Sorry that it didn’t come out on Monday but we’ve been just totally behind on everything the last two weeks so here is our weekly question just a few days late.
One of the definitions of life is ‘the existence of an individual human being or animal’. Based purely upon that notion, surely if we were to live in a computer simulated world we would still be living because we are still existing?
I feel this is a minefield that I’m going to fail to cross but here it goes.
Animals do have rights. I guess. In their own way.
Its me back with your weekly dose of reality based questioning of everything. This week featuring aliens.
Have I ever thought of being a woman and what differences would I think I’d experience if I became one for a day?
To be honest in the space of a day you aren’t going to have much of a difference. Maybe less hassle in general personally.
The question was perfectly suited for Anna who is non-binary and would love to have had a long rant about gender so as a gender fluid person I’ll give it a shot.
Two different questions within one. Are we talking about being a female biologically or as in being of the female gender. Its two different things that many people don’t realise and that is where so much confusion over the “other genders” comes from. Biologically its obvious there are two different sexes but it is only humans that have assigned names to them and along with the names then assigned “ways of living.”
That is where the middle ground comes in.
Biologically there would probably be a lot of things you’d notice even in a day being different. A biologically female body has obviously different parts to it then a male one. I doubt it would really be that much to get over the initial shock and in one day the aches and pains of having to get used to said body would never be a problem. Over a longer period of time obvious biologically female functions and the need to get used to the body and difference in build would come into play but not in a day.
If we’re talking about mentally actually BECOMING female as a gender then for me it wouldn’t, again, prove too much difficulty. I’m gender fluid so I’m neither one nor the other but both at the same time, kind of. If anything I think it would come more of a shock for someone like Anna who might be biologically female but mentally is neither.
Then again if this is a thought exercise meant to make males think about what females go through on a day to day business (and vice versa) then again a day isn’t enough to make you notice anything. Over a longer period I might find discrimination when I didn’t before but I doubt I’d notice too much.
Not sure why people get so flustered thinking about being the opposite sex. Other then a few differences biologically the only barriers between the sexes are ones we’ve put there. Just get over it already.
Today we were told to look at the story of Richard Parker and Tom Dudley and answer whether we think it was defensible or whether we’d do it or not.
The story basically goes that they were shipwrecked and after one member of crew got ill from drinking seawater they killed him and ate him to survive.
You know I don’t know if I’d ever be able to eat someone, even if it was them or my life! I wouldn’t like to say whether in self defence I’d be able to kill someone but I really would never be able to kill someone just to eat them!
Then again I’ve never been hungry enough or lacking water enough to have to consider this! I guess why so many people can excuse them is that they know that in such severe conditions you’ll look for anyway to survive. It doesn’t have to be a nice way to do it it just needs to keep you alive. Until you’ve been in that position there is no point getting on a high horse because we all cherish our own lives and to be in a position like they were in you don’t know how you’d really act.
I just don’t think I’d ever be able to eat a person!
Probably the reason I can’t think of it is we’re conditioned not to think about it. Cannibalism is illegal (as obviously is murder) and you are taught from the youngest of age to respect every human life (whether you do or not is up to the individual of course and the people that don’t are for a different discussion!) so unlike the animals meat eaters eat on a daily basis we put humans on a platform above everything else so the thought of eating each other is ludicrous. When you think deeply about it though why would I be so against eating a human yet I happily eat animals? If a chicken was on board the shipwrecked ship I’d gladly eat it! So I guess one thing I haven’t thought about whilst writing this is WHY we think we’re any better then the other animals in the world? Because we have so deemed it? Morally it is wrong for them to have killed another human, a ill human who was possibly going to die regardless but it wasn’t wrong for them to drag a turtle on board and eat that? Why did mankind put ourselves above other creatures on this earth anyway?
To be quite honest though I think if offered a human hand to eat or a cup of my own urine I’d pick the hand! Even if it was my own hand!
What I have learnt from this particular challenge is seemingly that I would be the first to be killed and eaten, therefore if I am ever shipwrecked and it comes to the killing someone to eat them and survive stage I will willingly sacrifice myself as the weakest member of the crew.
I don’t think I could do it. I think I’d probably die a long time before that though as I’d never be able to drink pee.
Then again my life has never been in that position so who knows what I’d do to survive!