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womens' propensity for understanding the need to care for others colours their thinking more than mens', who tend to be able to focus their minds more exclusively upon a subject, to the exclusion of all else.

what really makes it interesting is (and here i think Jung was right) that men, to fully actualise ourselves, need to understand not only how the male mind works, (which comes easier, as we are acculturated to that, because of our physical gender).

to be 'round' a man must learn to be tender and kind, like a woman (ideally).

to be 'whole' a woman needs to understand the virtues of a masculine mindset, and integrate them into her personality.

(self-deprecation alert) mens' agendas are much simpler to track, so women have it easier in this respect, lol. flamesuit on

there are -and probably always will be- differences, and that's exactly what makes the world go round in dynamic equilibrium, wobbly though it is.

as we proceed in our understanding of the 'other' and affirm that which binds us in similarity and difference, and see how we hold both sides of the equation, their tensions and resolutions, inside us, we will maintain better internal balance, and reflect that in our daily dealings with both sexes...

men and women who try to become caricatures of extreme one-sided 'genderness' do it because of insecurity, and fall into parody territory. it's not about androgynity either, i believe, fusing into some asexual sameness, but taking the best of both-and, and thus expanding one's range of feeling more fully human.

wha used to be mystifyingly frustrating about the love-battle of the sexes, is revealing itself with time as being fascinating and charming, though still able to tug the rug from under reality occasionally.

it'd be nice if more of the feminine persuasion participated here, and i think maybe they will with time, though on one level, it is what it is, and trying to resteer it may be lumpier than leaving it alone. it's great we have some women here at all, and i think we men could put our ears a little closer to the ground sometimes and listen to what they're saying more, between the lines.

i do find women do subtly unpredictable better, though some men have greatly and pleasantly surprised me in this regard.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 28th, 2010 at 01:54:12 PM EST
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