I regularly contribute some of my art and /or designs to www.keepwagging.com because, yes, in a corny way, I believe in the message. The saying sums up my approach to life - keep a sense of human and stay positive.
We've all been in a position where you have to work alongside someone who has a negative attitude. And the more you work with them, you realize it drives their whole life in a cyclical fashion. They've got a bad attitude because life hands them a horror show, and they have a horror show because that's what they've conditioned themselves to expect.
In fact, my favorite Keep Wagging design is a Yin-Yang symbol and to me the meaning could not be clearer. What you put out into the world is what you reap. At least that's my belief system.
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Somewhere around 1985, I was sitting in a screenwriting class listening to Richard Walter talking about the craft of screenwriting. And he made a statement (I don't remember the context) that "Women are better people" - which tapped into something I had been thinking about a great deal at the time. Mostly because of the stupid things that I had done and wondered why so many young men were idiots. And the only conclusion I could come to was that somewhere along the lines, testosterone was partly to blame.
Flash forward almost thirty years and I believe more strongly than ever that yes, women are, in general, better humans. I'm not saying that all men are knuckle dragging Capuchins but if there is a problem (think rape, fights, boys will be boys mentality, animal abuse), there's probably a male involved. This is mostly based on observation and interactions with many people in different industries and walks of life. In case you think I'm a Latte swilling, tree hugging, dog loving pacifist, yeah, you're probably right. But I was a young man who did many regrettably stupid things that hurt people and I'm not proud of it.
I'm currently reading an awesome book, "Beyond Words" by Carl Safina (I highly suggest reading because it is an eye opener into how intelligent non-humans are.) He discusses the differences between Chimpanzee's and Bonabo's, specifically the level of violence among Chimpanzees and the utter lack of violence (with rare exceptions) and cooperation among Bononbos.
What do you think this is attributable to? Here's a hint - the Chimpanzees are an Alpha-male driven society while the Bonabo's are always lead by a female, with the males being socially submissive to them.
Something to think about, right?