If you like to sit on the fence in general, do not read this article; it will not be good for your health.
Imagine this! Nice cappuccino, snug surroundings, great conversation (well mostly, you’ll have to wait for the punch line) – I am with a good friend. It is him, who dropped this ‘punch line’. And with the unquestionable trust that flows between us, I even got his permission to write what I am about to reveal. Yet, I dare him, the culprit, to unveil himself!
I know you want me to get to the crux of it, but there are a few things to understand first. This is a conversation between a man and a woman with a certain mutual respect; two people who share trusted information and two people who are both undoubtedly prepared to stretch themselves to a limit, and go out on a limb to make a difference. One of them, however, the more masculine one, loves to ‘drop’ things in conversations to get the others juices flowing. And I tell you one thing; my belly is on fire as a result!
He knows it – I think my stare sliced him in two.
His statement – “Women give men an erection, men give women direction!” (Incidentally he did instantly tell me I was an exception – Possibly in response to my stare – I hope!!) Also, I am certain he does not believe this, however he did point out that there are many people out there that do. I find that unfathomable.
The first thing I would like to point out, is that any time there are two people present, there is in fact the essence of four – whereby each of us are comprised of both the masculine and feminine. In this case, the statement makes little sense.
It is true that we currently live in a patriarchal society and we exist within a framework that has resulted from thousands of years of such a culture embedded into both the male and female psyche. However, the mounting evidence is vast, that for millennia of human history, the chief deity had been female.
Some such evidence comes from ancient societies such as the Minoan, the Goddess, the priestesses, even, may I point out – the scriptures! (How the patriarchal and hierarchical-oriented priests who wrote these specific ‘slips’ with reference to the feminine power allowed these works to be produced – who knows – possibly lack of attention to detail!) My take on the Old Testament is a volume in itself.
I implore – fellow men and women in Ireland, our pre-Christian legends tell us that the Celts worshipped Cerridwen, as the Goddess of intelligence and knowledge.
However, even if we do not want to go there and actually investigate the historical and archaeological evidence – we could simply ponder on why priests wear dresses? I don’t mean to be factious here, I just find it interesting. Sometimes the answer is in front of our faces.
This is not a barrage from the feminine – because the pivotal point is that the pre-eminence of women as both a deity and in life, suggests not an inequality, nor does it suggest in any manner oppression of the masculine. The feminine power is the power of love and compassion. As a race, thousands of years ago, we were strikingly equalitarian. We existed back then in a world of equality, partnership, linking at work, home and in politics.
This is very opposite in nature to the hierarchical and ranking, male-dominated religions, governments and, may I add, medical profession – which seems to govern our place in society and our destiny. A questionable false reality.
This is only a simple taster – and no matter how you are digesting it – the point of the matter is that, I think it is high time we started a true exploration of how we may intercede in a more effective cultural evolution. Have we advanced or have we regressed? How many more great depressions do we have to experience before we truly ‘cop ourselves on’?
I, for one, know that my cappuccino-sharing, masculine friend will be the first to agree. After all, it was I that suggested he come up with the title for this text.
Comments are exceptionally welcome on this one.