• Introducing the MereCog

    I am introducing a new English noun: MereCog.

    A MereCog is anyone who is not Themme but labors for Theire glory. MereCogs are units whose sole purpose is to serve the Machine. The Machine is that upon which Theire lives are materially built.

    Theye live palatially. Theye consume lavishly. Theye travel luxuriously. Theye are able to do all this solely through the agency of the MereCogs. whose collective effort builds and maintains that which Theye so obviously covet and waggle in the faces of their inferiors.

    The properties of the MereCog are as follow:


    1. Numerous
    2. Fungible
    3. Inferior to Themme in attitude
    4. Mostly ignorant of their own status and position as MereCogs
    5. Mostly uncaring that they are MereCogs, to the extent they realize their status as such.
    6. Mostly unwilling to change their status as MereCogs, wanting better, but not enough to make the changes.
    7. Mostly well-trained to their stations as MereCogs
    8. Willing to fight to maintain the status quo between Themme and MereCogs
    9. Willing to fight and be consumed for the glory of the Machine
    10. Unwilling relinquish the comfort of the familiarity of their status as MereCogs
    11. Incapable or unwilling to break free from the assumptions that lock their thinking into the MereCog track.
    12. Glory in their status as belonging to something greater than themselves.



    By now I am sure you have all grokked the gist of this.

    Have I missed any attributes?

    I intend on using this henceforth.


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    1. tod evans's Avatar
      tod evans -
      What's the antithesis to your Merecog?

      Are there some that will receive another moniker than Outlaw?
    1. osan's Avatar
      osan -
      Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
      What's the antithesis to your Merecog?

      Are there some that will receive another moniker than Outlaw?
      How about FreeMan?
    1. tod evans's Avatar
      tod evans -
      Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
      How about FreeMan?
      Works for me, the Merecogs will insist that Outlaw is more appropriate though...

      Especially when they drag the FreeMen into their courts for not playing well with others.
    1. Ronin Truth's Avatar
      Ronin Truth -
      Sounds just a lot like sheeple to me. <shrug>
    1. CaptUSA's Avatar
      CaptUSA -
      Sounds like Delta-minus?
    1. osan's Avatar
      osan -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptUSA View Post
      Sounds like Delta-minus?
      Functionally, yes. The sin lay in that the potential is mostly Alpha, the Delta realization being largely one of choice.
    1. osan's Avatar
      osan -
      Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
      Works for me, the Merecogs will insist that Outlaw is more appropriate though...
      Of course, railing and other shrill expressions of political disapproval being what they tend to be.

      Especially when they drag the FreeMen into their courts for not playing well with others.
      Or simply sic their well-armed bully-boys on them. A single bullet serves so many of Theire good purposes.
    1. timosman's Avatar
      timosman -
      Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
      Have I missed any attributes?
      13. Scared $#@!less
    1. osan's Avatar
      osan -
      Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
      13. Scared $#@!less
      Generally speaking, I would agree. Thanks. Added to the list.
    1. dannno's Avatar
      dannno -
      Sort of like an outspoken boobus?
    1. timosman's Avatar
      timosman -
      More like a clueless from the Gervais Principle: http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2009/10/07...to-the-office/

    1. osan's Avatar
      osan -
      Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
      What's the antithesis to your Merecog?

      Are there some that will receive another moniker than Outlaw?
      As for the pejorative, how about "Goldstein"?


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