THE FUTURE COURSE OF AMERICAN VALUES IS UP TO
The Patriotic Politically Purple People!
BLUE + RED = PURPLE
POWER TO THE PATRIOTIC POLITICALLY PURPLE PEOPLE
BELOW IS A BELL CURVE.
SOMEWHERE, WE ALL ARE ON IT...
AND ON AS MANY OTHER BELL CURVES
AS THERE ARE TOPICS, PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS.
SOME PEOPLE MAY BE FAR TO THE LEFT (BLUE) OR FAR TO THE RIGHT (RED), BUT
STATISTICALLY... MOST PEOPLE
ARE A SHADE OF PURPLE!
THEY ARE THE POLITICALLY PATRIOTIC PEOPLE,
WHO THROUGH SHARED RELATIVELY COMMONALITIES,
ARE BIRDS OF A FEATHER, WHICH MIGHT FLOCK TOGETHER,
EXCEPT THAT POLITICALLY, THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT
FEARING THE PURPLE PEOPLE'S VOTING POWER,
PREVENT THEIR ASSOCIATION.
68% OF A NORMALIZED BELL CURVE* ARE VARIOUS PURPLES.
13.5% ARE PURPLE GOING INTO PURE BLUE.
13.5 % ARE PURPLE GOING INTO RED.
THE IMPORTANCE HERE IS THAT 68% & 27% = 95%
OF SOME SHADE OF PURPLE IS IN WITHIN
2 STANDARD DEVIATIONS** OF
THE MEAN / AVERAGE.
THE MORE POWERFUL COROLLARY
IS THAT ONLY 5% OF THE PEOPLE UNDER THE CURVE
ARE OUTSIDE 2 STANDARD DEVIATIONS
>> YET, THEY DEFINE THE POLITICAL PARTIES! <<
(*More on Bell Curves further below.)
THE "SD" AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAPH MEANS "STANDARD DEVIATION."
THAT IS DETERMINED THROUGH A MATHEMATICAL PROCESS.
Getting to Purple
Politically speaking, in this country, the media, pollsters, and politicians like to pigeon hole states into RED and BLUE regarding majority voting: RED represents The Republican Party... and BLUE represents the Democratic Party.
When one really gets to thinking who controls this country it is the political parties!
THEY ATTEMPT TO "SHOE-HORN" ALL PEOPLE INTO THEIR RESPECTIVE CAMP...
from primary ballots to accepting their delegates choice for a presidential candidate.
If you are not with "a party" in Massachusetts you are pejoratively referred to as "un-aligned" versus the authentic word, "INDEPENDENT." That's correct. you want to be INDEPENDENT of candidates who YOU do not like and platforms that you cannot accept. YOU WANT TO "MIX AND MATCH," all people are physically, mentally and emotionally complex and different. On some issues, people are at the extreme... others, they are not.
Why Do Purple People Control
The Destiny Of The U.S.A.
Again, look above at 95% purple under the Bell Curves. There are in essence 4 Standard Deviation of PURPLE. Blends starting at the LEFT begin with a greater amount of BLUE; blends starting at the RIGHT have a greater amount of RED.
It is no mistake that we have the BLUE on the LEFT and the RED on the RIGHT. Further it is no mistake that we have left open space on the ends of the Bell Curve. This is so you can see the dynamics of shifting the Bell Curve.
IT IS NOT AS ONE IMAGINES WITH PURPLE PEOPLE. A move to the EXTREME LEFT in essence moves shades of PURPLE to the right... which means as Lefties going further left, and Righties going further right negatively impact their own position.
Many people regard The Wall as a RIGHT wing issue. It is not. THE TRUTH is that the Republicans and Democrats have botched our border security for decades. It has been and remains a bi-partisan SNAFU, except for TRUMP'S determined, leadership effort.
Most view TRUMP as a Republican. BUT HE IS NOT. That's why there is little support for him by the party. TRUMP is a Centrist... in fact he is PURPLE. That is why the fate of this country is in the hands of the Patriotic Politically Purple People. Eventually, more will look beyond his behaviors and look at his accomplishments.
THE WALL - stripped of politics - is also a CENTRAL issue. The U.S.A. has a Sovereign Right to decide who can come into its nation... and how it has to be legally accomplished.
THE BORDER WALL IS NOT A MORAL ISSUE... NOR AN INHUMANE ISSUE SINCE DOLLARS DIVERTED TO THE WALL BELONG TO LEGAL CITIZENS FOR SERVICES.
IS NOT ALWAYS REALITY!
Contrary to one's "self-proclaimed" justification,
Doubt it? Look to the right. Only one of these images has
movement. The others are static, two-dimensional photos.
There is no weird science here, JUST YOUR BRAIN
which is affecting your perception. And, the one image with movement only has two colors, but you will see three.
Let's test your perception against reality:
IMAGE 1: Move your head forward and backward... even sideways, you see movement as the gear teeth APPEAR to
move... but of course, they are not moving.
IMAGE 2: Focus on the white dots. Attempt to count them as they move around. And, though the image is smaller than designed, what about the black dots which flash. But, again, DESPITE YOUR REALITY, there is no movement.
IMAGE 3: Oh boy! It's time to take "The Pledge" This image does move, but it only has two colors. You probably see three. SO JUST WHAT IS THE REALITY AS A WITNESS TO A CRIME? Did you get a glimpse of the suspect in a neon raspberry t-shirt or neon lime t-shirt?
IMAGE 4: This one is simple. Once you get it, you cannot un-see it. But can you get it... and could you get it fast enough to
to make a positive ID?
IMAGE 5: Saved this for last. There is nothing moving.
It appears to be just another two-dimensional image.
BUT IT IS NOT.
AND... WHEN YOU FIND THE THIRD DIMENSION,
WE WILL HAVE SHOT A HOLE IN YOUR THINKING
THAT YOUR PERCEPTION IS REALITY...
TO YOU OR OTHERS AFFECTED
BY YOU OR YOUR VOTE!
Get close to the image. Stare at the center. As you do, "disassociate" your eyes Try gazing at the distance but focus closely. Slightly crossing eyes may help.
GIVE IT TIME. SOME THINGS & EVENTS
NEED TIME TO COME INTO FOCUS.
"The 'Calculus' Of Changing Thought"
"IRRITANT IDEAS" INCREMENTALLY PROVOKE OTHER THOUGHTS.
HOWEVER, POLITICAL PARTIES ATTEMPT TO BLUDGEON ONE
INTO THEIR ORTHODOXY & JINGOISM.
THE REASON THAT PATRIOTIC PURPLE PEOPLE ARE
TO ANY PARTY, PLATFORM, CANDIDATE, OR QUESTION
IS THAT THEY
T H I N K!
IN THEIR THINKING, THEY ARE ABLE TO RULE OUT
THE IRRELEVANT FROM THE RELEVANT &
THE REAL FROM THE PERCEIVED...
NOT JUST FOR THEMSELVES,
BUT THEIR COMMUNITY
NOT ALL WILL AGREE ON FINAL POSITIONS,
BUT EACH WILL HAVE A THOUGHT PROCESS
ABOUT HIS/HER ANSWER.
PURPLE PEOPLE BOND THROUGH LOGIC & INSIGHT,
NOT PARTY DOCTRINE.
To Move The Mice
Move The Cheese
Before getting to the The Wall,
we are going to discuss
to show how one moves the mice.
WE ARE NOT INSENSITIVE TO ANY MASS MURDERS.
WE DEPLORE THEM, PERIOD.
WE ARE SICKEN BY THEM, AND CAN'T IMAGE THE LOSS FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS.
THE BELOW EXAMPLE WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THE AUSTRALIAN MURDERS.
SADLY, DUE TO THE FREQUENCY OF SHOOTINGS, THERE IS NO
GOOD TIME TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE ABSENT OF EMOTION.
OUR PURPOSE IS NOT TO ADVOCATE FOR GUNS
BUT TO ILLUSTRATE A "CALCULUS"
OF THOUGHT ABOUT GUNS.
IT IS NO MISTAKE THAT WE HAVE CHOSEN THIS ISSUE,
FOR BOTH GUNS AND WALLS HAVE AN UNDERLYING RIGHT
ON WHICH YOU HAVE AN OPINION.
WITH THE WALL,
THE ISSUE IS WHETHER ONE BELIEVES THAT A NATION HAS A RIGHT
TO PROTECT ITS BORDER SOVEREIGNTY.
THE ISSUE IS WHETHER ONE BELIEVES THAT ONE HAS A RIGHT
TO POSSESS A GUN TO PROTECT HIM/HERSELF & FAMILY.
THE THE WALL MAY SEEM ABSTRACT IF ONE IS LIVING IN WYOMING,
BUT THE NATION'S SAFETY, WHICH INCLUDES JACKSON HOLE AIRPORT,
IS NOT ABSTRACT.
THERE IS NOTHING ABSTRACT ABOUT HAVING A GUN WHEN YOU NEED IT
AND HAVE NO OTHER RECOURSE FOR YOUR SAFETY.
"Cheese" (can be a gain or a loss... a reward or a threat... a pleasure or pain)
Let's "move the cheese" w/r/t the lightning-rod of issue of guns...
FULLY AUTOMATIC ASSAULT RIFLES AT THAT!
Absolutely "NO" is a common first response!
The answer is understandable
But this response has no context
other than mass shootings
and police shoot-outs.
So... let us start with this plausible coastal context:
You own a boat ... from an inexpensive open fishing boat to a mega - yacht:
You are off-shore... can still see the land (the horizon is 4 mile at sea level in an open boat) so you are still in national waters. Nonetheless, realistically, you are in the "bad-lands" of the U.S.' 19th century untamed west. ( Hmm you muse. As a landlubber, you never thought about the dangers of boating in this way.) You are with your family... your spouse and a couple of children. Another boat rapidly approaches. Your "gut" tells you this is bad news, which in deed it is.
You see 4 rifles and 4 people in the other boat firing into the air... THEY WANT YOU TO STOP. BUT FOR WHAT? To kidnap your children... molest your spouse ... kill all of you.
They are pirates. Your first move has to be the right move.
BUT YOU HAVE NO MOVE!
There's no time to call 911 nor the Coast Guard. Even if there were, their help would be too late.
YOU ARE IN CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER.
IT IS TIME FOR "FLIGHT OR FIGHT." BUT, NEITHER IS AN OPTION.
You are in a slower boat; you have no chance to flee. And, you do not have a weapon other than a flare gun. FACE IT you have no self-defense. Even if you had a bolt-action or semi-automatic rifle, it would not be enough to combat four people.
YOU NEED FIRE-POWER!
YOU NEED A FULLY AUTOMATIC ASSAULT RIFLE
TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND SELF.
OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES
ALL WITHIN SIGHT & SAFETY
OF THE SHORE.
Far fetched you say....Okay, you don't have a boat...
So let's get back to shore... You are not on the water. You are on vacation. You and family are at a bucolic, Air B&B country mountain cabin. There is no cell service. There may be no phone service at all. But let's assume there is and that there is basic electricity... both coming from a pole on the street a hundred yards away. You are watching your DVD with the family when the lights go out... as does the phone. You are unknowing of what caused the outages. It could be a car hitting a pole a mile away. "Not to worry," you tell the family. BUT THEN, you see shadowy figures with weapons running across your yard. You are right back in the same water scenario.
YOU ARE IN CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER...
AND AT THE TOTAL WHIM OF THE PEOPLE
WHO ARE ABOUT TO BREAK DOWN
You're still not moved...
I could go on with more everyday scenarios... a lonesome road with yahoos coming the other way... a lonely garage parking lot ... and pedestrian underpass designed to provide safe passage across a highway but instead becomes a trap to be sprung when you are half way through.
AS I RANDOMLY BRING UP SCENARIOS (the fear cheese) -- EVEN UNKNOWN TO ME --
I WELL EVENTUALLY TOUCH ON OR NEAR A "CLOSE-CALL" THAT YOU SURVIVED
BECAUSE OF LUCK; FOR EXAMPLE, ROAD RAGE TOWARD YOU THAT IS THWARTED
BY A BRAVE BYSTANDER .
AS YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR HELPLESSNESS IN THAT SITUATION,
YOU BEGIN THINK ABOUT YOUR SURVIVAL IN MANY SITUATIONS....
THE FRAGILITY OF YOUR EXISTENCE IN THOSE EVERY DAY SITUATIONS.
YOU MIGHT EVEN DENY THAT IT COULD HAPPEN AT ALL TO YOU,
BUT, AS FATE OFTEN HAS IT....BAM! THERE IT IS ON THE 11 PM NEWS...
A HELPLESS PERSON --- VICTIM -- WAS (FILL IN THE BLANKS)!
Now, demanding only a "YES" or "NO" answer...
I could ask you if your favor assault rifles. There's is no room to qualify my question (a favorite trial OR POLLING trick). You might say "NO" because basically you believe that this is a good country and such bad scenarios are rare... besides, they could never happen to you because you don't have a boat.... don't go down dark roads, use parking garages etc. (denying that there are myriad of other scenarios that were not mentioned.)
BUT SENSING THAT YOUR ANSWER WILL BE "NO" AND I WANT "YES" FOR MY POLL,
I re-ask the question in a different way because after presenting my ABOVE scenarios I see your expression BECOME WORRISOME. So, I ask... Is there ANY instance where you could justify the need for a powerful assault rifle to protect oneself? The answer is "YES!" BINGO! Without discussing my polling technique, I write,
"Increasingly, people say "yes" to assault rifles."
WE HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO OUR SELF-DEFENSE,
BUT HAVE NO DEFENSE ITEMS WITH WHICH TO DO IT
INCLUDING PEPPER SPRAY. SADLY, CITIZENS
HAVE TO RESORT TO WASP & BEE SPRAY.
SO, IF WE HAVE THE RIGHT WITHOUT
THE MEANS TO ENFORCE IT,
IT IS A BOGUS RIGHT...
THUS NO RIGHT
CRITICAL THOUGHT! THIS IS HOW ONE BECOMES A PURPLE PERSON.
THEY ARE WILLING TO THINK BEYOND THE PARTY DOGMAS...
BE CIRCUMSPECT ABOUT POLLS... AND
SEE THE REALITY OF AN NEED.
In the above, the issue is not about the reality of need, but how to BEST & FAIREST way to address that need. BUT NOTE: THAT WAS NOT EVEN ASKED. Purple people's willingness to reflect and re-assemble a dogma into an integrated idea does not fit the narrative of either party.
X / Y Grids
X / Y Grids are an effective way to represent a person position / trait on anything. They are normally represented a two dimensional, but there can be a third dimension. A classic two dimensional grid is to plot concern for task accomplishment against concern for people. High task with no concern for people is a TASKMASTER. Low task concern for task with ultimate concern for people is a PEOPLE PERSON. These are the extremes (the ideologues' positions)
There are some people who can achieve both. The VERY BEST of collegiate football coaches
come to mind. They develop winning teams by developing winning character in players.
Let's take a look
There are actually are two way of representing the X / Y Grind. The most popular is to use the upper right quadrant of the entire X / Y Grid. However since it normally ranges from 0 to 10 on both axis, it is really not possible to show a negative factor. A 1/1 employee is just a bad hire. But what about the employee who is even worse... a gossip... a horrible representative of the company (who will eventually be fired) etc. For this situation the full grid is used to show the negative trait of this person. (See Below)
Yes... We could segment the upper right only grid to become a full grid, but then the nomenclature is totally off.
For example, in a business setting, the 5/5 PERSON is the perfect STAFF employee.
S/he understands the needs of people while understanding the needs of the corporation to make money. His/her primary job is to move the company forward. It may synch with moving his/her career forward, but even if they were to do so, they would most likely move into a similar 5/5 position with perhaps better pay, benefits, management philosophy. 5/5 people are "rocks" around which companies and communities depend for business and cic good.
This -3/1 person is an HR employee
Here's a disgruntled
sales person.... poor
morale... poor results.
Clearly, we are not all 5/5s.
Nor should we be to be "invaluable" to the company, team, entity. For example, scoring is the singular focus of an offensive coordinator. "Playing hurt" is not his or her problem. However, this is exactly the problem for the team doctor whose job is to protect the player. Retention benefits are of key importance to the HR department. But fighting against their cost is the concern of the treasurer.
TO THE WALL: Sovereignty, national security, and costs are of major concern to Trump (not the Republicans who have waffled on this matter for decades). He really does not care if the majority of voters think less of him -- or hate him. Conversely, his opponents are either gutless -- such as some Republics - or clueless to the cost and latent dangers such as the Democrats who only see future voters which they cloak in fraudulent "compassion."
Now that we see how we can look graphically at our co-workers... we can now plot anything from seemingly foolish to serious.
Example: The pizza spices vs age. (Perhaps foolish to most people but vitally important to a pizza manufacturer who wants to target a low sodium
pizza to seniors.)
* National Sovereignty vs migrant compassion... or,
* Border Enforcement $$$ vs Distance from the Border... or
* The Wall $$$ vs whatever $$$ one wants to plot in favor of WALL $$$ use.
Don't believe one of them...
until you have seen all of them
on a given topic.
With the thoughts of the X/Y grid above, plus the thoughts of the 5/5 person as the average person, it is apparent how 5/5 translates to Bell Curve. In a large established corporation we would expect that through hiring and employees selectively changing job, a "norm" (normal) would develop And because it is a normal, we would expect to find deviation from it. Nonetheless, we would find THE MOST AT 5/5. THIS TRANSLATES TO THE TOP & CENTER OF THE BELL CURVE.
So, using the height of the Bell Curve as the most occurrences from there the bell takes shape. Okay, but that's the mean -- the average. This does not tell us about the high and low flyers, nor does it tell us about compactness of the regular employees around the average. Without getting into the math, with a normal Bell Curve about 68 % of all employees will fall into on calculated standard deviation. Of course if everyone were closer to the average than normal then the bell would be shaped closer to the mean and drop down more swiftly. USING THE HEIGHT OF THE BELL From there as the deviation increase the down curves spread.
SO NOW WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE WALL.
THE X/Y GRID... THE BELL CURVE... AND THE PROBLEM.
There is a Bell Curve for the Wall as it relates to the inherent issues with its presence or lack of presence.
There is also a Bell Curve for President Trump which is skewed to the UNFAVORABLE because the immigration problem and his unfavorable personality are tied together. Add to this that he tied his presidency to the wall in his campaign pledge, he put HIS PROMISE & THE WALL into multiple jeopardy!
Jeopardy 1: The the wall and immigration has been a failure by both parties for the past 50 years.
Jeopardy 2. Donald Trump was his own worse enemy with the majority of people in the election.
Jeopardy 3 He tied The Wall to core campaign pledges making The Wall an extension of himself.
Jeopardy 4: He did not find common ground with the liberal media; they remain at odds.
Jeopardy 5: He believed/believes that Twitter is the way around the media. It is not.
Jeopardy 6: His "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) slogan is questionable for many people.
Jeopardy 7: His electing constituents remains loyal, but has not expanded.
Jeopardy 8: His detractors (over 50% of voters) don't want him to succeed because of himself.
Jeopardy 9: His achievement are solid; yet 65% of American think that the U.S. is headed wrong.
Jeopardy 10: Trump has met his toughest opponent, himself. HE MUST CHANGE. CAN HE?
LOST IN HIS PERSONAL JEOPARDY
IS THE JEOPARDY OF THE WALL PLUS OUR SOVEREIGNTY & SECURITY
THERE IS TIME FOR A TRUMP "MAKEOVER."
BUT WITHOUT A MAKEOVER, PRESENTING POSITIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
WILL BE DIFFICULT.
THE EXPANSION OF HIS BASE WILL COME FROM THE PATRIOTICALLY PURPLE PEOPLE.
HE IS A POPULIST ACROSS THE BOARD; 95 % OF THEM SHARE A SHADE OF PURPLE.
THEY ARE CAPABLE OF SEPARATING HIM FROM HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
BUT AS ACCOMPLISHED PEOPLE, THEMSELVES, THEY WILL NOT
CARE SO MUCH ABOUT HIS CHANGE, PER SE, BUT
HOW HE PLACES THE U.S.A. OVER D.J.T.
Skewness is asymmetry in a statistical distribution, in which the curve appears distorted or skewed either to the left or to the right. Skewness can be quantified to define the extent to which a distribution differs from a normal distribution. ... This situation is also called positive skewness.
We started this web page with a Bell Curve. It was used as the device to show where and the dominance of the Patriotically Purple People. Realistically 95% of the people who vote have some degree of purple in their thinking. Purple People are thinkers... Thinkers do not like to have their thinking constrained by dogmas or party platforms. For this reason they are "dangerous to political parties. Think about it THERE ARE OVER 335,000,000 people in this country -- make it 1/2 , or about 165,000,000 voters -- and there are only TWO POLITICAL PARTIES. They are RED and BLUE and literally DEFINE your thinking by eliminating the options. They may be "fair" by common practice put into election procedures....BUT IT UN-AMERICAN because it robs one of personal choices over party choices.
THE WALL IS A NEEDED PHYSICAL STRUCTURE.
MORE SO, IT IS A METAPHOR FOR WHERE THIS COUNTRY IS HEADED.
THE WALL IS NOT ANTI-LATINO... IT IS PRO SOVEREIGNTY.
SURELY, THE WALL IS NOT ABOUT TRUMP INCREASING HIS POPULARITY;
HIS OPPONENTS WANT TO IMPEACH HIM.
TRUMP IS TRUMP... HE SERVES HIMSELF. HE IS NOT A REPUBLICAN... AND HE IS NOT A DEMOCRAT. IF ANYTHING, HE IS A CENTRIST WHO UNFORTUNATELY ENGENDERS HATRED BY HIS ACTIONS FROM BOTH SIDE. TRULY, HE IS A MAN WITHOUT A PARTY. POLITICALLY, HE IS PURPLE.
AS WE ATTEMPTED TO SHOW WITH THE ASSAULT RIFLE SCENARIOS, THERE ARE SITUATIONS WHERE ONE HAS TO LOOK BEYOND THE OBVIOUS TO THE REAL ISSUE.
LOOKING BEYOND THE PERSONA OF TRUMP, ONE GETS A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE WALL AS THE FIRST STEP IN A COMPLETE OVERHAUL OF OUR PATHETIC IMMIGRATION MESS. IT IS DOUBTFUL UNDER THE CURRENT SICK POLITICS IN THIS COUNTRY, THAT HE WILL EVER RECEIVE NEEDED SUPPORT FOR THIS OVERALL REFORM IT IS SO TWISTED THAT ONLY AND EXECUTIVE ORDER -- THAT COULD BE RESCINDED WHEN HE LEAVES OFFICE -- COULD HELP WITH THE HOPE THAT IT SETS A PATH WITH PROVEN RESULTS THAT OTHER WILL FOLLOW.
AS A WORLD, WE HAVE LONG PASSED THE ADMONITIONS OF "FUTURE SHOCK." EVERY DAY THERE IS A NEW SHOCK... ALONG WITH AFTERSHOCK. MOP PERSON, ENTITY OR NATION CAN KEEP UP WITH THE DAILY SHOCK AND THEREFORE MUST LOOK TO BROADER GUIDING PRINCIPLE AND POLICIES TO HANDLE THE EVER CHANGING NEED.
TRUMP DREW A LINE IN THE SAND ABOUT IMMIGRATION BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE... PRESIDENT OR CONGRESS DID. HE HAS NOT SMUDGED THAT LINE... NOR RE-DRAWN IT.
AS PERHAPS THE BLOVIATING FOOL AS SOME WISH TO CHARACTERIZE HIM, ONE HAS TO LOOK AT THE HIS TENACITY -- WHICH HAS NO REWARD FOR HIM -- AND AT LEAST RESPECT THAT IF NOT HIS COUNTENANCE.
FINALLY, THIS IS NOT A PRO TRUMP WEBSITE. IT IS A PRO WALL WEBSITE BASED ON PRO-PURPLE THINKING. FURTHER, AS A CONSERVATIVE LEANING INTERDEPENDENT HIS PRAGMATIC CENTRIST ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE SHARE SHADES OF MY PURPLE.
The Pied Piper is a character in a German folk tale popularized in English by Robert Browning in his poem “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”
In Browning’s version, a piper who rid the town of Hamelin of rats by luring them away with his music and then, when he was not paid
for his services, he lured away its children never to be seen again. The moral of the tale is that cheating people can have unexpected
and dreadful consequences. The term “pied piper” has entered the language in the sense of someone who, by means of personal charm,
entices people to follow him or her, usually to disappointment or misfortune. Browning’s Piper wears a long coat “from heel to head”
which is “half of yellow and half of red.” The coat is what gives him his name. The adjective pied means “of two colors."