in which the author attempts to mitigate the effects of last night's nyquil with caffeine, emergen*C and raisin bran...
[elusive ideas weaving in and out of the fog. every word is another fork in the road.]
it's come to my attention that today is international women's day. i'm down with that. i love women. i have a wife and a daughter and a mother, after all. not to mention several friends of the female persuasion.
coincidently (or maybe not), on our coffee table is a book titled 'why women should rule the world' by dee dee myers. well, why not? surely women would do no worse at the job than men -- probably they'd do better. for example, with the exception of hillary clinton, women generally aren't in a hurry to instigate wars and other unpleasantries. the world could use fewer unpleasantries right now.
"women tend to be better communicators, better listeners, better at forming consensus," myers says. hard to dispute that.
at 31, myers became the first woman to serve as white house press secretary. do you think her experience in the clinton administration had any influence on her perception of leadership? particularly male leadership? just sayin' is all.
women have their foibles and idiosyncracies, to be sure. like any representative of the species, they are capable of great unintentional hilarity. that said, the women i'm fortunate enough to think of as friends have a high capacity for thoughtful nuance, intellectual curiosity, and grace under pressure.
generally they're just less knuckleheaded than the guys.
full disclosure: i'm a guy. i know guys. i know several really good guys, as a matter of fact. i also know some not-so-good ones. real mouth-breathers. they'd become confused and agitated at the notion of women running things.
too many confused and agitated men are what got us into the mess we're in.
give credit to one smart man who defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
by that logic, having more women at the helm might prevent some future insanity and inanity.
i'm pretty sure these things are true.
then again, maybe it's the nyquil talking.
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photo courtesy of zach manchester.