Wallace, Idaho: The Center of the Universe [Prove it's Not!]
- Hi All,
I saw this book review on Amazon.com (that darn Internet HK
warns Eckists about) and thought that these comments were
interesting and could even provide some insights for even those
"Highly" evolved Eckists out there (former ones too) to see beyond
their own noses. The logic used to "prove" that Wallace, Idaho is
The Center of the Universe is the same that Twit, Doug Marman
Harold Klemp and other like them use.. if it can't be disproven
then it must be true! Maybe, Eckankar began as a joke as well!
Why is Wallace, Idaho, the Center of the Universe?, June 16, 2006
By P. G. Marsh "wallace weblord" (Wallace Idaho USA)
My name is Greg Marsh and you will meet me in this humorous little book.
Eight years ago, I started a website at wallace-id.com to give folks a comprehensive
view of my new hometown in Wallace Idaho. Currently I have about 260 pages
on the internet devoted to this very unusual and historic mining town that has a
population of 960 and is surrounded by a mountain recreation paradise. Last year,
Danny Wallace found my website and immediately flew from London to spend one
day at "the Center of the Universe."
His account of the town, its philosophy and cast of characters is quite accurate
... although I wish he hadn't mentioned my silver shirt experiment. I only spotted
two factual mistakes, which is remarkable considering the amount of alcohol he
consumed in our various saloons. The 1313 Club and the Smoke House Saloon
are on Bank Street, not Cedar Street, and my friend bought the $4500 house in
1988, not 1998 (and he went to the Clerk and Recorder, not the library, to find
out that he had actually bought four properties, not just one for that price). All
in all, Danny did an amazing job of capturing "the Silver Capital of the World"
and giving it to his European audience.
Although Danny presented many of my ideas on the subject, I would like to
tell you why I think Wallace is truly the Center of the Universe.
Some have used a sophist argument to say that Wallace is the Center of the
Universe because it cannot be proven otherwise. This "if a thing cannot be
disproved, it is thereby proven" syllogism is a parody of the logic used to make
a recent EPA decision that said, in effect, "if the communities of the Silver Valley
cannot absolutely prove themselves to the EPA's satisfaction to be good and
healthy places to live, then this is proof that they require the EPA's continued
meddling in their affairs."
I would like to use a more philosophical argument to say that Wallace is the
Center of the Universe because it is the focal point of the human experience.
The universal human experience has many dimensions, but may be defined by
four forces that bind us all together: money, equilibrium, sex and responsibility.
Wallace is at the center of all four universal concepts.
MONEY is the common artifact of human civilization; it is the physical,
symbolic representation of value required by human organization. Diverse
elements of society may evolve incompatible language paradigms and civil
authorities, but all societies have money, and all monies translate arithmetically
(given the chance). Indeed, money may be regarded as the only universal concept
in civilization. The world economy is currently governed with "fiat" paper money
("It is worth a dollar because we say it is."), but the force of tangible money
("It is worth a dollar because it may be exchanged for a certain amount of gold
or silver.") is becoming stronger. Some say a "Silver Revolution" is coming! Wallace
is the "Silver Capital of the World" with 1.2 BILLION ounces of .999 fine silver
mined from this little valley, five miles wide and twenty miles long, between
1884 and 2004.
EQUILIBRIUM is the defining concept of the physical world. Every chemical
reaction and physical change comes to equilibrium. Wild places where the
balance has not been tipped totally toward human occupation and consumption
are rare and valuable in our inhabited universe. Wallace is the county seat of a
1.7 million acre county that has a population density of 5 people per square
mile because 80% of the land is federal or state forest. Thus, humans inhabit
this ecological niche, but do not, and cannot dominate it. Wildlife abounds in
vast undisturbed regions around small human encampments. The banker on
Bank Street only works a couple of miles from the cougar on Placer Creek, yet
neither one disturbs the other. The harmony of the current natural situation is
a counterpoint to historical contests between human economic survival and
wildlife habitat survival. Wallace proves that humans and 400 pound cats can
live happily together... until some fool lets their poodle run loose at night anyway.
SEX is the operating system upon which the program of life runs. Since
civilization began, humans have been obsessed with it, needing it, loving it,
hating it, fearing it. It is said that prostitution is the oldest profession, and
that in Wallace it became a respectable art form. Until 1989, the town was
famous for its bordellos, and our Madams were respected members of the
community. Urban legend has it that they bought the police cars and the high
school band uniforms. The so-called "female boarding houses" were taxed
three times higher than all other businesses, and locals made good money
supplying the colorful establishments with hot food and clean sheets. Some
say that the incidence of domestic violence was far lower than it is today.
Think about it: a guy works ten hours a mile underground, with temperatures
over 100 degrees and death seconds away at all times, and earns $200-300.
He stops for "a drink with the boys" at the bordello on the way home.
When he gets home, he is happy, hungry and exhausted, and his wife takes
the rest of his money. Today we have our Bordello Museum and our famous
bumper sticker ("Honestly, I've never been to Wallace, Idaho") for sale, and
a very unique perspective on sex.
RESPONSIBILITY for one's actions is a requirement for the citizens of all
governments, democratic or tyrannical. The fact that some members of
any particular society are excluded or exempted from responsibility does
not diminish the need for government, in general, to control the behavior
of its citizens. In many cases, government is aided by religion in its quest
for behavioral control of its citizens. Many rely on religion to teach the
difference between right or wrong, but most rely on government to enforce
the distinction. As a result, many bad deeds go unpunished and many good
deeds go unnoticed in the big city. However, in the microcosm of Wallace,
population 960, enforcement happens on a personal level. The anonymity
of the big city is gone: if you treat someone poorly, you cannot escape into
the crowd. Everyone knows and has an opinion on your conduct... and
the conduct of your kids. If your son causes a problem in school, you hear
about it at the bar or church. Likewise, if you are a good person and need
help, the community responds in force. Karma rules in a small town.... as
it should everywhere in the universe of human experience.