2006-03-01

Malcolm In The Muddle

OK, so we don't care much for pop culture, which means that the TV doesn't get turned on much. However, PackRat brought this to our attention, and we thought it was worth commenting on. Apparently, an episode of "Malcolm In The Middle" a week or so ago involved the passing of Malcolm's grandfather and the somewhat conflicted feelings his father had about the incident. Apparently, father and grandfather were not very close.

The thing that a lot of people -- especially all the touchy-feely "New Age" types -- is that men are not all that complex emotionally. It is actually possible for a man to have an entire relationship with another person, without having any particularly strong emotions involved.

Moreover, men's relationships do not necessarily involve a lot of emotion -- at least, not complicated ones. For all the "figuring out" that women try to do with men, men are still very simple creatures. If someone dies, and the man was not all that close to the individual to begin with, it's not going to be terribly traumatic. No sense in trying to sort out a lot of nuance that just isn't there.

2 Comments:

At 9:33 PM, March 05, 2006, Blogger Galt-In-Da-Box said...

"I think what I'm supposed to say is,
THANK YOU.
I'm out."
One of the signal flares of a societal ship in distress is too much emphasis on feelings, and not enough on facts.
Men neither tolerate nor bear injustice well. If an authority figure in his family was an abusive, arrogant tyrant, or did not care to fulfill their responsibilities, there's not going to be a lot of emotional connection, nor love lost when that counterfeit authority "leaves office permanently".
The imediate family should be the most altruistic and charitable place on earth, and too often it is neither.

 
At 4:57 AM, March 06, 2006, Blogger Master Doh-San said...

So true.

 

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