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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What Does It Mean To Be A Good Man?

I wonder if you are actually addressing the question: "what is it to be a good person?" Because otherwise you are straying into a very interesting cultural battle. I think that being a good person is a bit different from being a "good man" or a "good woman" if we judge by cultural reactions to men and women. Separate from political rhetoric, there has always been a difference between what women and men expect from men...and what women and men expect from women. The things each group is attracted to, and respects. Most men have had the experience of acting the way women say they want men to behave...and being treated like buddies rather than romantic partners. And many women have had the analogous experience. Whatever being a "man" or "woman" is, if it includes being respected by your own gender and being considered good genetic material by the other, there are definitely different rules. While there is obviously great overlap, it is fascinating to look at the areas where there are real differences.
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Nancy Lebovitz said...

Excuse me-- there's something you said a while ago that I'm intrigued by-- that martial arts masters sample what's going on faster than most people by (as I recall) raising their energy.

I've been getting some good out of observing what's going on in my mind-- it's worth finding out what I'm thinking so I can defuse the destructive bits, but I don't have a systematic method for focusing enough.

What makes awareness (whether internal or external) accessible?

Long but possibly interesting: An account from Learning Methods of learning to aim at what one wants rather than trying to fix what seems to be wrong.

Nancy Lebovitz said...

The Mathematics of Movie Blockbusters

It helps a lot if the length of scenes is well-coordinated with the human attention span. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a way to apply this to print fiction.

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