Why Men Become Great (And Why I Might Not Join Them)

As I write this, it’s 4 am in the morning, and The Social Network is paused and put to the side for now. I paused it because it stirred an idea in me. Why do men achieve great things? Things like making Facebook.

The reason why they do it is that they want to get the girl, or that is what this particular Hollywood movie seems to suggest. And maybe it’s right; I don’t know.

Attracting a female is a tricky job for a male, but having an abundance of resources (current and future) is a sure way to get the attention of a woman — several women in fact. And maybe this is why we don’t see as many women change the world: They don’t have to.

But is this the only reason that men have become great through the ages? I’m not talking about what they believed was the reason they did what they did. I’m talking why they did it subconsciously. Was it all because Biology commanded it of them? “You see, if you become king of this land, the incredibly gorgeous woman over there will sleep with you. So do it, do it, fucking do it!”

The reason for the question is that I think I want to become one of these men but if I don’t have the secret — wishing to attract the fairer sex — then maybe my aim is doomed to falter.

But then again, even gay men seem to be kinder to those pretty girls than to those ugly guys*. So maybe our biological programming is too strong a force, and I should just close my eyes and let it lead on. “Do it, do it, fucking┬ádo it!”

*: Or at least, I think I’ve heard something like, but I’m not going to fact check my spontaneous late night ramble.

Burn It!!!

The Ingenious Nobleman Mister Quixote of La Mancha should be thrown on the fire so that we can spare the youth and future generations against the evil it contains. When I started reading the book, I realized something very shocking to me: it’s outrageously long. Do not get me wrong; it’s an incredible story that has spoken to several generations over the ages. But the problem with the book is all these words that we are expected to read to experience the story, and therefore the book is not worth reading.

Today nobody has longer a chance to experience the fantastic adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Because, shockingly, the author was not able to predict the future. Everybody should have guessed that 400 years ahead nobody would have the time to read long books. We cannot be expected to read about half a million words just to experience a timeless classic. No, compress the story of Don Quixote into 140 characters or less and then throw all copies of the original book on the fire. And if you got rid of all paper-based books a long time ago, throw your infected e-book reader on the bonfire, instead.