Readers: this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020).  Each entry assumes there has been a 5th revolution in the US — the Revenge Revolution.  More about the Revenge Revolution and author, Entry #1List and general description of entries to date.

Note: most entries are formatted as conversations.  Characters appear in a number of entries, with many entries building on previous conversations.  Profile of characters.  You’ll catch on quickly.  Thanks for your time and interest…and comments.

Scene: Jordan’s office, Washington, DC

Gelly:  “Jordan, Greenie just called.  She’d like to stop by later this morning, OK?”

Jordan:  “What’s she want to talk about?”

092615_2031_Characters7.gifGelly:  “Some background for articles she writing about the Revenge Revolution.  She said no preparation necessary…at least for now.”

Jordan:  “I can see where this headed.  My calendar is clean for a while, right?”

Gelly:  “You’re good through early afternoon.”

Jordan:  “OK, please tell her anytime this morning.”

(Greenie arrives)

092615_2031_Characters2.jpgGreenie:  “Hello, Gelly…and you, too, Jordan.”

Jordan:  “Why am I always the second fiddle around here?”

Greenie:  “You should be the third fiddle but we’re nice to you.  Hello, Jordan.”

Jordan:  “Nice to see you Greenie.  What’s on your mind?”

Greenie:  “Gelly, if you’re not too busy, you might want to stay for this discussion.”

Gelly:  “I’m good for a while.  Thanks, I’ll stay.”

Confused Clip ArtGreenie:  “As I’ve been working on articles about the causes of the Revenge Revolution, one idea keeps rattling around in my head.”

Jordan:  “And the idea is…?”

Greenie:  “Probably more of a question than an idea.  I wonder how much long-term cultural heritage affects behavior in the present day.”

Jordan:  “Are you talking behavior any place in the world or just the US?”

Greenie:  “The focus is the United States but the answer probably applies to any number of other countries.”

BookGelly:  “Has anyone studied this before?  Seems like an ideal topic for a graduate thesis or a book.”

Greenie:  “I’m sure there have been a number of studies but my specific concern is how long-term cultures might affect behavior in the 21st Century US…and if such behavior had any influence on the Revenge Revolution?”

TurtleneckJordan:  “Interesting.  If I may, let me try to reframe the question.  ‘If the United States is to be a melting pot of different cultures, do some parts of the cultures not melt?’…or something like that.”

Gelly:  “Hmmm.  Greenie, do you have any particular cultures in mind?”

Greenie:  “There’s no particular logic to my order of cultures…as far as I can tell.  I started out thinking about blacks, then American Indians.  Then added Western Europeans, Asians, Jews, Muslims…and the list got long very quickly.  Like I said, I don’t think there’s any particular order, at least for now.”

Gelly:  “Now, may I try to frame the question?”

Greenie:  “Please.”

Melting Pot Lady LibertyGelly:  “In the US, for a particular culture, what part of the culture melts in the pot and what part doesn’t melt?”

Jordan:  “One more try at phrasing, ‘What part of the culture should melt in the US pot and what part of the culture shouldn’t melt?”

Greenie:  “Now I think we are making progress.  For some people, the answer to the question would be ‘all citizens of the US should have the same characteristics…like homogenized milk.’”

MilkGelly:  “And for those who want homogenized milk, their measurement yardstick is ‘if you don’t think like me and/or have the same values as me, then you’re not a real member of the American tribe.’”

Jordan:  “Alright, so Greenie, tell me, please, how the question about what part of culture should melt or shouldn’t melt links back to causes of the Revenge Revolution?”

Greenie:  “The Revenge Revolution was, in many respects, a rebellion against tribal mentality.  The populous rebelled against the ‘I’m-1.0%-and-therefore better-than-you’ tribe, against the arrogance of the ‘I’m-a-member-of-the-legislature’ tribe, against the ‘guns-for-everyone’ tribe, and against a bunch of other self-centered groups.”

Gelly:  “Do you really think those tribes were formed by cultures or for some other reason?”

Greenie:  “Both.  What I’m trying to determine…or understand…is which tribes were primarily the result of long-term culture…and then within those tribes what factors might have influenced participation in the Revenge Revolution.”

AnalysisJordan:  “Seems to me we should take a few examples of tribes and test the theory, at least to determine if there might be any link between long-term culture, the tribes as you describe them and the Revenge Revolution.”

Gelly:  “OK, where do you want to start…I mean, which tribes?”

Greenie:  “There’s several ways to define tribes.  And I’m not sure of the best approach.  But let’s start with a tribe we should understand, at least in part.  Let’s look in the mirror first…and take a look at Jews.”

PhoneJordan:  “I’ll buy that idea.  Before we start, let me call Rock Man and see when he’s available to provide his insight on blacks.”

Gelly:  “What about your native American buddy…you know, Two Dogs.  I know his name is not really Two Dogs, but you know who I mean.”

Jordan:  “Yes, I know who you mean.  And I won’t tell him you called him Two Dogs, although I’m sure he would find that funny.”

Greenie:  “While you’re calling your buddies, Gelly and I are going downstairs and get some good coffee.  Want some?”

 (To be continued)