Have you ever tried to speak aloud the words Father Earth? No? Now say “Father Earth” aloud. Doesn’t that sound funny? Is it funny because it is stupid, or is it funny because it is alien or unconventional? “Mother Earth” does not sound funny to any average person though.
Remember that the proven default response of the human mind during exposure to most unconventional things is – laughter! Copernicus was laughed off when he put forward an unconventional concept of heliocentrism. Of course, this would not apply for something that personally affects the person in question.
For a supposedly male-dominated world, it is very amusing to have associated feminine nature to anything that a common person deeply relates to. Yes, almost everything, which a person has strong emotions for, is characterized as feminine. Some of the examples are here.
1. Mother Earth
2. Mother tongue
3. Mother India – Bharat mata
Particularly, country and language are the concepts to which people are emotionally attached. Patriotism and love for one’s language, especially in a polyglot country like India, are the emotions that people grow up with. More importantly, these become a part of their identity.
The reflex action of most Indians on hearing “Jana Gana Mana” is to stand up and sing along. If that Jana Gana Mana turns out to be a rendition by A R Rahman, the reflex action occasionally ends with a drop of tear. The fact is that most people, if not all, are emotionally attached to their country.
Almost everyone in India seem to be interested in the recent debate of “Is Hindi the national language of India?” Some people agree that Hindi is the national language of India. Some other people argue that Hindi is just a common language and not officially granted the status of national language any time. Would you not be interested in participating or watching such a casual debate in your office water-cooler area? Yes? Would you care to the same level when someone debates about the benefits of meditation? No? Why wouldn’t you? It is because you are more emotionally attached to your language than towards meditation.
On top of all of these, ‘Mother’ is the most emotional concept for Indians. No examples or explanations are required to illustrate this.
The Dal Makhani Algorithm
In a world, where everyone is quick to judge a person even when they do not have the time to analyse the facts before judging, the most popular ‘Black and White’ judgement technique, or ‘The Dal Makhani Algorithm‘ is used prevalently. Most people involuntarily follow this technique to judge other people.
Why Dal Makhani?
Dal Makhani is an Indian dish known for its yummy taste. It is predominantly brownish in colour which makes it rich looking. But, because of the brown color, it is difficult to notice the adulterants like tiny stones that every Indian would have had the fortune of biting, at least once in his lifetime.
Imagine that Dal Makhani is served in front of you. You take a spoonful of it and taste. While you are savoring the buttery taste, Ouch! Your teeth bite a small stone! And, all that you can think now is – “This Dal Makhani is bad!“. Just because you found one small stone, you judged the entire bowl of Dal Makhani as bad!
Now, imagine that the stone was found in the last spoon of Dal Makhani and not in the first spoon. Still, you would call it bad, won’t you? In both the above cases, you called the Dal Makhani bad the moment you found the stone irrespective of whether other parts were tasty or not.
This is what constitutes the ‘Black and White judgement’ involving the following steps.
The Steps in Algorithm
1. Listen to the person’s first judge-worthy statement supporting/opposing any personal opinion that you hold.
2. First, look for direct black (Negative/Bad) ideas (Stones)
a) If you find even one directly negative idea, judge the person as bad and exit.
b) Else, look for any indirectly negative idea
i) If you find an indirect negative idea, judge the person as bad and exit.
3. If no negative ideas are found, look for first positive idea
a) If positive idea is found, judge the person as good and exit.
b) If no positive idea is found, repeat (1) to (3) with the next statement.
If you take a second look at the above sequence of steps, telling even a single wrong statement, among thousand right statements, can lead the public to judge you as a bad person. Can you even imagine that most of the people are doing this complex mathematics in their minds all the time? What a torture!
Why is it considered politically incorrect to talk against women?
Let us concentrate more on the concept of ‘Indirect negative idea’. There are no established ground rules to call an idea/statement as indirectly negative. Take today’s newspaper and analyse how many indirectly negative ideas that the opposition party uses to paint the ruling party in a bad picture. It is very easy that it gets used almost all the time whenever there is a need to call someone evil.
In a democracy-craving world, where winning people’s minds is important, exposing the enemies’ negatives becomes a pathway to success. Do you know the easiest and most commonly used ‘indirectly negative’ concept? It is – “Mr.A speaks negative about female(s). Isn’t our language female? Isn’t our country female? Above all, isn’t his mother a female? Speaking negative about females is as good as speaking against nation, language and one’s own mother! Hence, Mr. A is an anti-social element!” And, you know, it works all the time. Yes, all the time, like a charm! The audience end up judging Mr. A as a bad person.
One has to understand that people lose their sense of rationality when emotions take over. When they see a person who appears, however remotely, to talk against their nation, language or mother, people don’t think. They just believe! And, even worse, react to the same with bad judgement.
If one wants an express exit from his political career, it is very easy. He just needs to talk anything negative about women in general or a particular woman. He will be out of politics in no matter of time.
Owing to all the above factors, speaking anything negative about the female race officially entered into the list of ‘Politically incorrect’ concepts.
Does the same logic apply to male bashing?
Not at all! Even when there is a common practice of writing or saying “man” to denote a person, and then clarifying that any usage of ‘man’ is for convenience only and that actually means man/woman, male bashing is not a ‘politically incorrect’ concept… yet!
However, since female bashing is politically incorrect, it becomes politically correct to demonize this act. In other words, the person who demonizes female bashing is trying to take the side of the feminine.
Supporting feminine side by words is one thing, converting those words or thoughts into actions is another. When Mr. X supports feminine, a politically correct concept, just by his words and Mr. Y supports feminine by his actions, like tax exemptions for females, who is more correct? The one who initiates action to support feminine is seen in brighter light.
Thus, deeds to support feminine are likely to be perceived as heights of nobility. In short, if you shame a male for talking against a female, you are not just noble but you are a modern hero! This roughly translates to “Become a hero by bashing males”. On retrospection, I believe that this is the only mantra that runs the entire world. And, this is how male bashing entered into the official list of ‘Politically Correct’ concepts.
Why is male bashing a ‘rad’ concept?
In addition to all the above, male bashing has extra benefits. If a male bashes another male in front of a female, his perceived awesomeness increases. The basher considers it as a way of display of heroism, to attract the female.
The sad reality is that the same concept acts as a motivator for lynch mobs, who have known to castrate, hurt and brutally kill falsely accused men all over the world.
Now you know why bashing males is officially the correct thing to do. Take a moment and think – How much of your life’s decisions are affected by this belief? It is essential for us to understand and cleanse ourselves of misandry hidden inside our minds for one good reason – Misandry is toxic!
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