SUPPOSE TRUTH IS A WOMAN?
WHERE DOES MALE LOGIC ORIGINATE?
From the foundation of the world women have changed history, and in the process received more than their share of blame for history’s problems and disasters. Mariners considered women onboard their ships bad luck, worse than sailing into a glacier field. However, if the woman was naked onboard somehow that would “calm the sea” and erase the curse.
The logic of men. A wonder to behold.
I have five daughters and no sons. Working in the Middle East my friends and associates called me “Abul Binaat,” meaning The Father of Daughters. Such, by the way, is a considerable curse in most Middle Eastern countries. Certainly in Muslim countries. In fact, when someone would call me by my well-used moniker, in politeness, they would always add (quickly) that, 1) Muhammad the Prophet had only daughters, so presumably you are in good company; and 2) That the Prophet said that “God has prepared a special place in heaven for the Father of Daughters”; and 3) That daughters, and women, always pay close attention to the needs of aging parents much better than sons, who tend to be “worthless to their parents in old age.” To my thinking they are referring to today’s youth. Such was not the case in ages past, when the aged were venerated.
Regardless of which are “better,” sons or daughters, it appears, from modern population stats, fewer and fewer people today are having either, or any. There are more than twice as many dogs in San Francisco as children. Now I like dogs, but there’s something tragic, even self-destructive, about that stat. When there are no children, when childlessness or “Desolation” is our inheritance, what matters anymore? The ultimate narcissistic society, self-serving ourselves into oblivion. The proverbial deck chair re-arranger…on the Titanic.
Okay, too harsh you say? Well, assuming that we are not, as the inheritors of Judeo-Christian Legacy, advocating a suicide pact, then perhaps there is something we can learn from our past. In fact, history tells us everything we need to know about the value of men and women to our world.
TWO JEWS AND AN ARAB WALK INTO A BAR…
My life’s experience tells me that history is not made by cataclysmic disasters and geological upheavals. Certainly those events are relevant, but in reality, they are merely backdrop. True history, I am certain, is made by people, by individuals, who set the future in motion by their decisions, their choices. If you disagree with that statement, try, if you can, to imagine our world today if just three people from history never existed—Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.
Without these three very different people—two Jews and an Arab—you would not recognize your world today. More so, you would not recognize yourself.
You say, “Well, then what about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79? How did human choice have anything to do with that disaster?”
Good question. But the city of Pompeii, obliterated by the eruption, was built by people, was it not, in the shadow of a volcano? The city didn’t just appear there, smiling up at the smoking mountain. Bad choice by Pompeii’s city planners. Imagine, even then, preyed upon by their bureaucrats. As well, leading up the eruption, the city was rocked by a series of earthquakes, the mountain showing signs of something evil this way cometh. But, for some inexplicable reason, people chose to stay put. That choice-thing again. 16,000 in Pompeii alone were fricasseed, then buried under a million tons of ash.
Men’s choice. That’s how history’s made. And if you think about it, there’s a certain comfort.
BLAME FOR THE WORLD’S EVIL
So how does that relate to the women in your life? Why would the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche make the interesting statement “Suppose truth is a woman”? How do these two questions meld to produce a truth few understand today?
As mentioned, women have been blamed for much of the evil in the world. The Jews talk of the archaic legend of Lilith, the Demon of the Night, a cursed, eternally jealous female, a siren, who plagued the stalwart Adam, and sought to steal away and corrupt the children of Eve, our first mother. Lilith was, in essence, a demon, determined to destroy what God and Adam had set in motion for mankind.
THE TEMPTRESS EVE
And Eve, to Christian, Jew, and even Muslim, in traditional accounts, is blamed for her lack of faith in God the Father, and her weak, corrupted spiritual nature. She was accused of being easily seduced by the Serpent in Eden’s Garden, her lack of intellectual understanding of God’s Plan for Adam’s seed, as well as her emotional shakiness. So, she was cursed by God with the pain and danger of childbirth, God’s punishment for her disobedience. The Muslims go one further, portraying Eve as a sensual temptress who loved sin (as all women do) more than she loved God, luring an upright and righteous Adam away from God the Creator. Therefore women must be kept in check, veiled, and watched always. Barefoot and pregnant, under lock and key.
While there are historical ages of enlightenment where women received some tiny bit of freedom and respect (for example, Ancient Sparta), generally the history of women is one of pain, bondage, perceived impurity, and shame. In a dark, uncertain world (most of mankind’s history), where the strong rule and the weak serve the strong, or die, history has been hard on women. Even today in much of the world, including the more traditional Islamic regions and nations, women are effectively the property of men—fathers, brothers, and husbands.
THE GREATEST LIE OF HISTORY
Women have always struggled for justice and equality. But in reality, when all the facts are in, women have been the single greatest catalyst in changing our world for the better. Women make the world go round. Always have. Alone, without women, men return to the caves, forests, and seas, killing and eating each other along the way. The Walking Dead meets Dumb and Dumber.
The true, genuine, productive history of mankind is the history of woman.
Return briefly to Mother Eve. In reality, according to a more accurate interpretation of Holy Writ, Eve was not “seduced” away by Satan, but made a conscious choice—a tough choice—to remove the generations of men and women from an artificial utopia, the Garden of Eden, where mankind could not learn, grow, and improve. Without pain there can be no pleasure. Where nothing is a challenge, no growth takes place. Without choice, there is no growth. Without growth there can be no real freedom. I believe Eve understood this, while Adam did not, not until she explained their options to him in a way he could understand. Eve then made the hardest choice ever shouldered by a human being, one that would impact billions of unborn for centuries, for millennia, to come.
Mother Eve was a true superhero, perhaps the most misunderstood champion, and liberator, in our history. Without her, again, we would not recognize our world today.
A secular example. The Mother of Alexander, before he became “The Great.” Her name was Olympias. She was a capable woman, who worked behind the scenes to ensure that her son, Alexander, would rise to snatch his father’s thrown from multiple claimants. Singlehandedly, she raised Alexander to greatness, convincing him that he was not the son of her marriage to Philip II of Macedonia, but in fact with her secret liaison with the supreme god, Zeus, himself. It appears that such skilled grooming and indoctrination was wholly embraced by Alexander. He did not disappoint.
Recently a questionnaire was sent to a list of the world’s most esteemed historians, asking who they considered the most influential person in history, the one who had the greatest impact upon our world today. The number one vote-getter was, you guessed it, Alexander the Great. (Jesus came in 5th place. Leave it to our academic elites!) Still, even a superficial look at history testifies that without Olympias, Alexander, her son, may have died 2,300 years ago in total obscurity, probably murdered by a rival brother, cousin, or uncle. Alexander went on, in just a few frenetic years, to conquer, and forever alter, much of the known world, setting in motion the philosophies and institutions that make us who we are today.
Suppose Truth is a woman? Without Olympias’ protection and training, Alexander was nothing but another murdered child.
Let’s look further.
The story of Jesus of Nazareth cannot be told or understood without the role played by Mary, his mother. In fact, in the scriptures, little is said of Joseph, her husband. But Mary has rolled down through the ages in the highest esteem, receiving a multitude of names and titles—Mother of God, Our Lady of Lords, Notre Dame (Our Lady), Blessed Mother, The Virgin, Madonna, Queen of Heaven, Mother of Mercy, Our Lady of Guadalupe, etc, etc.
Finally, upon Jesus’s death, the scripture records that Mary was there, among the very few followers who had not fled in fear. From his birth to his death, her love for her son is the stuff of legend, the type of love that transcends time and space. One could even argue, that without Mary’s foundational role—the truth of this woman—the story of Jesus may be unrecognizable.
Joan of Ark, Queen Elizabeth I (the Virgin Queen), Spain’s Queen Isabella who sponsored Columbus’ expeditions to America, Abigail Adams (fighting alongside her husband, John, to create a nation—“Don’t forget the ladies, John.”), Sacajawea, the Shoshoni teenager who rescued Lewis and Clark from certain death in the American West, Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of the most important anti-slavery book in pre-Civil War America), Madame Marie Curie, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mother Teresa, Margaret Thatcher, to name but a few, all impacting our world. And every one has done this through their wise, skilled and effective choices, almost all entirely away from the eyes of the world.
Again, without them, you would not be you.
THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE
As well, how many men find in the women of their lives the inspiration to press on to victory? My wife and best friend is such a woman, though certainly she does not need me to succeed, to build a better world around her. She demonstrates her womanly talent every day. She has the power within, with or without me.
And I look to my five beautiful daughters for such inspiration, for life’s purpose. They have changed the world in their own ways by understanding this eternal principal, and by following the footsteps of their own mother. As well, they understand how Eve refused to allow a somewhat rigid and perhaps overly cautious Adam from dooming mankind within a utopian, yet ultimately desolate, garden that was never meant to be our inheritance.
This is what woman has brought to our world. Purpose and direction. The building block, the keystone, of mankind’s mansion on earth, and a beacon, an ensign, which we have tried to attain over countless millennia—“agape” to the Greeks, and to us, divine love, love unfeigned, love unconditional.
In all this I can say confidently, that not only is Truth a Woman, but more so, Truth is the Love of a Woman. Virtually every great accomplishment in history, and every great man, is seldom far from an equally great, or greater, female.
Therein lies the truth of mankind, and the hope—the truth that today’s Feminist Movement has wholly missed or fearfully ignored. The funny thing, however, is that it’s been here all along, but as a man, I’ve not been humble (meaning wise) enough to recognize it.
Maybe one day. Until then, like Adam, the incredible women of my life will continue to make me look good. Truth is the love of a woman, man’s secret weapon, and for that eternal gift I will always love these Daughters of Eve.