You know, we live in a world of chaos, with people running around trying to frighten us out of our lives, and gun lovers wanting unrestricted use of all kinds of machines used specifically to kill people, and men and women beating on one another, and anger everywhere, as groups of people try to make everyone else to love the values they , want.
This causes a lot of turmoil in everyone’s life, and hatred stress and just plain old anger. And the angriest of all are the middle-aged white men.
There is a reason for this. For centuries, men have had the most power. In ancient times, women had equal power, in the home, in battle, in owning land. Then men in early Medieval times started putting women in lower classes, imprisoning them in the homes, taking care of the cooking, cleaning, and children. This lasted for many years. Even kings believed women chose the sex of their children, and famously beheaded or divorced women who did not give them sons. Racial problems did not seem to exist because there was not much traveling, and races seemed to congregate in their own places.
Then in the early 19th century things started to change. First came the United States of America. Owning slaves became a status symbol for the white man. Women were still chattels, as they had been for centuries. But midway though the century, people started questioning slavery. We had a Civil War (which is, of course, an oxymoron). Men went off to fight their glorious wars, and women learned how to run the farm, as well as the home. Many men did not come home, and women were forced to take charge. Black people got their freedom, but no one knew what to do with them once they were given their freedom. So not many of them prospered, unless they joined up with carpetbaggers, the white men who were out to make as much money as they could for themselves in the renewal of the laws of the land.
Late in the century, after women came into their own forcibly, they started clamouring for the vote. Not all women wanted the responsibility of voting – they wanted things to stay as they had been with men retaining all the responsibilities.
Negroes won the right to vote, and women won the right to vote, and men went off to their wars again. World Wars I and II, and once again women took over on the home front. After WW II, when the men started coming home again, black men who had fought in the war found they still had few rights for work and buying homes, and women were once again relegated to the kitchens and their children.
But this time women and black folks didn’t accept the return to the status. A president was killed, Vietnam got hot, and women refused to take a back seat any longer. The white men who were used to sitting in bars drinking their Schlitz, their Falstaff, their Lone Star, their Jax, suddenly discovered women were drinking beside them. Women were standing up against these men, refusing to be sexual slaves. More and more women joined the work force, and simply said they were no longer going to be relegated to being a man’s slave in a home, away from life. In the 60s, Negroes/blacks really came into their own as well. They knew that if they had to fight in that nasty Southwest Asian country, they had the rights to everything else that had been relegated to white men up until then.
They sat at lunch counters, they went into the same bars, shopped in the same stores, drank out of the same water fountains, went to the same schools. The country started filling up with Asians who began fleeing the warp-torn countries of the Asian front.
White men, mostly in the South by now, started fighting even harder to keep their superiority. They didn’t find so many bottle blondes in the bars plotting to find themselves husbands that they would have to swear to obey. Christian churches started trying to keep women as second-class citizens, and were determined to keep marriage and child-rearing as it had always been.
So the white men of those years have now grown up to be middle-aged, and are angry because they have lost their places as most powerful. As we have seen lately, the people who want their guns left alone are exactly these angry middle-aged white men. I suppose it really is true that most of these men see guns as an arm of their superior masculinity – perhaps they feel like their penises have shrunk, and the gun is an extension of that. Because they feel emasculated by women, and replaced by men of other colours. One cannot help but look at history and understand that this would come out of that. These white men probably do feel like they have to fight for their places, instead of accepting what has happened on the road to making the world a better place for everyone.
This is why I often say, the only way the world is going to change and everyone be able to happy with their roles in this new world is for my generation, and a large part of the generation after mine to die off. My granddaughters generation will be the first generation to have been born after all of the women’s and racial movements, and life as it should be will be more natural to them. If there remain white angry white men, white supremacists, and the like, it will be a small minority, mainly those boys who were raised by these middle-aged angry white men of today. And I think they will be much easier to teach that life is no longer as it was for white men through the ages. And they might actually find themselves in a better, kinder, more compassionate tolerant world.
I sure hope so, because if that doesn’t happen, I think a lot of folks are going to die in continuing needless wars, and perhaps even destroy their home world next time around.
Think about it.