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June 8th 2009

    Eve, in the tradition, succumbed to temptation first.  This part of fable always has suggested to me that women are more adventurous than men.  

    Granted successful cohesion in large social groups has required a disciplining of what has been referred to as a natural state.  Orderliness requires that we each have a place.  We build the pyramid.  We join the legion.  We work in the field.  We nurture offspring.

    No longer can we find apples, berries and the occasional mammoth to feast upon as we skip amongst the natural state, carrying children on our hips, laughing all the way.

    Put in the context of orderliness, women, if they are more adventurous, become open minded.  Then in the context of the tradition, they are subject to intuitive rants.  They draw unreliable conclusions.  They have wiles and generally cause an instability, unless often corrected and carefully watched.  Three statements I have heard from men.

 

    

    Put in the context of adventurousness, women, if they are adventurous, become free spirited.  Then in the context of the tradition, they are wild and uncontrolled.  They are more easily seduced by new fangled ideas, like washing machines or strollers.  Two statements I have heard from men.

   Inevitably, within the tradition, women are caged by society.  But sometimes I wonder what our species might look like if the female mammal had followed the evolutionary pattern of female arachnids.  Becoming larger, more physically powerful than males.

    While no one will ever know the answer, it is always useful to reflect upon the consequences of such an altered relationship between men and women.  I reckon it would be me, now concerned for my brothers robbed of literacy.  Or would I just lay the circumstance upon the accuracy of a fable about Adam being the first to succumb to temptation, concede that I am no more than Eve's rib, and thereby become accepting.

    Here, being less adventurous, probably I would.

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