Hello, kids! Today we are going to assemble a patriarchy.
Patriarchy - you may have heard this word before - what is it
all about? Well, it is when a whole lot of people like you and
respect you, when you are always asked for your opinion and for your
advice, and, above all, when you are the top
So, first we are looking for some club, for example a
martial arts club. Many different things have to be done in such a
club, for instance writing letters, talking to people, and arranging
for training halls. After some time, it is of particular
importance to accomplish everything all alone. Thus, we keep other
people uninformed and make them believe that we are indipensable. We
give everyone what they want, and if something bad happens, we
condone it and wait until it is forgotten
As for training, we have to teach as many beginners and
children as possible. We can make them believe anything. Perhaps you
already know the technical term for this? Right, we condition them.
Later on, they do what we want them to do because they take us for
their grandmaster or because they believe to owe us gratitude and
otherwise will have a guilty conscience.
And several times a year, we tell all students, even the
bad and untalented ones, that they are really good and have made so
much progress. We confirm it by a fancy
certificate, place an impressing stamp on it, and hand out
a nice colored belt. That makes them happy,
and they are fond of us and stay in the club and do us
After some time, there will be so many members that the
club will be really big. Then we can invite famous instructors and
organise big events. And that makes the club even bigger, and so on,
and so on. At this, it is also extremely important to do as
much as possible ourselves and to tell everybody repeatedly how
important we are and how good and pleasant things are with
us. Then, we head to other clubs in order to do the
The same we do in the clubs, we do in the association.
Association - that is a kind of club where each member is a
club itself. Eventually, we will have many connections and get
a cushy job.
From time to time, people turn up who do not like what we
are doing. They tell the other people what is really going on. Such
people are banned from being instructors, and if that doesn't
suffice, we will kick them out of our club. That makes us feel
really strong and powerful.
And - are we finished now? No, because we fibbed a
little bit. It is not possible to assemble a patriarchy by oneself.
It can only result from what you are and what you are
doing. Proceeding as described above, is nothing but lies and self delusion. Those behaving
this way will be tarred, feathered, and chased away. A true
patriarchy requires to be very honest and to do a great many good
things and always put other people's well-being in the first place.
To that end, one needs honour, integrity, and
And what that might be, we will explain soon, after the