Ready, FIRE!!!!! Oops. Aim…

<Sept. 23/11>

We know the correct order is Ready, Aim, then, & only then (if necessary), Fire.

But we live in a world/culture in which the appropriate order is very seldom followed. We’re always in such a bloody rush, aren’t we??


I believe I am not alone in observing that, broadly speaking (no pun intended!), men are wired for action.

Women, on the other hand, seem to be heavily wired for, hmmm…relationships & socializing & chat – lots & lots of chat. (Yes, I am painting with a broad brush here. Indulge me.)

I wonder, could we change the way things are done here on Planet Earth, such that women would always have the opportunity to talk something out, six ways to Sunday (then all the way back again), before anyone got too impatient & “fired” before aiming?

(If the men started getting too impatient with all the chat, we could send them out to hunt a mastodon or … dig a hole, put up a fence, build a house, build a barn – something constructive.)

If we had always tried a little harder to look before leaping, maybe our lovely world would not now be rocking & reeling & blanketed with lead & nuclear waste & chemical contamination & … well, I’m sure you get my drift.

I know, I know. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Bit late now, isn’t it?

But as I heard Gordon Pinsent say while reading something-or-other on a CBC Radio show the other week, “No matter how far you’ve gone down a wrong road, turn back.”


P.S. Apologies if I am being a little…hmmm…“politically incorrect?” in the gender … well, the gender whatever-you-call-it. Not wars. The gender…situation. Sometimes I just gotta call ‘em as I see ‘em (& btw too, I do not blame men for everything that has gone wrong on our beautiful planet. Women have made & are making our fair share of mistakes too, no question).