Friday morning rant — the illogic of logic

I carry on here from time-to-time about the failures of modernism and its institutions. I originally named this blog “The Pomo Blog,” because I wanted to talk about media in the context of the dawning of the postmodern era, what I call “The Age of Participation.” I just think it’s helpful to understand that all these changes are being driven by people, and that our culture has entered a new age.

One of the big reasons I view things this way is that the failures of reason and logic are so obvious to me that I wonder how we put up with them as long as we have. Nowhere is the illogic of logic more evident than in our reliance upon rules to make culture work. Rules are not God, however, and therein lies the rub.

You see, the Biblical God is 100% just and 100% merciful at the same time, and this is ridiculous when examined with human logic. People are generally one or the other, and that’s the problem. People on the right generally tend toward justice, while people on the left see value in mercy. Our founding fathers seemed to understand this in giving us three branches of government, and as far back as history sees, the value of “judges” has been to distinguish — on a case-by-case basis — whether justice or mercy should apply.

I ask you the question that if rules and laws are supreme, why do we need judges?

Judges don’t “judge” anymore; they simply interpret (and make) laws, which is not their proper role in culture.

So I have a serious problem with rules, and it’s not because I think I’m special. I just think that a rule-bound culture belongs to the lawyers, that self-serving group of lawMAKERS that we seem to worship in the good ol’ US of A.

So with that background, here’s my Friday morning rant. My credit sucks. This is what can happen when you walk the road less traveled, as Allie and I did for the past three years. Fortunately, I now have the resources to “fix” my credit score, but it takes time (and a lot of work).

Well, guess what? You can’t rent a decent apartment anywhere without a good credit score. There are no exceptions, and the culprit is the Fair Housing Act. Rather than get on the bad side of self-righteous lawyers and the government, property management companies have tied their rental policies to credit scores, and there are NO exceptions. This is the law of unintended consequences at work for a fellow such as myself, because I can clearly afford a nice apartment. But nobody can rent one to me, because to do so would mean an exception to the rule, and that vulnerability could be exploited if they turned down somebody else and got sued.

One place I looked offered three-month leases. I offered to pay cash but was told, “We really don’t like to do that. The credit score is what matters.” I asked if she realized how stupid that was, but she replied she was sorry but those were the rules.

This is the kind of crap that’s produced by a culture where the law is supreme and judges don’t judge. This is justice gone to seed, and it’s killing our ability to work with each other. It’s also another evidence of an institutional system that doesn’t work, where everybody is protecting their own ass instead of doing business, because, well, the rules are supreme.

It caters to the haves and, in fact, sustains their position. Let’s face it; if you can afford to make the rules that everybody must live by, then why would you want anything changed? Ah, but the silent majority isn’t so silent anymore, and revolution is brewing.

Enough of my rant.


  1. Here’s the flipside to your rant. Or perhaps the same rant from another point of view.

    My wife and I have NO credit. Not bad credit, no credit. We have this because we live without going into debt. Period. Its a “rule” with us.

    But our rule puts us at odds with the rest of the world, and when something happens where we, usually unwilllingly, do need to go into debt we find getting that kind of “credit” extremely difficult.

    It might be a different edge, but it is an edge.

    On a personal note, many congrats on the sale of your business and I hope things with the new company work out perfectly. If you ever make it back to Huntsville, lets do lunch. I’m sure my mother-in-law (Mary Spann) would love to join us.

  2. Cardboard Box says

    Many who choose to walk the road less traveled find me as a suitable alternative.

  3. I hear ya Terry! When I went back to full-time college, and then decided I wanted a different life than most my age, my credit, too went down the drain. Now that I look at trying to becomewhat others think is a Respectable Citizen, the rules of credit holding have changed. In the past, only a few cards would do. Now, to carry dozens of cards with credit one cannot pay back in one’s lifetime seems to be what will help one get apartments, cars, and other important stuff.

    The laws also lead to a lot of friends helping friends. If I did not have a friend who was able to pave the way for me with a landlord, I don’t know where I’d be living right now myself. Having a friend vouch for you then becomes the way of circumventing the law…which then undermines the law. odd, isn’t it?

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