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One of my favorite bloggers of either gender, Meg, talks about the strange fact that we make a big deal out of women that can achieve something many men have already done before.
I think part of the reason this happens is that women are normal. I realize I am painting with a broad brush and that not everyone fits neatly into a category. I know of several exceptions, but in general this is true.
The greatest people throughout history have typically had abnormal problems. These problems drive them toward greatness. Duress leads to success, and necessity is the mother of invention.
Men are just not normal. Within a few weeks of conception their brains are acid washed in hormones that kill off half of their brain-cells. This mental handicap leads them to over compensate with an aggressive focus on the few things they are still able to do.
They are also not able to feel the diverse emotions that a female is capable of experiencing. This loss turns out to be an asset in doing extraordinary things but leaves them out of many of the great joys of life.
Since women do not have to deal with the mental handicaps that the average male suffers, they do not have be as creative or work as hard just to keep up. This means that fewer females pursue greatness with the mindless abandon common among men, which makes the few who do more noticeable by contrast.
So which would you rather be, good-enough at everything or exceptional at one thing and weak everywhere else?
This is one of my submissions to the April WILF adversity groupwrite Project. To find what that means and join in on the fun head over to Robert Hruzek’s Middle Zone Musings.