YOU CAN'T CUT BACK ON FUNDING! YOU WILL REGRET THIS!
This is a theory I came up with last night when I was arguing about religion or something on #zdoom. I guess it was the result of Dr. Pepper and lack of sleep. This will probably offend all you religious people, so be warned. Also, I'm not claiming I invented this theory, I just have never heard of such before. In fact, I have this funny suspision that Trent Reznor explored this very subject in The Downward Spiral. Anyway, here it is:
PART 1 - FREUDIAN ROOTS:
This all begins with Freudian psychology, a school of thought that includes such great things as penis envy and the Oedipus Complex. Personaly, I belive most of what Freud taught was a bit off. One thing I do believe is true is the whole concept of the power through the phallus. It is a subconsious belief among all males that power can be weilded through the phallus.
Throughout history, phallic symbols have also been symbols of power, such as the sword, the scepter, the gun, the scyscraper, and the rocket. Whan a man feels threatened by something his own phallus cannot handle, he will attempt to compensate by creating such an object to to the job for him. A man may try to buy the most expensive car, or boat, or whatever to prove to women that he is sexualy adaquate when in fact he feels he is really not. Weapons like swords, guns and nuclear missiles all are all symbols used by man to prove his superiority to his enemies by pointing it at them, ready to penetrate. Like it or not, this is how males think on a subconcious level, and so this is how society often works.
PART 2 - IN THE BEGINNING
This is where we get to my main point. When man first began to be aware of his surroundings on a level higher than instinct, he realised he had no fucking clue how the universe works. This scared him, and he responded the only way he knew how. He created the ultimate phallic symbol to gain power over reality itself. He created a god. Though not phallic in imagry, it is *******ely a something to compensate for the void he finds lacking in himself which is his own ignorance.
Now he has this god to conquer his own lack of understanding of everything, much the same way he uses his penis to conquer women. Of course just as he wishes his penis to be better than every other man's, he also wishes his god to be known before all others. And thus began religion.
PART 3 - MATRIARCHAL RELIGION
Now, the Earth's history has unfortunatley been run by males, due to the fact that females tend to be physicaly weaker than males, and always seem to be surrounded by testosterone-filled phallus-weilding individuals. But if it had been different, how would that have effected religion? Without their need to compensate, women would have been satisfied with just their sensibility of the world immediately surrounding them. All-powerful god-units would have not been invented and worshipped. Women, seemingly more attuned to that which surrounds them as opposed to that which only theoreticaly exists would most likely choose to worship nature itself and its many components which work together to form a whole instead of an imposing figure waiting to rape the lands of his followers if they disobey him.
Now how would that have impacted history? Being a more reality-based society, there would have been far, far less holy wars, genocides, persecution, and opression due to distant ideals infused in the masses by the 'gods'. On the downside, science and technology would probably have not progressed nearly as far as they have due to a lack of a need of making what the people posess bigger, better, and stronger.
PART 4 - PROOF?
Though my theory is pretty outlandish and was hastily constructed within the span a only a few hours, there is some proof. Societies where religion is more prominent tend to opress the women more. For instance, in the Islamic countries where the laws of God are the laws of the state, women have little or no rights. They are opressed under the phallic theocracy, like an abusive husband who would rape his wife. The same is true within China, where the godlike emperors have been replaced by the idealistic religion of communism.
Unfortunately, my theory isn't supported by a counter-example. The societies that have existed without opressive religions (the native Americans and the druidic Celts being the only examples I could come up with), aren't particularly female-oriented as far as I know.
Keep in mind that this theory was created last night, and expanded on only as I lay in bed last night staring at the cieling and as I wrote this very article. I never said that this is the truth or that you should believe all that I have written. In fact, I have posted this here for the sole purpose of its being debated. The most inaccurate part is probably the one relating to females, seeing as how I'm male and can't really tell you a whole Hell of a lot about the thought patterns of women. They are only guesses I have observed through studying the way females tend to operate.
As the title of this forum says, 'flame on'!