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  1. Kelly Ohler
    Kelly Ohler May 6, 2014 at 7:55 am | | Reply

    Don’t get me wrong, Michael…I agree with you. But as the mother of 4 sons, I can see clearly the “social system” does not create the aggressive idea of competition in males. Though society and the media exaggerate and exploit it, it is inherent. From very young, too young to be influenced by anything but Blues Clues and Mr. Rogers, my children were always in heated competition to see who could be first at anything, who could burp the loudest, the longest, the furthest through the alphabet, who could finish a drink first, who had the first facial hair, and on and on. It never seems to end. And there were intricate rules and specifications that followed, who had facial hair on the chin as opposed to sideburns, how many and what color, what did and did not count as real hair, etc. Perhaps before we can even think about combatting our abundant societal evils, we should think about how to channel such a hard-wired biological trait into a force for good.

  2. Gulf Mann
    Gulf Mann May 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm | | Reply

    Good post as usual, Michael. As with sports, so with jobs/career. In both spheres, otherwise good people engage in bad behavior. The reverse is also true; people can be injurious toward others at home in private but show a different face towards others in public. It is said that Hitler loved dogs and kids. Capitalism/imperialism no doubt contributes to this contradictory consciousness. ~Quiller

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