It's funny, because I always thought that the spirit of division was introduced by those who wanted to maintain power in society - eliminating that old spectre of freedom of association - because a society of snobs that all look down on one another is totally powerless in the face of even the weakest of administrations. These days - and possibly always, I'm not sure - the divisions that are taught in the mainstream seem mostly to underline the gender divide because male/female marital relationships are (by chance) the strongest and most lasting form that we have, mostly because they are backed by a legal arrangement which most relationships don't have. Consequently those who fear people's ability to communicate with one another (seeing it as a threat to their power, which it is) deem it most profitable to attack gender relations, and by association, marriage. Once you no longer believe that your spouse is capable of telling you the truth, you don't listen to them when they tell you that you really don't need Swiffer disposable cleaning cloths, or that idiotic sportscar that costs $1500 to repair when someone scratches the paint, or to shave your body hair. Then, like good little consumers, people feel obligated to purchase the mops and sportscars and razors and other marketed crap that they believe is a part of their gender identity. (A similar effect can also be witnessed in Disney's parent/child divisive advertising...) Even old Robert Wright, in his <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679763996/702-4070906-3132040">The Moral Animal</a> is promoting gender division to sell a product - namely, his own field of study, Evolutionary Psychology. The book is quite well organized and coherent, and yet in the end it's still marketing... By and large the rest of society are thoughtless hulks - most people barely have the mental agility to wear the succession of masks referred to heretofore - and it's true that one person is very unlikely to seriously change that fact. BUT Sometimes we have to realize that there are reasons why this is true and that they are not "genetic". With this realization a person can at least (1) improve those people in their immediate environment, thereby making their life less crummy, and (2) recognize that they themselves may be making mistakes as well, and try to learn about them and get past them. Number one idiotic mistake is believing that the gender divide is anything but social - if you ever want to understand this, ask someone, anyone really, how gender differences arose from hunter-gatherer culture. This is always good for a laugh. They will almost always tell you that: - Men would go out each day and spear mammoths - hence the male genetic predisposition towards playing SPORTS and EARNING MONEY - Women would stay home and do their nails, or perhaps vacuum the cave, but never anything of any consequence - hence the female predisposition towards HOUSEWORK and NOT EARNING MONEY - There is a second social class of Men in the village whose job it is to leech food off of other Men and have sex with the Women when the other Men are not looking - hence the male genetic predisposition toward SCREWING AROUND The great part is that this is obvious crap, and yet it's the first thing out of anyone's mouth when they want to excuse bad behaviour, such as not giving women equal pay. After all, women evolved to work for lower wages, they say... As long as you're trying to be the lone wolf, don't let a bunch of christian fundies and diaper salesmen tell you how to think about other people. P.S. Don't pay too much attention to Nietzsche! He has an absolute talent for reducing complex systems to very simple measures, eliminating levels of meaning thereby. The whole "pain as currency" concept is a pretty good example of his brand of philosophical orthogonalization.