The Ancient Rage of Women
Jan 22, 2002
My wife is of Irish descent, and thus, in her heart, is completely Irish. I, on the other hand, from the point of view of many of the Irish, have the dubious distinction of being half English. Regrettably, Englands transgressions against the Irish havent been entirely erased from Irelands national memory.
My wife and I love each other deeply.Kim is a sweet, tenderhearted soul who cries over the troubles of others. Shes always thinking of how a person was raised, and what trials theyve gone through, and reminds me often that everyone needs love.
In our efforts to cross the cultural dividebetween the former enemy nations of England and Ireland, I sometimes encounter a flash of Irish temper. Reflecting about our histories, I tell Kim that I can imagine her Irish female ancestor pacing the walls of a castle, under a stormy sky, holding a whiskey bottle in one hand and the severed head of an Englishman in the other. A macabre but illustrative image of ancient rage.
Irish women are not the only women burdenedby thousands of years of ancestral memories of neglect and abuse at the hands of men. Women everywhere have been treated badly by the stronger sex. Men could say that women arent perfect and have also hurt men. However, men had the power, the swords and the backs of their hands, and used them frequently to dominate women and keep them in their place.
If acts of physical violence toward womenwere the only sins that men were guilty of, many men would declare themselves innocent. Unfortunately, the problems of men run deeper. I believe that the ancient rage of women toward men is rooted in mens inability to express Gods parental and unselfish love toward women. My wifes frequent question as a teenager was, can men love? Her answer was usually no. Many women believe that men are incapable of love. A Japanese woman once asked, in broken English, what purpose man?
Lonely, mistreated, and unable to sharetheir deepest emotions with men, women endured for thousands of years. Too often, men were oblivious about the state of their own hearts. Thus, the ancient rage of women was fueled and cemented.
Its time for men to turn towardtheir wives, sisters, mothers and daughters, and open their hearts to the ones who can understand them better than anyone. A mans best friend should be his soul mate, his eternal love his wife. Its time for men to find and reveal their true heart of love, and erase the ancient rage of women. Even if a man feels that he didnt contribute to that rage, expressing sincere apology to women, on behalf of all men, will help assuage each womans ancestral pain.
When a husband and wife are fromnations, races or lineages that stood as enemies, their love gains even deeper meaning. By marrying and loving ones enemy, the anger and resentment of millennia begin to melt away, and world peace draws one step closer.
Peter Falkenberg Brown is passionate about writing, publishing, public speaking and film. He hopes that someday he can live up to his favorite motto: “Expressing God’s kind and compassionate love in all directions, every second of every day, creates an infinitely expanding sphere of heart.”
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