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Rob Paterson
Looking beneath the surface
Interests: my dogs, history and science, blogging, my children, science fiction and fantasy
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This is the Allan "Cottage" in Cacouna. It is where the family spent the hot summer months away from Montreal. I would guess that as the men left for war, that the Allans had their last summer here. It was... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Films such as Lord of the Rings or The Matrix have been very popular. They are based on a myth. The myth is of a person who starts to wake up to the reality that there is something badly wrong... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The web is amazing. I have found an album of photos taken at Valcartier. This shot is of the artillery arriving at the camp on August 17th, 1914. The weather looks lovely. Unlike today when it is so cold that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This a picture of the Camp at Valcartier in Quebec where the First Contingent assembled in August 1914. Alec and the 2nd Brigade CFA had taken a train there on or about the 14 or 15th of August. Men had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is Uncle Montagu Allan, the "Laird" of Montreal. He is in the uniform of the Colonel of the Canadian Black Watch. After WWII, my uncle Tommy Bourne was also the Colonel of the same regiment. The Montreal that Grandfather... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This map of a tiny part of Montreal, known as the Golden Square Mile, was the social world of my grand father. It was a place where not only did everyone know everyone but you were likely to be related... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is my grandfather, Alec, as part of a group picture of the RMC Senior Football Team in 1913, the year he graduated. He was mad about sports and played semi professional hockey well into his late twenties. He had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is my grandfather Alec Paterson as a cadet at RMC Kingston. He graduated in 1913. He was one of a few Canadians that had had any military training before World War 1. I post this picture to introduce the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Are boys and girls the same? The evidence tells us not. This post is all about the consequences of this question. In part I of this series, we examined how sensitive men are to external culture and so to external... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Today I got a video of Alfie and Sophia - who are in Turkey - playing with bows and arrows. here is a snip. Nearly 60 years before this another brother and sister were doing the same. Diana and I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
I am with you all the way Josh. I have not read Sax but will now. "Equality" has damaged us all and I will pursue this idea in the next post - we are Different and understanding this is the key to all that is best for men and for women
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I am in the midst of writing a series on how boys become men. I am doing this in response to how badly men and doing right now and the risk that badly derailed men pose to us all. My... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Are men naturally violent, anti social, anti women and dangerous? Or have they been derailed from a better nature by how they fit into the modern culture? In Part I of this series, I made the case that men are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
I am right with you in every way Megan - ritual and rites of passage - are how humans have moved though each step of development before modern times. I go further. In traditional society the "meaning of life" was to reach as far as we could along this path. So every step was ritualized and so given meaning. I love the image of the father or mother holding the infant up in the air before their people - "welcome Megan to our tribe" - I love the idea of being with my mother for an entire week as she died before me and holding her hand and brushing her hair after death. I go to our tribal home with my sister next month to bury her with her parents. We have lost so much but it does not take much more than being thoughtful to bring this back. Thank you for the HT - I will seek out Eisenstein - working on part II right now
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I will be exploring precisely that Tess - how character was developed. My sense is that boys have always been made into men by social forces. Girls transform almost over night into women via their body. Traditionally boys were shaped into men by initiation and by joining the world of men. Once they had become a man, they returned to the broader society and women added to the process. This was our normal for millions of years. But has been utterly lost in post agricultural society. Another area I intend to look into is what are the principles of our society before agriculture and so before property and so before the very idea of patriarchy emerged. For men and women lived with each other using very different social rules for millions of years. How we live today is very recent and is also a social construct based on a food system that was centred in property and so control and so on force and dominance. Can we circle back to our deeper selves and relearn the principles of most of our past when control was not the core of our lives?
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Hi Mark There is a lot of evidence about social copying - why most teen suicides were kept out of the press. That is another dimension. What is intriguing me that includes men behaving badly is the mystery of what it means to be a man today. For I struggle to answer that for myself. 40 years ago we all might have said, men were around to provide, protect and to do the hard work that suited a man's body. None of this is true now. Maybe also these roles were also more connected to agricultural people than to how we were for most of our history. Is there a set of principles from our pre agricultural past that we can use to refine our place? I think there must be. Then if more and more of us start to abide by them, then the social forces you bring up also apply. For the new meme will be copied too. That is my hope anyway
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We are on the same page here - we cannot go back to "the good old" days - that were not so good any way - but I intend to look at the pre agricultural past before patriarchy where we lived for millions of years for guidance in principles - they surely remain immutable?
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It's seems that men killing others for show is now part of our "normal. As of today, this is true even in Canada! Many men are behaving very badly. Many of my women friends are in despair. Men who don't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
People ask me if I miss PEI. Of course I do. This is not to say I an unhappy here in Quebec, but like a person you love who is gone, how can you not miss a place that you... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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THE sign of spring in Knowlton is when the Marina reopens - with luck this weekend! But how does the Marina reappear each spring? I asked Gerry Moar if I could help and so I found out. It appears as... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Good questions Jeremy. I have had a theory for why - My mum was a beauty as a younger woman. But when her youthful beauty began to fade, I think she realized that she has used this as he core social advantage. Especially with my dad. So she took to being ill to keep him. Literature is full of this kind of response. And yes for a while I was angry but for most of the time just sad
Toggle Commented May 14, 2014 on A sad Mother's Day at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Here is the last picture I took of my mother who died on Valentines day this year. She was 85. I am having feelings that I never expected after her death. For since my father died in 1981, I have... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Most people would agree that many organizations today are too stiff, too slow and too disconnected to do well in the complex world we live in now. Many large organizations have placed their bet on a new technology platform that... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
And for me Alex - going back to your farm with you Jane your parents and granny
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