Figure skating

I like figure skating, due to the artistic combination between music, choreography, and physical ability.

This is my favorite piece of synergy, great music ability combined with great physical ability.

The first time I saw it, I kept cringing due to my easily lead astray imagination concerning accidents and falls, like this one.

As I kept repeating my viewing, I started noticing more about the musicality element combined with the physical grace and power on the ice. It led me to thinking about certain popular debate subjects such as the difference between men and women, partnership, and relationships between men and women. The ice dance seems a rather fitting analogy after all, since the man is the base and foundation, using his strength to lift up the woman, holding her, and more or less protecting her with his strength. She could not after all do for her partner what her partner does for her, yet it doesn’t need to be exactly the same. Nothing is ever exactly the same, and efficiency has all sorts of variations; meaning what the woman contributes is not in anyway superior or inferior to the man’s intrinsic contribution yet it is not the same either. A woman on the ice contributes grace, beauty, and perfection of form and motion. Different from what the man contributes, which is a foundation, strength, endurance, and so forth. Watch the video, and just listen and see.

On another subject, the philosophical, here we see a combination of true esthetics and true strength. Strength and esthetics are not often linked in people’s imaginations. What is beautiful is so often seen as what is weak, thin, whining (Paris), or parasitic (again, Hollywood). Strength in the West is often seen as brute physical power, the ability to intimidate, and make people do things your way. But the Eastern philosophical view of strength is more concerned with inner strength and control, something the US military shares as a concern and belief. Harmony is not something just in Zen Buddhism and martial arts. True strength, though, should be admirable and beautiful.

To shift to a physics argument and a personal responsibility one, strength is the ability of a person to carry his own weight in accordance to his ability and potential. The same applies for women. A man is seen as strong on the ice because he can not only carry his own weight, but the weight of his partner. The woman’s strength is more compact, centered around grace and harmony rather than brute strength or even endurance. It is comparable to the nurturing vs protective roles for mothers and fathers.

To shift once again to the ethical realm of argument, we can look at Bookworm‘s latest post on a man dying to save a neighbor’s dog. The question of pulling your own weight becomes a matter of life and death importance there, because it was due to the dog not carrying his weight that lead to the man dying. If you seek to become a hero or rescuer, then you must have strength, because not only will you need to support your own weight, but the weight of the entity you are rescuing. That’s true strength, with a masculine tone. The entity being rescued, by definition, cannot help itself out of the problem alone. The entity cannot pull its own weight out of the fire to speak, by the bootstraps. However, just because you as the rescuee cannot solve your own problem, doesn’t mean that you should be lazy. The entity being rescued should do everything in its power to contribute as much to the rescue as possible, for the more weight you carry the easier it is on the potential hero to save you. Thus we have the same analogy once again, the dance on the ice. Even though the man is moving the woman all over the place both in physical configuration and spatial orientation, as they skate on the ice, the woman is also moving her body by her own power. Do you think they could do this performance if the woman was unable to contribute her power in manipulating her own weight? If the man has to do the micromanagement task of moving a woman’s limbs for her, then that is not a symbiotic relationship that can ever produce true strength and harmony.

Let’s shift to the issue of micromanagement. The reason why micromanagement isn’t effective overall, is because no one man can do everything and do it well concerning the resolution for a problem. You have to delegate authority and rely on people to help you, you have to trust in their ability and their character. Sometimes that trust is warranted but then sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes you succede, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you have an accident, sometimes you perform perfectly. And in the end, sometimes you win a war and sometimes you lose a war. The universe is ever variable, yet the principles of efficiency stay the same throughout.

Backing up a paragraph, not allowing women to pull their own weight and thus develop strength and independence, has had an interesting effect on Arabia and Persia. You know what I’m talking about.

The Ayrabs themselves see women as the Ultimate Evil. Akin to what the Greeks saw women as, meaning the ultimate temptation, like Aphrodite. Of course the Greeks weren’t interested in saying that women would lead you to Hades, but certainly they saw women as a temptation that men should resist. All patriarchical societies seem to share this sentiment in one form or another. Meaning the sentiment and issue of control, how to control the women’s sexuality. The Ayrabs extend this to the extreme, if you recall one Mullah’s comments in Australia concerning the rape of Western women by Muslims. He said the women were uncovered meat, and what did they expect from the cats(men).

The Left’s feminism is dysfunctional because the Left does not value individual qualities, rights, or dignity. Regardless of whatever false banners you put up, you won’t get anywhere productive if you don’t respect the difference between individuals or even the difference between men and women. The Ayrabs obviously claim that men and women are different and the feminists obviously claim that men and women are the same. Yet they both fall into the same pit, the problem of not recognizing people for who they are, rather seeing people as what you want them to be. The Ayrabs see women as the ultimate evil temptation because the Ayrab men are weak at heart, unable to resist evil themselves as evidenced by their blowing up of children. Obviously if you’re already evil, you’ll blame someone else for the path you took. After all, accepting the consequences of your decisions, good or bad, is a trait of true strength, not true evil. Evil likes deception and more than anything else, self-deception. It is predictable that evil men would find some weak women to beat upon and blame for their path of evil and destruction. When Ayrab men enjoy blowing up children and cheer destruction for destruction’s sake… it isn’t cause their women lead them to it. Not when the women have a subservient position in their society.

However, let’s look at feminism. In attempting to justify the inequities and injustice that feminism forces upon females, feminism has taken a hostile view towards males. This does after all remind me of the patriarchical relationship of the Ayrabs, except reversed. You know they are the same in principle, if not the details, because you know that radical feminism as opposed to the common sense variety, is allied with the Islamic Jihad and their oppression of women. If Feminism was truly out to increase the strength and independence of women, they could not ally themselves with such a evil. Not without a load of cross territorial killings anyway, certainly not like the alliance we have in our world; a shadow alliance of whisperings and voids.

In conclusion, you can view feminism and the Ayrabs’ great sin as imbalance. The purposeful reduction of the ability of men and women to support themselves, their weight, and the weight of their loved ones. Disharmony so to speak, and purposeful disharmony at that.

UPdate: If you are interested in more of Hayley’s songs, go here.

[UPDATE2: Because Neo linked to my post, I suppose it would do people good if I linked to more background support for my arguments and descriptions. Tink is my source on feminism, from which I base most my descriptions of it. She was a believer in feminism and therefore wanted to help the women of Afghanistan. The rest is history. Read her words for yourself. She makes a better argument that I could, or would.]

[UPDATE3: By the way, the man that had the accident and dropped his partner, never really recovered from that incident. His partner was okay and didn’t feel any distrust, but the man was plagued by guilt. Guilt that rendered him incapable of ice skating anymore. He must have constantly seen the image of her fall and his failure whenever he would be on the ice floor. There are physical shackles that bind our actions. But there are also mental and spiritual ones. In the greater scheme of things, that which binds your soul and mind is far more powerful than that which binds you physically]

[UPDATE4: You can read John Milton’s On the Subjection of Women here. ]

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2 Comments on “Figure skating”

  1. […] — ymarsakar @ 11:20 pm I was trying to google the bios of the two skaters featured in my Ice Figure post. Here is what I came up with. Salé was three years old when she first tried skating on a rink […]

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