52-THE PILL

 

Self empowerment is the greatest feeling one can experience. As a child, when I saw my uncle admiring his field of golden wheat swaying in the sun before bringing in the crop, I saw a fulfilled man. In winter, when, in the warm presence of his expanding family, he sat around the dinner table where the products of his farm were being served, he was a happy man. Those feelings have nothing to do with societal empowerment. Societal empowerment has turned out to be very detrimental to human development in that it supplanted self empowerment. The conundrum is that while societal empowerment should enhance self empowerment, it does just the opposite.

When the world of credit got rolling in early 20th century, women were the first victims of societal empowerment. Because they had always been subjected to male domination, they were understandably overwhelmed by the world of credit and the power it offered them. Unfortunately, not knowing what to do, they decided to get emancipated through the man. In order to get social status, it was deemed preferable to seduce a pseudo alpha male rather than look for a genuine life partner with whom to build and share a family life. Thus, the badge of femininity became the symbol of the sexual revolution that we’re still experiencing today, and it does not favor parity. What follows is an attempt at explaining the mess brought on by societal empowerment.

In early 20th century, people moved to the cities in tandem with the arrival of electricity, tap water, toilets and jobs. It was the beginning of tangible societal empowerment. In 1913, the bankers in the City created the US Federal Reserve Board, which made the dollar an international currency, and America, the biggest economy on earth. With this great market economy firmly in hand, the City could now proceed with its globalization agenda. It was time to bulldoze the Ancien Regime countries of the world, including those of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe, Tsarist Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Japan and China. Although the two World Wars that followed created havoc in the existing market economies, the result was mostly positive for the women in that they finally got good paying jobs. After WWII, because America was now considered the Eldorado of the world, everybody wanted to go there in order to create wealth, and a lot was created in a very short period of time.

People experienced greater comforts and long-term prospects looked good. However, as societal empowerment took root, it was the males who got the diplomas, the managerial responsibilities, and the investing and inventing opportunities. Males were cast in the ‘father knows best’ role, and that didn’t augur well for the females. Although some women got good paying jobs, most were of the office secretarial staff and factory production line variety. The parents wanted their sons to have a good education, get a good job, make good money, and marry a good woman, while for the daughters, it sufficed to get a good man, a ‘somebody’. The world continued to be very macho because women geared their ambitions to that of their men.

However, in 1920, after the passing of the 19th amendment, women got the right to vote, own property, and manage their bank account without their husband’s permission. After WWII, there was a move to the suburbs and the good life, and that’s when the real trouble started. It was the beginning of a world of comfort, leisure and plenty, a world for which our specie is absolutely not genetically programmed. The desperate housewife was being born.

However, women had to wait for the 1960’s and the advent of the pill in order to be emancipated, at least sexually. That’s when they were freed to some extent from male sexual domination and abuse. For the first time in 3 million years they could claim that they were in charge of their own body, and free to decide whether to have children or not. But though the females did gain some sexual freedom, social parity remained very much out of reach.

Genetically, women are programmed to get the best male with the best genes, as dictated by natural selection. But when we became intelligent and left the world of natural selection some three million years ago, though our genetic make-up remained unchanged, the relationship between males and females took an abrupt turn for the worse. Women lost their privileged status in that they stopped getting the services of the best genitor available, the alpha male. Not only did more lower ranking males get at the females, but they became selective as well. When the pill came along, women unwittingly attempted to go back to the good old natural selection days where they were the ones who more or less chose and got the best genitor. But unfortunately, in trying to reclaim their social role of old, they decided to do so by being seductive. They didn’t know at the time that fighting for emancipation by attracting pseudo alpha males with their badge of femininity would not only be a missed opportunity, but a disastrous social experiment. They didn’t know that the altruistic alpha male of pre-sapiens times no longer existed.

The male entrepreneurs were quick to exploit that sexual aberration by taking charge of the fashion world. The badge of femininity, as a symbol of independence and success, was adopted with a vengeance when technicolor first hit the big screen in 1936 and especially the small screen in 1966. In the process, women naturally morphed into Barbies, and it made many heterosexual and homosexual males of the fashion and cosmetic world very rich. By wearing her mask, the female couldn’t hope to find a partner who was her equal and a job worthy of her potential, and she was an easy prey for any pseudo alpha male who came along. Establishing a meaningful equal relationship became almost an impossibility. The female certainly wasn’t aware that wearing the badge in order to get a man was not only ugly and vulgar, but counterproductive as well. To be fair, the pill had hit the market like a tsunami, and overwhelmed, women had responded instinctively by looking for an alpha male like they had always had in the world of natural selection millions of years before. Unfortunately, they weren’t aware that the alpha male of old had volatized along with the world of natural selection and had been replaced by self-interested and self-centered imitations.

It now seems obvious that if women are to achieve social equality and parity, they must discard the badge of femininity as an absolute prerequisite. They not only have to fight tooth and nail for equal education and equal jobs for equal pay, but they have to focus on getting free universal child care, parental leave, and having access to pro-choice clinics. Women would be well advised to stop making their quest for alpha males a top priority, for altruistic alpha males are long gone. The alpha male of old was objective in his role, and was concerned with the welfare of the group, whereas today, the perceived alpha male is mainly self-interested. The female should look for an ordinary loving man like her in order to share the joys of family life on an equal footing instead of looking for a pseudo-alpha dominating male, be he an Adonis.

But in our world of leisure, it’s hard to find a partner with whom we can establish a lifelong relationship based on trust, honesty, and respect. And if equality and parity are to be achieved, women have to stop using sexuality as a tool, and throw their badge of femininity in the trash can. If one feels the need to prove that he or she is a man or a woman, something has to be terribly flawed in that person. Marlboro Man, the macho man par excellence, was dethroned years back, surely Barbie, the bimbo, can be as well.

51-DEMOPOTENCY

 

Hopefully, my blog has so far succeeded in convincing readers that we live in the best of all possible worlds, that there will never be another world war, and that the final obstacle to globalization, the oil patch unrest, will soon become a figment of our collective memory. We have Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the greatest man who ever lived to thank for that. Yes, we are in safe hands and free to enjoy a great quality of life like at no other time in human history. This is true in spite of the fact that the Gorgon Sisters brandish the crop more than ever, in wanting to make us believe just the opposite in order to keep us in line. They have no choice, for during the time the dynasty of bankers in the City have had full control of world finance, that is from 1913 to today, world population went from 1 to almost 8 billion. And because the world of credit spawned a world of leisure, the Gorgon Sisters are solicited more than ever. It’s more proof that our world is financially controlled by Mayer’s dynasty. If we are persuaded that it’s indeed the case, we have to also believe that the City is prepared to defend its great creation with tooth and nail. I personally want everybody to believe that what is best for the dynasty of bankers in the City is what is best for us all, and if I succeed, we will all lead less stressful lives and feel less the need to be superficial.

We are unfortunately overwhelmed by societal empowerment, or demopotency, an illusion of power that evolved as jobs were created in early 20th century. That’s when we started putting money in our pockets and thus had access to credit for the very first time. Mayer Amschel Rothschild, a great family man who was born in a ghetto in Frankfurt, in 1744, where he lived all his life in complete anonymity, most certainly didn’t foresee this outcome. His main concern was empowering individuals by giving them access to credit and a decent life, not making them victims of demopotency. If we believed that his dynasty still stands by that belif, we would be more inclined to adopt the values that make us happy, what makes all living beings happy, that is creating an enduring family and earning a living using our natural talents. It has been said that if one does what he loves doing for a living, he will never work a day in his life. When we foraged for food and water around the clock, we had no time to think and things were simpler, but in a world where food and water are available in abundance, not to mention credit, we have to think about what makes us happy if we want to be happy. We must therefore stop thinking short term like we are genetically programmed to do.

Regardless, whether we believe in the existence of Mayer’s dynasty or not, we can’t deny that in the last 100 years, humans have been seriously empowered as a specie. Democracy, or the world of credit as I call it, is the greatest gift mankind ever received. This ultimate political system made credit available to the lowest rungs of society. Mayer and his banking dynasty gave mankind the means to know freedom, security, prosperity and leisure beyond belief. Unfortunately, we have stopped being self-empowered in the process, the root cause being that we live in a world of leisure for which we are not genetically programmed, a world that tears us away from family, fauna and flora.

Democracy, or access to credit, has turned out to be a double-edged sword. In the last hundred years, the fantastic demopotency that it provided mankind has almost completely supplanted autopotency. As we moved from the country to the city, we started disconnecting from the natural world and became intoxicated with demopotency to the point where we ignore our true nature. We want a bigger salary, a bigger house, bigger car, and more of everything instead of wanting what makes us happy. Our libido drives us and we are totally preoccupied by wanting others to see us as sexy, smart, important, young, rich, and beautiful beings, all the while harboring a poor self-image.

The world of credit as we know it today was created in 1810, in the City, but as far as we mere mortals are concerned, it only got going in early 20th century when electricity and the FED came along. When television followed, series like ‘Little house on the prairie’ portrayed what autopotency was all about. Bringing in a crop, raising healthy farm animals, feeding the family, and building a homestead for sheltering a family and welcoming friends and neighbours were fulfilling activities. Our ancestors worried at times, but it never constituted stress, that is, the permanent nebulous state of anxiety many of us experience today.

Demopotency actually started in 325 CE when the newly entrenched and official Roman state religion, the Christian religion, gained political control of the Western Roman Empire and invaded it like a hermit crab. Gradually, the Church’s anointed absolute kings of divine right ruled over Europe, forcing the Nicene Creed down everybody’s throat and committing mindboggling atrocities in the process. In spite of all that, common man was valorized for the first time. Christians were told they were created in the image of God and went to heaven if they obeyed the 10 Commandments. If they didn’t, they ended up in burning hell for eternity, it was up to them. Unfortunately, or more exactly, fortunately, because the Holy See and its Kings of Divine Right were so intolerant and nearsighted, they made two deadly enemies, the Jews and the Huguenots (French Protestants).

These two persecuted groups managed to join forces in Amsterdam in 1602 before moving to the City, in London, in 1688, where they established the world’s first democracy. However, it was a limited democracy in that only English merchants and privileged citizens voted and had access to credit. It was only when Nathan Mayer Rothschild took over the Bank of England in 1815 that access to credit started being available to ordinary citizens. In early 20th century, with electric power being made available to all and Mayer’s dynasty having created the FED, the consumer world went into high gear. Since then, world population went from 1 to almost 8 billion. Today, just about everybody earns a salary which means having access to credit. Paradoxically, the more people have the wherewithal to do what makes them happy, the more stressed they become.

Like Christianity, Democracy has always been romanticized, and most of us don’t know how they were created in 325 CE and 1689 CE respectively, and that’s part of our problem. If we accept the fact that intelligence is a consequence of our breaking the time barrier, and that the more we are able to connect with the past in order to learn from it and make for a better future, the more intelligent we are, we must conclude that we are going backwards. Most of us live in the present and let our minds drift into historical amnesia, forever demanding to be fed more demopotency junk by the Gorgon Sisters via our smartphones. Instead of trying to understand how Christianity and Democracy were created and what our real values are, we whirl around brightly lit smartphones just like moths around light bulbs, forever risking getting our wings singed.

Autopotency has to do with doing what fulfills, whereas demopotency has to do with doing what shows. While basic human values are those of all living things and are fulfilling, societal values are moral in nature and are simply meant to make the group function. The secret would be to learn to live with the smartphone while identifying and giving top priority to our basic human values. We’re not genetically programmed for a world of comfort and leisure, and since we still march to the beat of ‘survival of the fittest’, we always want more, bigger, better and so on, while neglecting the essentials of a happy life. Family life, flora and fauna are taken for granted, and we fail to give priority to our natural talents, and hence to live by them.

When we were little burrowing animals, around 65 million years ago, we were constantly wary of the dangers in and around our burrow and in the sky above. We grabbed any food at hand and reproduced using the wham-bam thank you ma’am method. We were constantly on the alert and permanently stressed. Today, we feel threatened by the real or perceived threats of the whole world, we grab junk food on the go, and we use the wham-bam thank you ma’am approach to sex more than ever. Are we going backwards?

All living beings on earth are beautiful and fulfilled when they are in a nurturing or creative mode, so that’s what we should strive for if we want to free ourselves from stress. Creating a solid and lasting family group and using our true talents in order to earn a living, should definitely be our main aspirations. In the last 100 years, the City bankers have created an environment that allows us to easily do just that, yet our primal instincts make us do the exact opposite, the too many divorces that produce hordes of emotionally crippled children and the ongoing battle for higher paying jobs being sufficient proof.

The 20th century has afforded us great freedoms and comforts, but that’s turned out not to be such a good thing because it’s not in sync with our genetic makeup. In the last centuries, we may have learned to eat and drink properly and dispose of our body waste, but we haven’t learned to reproduce properly because it’s deemed to be a lowly animal thing that we, as intelligent beings, find quite vulgar and demeaning unless we’re sexually aroused. We can’t escape the fact that we are 100% animal of the ape family and that we must answer to our ANS or we don’t survive. It’s to our advantage to accept those facts, for only then will we start dealing properly with our libido. Because we now live in a world of leisure, our libido drives us more than ever, yet instead of teaching our kids how their libido will soon force them to make babies and preparing them to face up to their responsibilities when they become teens, we, as well as society at large, pussyfoot around the subject at best. If the teen is aware that his libido is a ‘natural selection’ tool meant to force him to make babies and if he is aware what that involves from A to Z, he’ll be more apt to behave responsibly, and who knows, maybe choose autopotency as exemplified by a Charles Ingalls over demopotency typified by a Donald Trump.

There is a trick on how to wean ourselves from demopotency. First, we must accept that R&D (research and development) started being financed in a systematic way when the Huguenots and the Sephardim created the Bank of England in 1694 and that the financing of R&D became international when Mayer Amschel Rothschild and his son Nathan took over the Bank of England in 1810. Since then, every major project in the world must be financed, thus okayed, by that dynasty in order to be realized. That dynasty gave birth to democracy as we know it today, and if we believe that, we are half-way there. The hard part for us is to believe that we are the benefiters not the initiators of that wondrous credit system. Every time we take a shower, turn on the lights or use our GPS we should thank that dynasty. The bankers in the City are the ones who decide to finance a Hubble or a Panama Canal, all we do is pay to use it. We of course pay taxes and user fees when using the Channel Tunnel, the Internet or our smartphone, but we should be very happy to do so. The secret to becoming serene and enjoying this great world of credit is to believe what has just been said. If we can muster enough humility in the process, we can reclaim our autopotency status. ‘Think positive’ should be replaced by ‘think talent’, no matter how modest our talents are.