About cbt0

Philosopher, inventor, writer, student of behavior, aficionado of physics, very amateur astronomy, terrible poet, businessman. Also enjoy eating, traveling, and flying. Did I mention eating?

Hate, the book: 045

Hello Curious Friend.  Welcome to my book about Hate.  The number tells you where you are in the sequence.  I look forward to your comments.

Part Two
Chapter Eight
Study How?  (Continued)

Stopping it sounds good. But like real stop signs, most people just roll through it.

Phelps and his church became known for these crass, disruptive tactics.  In fact, the article about his death spends considerable time discussing them, as well as the future of this church and the fact that his children were committed to continuing his “traditions.”
What can we say about our third story?  I left the emotional part for last because, otherwise, it would be difficult even for the most seasoned behavioral scientist to separate reason from reaction.

Here are the facts.  We have a group, a long-lived group at that.  They inflict incredible emotional pain on those at funerals, and they spread that pain around the country through the media.

Unlike our second story, where the form of the message was varied, here even the form of the message was consistent, public picketing and confrontation.

Another criterion for a definition of hate here is persistence, and as noted, both Phelps and his group have been disrupting funerals in this way for many years.  And it appears that the group will persist in this behavior for many more years to come.  This leaves us with the last major item, the source of this hate.

Here, the major source is Phelps himself, for his disruptions have gone on for so long that finding prior evidence and causes could be impossible.  His parents are likely long gone, and if not, their memories would be suspect.  It’s possible other evidence exists, but how much work would it take to retrieve?  Perhaps there was a singular event that snapped his mind.  This would be a wonder if it existed, but can we find it?

For this last story, we must be content with Phelps as the source.  He is the manager, the leader, and the inspiration of his group.  Both he, and this story, is a good example of hate.

And it will be from the likes of Phelps that we will continue to construct a solid definition of hate.

What can we conclude from this lengthy chapter?  We have discussed many “hate” events, concluding that some are very certainly using the term to mean “intense dislike.”  Of the others, we have seen that what may look like “hate” in the beginning can quickly be made to look more complex and subtle.  Finally, there does exist a type of story where the existence of “hate” can be established with confidence.

We have emerged from our cave of darkness to find many things that illume the subject of hate.

Looking for evidence of hate in this way shows us that it is difficult to discern in today’s landscape.  We must be particular, looking for pain, persistence, consistency, and possibly a group.  We should also be able to identify an original source of the hate.  In the terms of our metaphorical landscape, we are looking for one thing, one particular thing that is hate, and we have to be careful about confusing it with something else.  Is this the same thing as deriving a definition? Not quite, but it is a solid step forward.

To be continued …

“Chrysalis Forged” Proposal

Welcome to a proposal for a novel tentatively titled “Chrysalis Forged”

shortlink = https://wp.me/p3zshX-1jK

[ 190523 Can this page serve as the landing page for potential agents, publishers, editors, fellow authors, AND potential readers? ]

[ Holding text for book proposal pitched at RWA conference in NYC late July 2019.  For 07:04 on 2019:07:04… maybe independence day will give a dash of luck! ]

[ 190506 How can I make this as FUNNY as possible? ]

[Consider replacing / adding picture with one more similar to what I’ll look like in NYC. 190619]

[Other images are placeholders for b-card front and back. 190619]

Author: S L Davidian

About Me: Entrepreneur, family and food oriented, and wanting to express forward-thinking ideas through artistic means.  Currently working part-time as CEO of the company my wife and I founded in the early 1990s.  Writing has been a large part of my life since a very tender age.  Examples of my “native” style can be best seen on these pages paying homage to Jane Austen.

MS Description: Single Title, Classically based Romantic Comedy in the tradition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  The setting is 1980s Boston and suburbs, with scenes in New York city and Los Angeles.  Target markets include those who are fans of Jane Austen fan fiction, and book clubs looking for multi-faceted works with many layers of meaning.

Short Synopsis: Ken falls in hate with a powerful woman, while she refuses to admit to herself that she has any feelings for him.  Complications include: Family antics, career choices, business affairs, health, and an evil actress for added measure.  Any chance of romance between Ken and his powerful crush fades, and the thrills crescendo when Ken’s younger brother elopes with the actress and steals the family fortune.

Titles: Since I have no idea what the market is like, I’m more than happy to defer to my professional experts; or agent if necessary.  The working title has been Project V.  However, alternate titles that have been considered along the way include these: Chrysalis Palace, Thorns on Roses, Project_V,  Butterfly Pavilion, Becoming Butterflies, Sixteen-Eighteen, and 16/18.  These last are a reference to proverbs declaring that pride goeth before destruction, etc.

Promotion: Note that one of the greatest unknowns in publishing a new work is the promotional ability of the author.  These factors can be minimized as I have experience in front of audiences, have taken training as an actor, and have developed presentation routines for a variety of audiences.  For example, in front of Jane Austen fans, there are a great number of items that already exist on my blog of which I could entertain (and sell books) for some time.

Long Synopsis: It’s 1980s Boston. Ken is a young, unemployed reporter moving into his parent’s house. He’s not having fun. He’s just met the most powerful woman in the world, and she’s fallen for him. Ken can’t stand her, and isn’t shy about telling her off.

Meanwhile, his brother meets a successful businesswoman who stoically suffers from PTSD. Ken is convinced that her family surrounds her constantly for protection, possibly for love, but primarily because they don’t like Ken’s brother. Ken also suspects they are behind the abrupt separation of the two, a separation that devastates his brother such that he throws himself into the new-fangled desktop computer.

Meanwhile a strange woman throws herself at Ken. He can’t stand her, and goes to his best friend for help. His friend makes the ultimate sacrifice by marrying her. Ken questions his friend’s sanity, but can’t stop him.

Ken finds solace in the arms of an actress who’s part of a travelling broadway production. Everyone is passionate about her, but she spends her free time with Ken. Ken knows it will take a lot of money to keep her interested in him. He’s right, and they drift apart.

Ken faces yet another disaster. His mom is ill, deathly ill. It has something to do with a relative – a doctor – who treated his mother as a patient years ago. Ken wants to know more, but his relatives can’t divulge anything more (or won’t). Ken starts researching, and what he learns upsets everything he knew about his family, about women, and most surprisingly, about that one powerful woman who had fallen for him.

Finally, the tragedy that almost breaks Ken’s spirit is when his younger brother runs off with the same actress Ken had dated earlier. They’d quit the acting company and went to Vegas to gamble, and possibly get married. One thing was certain, they emptied his father’s bank account.

What’s Ken to do? His older brother still pines for his first love, even if he denies it. His younger brother is in the clutches of a professional con artist. Dad’s business is on the brink of failure. Meanwhile his best friend is growing distant. Worst of all, his mother is dying and he doesn’t know why.

Somehow, from somewhere, help arrives for his younger brother and his father (rumor has it that a powerful woman is involved). Ken finally realizes that he has been in love with her all along.

And the funniest part of all? She is still in love with him. Neither of them discover their feelings until it’s too late. Both are certain they’ll never meet again. All hope is lost.

Can Ken put the rest of his life together? Can his brother ever be happy again? What might have happened if Ken and this powerful woman had met only one last time?
Welcome to Ken’s romantic world.  You’re in for a ride.

Feedback:  From five early (non-family) readers, the comments have been good.  One reader even read the work twice in order to better discern background elements.  She also did some research into the historical aspects of this story.

Current Status: No agent, no requests to read as of 190711.

Business ProposalAs a seasoned business-person, I know what it takes to invest in any new product.  I also know that the chances for a successful return are also low, requiring so many planets to align before the success party begins.  Assuming you agree that we have a minimally acceptable product (my writing and the novel) then we must address all other aspects that are hurdles to success.

My current understanding is that promotion is a large part of moving books.  Therefore I have begun taking acting classes, as well as polishing various routines that would help generate additional views and exposures dedicated to moving our product.  I am personable and communicative.  I am capable of hiring specialists to create, optimize, and maintain a significant social media presence.  I’m a team player willing to take direction from the project / product manager, my publisher.  I’m also flexible and am not in dire need of funds in order to survive.

The very fact that I am a “minority” in the world of romance fiction may also be a plus.  I also feel that by targeting specific, though significant, markets, I can focus the presentation to specifically those groups, enabling our message to be that much stronger.

The story has also been designed so that it could be presented in film.  Additionally, it could easily be adapted so that the story requires several sequels taking place in each decade up to the present.

 

This portion inserted / created 190711:  Welcome.
This story has been strongly influenced by one of the best romantic psychological thrillers of all time, P&P.
Like P&P,every character has a deep backstory that influences their normal lives. Those backstories in turn illuminate great issues, so that the closer one reads the text, the more insight is gained into the human condition, the comedy that is daily life, and the forces that mold every individual’s romantic future.
My story is told primarily from a young man’s point of view, questioning his future professionally, economically, and romantically. His antagonist is the most powerful woman in the world, who is also torn between an instant attraction to his character, but repulsed by his lack of refinement or status.
Even as they wrestle with those issues, the story also touches upon the forces keeping families together, especially in a world where computers and mobile phones are emerging. The story also reflects society’s challenges with the entertainment industry and it’s stars. A political aside also exists, highlighting how our current administration can be found on many levels within politics. There is also great consideration taken of the masterpiece that is P&P, in that some of the better hidden elements of that masterpiece have been brought forward. Finally, there is an entire historical story that has been woven throughout, not only giving great momentum to the plot and justification for the protagonist’s actions, but for those who read closely enough, an action-spy-thriller whose own background strains the bounds of our imagination, yet is based upon history.
For additional enjoyment, an “easter-egg” or two has been woven throughout so that, eventually, someone can enjoy additional treats within these pages.

 

END

Hate, the book: 044

Hello Curious Friend.  Welcome to my book about Hate.  The number tells you where you are in the sequence.  I look forward to your comments.

Part Two
Chapter Eight
Study How?  (Continued)

Stopping it sounds good. But like real stop signs, most people just roll through it.

Permit me to reverse the order of our presentation by first reviewing the hard facts.  This man was a leader of a small group of people, calling themselves a church.  Presumably they raised funds, with Phelps drawing a salary from those funds.  As a motivating focal point, his church maintained that its moral duty was the public outcry against certain types of behavior.  Exactly what that behavior was isn’t relevant here.  That members of this church felt the need to protest against it is all we need to know.

The methods Phelps employed were considered inflammatory in that he and his members would seek out publicly emotional events and then piggy-back their own publicity through confrontation at those events.

It was a form of media parasitism.  The result was usually some form of media attention, which was a success for Phelps.  This attention was generally negative, but functioned as publicity nonetheless.  All we can conclude from these actions is that the publicity helped Phelps fund and maintain his group, and that he procured publicity in this fashion for decades.

So much for our dry story.  What of the emotional version?

Before I begin, understand that instead of embellishment or imagining a scenario, what I am writing and generalizing here has been reported about many times before.

A funeral is being held for a young man, newly returned from service to our country.  He comes from a small midwestern town, where many of his friends and their parents still live.  They have gathered to pay their respects and posthumous thanks, to console and commiserate with his family, and to review their own appreciation for each other as we remember how brief our lives can be, and how valuable our freedoms truly are.
Suddenly, across the street, a loud and raucous group of strangers appear.  They carry signs saying they hate gays, abortion and those who perform abortions.

That they hate this or that doesn’t matter.  They are loud and intrusive.  The funeral guests look at each other in bewilderment.  The police are called and the picketing group asserts their right to protest, so the police keep them in order.  The media starts paying more attention.  At a certain point a camera turns towards the group and Phelps speaks.
He talks of hate.  He justifies his group, his actions, and his ends.  He is not there to debate, he is there to entertain and to advertise.  He likes nothing better than for someone from the funeral to come forward and confront him, for he knows this will only increase his exposure in the media.  The emotions he stirs up in the bereaved family, the pain he causes others, all of that mean nothing to him.

When the media leaves, so does Phelps and his group.  No one was physically hurt, no signs were broken, no police reports filed.  And this happened many times throughout the years.

To be continued …

Hate, the book: 043

Hello Curious Friend.  Welcome to my book about Hate.  The number tells you where you are in the sequence.  I look forward to your comments.

Part Two
Chapter Eight
Study How?  (Continued)

Stopping it sounds good. But like real stop signs, most people just roll through it.

Alas, we can’t know with our current methods of storytelling.

Consider that in our society, at the age of 18 it’s assumed that the parents are no longer responsible for their teenager’s actions.

Therefore the parents are asked no questions when their teenager gets in trouble.

At the same time, our courts look upon young adults as self-sustaining entities required to be fully cognizant of the law and fully responsible for incurring the consequences of breaking the law.

For the moment then, let’s quickly examine two possibilities, even though there are many more. In the first, imagine that our innocent youth has been brought up to be privileged, arrogant, and greedy. His nature is to provoke, find insult where none is intended, and seek monetary remedy at the first opportunity. Further imagine that he has learnt all of this from litigious, querulous parents.

In the second possibility, let us assume that the victim has grown up in an average, unassuming and uneventful manner.

However, let us also imagine that one of his roommates has grown up in a divided household.  His parents, both bitter towards the other, are abusive and manipulative to the son.

This son, now free of their tyranny, seeks companionship in the only way he knows, by being abusive and manipulative.  Aided by happenstance and a few willing bystanders, the recipe for disaster is complete.

In these examples we can say that yes, hate does exist.  In the former, it actually existed in the psyche of the victim, exhibiting itself in the form of a “preemptive” lawsuit.  In the second example, hate is also evident, but not in the form we expected.  Instead it is a hate brought on by self-loathing and parental abuse.  The fact that it is exhibited in a form that appears motivated by skin color is only secondary.

A third and possibly implied example could be that one of the parents of the gang leader is an active member of the Klan and began preached skin-based hatred to the son, when he was a young child.  But even though all this could have been the case, it’s much more likely that the gang leader’s parents were entirely normal in their own way.

So what is the conclusion to our second story?  Maybe we have found hate. It’s hard to tell because we didn’t locate the previous source.  But all the symptoms were there: pain, consistency, persistence, and as an added bonus, it appeared in a group.  The likelihood is there, but the behaviorally anchored facts are missing.

Thus, we probably shouldn’t use it in trying to learn more about hate.

Now let’s move on to our third drama.

This is a simple story and focuses on a single event, a man named Fred Phelps died.
Phelps made the national obituary news pages not only because he died, but because of the way he lived, and because of how others reacted to his death.  Our story, then, will focus on the legacy of this man’s life.

To be continued …

Hate, the book: 042

Hello Curious Friend.  Welcome to my book about Hate.  The number tells you where you are in the sequence.  I look forward to your comments.

Part Two
Chapter Eight
Study How?  (Continued)

Stopping it sounds good. But like real stop signs, most people just roll through it.

Whether that was the intended amount of pain the gang wanted to inflict is another story.  It doesn’t matter if it was either retaliatory or initiated.

We also know that these events occurred many times and took many different forms. Hiding books, calling names, showing a flag.

Yet they are all facets of the same underlying intent. Is that intent something we can call hate?

Not yet.  Finally, these events occurred over an extended period.  At least one semester, perhaps longer.  Why they remained roommates for as long as they did is another question.  That it persisted over time is a very important consideration for us, because it shows that the underlying intent was not a passing fancy or mood swing.  Rather, it may well have been something fundamental to their character.

In summary, we have a group, we have great pain, we have consistency, and we have persistence.  These are, indeed, the hallmarks of a powerful underlying emotion.  It is very possible that, within this story, we have an example of hate.  Why is it only possible? Why indeed isn’t this an obvious hate crime whose perpetrators should be punished immediately?

Let me attempt to show you why the diagnosis is still deficient by turning to another discipline entirely, medicine.

It is known within the medical community that some young couples exhibit a rare condition.  The first part is a medical condition, and it occurs when the young woman becomes pregnant.  Her breasts become tender, she may feel ill, have digestive problems, and be overly emotional.  She has a good cause for these symptoms, the growing fetus in her womb.

The husband, however, if he is especially empathic, may also experience these symptoms.  This condition, called Couvade Syndrome, is poorly understood and more common than you might think.

Medically legitimate research agrees that this is a psychological condition, not medical. But while the husband is not pregnant, he does exhibit symptoms of pregnancy.  Make no mistake, the symptoms are real, they are not just “in his head.”

And so it is with our story in San Jose.  On the surface it’s obviously a situation of hate. The dark-skin student suffered.  His protagonists clearly caused that suffering.
In short, all of the symptoms of hate are there.

But where is the true cause? It’s time to search for it right now.

All hate has to come from some place and happen at some point in time.  None of these young men were born with hate, it was given to them.  And it’s too early in their lives to think that they may have invented it on their own.  The question is, who planted the seed of hate in them?

To be continued …