You know that feeling when you are so woke you end up being the anti-woke? Like the same people that hate small talk, that end up talking about how much they hate small talk during small talk. The same “I hate it when people talk about the weather, but damn it’s so hot today isn’t it?” people – those are my people, I am them and they are me.
In my exploration of, dare I say it, human hypocrisy I stumbled upon an interesting article on psmag.com. According to the site “In 1748, French philosopher Montesquieu published The Spirit of the Laws, a survey of political systems that argued for the separation of powers and citizens’ rights to due process.” If you are wondering what this has to do with anything, in the book Montesquieu discusses taxes and ponders over slavery, however he also “set out a theory that climate differences help shape human societies,” the site states.
“Montesquieu believed that cold air relaxes the body’s fibres and increases blood flow, while warm air relaxes those same fibres. ‘People are therefore more vigorous in cold climates,’ he wrote. ‘This superiority of strength must produce various effects; for instance, a greater boldness, that is, more courage; a greater sense of superiority,’” says psmag.com.
Now ladies and gentlemen I plead you not to take his word for it, because this theory suggests that people that live around warmer weather are in fact the exact opposite, that is, passive. “The belief that people raised in hot climates were lazy, and generally inferior to inhabitants of cold climates, spread throughout the West. It was deployed to help justify colonial rule in Africa and chattel slavery in America,” says psmag.com. Not surprising, right?
Recent studies on the same subject found that hotter places usually make for more sociable and agreeable humans, versus colder climates that require people to spend more time indoors which in turn makes them less open to change. Environmental Anthropologist at the University of California, Andrew Mathews, believes that the focus should not be so much on the climate itself but instead on how humans respond to the climate. “We are animals, and we do have a psychological response to temperature, but we change clothes in order to respond to our environment. We have a broader range of comfort zones than this [optimum] seems to imply,” Mathews was quoted on the site.
In conclusion, small things lead to big things or was that dynamite comes in small packages? What I mean to say is, look at how a seemingly trivial topic led us to a broader understanding of the world around us. Do not take things for granted, small talk matters. The weather matters. We thank the rain queen for taking a break today and blessing us with some sun. Happy Friday.