I always look forward to receiving my copy of PSYCHOLOGY TODAY.
Deciphering the inner workings of the magical 3 pound organ holding our ears apart is the key to understanding Human Behavior.
The most complex activity that we will ever be involved in is dealing with other Humans. Our Brain has evolved over millions of years to manage and maintain these ((cough)) challenging relationships.
The articles in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY are always a treat...
a cool mixture of Pop Culture Referencing and Scientificky Thingamabobs...
and no I am not getting paid to write this. I just think that it is worthwhile to actually examine the reasons WHY people do such outrageous things..
we are complex creatures driven by instinct and conditioning...
why are we such a baffling mixture of monster and angel?
How do these thoughts actually form inside of an organ? Everything that our species has ever accomplished, from whacking some unsuspecting guy over the head with a big stick to landing on the Moon, started out as an idea.
Anyway this month's issue had a couple of things that made me go Hmm. Does anyone recall seeing Dubya having his picture taken while holding hands with the Saudi Prince?
Thanks to Millenia of homophobic religious dogma, most people here in the West were surprised by the sight of two, important, male, politicians holding hands..
which is as pathetic..
as it is weird.
I suspect that many hardcore Fundamentalist Republicans in the Bible Belt were scratchin' their chins when that image showed up on the TV news!
Kids go to your rooms NOW!
In the new issue of PT, Jessie Graham explains this traditional expression of affection between men exists because,
"in much of the Middle East and Africa homosexuality is taboo and rarely acknowledged, so straight men feel free to show affection in part because no one will assume they're gay."
Oh the irony...or should I say hypocrisy?
Disturbing images snuck out of Countries such as Iran show Gay men being hanged in public from cranes mounted on trucks yet the cultural separation of the sexes forces young men to engage in public displays of affection.
I know that it isn't PC to discuss this but if it walks like a Duck and talks like a Duck...
Another interesting tidbit that I came upon was a piece detailing subtle differences and distinctions perceived by Occidental and Oriental viewers.
Mathew Hudson writes:
"when viewing objects in front of complex backgrounds, Asians fixate more on the surroundings than do Americans. Compared with America's stress on Individuality, context is king in Asia."
I thought that was very interesting..I have no idea if that is true, but it did make me go Huh what? We were all designed to decipher the motivations of other Humans in the twinkling of an eye and try to determine if they were friend, foe, or a fornication partner, and then plan for our appropriate fight, flight, or you-know-what response.
Now that most North Americans live in urban environments maybe some of that frontier uberman mythology will dissipate...I noticed where Dubya and the Prince were holding hands but I'll admit that I was trying to see how uncomfortable the President actually was.
The great social experiment known as America is wrestling with the notion of having a Female or Black President..a Gay President is still totally out of the question for over half of the country. Individualism?
I wondered how differently we would deal with homosexuality had we not invented all of those angry gods and taboos. Do you suppose that the prehistoric Cave-Clan Leaders tolerated Gay men in the tribe? Why not? There was safety in numbers and the more Hunters and Warriors the better. Best of all the Gay Guys weren't any threat to his harem.
I would love to see a documentary or movie about Gay Cavemen and utilize all of the modern cliches from shows like Will and Grace...
you know..they'd be redecorating the Cave, designing posh fur coats, and performing eshthetic miracles on those gruesome looking Neanderthal Cave Ladies with their gigantic foreheads...
"Bertha Butt* look at you?
Oh-my-god something crawled up on your head last night and died! UGH..
have a seat and let's get your your hair did.
I hope you didn't plan on gathering any roots and nuts with the rest of the Butt Sisters because this is going to take all day...
Hey Grunk, be a dear and cancel my 11 o'clock! "
in case you have never heard the song