The Second Interlude – Woman Against Man and the Ascent of Man

Leonidas at Thermopylae by Jacques Louis David (1814)

This is yet another true dialog between me and a girl that of course was published with our joint consent. And so it came to pass that the first interlude was published and read by many people with different thoughts and ideas. While many disagreed with man, there were also many that disagreed with woman. But all of us agree on one thing and that is we all may still agree that we disagree. And thus, life goes on.

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Woman: I prefer to have some intellectual conversation between men and women.

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Man: Men and women? Plural? Why not an ‘intellectual’ conversation between you and me?

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Woman: Singular works just fine.

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Man: However, even if we had an intellectual conversation, you know I would lose……in order to win.

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Woman: Damn you!

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Man: Oh, please do not get angry. I do not want to win and therefore I win by losing.

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Woman: What is the consequences of winning the fight/conversation?

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Man: I would feel bad for not being a gentleman. And frankly, whatever hurts you, hurts me.

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Woman: Do you still think that you are a gentleman if you let a lady think she has won even though she has lost?

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Man: Of course not! I am a gentleman by letting everyone else think you have won..

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Woman: Utter nonsense! At the end of the day, you know that you have won! However, looking from this another perspective, is this not a world that the majority wins? So if the majority thinks the lady has won, who is the gentleman to think he has won?

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Man: Here is where you are ultimately wrong. For this is a world where the majority votes but the minority rules! Any form of government and political system in the world has a structure that the minority rules the majority.

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Woman: But this minority is voted by the majority!

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Man: But the majority can never rule..

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Woman: You cannot have the majority to rule the minority! You cannot have a government that outnumbers the people! If that were to happen, there would be no nation at all!

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Man: Exactly! Thank you for supporting my stand!

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This concludes the second interlude. The reader can now see the paradox that plagues humanity. For even if the power of the minority comes from the majority, in reality, the majority can never rule. Furthermore, the purpose of this interlude is not some petty squabble over politics but to show the two different forms of thought and opinions by two different individuals.

Let a hundred flowers bloom and let a hundred schools of thought contend. ~Chairman Mao

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