Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sheepdog Strategies, 4

Continued from "Sheepdog Strategies, 3"

What is it that keeps Minnesotans from preparing for blizzards, keeps Floridians from preparing for hurricanes and keeps Californians from preparing for earthquakes? All of them face high likelihood of an interruption of normal services during a natural event.

Some call it procrastination. But I think procrastination is just one form of denial. "The prospect of a life-threatening event that could, in a moment, take away all I've worked and saved for is a scary prospect. If I don't think about it, I won't have to face that fear."

This is little different from the woman who does not want to think about self defense. The prospect of physical -- and especially sexual -- assault is terrifying. Especially if you see yourself as essentially helpless.

One cultural entity -- evangelicalism -- in our society has perpetuated the idea that women are helpless. That fatal and unbiblical idea blossomed with the rise of Romanticism in the 19th Century. It depicted women essentially as weak, not-very-bright ornaments whose twofold purpose was to bear children and to ooh and aah over the accomplishments of the males in their lives.

One of the weaknesses of evangelical churches is that they have unconsciously adopted some of the Romanticists' idea of women into their worldview. One result is that they don't quite know what to do when they encounter strong, intelligent, capable women. Some either suppress or repel these women while others abandon a Biblical stance altogether.

At any rate, I blame Christianized Romanticism in Church and society for the ideas of weakness and helplessness that haunts many women's mindset. And the very men who want to protect them often exacerbate the problem. But that's a topic for another day.

Continued in "Sheepdog Strategies, 5"


Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

I would like to point out that we haven't had a bad earthquake in CA since the 1994 Northridge quake. However, the recent quake (the biggest since) will be my excuse to try to get something going.

What all supplies do you recommend?

Oh, and about women/femininity. I think I agree with you, but if you don't mind, could you clarify just a bit for me? (It's probably easiest to say I have a "Vision Forum" view of things, for men and women. I have an unchangeably high view of ladies.)

Your blog has to be about the best I've ever read....


Gravelbelly said...

If you live in California, sooner or later earthquakes happen. Start with a 3-day supply of food & water packed & ready to be thrown into the car, in case of evacuation.

Then a 2-week supply. Buy stuff you will eat, but that stores well. Strange or undesirable food is not good for morale when you're already under stress.

Next, you will need a non-electric heat source for cooking & boiling water, in case of power failure.

Also, a flashlight, a battery-operated radio & some extra batteries (alkaline cells have a long shelf-life).

Finally, a firearm & ammo to discourage looters & psychopaths.

If you want to pursue this topic further, let me know & I'll open a new category on warskylmoot.

As to my view on women, read the comments by Theresa & Raquel at the first "Sheepdog Strategies".


I agree with their view. I should -- they learned it from me.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Thanks! That's some stuff I'll have to work on with the family. I'll need to start small...

And yes, a new category would be great!


P.S. And I think we completely agree on women, thank you so much for elaborating sir!