Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Things to come

I want to write a couple of different posts on here but they're going to take some time to put together, the first moreso than the second.

1. I found Ciaran's post comparing the philosophy of Ayn Rand with the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. Although I enjoyed reading the article, I was disappointed. For one, I disagree with some of his conclusions (the largest of which being the complete incompatibility and fundamental flaws of Objectivism), but for another, and to me the biggest failing, was his almost complete lack of evidence from either text to illustrate his conclusions. I want to write a post that does justice to both thinkers and demonstrates my own view and opinion.

2. I've been reading a lot of men's rights blogs (Pook and Mirror of the soul) and entertainment reading recently, and as great as it is to read about men as being vastly superior to women in every aspect, I disagree with a lot of what I read (some of it is damned funny though). All of them say pretty much the same thing, and while I agree with what they are saying, I disagree that it is women's nature to be as they describe her. I plan to explore this by juxtaposing both arguments alongside Nella Larsen's Quicksand, a novel that I think exemplifies the female mind, albeit a dated work of fiction.


Dan said...

Gender differences is a touchy subject. I've really come to the conclusion that men and women ARE different, men can do some thing better than women and women can do different things better than men. It's just a simple fact of life. Though a lot of gender differences are learned behavior (boys are allowed to stray further from their parents than girls at a young age and boys are taught to be more independent), a lot of them are also biological and genetic.

Women are better at multi-tasking and are able to talk on the phone, mop the floor, and cook at the same time. Whereas men have a much more difficult time with that.

The Airforce use to not allow women to fly fighter planes, why? They have more victim empathy then men do. For men it's shoot first ask questions later, for women it's the other way around. In a combat situation women would think too much about the other person (thinking about the person family while they should be shooting at them).

There's a great example in Strauss's new book where he is told to kill and gut a goat to eat. His girlfriend immediately names the goat and starts feeling attached to it and is making it harder for him to kill the goat.

It doesn't necessarily mean that men are better, but that women have an extra step to take in order to be as good. According to evolution, men and women were designed for different roles in life and gender roles reflect that. Of course feminist like to believe we're all the same ;)

Dasani said...

I guess you'll have to wait for me to write the article to see what I think