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Post Beatles Theory: A Fitting Paradox for Today
Created by John Eipper on 06/22/22 3:35 PM

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Beatles Theory: A Fitting Paradox for Today (Nicholas Ruiz III, USA, 06/22/22 3:35 pm)

The Beatles Theory is a great minuet of social theory, and telling for our trying times of elections, injections, weaponizations and global indignation. It says something true about people, I think, and how they can be more or less conformist, or indifferent to the woes of the question of conformity.

But also, I think it shows us the weakness of such theories: all four men were unpredictably conformist and transgressive in social and legal ways at different points in their lives and therefore, may not fit into the categories they represent.

The theory is true, and yet, is also, untrue. A fitting paradox for reality today.

JE comments: The Beatles are also, in a word, healing. They transcend the nastiness of politics.  Who doesn't love them?  In America today, there are few other points that unite us--as one possible example, I would submit our love of animals.  (And welcome, if I may, to Boris the Cat, the newest resident at WAIS HQ.  I haven't asked him yet if he's a Beatles fan.)

Nick, you make a profound point:  the Beatles Theory is both true and untrue, as is just about every other theory.  Remember Thomas Friedman's Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention?  It averred that no two countries that both have a McDonald's have ever gone to war against each other.  Another theory cast on the ash heap, thanks to that cursed Putin.


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  • Healing with the Beatles (Enrique Torner, USA 06/23/22 1:27 PM)
    I just had an MRI of my spine. I have had several of them throughout my life due to sciatica. Every time, they ask me: what type of music would you like to hear during the procedure? My music preference varies according to my mood or circumstances, so it's never easy for me to give them a quick answer. This time, it was quick and easy, thanks to you folks at WAIS: "Please, play the Beatles for me," I said. And they did!

    The first song they played: "Help!" It couldn't have been more appropriate, being between narrow walls and with left leg pain!


    Thank you, WAIS, for helping me at a time of need.


    JE comments: Enrique, don't thank us; thank John, George, Ringo and Sir Paul!  Hope your summer is going well.  We Great Lakes-area folks are experiencing historic levels of heat:  I see it's 93 at present in Mankato.  Stay well, and stay cool!

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