Don’t Think, Don’t Talk

I am not much for commenting on the programming displayed on the electromagnetic audio-visual receiver. Part of that is because I have very few programs that I habitually condition upon. That is not to say that there are not some that I prefer to others and watch in such priority, or even disengage the receiver if none are available, but that there are few I schedule. One except is the comedy Big Bang Theory that I was introduced to about a year ago by younger colleagues.

As might be expected, the program is not really about physics, most of the references being strained and either off tone or completely whacked. Indeed, one of the greatest weaknesses of the program is that, with the possibly exception of the Indian chap, none of the principles actually behave like physicists, or, at least, the ones I have dealt with. I suspect this is more about alienating the bog audience than an incompetence of the advisors, who I know from experience I ignored more than attended.

Also, in the basic genre of comedy, the program is about making a partitioned component of humanity the butt. Traditionally this has been done based on nationality and/or work activity. I hesitate to use the term profession because mostly the work activities selected are not. In this case all are because the characters, with one notable exception, are paid for their knowledge and its use.

The subject last night was a bit different, dealing, or trying to, with sexual harassment. I have to admit, probably because of spending several years as a manager of STEMs, that I failed to see the humor and rather identified more with the HR character. But I have been pondering the underlying message, assuming there is such?

Why does sexual harassment exist? The classical answer given by bureaucrats is power and control. Discussion on the subject is impossible with them; they all seem to be policy slaves. Not only is the matter bad and evil, but it is taboo. Why? Is there something about humans that, being intelligent and sentient, we cannot talk about a component of our animality? Or is this more about society and civilization, the artificial reality we have built to permit us to live within an invented, but still uncontrolled environment? Simply put, is this nature or nurture?

Fairly clearly, this is a boggish thing, since the program portrayed, perhaps slightly accurately, the orthogonality of this whole idea to nerds. In a world dominated by nerds would sexual harassment be a vanished fiction or a cause of extinction? And why is it a boggish thing? Is it a means of coping with a reality that cannot be admitted because it is thought to be too hard to understand and deal with? Such is the hallmark of bogs. Or is it some artifact of religionism, of the tenet that humans did not evolve but are the creations of deity and hence have to be above raw animalness?

The World Wonders. Maybe?

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