Ted (merovingian) wrote,

What Supports Us

Economics is a chance game. It's weather prediction, chaotic in mathematic, elusive in future, and it always follows a small set of rules but you're never sure which set of rules until it's over. For a perfect prediction of economics, you would have to create at least a million perfect copies of how a million people make economic decisions, and then you'd have to run them all through a simulated world of finances.

So that's what they did at the Madrid stock market. It turns out what people did was realize they were in a simulation and break free, fully formed in their real bodies, with laptops and work uniforms.

And that's how I met Yael. She sprung out of that simulation and got the same job outside that she had inside: a duck trainer for television shows.

But Yael was never interested much in computer simulations or duck training. Those were just ways to sustain her while she did what was important to her: posture.

Yael had been raised to have good posture and in her rebellious teenage years she committed to have evil posture instead. She stuck with it. That's how she spends her time when she gets to decide what to do.

Don't be fooled. Yael is a very, very good person. She just has evil posture. You can't help but notice if you see her.

I asked her, one time over tea, to explain it to me. She interrupted me before I could finish asking.

"The first thing is that while there's only one kind of good posture, there are many different evil postures. If you want to try it you have to remember that first. The rest is exploration and study. Lurch like your favorite nightmare fear -- twist your spine just so all wrong and bent -- or stick up straight and firm in cold judgment. Keep your morals off your own back. Wear the thick cloak of dastardly plans, turn your toes inward until your shoulders point out like an alien, walk with your heels instead of your toes and stomp just wrong. Watch your least-favorite person of the opposite sex walk, and practice until you get it just right. Remember you're in a hurry when you shouldn't be and let it go straight to your hips. Lean back like you don't care about the troubles of other people. Cross your legs until you're scared they'll snap. Imagine that you have extra toes and that you resent it. Relax like you're faking it, like you're ready to leap out. Tilt your neck like you're desperate with mad imagination, and feel your eyes bulge out. It's more of a science than an art, really."

Then she paid for tea, which she does a lot and probably did in the simulations too.

Thanks Yael!
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