The neanderthal that still lives in us

Is a curious situation to think that we live  in a country trying to evolve and eradicate gender violence, while culturally we have internalized that the worst insult you can say to someone is that he is a son of a bitch, I mean, the ugliest thing that you can tell a person is that his mother (not his father) has consensual sex with other people for money… after all, is another profession.

I write this to realize that we want to change something, but we maintain something fundamental that sustains it. Nobody says as an insult “fatherfucker”, for example. Because the vulnerable is the woman. And nobody is called a “son of a bitch-lover” either, because in that economic transaction, she is truly cursed. We all want violence against women to disappear (the most common in gender abuse) but we will continue to maintain the custom: in this case the greatest insult.

I see in this an analogy with computing-world. We want a country that evolves technologically, with a population that has normalized and internalized the capacity and the need to digitalize many processes, basically to live better. Not to do more things, but to have more time to scratch our bellies … but we continue to maintain fundamental aspects that hold us back and prevent us from moving forward: academic curriculum hardly give importance to computing and technology (lucky, they appear in a “small-box”) Primary School teachers hardly have hours to develop digital competence in pupils, and when they do, they are not trained (for whatever reason). Etc etc etc…. not to mention the attitude of many people on a day-to-day basis: they get up in the morning and do not crap  in the field, but in a toilet, they heat their coffee in a microwave, and not on the fire and they go to work in a motorized media (bus, train, car …) and not in a donkey … but they refuse to change their processes or content … the sentence “it has always been done this way” is killing us. It is killing us from the moment that we all want a vaccine NOW for Covid19, we all demand that the scientific community get around and … hey … why don’t we ask the vaccine to shamans? Science yes, NOW, we demand it … but I am not going to make any effort to modernize my teaching processes, my curriculum or my tools.

I remember a song in Basque that said «… egin dezagun egungoa egun …» (when I beat my first guitar). I didn’t think I was going to compose something so premonitory and perennial, even if it was in another context: let’s do today what belongs to today.

Anyway … I found the pic that illustrates this article looking for the text «the Neanderthal that still lives in us». It is what it is. Oh, and as long as we don’t change the insult … it is… … that there are lots of motherfuckers free, hahahaha.

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