Several days ago, Bloomberg reported that men – again – took the bulk of Nobel prizes. This is – again – evidence that men are – in general – hungry for Power. I made a similar observation in my recent blog the power of sex. For a long time, I have been wondering about the Why (eg, anatomy).
The Power domain of the 7 Belief systems includes: Data-Info (2019), Money (2016+2019), Politics (2016), Religion (2016), and Technology (2019). These power-related belief systems are all dominated by men, while women are more interested in Knowledge and Love (eg, caring for children, elderly & sick).
“China has very few women in power despite a commitment to gender equality” (SCMP). This may explain its drive for monism in which everything is subject to Power (eg, Love, Knowledge). In general, dualism is found in countries that also have (many) women in roles of power.
Our society has labels for female versus male dominated societies: matriarchy versus patriarchy. Recently, the Conversation featured an article on it: How did the patriarchy start – and will evolution get rid of it?
Occasionally, you do find women in roles of power. Often, it appears that such women have adopted the worst male characteristics. Hence, their likeability is near zero (eg, Hillary Clinton).
The Supreme Court of the United States (ie, SCOTUS) seems to be determined to restore an American patriarchy by restricting the rights of women. Possibly, this SCOTUS drive may relate to (fear over) powerful American women (eg, Nancy Pelosi, Ruth Bader Ginsburg).
Similarly, the (religious) patriarchy in Iran seems determined to crush the ongoing female protests over the death of a woman, who did not obey (sic!) the Islamic dress code for women.
Nature shows both matriarchies (eg, ants, bonobos, elephants) and patriarchies (eg, chimpanzees). Bonobos and chimpanzees “are the species most closely related to humans” (eg, Bioneer, QZ).
“Chimps and bonobos are nothing alike. Chimps form violent, male-dominated hierarchies. Bonobos are female-dominated, using sexual contact between both males and females as a kind of social glue. And crucially, females form strong bonds even with females they’re unrelated to.” (Quartz)
Perhaps, the only logical conclusion is that Power is a belief that was “perfected” by humans.
Some relevant quotes:
- “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” Mahatma Gandhi
- “Power resides only where men believe it resides. […] A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.” George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
- “The measure of a man is what he does with power.” Plato
- “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Margaret Thatcher
- “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” Oscar Wilde (alleged)
The Power (1990) by SNAP!
band, lyrics, video, Wiki-band, Wiki-song
[Intro: Penny Ford]
I’ve got the power (Power, power)
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.