In the movie The Godfather, there’s a scene where Don Corleone is giving Michael some advice about life. He says, “I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.” It’s a great line and it was true for most of human existence. The role of males in society has always exposed them to the greater risk. That and male competition has often been for keeps. When the stakes are high the room for error is smaller so men have always had to be the less reckless of the sexes.
Yes indeed. Men need to be more careful. And not only that, they are expected to take greater risks. Well, ideally they take risks in a calculated careful manner. This is all foreign to modern girls/women; for they have never had to live it. It starts when being boys, and it never really ends. In the work world, typically it is the fellas who are expected to make things work and to get things done.
We live in a soft age where women run most things so that means we live in a careless age as well.
Women are not always precisely in charge, often she is officially in charge, while there are men who make sure the stuff actually happens. And then, there are cases when nobody really cares too much if stuff actually gets done, or if things actually work (think academia)
All sorts of silly and ridiculous things are indulged because the margin for error seems endless.
But will this always be true? Is this indulgence living on borrowed time (and money)? After the war, when the US had the only real productive economy in the world, these indulgences gradually worked their way into the system. But now they are sapping life from the economy, and there is competition everywhere in the world.
You can make up a bunch of silly diversity rules, for example, on the college campus, because little serious work is done on the college campus. Most of what is done is busy work. In the areas where serious work is done, like the hard sciences, you see very little of the PC nonsense we associate with the academy.
But of course, hard sciences need to actually model the real world, not pretend ones. Indulging academics, NGOs, Foundations, Non-Profits, etc. to live in a fantasy world is just not a plan for long term success.
That’s a pretty good measure to keep in mind. In any area where you see lots of PC jaclassery, you can be sure that most of the work is unimportant. Of course, the opposite is true as well. In Silicon Valley, for example, work has to get done and the work is challenging, so they don’t waste a ton of time on counting colors and vaginas in the work force.
Actually I think they do count them, at least a little bit. Probably they are put in jobs that they can do adequately, for keeping the roster balanced is important everywhere.
That’s the thing about modern liberalism. Identity politics cannot survive contact with reality. That’s because it is the ultimate luxury item. It can be indulged only where the consequences are of no consequence. The Federal government can have a workforce that ticks all the boxes on the diversity scorecard, because no one actually wants the government to do anything. Having a collection of incompetent people at a government agency goes unnoticed so they can fill it up with diversity hires.
I just love that line: Identity politics cannot survive contact with reality. That is why with Trump’s inauguration here, and the fruits of identity group politics being exposed, that all stops are being unleashed to defend the indefensible.
Here is another person who says what I have repeatedly said: That’s because it is the ultimate luxury item. Normally the purchasers of luxury items consciously buy that luxury item. Society has only been somewhat aware of these purchases in the past, and people are now making clear to all that it is truly a luxury being purchased. Naturally enough, people are noticing the subpar good for the premium price, and recoiling. It is unclear where all of this will lead.
While the futurists promise us a future where all the required work is done by AI robots, so we can enjoy the long overdue flying cars and jet-packs, that’s not now. In the present, the hard work of keeping society going still needs to be done by competent people. Ask anyone who hires for a living and they will tell you that the demand for competence outstrips the supply in just about every field. That means wherever real work gets done, diversity can never be a top priority, so it will not be a top priority.
This article is just full of great lines. Here is some more: In the present, the hard work of keeping society going still needs to be done by competent people. Ask anyone who hires for a living and they will tell you that the demand for competence outstrips the supply in just about every field. Does anybody want to dispute this? Bueller? And why are there not enough competent people? There are many reasons. but a large one is probably this: competence is not rewarded enough, while at the same time, non-competence factors are.
Reality. It is the thing that does not go away when you stop believing in it.
All lefties should take that line to heart. But they won’t.