As you are aware, communism has recently been disavowed as our public political philosophy. The Nomenclative Purification Committee, a subgroup working on behalf of the Central Church of the Narrative Administrative Committee, has been debating a suitable replacement word for the salutation given in this very letter. It is, in fact, the last time it will be used in any communication by I or our fellow Narrativists; written or verbal.
Unfortunately, by using it in the salutation above, I have already violated Directive 15, subparagraph 1,703 D. See below.
The NPC has arrived at an impasse over the replacement term. It seems that half (the smart half) want to use the word Peerkin. This term is gender-neutral, stresses equity, and provides a familial tone that is of comfort to many. As you know, Narrativists are often threatened by their own families before and after they join our church.
The other half, who tend to be among our lower, less-enlightened ranks, insist that the term Mobling be used. This word is not only more descriptive, its adherents claim, but contains “truth”. “Truth” is problematic. In fact, we hold no truths. Rather, our truths change to fit The Narrative. You’d think they’d be capable of reading the sign to that effect above the sanctuary door. Several ridiculous third and fourth parties continue to lobby for alternative language choices, not that anyone is going to listen to them.
What is your say on this matter, my fellow Peerkin? Or should it be fellow Mobling? Please submit your response to the NPC post-haste.
I must now request absolution. I addressed you using the word right-wing opponents have always used to refer to one another, signalling their fascist in-group preferences: comrade. The Fairness and Forgiveness Committee, a subgroup working on behalf of the Central Church of the Narrative Administrative Action Committee, has passed judgment.
I am to proceed immediately to the nearest Starbucks, order a mondo-size Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte, and imbibe the concoction in their public restroom. Should I survive, which seems unlikely, I will be welcomed back into the good graces of the Church.
Should I never see you again, please remember my final words: All Hail the Narrative!
So torn. Peerkin fits, but Cohort!!!
Now you understand why we’re asking our audience…
The McChuck said:
Fellow Educated Democrats – “FEDs”. The higher ranks would be enlightened – “FEEDers”.
Dear Sibkin… You’re going to the firing squad first. Love, Gentle Leader.
The McChuck said:
Personally, I would use multiple. The Left is constantly changing terms and disagreeing with each other about which dictionary is current. Leaders would be Peerkins, and would look down on the Moblings. Members of the same working group/action cell could be Sibkins.
And why, oh why do we have to accept those stupid Comates (pronounced like comedies) into our ranks? I know we’re supposed to be inclusive, but we do have standards!
Too complicated for what we’re trying to do. We’re going with a “some animals are more equal than other animals” kind of flavor.
Should whatever word we land on become boring or stale or just doesn’t work out, then, ya know, the Nomenclative Purification Committee will nix it and replace it with something else. “Dilbert characters refer to and have always referred to each other using Peerkin. We, the More Enlightened, call each other by the Enlightened term Cohort.”
Thank you for your suggestion though, fellow Mobling 😀
The McChuck said:
Happy to help the cause, oh great and mighty primary among identicals. Mobbing is what we do!
Committee of Narrative Archiving prefers term “Mobkin.” Sounds cuter when used by our Narrative Revanchist Unclassed Enemies. Is prefer use in secret archival of sacred Narrative. Even Committee is not permitted into archive.