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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Pride and Prejudice

Yesterday I had an argument while chatting with a woman. Her question to me was full of blame and prejudice towards me and I got upset. The subject is a sensitive one for me, and for most fathers who don't see their children following a nasty divorce. My original title for this blog was: Why do women assume (so much)? I then realised that assumptions are not a female prerogative. Nevertheless, how do Pride & Prejudice fit into Evolution??

After ample soul searching, I couldn't come up with an answer to that question. Hence, I concluded that Society must have taken a detour within Evolution. Assumptions do fit in Evolution as they fill the voids in cumulative human knowledge. Also see my May 26 blog on Assumptions. The question that upset me was based on prejudice rather than on assumptions. The difference between assumptions and prejudice is like the difference between logic and emotion. Assumptions are basically neutral. Prejudice always has a negative connotation.

Actually, Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice (Wikipedia) gave me my first glimpse of the final answer. Both men and women have their pride and prejudice. It's inherent to their role within Society. The changing role of women within Society (e.g., voting rights, the necessity of female (factory) labour due to the impact of WW1 and WW2, Egalitarianism) has created independence for women. Independence from men. Still this is not the answer. It's an ingredient.

The final answer came to me when I analysed male pride and prejudice, which is obviously far more easy for me. While pride and prejudice do not make sense from an angle of Evolution, it does since the introduction of Money within Society. Money is the ultimate distinction between people, the haves and the have-nots. Money as in the “root of all evil”. Also see my March 17 blog on Money. Obviously, the concept of Pride has evolved in Society and (female / male) independence now plays an important role within Pride.

Prejudice has evolved to a much lesser extent than Pride. Often its unspoken content relates to racism or sexism. Yet, prejudice usually still has a degree of subtlety. It is not often that we hear prejudice being said in the open, and loud and clear.

Yesterday evening I was shocked to hear the Dutch midnight radio news stating the words that Donald Trump had said about the female FOX News anchor who had been hosting the first GOP Presidential Debate. Early on in the debate, Ms Kelly asked him why voters should elect a man who has called women "fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals". Mr Trump joked that he only said that about TV personality Rosie O'Donnell before adding: "I don't have time for total political correctness." (BBC)

Yet, his political incorrectness went from bad to worse. After the debate, while speaking on CNN, he said "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever”. A major US conservative forum has dropped Donald Trump as a speaker, saying it was unacceptable for him to suggest that a journalist was tough on him because she was menstruating. (BBC, CNN)

Donald Trump’s Pride and Prejudice is based on Fuck You Money. If the GOP has any pride left then they kick their prejudiced Trojan - or Trump - Horse out a.s.a.p. Also see my July 24 blog.