Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Society succeeds in shaming you when it succeeds in convincing you that you have been shamed; it depends on an internalization of honor code.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I have been blogging for about 6 years now. I was barely out of my teenage when I started A Myth in Creation and it has been one of the transformative experiences of my life. The blog does not simply depict my evolution of thought, but it also participated in the growth, allowing a means of expression, giving me the boldness to voice my thoughts, helping me engage in self-dialogue and blessing me with the company of like-minded souls in the blogosphere. It is no over-statement that my life would have been radically different had I not been a blogger.

As the 2nd Pakistan Blog Awards are going on these days and judges will be going through the contesting blogs, I suppose it's a good time to showcase some of the representative work that has been posted on this blog over the years. With this blog boasting over 1200 posts, it is not likely that a new visitor will be able to sift through the archives way back to its beginnings. This selection of posts will help you get a flavor of the evolution that I have undergone as a blogger and as a person. Here I may mention that A Myth in Creation was started in 2005 and hosted on TIG, and shifted to blogspot in 2007.


1) Life

2) Determinism and Free Will


1) The Effective Theory of Free Will

2) Music and Love: Similarity

3) Rebirth

4) Disgrace

5) Aimless Traveller

6) Fear, Confusion and Vegetableness

7) Russell and Hell

8) Misjudging people


1) Thinking Habits

2)  Unilateral Love

3) A Subtle Murder

4) The Existentialist Couple

5) Laree Chooti and Existentialism

6) Mr. Perfect

7) Annihilation

8) In Love?

9) Friendship and Romance

10) Visions

11) The Meaning of Life

12) Against Romantic Idealism

13) Harry Potter and Skepticism

14) Projecting Phantoms

15) A Return to Mythos

16) Malevolent Theism

17) Ashley... Awais


1) The Inner Self

2) The Risk of Love

3) Crazy Little Thing Called "Love"

4) Subjectivity in History

5) Text and Thought

6) My Absurd Years

7) Poetic Expressions

8) Apolausticism

9) The One Step

10) To Mere Fiction...

11) A Tale of Two Friends

12) Live

13) Newtonian vs Quantum

14) Apoptosis and Suicide

15) On Life


1) Freedom in Society

2) Walking Away

3) One Faltering Step

4) Damsel in Distress

5) Stereotypes

6) Robot

7) The Cocoon

8) The Inadequacy of The God Triad: Where Do I Stand?

9) My Life in Randomization

10) The Options

11) Wittgenstein's Paradox

12) Sex and Marriage

13) Secrets and Friends

14) The Future Uncertainty Principle

15) Psychedelic

16) A "Fresh" Classification of various philosophical positions on "Does the external world exist?"

17) The K-K Modification: On Nudity


3) Resignation: Can resignation be bad-faith?

5) Love: The Potential for Abuse: Love is not beyond morality.

6) Unfair

7) Truth: She stood there, offering me the Truth...

10) A Heart StifledA heart without intellect is a heart stifled.

13) Eternal Recurrence: An excerpt from When Nietzsche Wept

17) Perceptual Truth: Transcending Skepticism

18) A New Intellectual Journey: Discovering Mysticism...

19) Confessional Poetry, Private Language and Suicide

20) Interpreting Poetry


1) Why Be Moral?

2) The Euthyphro Dilemma

3) The Story of Evolution, Reason and Morality

4) The Price

5) Elopement

6) One

7) Philosophy

8) Illustrated Kisses from Sylvia Plath

9) Living with the Depressed

10) Wittgenstein's Dilemma

11) Iran Before The Chador

12) What I Think About The Burqa

13) Playboy, Burqa and Liberation

14) Hypothesis and Belief

15) Understanding Patriarchy and Honor

16) On The Other Side of the Wall: The Human Search for Meaning and Purpose

17) What Is Liberal Islam?

18) xkcd: How Islamic Sects Proliferate

19) A Pakistan that is yet to be Built

20) Nagel in God's Court

21) Jinnah ka Pakistan

22) Muslims

23) Celebrating World Philosophy Day

24) An Artist's Letter to His Beloved

25) Power Play

Tags to explore in addition:

* My Maxims
* Aati Encounters
* Twitter Stories

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A few days back during a conversion with my friend Qasim we started discussing Plato's philosophy of virtue, and Qasim expressed how sometimes he felt strongly drawn by the notion that all wrongdoing springs from ignorance, and if one really knew something was wrong, he would not do it. I must admit, the idea is not without appeal to me as well. It's a question I've often asked myself as well; if I wholeheartedly believe an act to be wrong, if I know that one ought not act in such and such manner, can I then knowingly act in such and such manner?

Plato says all sin is caused by ignorance of the good. If you had known better, you would have done differently. As a immediate objection, I brought up the case of a psychopath. Apparently, I thought, a psychopath can knowingly do something wrong. Qasim was quick to point out, however, that it is only apparently so. It is not at all obvious whether a psychopath actually knows that one ought not act so and so.

Imagine a psychopath who is planning to murder his wife, because she is annoying and he'd rather get rid of her and take all her money too. The psychopath is well-aware that what he is about to do is believed by all around him to be a morally heinous act. He knows that it is believed to be an immoral act, but he feels no guilt, feels no pang of conscience, feels no inner tug of war against the temptation. Does a psychopath know that it is wrong to murder one's wife?

There is a certain ambiguity in the word 'know' here. I can separate out two usages.

A) A psychopath knows that one ought not murder one's wife, but he lacks the internal motivation to avoid doing so.
B) A psychopath does not know that one ought not murder one's wife.

There is a subtle difference in the knowing in A and B. The knowing in A is the ordinary and common sense use of the word. A psychopath knows (A) that one ought not murder one's wife because he understands the imperative. The knowing in B is in the Platonic sense.

If we consider sentence A to be equivalent to sentence B, then it means that

knowing (B) = knowing (A) + internal motivation

Let us see if the case of the psychopath (P) is different from that of a "normal" individual (N) when it comes to Platonic moral knowledge.

A psychopath is consciously planning to murder his wife. He does not know that what he is doing is morally wrong.
A normal individual is consciously planning to murder his wife. He does not know that what he is doing is morally wrong.

What then is the difference between the two? Is there no difference at all between the murder committed by a psychopath and murder committed by a normal person? If there is, where does it lie?

It needs to qualified, I'd say. Perhaps the difference is that a normal person actually does believe that what he is doing is morally wrong, but he is able to suppress and ignore it long enough to commit the act. The not-knowing of N resides in a suppression of his internal imperative to do good and avoid evil. This is supported by the fact that a normal person is capable of guilt and regret over his crime. If a normal person did know better, he would not have committed the act. A psychopath, on the other hand, has no such belief; he is not suppressing or ignoring anything. He is not capable of guilt and regret over what he did. The not-knowing of P is in the absence of an internal imperative. For the psychopath, there is nothing to know better.


For my previous ruminations on applying moral philosophy to psychopathy, see the tag Morality and Psychopathy

Emotive Theology... I love this phrase! It may very well be an alternative title for this blog :) I will keep it in mind for any such potential future use.
My saheli at her delightful blog Zunn has penned her beautiful inspired ruminations in response to my post Power Play. Her tumblr awaits your sojourn.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"We can never establish with certainty what part of our relations with others is the result of our emotions -- love, antipathy, charity or malice -- and what part is predetermined by the constant power play among individuals."

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

And precisely because we cannot establish that with any certainty, it gives us a cause for both suspicion and hope. We can suspect a relationship to be fuelled by dynamics of personal and social power disequilibrium, and we can find hope, given the uncertainty, that a relationship is based on more than that.
Raza Habib Raja's latest post on Pak Tea House (Political Realities and Shades of Grey) was apparently inspired by a blog post of mine!
I am glad to have been the muse.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"I know as a writer how valuable a tool is the wastebasket. Perhaps God throws away many experiments before He finds the right expression. Perhaps we are the discards — or we could be the part He keeps."

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Monday, November 21, 2011

"The road to Hell isn't paved at all. Where do you guys get this stuff?"

Philosophical questions are almost never settled. The debate keeps on evolving. More refined arguments and counter-arguments come up.

However, unlike the problems themselves which evolve on, an individual studying a problem ultimately adopts one particular answer to it, which satisfies him, and moves on from the debate considering it settled. He may then continue to engage in the debate, but it will be as a person who is advancing a philosophical position and trying to refuting its opponent position. The debate will proceed to become external from internal. The few cases in which the internal debate continues on is when we begin to live with the philosophical questions that haunt and intrigue us.

For instance, an eager philosopher in his early youth explores the theistic-atheistic debate in philosophy, and soon he'll come to adopt one of the answers: he will feel that the debate is settled for him, and he'll move on, and once he has, he is not likely to revisit the issue, even though the debate would have progressed to greater depths. Same is true for many other problems.

Such a settlement in favour of this or that philosophical position is perhaps a psychological necessity, and is not without advantages in conserving our energies. It would be impossible for us to remain in continuous debate regarding all existing philosophical issues. One can only live with a few questions. However, I feel the ability to genuinely revisit a debate is a requirement for philosophical growth, and it is something we must seek to acquire.
Something shifted, something so immense you could call it the world.
Call it the world.

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, opening lines

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My fair lady,

I know, being the woman you are, you envy all that I desire apart from you. And you suspect, being the man I am, I covet these women in my paintings. It is a peculiar poetic madness, the desire to be the only desiree of the one you desire. I cannot blame you, light of my eyes, for wishing to secure all of my affections. It is flattering. Possessiveness of this universal extent, however, is doomed for disappointment. For not even the jealous God could rid men's hearts of their idols, and had to resort to the cheap tactics of heaven and hell. You may be a mortal my love, but you have in your possession the means to my happiness and suffering.

I am tempted to defend myself on the grounds that these unchaste depictions are mere artistic endeavours, noble works of art devoid of anything base, but I know better as an artist. The boundaries of aesthetic appreciation and desire are always blurred. It tastes crude in my mouth to pronounce like a biologist that the sense of beauty is an evolutionary derivative of sexual attraction. It may be so, I do not know. Mother nature is full of surprises and who knows suckling at her breasts has left us with what complexes in the dark corners of our minds. Stendhal declared beauty to be a promise of pleasure. Even if that be so, for me, it is a promise unfulfilled. I wish I could rid the perturbations of your soul, but I can only hope to assuage them with my confession of love, human though it is in its extent.

Be not jealous of these women I draw. They are paper and paint, figments of an over-arching imagination, or perceptions tainted with fantasy. You are flesh and blood, my reality.

Thine ever.

Friday, November 18, 2011

#TS56 prompts: An expecting mother, A giant float, Apocalypse

As Yahweh's slain body floated on primal waters, Samael announced to all "You bow to me now" & then to Lilith "Hun, let's make a baby"

#TS57 prompts: Serendipity. A Viral Phenomenon. A Stage

* Serendipity is when u find love in the Dengue ward— feverish & puking bt still so beautiful— & a year later u are on the wedding stage

#TS58 prompts: Nostalgia, Labyrinth, Purgatory

* She threw him in the labyrinth of her loveless rejection, hoping nostalgia wd purge him of his infidelity; he never found his way out

#TS59 prompts: A cruise ship, a malign intent, an analysand

* he boarded the ship to murder his adulterous wife trysting with his therapist: the unexpected threesome proved far more therapeutic

#TS60 prompts: apocrypha, metaphrastic, kat

* By divine humor all original apocrypha were lost and only a metaphrastic translation done in jest by a kat-addicted scholar survived

#TS61 prompts (courtesy #PTA): Hoes, Jhalla (crazy), Creamy

* He went all jhalla for the creamy hoe; the fun only lasted half a night: she tied him up & cleaned out his place 

#TS62 prompts: a roadtrip, a meddlesome spinster, an article of men's haberdashery.

* she survived spinsterhood spinning yarns to strangers of her licentious road-trips & of buttons she'd torn off men's shirts in haste 

"The thought to which Deutsch’s conversation most often returns is that the European Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries, or something like it, may turn out to have been the pivotal event not merely of the history of the West, or of human beings, or of the earth, but (literally, physically) of the universe as a whole.

Here’s the sort of thing he has in mind: The topographical shape and the material constitution of the upper surface of the island of Manhattan, as it exists today, is much less a matter of geology than it is of economics and politics and human psychology. The effects of geological forces were trumped (you might say) by other forces — forces that proved themselves, in the fullness of time, physically stronger. Deutsch thinks the same thing must in the long run be true of the universe as a whole. Stuff like gravitation and dark energy are the sorts of things that determine the shape of the cosmos only in its earliest, and most parochial, and least interesting stages. The rest is going to be a matter of our own intentional doing, or at any rate it’s going to be a matter of the intentional doings of what Deutsch calls “people,” by which he means not only human beings, and not all human beings, but whatever creatures, from whatever planets, in whatever circumstances, may have managed to absorb the lessons of the Scientific Revolution.

There is a famous collection of arguments from the pioneering days of computer science to the effect that any device able to carry out every one of the entries on a certain relatively short list of elementary logical operations could, in some finite number of steps, calculate the value of any mathematical function that is calculable at all. Devices like that are called “universal computers.” And what interests Deutsch about these arguments is that they imply that there is a certain definite point, a certain definite moment, in the course of acquiring the capacity to perform more and more of the operations on that list, when such a machine will abruptly become as good a calculator as anything, in principle, can be.

Deutsch thinks that such “jumps to universality” must occur not only in the capacity to calculate things, but also in the capacity to understand things, and in the closely related capacity to make things happen. And he thinks that it was precisely such a threshold that was crossed with the invention of the scientific method. There were plenty of things we humans could do, of course, prior to the invention of that method: agriculture, or the domestication of animals, or the design of sundials, or the construction of pyramids. But all of a sudden, with the introduction of that particular habit of concocting and evaluating new hypotheses, there was a sense in which we could do anything. The capacities of a community that has mastered that method to survive, and to learn, and to remake the world according to its inclinations, are (in the long run) literally, mathematically, infinite. And Deutsch is convinced that the tendency of the world to give rise to such communities, more than, say, the force of gravitation, or the second law of thermodynamics, or even the phenomenon of death, is what ultimately gives the world its shape, and what constitutes the genuine essence of nature."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"The practice of philosophy is a process benefitting the whole of society. It helps to build bridges between peoples and cultures and heightens demand for quality education for all. Philosophy encourages respect for cultural diversity, exchanging opinions and sharing the benefits of science, which are the conditions for genuine debate. This 17 November, let us rally together to harness the incredibly transformative potential of philosophy."
Message on World Philosophy Day

So it is World Philosophy Day today; my greetings to all philosophical souls, and not-so-philosophical ones as well. After all, it's not every day that we get to celebrate this amazing subject...

Even though it is time to party, being philosophers and all that, it's difficult not to be, well, philosophical about it.

Philosophers are intriguing creatures. Even though the emergence of the philosophical animal was a step ahead in evolution, other animals may wonder at their ability to miss out on the obvious...

Philosophy emerges from the deep frustration of a man looking at the animal world. 
Eat. Survive. Reproduce.
Is that all?

The answer eludes us.
Perhaps truth is as inexplicable as... women!

And philosophers are not always adept at winning women's hearts.

And sometimes when they do get lucky...

History is a witness to it:

It's not easy being a philosopher.

At every turn of your life, you hear that nagging voice inside...

and bummer, once you get all philosophical, there is No Exit

so you are stuck with philosophy with all the questions

and God help you if you are a philosophy major...

You can't really go on a strike

You can unravel political philosophy, but you can't run for the elections...

You are always debating and arguing...

Nothing really appeals to you...

People can think you are crazy...

Life is definitely not a picnic...

But life's not all bad.

Sometimes you can do magic.

The simple truth is, we are all mortals.

We are all facing death.

We all need answers.

And even though philosophers can be really hard to understand

They are the only ones with the answers worth listening to.

So on this day, let us remember and celebrate the geniuses who have grappled with the eternal problems of human existence, and who have, whether we realize or not, shaped our understanding of the world.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Although he cannot admit it even to himself,
these are the years whose possibility he has always dreaded."

Maurice Kilwein Guevara

Midnight in Paris

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The saint is not tempted, because her soul remembers the taste of sin from a life afar...
We may be social creatures but we are not without a need for solitude; it comes easy to some, but for others it has to be learned; we are so much surrounded by people all the time that we have forgotten how to be alone. This is especially so in the internet age: even when you are alone, you are in the constant company of others, on twitter, on facebook...

There is something precious about solitude; to involute and turn your gaze inwards permits a certain growth of the soul that is perhaps not possible in any other way.

If you have never learnt to appreciate it, or have forgotten, here is something beautiful to remind you of it...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mehtab Ali is a talented professional artist from Pakistan, and has held many solo and group exhibitions in this country and abroad. Some of his amazing work can be viewed on his publicly accessible Facebook gallery. He also has an upcoming exhibition at Citi Art Gallery in Karachi.

I'll be featuring some of his paintings in this post which revolve around the conjunction of a beautiful woman and a mirror:

All images are the creative property of Mr Mehtab Ali

Saturday, November 12, 2011

* 'When we readers perceive in ourselves as well as in Nietzsche the poison of resentment we realize how much ideas can be affected by personal feelings. Thus the importance of one of Nietzsche's most valuable tools, the ad hominem argument. Ad hominem arguments are usually considered fallacies in mainstream philosophy, but Nietzsche uses them well. He attacks people, not just ideas. And in shaming them many of the great figures of philosophy he effectively embarrasses us as well.'

* 'Nietzsche wondered what made people "tick", and he rightly suspected that what they thought and said about themselves and their ideals was almost always misleading, mistaken, or just plain fraudulent. But nowhere is self-deception and hypocrisy more rife than in those aspects of life in which ordinary people as well as philosophers and theologians tend to make grand pronouncements about such lofty subjects as God, human freedom, and morality. Nietzsche's ad hominem arguments did not so much refute the doctrines of religion and morality as undermine them by exposing the sometimes pathetic motives and emotions that motivated them.'

* 'What could be more devastating against the boastful self-righteousness of some philosophers and theologians than an ad hominem argument that undermines their credibility, that reduces their rationality and piety to petty personal envy or indignation? What could be more humiliating than an accusation against a morality that incessantly preaches against selfishness and self-interest that it, too, is in fact not only the product of impotent self-interest, but hypocritical as well? And what could be a more effective argument against theism than ridiculing the ground from which such a belief has arisen?'

Robert C. Solomon, Living with Nietzsche

Friday, November 11, 2011

Continuing on with the twitter micro-fiction adventures...

#TS49 prompts: cat, ass, trophy

* Kat may have dated him for trophy sex, but anecdotes of her ass became an instant hit in parties as he turned her into his Trophy Ex

#TS50 prompts: jasmine, cottontail, verbosity

* the bunny tattoo on her breast was a cry of Jasmine's inner voice of innocence trapped in the solipsist echochamber of her sinful ways

#TS51 prompts: ghazal, rocket science, hangover

* haunted by her ghazal-eyes, he submitted his astrophysics paper in a hangover; she was a sadist in bed but gentle with his grading: A+

#TS52 prompts: flame, forest, anklets

* Your anklets lap up a fiery dance; your feet demand a forest to burn. Alas, I have but the smouldering remains of a weary heart

* Nothing shall adorn me tonight but the anklets of your love; let their clinking ignite wildfires to the moistness of my undress

#TS53 prompts: Obsessive compulsive, wardrobe malfunction, stoned.

* Her publicist insisted she wear a bikini, bt it was her obsessive-compulsive fear of a nip-slip that landed her on Rolling Stone cover

#TS54 prompts: snorin'; old brown bear; dogfight

* As Han Solo engaged in aerial dogfight with Empire aircrafts, Chewbacca snored away dreamin' of his Wookiee inamorata in the back seat

#TS55 prompts: dialect, a deserted haveli, blood.

* It was in a deserted haveli the 2 linguists understood their dialects of desire and left the floor stained with their virgin encounter
"Does God exist? The short answer is no. The long answer is noooooooooooooo,"

Jonathan Rosenberg, Mysterious Ways

I must say, that was funny!
"Well, when mainstream parties misgovern, the people will make a shift to reactionary but financially credible politicians (Individuals). No matter what spin I try to give, the fact is that mainstream parties, namely PPP and PML-N have misgoverned. When crisis of governance becomes very acute, the ideological orientation does not hold the same sway....

When all of this is happening then who can blame those who are liberals to start looking towards Imran Khan? For most of them, their political support for Imran is the extension of their respect for his services to Pakistan. While I severely disagree with Imran on political grounds, I would be dishonest if I deny that he has rendered outstanding services to Pakistan.

During the floods, it was reactionary Imran who was trying to collect money (And he was successful also). Yes, he is a reactionary but people don’t care about these definitions in desperate times.

Yes, you will be correct to argue that ideologically there is a difference between PTI and liberal parties. But in practice, everyone is behaving the same. And when that happens, you will find liberals crying at Minar-e-Pakistan while waving a PTI flag.

I don’t agree with their decision but I don’t blame them for taking it. I don’t agree with reactionaries who take over mainstream politics but I understand why they do it. Now that some of them have joined PTI, I can only hope that Imran starts softening his rhetoric on some critical issues. These are strange times."

Raza H, Why some liberals are supporting Imran Khan

The question of supporting this or that political party is a highly pragmatic decision given that in reality no political party is perfect, and no political party in Pakistan has a particularly liberal track-record, regardless of what they say in theory. Given this background, it is a mistake to think that the mere act of supporting PTI is a delusional betrayal of liberalism. My sentiments are echoed very well by Raza here.

Sane people understand that political realities exist in shades of grey, but when it comes to Imran Khan and PTI, suddenly everyone has the urge to see it as black and white. This applies not just to the liberal critics of Imran Khan, but even more to the hordes of PTI trolls who insist on proclaiming their kaptaan as the one and only messiah, and any criticism against him as an act of blasphemy.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

"But I didn't understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair."

Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
In this post Julia Galef explains how people are (un)surprisingly capable of believing contradictory things and not being aware of the contradiction. She then suggests that "the Penrose triangle is an apt visual metaphor for what contradictory beliefs must look like in our heads." 

One of the examples she uses of a contradictory set of beliefs is:

1. “The reason it’s not okay to have sex with animals is because they can’t consent to it.”
2. “Animals can’t consent to being killed and eaten.”
3. “It’s fine to kill and eat animals.”

I leave my readers to reflect on this inconsistent triad as they munch on their Eid-ul-Azha lunch. 

Happy Eid everyone!
There is only one step between utopia and dystopia, and that is disillusionment.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

#TS36 prompts: a storm, a jazz band, and fake hair.

* She was a wig-fetishist caught in a storm; he was the bald one with a car. Call it kismet, call it love, call it all that jazz

#TS37 prompts: a palimpsest, witch-hunt, and hysteria

* the madressa student washed out his sketches of horny witch-hunts from the slate & set out to copy the verses with hysterical devotion [co-authored with Aati]

* Witchhunters found her skin tattooed wd layers of hysterically overwritten verses; she ws deemed not a witch, but was burned for heresy

#TS39 prompts: opera buffa, Alps, lozenge

* Alps trip gave her a bad cough; she took a lozenge & choked. She cud hv lived to tell that story wd a laugh, but life's no opera buffa

#TS40 prompts: Manga, footsteps, Scheherazade

* Emperor Shehrenzō the Killer marched in & eyed Shahrzād 'Let me tell you a story' she said. 'Can you draw manga?' 'No.' 'EXECUTIONER!"

* After 1001 nights, he broke up wd her "I hv my own stories to tell now" He stepped back n slammed the door on her surprised manga eyes 

#TS42 prompts: surrealist imagery, a religious holiday, a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown

* Everyday she had the same nightmare of being slaughtered by her AllahoAkbar-chanting-hubby. On Eid-al Adha she snapped & butchered him

#TS43 prompts: A fountain pen, a bolt of cloth, a samovar.

* She retreated to the Himalayas where she'd spend the winter penning love stories on a bolt of cloth, with a samovar to keep her warm

#TS44 prompts: November rain, a yellow Cadillac, the boy with the bubblegum gun

* Seasons flew & November came. In a yellow Cadillac v drove in rain. Wd bubblegum guns we playd a game. Bang bang, my baby shot me down

#TS45 prompts: Anaconda, Cleopatra, "I'm back baby!"

* Cleopatra preferred the asp's venomous bite to take her back to Antony; the venomless Anaconda wd hav been too dry, like Caesar's love

#TS46 prompts: a typo, a mermaid and Mummenschanz

* the falling of the mermaid's shell-bra was a typo in the mime play, but helped it earn a cult following among incognizant critics #TS46

#TS47 prompts: hookah; sacrifice; Wonder Woman.

* Batman sacrificed his silence & confessed to Wonder Woman: "I love you". She stared back at him: "What have you been smoking, Bruce?"

* The feudal's Yale-grad wife warmed her hukah & read out Wonder Woman comics to her eager children.Some sacrifices turn out well enough

#TS48 prompts: a homophone, a homophobe, a phonograph

* "God destroyed Homo erectus for their abominable sin of lusting after men" the Creationist polemicist announced in his latest podcast


What The What Is #TS?

"Conceived by novelist Musharraf Ali Farooqi, @microMAF, along with artist, writer and scholar Daisy Rockwell, @shreedaisy, (painting under the nom de guerre Lapata), the Twitter-based exercise challenges its participants each morning with a prompt of three concepts."
Aati: Fidelity from those incapable of straying is as meaningful as belief from those incapable of doubting.

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