Via Instapundit, an article in Slate: "In the Aurora Theater the Men Protected the Women. What Does that Mean?":
It means what Robert Heinlein said, in his 1973 address to the Naval Academy.
"Men who go down to the sea in ships have long had another way of expressing the same moral behavior tagged by the abstract expression “patriotism.” Spelled out in simple Anglo-Saxon words “Patriotism” means “Women and children first!”
And that is the moral result of realizing a simple biological fact: Men are expendable; women and children are not. A tribe or a nation can lose a high percentage of its men and still pick up the pieces and go on – as long as the women and children are saved. But if you fail to save the women and children, you’re THROUGH! You join Tyrannosaurus Rex, one more breed that bilged its final test."
As Glenn says, read the whole thing.
Thanks for the Heinlein reference -- longtime Heinlein fan, and a regular ready of your blog.
Posted by: David Strom at July 25, 2012 08:03 AM