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|EQ Uncertainty Principle|
Oct. 13th, 2006 at 11:06 pm
Taryn’s thought provoking post on RS over at BCC has reminded me of a concept that I’ve held for a while. It is based on the Hisenburg Uncertainty Priciple which I only claim to understand on a hand wavy level. In fact, while doing some reading in preparation for my post I found that my understanding is the “Common incorrect explanation” listed on the rather detailed article found on Wikipedia. Luckily for us we are large enough for this to not be a problem in our everyday lives, as we are not sub-atomic particles.
Sometimes however a woman will simply attend EQ. In these cases though the normal (un)prepared lesson will be given there will be a distinctly different quality to the lesson and the participation. Quorum members are more restrained with their comments, there are fewer jokes, the meeting just isn’t the same. I’m not saying it is worse or better, in fact I think it can go either way on that front. But the observer might think that she has just witnessed EQ and in fact she has not. Her observations have changed it into something else.
I understand from my wife that men show up in Relief Society ALL THE TIME! I had no idea. It would be interesting to know if there is a similar effect in RS, and if the participants think that this has a negative or positive effect on RS. I have very little evidence myself. In college I once went to the bathroom in a dorm that had unisex bathrooms. When I entered it was empty and I went about my business. A group of women entered and began having a loud conversation that was rather shocking to me. Other women came and went. When my presence became known their conversation changed drastically. Other than that I have very little insight into female only interactions.
I’m not saying this to suggest that women should or shouldn’t show up in EQ. Just that the interactions of the EQ become different when they do.