Sunday, May 13, 2012

My duty?

If you look at this world objectively, assuming there is some frame of objectiveness, you'll come to see that it's rather arbitrary.

I mean for some strange reason women were wired to suffer physically. Women go through years of painful, periodic cramps. They carry the load of an offspring for almost a year. They suffer 12 hours (and more!) of agony as that very offspring enters the world! Oh yeah, and they have to live with the lustful stares of hungry males... What they go through, I would never know. I do know one thing though- if an intrinsic duty to mankind exists, women by their very nature fulfill it.

Men on the other hand are so different. For some strange reason, men were not wired to live a tough life. They don't have to suffer physical hardship as their female counterparts do. Unlike women, their natural build and toughness protects them from physical harm. The only possible duty a man fulfills is impregnation. But then again, given our nature, I think that's more of a privilege than a duty... If you think about it, men do not fulfill any duty to mankind. If anything, they are a burden.

So what then is a man's duty to mankind?

I asked myself this many times when I conscripted into the army. Then it all made sense. The only advantage a man has over a woman is his natural physical strength. Isn't it then a man's duty, by his tough nature, to physically defend women and children against those who wish to harm them? Isn't it his duty to mankind to use his toughness to defend those who are vulnerable?

This is one of the thoughts that helped me excel in my army training. I now understand the purpose of army and my presence in it. I now know my duty as a man- to protect my loved ones, my nation and my world.