The Book of Why for Adults
(and Some Theories) – Women (1)

Almost every day, a report on violence against women. 21st century? A good theme for the first chapter of our Book of Why for Adults and Some Theories.

In order to consistently talk about the female part of the human system, the woman, we must take a little walk out of our beautiful little planet, the Earth.

We are part of a universe which is in constant transformation. Stuffed as it is with many kinds of forces, atoms and an unpredictable mix of other particles, it can be considered as a soup of eternal chemical reactions, a cauldron of unending changes. From this elements’ cuisine and reactions EVERYTHING arises: from celestial bodies such as stars, planets, comets, asteroids, black holes and the likes to ‘sophistications’ as life, for example.

Hence, as one cannot predict what will be filling the universe in a split second, a good definition for it would be a chaotic, unpredictable system. Random combinations of this EVERYTHING at any moment are being born, come into some kind of balance, remain for some time under one format – time that can last from fractions of a second to billions of years – and then re-transform (die?) without any prediction. Construction followed by destruction followed by a new and different construction followed by new and different destruction followed by another  construction-destruction pair thus remaining ad infinitum.

At this point it might be good to talk about a pretty word which means something not so beautiful: entropy. Explaining the concept a bit more (but not too much …), entropy measures the degree of disorder of a system. The greater the disorganization, the greater the entropy, the closer the system is to its end. In our universe, EVERYTHING tends inexorably and strongly to disorganization, to disintegration, to what we usually call death which, in fact, is nothing more than a transformation. But, the need for energy conservation (Hello Wikipedia!) ends up leading to a new aggregation, a new atomic rearrangement. This tendency to an increased entropy cannot be reversed. At least there has not been any evidence to the contrary. Attempts to reverse the time arrow, which points from past to future, or the raising of dead, all failed.  Well, Dr. Frankenstein did try hard, but we know that the whole thing didn’t work out …

 

Life, who are you?

Back to planet Earth. Long ago, and beyond the basic planetary formation, there appeared in this shore – we don’t know yet whether it happened on other planets too – one kind of reaction, as we may call it, that we classified – using our weak human standards – as ‘sophisticated’, ‘special’, ‘divine miracle’. Its name? Life.

Why sophisticated? Because apparently it has some degree of ‘intelligence’. It’s a reaction that seems to have goals. Basically two and very ‘simple’ ones: to exist and reproduce itself forever. Oh, and when it has achieved its survival and reproduction, dive into a state of rest, adhere to idleness, re-energize, because even the most sophisticated reactions need a break. By the way, we’ve named the achievement of part or all of these ‘goals’ as ‘pleasure’. Cute, isn’t it?

The fact is that in our beloved planet, life exploded in gazillions of different formats. From unicellular individuals (no, we’re not talking about people who own only one cell phone…) to more complex systems like us, humans. However, regardless of the complexity of the assembly, being part of this chaotic minestrone that is the universe means that life could not be different, it must behave just like any other system, that is, it is born, spends some time in some kind of steady state and then dies. Hello, Entropy!

However, the ‘goals’ of this ‘intelligent reaction’ denounce an even greater one: to avoid its end at any cost, try to resolutely face the insistent and ever-present entropy, go against this tendency to disintegration, to death, fight chaos, insist in all possible ways to exist and perpetuate itself, to get the vital energy by any means, even if  it is paradoxically necessary to destroy other lives. In short, “grab what you can and let the devil take the hindmost” is its selfish motto.

 

Female & Male & Some Theories

As we said before, Earth was awarded with the appearance of many life forms, each of which with its own ways to exist and reproduce. We humans, as well as some other species, and in order to meet the basic goals of Life, were ‘divided’ into two complementary systems: female and male, women and men, mothers and fathers as we’ve named them.

They are complementary because, although autonomous about the survival part – can go alone to a restaurant, for example – they depend upon each other when it comes to the species reproduction phase. And in this case, they have different functions.

The males of our species, men, carry with them 50% of the story: they’re born endowed with motile cells we call sperm which will give the future little human part of his father’s characteristics. They produce many trillions of these cells during their life time and remain with their reproductive potential valid and active throughout their existence. To get an idea, each ejaculation can contain up to 1.5 billion of these cells! Furthermore, because of specific hormones, they are also endowed with physical force, developed muscles that apparently have, among others, the purpose of repelling and / or destroying potential threats. They were kind of ‘programmed’ to become the ‘guards-against-the-dangers-of-the-world’ (holy hormones, Batman!). They have, in varying levels, let’s say, an ‘entropical’ character, biased toward violence, toward the physical degradation of an “opponent”. They can be tagged as the representatives of the ‘destruction part’ of the universe.

Human females, women, have the other 50% of the assembly. But, unlike men, they are born with their complete reproductive arsenal, eggs, very  few in number if compared to the male’s. A woman, at puberty, has a stock of approximately 300,000 to 500,000 eggs. During the next 30 to 40 years of reproductive life, only 400 to 500 of them will be selected to be ovulated and eventually fertilized. And when they get to the last 10 to 15 years of their reproductive life, before entering the menopause, the loss of eggs accelerates and their quality decreases. Being so, because of this ‘limitation’, the woman unconsciously becomes more selective, the criteria to be taken into account when chosing a partner for reproduction are infinitely more restrictive than man’s when selecting his partner(s).

More than that: as part of the female team, a woman is the individual endowed with all the physical and hormonal equipage necessary to receive the fertilized egg, gestate it, give birth and nurture the new individual. She is, in short, THE BIGGEST RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMPLIANCE OF ONE OF THE TWO MAJOR OBJECTIVES OF LIFE. Although physically more fragile, they’ve got a tremendously strong, antientropic nature with an aggregator, builder and protective bias, that fights to flow against the inevitable and universal tendency toward disintegration, toward chaos. They could be named the representatives, so to speak, of the ‘construction part’ found in the universe.

 

END OF PART 1

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