Why active is viewed as superior to passive.
Why we simply can’t see executing actions and supporting actions as equal*.
This is the central problem of feminism – whether feminists realize it or not.
It’s why feminism wants to make men out of women. It colors every aspect of their definition of ‘equality’. It’s why they have to argue that women who stay at home with their children are somehow “less liberated” (that is, more childlike) than women with a career.
I blame Achilles.
Achilles, of course, was given a choice: to be a glorious hero – and the promise of remembrance – or to have a long life.
The reason we value grey matter more than white matter is because we need grey matter to go fight, and they won’t do it unless we give ’em something to make it worth their while.
“But you, Achilles,/ There is not a man in the world more blest than you–/ There never has been, never will be one./ Time was, when you were alive, we Argives/ honored you as a god, and now down here, I see/ You Lord it over the dead in all your power./ So grieve no more at dying, great Achilles.’
I reassured the ghost, but he broke out protesting,/ ‘No winning words about death to me, shining Odysseus!/ By god, I’d rather slave on earth for another man–/ Some dirt-poor tenant farmer who scrapes to keep alive—than rule down here over all the breathless dead.”
*Except, apparently, in role-playing scenarios, where the healer is viewed as a full and equal part of the team – although there’s a certain ambiguity there, as the healer is himself a doctor, rather than merely a nurse.