Why All Men Should Read The Medea by Euripides

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I know how full of fears a woman is,
And faint at need, and shrinking from the light
Of battle: but once spoil her of her right
In man’s love, and there moves, I warn thee well,

No bloodier spirit between heaven and hell.

via The Project Gutenberg eBook of “The Medea of Euripides”, by Gilbert Murray..

Men really need to wake up.  Nature does not care about what “civilized” humans, in their desire to avoid the natural consequences for their actions, consider to be fair or just.  In fact, most of what people believe to be justice, is actually mercy.

Nothing and no one owes any of us mercy.  The truly compassionate person lives in constant awareness of this.  It is something one gives because one has the power to do so.  One understands that they are capable of doing many cruel and hurtful things, but they stay their hand from these, and use their strength and energy to build rather than to destroy.

It is not a given.  When someone shows you any, they are showing generosity that they don’t have to.

When a woman is generous towards a man, and he is resentful or hateful in return, she seeks vengeance for the same reason that if you poke a venomous snake who was trying to mind its own business and get away from you, it strikes you.  It is our Nature.  You men would do well to be mindful of this.

…and if a woman refrains from vengeance, or is satisfied with seeking or allowing other forces of Nature to bring “justice”, this is unnaturally merciful.  Like a dumb animal who pokes a snake and survives or evades the strike, you got lucky.  Your luck can run out.

This is not to justify heinous acts committed for the sake of vengeance.  It is just to say that some things a man does to us can, for long enough to do some dastardly deeds, make the crimes seem worth it.  Yes, wrong is wrong, and two wrongs don’t make a right, but the intelligent man considers this before his own wrongdoings.  The idiot and socially retarded narcissist justifies his wrong with the woman having later done something “wrong-er” when she was pushed over the edge.

Vengeance is Nature’s justice.  If someone has given you something, and you accept it and make promises, then later reject them and break your promises, you deserve to have everything they gave you taken away.

If they don’t take everything they gave you away, then they are showing you mercy that you don’t deserve.  So you should be happy that someone did that.  It could go another way, and Medea reminds us of that.

Much like the ancient Greeks, today’s Israelis (of all the main categories, not just Jews) have it in their heads that the way they treat outsiders, especially the women, doesn’t matter.  It’s somehow “outside the law”.  So social contracts and promises made to us are somehow void in their minds because we’re not whatever religious/ethnic category they are…so they justify doing anything to us.

What they fail to understand is that Nature doesn’t care.  It does what it does regardless of what they believe…and like the princess, the socially acceptable wife will burn with the poison of the socially inconvenient women that man left behind.

The murder of Jason’s children is symbolic of the way that the woman left behind for social convenience will hate any product of the false love their father made.  It makes me think of the way my body instinctively aborted the child of the first man to tell me basically that I’m not good enough because I’m not Jewish.  It is apparently, a natural reaction, though in the case of children already born, it should be resisted.

Some women would view it as the one good thing that came out of the whole stupidity.  I think if I had managed to carry the child to term, this is how I’d eventually think of it.  I would raise them to be better a better person than their father.  They would shame him and any of his socially acceptable offspring with their awesomeness.

…and when he was old, as my grandmother’s children did for the man who decided she wasn’t good enough, and his socially acceptable children and grandchildren let him rot alive in his own shit, my kids would clean him as he cried.

Age is the best cure for arrogance there is.  So I wish all the men who ever wronged me a very, very long life.

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