Fall-Out of the Primitive Male Mind! [8]

RELIGIOUS SUPPRESSION OF FEMALE SEXUALITY!Throughout the history of Jewish, Christian, Islamic and other male-controlled societies virtually all women have been forced to suppress their natural sexuality to a degree which left them frustrated and subject to a variety of physical and mental ailments.

Remarkably, more than 2,000 years ago Hippocrates came up with the word “hysteria” to describe these ailments, but he didn’t understand that they were caused by pent-up unused sexual energy.

Just as remarkable—given the ongoing ignorance of males and the influence of religions—in the 1880s an American doctor came up with the idea of using an electric vibrator as a medical treatment for women suffering from “female hysteria”—having somehow discovered that when the genitals of women suffering from “hysteria” were stimulated to orgasm the symptoms of the malady disappeared.

Even after the doctors discovered that orgasms eliminated this ancient “disease” neither they nor their patients realized that the cathartic release following genital stimulation had anything whatsoever to do with lack of sufficient sexual activity. They called it “paroxysm.”

Despite the “sexual emancipation” of women that began in the United States in the early 20th century, picked up speed in the 1950s, and now often appears to be moving at the speed of light, most American women still today are constrained in their sexual behavior, repressing, ignoring or denying their sexuality to a significant degree.

With the “power of God” in their hands, male religious leaders long ago succeeded in brainwashing most women to not only accept the sexual restrictions placed on their behavior, but to also become firm believers in the righteousness of the laws—written and unwritten—that controlled their lives.

The Pope vs. Women

Over the centuries one of the most irrational and inhuman policies of the Catholic Church has been its prohibition of any form of artificial contraception, labeling it a grave sin against the will of God.

But finally, in an interview with a German journalist in 2010, Pope Benedict made the following deliberately convoluted comment: “There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility.”

This comment appears in a book entitled Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, by Peter Seewald, released in November 2010. The Pope made the above comment when the journalist asked him if it wasn’t “madness” for the Vatican to forbid a high-risk population from using condoms.

The Pope added that the Vatican does not regard the use of condoms by male prostitutes as a real or moral solution, and followed this with a weak-kneed comment that “it might be a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality.”

When asked about the Pope’s unprecedented comments Catholic religious authorities said it was obviously a change in the ideology of the Vatican…a situation that once again exposed the irrationality and inhumanity of the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church.

One of the things that is forcing the Catholic Church to change its ways to avoid disappearing into the dustbins of history is the fact that thousands of priests have left and are leaving the Church in order to get married.

Fall-Out of the Primitive Male Mind

The gene-based need for males to dominate all areas of human endeavor resulted in selfish interests, tribalism, territorialism and discrimination against race, skin color and other religious beliefs becoming male characteristics.

Still today in many males these elements, separately or combined, override logic, objectivity and rationality in both subtle and obvious ways, resulting in behavior that is negative instead of positive, disruptive instead of harmonizing and destructive instead of constructive.

Examples of irrational, illogical and harmful behavior are so deeply ingrained in the minds of many males that they have become institutionalized and ritualized in customs and laws and have persisted since the dawn of human history…because the essential mindset of males has not changed and people with invested interests in the customs and laws have made sure that they continue to survive.

Humanity will continue to be plagued by ignorance, stupidity and violence as long as religious doctrines continue to preach and enforce the superiority of men and the inferiority of women, and prevent women from bringing their innate sense of compassion, cooperation and goodwill to the world at large.

Obviously, the sexual nature of males and the sex-based arrogance that led them to automatically assume that they were superior to females was to have results that went far beyond the oppression of females.

This arrogance and the cultural systems it created continue to plague mankind, and despite the examples of women who have ascended to power in the business and political worlds the underlying faults and failures of the religious-empowered syndrome remains in control in most societies.

The Coming Female Revolution

Wise men and women have known for millennia that it is immoral and inhuman to treat women as the property of males, but it was not until the 19th century that women began to make their voices heard—and often went to jail for it.

It is absolutely incredible that male-created and dominated religious dogma prevented American women from having the right to vote until August 26, 1920, and still today many women around the world have far fewer political and social rights than men…all because of the hold that gender-based religions still have on the minds of people.

Women with few rights or virtually no rights at all have traditionally been brainwashed to accept the superiority of males and to be the most diligent followers of the very religions that have made them inferior creatures since day one.

But imagine what would happen if the vast majority of female Catholics, Christians, Jews and Muslims simply stopped going to and supporting the male-run churches, synagogues and mosques. Without female support, most of these institutions could not survive.

***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.

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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!

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The Beginning of the End of a Long Dark Age! [9]

JUST READ THE ENGLISH PHONETICS!

THE EMERGENCE OF  WOMEN AS THE SUPERIOR SEX

Throughout recorded history there have been instances of women making major contributions to the cultures of ancient societies, including Chinese, Greek, Hindu and Persian. But these contributions virtually stopped with the ascendancy of the Christian religion and its large off-shoots, particularly Islam, which taught that females were inferior to males and morally fit only for child-bearing and serving men.

     The rapid growth of Christianity between 33-93 A.D., Islam from around 650 A.D., and the orthodox Catholic version of Christianity from 1054 A.D.—much of it by force of arms—resulted in an educational Dark Age for most of the world’s males until around the end of the 19th century and for most of the world’s females until the middle of the 20th century.

     For century after century all education was controlled by religions that preached and followed the doctrine that females are inferior to males and must be kept in their place, which included keeping them ignorant and submissive—a policy that still today is followed by a number of religions.

     It was not until the early years of the 20th century that it became acceptable and possible for large numbers of American and European females to attend elementary level schools, and it was to be several more decades before female enrollment in colleges grew into significant numbers.

     The emergence of females as the equals of males in the workplace [outside of farms] began in earnest in the United States during World War II in the mid-20th century, when factories and offices had no choice but to hire several million women to replace the men engaged in a male-made war.

     This phenomenon alone did more than anything else to release most of the chauvinist-inspired and religious-enforced bonds that had kept American and European women down and submissive throughout history.

     By the 1970s the number of American women in college, in managerial positions in industry and in politics had increased to the point that they were making their influence felt.

     This number has continued to increase, and in some professions—health, for example—there are as many females as males, and in a few professional areas females outnumber males. U.S. medical schools are now graduating more female doctors than male doctors.

     By the end of the first decade of the 21st century women in industry had reached the point that they were having a profound influence on management philosophy and practices, introducing policies that were gender neutral and took into account the special role that females play in keeping the species alive by having and nurturing babies.

     However, the three areas that remained barely touched by female influence were religions, politics and education, all of which have been bastions of male power since the origin of these institutions.

    Despite the fact that new technology combined with other changes in American culture—good and bad—have given females far more opportunities and power than they have ever had since the origin of the species, their unique female mindset—so different from the male mind—has just begun to bring about fundamental changes in the institutions and enterprises that control American life.

     It is, in fact, remarkable that the more outgoing and aggressive American females become the more feminine American males become—but the meeting of the two genders in a rational and positive compromise is still far away.

      Ultimately, the genetic factor that nails the superiority of the female sex is that when women are free to think and behave in a way that is natural for them they are intrinsically more practical, more logical, more rational, and more humane than males—all factors that are essential parts of the make-up of females because they are responsible for the actual creation and nurturing of human life.

     If you make up a list of all of the cruel, destructive, evil, inhumane, savage and stupid things that have happened to human beings—and are, of course, still happening today—at least 95 percent of the people responsible for these things have been and are males.

The world desperately needs a new universal cultural paradigm that is devoid of theological-based myths and ignorance, and is based instead on the positive potential of the human species—a potential that now includes actually becoming god-like in the ability to do good…or evil.

The trouble with the world

is that the stupid are cocksure

and the intelligent are full of doubt!

 –Bertrand Russell–

 ***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.

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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!

The Plague of Male Dominance! [10]

THE FAILURE OF GOD-BASED MORALITIES!

The specific reasons for the failure of virtually every aspect of human cultures include gender differences and male-oriented and male-directed moralities.The single most important factor in the overall failure of human cultures has, in fact, been male dominance. The second most important factor has been the influence of male-dominated religions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of which embody the worst characteristics of cults—a cult, by definition, being a system of community or religious worship and ritual, especially one focusing upon a single deity or spirit; an obsessive devotion or veneration for a person, principle or ideal; an exclusive group of people sharing an esoteric interest.

     One of the original fundamental flaws in God-based Judaism, Christianity and Islam religions was divorcing the mind from the physical body; completely separating the needs of the body from the aspirations for a divine spiritual existence and eternal life…a concept that brought some comfort to ignorant humanity but the suffering it has caused is immeasurable.

     It is, of course, an obvious and indisputable fact that man-made religious moralities have not succeeded in creating peace and goodwill among human beings. Every form of violence and ill-will imaginable is as common today, if not more so, than at any time in the history of the species.

The Forked-Tongues of God’s Spokesmen

The daily news is rife with references to God that are so irrational they go beyond being ridiculous. Clerics, preachers, terrorists, politicians, military men and others are constantly calling on God to bless them and their countries, and to bring death and destruction to their enemies.

There are other destructive mental and moral aberrations across the board in societies where the guidelines for human behavior are based on an irrational male-oriented theological concept, with so-called entertainment being one of the most conspicuous examples.

It is also incredible that much of modern-day entertainment—one of the biggest and most culturally influential of all industries—is based on catering to the most primitive, savage and gross side of humanity. The Christian Church in particular cannot compete with this form of mass cultural conditioning.

The Bill of Rights Virus

In fact, the Bill of Rights attached to the American Constitution forbids both the government and religious institutions from interfering with the public expression of the most gross and dehumanizing elements of “freedom of speech.”

This black hole of immorality has come about in part because over the decades the laws of the United States have been skewered by ideologue politicians and other politicians under pressure from business leaders and others to favor and permit the debasement of humanity for the sake of profit—and most people at large accept this situation for a variety of reasons: they tell themselves they can’t change it; that it is not their responsibility, and so on. It is also obvious that many people who publicly oppose this pandemic of profit-oriented cultural sleaze are strongly attracted to it.

The goal in producing and marketing sleaze is, of course, to make a profit. And the reason it is so profitable is because the attempts of religions and secular societies to control human behavior, despite their good intentions, have created a hunger for sleaze in all of its forms…especially those that are sex-related. Feeding this obsession drives the behavior of a large percentage of humanity.

Over the millennia many wise men and women have tried to replace religions with a philosophy of life that does not depend upon male-created gods but on simple common-sense universal rules and guidelines based on what is good and best for all humans. But just as obviously these attempts have failed because the intellect of most human beings has not yet evolved to the point that people can transcend the religious moralities of the cultures they are raised in—or on their own overcome their built-in tendencies to think and behave in irrational and destructive ways.

It goes without saying that children are not capable of preventing themselves from being programmed like robots by their environment. To varying degrees they learn and accept the ways of their parents and other adults in their society—or they face a variety of punishments that range from being criticized, shamed and  ostracized to—in some countries—being mutilated or murdered by their own fathers, brothers or other male adults.

It is true, of course, that Judaism, Christianity and Islam were founded with the best of intentions but it was not long before they were turned into instruments of discrimination, oppression, violence and murder. Throughout their history mayhem and war have been among their primary legacies to mankind.

     Over the millennia the vast majority of people who have accepted and attempted to live by the precepts of man-made religions—in other words, to live morally upright lives according to the precepts of their particular religion—have been the least powerful, the most down-trodden and the most victimized by the state and by the church…in other words, women.

     In societies with god-based religions the word God itself has been turned into a catchall term that is used to justify murder by individuals and mass-killing by states. Pathological killers as well as the most upright members of societies beseech God to aid them in the destruction of their competitors and enemies, and praise God when they succeed.

     That this incongruity is ignored by many of those who profess to believe in and follow the precepts of a “loving God” is pathological to the extreme. To be more precise, it is a form of cultural insanity. In virtually the same breath “God the Creator and Savior” becomes “God the Avenger, the Destroyer and the Bringer of Death” to one’s enemies and disbelievers.

     In human history good and bad have never existed in reality as fixed polar opposites.  They have always been circumstantial and were whatever was prescribed at the time by the ruling powers—the clergy, the government and the military, or whichever one of these entities was dominant. These three institutions have also traditionally worked hand-in-hand to indoctrinate, subjugate and control people for their own purposes.

     It goes without saying that for the vast majority of people survival and some degree of security and comfort take precedence over all other things. And if professing to believe in something like Islam, for example, will provide this security and comfort, even to a small degree, people programmed in that faith will believe and obey even the most irrational and inhuman dogma.

    When the United States was founded some of the teachings of Christianity that are humane, positive and nurturing were incorporated into the laws of the land. But institutionalized Christianity was not made a state religion because it was clearly seen as an enemy of intellectual and personal freedom.

***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.

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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!

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Why God-Based Moralities Have Failed! [11]

MEN MADE GODS IN THEIR OWN IMAGE!

People in God-oriented societies commonly behave in ways that are contrary to religious teachings—in many cases because the teachings range from being impractical to inhuman, dangerous or worse, and following them makes no sense.

     The concept that the “Kingdom of Heaven” is within the individual—not in some after-death Heaven high in the sky—is probably the most important of all of the insights attributed to the historical Jesus as well as many other earlier philosophers like Confucius. But it goes against the teachings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all of which hold that God is the only source of wisdom and proper behavior—by which they mean what these male-dominated cults teach.

     In fact, according to the teachings of Christianity you can “sin” left and right and still go to Heaven if you confess and accept Jesus Christ [God manifested in the flesh to save mankind!], as your savior before you die—an incredible cop-out devised by religious leaders in an effort to make god-based religion more attractive to the masses.

     Judaism, Christianity and Islam have never had all of the right answers for the spiritual needs of humanity—as history has so graphically demonstrated. Now, more and more so-called Christians are creating their own personal paths to fulfilling their spiritual needs.

     And then, of course, some two-thirds of the world’s population is not Christian or Jew—even if in name only.  These are the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Hindus, and so on—most of whom have had good reason for disliking and fearing Christianity because of its intolerant claim of exclusivity and historical use of violence…not to mention the primitive, irrational elements of its theology.

     India-American physician, author and public speaker Dr. Deepak Chopra has presented a succinct explanation of the difference between religion and spirituality. He reminds people that religions develop long after the occurrence of spiritual experiences. He notes that Jesus Christ was not a Christian and Buddha was not a Buddhist. “Those religious were ultimately constructed around an ideology, and of necessity took on the rigidity and risk of being taken over by people who were more interested in power-mongering and corruption. Spirituality, on the other hand, is a realm of awareness that is universal and goes beyond dogma.”

Spirituality does indeed have a vital role to play in human life, but it has not been rationally presented by Judaism, Christianity or Islam—all of which were created by ignorant men who were beset by sexism, tribalism and racism that adversely affected their efforts to control human behavior.

     In more ways than one, the God-based moralities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have become an un-funny joke.  The daily news is rife with references to God that are so irrational they go beyond being ridiculous.

     Interestingly, Dennis Prager, the Jewish-American author and commentator on personal and social issues from morality to religion, has said that most present-day Israelis are not religious in their day-to-day behavior. That is also true, of course, of most Christian Americans, most of whom are too busy living.

Recent surveys of American Christians reveal that the Christianity they profess to believe in is little more than a cultural brand—not a testament to their beliefs or behavior.

***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.

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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!

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Failing Anti-Female Catholic Religion! [12]

THE COMING FEMALE REVOLUTION!

One of the most incredible continuing failings of the Catholic version of Christianity is the Vatican’s position on women in the Church. Near the end of the 20th century a number of groups of Catholics who had distanced themselves from the rigid orthodoxy of the Vatican began to give women roles that had previously been the absolute preserves of males.

Some of these steps involved ordaining women as priests, a move that drew quick condemnation from the Vatican. In 2010 when break-away Catholic Churches ordained a number of female priests the move resulted in the Vatican condemning the action as a grave sin on a par with the sexual abuse of children. Incredible!

A spokesperson for the Vatican explained the position of the Church as following the precedent set by Jesus Christ who, the spokesperson said, remained celibate all his life and ordained only males who had been baptized into the priesthood.

The bishop in charge later excommunicated a male priest who was involved in ordaining a female as a priest. The bishop explained his action by saying: “Actions such as these are extremely serious and carry with them profoundly harmful consequences for the salvation of souls participating in this attempted ordination.” 

That was an incredibly stupid, anti-human, anti-female thing for a high-ranking member of the Catholic Church to say, and it obviously represented the official position of the Church.

To permanently condemn one-half of humanity as inferior to males and not worthy of acting on behalf of the Church to teach moral behavior is an astounding example of the primitive mindset of both the male founders and present-day leaders of the Catholic Church—not to mention Islam, which is even more anti-female.

The chauvinistic and anti-human practices of the male-dominated Catholic and Islamic Churches have, of course, been the rule since day one and until modern times the power of the Church was such that women did not dare to question it.  But until the power of the Church to defy common sense and to ignore the humanity it professes to hold sacred is broken it will continue to discriminate against women.

Why the Catholic Church has been able to maintain its power for such a long time is not a secret. Most males in the most “Catholic countries” have simply ignored the dogma and dictates of the Church in their normal “week-day” behavior—that has included cheating, lying, engaging in promiscuous sexual behavior and various forms and degrees of violence, most often against women.

As one honest Filipino Catholic priest once noted, “There is Catholic morality and there is Reality. Except when they go to Church on Sundays most Catholic laymen live in the world of Reality.”

Until the fundamental errors that are built into the foundations of the largest and most powerful religions are acknowledged and corrected by their male rulers they will continue to be a major part of the failure of human beings to achieve even a small portion of their potential.

But given the pathological mentality of the Christian and Islamic Church lords this reformation will not happen until the religions are on the verge of becoming totally obsolete simply because the people at large will stop blindly supporting them.

Now that religions are no longer able to oppress people with impunity the gradual weakening of their hold on the mindset of well over half of humanity is, in fact, inevitable. Their “sins” are quickly made public.

It is becoming obvious to more and more people that the salvation of humanity lies in rational, factual education; not in male-created and male-dominated religious cults—and again if you question the reference to Judaism, Christianity and Islam as cults look up the word cult in your dictionary.

Religions Live on Ignorance

From their inceptions all of the branches of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have been based on ignorance—on the simple fact that people knew virtually nothing about the cosmos, the solar system, the Earth, the existence of thousands of other societies on other continents, and so on. And it was this prevailing ignorance over the centuries that made it possible for these religions to survive and thrive.

Not surprisingly, much of this ignorance in all of these religious sects still prevails today despite the fact that mankind has walked on the moon, astronomers study the billions of galaxies and more billions of stars in the cosmos, and scientists can literally create life.

What is equally sad is that long before the appearance of Christianity and Islam ancient Sumerian and Greek scholars and scientists had actually deduced that the Earth is a globe that is in orbit around the sun; had identified all of the inner planets out to Saturn; and had deduced that human beings evolved from lower life forms going all the way back to fish!—all knowledge lost or ignored by the time these religions were created.

A 2010 poll by the prestigious Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life revealed that still today American Roman Catholics and Protestants actually know very little about the history and basic tenets of their own faith. The survey revealed that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons knew more about religious dogma than Catholics and Protestants.

While the United States is commonly referred to as one of the most religious nations in the world, the facts are that most Americans are ignorant not only about their own particular brand of faith they know even less about other faiths. And also not surprisingly, the lower the level of education of the individual the less he or she knew about religion. And here is a good kicker: atheists and agnostics scored the highest on the survey questions. Catholics scored the lowest.

The Willful Stupidity Element!

One should be able to assume that present-day leaders of most religions are neither stupid nor ignorant. Even though most of them have been raised within the restraints and taboos of their particular church and have been programmed by their environment and professional studies to accept the teachings of their par-ticular religion, it requires a great deal of willful stupidity for them to deny what they see and hear in the real world, and in what their intrinsic common sense tells them.

     While some of the motives of many of the clergy in all religions may be pure and positive, continuing to pursue beliefs and practices that are patently false, invalid and anti-human requires a twisted mind. That is willful stupidity taken to the extreme.

      The news media recently carried interviews with two life-long religious pastors who admitted that they no longer believed in the existence of God—or any god for that matter. And how did they say they came to this startling insight? They said they did so by actually reading the Bible and discovering that it is primarily based on stories written by men totally ignorant of the nature, scope and grandeur of the cosmos attempting to prove there is a God who can and does break every law of nature but never actually does anything at all to save mankind from itself.

     In simple terms, religious clergy have been brain-washed by their teachers and mentors and their overall environment—or they dupe themselves for some ulterior reason. Or they are perfectly aware of the duplicity of their position and actions and continue for reasons that have nothing to do with “saving souls.”

     Most of the world’s religions have traditionally de-pended upon one thing to keep their uneducated members coming back for more. Fear! Fear that they will be condemned to Hell if they don’t profess to believe and go through the prescribed rituals; and fear of the reprisals their Church and fellow members will take against them in this life if they don’t conform to the prescribed behavior.

     In earlier times reprisals by the Catholic Church ranged from being ostracized and shamed to being tortured and killed, often in the most horrible ways imaginable. In modern times the Church has moderated its punishment to social sanctions and the threat of eternal Hell instead of some form of execution.

     Of course, the vast majority of Muslims are as non-violent and as tolerant as the average Christians and Jews but radical Islamic clerics remain hung up on the primitive beliefs and customs that were common when Islam was founded in the 7th century A.D.

    Teaching children that they are going to burn in Hell forever if they don’t obey the dictates of any religion is pathological, and so far from the original intent of religions that it is criminal.   Prevailing upon young men and women to strap bombs to their bodies to seek out and kill as many people as possible in a struggle for religious and political power goes beyond pathology.

     When the mothers of these brainwashed assassins say on camera how proud they are of their martyred sons and daughters it is unreal. It is even more unreal when it is discovered that the terrorists paid the families of the assassins. Only rational, non-religious education can cure this inhuman insanity.

***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.

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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!

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Gods are Not Responsible…You Are! [13]

THE LIFE IS SACRED NONSENSE!Another example of the nonsensical and dangerous influences of the combination of the male mind and religion is the concept that life is sacred. People in cultures that have been profoundly influenced by the Judeo-Christian God concept have been taught that life is sacred, and that only God can legitimately give and take life—human life, that is, since God (it is said) gave mankind dominion over all other life forms (otherwise we would not be able to kill and eat animals, fish, fowls and a variety of other forms of life without committing a sin).

The idea that a living god created all life—especially human life—and that life is sacred is so transparently invalid that it should have made any continuing belief in the concept patently impossible. And yet it is still one of the primary teachings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The life-is-sacred myth is, of course, a concept created by the founders of Judaism and Christianity in an attempt to wean males away from their instincts to mistreat and kill others and to reprogram them to be respectful, kind and cooperative. In the eyes of these ancient founders only a god would be capable of such a miracle, and rightly so.

However, the primitive destructive instincts of human males were so strong that just being told that life was sacred was not enough to suppress these instincts in many men, with the result that mayhem and murder have continued to be a distinguishing characteristic of humanity.

In fact, not long after the creation of the life-is-sacred concept, religious leaders themselves began to use violence in the name of their God in an attempt to force others to believe as they did and to obey the rules they had devised in an effort to control all thinking and behavior.

Incredibly, according to the Bible when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the first 10 Commandments and found that large numbers of his followers had created and were worshipping a golden calf and having a hell of a good time, he was so incensed that he smashed the stone tablet bearing the Commandments and ordered his faithful followers to kill those who had stayed from the path. In one of the worst massacres in history his followers slaughtered over 3,000 fellow Jews—men, women and children. Moses then went back up on Mt. Sinai and [it is said] and had God use his finger to rewrite the 10 Commandments on another stone slab!

Life is indeed precious to most human beings, but the history of humanity demonstrates that there is absolutely nothing sacred about it. Those who continue to profess belief in the sacred concept merely demonstrate that the human mind can be manipulated like any computer soft-ware program, and when confronted with reality they resort to claiming it is a matter of faith, not facts or reality.

It is apparently the cosmos itself that is the Great Creator. It is infused with an inherent force to create life in forms and functions that are seemingly countless…in environments that are incredibly diverse and extreme. On Earth, new forms of life are discovered almost daily as scientists and others probe deeper into the oceans, into the subterranean depths of the Earth, and into isolated places on the surface of the Earth. One of these days we will discover that life in varying forms is common among the billions of planets circling billions of stars.

Regardless of the form and function of any life form, in whatever environment, life to that particular form is precious, but, again, it is not sacred. All life forms, including humans, are subject to being obliterated, often in an instant, by other life forms and by nature.

Life is, in fact, based on life forms killing and eating other life forms—a food chain that is exactly the opposite of the religious concept that life is sacred. Nature creates life and life destroys life in order to survive and grow and become more adept at devouring other forms of life (not counting incidents of human cannibalism, of course).

The religious concept that is life is sacred crops up in virtually all areas of human life, and is routinely ignored by the majority. Opponents of abortions use the life-is-sacred argument to proclaim that abortions are a sin against God.  This dumb argument is also used by people who oppose the use of human stem cells in medical research.

Going one step farther, this rationale would apply to female eggs [most of which are disposed of naturally] and male sperm, most of which goes to “waste.”  As already noted, there is an injunction in the Bible that describes masturbation as a grave sin, and states that “It is better to leave your seed in the belly of a whore than to cast it to the wind.”  How’s that for a pithy summation of religious morality!

As stated, virtually all organic life forms on Earth exist by killing and eating other life forms—or in many cases eating them while they are still alive—in which case they are  commonly promoted in some cultures as special treats. Now, only humans are normally not on the food chain… but don’t turn your back on an alligator or any other really big lizard!

The Abortion Controversy!  

An abortion can, of course be a dangerous and ignoble thing for a woman to go through, but done early enough and safely enough it is often a better choice than to have an unplanned, unwanted child.  Being forced to have an unplanned and unwanted child—especially one that cannot be properly cared for and educated—because of an ancient and primitive religious belief is simply not rational; not right.

People who oppose abortions should spend their time and energy in helping women avoid unwanted pregnancies in the first place. There are millions of women around the world who are in desperate need of such help and every year they produce millions more children, many of whose lives are short and wretched.

As contradictory as it often is, human beings are the most advanced form of life known and some humans are capable of creating masterpieces of art, architecture, literature, music and technological marvels. In many areas, scientists and technicians are literally transforming life itself in “god-like” ways. And yet, large numbers of human beings are still driven by the instincts of their primitive ids to use force, to repress, to maim and murder to get what they want. This destructive behavior, on an individual as well as on group and national levels, is often done in the name of their God.

There is obviously a great deal of good in cultures influenced by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but the myths and myopia these religions spawn and the irrational behavior they often justify continue to bring immeasurable suffering, destruction and death to mil-lions of people.

To repeat, the irrational position that abortion is a sin against God because life is sacred is simply non-sense. It is a deplorable answer to the irresponsibility of a male and a female—most often a male. There are other answers!

The Rebellion of Catholic Women

The sex-and-gender obsessed Catholic Church has been losing American members and priests since the political emancipation of women began in the 20th century, but it was not until female members of the cult began a concerted rebellion against its sexist practices near the end of the century that dissension within the ranks became big time.

The really Big Bang occurred in 2010 as a result of the Vatican’s reaction when a number of new female priests were ordained in the U.S. and in Europe. The Vatican declared that in the eyes of God women were unfit to be priests and that ordaining them was a grave sin on the same level as the sexual abuse of young boys by priests.

In the new connected world of the Internet that absurd sexist reaction went viral within hours, resulting in the publication of data showing that most American Catholics disagree with the Vatican’s anti-female views and are in favor of ordaining women.

One summary of the rebellion against the doctrines of the Church suggested that the male lords would eventually abolish the edict that male priests could not marry in an attempt to remain a relevant power in the lives of people, but the summary did not foresee the day when the Church would accept females into its male-dominated hierarchy.

That is inevitable if the Catholic Church is to survive—but in the long run it will be better for humanity if it does not survive in its present form.

***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.

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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!

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Profit as the New God! [14]

A NEW FATAL PLAGUE ON MANKIND!The Rise of Money Morality

The fact that Judaism, Christianity and Islam failed in their self-declared mandates to control human behavior allowed the rise of a new morality that is even more destructive—a new morality that was fueled by the Industrial Revolution that began in England in the early 1800s and was to have more far-reaching effects on human history than any other element since the development of agriculture and the creation of god-based religions.

     One of the most important of these effects was that the new economy that developed over the next century was centered on profit-making as the new imperative of all businesses and government organizations, and earning money was the new imperative of the people who worked for them.

     During the early 19th century money-and-profit-making became the economic, social and political foundations of the industrialized countries of the West. By the beginning of the 20th century all of the domestic and international affairs of the newly industrialized countries were based on the new money morality.

     The perceived and real need for economic expansion, both to meet growing populations and the hunger for more economic and political power, resulted in wars becoming an even more vital aspect of public policy in a number of countries.

     Among the first of these economic wars was the invasion and colonization of most of Southeast Asia and big chunks of China by European countries. In the early 1900s Japan joined the fray by invading and colonizing Korea. Then came World War I and World War II, both started by Germany to expand its economic and political clout, with Japan soon following the German example by invading China, Southeast Asia and islands in the Pacific.

      At present, most of the conflicts among industrialized nations are economic rather than military.  But killing and other savage actions continue on a grand scale in some countries—despite efforts by the United Nations and individual nations to stop them.

     No matter how many reasons one can come up with to explain this violence the ultimate cause lies in the lack of the right kind of practical and moral education—education that programs people in the commonsense attributes that are the foundation of peace, goodwill, tolerance and cooperation in improving the welfare of all—all things god-based religions have failed to do.

     There is virtually no area of human endeavor, including the survival and activities of religious institutions, that is not based on or does not depend on money.

The Excess-Consumption Time Bomb!

The profit motive has not only replaced religious-based moralities it has created an excess-consumption syndrome that is socially and spiritually insane and is like a cancer eating away at humanity and inflicting irreparable harm to the Earth.

The areas of human consumption in industrialized societies that are the most abused by the compulsion to make a  profit—and are the most damaging to both humanity and the Earth—include fossil-based energy, military armaments, fashion-based wearing apparel, drugs, processed foodstuffs, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and sugar-laden drinks.

The damage done not only to the human psyche and societies in general but also to the Earth by promoting excess consumption of these and other products is incalculable in both spiritual and material terms.

This mindless drive to make a profit based on excess consumption results in most of the imagination and creative talent of mankind being used to promote the sales of products in volumes that are not related in any way to the actual needs of people.

More and more people are recognizing the stupidity and immorality of this kind of culture, but only a few have the intestinal fortitude in the first place to not fall prey to the blandishments of advertising and a social image that publicly proclaims their success in making more money than what they need to live modestly. Fewer still willingly give it up after they are caught up in the conspicuous consumption syndrome.

Americans created this lifestyle and mentality, and like a disease it has spread to other countries, particularly the newly developed and still developing countries, with China being an outstanding example.

What is incredible about the rise of China and the problems of the United States is that the Chinese approach to education, the economy and international trade as expounded by Premier Wen Jiabao in 2010 was more rational and intelligent—if self-serving—than the American approach…a phenomenon recorded by Fareed Zakaria, an editor of Time magazine, following an interview of Wen.

Zakaria noted that the policies the Chinese leadership has followed since the 1980s have included  building new colleges and universities, dramatically increasing the number of graduates in math and science and building an infrastructure that includes state-of-the-art  airports, highways and a high-speed train network—all key parts of modernizing and internationalizing China’s economy.  He added that the education network the Chinese created in less than a decade is the largest in the world—an expansion Yale University President Richard Levin described as with-out precedent.

Just as American business and government leaders ignored the fantastic economic progress Japan made between 1950 and 1970—during which it became the world’s second largest economy—they at first ignored the fact that China began taking exactly the same steps in the late 1970s.

What an incredible example of the myopia and willful stupidity of American leaders in all fields!  The once despised Chinese Communist leaders giving Americans a lesson in capitalism!   And by the end of the first decade of the 21st century China was already in the midst of its second giant leap forward: the creation of a mass market that could eventually encompass over one billion people—a phenomenon that will have far more impact on the world than the rise of Japan.

But in creating their own economic juggernaut the Chinese leaders seem to have forgotten some of the other sage wisdom of Lao Tzu, who almost three thousand years ago wrote: “When man interferes with nature the sky becomes filthy, the Earth becomes depleted, harmony with nature disappears, and creatures become extinct.”

Japan was the first Asian nation in modern times to develop a mass market-based economy—between 1950 and 1965—a remarkable event chronicled in 1967 in the book, The Japanese as Consumers—Asia’s First Mass Market, written by this author [of this book] and Fred Thomas Perry.

Japan was also the first Asian nation to fall prey to the excess consumption syndrome; a cultural switch of extraordinary importance because up to 1960 the Japanese had maintained an austere but physically, emotionally and spiritually balanced life-style for over two thousand years.

This early unique Japanese lifestyle evolved from precepts contained in Shintō, their native religion, which taught respect and reverence for nature; for beauty simplified and refined down to its essence; the avoidance of conspicuous excess display, and the presence of harmony in design and style as well as in behavior.

The traditional lifestyle of the Japanese has been maintained in many areas, including shops dealing in traditional arts and crafts, restaurants featuring traditional foods, and traditional ryokan [rio-kahn] or inns, which still abound in the country. But for the majority of the Japanese it has been replaced by the American or Western style of living.

However, before the turn of the 21st century a growing number of Japanese began to suffer from a cultural malaise brought on by the mass consumption lifestyle, resulting in them going at least part of the way back to the simple way of living that had sustained them for millennia. For some, this included moving out of crowded urban areas into the countryside.

The whole industrialized world is challenged to follow this example to some extent—overcoming the excess-consumption syndrome and returning to a more balanced and satisfying lifestyle. This movement, although tiny, is growing in the United States, albeit slowly. Much of the future of the world depends on what China will do.

It should not be surprising to Westerns caught up in mass consumption that the foundation of Japan’s traditional lifestyle was emotional and spiritual harmony; the antithesis of mass consumption.

While it is inconceivable that large numbers of affluent Americans and other Westerners would give up their wasteful and discordant lifestyles readily and easily, it nevertheless is one way that would return commonsense and harmony to their lives.

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If you are interested in learning more about the foundation of Japan’s traditional culture, see ELEMENTS OF JAP-ANESE DESIGN – Understanding and Using Japan’s Classic Wabi-Sabi-Shibui Concepts.

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***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.

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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!

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