I recently came across a quote on feminism by Marlene Dietrich: “To be completely woman you need a master and in him, a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him, it is no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long.”
It seems that the world today is filled with discontented women. Most perceive discontent originates in oppression. Recently, I learned that the origins of slavery in America started with Native Americans. Seems the “pious” Pilgrims found profit in transporting “Indians” back to Europe. The Portuguese were trading African slaves back in the 1400s, with the blessing of the Pope. Even Columbus was a slave trader, taking new world flesh back to Spain. Slaving was a major growth industry- like computers today. Same concept really. Conventional wisdom has American slavery starting in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, but slavery was flourishing in the colonies before a New England merchant ship landed on the shores of Virginia filled with African flesh. It was the Yankees- the fine families of Boston, Providence and Philadelphia that started the slave trade in the south. Africans to work the fields for cotton. To make the cloth back in England. Material wealth originates on the backs of slaves.
By definition, a slave is discontented. Recently, my good friend Franco Well, shared a post on Facebook about new age movements being infiltrated by the “dark side’ of secret societies to co-op the message of change and truth. It made me think about the feminist movement in a new light, especially given Bernays work as exposed in the Century of Self.
Bernays used Freud’s insights to influence consumerism and politics. His methods were dishonest and manipulative. Most of us who grew up in the 50′s and 60′s don’t even know that our belief systems were “genetically modified.” Slavery was technically abolished during the Civil War, but slavery and its discriminatory practices lasted over another century and still exists. Slavery is still functioning, though cloaked. Minimum wage is slavery, but I digress.
America was allegedly founded on the principle of “All Men are Created Equal.” But this is a myth. Slavery flourished before and after the founding of our nation. America was stolen from its indigenous people, who were sold into slavery. When indigenous slaves were found to be unproductive, African slaves were imported. Africans and Indians mixed to create “coloreds.” Slavery had no need love or marriage. Slave masters did not want their slave women to look upon a slave man as her master- her compass for life.
Fast forward to the sixties. the establishment did not need its slave women to fall in love and look at slave men to be their master and compass. Slave men were sent off to war to make profit. Politicians talked of communism like they talk of terrorism today– it’s always something to get kids to risk life and limb for others to be enriched. And therein is how the feminist movement was exploited. Feminism is based on discontent, but it was usurped in Bernays fashion to enslave women, rather than emancipate them. Women are now “liberated” to work, have sex, be single, but at what cost? What was the incidence of breast cancer in 1930? What is it now? Is their a correlation between being discontented and cancer? Sure.
While love remains of interest for making movies in Hollywood, Marlene’s wisdom is lost in today’s world. How many women of any age, of any country, would consider finding a man to be her master, to be her compass in life- and to consider it liberating? And, how many men would be willing to accept such a responsibility? Even less. In other words, both sexes are in bondage by being discontent, and discontent is manufactured; to keep us consuming, to find solace in materialism. And so the hypocrisy of Thanksgiving is transformed into “Black” Friday. Thanksgiving– to feast and celebrate the genocide of our hosts, to sell them into slavery, and when that was no longer profitable, to sell “Blacks.” Black Friday. The frenzy of sales is like a hit of meth or heroin to last us until the next hoax of holidays, Christmas and the New years. And this is how you reinforce a lie– by telling it over and over again.