Last time, we reminisced the previous decade while trying to evade the reality that numerically, it is not even over. To aid our understanding, while recognizing that Americans no longer contextualize history, we used a personal analogy. Imagining the United States dealing with the consequences of a decade’s awful sequence of events, we imagined disgraced former governor, Eliot Spitzer, longing for a quick fix for the dead hooker, left in his hotel room after one crazy night’s party. Before dealing with that, jump to wondering why Americans cannot even recognize when a decade is over. Are Americans so stupid, that they cannot even count?
The inability to count shows Americans inability to deal with numbers. Recall the infamous 63-question global mathematics examination. In it, Americans were dead last while South Koreans ranked first. The result also contained a symmetrical dichotomy with Americans ranking first in self-esteem with South Korea ranking last. All this focus on self-esteem building and no attention to practical skill leads to the realization that there is some truth behind Maria Shriver’s assertion that a woman’s nation changes everything.
The last decade was indeed a transformational moment in American if not Western history. It marks the first time that women have effectively run the country which is why so many are eager to put this one behind us. Since women do not have a historical context (only a personal context) it is impossible for them to relate to getting drafted, fighting real wars, working with heavy machinery, working outdoors in inclement weather, inhaling toxic fumes, or even apprehending deadly criminals; thus it is understandable for women to regard the last decade as the worst, ever.
Is it not sad that we no longer hear the old wives wisdom that if women ran the world, then there would be no wars? That used to be so cute. With a female secretary of state, there is less war, right? How far have we fallen while still trying to desperately believe that the emotionally volatile are best suited to end violent conflicts? These women certainly do not end up as dead hookers.
Another development in the woman’s decade is the 60% female enrollment in American colleges. But, one area is still holding out. Women have yet to achieve statistical parity in mathematics and science. This is no surprise when taking into account that women dominate academia in all the non-challenging fields which, besides women’s studies, include journalism, advertising, political “science,” public policy, law, international relations, sociology, psychology, buzzword linguistics, etc. Now, is it any wonder how a female-dominated, but mathematically-incapable, news industry pushes stories proclaiming the end of a decade? As a study in contrasts, let’s examine a man versus a woman’s reasoning when confronted with a simple math problem:
- PROBLEM: 2 + 2 = ?
- MAN: Hmmm, let’s see, take two, and adding two more goes like: 1, 2, 3 and 4, with the answer being 4. Hmmm, look at her…
Now, a woman’s more complicated reasoning:
- WOMAN: I could sure use some Haagen-Dazs about now. Well I guess he could be right and the answer could be 4, but I really want it to be 5, so I am going to put that down and see what happens. At any rate, I’m sure I can get him to buy me a few drinks. You know, I’m like really starting to crave some Haagen-Dazs. You know, I have been with like so many men, that I would be perfect to like write a column like giving people advice on like relationships and shoes.
Given this demonstration, is it any wonder why Americans cannot even properly mark the end of a decade? Perhaps all that matters is that everyone thinks the decade is over just as everyone thinking two plus two is five, makes it five. That is, after all, how our currency works.
Jump to the disgraced former governor, Eliot Spitzer, and we hear him saying, “A woman’s decade. Big deal. So know I know the dead hooker’s name. What am I supposed to do with her?”
We will get to that, tomorrow. In the meantime, get close so we can get a good shot of America’s leading couple. Give me confusion. Flash. Give me disgust. Flash. Give me a break.