Re: correction

Posted by Amaranth Rose on Feb 09, 2004 at 06:11

Re: correction (Pasti)

Hermits, solitaires, solo flyers can have some impact on the group's survival, by their presence or absence. In an earlier time, there were single men who lived in boarding houses or with aging parents or other family members, who contributed to society by their jobs or their financial or emotional support of relatives. The opposite number of this would be the maiden aunt, who frequently had some kind of job, lived with relatives and generally helped out with things like caring for children and the elderly and infirm. In our fragmented society we pay through the nose for the lack of those persons, by dint of nursing homes, babysitters, hospice care, etc.

Keep in mind that hermits, solitaires, etc. are not always mateless. It is possible for them to give rise to an alternative population, a "Spare" gene pool, perhaps. Even the ancient Romans could figure out how to acquire mates, when the Sabines proved unwilling to share in a manner they deemed appropriate. Such appropriation would be frowned upon in these days and times, but there are places on the internet where you can find women, many from the former Soviet Union, basically offered as brides to any with the monetary power to go through the process.

Whether that says anything for our ethics these days, I don't know. But never factor the solo flyers completely out of the equation. They can still surprise you from time to time.

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