Archive of Bob Wallace's Essays

  • Round pegs in square holes

    “Ever since I was 12 years old I have felt like I belonged to a different species. I’ve always felt human... well, mostly...but with maybe, oh, I don’t know -- some sort of unusual DNA, perhaps like in The Island of Dr. Moreau. That would explain things.”

    published at Endervidualism on  October 20, 2007

  • The Thing vs. Some Dumb Flatfoots

    “I packed the Thing into a box and sent him off. That’s the last I heard of him for three weeks. At first I thought he had gotten lost in the mail, then the next thing I hear is that he had showed up, not in such good shape. The box had been crushed, opened and crudely taped. When my friend opened it, the Thing was lying in pieces at the bottom.”

    published at Endervidualism on  August 29, 2007

  • War with the Yechs!

    “His Most Royal Excellency George the 17th, from behind several square yards of polished walnut desk, squinted at his visitor as if he was a large bristly rat that had somehow found its way to the hard, straight-backed chair set in the middle of the room. ... The Emperor was convinced his public loved him but he took no chances with his friends in his court. The guards had huge golden Roman centurion-type helmets with red crests on top that stood up like scared birds.”

    published at Endervidualism on  July 24, 2007

  • The Way It Should Have Been

    Bob spins a small fantasy tale similar in some ways to recent events at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia. However, in this story, Bob makes several crucial changes leading to a different ending. Bob created this "modern fairy tale" in the form of a script for a simple multi-character one act play.

    published at Endervidualism on  April 25, 2007

  • The Fantasy World of the Savior and the Scapegoat

    “Whenever any country idealizes itself as the Savior of the world -- a problem that now afflicts the United States -- there must be another country, or countries, that is scapegoated. ... This is why Bush, in all seriousness, refers to the United States being attacked for its goodness. He’s completely ignoring the 50 years of attacks the United States has inflicted on the Islamic world.”

    published at Endervidualism on  12/16/06

  • In Politics, There is No Murder

    "Pareto ... divided rulers into two kinds: Foxes, who use fraud; and Lions, who use force. The mass of people he called Sheep. ... The interests of a nation are almost always determined by what the rulers want, be they Foxes or Lions. The Sheep are unfortunately often easily led by the rulers, even if they're led over a cliff. It's done by propaganda, and the mass of Sheep always fall for it.

    published at Endervidualism on  7/15/06

  • The Necessity of Enemies

    "[S]ince tribes consider themselves both 'the People' and good, and their badness is always projected elsewhere, this means there must always be enemies. The tribe has to have enemies to maintain its fiction of 'goodness'."

    published at Endervidualism on  8/2/05

  • Modern-Day Hoodoo Men

    "In the past certain people were called witchdoctors; today the foolish call them intellectuals. I call them Hoodoo Men."

    published at Endervidualism on  7/20/05

  • The Victory of Persuasion Over Force

    "The road to Hell is truly paved with good intentions, and naive idealists have caused more catastrophes in the world than the most evil of evil people."

    published at Endervidualism on  6/14/05

  • Science Fiction, Wars, and a Meaning to Life

    "During long-term warfare society becomes militarized and in doing so damages, destroys or absorbs such intermediary institutions as churches. ... In short, war can give meaning and community – and an intoxicating power – to some people's lives."

    published at Endervidualism on 4/2/05

  • The Mind of the Terrorist

    "All terrorists see things as either good or bad, black or white, with nothing in-between. Of course, they see themselves as good, which is why they are paranoid about people hating them 'for their goodness'."

    published at Endervidualism on  2/25/05

  • The Story of Bad Daddy and Bad Mommy

    "Bad Mom at home, and Bad Dad abroad. Uh oh. This is very, very lopsided, and very, very dangerous. My impression is that description applies to all Empires: Mommy and welfare at home, Daddy and warfare abroad, to protect Mommy."

    published at Endervidualism on  2/4/05

  • The Horror of Horror as Holiness

    "Contrary to the delusions of the rabidly secular, humanity will never give up religion. Perhaps everything is religion, including secularism. ... The problem is when religion is perverted. That's when it goes from the holy to the horrible."

    published at Endervidualism on  1/27/05

  • Imagining an Ideal World

    "One of the curious things about the difference between the Primary World and Secondary Worlds is that the first one is inherently imperfect, or to use a religious term, 'fallen.' Secondary Worlds aren't necessarily fallen, although most are in various degrees."

    published at Endervidualism on 1/18/05

  • A Sense of Wonder -- Chronicles of Love and Awe

    "That combination of love, awe and fear can make you feel more alive. Dipping into your imagination, and fantasy, can make the real world more enchanted. Anyone who's felt it knows what I'm talking about."

    published at Endervidualism on  1/04/05

  • Politics and the Garden of Eden

    "I've run across various interpretations of the myth. The one that always struck a chord with me is that evil came into the world through scapegoating: Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent, a symbol of envy."

    published at Endervidualism on  12/24/04

  • Meaningless High School

    "The State does a lot of bad things to people. Taking away a true meaning to their lives and replacing it with false one is one of the worst."

    published at Endervidualism on  12/9/04

  • The Perfectly Wrong Enemy

    "Even people who have no religious beliefs still often believe in absolute good and absolute evil, even if they claim they don't. Even if they insist they don't, they still often define their opponents as evil and imbue them with great, almost magical powers that they will use to 'conquer the world'."

    published at Endervidualism on  11/23/04

  • The Bell Curve of Pinky and the Brain

    "What we've got, then, is a fight over ideas. These ideas, ultimately, end up ruling Mass Man, once they percolate down to him. ... This fight over ideas is the most important one in the world, because whoever wins determines where Mass Man will go. And Mass Man doesn't even know it."

    published at Endervidualism on  10/14/04

  • Reason Severed from all Reality

    "Apparently all nuts, past and present, are the same, though the superficial details may be different. What's that popular definition of insanity? 'Trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result'?"

    published at Endervidualism on  9/30/04

  • In the Year 2084

    "The year: 2084. The place: any city in the USA. Characters: Father, Daughter, Baby, Fido and a Few Shadowy Characters."

    published at Endervidualism on  9/16/04

  • A Bite of the Apple

    "In some versions of the story, what gets Adam and Eve kicked out of the Garden is the fact they refuse to take responsibility for their actions."

    published at Endervidualism on  9/6/04

  • The Shield and the Sword

    "The battlefield has always, ultimately, been about ideas. That's the main battle between Ares and Athena. It always has been."

    published at Endervidualism on  7/22/04

  • Beware All Who Enter: Here There be Monsters

    "People who think they can have security – to be enfolded all their lives in the arms of the Mommy-State – and freedom are Borgifying themselves, only they don't know it."

    published at Endervidualism on  7/1/04

  • The Cartoon World of Good and Evil

    "The Greeks had a name for this monstrous ego: hubris, which, as far as I'm concerned, is the defining characteristic of the State. They considered it a madness, one that the afflicted never knew was affecting them."

    published at Endervidualism on  6/22/04