My brief history of the cultural universe

June 21, 2016

Originally, I was going to label this post as follows;

My brief history of the world.

But, thinking on the theme for my blog, I decided to change it to the title you now see before you. I also thought, perhaps that my original choice sounded a lot too familiar, like Richard Dawkins’ A Brief History of the World – I’ve never read this thick tome, by the way – or Steven Hawkins’s musings on a brief moment in time, or some such thing. Nevertheless, I remain attuned to how culture has largely been ignored during earth’s short encounters with humanity.

Ok, let me go all the way to the beginning then. Let’s also start a conversation. Let’s have a discussion and debate about the mystical appearance of earth’s first woman and the legacy that she is alleged to have left for the rest of us over thousands of years. Let’s also be honest about our suspicions and remind others that pretty much all of the original religious texts, and the ones that followed thereafter, were written by men, some prophets and some divinely inspired.

I have sometimes wondered about this, and tonight I am doing this again. Whatever motivated these fine scribes to portray the world’s first woman in such a negative light. The legend says that man fell. And one of the reasons why man fell was the fault of the woman. I find this hard to believe, because throughout history, and with very few and rare exceptions, women have truly lived up to their staple as being referred to as the fairer sex. Of the very few female leaders the world has seen and experienced in modern times, they have been an exception to the way the world has been run.

With very few exceptions, women don’t go to war. There’s one worthwhile and notable example however. The present ceremonial Queen of the British Empire was named after this famous leader. She, in turn, was an ardent admirer of William Shakespeare’s thought-provoking dramas and poems. But when Queen Elizabeth the First led her tiny nation to war against Spain’s mad King Philip, it was to rescue her country from tyranny and oppression, not invade another land and rape and steal, and so forth. And, as has been the excuse throughout the centuries, even up to recent times, the reason for going to war was motivated by religion.

Even the great prophets and scribes, all men, had their most ardent influences from women they mostly regarded as their equals. These women, mystical or very much alive at the time, some even deified as goddesses, all provided men with their inspiration and motivation to craft the world we live in today. Because evil remains so prominent, goodness is often just a sideshow or easily forgotten. But, as history has always shown us, goodness always triumphs over evil. One has to wonder always why, throughout the centuries, evil tyrants always appeared to have short memories.

In fact, those who knew the history of the world well would often be haunted about when their own, inevitable downfalls would come. I forget the first name of the one lady, but the other is better known to most historians. In fact, after her husband died, she went on to play an influential role in the early development of the United Nations. This reminds me; why haven’t we had a woman as Secretary General of the UN. I live in hope. That day will surely come. Nevertheless, it is a known fact of history that the moral strength and womanly friendship of Mrs. Ellinore Roosevelt and Mrs. Churchill had a profound influence over their husbands.

Eva Braun, one the other hand, a consummate and dimwitted playgirl, had no influence over her husband who, characteristic of most dictators, had very little interest in women other than as subjects or objects. I need to finish this post, because time has run out on us, once more. Perhaps I could leave you with this one profound desire. That desire is to see the world being led from the front by more women. I’m quite sure it will be a better place as a result.

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