Life at the Lodge: 11) Politics

Nestled in between our Kitchen Reports, I found half a dozen PPP membership forms which are awaiting completion. It seems Manny is on a recruitment drive at the Lodge, and though he is an enthusiastic supporter – “this is my party, the best party” – I am not entirely sure he knows what it all means.

The language of the PPP is incredibly dated and reads like something straight out of the USSR. A 2016 Group Membership booklet I found at the Lodge a few months back talks about the need for “comrade solidarity” and the defeat of the “three evils of capitalism, imperialism, and individualism”.

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Brain vs Brawn

Let us turn our attention to an age old debate. One that has been running for many years, and will no doubt still be running for many years to come. I have recently sacrificed my own trips to the gym to concentrate more on studying and reading, but does that mean that my knowledge is better than someone else’s strength? Does David still beat Goliath? Does Nerd beat Jock? Is brain better than brawn?

Since the biblical stories written centuries ago it has been the standard duel. Even today it is an ever-present format for battles and challenges. Art of Manliness writesThey are the two stock characters of many a movie and television show, especially those set in high school or college: the jock and the nerd. Brains and brawn. The meathead and the brainiac… The jock excels at sports, but has little between his ears. The nerd is a whiz in the lab but a total klutz on the field. The only time the two come together is when the jock reluctantly asks the nerd for tutoring help so as not to be kicked off the team for failing grades”.

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