Many philosophers over the years have pondered the question posted by Charles Riborg Mann and George Ransom Twiss, in their 1910 book, Physics, which was, “When a tree falls in a lonely forest, and no animal is nearby to hear it, does it make a sound? Why?”
Scientifically, the accepted answer seems to be, “No, because sound is a perception of our senses, caused by the conversion of vibrations in a medium to electrical impulses sent to our brain.”
So much for the philosophical tendencies of the scientific mind!
A modernized version of their question might be better stated as, “If a woman is berating a man for his misbehavior, whether real or perceived, but he ignores her, is she still berating him? Why?
The first part of the question is obviously “Yes.” If you don’t believe that, you are either not a man, or you have not interacted with women. She will not stop until she is ready!
As to “Why”?, it is both simple and complex. She is still berating him for the simple reason that she is a woman. The fact that he isn’t listening has no bearing, because she isn’t berating him with any real hope of changing his future behavior, or making him feel contrite for his transgression. She is doing so for her own benefit. She must derive some satisfaction, or she wouldn’t do it… no?
One might ask, “How could a man possibly ignore such a berating?” First, it takes practice… sometimes years. Sadly, some men never master the art, and I’m sure you’ve all known at least one such fellow. Sad, listless eyes, a furrowed brow, stooped shoulders… all classic tell-tales of a man that has realized that yes, the tree still makes a sound. A LOT of sound.
How does a man go about perfecting this art?
He thinks about one of three things:
Not necessarily in that order.
(some men, having little interest in sports, are limited to two choices)
Which would bring us to another question: “How does a woman know when to make a man a sandwich?”
But that’s a topic for another post!