…irp, feel every breeze. Everything you love will die. Everything you see will fade from memory. But holding the liquid of love in your hand, letting it flow to the level it needs, watching as it spills from your grasp and seeks its own level — that is all that we have. It is the science and the art, the gift and the curse, the bug and the windshield.
Just to keep things freewheeling here, we’ll define patriarchy as men taking control of stuff. In reality, patriarchy happened because men were domestically marginal individuals. Being of little use at home, they created public roles for themselves in a new sphere that ultimately became The State. Here’s anthropologist Marvin Harris summing up the consequences: