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Freud said that the Father owned everything: the territory, the women: both wives, daughters, and slaves. The father kept everything for himself.
The brothers want the territory, the mothers, the sisters, the slaves … for themselves. They kill the father, dub themselves winners and take all.
Christianity says that the Father is in heaven, owns everything: the mothers, the sisters, the slaves … and the mere fathers and brothers too. The mothers, the sisters, the slaves, the fathers, the brothers are all guilty of something called sin. The Father both feels sorry for the poor sinners, manifests himself as a son, a sinner, a mortal. The mothers, the sisters, the slaves, the fathers, the brothers kill him, torture him to death, break their own Brotherhood laws to get to him, make sure he’s condemned. The father knew all this, planned it: so he could forgive the mothers, the sisters, the slaves, the fathers, the brothers for murdering him.
Now: does the Freud story sound true? Certainly not as history. Anthropologists have found no evidence of one world father being murdered by the gang of his sons. But it certainly sounds true if you look at it mythically. Indeed, it sounds very much like the Christian story (another story with no anthropological backing that nevertheless rings mythic bells in our deep recognition.
Of course Freud’s sons kill the father and then behave just like the father: write laws and so forth justifying themselves. So the father-son thing is a recurring pattern, in generation after generation.
Therefore I ask: how do we know God the Father isn’t just some Sons from generation x pretending to be the Father, taking his place? How do we know that the God/Son story isn’t concocted by the God to cover his own guilt in killing his father and taking his place, putting the blame on the current generation of sons, fathers, sisters, mothers?
But wait: Christianity never sees the murderers of God as being this generation: oh no, it was always the previous generation. They’re the damned; we’re the saved. Funny: we look very much the same to me.
Now Freud’s, Christians’, etc. stories sound awfully self-involved, awfully infantile. The God the Father is supposed to have “created” the world. Well, maybe he did (though it sounds far more likely that he was created by the fathers and sons and mothers and sisters who created that world. In any case, that world should not be confused with the universe. The world of the fathers, sons, sisters, mothers is approximately the age claimed for the world of the Father / Son, but it comes no where close to the age of the universe; not even of the mere solar system.
Now in the universe, at least in our part of the solar system, we have male and female, sexual reproduction … fathers, sons, sisters, mothers. We have predation, parasitism, killing, eating. What we don’t have is ownership, authority, rights … What we don’t have is laws other than ones like those that make your foot come back to earth after you’ve lifted it. No, laws, property, rights … exist only in the world created six or so thousand years ago. And of course that world has full discretion regarding when to obey its imaginary laws. The laws are written for (and enforced on) the gypsies, the vagabonds; the king, the governor, the soldier, the priest … can themselves do anything … they can get away with.
In other worlds: in the universe there was nothing wrong with the sons killing the father; only in the world. In the universe, why shouldn’t the governor and the king gang up on the vagabond? Why should they be restricted by a law that said Roman soldiers could execute only someone convicted of breaking Roman law? Wasn’t that law written by their peers? The particular vagabond the fuss is about wasn’t accused of breaking any Roman laws. But it’s all bull shit. The Roman soldiers have the swords, the organization, the coercive force. They can do anything they can get away with.
(Trouble is (as at Mi Lai, one never knows in advance what one can get away with. Ten thousand people speed: one gets a ticket. Only some percentage is forced to pay. Actually those sound like pretty good odds for speeding, rape, pillage … Laws that have been around for a while should have conviction and collection percentages tattooed on their forehead. Presidents and lawyers know far better than the public what they’re likely to be able to get away with.)
Freud’s take on brotherhood is also discussed in my We the People. Much of the rest already has some form of appearance here, particularly in my History / Magic directory: most particularly the gods, God, & god module.