09 June 2012

The most equal between the equals, of course

I would usually (can't say "normally" in the circumstances) bow to Norm's opinion on most things in the universe. But in the situation Norm describes in this post, I have one small advantage*, being a graduate (survivor/escapee/you name it) of too many years of the communist paradise. And believe you me - no surprise at all here. Just a slightly queasy sense of déjà vu.

What it reminds me too - this short exchange between Jesus and Pontius Pilate from Bulgakov's Master and Margarita:

—И настанет царство истины?
—Настанет, игемон, — убежденно ответил Иешуа.
—Оно никогда не настанет! — вдруг закричал Пилат таким страшным голосом, что Иешуа отшатнулся.
Or, in my slavish translation to English:
—And the kingdom of truth shall come to be?
—It shall, Prefect, — confidently answered Jesus.
—It shall never come! - suddenly screamed Pilate in a voice so frightening that Jesus recoiled.
Guess who... oh well, it's just too bad.

(*) Of course, as millions of other people, so it's a small advantage indeed.

P.S. I've just read the second post by Norm on the subject. Not much has changed, but I sure would like to see the original paper on that experiment. Because otherwise, as Norm mentions, it remains an anecdote. Which fact is rather less important than the real subject of my post.

P.P.S. Got to the document here. It is not an anecdote, not anymore, an in some details even more interesting than described. Lewis was quite wrong in his description. Oh boy... it's a mess now. I will get it in the neck for sure, but the truth will out anyway, so:
Oh, in short:
  • Powerless and empowered men ate more or less the same quantity of cookies. The powerless ones even consumed a bit more.
  • Empowered women ate almost twice as much cookies as powerless ones.
Well, it opens a new can of worms, but what can I do?

But there is more interesting info in that article.


Noah David Simon said...

empowered woman was not so empowered. She ate a lot of cookies because
her image is still defined by men. 
Real happiness from women comes in realizing that they can be
powerful... or more powerful, but it won't be pleasurable. Should she
make a sacrifice of pleasure I'd respect it, but I'd be a fool to not
break her with the knowledge that her bliss and ambition are polarities,
if she should cross me.
I'm honest about this. Feminist men are not transparent. and control
the whole game and no one has any idea who pulls the strings. Feminism
is Marxism in drag... and I get the feeling he gets off this way.

shaun downey said...

Which explains how the meek shall inherit the earth but not the mining rights...... or maybe not!

Dstanley869 said...

Eating cookies makes you fat. You'd think the powerful would know that. Apparently they're just as stupid as the powerless.

Dstanley869 said...

Marxism in drag. I love it!

Has to be true, otherwise the Fems would be on the ramparts over Islam's treatment of women. Course, they ain't.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hm... frankly, this is the reason I was a bit afraid to open this can of worms, but it can't be helped.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Now Dick, you are taking it (the feminism subject) one step farther than I dreamed. Oh-oh.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I suspect that the meek will inherit the earth and the right to work in the mines.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Now this is the interpretation I like. Gender-free and true.

Noah David Simon said...

you <3 it Snoopy. Nothing more amusing then unearthing the unseen powers.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

True, but could become a risky business, as above mentioned son of deity found out to his chagrin.