Why there’s no such thing as father nature
Right from ancient writings of the biblical text to the contemporarily developed philosophies of thought, we see a pivotal role women have played in both the downfall and upgrowth of humanity and life at large. The Holy Bible, to whose anecdotes and treatises I subscribe, depicts the downfall of humanity from paradise with a significant linkage to a woman, Eve, just like it depicts the upgrowth of the human race back to paradise with a significant linkage to a woman Mary, mother of Jesus.
Whether these biblical treatises are mythical or actual events, is not only ineffectual but also immaterial. The fact would still remain that whoever composed the myths (if they are myths at all), had an instinctive inclination and or predilection to associate major paradigm shifting events to a woman.
In the contemporary setting, we have heard of maxims like,” Behind every successful man, there’s a woman”. This woman could be a mother, sister and or wife. In order to resonate with the historical trends, we should also promote the maxim that, “Behind some men’s downfall, there’s a woman”, because it is evident how many have fallen because of women. As if that is not enough, we have dubbed the eco-system in which we relate and live, mother nature.
On a more radical scale, we have rapidly budding campaigns to uplift women and the girl-child from their predicament of egoistic men who, despite profoundly benefiting from women, have continued to debase them.
This feminization of the most significant elements like the earth, events in history and our current times is not by accident. Women have a kind of inescapable, snare-laden power that could even bring down the greatest macho rulers and leaders, without using firearms like the NATO did with Libya. This is probably why Shaggy sang about the “strength of a woman”. This eluding strength and power is a compensatory force to their lack of innate machoism and innate aggressiveness.
The snare-laden power held by women, could be likened to the following imaginary fable:
Consider a man to be a Bear that likes honey. The woman will be the queen bee who comes and takes the unsuspecting bear to a bee hive, gives the man a lot of honey then notifies the covertly placed worker bees to come and attack the bear. The queen bee then asks the bear to submit fully if they ever want to be released, a request to which the bear complies immediately!
Despite holding this this arsenal of nature-given power, women, most especially African women, deserve eternal glorification and the accolade for the strongest women on earth, given that they have managed to forge a livelihood for their families, raise children and withstand the relentless matrimonial demands from their irresponsible husbands amid an overwhelming insufficiency of resources. This is very common in rural areas of Africa like Kabale district in Uganda, where I come from.
A paradox comes in when we start to ask ourselves why they don’t use this power to overcome their predicament. Could it be the rampant feminist groups we are seeing, however misguided and propagandist some of them are or that men’s egos are stronger?
Anyhow, it’s imperative to celebrate our African women without waiting for women’s day and or mother’s day. This is why some egoistic men have mockingly coined maxim-like jokes, like, “women have only one day in a year to be celebrated, the rest are for men”. It’s even more imperative to embody this celebration by sensitizing men to be responsible and also making the current women support organization more objective than strategic platforms for personal gains by the stake holders in them.
I celebrate you mother nature and African women, for you are power houses of creation.