The Evolution of Society
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To understand how society arrived at its present state, we have to go back in history — way back.  The early eons of human existence were savage.  The female mammalian kinship system, which originated in the Mesozoic Era when the dinosaurs were young, some two hundred million years ago, held sway.  “Families” were matriarchal, composed of females and children fathered by predatory, comparatively better provisioned males.

The sex urge, strongly inherent in both sexes and as yet uninhibited, meant promiscuity was rampant.  According to Feminist attorney Riane Eisler, prehistoric society was one vast sex cult.  “Puritanism,” says Alain Danielou, “is totally unknown in the primitive or natural world.”  That is why it is primitive and natural.

Each sex needed what the other had by nature; women could provide children, while men could provide food, shelter and protection.  Perceiving the advantages of mutual support and cooperation, probably around the Stone Age, the sexes gradually initiated exclusive relationships (much later formalized as marriages).

Under this ages-old ‘Gender Contract ’ (if I may coin the term), each sex made necessary sacrifices to benefit the other: females gave fidelity; males gave hard work, often resulting in death, injury and shortened lives.  Females received security, and males received legitimate, inalienable children, and in its ideal form still do.  Our ascent from the cave began; permanent families were created, monogamous and patriarchal in nature.  Civilization was born – warlike though it often was.  Nevertheless, in some locations sexual promiscuity lasted even into Biblical times; Sodom and Gomorrah are examples.

While Professor Stephen Goldberg posits that the transition to civilized norms was inevitable, Margaret Mead and Professor Amneus looked further into the matter.  Unlike Judge Noland, they recognized the vitally important point that the earlier matriarchal relationships were natural, and the later patriarchal ones were artificial.

The female role, says Mead, “is a biological fact, the male role a mere social creation…”  Amneus agreed that the male role was contrived to prop up their weaker position, and carried Mead’s insight far beyond what other philosophers had considered.  He demonstrated that patriarchy, the male kinship system, relative prosperity and the dawn of civilization emerged simultaneously, and is quite obviously mutually dependent, that the male kinship system depends not on biological heredity but on social heredity.  He showed that the great discovery of patriarchy was that sex could be put to work to create civilization by allowing men to be sociological fathers that the very fabric of society depends on viability of this delicate structure – the Gender Contract.  Even today, men work exceedingly hard in exchange with women for sex and family.

Anthropologist Lewis Morgan’s theory of marital evolution generally agrees with that of Amneus.  He posits that among civilized people one finds monogamy built on patriarchal rule, and on chastity and fidelity among the women.  Cornelia Skinner said “Women’s virtue is man’s greatest invention.  She’s right; one might say civilization is premised upon women’s virtue.  Ronald Immerman of Case Western University agrees, in a 2003 issue of the journal Evolutionary Psychology.

Erosion of the Gender Contract began with the ascendance of the feminine, the advent of androgyny and misandry, and the modern sexual revolution.  Change was confused with progress, unmoored from reality. 

To this day, manageable society requires maintenance of the conditions of the pragmatic Gender Contract.  Where these conditions exist, society is stable and peaceful.  Where they don’t, they aren’t.  Crime statistics show that patriarchal countries like Japan and Switzerland, where fatherlessness is rare, have a crime rate only a fraction of that in matriarchal countries like the United States; and they’re outpacing, economically and educationally, countries that have embraced matriarchy.  The U.S. murder rate is 6 times that of Japan.  Plainly, patriarchal societies (with the qualified exception of the Middle-East) are civilized; matriarchal societies are less so.

The western patriarchal advantage may be difficult to comprehend in changing societies, because of institutionalized habit and the generations-long time lag.  That, for example, is why Sweden and Holland remain relatively civilized after rejecting Patriarchy.

There is an exception to the general beneficence of Patriarchy.  In the western world it was benign, and still is so – where it exists; but centuries ago it took a religion-based divergent path in Arabia, becoming un-benign practically to the point of lunacy.  The desperation of living in Muslim and communist countries negatively affects men and boys even more than it does females.  It is important that disillusioned young Islamic males be saved from the dangerous clutches of psychotic radicalism.  We can only pray that western society will not regress to its pre-civilized state, under siege not only from deterioration within but also from without.
 


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