Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No Phone! No Lights! No Motor Car! Not a Single Luxury!

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and the young, would be inevitable." - Hannah Arendt.

"No phone, no lights, no motor car,
Not a single luxury
Like Robinson Crusoe
It's primitive as can be."
- theme from Gilligan's Island

Judgybitch (HERE) wrote a long and very informative article about what would happen if men didn't show up for work tomorrow. It wouldn't be as fun as "Gilligan's Island." It wouldn't even be "The Flintstones." As for "The Jetsons," I wish.

Let's make things simple.

Let's imagine, starting tomorrow morning, there was no water or power.

Everything would collapse within minutes. The food in my fridge wouldn't very long without being cold. I could drive my car until it ran out of gas. How to get some with no power at the pumps?

And what about no water? Turn the faucet - nothing! I could flush the toilet one time.

Forget going to work. No power, no water? No computers, no phones. No traffic lights.

Some years ago I used to be a newspaper editor. I interviewed the head of a brand-new, state-of-the-art water treatment plant. He gave me a tour. He told me "I wouldn't drink the water that comes out of here" but he said 99% of the impurities were removed, and sunlight and oxygen broke down the rest - which was dumped into the Mississippi River.

I forgot what was done with the sludge, but I remember something about it being biodegradable (obviously).

I was very impressed, not to mention grateful.

About a week later some radical environmentalist leftist whackos, wearing black masks, tried to plug the pipe venting into the Mississippi. I thought, "What imbeciles."

I am a true conservative, which means I believe society is a thin, fragile film on top of a lot of bad human nature. Most people have apocalyptic images of the Four Horsemen. In the long run, maybe.

But just imagine the lack of two things - water and power. Now do a thought experiment and imagine to where that lack leads. It's no place good.

And who keeps all these things running? Men. If women did not go to work, it would be, on the whole, a little bit of trouble, little enough to be fixed quite rapidly.

Therefore, what matters more than anything else is men's education. For most women, it verges on worthless - or is worthless - when they get degrees in "education" or "social work" or "human resources."

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice.” - Meister Eckhart

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