The resident faculty left a two-word note outside the mail room door. Either they’re not sure if they’re upset, or it was a clue (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, addisnana shared a heartwarming story of Negotiating or Not? in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on Earthquakes: 3D Maps Yield Insights in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, addisnana asked if government should be Selling Off the Public Lands? in Morning Feature, we discussed Courts and Political Decisions in Furthermore!, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: Dress for Excess in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw how Facebook Reveals Confirmation Bias in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive discussed Progressives and Democratic Primaries in Morning Feature, the Squirrel grumped about Health Care: Who Gets Polled? in Furthermore!, addisnana counseled patience while phone-banking with A Numbers Game in Midday Matinee, Winning Progressive explained ObamaCare, Its Benefits, and Why Its Critics Are Wrong in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan revealed Extinction: Gradual and Abrupt in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began discussing Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine: How Creativity Works with Creative Individuals in Morning Feature, triciawyse offered Fursdai Critters in Midday Matinee, Smartypants considered SCOTUS: All or nothing on ACA? in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan reported Deepwater Corals Damaged by Deepwater Oil Spill in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued discussing Imagine with Creative Groups in Morning Feature, the Squirrel returned with Who Gets Polled: A Follow-Up in Furthermore!, triciawyse brought us Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan wondered if Hominin Species Lived Together? in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded the discussion of Imagine with Creative Cultures in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked What the…? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: Don’t Fool With April! in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

Thus we return to the two-word note left outside the mail room as the resident faculty made their way from the macadamia mines wine cellar library, where they sent the weekend chipping out food for the Squirrel drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”), to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

The note read: “Damn It?”

The question mark made this familiar phrase intriguing. The Professor of Astrology Janitor suggested the resident faculty might be unsure whether they were upset. Chef asked if he had ever been unsure whether he was upset. He shook his head. “I may wonder why I’m upset. I may wonder whether I should be upset or whether I’m overreacting. But I’ve never wondered whether I am upset. If I’m upset, I know I’m upset.”

As the Squirrel began tapping away on his Blewberry, the rest of the staff agreed with the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s explanation. Perhaps the resident faculty were upset, but weren’t sure why.

“Damn etymology,” the Squirrel texted. We asked if he was having trouble finding a reference, but he shook his head. “No, I found the origin of the word ‘damn.’ It comes from the Old French damner, meaning ‘to condemn, convict, blame, or injure.’ They’re asking whether something should be condemned.”

“Wat dont dey like?” Pootie the Precious texted on her iHazPhone.

The Squirrel’s tail and ear tufts began twitching as his paws flew over his Blewberry. “‘I don’t like it’ may be just a personal preference. A moral judgment says ‘We should all condemn it.'”

“But wat iz it?” Pootie the Precious texted.

“That’s the clue,” the Squirrel texted back. “They’re reading Jonathan Haidt’s new book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. It’s about how and why we make moral judgments, and why we argue about them.”

We hope the Squirrel is correct. If not, it’s back to the macadamia mines….


Happy Monday!