An organization’s culture is its ego. Since ego is utterly obdurate, well-intended efforts to change the culture go nowhere. Whistleblowers are professionally slain while conformity is elevated to a virtue and called loyalty.
Every cultural bromide eventually succumbs to its own fatuity. Now on deathwatch: ‘thoughts and prayers’. If intercessory prayer had any efficacy at all, would there not by now be some evidence for it?
When a man says, “I think,” that’s typically not what is happening. It’s more likely that he is being thought, that the culture is cuing him up and telling him what to say.
Does patriarchy work? Of course it does! (It works for men.) But things change, and now “wife”, as a serviceable term, stands on the cusp of retirement.
We don’t need more art, music or books. We don’t need moon shots, self-driving cars or a plurality of Democrats. We don’t even need a cure for cancer. We need a quiet mind.