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Ongoing Process


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April 13th, 2010

This is a bit of awesome.  :)


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Gender, the Unknown, and the History and Fate of Humanity


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April 3rd, 2010

The following is rampant speculation, though it is informed by academic study, personal experience, and inspiration of vision.

It seems like a fairly consistent attribute of masculine, left-brain perception that it works in terms of “known-ness”.  It deals primarily with either what is directly known from sensory input, or what can be indirectly “known” via abstract thinking.  It is fundamentally a strategy-maker, so only that which can be sensed or predicted with a high degree of accuracy is really relevant.  Simply put, you can’t plan for the truly unknown, so the unknown becomes of little importance.  So hunting/killing becomes a series of large, succeed-or-fail sort of undertakings.  They are the specialists of the human species.

On the other hand, feminine, right-brain perception works quite routinely with the unknown.  Whether gathering food or nurturing children, instead of knowns one works with probabilities.  A rich understanding of the factors involved will give them reliable guidelines to follow, but ultimately they can’t strictly plan for a good plant to be found where it often is, or a child’s needs to be what they usually are.  They operate by leaving a lot of room for unknown variables, so their process becomes highly dynamic and more in-the-moment.  So gathering/nurturing becomes a constant, ongoing process of moment-by-moment perceptions, decisions, and adaptations.  They are the generalists of the human species.

Now, this arrangement worked very well for a very long time.  Between the men specializing and the women generalizing, they really had all their bases covered.  They could flourish just about anywhere.  But eventually they out-populated this setup, and they needed something new.  As usual, the generalist women were the first to adapt, expanding their knowledge of the life cycles of plants and of nurturing creatures to produce agriculture.  This was wildly successful, and for a while women gained a new prominence in the importance-for-survival arrangement.  Conversely, between decreasing need for hunting and increasing demand for labor on the farm, men had lost their previous role.  They were now secondary to human survival and the skills they had honed over millions of years were becoming irrelevant.

But things didn’t stay that way.  While the specialist men are much slower to adapt, when they do it is with characteristic potency and precision.  Eventually they tuned their strategy-making minds to agriculture, where they found that abstract thinking was enormously useful.  Indeed, once they had sorted out all of the central “knowns” of growing plants and animals, they turned out to be more successful at it than women.  In the short term, men’s narrow focus and disregard of the unknown turned agriculture into a boom-or-bust affair (much like their old hunts), but in the longer term their keen strategies produced food to a level of surplus that humanity had never before known.

But now, something critical had shifted for the very first time in humanity.  While women had gained prominence in the early days of agriculture, men had still been very important.  Their hunting skills readily adapted to the early needs of capturing game for domestication, and their strong bodies were of great use for labor on the farm.  But once an agriculture based on men’s strategies was fully established and providing for almost the entire spectrum of survival needs, women lost their prominence to men.  But in the hunter/killer nature of the masculine mind, prominence becomes dominance.  The only central survival role that remained for women was the bearing and raising of children, which to the analytical eye of men reduced them to mere baby machines.  Patriarchy had been born.

Now that men were dominant in humanity, it rapidly began to take on left-brained characteristics throughout its culture.  And, crucially, men still fundamentally thought in terms of hunter/killer, so violence became a basic tool to be applied to most any problem.  So the products of abstract thinking and might-makes-right rolled across humanity, and across the planet.  Technology and war became the primary axis of survival, and with their vicious efficiency, humans very quickly became the dominant power of the entire world.

Or so we thought.  Remember that men’s strategy-making had a central, profound limitation the whole while.  It does not make room for the unknown.  Indeed, the masculine-dominated perspective that we have developed does not even permit the unknown to exist.  Science has become the religion of the day, and absurdly declares that we already know almost all of the whole of reality, and that the relatively small amount left is without a doubt knowable and will soon be brought into the light of reason.  To the masculine mind, “the world” can only possibly be the sum of its senses and abstractions.  The world becomes the “universe”, the mechanical, mathematical realm of dead matter and cold calculation.  But this is the highest order of hubris.  The World is indefinitely larger and stranger than our perceptions can contain, and indeed infinitely larger and stranger than we can even imagine.

And so now we have come to the truly long-term effects of the masculine, left-brain perspective dominating human life.  Hierarchical, patriarchal, homophobic, xenophobic, technology-obsessed states make constant war against one another and against the World, each trying to finally win the hunt that eternally slips just out of grasp.  Humanity has reached staggering levels of population “success”, but individually our mental and/or physical suffering is ever-growing.  All the while, we have ravaged the body of the World and the lives of so many of our fellow species.  Our ignorance of our ignorance has brought us to the very brink of our destruction, and if unabated, will soon send us irrecoverably plummeting over the edge.

We desperately need to recover our relationship with the unknown.  We dearly need to recall our profound and permanent ignorance of that which lays beyond our senses and abstractions.  We absolutely must exchange our hubris for humility if we are to continue to survive.  We, men and women alike, must root out the masculine-dominated world-view and resurrect the feminine understanding of self and World.  Only when the two perspectives are allowed dynamic interplay with one another can we be fully human, and only then will we survive.


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March 22nd, 2010

I make a serious point of not following the mainstream media (for very good reasons).  However, even following alternative outlets, I’d long since given up on reading about the health care reform debate.  After it became clear that the Republicans would never compromise on anything whatsoever and the Democrats would never stand up to them on anything whatsoever, I just couldn’t be bothered to participate in the absurdly prolonged circus.  Despite that, I could hardly not notice that it’s finally “over”, that the Democrats finally used their majority for once and the health care reform bill had passed.  I had a fleeting bit of hope (I’m one of the millions of uninsured), but then it was thoroughly crushed when I started reading the details of what actually passed.

Wow, that is what the right was having a collective paroxysm over?  In case you were like me and were caught unawares, all the bill does is put a stop to some of the more heinous ways that insurance companies fuck us over within the existing system.  Which is good!  That was desperately needed.  But I’d hardly call it a reform of the American healthcare system.  Reform is when the system itself is actually changed, most pointedly being when everyone has access to healthcare as a basic human right.  Certainly there are more people with access now, particularly those with pre-existing conditions (which, again, is a good thing!).  But for myself, and I imagine most of the other millions who don’t have coverage simply because it’s hideously expensive, it seems like for the real heart of the entire debate, we completely lost.  The Democrats rolled over, just like they always do.  And that unholy alliance of fundamentalism, (ironically) nationalism, and corporate greed that calls itself the Republican party continues its steamrolling of the citizenry, still largely unimpeded.

Call me back when I can actually get insurance.  Then I might care more about how it’s run.


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“I want Hermione Granger! (and a rocket ship)”


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March 18th, 2010

Best.  Thing.  Ever.

:)


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You know who you are


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February 21st, 2010

Just wondering if anyone else Googled the mailing list.  :)