A year ago I talked about how long term the only way to get away from women and manginas was to head for the stars. I had also talked about how the Thrint from Larry Niven’s Known Space universe were an excellent metaphor for women. Larry Niven’s Known Space universe also includes a species called the Pak which were a thought experiment to explain why aging and other things like mid life crises happened. More importantly like the Thrint, the Pak are an excellent metaphor for everything we talk about.
In Larry Niven’s Known Space universe, humans are not originally from Earth. Humans are the decedents of the Pak who colonized the Earth 2.5 million years ago. Under our classification system Pak are Homo Habilis. Pakhome, the Pak homeworld is near the galactic core. The Pak have three life stages, child, breeder, and protector. Pak children and breeders are not sentient, but Pak protectors are. The transition from from breeder to protector is accomplished by gorging on what is known as tree of life. It’s basically a sweet potato with a special virus that causes a Pak to transform from breeder to protector. When a pak breeder becomes 42 years old, they have a sudden urge to eat tree of life non stop until they transform into a protector. Niven created this to explain how age related deterioration could be positive. The health problems associated with aging actually become positives during the transformation from breeder to protector. Thus a protector looks like a buff elderly man with a beak like in the picture above.
Pak protectors are hyper intelligent, more intelligent than a human. Pak breeders have a particular odor that protectors can smell. However, the only breeder odor that smells right to a Pak protector is the odor that comes from their descendants. Thus a protector is compelled to protect their own descendants at any cost will trying to kill the descendants of other Pak tribes. As a result Pakhome is in a constant state of warfare. Since Pak protectors are hyper intelligent, protectors have no trouble inventing things like nuclear weapons and spaceships.
This is where the Pak start becoming an excellent metaphor for men and women. Each of the Pak life stages corresponds to something in the real world, child to child, breeder to women, and protector to men. Pak protectors, for reasons of biology, are forced to “man up” and protect/fight over women. The only reason the breeders aren’t actively manipulating the protectors is because the breeders aren’t sentient. That’s the only place this metaphor fails.
A Pak protector needs to keep smelling the odor of its descendants. If all of the descendants of a Pak protector get killed, then the protector will lose its purpose, get into something akin to depression where they just stop moving, and die. A Pak protector can avoid this fate by finding a new purpose for its life. Often, Pak protectors in this situation will choose to adopt the whole of the Pak species as their descendants. Many Pak protectors in that situation will choose to go to work for the great library on the Pak homeworld. This is akin to going to following Paul Elam or the manuresphere.
Since the Pak protectors can build spaceships, they can colonize other planets. Planets near Pakhome could be reached by other Pak so any Pak that attempted to colonize them would just get attacked by other Pak. One tribe of Pak came up with a way around this by colonizing a planet very far away which ended up being Earth. This tribe of Pak went off and colonized Earth. However, tree of life could not grow properly on Earth since radiation present in the galactic core was not available on Earth. Thus no new Pak protectors could be created, and all of the Pak protectors died of starvation since they needed tree of life to live. The breeders they took with them survived and became us.
Another group of Pak a million years ago realized that fighting over breeders would destroy the Pak. They found a record of the Earth colonization mission and decided to follow the first mission. This tribe did something different on their colonization mission. While they brought breeders with them, their colonization ship was separated into two parts, one for the protectors and one for the breeders. The Pak protectors made an agreement that any protector sneaking in to smell the odor of the breeders would be immediately executed. This was because this group of Pak protectors knew that to end fighting over breeders, they had to get rid of the need to smell the odor of breeders. This was Pak protectors forcing themselves to go their own way and destroy their need to be around breeders (or in this metaphor women). Several hundred protectors were originally a part of this colonization mission. Half of them were executed during the trip for trying to smell the odor of the breeders. The other half freed themselves of the need to smell breeders anymore.
The Pak protectors that went their own way decided to avoid Earth and settled in another star system. These Pak protectors built themselves a Ringworld, a massive cosmic mega-structure to live. Like on Earth, the breeders evolved, but on the Ringworld there ended up being several species of hominids instead of just one as on Earth. However, the Ringworld hominids still could not be manipulated via sex. Ringworld culture had a practice called rishathra, where hominids from different species would have sex with each other. It was used in many cases like a handshake to seal agreements. It was also used for pure sexual pleasure since STDs and pregnancy were not issues in rishathra. Thus, the women from any one of the Ringworld hominid species could not use sex as a means to manipulate the men of their species. It’s like having legalized prostitution being perfectly acceptable as an option for sex.
What happens when humans or Ringworld hominids come into contact with Pak protectors. Several thousand years ago, a lone Pak protector decided to travel to Earth, and he finds Earth a couple of centuries from now. The Pak protector abducts a human and puts the human in his cargo hold with his tree of life. The human is 42 years old so he starts eating the tree of life and becomes a human protector. Since human breeders (adults) are sentient and Pak breeders are not, human protectors end up being significantly smarter than Pak protectors. The human protector kills the Pak protector and sets up an operation to look for other Pak. A couple of centuries later a Pak invasion fleet is found. (In the Known Space universe the galactic core becomes uninhabitable so all the Pak left Pakhome. The first Pak to leave were the librarians.) The human protector makes the tree of life virus airborne and infects a human colony to turn them into human protectors to fight the Pak protector librarians. The human protectors obliterated Pak protector librarians and the proceeded the find the rest of the Pak that were several centuries behind them and obliterate them as well.
There is at least one protector that was created on the Ringworld, Tunesmith. He was from one of the Ringworld hominid species, and they are somewhat smarter than a human so as a protector he is smarter than a human protector. In other words, in both cases, descendants of Pak colonies (who are equivalent of Pak who chose or were forced to go their own way) are superior to the original Pak in every way possible. If some men who are going their own way chose to set up colonies in space, a similar situation would arise where the descendants of the MGTOW colonists would be on a higher level than women and manginas from Earth.
The Pak are a better metaphor for the world today than even the Thrint are.