Mankind 2000 / Humanité 2000
Mum's The Word
over the Easter period, by mothers in particular and others in general, protesting
the current wanton devaluation and destruction of all forms of Life, including
that of the human species, and proposing the provision of genuine mediational
services in all circumstances of conflict whatever the scale.
wearing of black armbands in mourning; the observation of silence as the
most telling communication of disaffection when focused; a sit-down rather
than marching stance if congregated (when permitted by the authorities).
- The mother/child relationship being the most natural union of humanity
throughout the world at large – trans-tribal, trans-national, trans-cultural,
trans-faith – is central to the extension of the family embrace from
the nuclear to the global community.
- The feminine principle, of which women are the personification,
is the principle of relationship at the heart of any well-founded mediational
service on behalf of Life – in contrast to suicidal bombing on behalf
- Such spontaneous widespread protest would echo Christian
celebrations marking the resurrection from death of their Exemplar of Life,
Light and Love, and provide today’s politicians (increasingly women)
with substantial evidence of societal angst to which to refer and respond.
- The inclusion of young children would also serve to diminish the danger
of manhandling by those serving the will of the powers-that-be, and demonstrate
where the strength resides in reality when actively and cooperatively engaged.
Comments by the author on feedback to the proposal
"Why would I NOT choose to
wear a black armband this Easter" + "I
would not want to offend believing Christians"... This reminds me of how difficult it is to write anything
that will unerringly convey what one has in mind to another mind. In my experience
there is just no knowing what will register with the other and what such other
will make of what they take! Even mathematics as a supposedly precise language
doesn't add up, as I can prove on another occasion!
I chose to employ in the proposal were designed to convey that the style of
mourning I am suggesting, as a simple and inexpensive means of protest against
the current destruction of all forms of Life in the world, was complementary
to the Christian celebration at Eastertime of the resurrection from death of
their Exemplar of Life - the present state of widespread extermination of all
forms of Life being despite of, not because of, their Faith as originally expressed.
Certainly, it is also a challenge to those who purport to follow today's monotheistic
religions to ground the values advocated by their Faiths and live them out
in everyday life on whatever the scale of their involvement. And let those
followers of other beliefs and religions throughout the world translate it
into their own terms.
This said, I also fully share the recent
statement of the current Archbish of Canterbury that it is time for all good
Christians "to strip away the accumulated lumber
of 2,000 years of uneven Christian witness and try to let the event be present
once again in its first immediacy" - which is surely the great challenge to all today of whatever
belief or faith.
Or, it could be that the colour black is
associated in people's minds with Satanism. Or, it could be that there are
those who do not agree that the colour black is associated with Carl Jung's
source of the 'creative unconscious', or with the French artist Odilon Redon
who regarded the colour black as the source of all colours (and health) and
only painted in black and white until the very end of his life - when he suddenly
burst into colour! Or, I am afraid of making an exhibition of myself, of being
different, of being questioned as to what I am doing, and being unable adequately
to express myself.
Whatever else, however, as I see it
this is a means of counteracting the state of hopeless inertia that is expressed
by the exclamation "what can I possibly do or say
that will in any way effect the overall course of events today?".
be noted that I also very deliberately included, beyond the mourning and protest
factor, the issue of true mediation as a specifically 'feminine' service, that
necessitates willingness to maintain and suffer the tension of relationship
at the centre of all possible opposites on behalf of Life - this being absolutely
central to the Christian witness as symbolised by the Cross. Incidentally it
is also central to the 3-spiral system I employed as the logo for Humanity
So, as I already reported to you, I have very positive
responses from those individuals known to me who I posted, but no response
worth mentioning from the traditional organisations that might be expected
show some interest. But then I have no personal introduction to them, so am
on the same basis as any other person seeking to become involved beyond their
local scene and circumstances.
StandingWomen.org: The women of
Ohio call upon the women of the world, from the day-old babies to our most
senior elders, to stand with us to save the world. (Sharon Mehdi, The
Great Silent Grandmother Gathering: a story for anyone who thinks she can't
save the world, Penguin, 2005)