Frat Boys (& girls)

I’ve had the thought for some time now that the boys in the nuke biz (I call them the NBC, or the nuke boyz club) act like a bunch of frat boys. (Not that I actually have any experience with frats, or frat boys. I don’t.) Or maybe like the members of a football team. Whatever.

I expressed the thought here (along with a couple of other short, interconnected ones) that men are team players.

I think it’s wired into them.

I guess at one time, being a team player – being both male & a team player – was utterly vital for survival. Everyone’s survival.

Hunt the beast. Feed the tribe.

The work needed a team. It instilled (righteous) pride.

Things are different now. The world is different now.

Do the nuke boyz (or the chemical industry boys, or the mining industry boys, or the oil boys, or the pharmaceutical industry boys, or the government boys, or the bureaucratic boys & all those other "boys" in those other professions I have left out because the list is just too long) – feel that same sense of (righteous) pride?

As they feed their families – with world-destroying work, & acts?

Might there be times, boys (& girls) when being a good “team player” might require a broader vision?

A bigger “team”?


We all need to be needed, I know this, & to belong. We still need to feed our families.

It just kind of sucks (don’t you think?) when what we are feeding them (feeding ALL of us) is death.


p.s. I ought to have pointed out (for those not already aware of this, that is) that the nuclear industry is a heavily male-dominated one. Yes, there are women in the nuke biz. & no, not all that many.

p.p.s. a very very sobering read by Chris Hedges here about “the careerists.” Trust me, I really think you ought to read it...alright? (Have I ever lied to you??)

Quote of the Day with this post: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” – Albert Einstein [more Einstein quotes in ‘Quotation Central’ section of the blog, here]

Runner-up: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968 [more MLK quotes in the Quotation Central’ section of the blog, here]