Mr. Cope's Cave: Je Suis, Vous Suis, Nous Tout Suis


Whatcha looking at, Mr. Cope?

The Internet.

Well, yeah. Duh. I can see that. But what are you looking for?

Don't know yet. But I'll know it when I see it?

When you see what?

Whatever I'm looking for.

So you're just flipping around the Internet, looking for something that you don't know what it is yet?

Yup. That's what I'm doing.

How come?

Because I don't have anything written for my damn blog yet, and I'm looking for something to say something about.

But golly, Mr. Cope. There's all kinds of stuff going on. And you can't come up with anything to write about?•

Okay, Junior. Tell me, what is it that there's so much of it going on that you're so surprised that I'm not writing about it?

Uh ... huh?

Let me put it another way. If you were me, what would you be writing about for your blog today.

Well? ... let's see. If I were you, maybe I'd write about the big, huge, gigantic rally they had in France yesterday for the "Je suis Charlie" thing.

And if you were me, what would you say about it.

Gosh, I don't know exactly. But probably something about how big it was. And how it demonstrated how French people and world leaders and almost everybody, everywhere, are against what those terrorists did. You know ... stuff like that.

And why would anyone who must already know all that stuff bother to read what they already know?

Well ... let's see. Maybe they'd read it because people like to hear other people say what they already know, and that's because ... you know ... they like to feel like they're part of something everyone else is part of, too. Know what I mean?

Like an affirmation thing? That people like to have what they are feeling affirmed by knowing other people are feeling the same thing?

Yeah. That's what it is. An affirmation thing.

And that's probably why everyone is holding up "Je suis Charlie" signs? Like at the Golden Globes and football games and everywhere else, huh?

Yeah. That's probably why they're doing that. To make sure everyone knows they are part of this ... this ...

This thing that everyone is part of?

Yeah. Exactly. They're letting everyone know they're part of it, too.

And if you were me, you'd be making sure everyone knew you are right there with everyone else? That they could count on you to be thinking and feeling and expressing the same emotions and sentiments they are thinking and feeling and expressing?

Yeah. I guess you could say that. If I were you, I'd want everyone to know we were all ... uh ... you know ...

On the same page?

Yeah. That's right. On the same page.

In the same boat.

Yeah. In the same boat.

Going with the flow.

Yeah. Going with the flow. Is there anything wrong with that?

All depends, Scooter. All depends. And it usually takes a while to find out. And by the time we find out, it's usually too late.

So, you're switching off your Internet now. Does that mean you're done?

Yup. Done.

And did you find what you were looking for?

Uh-huh. I did. I found what I was looking for.

So are you going to tell me what you're going to say about it?

I just did.

Uh ... huh?