Friday, October 21, 2011

Critical Mass

You know me - the cogs in my brain are ever whirring around, trying to make sense of a nonsensical world.  I have been wondering about the FLDS dilemma.  I know (from what I've read) that when someone in the FLDS world realizes that Warren is a deviant child-molester, then that someone must immediately be cut off from the 10,000-member congregation.  I understand also that that person's wives and kids must then be assigned to a different family - a family that is still under the ether.

A mathematician might be able to figure this out better than me, but it seems that this process of realization will follow a certain graph, most likely an exponential one.  At first, one girl will flee her church captors, and her family will have to deal with the mysteries and unanswered questions.  "Where were you, dear?  Why don't you want to wait for uncle Warren?  Why are you angry with him?  What did he do to you that is causing you so much trauma?"

Most likely at least one set of family members will recognize the signs and come face to face with the abuse and treachery.  If that family has the courage, it will face the music and accept the instant excommunication and ostracism.  Let's fast-forward a little into the future and see how, pretty soon, a bunch of families will wake up and accept the terrible reality.  Perhaps some will even stand up to Warren's brother and his goons and begin to propagate the awful discovery to their fellow faithful.  After all, how many families can you reassign before there is no one left to take them all in?

At what number is critical mass achieved? - 1,000,  - -  5,000?  The FLDS people are very obedient.  They prefer to operate as a collective.  When a goodly fraction of that collective is made aware of Warren's perversions and the degradation of their virtuous daughters, will they finally revolt and throw off the tyranny of the man behind the curtain?  Whither will he run, and will he get there before law enforcement gets to him?  I was never good at equations, especially when they entail a humanitarian crisis of such unthinkable proportions.

Your math is as good as mine.

On a similar note, this situation reminds me of a skit I saw recently from Monty Python's Flying Circus -  
The Funniest Joke In The World.


The idea was that when a person happened upon this particular joke, it contained such lethal material that the reader instantly died - BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!

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