

I’ve been Puppetted, my pseudo-self Puppet did these things in his mental existence — amplified from minor events in real life — so they seem real to the Slave.

In turn, it seems reasonable to Slave to accuse me of them.

It also seems impossible to ever, ever directly specify them to me lest the Puppet Show be suddenly exposed, which explains still more confusion.

Can’t say I’m at all happy about the implied results, one way or another (especially the other lives being trashed with Slave’s), but the situation at least seems more understandable.

Leon Brooks said...

Oh... one other impromptu suggestion has been made to me about how a Master might fall prey to being Puppetted.

Apparently, it has to do with the kind of Master Bait being used.

The theory runs along the lines that once enough Baiting proves intolerably pleasant for the Master, they effectively become Slave to it rather than risk losing it.

The pun is kind of sad, but I think the actual point stands.

My response is: it’s not worth it. No matter how desperate you might be for pleasure, this kind of Bait is poison.

It will undermine your life, will destroy you, & perhaps worst of all, will encourage the Slavers by their apparent success, so they are more likely to go on to destroy others.