Mermaids and Mermen

Gaia’s Majesty: Discovery – An Unbearable Choice

Book 1 Los Res 10-1-2015

(Book 1 of the Gaia’s Majesty Trilogy)

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Who do you think mermaids are?

Fundamental Myth

Some stories or concepts we call myths are more widespread than others. I’ve always been fascinated by the widespread stories about the sighting of mermaids. In one form or another they show up in an amazing array of cultures. Which leads me to ask why? If mermaids are real, why do they exist? And if they are pure myth, what is the true meaning of the myth? Since I’m inclined to speculation I will speculate.

I should also note that mermen are nowhere nearly as prevalent. And I can’t recall being especially intrigued when they do appear. It seems that this myth has something special to say about women. For one thing they are pretty routinely not evil although they may be powerful or at least lovely and endearing. They tend to enrapture men. And naturally these women appear in water. Water bears on the meaning of the myth.
Mermaid Meaning and Power

I don’t know of a really good way to research the true meaning of a myth so I’m going to throw out some thoughts. These women of the waters are generally benign or very positive. They may be love objects with endearing powers. And often they are innocent. I think of the status of the mermaid sitting on the rock in Copenhagen harbor.

But they do not just come to us lovingly. Power seems implicit. And to me the water theme suggests generative powers and birth. After all it would seem that life came from the waters. I think we are seeing a powerful theme which touches upon an inherent positive view of women and it suggests considerable power of various kinds.

Being Endearing

The nature of the mermaids in the myths begs for involvement. On occasions these women may be threatening but generally they are not threatening. There is surely a deep feeling a conveyance of what might be. In the water they do not often challenge men and in these myths we see caring and loving possibilities along with all the special creative and endearing parts of women.

It Could Happen to You

There is a song in which the singer tells us, “It could happen to you.” The listener (most likely a man) is instructed to run when church bells ring and the meaning is that the woman will surely draw him into marriage. But why should a man run? Is it so bad to have it happen to you? But the involvement indicates change and there is an inherent power which the woman has. And men don’t like to give up power.

Going Deeper

It was these perceptions which led me to see women of the sea as being not just powerful but possibly representing a route to a fulfillment of a transformation of humankind. Women are rising across the world and holding out to us the possibility of deep and fulfilling partnership on a broader level. The prospects are truly intriguing and exciting. I could not resist building a mythologically based trilogy to portray wonderful stories of women rising for this transformation for humankind and in true partnership with men at last.

What of this have you experienced?

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Exploring Our World

 

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Have you found truth?

The Challenge of Philosophy

Philosophy may do such a thing as focus on the construction of ethics or may move us into the realm of politics or totally abstract considerations. As such it may bridge into fantasy and can be markedly speculative. After taking some philosophy courses I came to see it as having the potential to change anything into anything. There were no bounds.

Exploring Reality

In particular I found existential philosophy intriguing but when I moved closer to what we call reality I was equally captured by political philosophy. In both areas the mind can soar but in each instance the restraint I found was in considering the impact on what we call reality.

My first course in political philosophy began with a reading of The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. I found it fascinating and my takeaway was that he was pressing the point that we create the state with a social contract to ensure peace, security and for the common defense. It requires our allegiance and tending and I doubt that he would have supported an antigovernment position. Rather he would have pressed the need for working through a social contract. In fact he pressed the point of us supporting our government. And then in the last chapter he totally blindsided me. It amounted to him saying “but of course there are circumstances.”.. Suddenly reality changed and there was a decision to be weighed depending upon the circumstances. We might reach a point where we would fight for significant government change or even overthrow it.

From there I went on to read a veritable history of political philosophy. Marx, Engels, Stalin and Hitler among others. With the philosophy of socialism I got to see a clear enticing logic. There was just one teensy problem. It did not mesh with the reality of human nature. And so began the experiment with what we called communism until it collapsed of its own weight.

Writing as Exploration

What’s the point? We humans have a variety of ways to explore our world and ourselves whether it is in the real world or the world of fiction for example. It is so rich and varied. And exploring possibilities in fiction permit us to seek and consider without ruinous consequences. Such is the power of the clever creatures we are as we seek the future and hoped for security and wellbeing.

What have you found in your explorations? Can you state it or them clearly?

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