crappie (pronounced: cropee) is just a pond fish that's in abundance here. fairly easy to catch. tasty. yes, zephyr is a type of rod.
Maslow's hierarchical system of needs, while generally true, overlooks an amazing historical fact: people of limited or no means have been known to
skip immediately over all the other steps in the hierarchy to selflessly give even their lives for others, sometimes total strangers. I think that on
any given day (or moment) we may find ourselves on a different step in Maslow's hierarchy and that the steps are not necessarily progressive. In
situation x when everyone is scrambling for survival of self/loved ones we will see the best and the worst of the human condition. As a woman, this
prospect is frightening to me.
Men and women will never be equal but one is not better than the other by virtue of gender. Our souls do not have genitals or X or Y chromosones.
Even in these (relative) peace times, I find it impossible to treat my fellow man the same as females. Example: yesterday, at work (predominantly
female profession) I had to get up and leave my work area from embarassment. Normally when women get together and chat about deeply personal things,
I just shake my head and chuckle to myself but yesterday it was 2 men (i was the only female in the group). They started talking about sex and how
women were illogical and men were rational, etc. I continued to work, trying not to overhear their conversation but when it got graphic, i fairly ran
out of the room. Call it a double standard if you like but I just don't think mixed company is the place for locker-room tittle-tattle. I also
don't think one's place of employment is the right environment to discuss sex stories. (I'm an old fogey, I know).
Now when shtf, will men behave like gentlemen? I understand that women are capable of atrocities and bad behavior as well but I'm talking in general
terms. Generally speaking, women, throughout history and throughout the world, have been subjected to the will of men. Even during peace times
subjugated women have had their feet crippled (China-foot binding), burned on their husband's funeral pyres (India), female infants left to float
away in monsoons (Japan), been made to cover their entire bodies, including their faces so as to not "tempt" men (moslem countries), burned at the
stake for their audacity in having an independent or contrary thought (Europe-dark ages), been denied property or their own children
(America-settlement days to present times), etc. It was mentioned earlier that most of the violence toward men is from men. I find this telling.
Not all men are violent, of course, but generally speaking, men TEND toward violence more so than women. Violence is usually born of a lack of
self-control (at least in that moment) and/or a need to control a situation or person. Who is the more easily controlled (physically)? Men or women?
Despite all the inequalities in our culture, society, legal system, etc. between men and women, I still see men as being the biggest threat to a
woman's survival. Hopefully, one day we will all learn to appreciate one another's virtues and the strong will not dominate or oppress the weak
(male or female) but I strongly suspect that blessed, enlightened day will not come during situation x.