The notion that men are getting a less-than-fair shake is one held by many, including women. Helen Smith, a forensic psychologist, libertarian/conservative blogger and author of Men on Strike, Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream — and Why It Matters, writes in her book’s introduction, “I used to consider myself a feminist but mistakenly thought feminism meant equality between the sexes. In today’s culture, it means female privilege, and I believe discrimination against men is every bit as bad as discrimination against women. Now men are the ones in need of justice and focus.”
In Zen tradition, I’d like the kill the Buddha that is Lao Tzu and revise his ancient saying. It’s not that those who talk don’t know and those who know don’t talk— it’s that talking often inhibits us from knowing. An inability to stop verbalizing means that we are alienated from silence, which makes it significantly more difficult to connect with the deeper metaphysical truths uncovered during silence reflection. The key is, as always, more practice.
Wall Street, naturally, is panicking. Because if you’re not busy growing, you’re busy dying. This is ridiculous, of course. But that’s today’s Wall Street, where profits are just the unfortunate residue of a lack of commitment to growth. Everyone is buying the future, not the present. Dividends are for the unimaginative.