ok i really should continue with my second life story, but i want to mull over something i heard today.
a young entrepreneur came to see me and every two seconds into his pitch, he was saying : ‘Oh you know nandini, i’m all heart. so far i have never used my head and it has stood me in good stead’ (sorry i’m sure he didn’t mean it to rhyme, but he did and it does sound like a bad haiku :))
and he looked puffed-up-proud of that.
very puzzled i was. and am. why are heart and head mutually exclusive?and why is the heart person chest-thumping (pun incidental) against head and vice-versa (if he banged his head, that would be a bit extreme :))
seriously guys, the head guy it seems will make it sound like the heart guy is all emotion, not a single logical bone in his body, etc etc. what a wimp!
and the heart guy will make it sound like the head guy is cruel and dodgy and what else but heartless !
and see how this acquires a gender connotation.. when men say women are all heart, what they really mean is that we are batty and we wouldn’t know to find our phone in the mess that we call our handbag.
and when women say men are head-bound, what they mean is that they are cold, unflappable and very matlabi (they worm their way into getting what they want).
i’m sure if our heart and head came to know of how disparagingly we think of them, they’d gang up against us.
which may not be such a bad thing after all 🙂