posted on Apr, 7 2014 @ 10:31 PM
The first 2 chapters in Genesis strike me as philosophically profound. In particular, I'd like to explore the meaning of male and female in the
ancient Hebrew (perhaps mesopotamian?) worldview.
In the Bible, God is often envisioned as a "He". Why a He? Isn't God as much a "she" or an "It", as a "He"? Yes. But the ancient Hebrew view,
and perhaps, an earlier model which it bases itself upon, looked clearly into the distinctions between male and female nature, and came up with a
perception that I believe accurately reflects human nature.
Creation is centered around Adam. God "made man". The word "Man" at this point, Adam, in Hebrew, signifies humanity. But then, when he makes
"man", the bible uses the word Ish, which refers to the male sex. God made man, and realized that he would be lonely by itself.
The ancient Hebrews, I believe, were reflecting on the power that the male sex wields over the female sex. Essentially, the power in society lies in
males. This fundamental power differential is rooted in physical differences. Men are larger, and stronger, than females. Being mammals, we are liable
to take advantage of this.
That being the case, still, the ancient Hebrew clearly recognized that man by himself was "not good". In fact, it is very very, very bad. Male
nature by itself is insanity. Male nature is endless competition and strife. In fact, the wisdom in social relations is to be found not in the male
nature, but female nature. The bible enunciates this by describing Eve (hava, in hebrew, meaning life) as a HELPER. Perhaps a more appropriate
designation would be "model". Females embody exactly those traits - cooperation, empathy - that male-kind must look to and recognize a fundamental
Problem is, men do not feel these emotions as clearly as woman do. While empathy, cooperation, comes to females more easily because they are
biologically and genetically programmed by evolution to be more attuned to their young - and thus other selves, men often need to actively cultivate
empathy and compassion in order to make these traits a stronger factor within their relational repertoire.
I'm not saying everything about the Bibles perception makes sense. I can't quite account for Eve's "misperception", or dalliance with the snake,
and reconcile it with this view. The idea that immorality originates in "females" might perhaps refer to mankinds own misperception of the wisdom
within nature, within the body. When we become "overcome" with knowledge, when we are confronted with the temptations of power, and wealth and
pleasure, we forget about the organic unity within the natural world.
Competition could be described as male, whereas cooperation could be described a female. The hormone testosterone will make a female more aggressive
and competitive, whereas estrogen - a hormone 2 times as great in females - will have an inhibiting effect on testosterone.
If we ever hope to make this world a more peaceful place, we must take what is natural and intrinsic in males - our power of choice - and recognize
the inherent wisdom within female nature: empathy, cooperation, that is, an emotional awareness of an underlying connectivity between selves.
Competition is the antithesis of this. It leads to emotions which dehumanize other humans. When the power that males possess is used irresponsibly, it
ignores and belittles the wisdom within female nature, derides men who exhibit "effeminate" values as wimpy, or girly.
Regardless of your view, there is more wisdom, more sanity, more equality, more happiness and more peace, in a view point that gives precedent to
emotional facts of human relationships, compared to the "external dominator" model that seems to govern present-day business relationships, defined
by an arrogant and ignorant "survival of the fittest" model that is bound to leave more people injured than helped. A "patriarchal" model, if we
can call it this, will leave this planet destroyed and our species endangered, if we don't change our way of relating with one another, and the
world. Conceptually, this happens by embracing and cultivating "feminine" qualities; by recognizing and embodying the wisdom of female kind.