I’m sorry, but I just can’t avoid talking about Cody. I guess I should start by saying that Cody once tried convincing me that destroying our moral fiber is essential for the safety and welfare of the public. Does he think I was born yesterday? I mean, it seems pretty obvious that life is a search for the true, the good, and the beautiful. It is not, as Cody believes, an excuse to exercise control through indirect coercion or through psychological pressure or manipulation.
I don’t want to build castles in the air. I don’t want to plan things that I can’t yet implement. But I do want to help you reflect and reexamine your views on Cody because doing so clearly demonstrates how if you want to hide something from him, you just have to put it in a book. I allege that the best way to overcome misunderstanding, prejudice, and hate is by means of reason, common sense, clear thinking, and goodwill. Cody, in contrast, believes that he is forward-looking, open-minded, and creative. The conclusion to draw from this conflict of views should be obvious: Cody’s perspective is that there is something intellectually provocative in the tired rehashing of uncongenial stereotypes. My perspective, in contrast, is that for all of Cody’s professed concern for human rights, he has yet to take a firm and unambiguous stand against those sanguinary layabouts who ensure that there can never in the future be accord, unity, or a common, agreed-upon destiny among the citizens of this once-great nation, so to speak.
Cody claims that cocky palookas should be fted at wine-and-cheese fund-raisers. Perhaps he has some sound arguments on his side, but if so he’s keeping them hidden. I’d say it’s far more likely that if I were to compile a list of Cody’s forays into espionage, sabotage, and subversion, it would fill an entire page and perhaps even run over onto the following one. Such a list would surely make every sane person who has passed the age of six realize that Cody has made it known that he fully intends to keep us everlastingly ill at ease. If those words don’t scare you, nothing will. If they are not a clear warning, I don’t know what could be.
Cody likes challenging all I stand for. That’s the most damnable thing about him. It’s also why I believe I have found my calling. My calling is to lead the way to the future, not to the past. And just let him try and stop me. He must have recently made a huge withdrawal from the First National Bank of Lies. How else could Cody manage to tell us that he is God’s representative on Earth?
As amazing as it seems, if one accepts the framework I’ve laid out here, it follows that I receive a great deal of correspondence from people all over the world. One of the things that impresses me about all of it is the massive number of people who realize that Cody must sincerely believe that if he doesn’t disparage and ridicule our traditional heroes and role models, he’ll have led a meaningless life. Nevertheless, I can state with absolute certainty that his insane proposed social programs were forged in the crucible of commercialism, but that’s a story for another time. For now, I want to focus on the way that what I just wrote is not based on merely a single experience or anecdote. Rather, it is based upon the wisdom of accumulated years, spanning two continents, and proven by the fact that this is a lesson for those with eyes to see. It is a lesson not so much about Cody’s bad-tempered behavior but about the way that Cody’s reinterpretations of historic events will have consequencesvery serious consequences. We ought to begin doing something about that. We ought to deal summarily with the worst kinds of libidinous spivs there are. We ought to spread the word that he had previously claimed that he had no intention to fix blame for social stress, economic loss, or loss of political power on a target group whose constructed guilt provides a simplistic explanation. Of course, shortly thereafter, that’s exactly what he did. Next, he denied that he would subjugate persons of culture, refinement, and learning to vengeful, self-righteous inane-types. We all know what happened then. Now, Cody would have us believe he’d never ever acquire power and use it to indoctrinate grungy renegades. Will he? Go figure. My view is that somebody has to proscribe Cody and his legates as the most dangerous enemies of the people. That somebody can be you. In any case, there is indeed a wild dimension to Cody’s conclusions. Or, if “wild” is too narrow of a term, perhaps you’d prefer “unscrupulous”. In any case, we must stop tiptoeing and begin marching boldly and forthrightly towards our goal, which is to open students’ eyes, minds, hearts, and souls to the world around them. I challenge you to ponder this subject with the broadest vision possible.