Sunday, 11 March 2018
Base Ten - Flash Fiction
One man is the basic unit of control. One man is isolation. One man is segregated. One man is utterly atomised.
Two men are a dialogue, an exchange of ideas. We do not permit this particular currency of exchange. Two men within our house is an interrogation.
Three men is two men with an informer inserted. Therefore an obtuse triangle with our man representing an angle over ninety degrees.
Four men is a square and is suggestive of egalitarianism. Better to stretch this parallelogramic arrangement into a quadrilateral, with inequalities and distrust along the distended lengths and an inability to communicate across the elongation.
Five men is the whetted star of our national symbol. With our (ap-)pointed man at the top. Alternatively it is a five-barred gate, with our man striking through the other four.
Six men superficially resembles two men cubed. Six men is, however, two competing tiers of men arrayed against one another, staring across a no-man's land divide.
Seven men is six men with an agent provocateur to do our bidding and render them nugatory. If no provocateur is available, then six will scapegoat the weakest there.
Eight men is two men cubed. And diced.
Nine men is three men squared, which means three of our agents are in play.
Ten men is an assembly, a mob and invokes the presence of the security forces to break them up (see 'one man')