Only the Wounded May Heal

“ONLY THE WOUNDED MAY HEAL”–Speaker, of the Scorch
As it happens, I put this into the mouth of a plant in the third novel.

Sort of a plant, of course, is Speaker.

It is ambivalent. How else would a part lichen (a symbiosis of fungus and algae to start with) and a man, speak?

He has lost his country, his life, his name and most of his speech by the time he is discovered by the boy who will grow up to be Jesse Johnstone.

Does Speaker mean you have to be wounded yourself to be a healer?

Does he mean that without a wound that there is nothing to heal?

Does he mean that the entrance exam to becoming a healer is a wound?


Contraceptives and the Man-Price

Less than a year ago the Little Sister of the Poor case was suffering under the formidable displeasure of Barrack Obama and his contemptible Department of Justice. At the time, I mentioned that health care choices, are, in fact, choices. Those goods and services

Those goods and services will be paid for whatever the voter is told. As an example, free birth control (meaning oral contraceptives, OCP) are a

As an example, free birth control (meaning oral contraceptives, OCP) are a choice, and not one with universal appeal. “Free” OCP means that all the people in the USA pay for each prescription whether you agree, disagree, wish the money to be spent on relief of the mentally deficient or for more nuclear devices. We all pay for a portion of the population.

I was taken to task by a young lady of my acquaintance and her sister. What I said was apparently Horrible. It transpired that I was unaware that it was a woman’s right to get free stuff to prevent her pregnancies, of which I nor any mere man, had not much to say about it. (a mere ellipsis here on the argument of necessity:  no man is to have any voice in reproductive decisions, yet it is frequently proclaimed as being self-evident that reproduction is a right. Nevertheless, there is currently no alternative for human male reproduction than the willing agency of the female of the species. Thus by the argument of necessity, the male has an authentic voice in this discussion, but I digress).

What the argument, of course, comes down to is an entitlement: women, due to their gender alone, should get an entitlement which, I have been assured by young friend, neither I nor any man may have any vote, argument or opinion.


Let’s take that a little further.

If we assume that a woman uses an average OCP from 14 to 50 years at $30/month and also assuming no pregnancies or, heavens, no breastfeeding, that amounts to $12,240/lifetime. Given that there are about 150 million females of this ilk, the cost is $540billion dollars in US taxes a year. Considering what the taxes are already, perhaps this is inconsequential.

Now, ladies. Have you ever considered the cost of being a man?

I am not talking about the outrageous cost of razor blades, ER visits after bar fights, extra luggage fees for heavier clothes or the usurious cost of paying for a pick-up truck.


I am talking about food.

Men out mass women on average. By weight, the muscle mass is greater. Even for the same muscle mass, the caloric necessity is greater.

Now given that we are not all (insert name of your favorite muscled stud-muffin), neverthless, we men have to pay the piper.

On average, men must eat 8% more per day than women. Moreover, the caloric requirement does not disappear at fifty or so. The numbers decrease but only in proportion.

Doing the same sort of math, a man, merely due to his gender, is now spending about $25,200+ per life time for keeping up his end of the war of the sexes. That would generally, given man’s shorter lifespan, mean slightly over $1 trillion in the man-price per year.

So, to sum up: if all Americans must pay for about a half trillion dollars for OCP for the nations’ women then it seems only apt that the girls pony up the trillion and a half for the boys’ daily tofu stir fry, doesn’t it?

What goes around comes around.

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Saint Patrick’s Prayer for the Faithful

May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
– Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore.