Quote of the day—Lyle

Like Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, they reside in a land of make-believe, and if you don’t play along with them they’ll hate you for challenging their fantasy. It’s hard enough to maintain character in a land of make-believe without people trying to ruin your entire imaginary world by rudely inserting images of reality. You’re a bully, even a destroyer of worlds (of Neverland), in their minds.

They know perfectly well that their world is imaginary but, like normal children playing, they enjoy living in that imaginary world. It’s a beautiful and wonderful place in which they are the heroes. Therefore they consider it cruel of anyone to ruin their game.

The signal, the proof, that they know their world is imaginary is that they get very emotional when you challenge the game. Because they’re putting creative effort into playing make-believe it hurts them to be reminded of reality. The emotion comes from your breaking down that which they’ve carefully and delicately built up in their imaginations. It’s as though they’ve painted a nice picture and they’re standing there enjoying it, and then you come along and mess it all up and kick over the easel. That makes you an ogre. They have to get rid of you or else the game, all of wonderful Neverland, and their place in it, is ruined altogether.

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16 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Lyle

  1. We don’t have to play the game, but it looks like we are going to live in Neverland nevertheless! Just look at Inslee’s 2022 climate legislation.

    So how do you fair in a world in which the only legal options come from Neverland? I’m thinking of practicable things like home energy. Given the trajectory that is being legislated in Neverland, we are headed towards an expensive unpredictable energy future. Does that mean that we’ll have to lower our living standards to levels like we see in third world countries?

    The options seem limited. In Neverland it’s clear that options like wood, propane, or gas generators will be problematic if not outright outlawed. That leaves options like battery storage with solar (we don’t live in a windy area). And in Western Washington the winters are far from ideal for solar.

    • I think wood will likely continue to be an option. It’s plentiful and hard to control the supply. If you run out of wood, burn regulators. Slightly fewer BTUs and they’d smell bad, but should produce heat nonetheless.

      • I’m not worried about running out of wood. We have plenty on our property. What I am concerned about is that the regulators have the ability to detect burning if they so desire. Of course, that might not happen for some time, so for the time being I’ll keep wood as our second backup.

        BTW: I see that our Neverland legislators are planning multiple new gun control measures. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-democratic-lawmakers-to-again-propose-ban-on-high-capacity-magazines-other-gun-restrictions/

      • There’s always geothermal…depending on how close to an active volcano you want to live.

        • One of my brothers has a ground sourced heat pump. No volcano required. It isn’t as low cost as geothermal but it’s a lower monthly cost than most traditional sources and it works where you don’t have good solar or wind.

        • It’s basically that the ground is always at 50 degrees. Then using ground water as a base operating temperature for heating and cooling. Works great. But can be costly to get set up.
          If you have that much money. I would go with liquid heated concrete floors. As heating is the bigger problem. And the heating can be done by almost any source. Wood, gas, oil, or electric. The pump can be run on a 12 volt system if needed.
          The real nice thing is that once your floor gets at operating temperature. It stays at that that way for a long time. With little input. And none of the vulgarities of air systems.
          And it feels wonderful on old feet!

          • My main backup plan is kerosene.

            I would like to add a diesel generator to that someday.

            Mostly natural gas appliances, but they still need a little electricity to run, and I don’t think I can get a backup propane tank in suburbia-land.

            The heat pump thing is cool but way out of my budget. Also I don’t think I have enough land to make it feasible.

          • There are 100 lbs portable propane tanks. It’s what my son is using for his gas cooking range. I’ll likely use one for a backup generator (dual fuel). That should make it possible to run on wood gas if propane is not available (wood gas is DIY and dirty so it is far from ideal).


            We also have a larger propane tank used as a backup to our heat pump when the temperature drops below freezing.

    • Changing policy is easy. It’s always about morons suffering the consequences of their own policies.
      I was on a nasty job in No. Nevada. It was 10 degrees out with a 30mph wind. Snow on the ground.
      We would intermittently use a weed burner to warm our feet. When the super complained to us about the waste. And reminded use of our work agreement to bring clothing suitable to work in whatever weather we found ourselves. We nodded and went back to work.
      The next day the office was closed and everyone went home. It seemed some asshole had pulled the breakers out of the junction box for the office trailer.
      We finished the job in a timely manner. Albeit with extra propane paid for without another peep out of the chattering class.
      If we settle it in our minds. What we don’t get, they don’t get either. They give up quick. They just ain’t that tough.

  2. Well, I’ve been an asshole all my life. Why stop now?
    So. Neverland never was. And never can be. And it cost far-far and away to much to try and live like that.
    So, wakey, wakey. The cold cruel world come calling. Your neverland political policies are about to get your ass kicked again.

  3. Yes well, don’t get too cocky, Y’all. This QOTD applies, to some extent or in some way, to practically everyone (ouch), including myself (double ouch). It can also serve as a reasonably accurate description of ancient Babylon, though it leaves out the fact that Babylon invented their own gods and was thus a combination political / apostate religious (church-state, or more accurately, “blasphemy-state”) system. Neverland has its own faith as well (“Faith, trust, and pixie dust”). The same thing exists in the world today, and it’s growing in power even here at home.

    Also, don’t forget that Captain Hook, the nemesis of the Lost Boys, is also part of Neverland and therefore part of the same game. Therefore Hook can insult, threaten and oppose the Lost Boys at every turn and still he’s a cooperating member of the imaginary system. Today’s Babylon, or Neverland if you like, also has its internal nemeses, who are as much a part of the game as Captain Hook and the “Indians”. Likewise two football teams may be doing their level best to defeat one another in the grand spectacle of the game, while they all know that they’re playing for the same league and that no matter who wins or loses it is the league and the venues, and surrounding business infrastructure, which profit. It doesn’t matter at all, ultimately, which side you’re on so long as you’re part of the system.

    Thus is the warning, “Come out of Babylon, come out of her my people lest you partake of her plagues.” — paraphrased from the Book of Revelation.

    Are we beginning to grok this yet, or are we still playing the game?

  4. Tick-Tock, Remember the Croc.

    And it is part of their game. “Watch the Bolsheviks run. See how they scatter….”

  5. Lyle’s commentary would be difficult to improve upon. Many leftists INSIST on living in lala land. And will do almost anything to impose that fanatasy on everyone else.

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