Sunday, 10 November 2013

Well-behaved women seldom make history.

 "Well-behaved women seldom make history"― Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
It was like an immediate thing when I read this quote.
Bang! this is so true.
And how can it not?

Take time, try remembering all the women you know, whether they're the one you really know, or those famous women you read or knew thru the media whatnot.

Now, count how many you know or remember --  their good behaviour compare to the not so good ones.
Count the percentage.

No doubt, yes, we do remember Mother Theresa, Marie Antoinette, or Cleopatra (Im bias) and few more names for their guts and passion in pursuing what they know and feel are good for the betterment of others while putting aside their own happiness and good life.

But, what Laurel Thatcher trying to imply here is a well-behaved attitude.
Are they all not well-behaved, thus made them famous?
Are all those women that we know must have made headlines, done it and do that with misbehaving themselves? Doing something against the norm?
Bad or good?

But not all.

There is one saying from the Malay proverbs;

"Harimau mati meninggalkan belang, manusia mati meninggalkan nama"
Translated -- A tiger when it dies will leave behind the stripes, and human will leave behind their name.

Translated into; when a tiger dies, it will leave behind it's stripe.
Okay, nope, of course the stripe will not stayed on after the carcass disappear, it is more like, to my understanding, the  'belang' or stripe bring upon the meaning of how dominant, or vigorous the tiger was among its pack during its lifetime. Perhaps.

And for human, it literally meant that when someone dies, his deed, good or bad will be remembered or talked about for a short or long term.

And typical of human, the bad deed will take a centre stage in our mind, even though one has done tons of good things in one's lifetime.

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