From B. Stover, Yesterday
Regarding “Plunderers”: It all started when I posted an answer to Spence who was wondering what we would do when technology takes over the world. (I don’t remember the specifics.) I wrote, “One just plunders on.” (That is embroidered on one of our quilt squares.) The next day, Spence/Admin posted that they thought that very funny (they thought I had meant “blunder”) and that it would be their motto from then on. Eventually they named us the “Plunderers.”
I did not mean “blunder” the denotation of which in verb form means to act blindly without guidance. (Interestingly, in the 17th century blunder and plunder were used interchangeably.) Plunder has a negative denotation in most cases because it’s associated with gaining something illegally often from a defeated enemy. However, the American sense of plunder (noun form) is derived from the German “plunder” which simply means junk. It’s were we get the use of plunder as baggage.
It is in that sense that I have for years said to my students, “Plunder your minds to find the solution.” (Making the noun a verb of course.) It is that sense that I was using when I wrote “One just plunders on.” It means to work against all odds to find solutions to difficulties; to sort through the irrelevant junk to find the thing that matters. I extend that to include the connotation of finding solutions to help make the world a better place.
It makes perfect sense to me…but then, I also think Wittgenstein makes perfect sense.
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