Matriarchy explained by author William Bond in an exclusive interview for HubPages
Introduction to William Bond
Please introduce yourself to my readers
I am now 65 years old and retired. I was born in England, but spent my childhood in Australia. I then came back to England when I was a young man to see what it was like and ended up staying here. I am mostly self-educated, at school I spent most of my time day-dreaming, but I was also a book-worm.
As a boy I read many books about military history, aircraft and sailing, but I later got interested in ordinary history, psychology and science. I would get interested in one subject like astronomy, read every book I can find in my local library on the subject, and then when I couldn't find any more books about it, I would get interested in another subject.
As a young man in London I also got involved in the New-Age and pagan movements. I joined many different New-Age and Occult groups but never stayed in any of them for more than a year. I was looking for a something I could believe in, from these various groups, but in the end I had to find it from within myself.
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Please explain what matriarchy means to you
I first came across matriarchy back in the 1970s when I read a book called, “The First Sex” by Elizabeth Gould Davis. I then searched around for other books on the same subject and couldn’t find any. This only made me more curious about this subject. I did then find two other books, “The White Goddess” by Robert Graves and “Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion”, by Jane Harrison, but I have to say I didn’t find either book easy to read. I found it strange that I could only find books about matriarchy in obscure academic books. I was later to realise there was a sort of academic censorship about matriarchy. Any academic writing about matriarchy was likely to have his or her academic career ruined. We can see this is the case of Erich Fromm a famous social psychologist, psychoanalyst and humanistic philosopher. He wrote about matriarchy in his book, “Love, Sexuality, and Matriarchy: About Gender”, but he only allowed it to be published after he had died. Simply because he knew a book like this, could have ruined his career, if it was published while he was alive. He had good reason to fear this, many academic writers like J.J. Bachofen, Robert Briffault, were savagely attacked for writing about matriarchy, as were the archaeologists James Mellaart and Marija Gimbutas.
The reason why the academic world is nervous about matriarchy is because it has the potential to be a powerful world wide radical political movement. To anyone who takes an interest in political history it must be obvious that men to a terrible job in ruling our world. After all, war has to be the most insane method of setting disputes between countries, yet there has never been a time in history when there weren’t wars and it still goes on today. There has also been a big gap between rich and poor where the ruling elite live in luxury while the people live in poverty, and the gap between rich and poor remains. The financial crisis today also shows us how incompetent the patriarchal financial intuitions are in dealing with the world’s economy. The bankers now gamble with the money people put into banks, to make themselves rich, but if their gamble fails, then it doesn’t matter, as the governments and taxpayers will bail them out and they will continue to get their million dollar bonuses. The fact that this has condemned billions of people to live in poverty doesn’t seem to be a problem for these bankers and financiers.
The only reason why people put up with incompetent patriarchal governments is because ordinary people are totally unaware there is an alternative and that is matriarchy. I have written why I think matriarchy is better than patriarchy in my hub-page.http://hubpages.com/hub/Why-We-Need-Matriarchy
Guru Rasa von Werder
Please say a bit about Guru Rasa von Werder, whom I know is a good friend of yours?
I first came across Rasa Von Werder on the internet back in 2005, I think we were both a bit wary of each other at first. We both had an interest in matriarchy but our visions were a bit different. She was at the time also promoting her Roman Catholic beliefs which I had no interest in, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to be involved in a Roman Catholic version of matriarchy. I think what got me interested in her, was her, “I strip for God” stuff. She was once a stripper who gave her audience a Christian sermon as part of her act. The audacity of this, appealed to my sense of humour. But also, I began to realise that if matriarchy was to be promoted, then we will need someone like her, who will say and do outrageous things and get people’s attention. The fact is, that writing a logical article or book on the merits of matriarchy is not going to get much attention. But Rasa can get a lot more attention by her outrageous behaviour and so introduce many more people to the concept of matriarchy.
She is also very positive in her attitude; she is a great believer in positive thinking and so even if she gets setbacks, which can get her down, she is still able to pick herself up and soldier on regardless, because of her positive attitude. I think if matriarchy is going to be successful, we need very positive and determined female leaders, like her, who can lead people forward.
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Mermaids and the Aquatic Ape Theory
What are your theories about the reality of mermaids?
My theories on mermaids came from the Aquatic Ape Theory. I first read about this theory back in the 1970s when I read the book, “The Decent of Women” by Elaine Morgan. I personally thought it was a very good theory and couldn’t understand why many academics at the time rejected it. To the degree that Sir Alister Hardy the man who brought this theory to the notice of the general public, backed down from Elaine Morgan’s attempt to promote it, to save his career. It was later I discovered the strong basis, there was, against women, in academic circles. Academia was promoting another theory of how we evolved from apes to humans, called the Savannah Theory. This theory gives the starring role for our evolution to men, and women are hardly mentioned at all, in this theory. The Aquatic Ape Theory doesn’t do this, and for this reason it was rejected, and even though the Savannah Theory has now been disproved, male academics still continue to cling to it.
Briefly, the Aquatic Ape Theory is about the fact that we humans have so many marine features about our bodies. We are so unlike any other ape because we have no fur, have subcutaneous fat, can walk upright, sweat, have a large brain and can speak. All this can all be explained if we at one time semi-aquatic creatures.
The theory suggests that having acquired all these aquatic features we then returned to live more inland, but I wondered if perhaps not all humans had done this and some continued to evolve in the water and became even more aquatic. So perhaps this is where the mermaid stories came from. I then got some books out of the library on mermaid myths and sightings and what I discovered, was that, in not all mermaid stories, did they have a fishtail. Some are described ordinary woman swimming in the sea or lying on rocks. I then remembered a book I read when I was a teenager called, “Hekura: The Diving Girl’s Island” by Fosco Maraini. I then began to wonder if mermaids were simply once European versions of the Ama divers that still exist in Japan. So I researched this more and everything I have discovered seems to confirm this.
Anyway I have written a blog about this at.-
I have also written seven hub pages on this as well like. –
Books and writings by William Bond
What are your books about and where can people get hold of your work?
Though I write about Matriarchy and Mermaids, I have also written about Goddess Spirituality, - http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Ancient-Religion-Of-The-Great-Mother
Positive thinking. - http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Third-Reality
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