It did not. Once again the medium sized dog’s absent supper was washed down only withthe liquid discharge from his needlessly activated salivary glands, and the dog wentsupperless to bed.
Statisticians, fine fellows as they may be, are not noted for going along gently withcommon sense. Unlikely events, they submit, do no spread out evenly but tend rather toa huddling arrangement over time.
And so, not knowing this statistical truth explicitly but rather feeling it intuitively, on thethird night, still, the medium sized dog sits confidently, defiantly, expectantly.
The bell comes, there’s the pause, the charged interim, there’s, there’s, there’s…
No. But no and yes. No there is no supper. Yes there is the swelling in the corner of aneye as a drop of minimally salinized H20 collects, and yes there is the roll of the teardown the furred face, and yes in the dog’s mouth the tear intermingles with thepreparatory saliva of his once again needlessly activated salivary glands.
Why is the dog sad? Because he has no supper – trite. Why is the dog sad? Because hewas expecting supper and doesn’t get it. Better. It’s not the simple absence of the supperbut its absence in comparison to the reference point, id est, supper.
The lack of supper is the shadow of the real supper.
An excellent comparison. Why does the expect supper? That’s the question. He expectssupper because he learns that the ringing of the bell is followed, as night by day, bysupper. So the ringing of the bell is the prime mover? No, the bell is, as they say, just theend of the beginning. To whit! Why does the bell ring?
To tell the dog it’s time for supper. Or time for no supper.
That’s the end to which the bell rings. But why does the bell ring? The proximate answeris simple: because someone rings it. But now we’re getting somewhere. Why doessomeone ring it? That’s the question.
Universe #1. Malice. A shadowy figure offstage knows that the bell will become the dog’ssupper call and cruelly decouples the supper and the bell and the bell is to the shadowyfigure as to the torturer is the… implement.
But then why does the shadowy figure put a stop to it? Let’s try Universe #2. Chaos.
We are, in this second realm, you might say, fools for events. We find patterns and infercauses but they are not there. Someone rings a bell because there is a bell and there is asomeone and so there is some probability – (P) – that at some point the someone willring the bell. And supper will come or not come and there will be a more or less strongcorrelation between the bell and the supper and that is it.