The Least Safe Place For Women
In a recent post on Mudeford Quay I mentioned that feeling of calm after sunset, when the world seems a perfect place. This calm is too often fleeting and fugitive, and a challenge to so many people in the UK today. The irony is that the seekers of calm, let’s call it karma, go to India, now officially recorded as the least safe place for women in the world. Can these seekers, mostly women, find karma in a society dominated by men, too often violent men?
Did Zuri Find Calm?
Whenever I am at Mudeford I visualise Zuri out on the harbour, more of a true marsh in 2200 BC. She is waist deep in water and carrying plants. She is the epitome of calm. She has food and can look forward to a meal. She is also tired from physical effort. Did those human feelings create a Neolithic karma? Women, in her time, appear to have been equal to men. Consequently, with no dominant sex, there is a balance in society that is evidently missing in India.
What Do I Know?
You can see the danger; my contention has no real evidence, no basis in fact. Neither has karma, of course. That condition relies upon the ramblings of a male seer in ancient India; meanwhile, our pagan ancestors left us nothing in writing. Consequently, the British pagans have been airbrushed out. Buddhism, so distant and remote to this island, is seen as somehow meaningful, able to give us back what our later mainstream religions destroyed.
Too In Your Face
Consequently, I shut myself away in a bubble of my own making. The British Neolithic takes me away from the daily news. It’s too in your face, all that male violence, rape, death and horror around the world. I believe that Zuri, the pagan, lived in a spiritual society. She can teach us much, without recourse to India and its reputation as the least safe place for women. Zuri never knew all those men on the news, waving, shouting, burning flags and shouting slogans; that is for us only, to watch time after time. At least Zuri and I can gaze, in our own millenia, across to Hengistbury Head and feel calm. Perhaps our challenge is to find ways to reclaim Zuri’s Neolithic karma, let’s call it narma. We British have a narma, a richer, deeper life than any World religion that has since overwhelmed us.