I recently undertook a quest to revive my ability to create.
My task was to fashion something new every day, for a week.
When time was running out on the last day, I recalled the shortness of haiku & thought that might be the way to go.
Know you haiku?
I seriously underestimated this “smallest literary form“
“the Japanese poetic art of capturing a moment“
“A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons“
The most popularly exampled haiku seems to be thus;
“The old pond;
A frog jumps in –
The sound of water”
in the fraction of a description
We might suggest that haiku speak to, & animate our senses.
Just try these out & see what you feel (images lie beneath, though you won’t need them).
a world of grief and pain,
~ ~ ~
taken ill on my travels,
my dreams roam over
the withered moors
~ ~ ~
in the spring rain
the pond and the river
have become one
~ ~ ~
won’t you come and see
loneliness? just one leaf
from the kiri tree
~ ~ ~
a giant firefly:
that way, this way, that way, this –
and it passes by
~ ~ ~
right at my feet –
and when did you get here,
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~
Now let’s pause a little …
& begin to wonder …
about the fantastical efforts that have been made …
to infiltrate (yes that’s Japan) …
& take down …
a culture of once-extraordinary depth.
The Celtic Rebel has put forward an idea that the World Wars were engineered;
1) to destroy the threat that a prosperous Germany may pose to the British Empire and
2) to destroy the soul of the German people
When I considered those ideas, I got to wondering if something similar could be behind the Japanese induction into the Western world, WWII & it’s cultural unraveling since then.
This unraveling began less than 160 years ago –
… before that Japan was a law unto itself – their living of life was something we would find extremely hard to comprehend;
“Fear of European domination led Tokugawa to close off Japan to the outside world in 1612. With exception of Nagasaki and one other port, foreigners were excluded from Japan for 241 years, until 1853.”
“For the Japanese the punishment for leaving the country (and coming back) was death. The Japanese view at the time was that their world was complete and their was no place in it for crude, materialistic and barbaric Westerners. It was one of the few times in modern history that a nation rejected “progress”.”
Silly, silly people.
Luckily for them there were those who knew what was good for them …
“On March 31, 1854, Commodore Matthew Perry and the “Black Ships” of the United States Navy forced the opening of Japan to the outside world with the Convention of Kanagawa”
“His mission completed, Perry returned to New York in January 1855, a hero receiving “warm congratulations” from the secretary of the Navy, $20, 000 from Congress, gifts from several cities, and acclaim on all sides“
Wow that’s a big thank you for helping a little country out. I guess the Japanese must be very grateful;
“There is a national policy in Japan that has continued without pause … for nearly one hundred & forty years … This policy is Westernization, which has led to the continuing disintegration of the traditional Japanese view of life & body, as a whole. By accepting this policy, the Japanese people did gain the practical lifestyles of a modernized society … At the same time, however, they have dismantled and obliterated a culture with a 2000 year old tradition. It is still not known who actually instigated the most drastic social reform that ever occurred in Japan’s history … “
Very interesting, if that last bit be true.
Of late I have been wondering many things.
I have wondered if the Japanese were puppeted into Pearl Harbour?
I think it’s highly likely.
The more I look, the more ‘theatrical’ World War II appears.
The finale itself was so outstanding …
… that an encore was called for.
Japan is the only country ever to have been attacked with nuclear weapons – we’re so used to that fact that we don’t really consider how unbelievable that is.
“It was agreed that psychological factors in the target selection were of great importance … obtaining the greatest psychological effect against Japan”
“I felt as though I had been struck on the back with something like a big hammer, and thrown into boiling oil … ever so many times I called for help:”Mother!” “Mother!” “Father!” but of course in that place there was no answer from Mother, no answer from Father.“
“It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender“
Admiral William D. Leahy (Chief of Staff to Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman)
The cremation of two Japanese towns was just a beginning.
“for eighty months following its surrender in 1945 …
… Japan was at the mercy of an army of occupation … At the head … was General MacArthur who was technically supposed to defer to an advisory council set up by the Allied powers, but in practice did everything himself. As a result, this period was one of significant American influence … “for six years the United States has had a freer hand to experiment with Japan than any other country in Asia, or indeed in the entire world.”
Meet General MacArthur …
blood relation of Commodore Matthew Perry –
“MacArthur must have seen himself as a second “opener” of Japan.“
“In November 1945 … General Douglas MacArthur sat down with a delegation of American clergy … [&] asked them to send 1,000 missionaries to Japan as soon as possible. “Japan is a spiritual vacuum,” he said. “If you do not fill it with Christianity, it will be filled with communism” … So began one of the strangest episodes of the Cold War: MacArthur’s attempt to harness Christianity in his mission to transform Japan into an American-style democracy. Over the next five years, over 1,500 American missionaries arrived in Japan“
“The land was flooded with millions of Bibles.”
This was a soul-destroying time.
It was meant to be.
“psychological factors in the target selection were of great importance … obtaining the greatest psychological effect against Japan“
“Trauma is the shock to the psyche that leads to dissociation“
The Japanese had a devotion to their country that was incomprehensible to the West.
Here are the words of my Aikido teacher, who though English, has had more than 50 years of interaction with the Japanese & is highly regarded by them (not something they give lightly);
- You couldn’t get to the bottom of the Japanese culture
- Japan is the world to them
- ‘Japanese culture’ – you earn it
- Deep attachment to family & country
- ‘How was it they could take 45 minutes – 1 hour to make a cup of tea – with no long chats, just content to enjoy the solitude?”
- Respect for seniors, elders
- Hierarchical – you have a place
- Whatever you do, no matter whether it fails or succeeds you have to put
a hundreda hundred twenty percent in
- (In martial Arts) – Japanese happy to stay a white belt forever – the West has to show progress, but what matters to the Japanese is self-enhancement, self-satisfaction
This was a culture, where death was preferably to dishonour;
“They had an extreme devotion to their country and would go to the death to save it“
yet it was destroyed & then rebuilt in the image of its vanquisher;
“The Japanese economy was completely destroyed during World War II … Yet its recovery was quite remarkable … Large modernized plants were built everywhere and gigantic industrial complexes … began to appear … Extremely rapid urbanization progressed … The proportion of the population living in urban versus rural areas has been completely reversed”
“for six years the United States has had a freer hand to experiment with Japan than any other country in Asia, or indeed in the entire world.”
I chose to use the words of my teacher instead of snippets from the internet, because the intersnippets feel strange – I simply could not get a clear picture. There’s plenty of repeated info on the brutality of Japanese soldiers …
… & plenty of repeated heroic-American-glowing-soldier stories that have such a theatrical feel to them.
Hiroshima & Nagasaki were ok because the Japanese were so brutal & fanatical right?
But what if the atomic bombing of Japan was a pre-war decision? To get away with that
… you would need to create a brutal enemy …
… & then paint them with a very sinister brush.
Let’s have a wee look at this sinister Japanese culture;
- The harmony principle is responsible for the tendency to make things small in Japan. By making things tiny you leave more space for your neighbor
- Patient thoroughness, especially in preparation, is valued over speed or creativity
- HOW work is done often matters more than WHAT is accomplished.
- It is important to know when to reveal honne (one’s true feeling, opinion) and when to maintain tatemae (one’s role-appropriate face to the world).
- The polite fiction: “I am humble, you are honored,” is the fundamental message behind polite language and etiquette.
- Lifelong relationships are a person’s main resource-interdependence and reciprocity.
- Other-centered, work centered (rather than me-centered).
The question behind this article is why so very much effort was expended on one little country?
- Forcing it open
- Cremating it
- Re-fashioning it into the image of the West.
The result of the talk with my teacher led to some ideas.
I had gotten the feel that Japanese essence might be about building extraordinary foundations – these were a people who would whole-heartedly devote themselves to years & then more years, of learning & improving skills;
“To fall seven times, to stand the eighth“
Their concept of time & self completely defied the West;
“The heart is the same at sixty as at three”
“Decisions are often made only after consulting with everyone in the group”
“The Japanese culture is well-known for its focus on long-term planning, with companies often having 100-year plans“
Their devotion to their country & to honour borders on insane to the I-centred Western eye;
“Over 500 military officers committed suicide right after Japan surrendered”
“Japan is a strikingly homogenous … society”
“This orderliness or harmony (wa in Japanese) amid an unprecedented national emergency minimizes or prevents open conflicts … the Japanese who value their gaman (patience) and konjo, a Japanese word that combines “passive, stoic endurance” with “all-out drive to accomplish a goal“
Are these traits palatable to the Western machine? – I think not.
Remembering the sarin gas attack on Tokyo Metro in 1995, here is a further insight into this intriguing culture;
“terrorism is not seen as a threat to the nation’s core values: democracy, prosperity, and national unity. Rather, antiterrorism is seen as a grave danger to peace and fundamental human rights.”
Is it possible that the Japanese culture was a threat to spread of Westernisation?
Might it have offered insights, depth & learning that would have interfered with the dehumanising process commonly known as Westernisation?
Try this insight on for size.
“There is a concept called ma. Ma means empty or distance or blank … blankness. Even in daily conversation with Japanese there are lots of ma. I always sense the difference between that kind of sense of time in conversation with American people – you need to keep talking … I think the people are a little afraid of having ma … but somehow my people have a sense to enjoy that kind of blankness, that kind of notion reflects in every aspect of Japaneses life, especially traditional”
“this sensibility towards space is called ma and can be seen everywhere from ukiyoe woodprints to garden design, flower arranging (ikebana) to shakuhachi music”
“Ma … can be roughly translated as “gap”, “space”, “pause” or “the space between two structural parts … best described as … the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form deriving from an intensification of vision. There is no equivalent single-word term for Ma in the English language”
“Space is substance. Cézanne painted and modelled space. Giacometti sculpted by “taking the fat off space“. Mallarmé conceived poems with absences as well as words … Isaac Stern described music as “that little bit between each note – silences which give the form“… The Japanese have a word (ma) for this interval which gives shape to the whole. In the West we have neither word nor term. A serious omission”
Japan was probably the toughest egg that the West had to crack;
“Japan is a strikingly homogenous … society“
… but then egg crackin’ was their speciality.
And you simply can’t beat a well-executed trauma.
What a coup to reel in a race schooled in deep devotion & the achievement of excellence;
“Japan is well known for its automotive and electronics industries throughout the world … Japan is one of the leading nations in the fields of scientific research, technology, machinery and medical research … important technological contributions are found in the fields of electronics, machinery, robotics, optics, chemicals, semiconductors and metals …
… Japan leads the world in robotics, possessing more than half (402,200 of 742,500) of the world’s industrial robots used for manufacturing“
While looking for additional info on the idea I thought was coming up next, I found something I didn’t know I was looking for.
“For Morita Minoru, a longtime political commentator, something is rotten in the state of Japan … “Japanese politicians,” he writes, “have made serving the American government a priority … Japan has lost its sovereignty to the United States. Our nation has been invaded and occupied by invisible forces.“
Mr Minoru wrote a book called ‘Curing Japan’s America Addiction” – on the back it reads;
“When the Japanese media tried to silence one of Japan’s most oft-quoted political analysts, the septuagenarian turned to the foreign press, the Internet and the lecture circuit to talk about the harmful effects of the Koizumi Revolution. Now Minoru Morita is urging Japan to say “No!” to its unhealthy relationship with the US … Learn about the emergence of the working poor, the destruction of the “hundred million middle class” and attempts to turn Japan’s education and medical systems into cash cows for American venture capitalists.”
The title of the book & a certain slackness on my part in understanding just what regime the book was talking about, led to a personal enlightenment. I may be completely wrong here, but I finally understood the idea I’ve been writing of, but not quite able to grasp.
Let’s now suggest that the atomically-bombed, American-ruled Japanese suffered from Stockholm Syndrome?
“for six years the United States has had a freer hand to experiment with Japan than any other country in Asia, or indeed in the entire world“
“In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a term used to describe a real paradoxical psychological phenomenon wherein hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors; sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors as an act of kindness …
The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage from August 23 to August 28, 1973. In this case, the victims became emotionally attached to their captors, and even defended them after they were freed from their six-day ordeal.“
Certain ingredients assist in the kindling of Stockholm Syndrome;
- Hostages … often view the perpetrator as giving life by simply not taking it. In this sense, the captor becomes the person in control of the captive’s basic needs for survival and the victim’s life itself.
- The hostage endures isolation from other people and has only the captor’s perspective available. Perpetrators routinely keep information about the outside world’s response to their actions from captives to keep them totally dependent.
- The captive sees the perpetrator as showing some degree of kindness. Kindness serves as the cornerstone of Stockholm syndrome; the condition will not develop unless the captor exhibits it in some form towards the hostage.”
We know, through the oft-presented case of Patty Hearst, about the malleability of victims. We recall just how much Japan was a homogenous nation, surely making it easier to
infect affect. Japan didn’t need to lose its distinct personality, all it had to do was transfer it’s allegiance & abilities to its captors.
And its abilities have been very well harnessed.
Whenever America inserts itself into a country…
… physical excesses & sexual obsessions arise.
“A storm is brewing in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, where publishers of manga (Japanese comic books) are outraged that the metropolis has passed a law limiting the sale of sexually explicit material”
“Modern manga originated in the Occupation (1945–1952) and post-Occupation years (1952–early 1960s)”
“The medium includes works in a broad range of genres: action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality … Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry … approximately $3.6 billion. Manga have also gained a significant worldwide audience. In 2008, the U.S. and Canadian manga market was valued at $175 million.”
Here’s some ideas that connect post-war trauma with anime – looked at as a form of re-invasion of America;
“He said the art form of anime conveys the collective post WWII emotions of a post-traumatic Japan …
A primary theme is that of the Japanese paradox: how has such a strictly defined and rigid society produced pop art that is, compared to its American counterparts at least, wildly imaginative and boundary bursting? Kelts’s belief is that one directly created the other, that anime and manga’s wild and kinetic structures, hyperaddictive apocalyptic story lines and surprisingly emotional content (not to mention sex and violence unheard of in American pop culture) could never flourish in an openly permissive and individualistic society that had not experienced nuclear devastation.”
When the West floods a nation, it seems to do so most methodically – re-arranging, refurbishing, harvesting – it’s called progress & it’s decorated with benefits & modern conveniences. The price is written in such fine print you can’t quite read it, but you can kind of make out the word soul or is it sold?
“Miyu Uehara, a Japanese celebrity known locally as a “tarento” (talent), hanged herself early Thursday morning. (Some news sources are mistakenly reporting her name as Miyui or Miyuki.) She had just turned 24 … In her last blog entry posted at 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, she said, “About the ‘real’ me, I can’t find love.”
“Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates, especially amongst industrialized nations”
“Japan has allotted 12.4 billion yen ($133 million) in suicide prevention assets for the 2010 fiscal year ending March 2011, with plans to fund public counseling for those with overwhelming debts and those needing treatment for depression“
When I started this article it was about something quite different, it was about a wonderful insight I had gained from working with Japanese insight. But as I went along, ideas that had long been swimming round in my head, decided their time had come to hit the big (computer) screen. This post may read a little different to my other articles, I hope I didn’t lose you. I have not been trying to aggrandize the Japanese culture or race but simply look with open eyes at what was done to them & wonder why. In light of what I see about about the historical capture & containment of Japan, I really have to wonder about this years events.
I will be returning to the article I didn’t write as I have a debt of gratitude to be paid.
In the meantime I want to finish on a crazy note or two.
I don’t know about you, but for me
it’s always the same –
whenever I look at a map of Japan,
I see the one thing;
Now here’s the test!
If you’ve been paying attention in this article, you will notice that the attributes of the horse of the sea ring an interesting bell.
- “A relatively calm, and mild-mannered creature … Their bodies are geared for ambling-type motion – not for speed … symbolic of patience and contentment
- Further testimony to these attributes is the lack of evolution … They have remained with this body style without change since their inception.
- the seahorse can be a symbol of inflexibility or stubbornness …the seahorse wraps its tail around the nearest object in order to anchor itself in turbulent waters.
- Often when the seahorse comes to us it is a sign that we either need protection from our external circumstances, or we are building walls that aren’t needed. Their armor-bodies are a sign that sometimes we might need to let our guard down – or perhaps we are leaving too open to get hurt.
- among the long list of symbolic meaning of the seahorse and its lessons is the idea of perception. The eyesight of the seahorse is incredibly sharp, and each eye moves independently. We take this as a symbolic message of perception and awareness of those around us and our situations.”
“Sea horses are the extreme of the extreme”
“Sea horses, more than most animals, inspire wonder … They can change color to blend in with their surroundings, and beat their dorsal fins nearly as fast as a hummingbird beats its wings … Not terribly good swimmers, they can die of exhaustion when caught in even small currents, so they prefer to anchor themselves to sea grasses or coral, or to each other—they like to swim in pairs, linked by their prehensile tails. Sea horses have complicated routines for courtship, and tend to mate under full moons, making musical sounds while doing so … What is perhaps most unusual, though, is that it is the male sea horses that carries the young for up to six weeks. Males become properly ‘pregnant,’ not only carrying, but fertilizing and nourishing the developing eggs with fluid secretions.”
The oppositeness to the norm of the seahorse, seems to me a wonderful symbol of the oppositeness of the Japanese, to Westerners;
“American people – you need to keep talking … I think the people are a little afraid of having ma … but somehow my people have a sense to enjoy that kind of blankness“
If we look to the world as a body & contemplate the seahorsea-shape of Japan, we just might think of … the hippocampus;
“The hippocampus is a major component of the brains of humans and other mammals. It belongs to the limbic system and plays important roles in the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory and spatial navigation … In Alzheimer’s disease, the hippocampus is one of the first regions of the brain to suffer damage …
… The earliest description comes from the Venetian anatomist Julius Caesar Aranzi (1587) who initially likened it to a seahorse, using the Latin: hippocampus (from Greek: ἵππος, “horse” and Greek: κάμπος, “sea monster“)“
And what does this little brain-creature bring to the human race you ask?
“known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.”
“the part of the brain essential for the formation and storage of new memories and the recall of old memories”
“The hippocampus contains high levels of glucocorticoid receptors, which make it more vulnerable to long-term stress than most other brain areas“
Now I could tie that up very neatly for you & put a bow on it … but I’m just gonna leave it unwrapped so you can play with it …
… btw did you know that there are those in very high places who hold the seahorse in very high regard?
“What goes on four feet in the morning,
two feet at noon,
and three feet in the evening?“
with bloodily pierced feet“
“Oedipus himself is that man; his name means “Swollen Foot,” and his feet are pierced when, at his birth, he is exposed on the hillside“
Oh silly me, I left out a question!
I should have asked …
“What twinned tales of lamed males have provided two of the West’s foundational cornerstones?”
But I gave away the game away didn’t I?
Never mind, let’s continue.
The first pillar of our community needs no introduction (but we’ll give him one anyway) …
Ladies & gentlemen, on our right we have the reigning waterweight champion of the world – Jesus – son of a narcissist, Saviour of mankind & patron of the Western religion Christianity (with its obligatory Holy Days, Eastmass & Christer).
Limping in on our left we have Oedipus …
… unluckiest man in the world, outstanding answerer of riddles & patron of the Western world’s attachment to trauma;
“The foundational stories we tell about Western civilization are stories of trauma. Oedipus is wounded and abandoned by his parents, who drive a stake through his feet (hence the name Oedipus, which means “swollen foot”) … [they] leave the baby on a hillside to die. Saved by the herdsman, Oedipus is fated to kill his father, Laius, and to marry his mother, Jocasta.“
What has been the measure of a man for thousands of years?
“The foot as a unit of measure was used in most Western cultures and was usually divided into 12 or sometimes 10 inches/thumbs, or into 16 fingers/digits. The first known standard foot measure was from Sumer“
What is so important about this foot ...
… that it was given dominion over man
& turned into his ruler?
Why did the alchemists of the English language place the sole/soul at the base of the foot?
Why did they make ‘male‘ an anagram of lame?
What if the soul is action as opposed to ether?
What if it is a trail-blazing energy that constantly seeks creation & connection?
Which part of the body pulses the earth-shaking beat of re-connection with our world …
… time & time again.
So I’m wondering …
“Was it perhaps VERY important
that our civilisation be founded upon
tales of wounded feet/soles/souls?”
1.to set up or establish on a firm basis or for enduring existence.
2.to lay the lowest part of (a structure) on a firm base or ground.”
Our feet …
… are our base / roots in this world.
They ground us.
“Our feet are the most powerful part of our body for creating groundedness. If you aren’t using your feet well, you can’t be truly grounded … When our feet are rigid, we walk like a car without shocks; we land hard on the ground rather than rebounding lightly. We don’t yield to the energy with the ground“
Human abilities when ‘grounded’ may include;
“Brings life in to matter and to be able to bring our healing abilities into the physical … Increases balance and stability in our physical and our emotional state … Helps in creating a bridge between Spirit and matter … Provides an outlet making the release (of energy) easier“
Sounds bloody marvelous – where do I sign up?
Suggested effects of not being grounded include;
“Dizziness … A feeling of being ‘Spaced Out’ … Feeling sick … Noise & light sensitive … Weight gain … Having brilliant ideas that never happen … Arguing and unable to get your point across“
Hmmm … I vaguely recall a civilisation like … now what was it?
“When we’re ungrounded, we are walled off in the head“
Ah, of course, got it! They’re talking of us & this world.
“But this world is in a much worse state than that!,” you say.
Yes ’tis true, but then again … we’re not really talking of un-grounded feet are we?
We’re talking of wounded & mutilated soles.
“I began to explore the roots of what seemed a pervasive trauma. Trauma is the shock to the psyche that leads to dissociation: our ability to separate ourselves from parts of ourselves, to create a split within ourselves so that we can know and also not know what we know, feel and yet not feel our feelings. It is our ability, as Freud put it in Studies on Hysteria, to hold parts of our experience not as a secret from others but as a “foreign body” within ourselves.“
So mutilated is this world now, that I feel we must ask where the foundational wounding came from?
Well you’d have to get in real early, at ground level (so to speak), if you wished to cripple an entire race …
… ahh yes, so much easier to manipulate clay …
Remember go for the feet, & a race (any race), will fall.
We need to probe deeper into these twisted tales of tortured soles because there’s something very nasty lurking in the shoe rack.
It seems that scarified feet always speak the same story – they tell of;
‘the (god-condoned) abandonment, betrayal & murder (or attempted murder) of the foot-owner, by their parents.‘
“After their marriage, King Laius of Thebes and his wife Jocasta were warned by the Delphic Oracle that should they have a son that son would kill Laius and marry Jocasta …
… It was not long after this warning that Jocasta gave birth to a son. Fearing the prophecy Laius pierced and bound the infant’s feet and left him to die on a mountain side“
If you go ogle the term “Jesus betrayed“ you will be led straight …
… to Judas,
sometimes the deniable Peter is thrown in for good measure,
but number ONE on the list of quisling-backstabbers,
is always Judas.
But Judas was the fall guy.
He took the heat & attention off the master architect & his accomplice.
When the foot/sole/soul has been scarified, look to the parents. That is where the soul wound has been made human.
If Jesus existed, then he was betrayed, abandoned & done to death by his father …
… the Jehovian narcissist too long trapped in the mirror.
But what of his mother?
Untouchable (except by god), irreproachable, immaculate, chaste, modest, graceful & a damn fine sufferer to boot, she blindly accepted the ‘will’ of God even down to standing by at the murder of her son.
“Mary is said to have fainted at the sight of her suffering Son“
Nope, sorry, that just won’t wash!
“Ain’t nobody gonna crucify my son”
Ah now that’s more like it!
I wonder how many women over the years, have faithfully followed Mary’s example, standing silently by as their sons head off to sacrifice?
I wonder how many women have lived lives of inactivity & acceptance because the Mother of God did?
I believe these are fair questions, though they never crossed my mind until recently.
Mary, the God-mother was given a very superior job description;
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”
In the clan of womanhood, she got top billing – the ultimate role model. For millions of women she is THE Mother, but as a mother figure …
… she really, REALLY lacks the motherly vibe except (apparently) towards the son she watched die.
Thus far we have lamed/betrayed males, father’s who kill & mother’s who stand acceptingly by.
Does that feel right?
“A search for truth was uncovering a buried history, revealing the extent to which neither men nor women felt authentic. How had this happened? Where had they split with their souls, their desires, their connection to themselves and each other?”
“Why has the love story in Western culture long assumed that pleasure leads to death, that love leads to loss?“
More unprovable theories on the intermingling of feet with the traumatising of the Western world to follow.
“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it“
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The quotes in this colour all come from The Birth of Pleasure (Carol Gilligan) – it is she who relates the Western trauma to the story of Oedipus.
Time for a change of scenery.
For your viewing pleasure
I present some images
from my recent weekend away.
I’ve included some unplanned blurry ones,
as they still paint a picture.
Tauranga beach …
on a misty day
& rocky dwarf
Sea clouds …
& cirrus rocks
A thousand & one shells
Swollen seas …
Cruising rivers …
… flexible ferns
and curving waters