100th Entry: Behind Every Man
Today Ms Fink discussed the old addage: Behind every great man there is a great woman; citing notable greats like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Mao Tse Tung--- I stopped her there.
"Did you know that his wife was one of three sisters?" I asked. "Three very powerful sisters who changed the course of Chinese history, each married a powerful man; one to SunYat-Sen, one to Chiang Kai-Shek, the third to Mao. And that former governor Gary Locke's wife, can't remember her name -- beautiful lady! -- is descended from that line?"
Ms Fink stared. "You read, Three Sisters?"
I shrugged. "Mom had it. Had to read it before it went to the used-bookstore. She doesn't collect books, unlike Dad, only his are all Physics and crap. If you can't sleep, let him read to you, Blah blah blah, equation equation, blah blah blah. Be asleep in no time."
That got a few chuckles.
"Never really happened; I get lectured. But I'd like to argue the old addage and say: Behind every great man are two great women. For example, behind George Washing ton was not only Martha but also Venus, one of his slaves and mother to his only surviving son, West Ford. Same is true for Jefferson and Sally Hemings. I argue that these ladies not only put out for them but were also their consciences regarding slavery. He and Jefferson liked black people. If you notice how both Mount Vernon and Montecello operated as cottage-industries, you'll see that everyone there worked happily and hard to keep them going. Why? Because they knew if they failed, they'd be sold to someone else.
"Those of you with smart-phones can look up estate maps of both and see how they had schools, seperate shops and rows of housing for slave-families. Hello, seperte housing for slaves? Do you now how radical and silly that was? Even to allow slaves to wed and raise their own families was unheard of. Such ideas were still unheard of a hundred years later, as decribed in one of my all-time favs, Huckleberry Finn. I don't care what those hypocrit academics say, the evidence supports my case; Washington and Jefferson liked black people."
Ms Fink regarded me with a blank expression. "Hawk, where do you come up with these ideas?"
"Ask questions. Look at the President; behind him are Michelle and Valerie Jerett. By the way, after reading up on Michelle Obama, I believe our President is a battered husband. No-no! You laugh but the fact remains, like Hillary, she's tough and mean-spirited when she wants. Hate to be on her bad side."
Simone turned and glared at me. "You're just makng that up!"
"Have read about her? Pariculary her college days? Read up on it."
She turned around with a huff, as if showing me her back meant anything.
"And here's the greatest example," I said, "Jesus, Mary and Mary Magdaline. I believe this is what the early church was afraid of, why Jewish and Islamic people are so opposed to Christianity, because of the true value and nature of women. According to the Gosple of James, Mary was immaculately conceived to a barren mother. That makes her Divne. After further reading in the Gospels of Thomas, Andrew, and what llittle remains of Mary M, I believe that like Pharoahs and emporers before, Jesus and Mary Magdaline were not only siblings but twins, she just as if not more Divne than him. Whoa, changes everything now, right? But what of the supposed child? What of Sarah the Egyptian? Come on people, Dude could raise the dead. If you believe that, then he could put his hand on her belly and say, Behold woman, you are with child. That effectively puts to rest any idea they did the nasty." Amazing how many Christians I meet who don't believe he did what the Bible says. We prefer to follow his teachings, they tell me."
"Are you serious?" asked Thomas.
He made a face. "So the actual trinity is Mother, Son and Daughter?"
"You got it."
"Holy blasphomy, Batman!" He smiled at Susan. "Sorry, were you gonna say it?"
I snickered. "I know. My Catholic relatives consider me such. Makes family get-togethers quite lively, especially at the Holidays."
Ms Fink said with an amused glint in her eye, "So, correct me if I'm wrong, you believe women are more divine than men?"
"Yes. According to ancient Hebrew text, not included in the Torah, Lilith was created first. Not by God but by Gabriel, while Raphael was running around collecting the best clay to create Adam. Gabriel's other name is, Serafili, daughter of Serafiel, mother of all. Hello? Lilith was then Gabriel's avatar who became self-aware."
"Where on Earth did you get that?"
"A lot of reading and sifting."
Thomas raised a hand. "Wait, hold on! Lilith is believed to be a demon. I saw Ancient Aliens and Banned From the Bible too."
"But did you then read the Book of Enoch, Alphabet of Ben-sira or look up more information? I did. Have been for a long time now, with help from several librarians. Genisis reads, And the Lord said, 'Let us make them in our image. 'The lord said that, not God. Who is the lord? For the hebrews it was Raphael. He was the one who walked in the Garden and asked 'Why do you hide your bodies from me?' It was he who asked Cain, 'Where is your brother, Abel?' I've been questioning it for a while and asked many who I thought might be in the know. But they were just as full of crap as my relatives. So I decided to research on my own.
Must be how Thomas Jefferson felt when he put together his own version of the New Testiment. Not that I'm brilliant like him -- but I can definately relate. Jefferson said, Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.. The man obviously had questions of his own."
Ms Fink chuckled, shaking her head. "So you feel religions are wrong?"
"Yep, corrupted on purpose to keep ladies barefoot and pregers. And please don't think that mean vote, Hillary. No freaking way! I merely think ladies have got the raw end for so long because men live in fear of you. Look at Islams who fear girls going to school."
Thomas chortled. "Islams, that's my term."
"Look at how all churches, all religions have treated women over the centuries. The only Western man who lived by a different belief system and who treated women well, was Cyrus the Great."
"Uh-uh," said Simone. "He had thousands of wives and raped them every night."
"Propaganda, he had thousands of wives because he wanted thousand of kids. Women served in his courts and military and many subsequent militaries that followed. No, Cyrus valued ladies and held them with high honor."
Ms Fink smirked. "Okay then, who were the two women of his life?"
"His mother and sister. He was from a poor family, grew up in the streets, an urchin if you will. Then he saved a sultan's life and was adopted into the royal family, thus becoming the Prince of Pursia, loved by the commoners. He asked and was granted that his mother and sister be with him. At least that's how one story goes."
Karly raised a hand. "So if we all begin as doublee-Y chromosomes, you thinks that's because of the divine femenine?"
"So, do all men have an inner-woman?"
"Yep, mine's lesbian."
Ms Fink stared at me a bit and shook her head. The bell rang and we were excused.