“Do you think women are weak?”
I shrugged. I did not want to answer this question.
“Listen,” the Lion continued, “don’t be afraid to answer this question. In being true to yourself, you will be liberated from the falsehoods imposed on you by society. This is not who you inherently are. This is all taught behavior.”
I was embarrassed, but knew I had to answer. “I am ashamed to admit that I secretly do think crying is a sign of weakness.” I tried to justify my thinking. “However, I see very strong qualities in the women in my life—in my mother, my wife, my sister. In fact, I think my mother is very strong and helps with the firm, and so does my sister.”
“Do you think your wife could run your firm?”
“With proper training, yes, I think she could.”
“Do you think she is capable of running it without any training?”
“No, I don’t think so.”
“You don’t think so, because she is a woman or because she needs training?”
I wanted to dig a hole and disappear. “It is a combination of both,” I replied.
“How would you feel about one of your sons running the company?”
“I will be glad when they take over.”
“Okay, let’s go back to shame. So, you think a man crying is a shameful act?”
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