1992: A Thing Well Made
April 8, 2019
Society today has learned to ‘blank out’ the fact of sexual dimorphism in humans for various cultural reasons attached to the present ascendency of the SJW (Social Justice Warrior.) How else could an effort like this 2018 show have a cause?
I watched this episode on Prime TV, All In The Mind, with Nathan Wallis. Did they really need to ask that question?
Next time, on Prime, birds seen flying…!
The bit that I keep thinking about was the New Zealanders living at Wellington Zoo, the chimps. In the show they were given boy/girl toys and, behold, the males and females picked the toys associated with their gender. Boy chimp picked out a toy truck to play with.
So all week, so far, I’ve just been hearing Don McGlashan singing ‘A Thing Well Made‘ (1992.) This song does a pretty good job of getting into the mode of a man’s unique appreciation for craftsmanship..
“Can you see the man who made that? Can you see him putting it down and standing back? Can you see the moment when he said “That’s it, that’s perfect?”
Of course, in the song, this is grounded in the context of a Christchurch Dad with a sour wife who owns a shop not far from Cathedral Square. So, we get the masculine energy not in pure form but framed as breaking through everyday misery to bring a bit of joy and light.
I wonder if the male apes in the zoo picking up these masculine artefacts had a special connection as in McGlashan’s Mutton Birds song?
“At a time like that you wouldn’t care about your zoo, or your cage or the fight you had with your keeper…”
As for 1992, the song indicates a time where it was still socially acceptable to sing about distinct male traits and abilities and appreciations.
As for today, the documentary shows that our contemporary society has become confused about this because it is interested in watching shows that investigate the obvious. This is an example of The Anti-Individuality in r-Selected Cultures.
image ref. Wellington chimp; Newshub