Thursday, July 27, 2006

social responsibility

I went for a long walk on the beach last Saturday. It was one of the hottest days we've had so far, but although the beach was a bit crowded, there was only one attractive woman in a swimsuit. What's with that? What were they doing on one of the hottest days of the summer if not down there on the shore adding to the esthetic quality of the beach?

Certain people are burdened with social responsibilities, not because they have sought out those responsibilities, but just because of who they are. Physically healthy men, for example, have a responsibility to come to the rescue of women who are being bullied by other men. It doesn't matter whether the man wants the responsibility or did anything positive to accept it, but the responsibility is there, inherent in the social fabric. Similarly, wise people have a responsibility to warn foolish people when they are doing something foolish. It doesn't matter if the wise person wants to give advice (genuinely wise people don't), or if the fool wants to receive advice (genuine fools don't), but the responsibility is there, nonetheless.

Just the other day, I saw a man peeing against the headlight of a van in the Safeway parking lot. Broad daylight. I was just picking up my shirts (you didn't think I pressed my own shirts?) from the laundry next to the Safeway, was getting in my car, started the engine, looked up, and there was a man leaning against the van parked across from me, urinating on the front of the van, right on the headlight. I certainly did not want to deal with a public pee-er but still I confronted the man. I don't know how effective my confrontation was --he was predictably dismissive of my concerns-- but the point is that public peeing is something that is suppressed by public pressure. Each person has a responsibility to discourage it, and I accepted that responsibility, much as I preferred to avoid it.

So it is with attractive women. If you are a woman who looks good in a swimsuit, you have a social responsibility to be out there at the beach or the pool on hot days. Not every day, not every hour of the day, but at least take some responsibility for your body. Maybe you could all get together and schedule times. I don't care how you do it, but when I go down to that beach on a hot day, I expect to see some hot babes. Do you think I'm down there for exercise? OK, I am down there for exercise, but that's not the point. The point is that I'll be much more inspired to exercise if I'm going to enjoy the scenery while I'm down there. My health depends on you women living up to your social responsibilities. If we guys can go to the trouble of stopping other men from peeing in Safeway parking lots (which we do for women, by the way, guys don't really care that much about it) the least you women can do is be there when we want something nice to look at.

The social fabric depends on it.

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