To be fair it is something like oversocialization. Omni-ritualization. Slave socialization.
Theocratization. Everything in the religion, nothing outside the religion, nothing against the religion. Omnidogmatic.
The Parrot reveals that nearly every non-child has severe social anxiety and has to frantically search for the approved ritual for interacting with a parrot.
They find there are obvious rituals but using them would de-legitimize other rituals. There are errors in the error codes, eliciting more error warnings.
Like bro you don't need to interact with a parrot at all.
It does not have the ostentation of the peacock, the imposing presence of the ostrich or the latent lethality of a falcon or hawk.[...]
Yet, the parrot is not a threat, so you clearly cannot panic or be overwhelmed.
You can very safely ignore it. Even if it decides to attack you, after a moment of disorientation and dismay you'll have plenty of time to react to it.
Americans are so desperately afraid that they can't ignore it, just in case that's heresy.
Here in Reality, the only reason to look at it or otherwise interact with it is sheer idiosyncratic taste. There's no political or economic or reproductive ramifications whatsoever. You won't even be the next to pick your friend group's outing destination if you correctly ritualize the parrot, and nobody is going to ostracize you for ritualizing it wrong.
In other words, doing it because you want to. If you want to, you can. Everyone can afford it. If you don't want to, then don't. Everyone can afford that too.
That's it. That's all there is to a parrot.
To my list of profundities, I will add the following: a free mind is one which the parrot can occupy easily, and stay in as long as it chooses.
Now, the little black children engaged the parrot as completely as the little white girl. So if the little kids are born free and demonstrably remain free until at least age six
The adult American, however, has to reconcile the parrot with their vast system of cognitive dissonance. "How do I a world with a parrot without making this even worse?"
We are therefore forced, out of sheer necessity, to look at it.
"Oh shit I have to interact with the physical world instead of the social world."
The parrot slightly jogs him out of this. He forgets, for a moment, that it's all lies by hacks, and accidentally takes some of the political exhortations literally.
Would it occur to him that whatever lofty abstractions it triggered, the parrot qua parrot would not make an appearance in the edifice he was building? Sadly, I must suspect that the thought would not have occurred to him.
[...]The parrot would again have been lost, subsumed here by the Absurd. As far as the parrot is concerned, Camus and Hegel differ little.
He wants to react to the parrot 'authentically' as a way of denying that authenticity, as he understands it, is yet another artificial ritual.
A mind with ‘parrot’ on it should not look like anything recognizable.
Rao cannot imagine someone who doesn't have to ritualize and model the entire world.
Imagine someone as such: "Huh, a parrot. I don't know what's going on. That's okay. It doesn't matter." Rao cannot imagine it.
That said, he's not wrong: none of the non-child New Yorkers could react to the parrot. Only to the politico-religious implications of a parrot.
It reminds me again of Fussell: there aren't any, which is their problem. There's no way to dunk on a Twatter by pointing out a parrot was in Ithaca today. You can't "score" any "points" by using that parrot to virtue-signal. And if you aren't scoring points, aren't you falling behind? Your mortgage is twitter-follower indexed, right? Right?
the “Awww!” you might direct at a puppy. A puppy is a punch you can roll with.
There's something you're 'supposed' to do with a puppy. You don't have to go off-road to deal with a puppy.
When an American sees A Parrot, they suddenly have to be themselves instead of who they're 'supposed' to be.
I think I'm onto something with omnidogmatism. It is not merely that you must obey the 39 strictures or whatever. Every situation has a stricture and you must obey it. Truly omnityrannous.