50. Should both sexes take 100% responsibility?

‘Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.’
Kahil Gibran

1. Mr B began his meeting by asking the first of four questions. For example:

Q2. You’re an army general commanding 600 troops. You have two options:

Strategy A: You can save precisely 200 of your troops, or
Strategy B: You can risk a one-third chance all of your troops will be saved and a two-thirds chance all will die.

Which strategy do you choose?

We examined the results of studies posing the same four questions.

Exactly 400 troops are obliged to die.

2. Hypocrite Mr B spoke about the importance of being in touch with one’s emotions, because when we are in touch with them we learn how to deal with them. For example, when we know what is going in inside us we become more empathetic and less judgmental others. And, when we become less judgmental of others we become less judgmental of ourselves. Passer-by Amy pointed out that Mr B had been judging people all afternoon!

He replied it wasn’t his fault they’re imbeciles.

Mr B, you’re a hypocrite!

This card was found on the Postsecret website.

3. Should men and women
each take 100% responsibility for their own behaviour? Or is that suggestion just another way to tell a woman it’s her fault if she’s raped? The debate was long and earnest.

Here is one of the articles referred to: ‘I promise it’s not lame to ask a woman for consent

This postcard was also found on the Postsecret site.

4. Other topics discussed:

– Christian speaker Ray dropped by to remind us to think about the true meaning of Christmas.

– The pusillanimous Mr B reminded everyone to sign the petition, if you haven’t already. (That’s the petition to burn the Mona Lisa.) When the pages are full, a Speakers’ Corner convoy will make the trip to Canberra to present the petition to the French ambassador. We still have a few pages to fill, folks.

– Michael, bless him, had a few words to say about commo atheists.

– Why don’t university lecturers respond to enquiries from the public about plumbing problems? You’d think they’d jump at the chance, said Mr B.

– Mirko had a revelation on the train. His co-passengers must feel so fortunate.

– Should we separate our emotions from our analytical thinking? Can we?

– Passer-by Amy bravely stood on the Ladder of Knowledge and also talked about emotions.

– Andrew Toth said human beings are machines, and that there is no such thing as morals. He seemed to contradict himself when he said morals change over time. Someone likened that change to ‘shifting sands’.


5. Your scribe hopes you have a good Christmas Day, free of domestic violence. This card is also from the Postsecret website.

6. This week our unusual creature from our Unusual Critter Series is the bongo. The bongo is native to Tasmania or Africa. This one recently unsubscribed from our Facebook page.

7. Happy Christmas!