Religion and Spirituality

Wagner, God, and the Feminine

Richard Wagner was born on May 22 1813. He was known as a raging narcissist, an antisemite, and an unfaithful man. He railed against Jews, failed to pay back money, cheated on his wife, and stirred up political hatred, now as then. 
He is my favorite composer. 
Why? I’ve tormented myself with this question for years, especially as a feminist and an anti racist. How- and why- did such a foul man create such sublime music? 
I have a theory. People, at birth, are at one with goodness and Goddess/God. As we grow and are “educated” by society and experience life we are drawn away from this spirit and this state of truth and neutrality. We become alienated from it and the further alienated we are, the more “evil” (unbalanced, biased, untruthful, morally unhealthy) we are said to become. Thus, the further journey such individuals must make to reach God/dess again. But when such massively alienated individuals do make this journey, the sheer distance they must travel makes their soul and its journey all the more magnificent. 
Some individuals make this journey in the most obvious sense, via religious or spiritual quests. Others make it through life pursuits such as mathematics, art, writing, inventing, philosophy, heroism, love…and music. This is especially true- this tendency to go back to Spirit via indirect or subtle means, and back doors- since society likes to hide this alienation. 
Wagner, at least so it seems, was a severely alienated man, a greedy, womanizing, racist, backstabber who used people around him as fuel to feed what he thought of as his great genius (he was right on this last point). 
Wagner’s music is his journey back to the God/dess. 
People who are the most evil and ungodly have the longest but most grand journey to take back to the Truth. This is why we hear so often of a wicked famous person whose works we cannot help but praise and juxtapose with his or her actions. Wagner’s music was representative of this journey from the profane back to the Goddess/God. It seems the more horrible he was the more enlightening his music, and the more conscious and blatant his odiousness the more subconscious and mysterious his journey back. The most awake dream the deepest. 
Material progress is often associated with alienation from God/dess. Much of the evilness of the 19th Century came from the alienation of society from eternal truths and concerns. People often associate materialism with the masculine and spirituality with the feminine. 
Wagner himself made note of the importance of “the feminine in the human” and lamented the loss of what society considered female virtues. “A human being is both man and woman: it is only when the two are united that the real human being exists… But when nowadays we talk of a human being, such heartless blockheads are we that we only think of man,” he once said. 
He saw the feminine as a necessary and humanizing antidote to the destructiveness of the masculine impulse of his era. Perhaps he was even describing a war going on within himself, as in all humans. Even his famous dreadful antisemitism may have had a peculiar positive element, in that he perceived materialistic and worldly (masculine) Jewish interlopers as rapists of the spirit of his nation and people (feminine). 
Was Wagner a prodigal son who returned through music? 
Listen and decide. 

Parsifal Finale

Ride of the Valkyries

(Vocal version)

Lohengrin Overture

Here Comes the Bride” 

(from Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin

Tristan and Isolde Overture

Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhauser

Die Walkure Overture

Elsa’s Dream (from Lohengrin)

Good Friday Music from Parsifal 

Siegfried Idyll

Meistersingers of Nuremberg Overture

from Das Rheingold

Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March

Brunnhilde’s Immolation 

Flying Dutchman Overture

Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral (Lohengrin)

Tannhauser Festmarch

Tannhauser Overture

Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde

Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey

Rienzi Overture

Faust Overture 

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It’s a Trap

Marriage is a trap.
Babies and giving birth is a trap.
Monogamy is a trap.
Heterosexuality is a trap.
Religion is a trap.
“Love” is a trap.
Patriarchy is a trap.
Obedience is a trap.
Tradition is a trap.
Capitalism is a trap.
Society and culture are a trap.

Women in all cultures are trapped by patriarchy.

Marriage traps women by keeping a woman stuck to one man. She must serve and obey him in most cultures. She is a slave. She cannot find another husband if her husband is abusive.

Women who take care of babies do not have time to work or enjoy their lives. Women who have babies must take care of them and cannot leave their house or husband. A woman might favor her son over other women. She is therefore stuck to the male gender. Giving birth too often makes women tired so they cannot escape a bad husband or housework. There are too many people in the world. Giving birth makes the world too crowded.

Monogamy means a person may only have one spouse. They are usually not allowed to divorce that spouse. This means if a woman is married to a bad man, she cannot get rid of him. If every person is allowed to have a spouse, then men who are bad, lazy, or selfish can have a wife. If monogamy was abolished, women would be able to share the few good men in a society. They would be allowed to ignore the bad ones.

Heterosexuality forces women to marry men instead of women. But most men are selfish, sexist, lazy, and tyrannical. If women were allowed to marry other women we would have happier marriages. A few women would have sex with males to get pregnant and then get rid of the men. Isn’t that what they do to us?

Most religions believe women are inferior to men. They tell women to obey their husbands and have children. They say women are sinful and that their bodies are dirty. When religion is controlled by men, it benefits men. Most religions tell people to accept bad things that happen to them. Men do bad things to women and tell women God will be happy if women accept the abuse.

People tell women that if they love a man they will be happy. They tell women that if they love a man, he will treat her kindly. They say that if a woman loves a man, she won’t mind his bad behavior. Books and movies and songs are written about “love”, romance, and marriage. They try to brainwash women into marrying men.

Patriarchy is the worldwide system of law, religion, government, economics, medicine, and culture that benefit men. Law, religion, money, the government, doctors, and culture work together to benefit men and to control women.

*In many countries, the laws benefit only men. If a man and a woman commit the same crime, the man is punished less. Sometimes, the law forces women to accept less money for working at the same job as a man. In some countries, like Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive cars.

*Religions say that women are inferior to men. They also say that God wants women to obey men. Since no one can see or hear God, makes can pretend God said anything they want him to say. (Maybe God isn’t a “he”. Maybe it’s a “she”!)

*Governments punish women who do not obey unfair rules. They are modeled after patriarchal families- the dictator at the top, the peasants (children and women) at the bottom. They must obey the father or dictator.

*Doctors make women take the same medicines as men even though their bodies are often different. This makes women sick. Male doctors control and regulate birth because they are afraid of women’s power to give birth. Unnatural births cause pain for women. Psychologists diagnose women as “crazy” when they dare to speak against patriarchy. Women who are beaten by their husbands are diagnosed as “hysterical.”

*Movies and books portray women as depressed if they do not have a husband. Clothing styles women wear make it hard for women to move and breathe. Art portrays women as weak and submissive. Magazines tell women they must be beautiful to be loved by society.

“The good woman is obedient,” most societies say. This is not true. They are trying to trick women into becoming slaves to males. Obedience is never a good thing. If you obey someone unconditionally, you will do evil if they command you to.

“Our culture must not change its traditions.” This is stupid. What if slavery or murder was the tradition of a society? Should people continue to kill people and own slaves? “Women must obey because it is tradition.” This is evil.

Capitalism makes rich people richer. It makes poor people poorer. Most rich people are male. Most women are poor. Capitalism allows rich men to take money from poor women.

Society makes unmarried women feel ashamed. Society makes ugly women feel ashamed. Many cultures tell women they should be depressed if they do not conform.

If we want to liberate women, we must fight against all these things. Do not let patriarchy oppress you!

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Pussy Riot será encarcelado por dos años

 

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Esto es inaceptable.

Mierda del gobierno ruso.

Mierda, Vladimir Putin.

A la mierda los fiscales.

A la mierda los perseguidores.

Mierda de la iglesia.

Mierda patriarcado.

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Liberate Pussy Riot!

Ahora las protestas están empezando …

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“Pussy Riot” будет заключен в тюрьму на два года

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Это недопустимо.

Ебать правительства России.

Ебать Владимир Путин.

Ебать прокуроров.

Ебать преследователей.

Ебать церкви.

Ебать патриархата.

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Освободить “Pussy Riot!”

В настоящее время акции протеста только начинается …

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Pussy Riot va fi închis timp de doi ani

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Acest lucru este inacceptabil.

Dracu ‘guvernul rus.

Dracu ‘Vladimir Putin.

Dracu ‘de procurori.

La naiba cu persecutorii.

Dracu ‘biserica.

Dracu ‘patriarhat.

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Elibera Pussy Riot!

Acum, protestele sunt doar începutul …

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Pussy Riot zostanie skazany na dwa lata

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Jest to niedopuszczalne.

Pieprzyć rząd rosyjski.

Pieprzyć Władimira Putina.

Pieprzyć prokuratorów.

Pieprzyć prześladowców.

Pieprzyć kościół.

Pieprzyć patriarchat.

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Wyzwolić Pussy Riot!

Teraz protesty dopiero zaczynają …

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Pussy Riot vil bli fengslet i to år

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Dette er uakseptabelt.

Faen ta den russiske regjeringen.

Faen Vladimir Putin.

Faen påtalemyndighetene.

Faen forfølgerne.

Faen kirken.

Faen patriarkatet.

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Frigjøre “Pussy Riot”!

Nå protestene er bare begynnelsen …

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Pussy Riot bus įkalintas dvejiems metams

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Tai yra nepriimtina.

Fuck Rusijos vyriausybę.

Fuck Vladimirą Putiną.

Fuck prokurorus.

Fuck the persekiotojus.

Fuck bažnyčią.

Fuck Patriarchatas.

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Išlaisvinti “Pussy Riot”!

Dabar tik prasideda protestai …

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Pussy Riot tiks ieslodzīts cietumā uz diviem gadiem

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Tas ir nepieņemami.

Fuck Krievijas valdību.

Fuck Vladimiram Putinam.

Fuck prokurorus.

Fuck vajātājus.

Fuck baznīcu.

Fuck patriarhāts.

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Atbrīvotu “Pussy sacelšanās”!

Tagad protesti ir tikai sākums …

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Pussy Riot sarà incarcerato per due anni

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Questo è inaccettabile.

Fanculo il governo russo.

Fanculo Vladimir Putin.

Fanculo i pubblici ministeri.

Fanculo i persecutori.

Vaffanculo la chiesa.

Vaffanculo patriarcato.

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Liberate Pussy Riot!

Ora le proteste sono solo all’inizio …

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