Cults of One Progenitor Testimony
From the archives of Raynah, Friend of Earth,
The Last Testimony of Arthur, Nightwandering Ez Perjezlah of the Fourth Generation (2047–2148) as recorded by Ur’Vashi of The Isles upon Eire, Winter Solstice, 2148, C.E.
It is the best of times. Technology has advanced to within seconds of being able to feed, clothe, educate, and employ all those who desire such things in life and to sustain those who do not. We could provide clean water and power, amazing medicines that prolong healthy life: replacement organs, gene therapies that have tamed cancer and other scourges. We could bioengineer food, created with the intention of preserving genetic diversity and answering the needs of specific micro-environments. We could make bio-based super-computers programmed with the latest machine learning equations societies agree upon that allow constructive interface with natural systems previously impervious to human understanding, and nano-machines that build everything we need from the ground up, including recycling of waste by-products of manufacturing! We could. Then, there is the Internet, which could provide concourse between every individual at all levels of our global society.
It is also the worst of times, in fact, it has become the End Times feared by Christians as all the weak spots inherited from ancestral ways of thinking have caused many societies to simply unravel at the seams.
In paternalist societies (these societies optimize male access to resources and males distribute resources as they see fit) thousands of years of defining women as unimportant, intersecting with profound over-population and medical technology permitting gender selection of fetuses, in the presence of a will to power worthy of Herr Nietzsche himself, resulted in control of female lives from conception through death. Their lot was various kinds of servitude: always helpmate to some male, wombs, sex workers, mental assistants (nee muses), and all kinds of domestic service. If the male owner was kind, all was well. If he wasn’t, well, domestic abuse is the norm in paternalist societies. Female mortality, especially during childbirth, is high in such societies. These societies are now thousands of years old. Some archeological evidence suggests war-based societies have existed since ~10,500 years ago. Plato spoke of such societies in one of his many tomes.
The truth is females actually do have value beyond the use to which males would put them. That value comes from their natural role as mothers, sisters, companions, lovers, and the originators of thought structures necessary to build human bodies and minds, communities, and humanity’s relationship with Earth. They provide critical balance to male striving which is essential. Social power ratios are all important. Few females have access to executive power on Earth at this time and have not for as long as Earth histories record such matters. The current state of constant warfare eroding paternalist societies and Earth Biome is clear evidence of what happens when that ratio is disturbed over time.
In the West (my home and my great-grandparent’s home) a passionate dedication to lucre has overtaken all other good. It is so easy to let lucre and what it buys convince you there is something worth killing and dying for. Millions continue to face off on both sides of all kinds of lines drawn in the sands of their minds to take each other’s stuff — and ideas are as owned as stuff. War in many domains is convenient or not, and is played for cash accordingly. Oddly, angry lassitude is our prominent social ill, one for which our magnificent technology or traditional ways provide no cure.
The balance of things is upset. This is the clue everyone needs to get. You can’t have just males or just females. You have to have both — free, healthy, fully functional on their own recognizance, in fact, you can’t have castes, classes, races, any social group that is rigidly defined and isolated from influence by circumstance. You can’t have just one ideology anymore than you can have just one kind of wheat. Biodiversity is necessary for a thousand reasons and one. So is diversity of thought, and that includes all the children of our thoughts — economies, political systems, cultural traditions — all the various ways we relate to each other. And finally, there is no such thing as unlimited growth. There are cycles of increase and decrease, expansion and contraction. These cycles are related to the whole of things. Instead of fighting cycles, we need to ride them, release into them, learn from them, let them carry us onward.
Until our societies realize these things, the consequences of our actions, regardless of technology or ideology, will continue to mount. The weak spots will continue to unravel, we will be torn apart.
Perhaps, in the end, for the sake of the biosphere itself, our current cycle of decline is not such a bad thing, especially for the sake of the human race. Maybe it will show us that our vast potential can only be realized when every life is succored within the context of us all.
As I stand here at the far edge of my own life, looking back, looking forward, there is slender hope right here in our own minds and bodies — built to be free to adapt within the biosphere we are just barely beginning to comprehend. Should we act from this truth instead of any other, we will find all the strength we need to take this best of times and come into balance. Then we can march forward, finally gift our progeny with the capacity to realize themselves fully as no other generation before us has ever done. I hand these words and the task of carrying on this work to you, though you will still have to do your own work, Lora! “Lora! Do you accept?”
Lora of Many Generations: “I accept.”