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Why Feminism Part 1 (Snow White)

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(I will only be discussing films I have seen AND that significantly relate to female/male sexism and sexuality, positions in culture etc… and also only films I fully remember from my youth - generally speaking, the “Princess” films) I am in no way gonna say that Disney is evil and their films are vile creations, my favorite movie from my youth, The Great Mouse Detective, is a Disney film. Not to mention Winnie the Pooh, Treasure Island, Bambi, Lilo & Stitch, Monsters, Inc, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, etc. It should be interesting to see the progression of women in our children films through the years. (This post will also have lots of pictures!)

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs was the first theatrical Disney film released in 1937. Cinderella was released in 1950. Alice in Wonderland, 1951. Peter Pan in ‘53. Lady and the Tramp, ‘55. Sleeping Beauty, ‘59. The Little Mermaid, ‘89. Beauty & The Beast, ‘91. Aladdin, ‘92. Pocahontas, ‘95. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, ‘96. Mulan, ‘98. Tarzan, ‘99. Atlantis: The Lost Empire, ‘01. The Princess Diaries, ‘01. The Princess & The Frog, ‘09. Tangled, ‘10. 

Snow White, ‘37



Snow White was originally a Brothers Grimm story collected in 1812. (You can just wiki this, it’s not some new innovative scientific discovery). In sum, Snow White is a babe (at the age of 7 no less!) and her mother is really jealous and sends a guy out to kill her, when he goes to kill her he can’t because he’s fallen in love with her (ewww pedophile!) anyways, Snow White runs off into the woods and finds a cool shack. The men living in the shack tell her she can stay as long as she cooks, cleans, and etc’s around the house like a nice proper young 7 year old. The Queen, her mother, finds out and then tries to kill Snow White herself. After a couple of failed attempts, she gets a poisoned apple and has the child eat it. Assuming the child is dead, the dwarves make her a nice coffin and mourn over her. A prince happens by and falls in love with the dead body of a 7 year old. He demands that he take the coffin with him, and in doing so, bumps the coffin causing the apple in Snow Whites throat to dislodge and bring her back to life. Then it ends with blah blah blah they get married yadda dadda. 

The Disney version isn’t too different, the biggest difference bringing that the prince kisses Snow White which causes her to come back to life, not to mention her age was doubled for the film (her mother get’s changed into her step mother, and some other details, etc) You can read the original story here, if you wish. 



Here is a passage from the original story: “One day a young prince came to the dwarfs’ house and wanted shelter for the night. When he came into their parlor and saw Snow-White lying there in a glass coffin, illuminated so beautifully by seven little candles, he could not get enough of her beauty. He read the golden inscription and saw that she was the daughter of a king. He asked the dwarfs to sell him the coffin with the dead Snow-White, but they would not do this for any amount of gold. Then he asked them to give her to him, for he could not live without being able to see her, and he would keep her, and honor her as his most cherished thing on earth. Then the dwarfs took pity on him and gave him the coffin.”

Yeah that sounds like something I would immediately think to turn into a children’s film, some dude falls in love with the dead body of a seven year old. 

Creepiness aside, let’s get down to business. 

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Snow White is the prototype for following generations of women in Disney ”Princess” films. She apparently really enjoys cleaning, for one, singing along as she goes about doing her womanly duties. In the scene above, she automatically assumes that because their home is unclean that they do not have a mother… a mother to clean. Because god-forbid a man cleans. ;-) (which is ironic for many reasons, but mainly because all the men I know are OCD and neat freaks and all the girls, including myself, are messy). 

But it is automatically assumed, without blinking, that a woman does these things, and that is her place. 

Snow White, again, typical Disney, goes around befriending animals, singing, being pretty, and doing proper feminine things (like freaking the F**K out over trees when she gets lost in the woods). 

What does Snow White not do? Stick up for herself, save herself, show any intellectualism or depth of personality. She’s literally just very pretty and people just fall in love with her. The moral of the story? Be pretty and feminine, and some guy will fall in love with you and marry you. Hmm…

It’s also very very interesting to take note that the villain in this film is a woman, and it’s her mother. Not only are women good at being docile, but they’re also apparently really good at being evil vain bitches (and being willing to eat the organs of their children!) Her mother is so jealous of how pretty she is that she tries to kill her. Hmm…

I think the most interesting thing to examine here though, isn’t the original medieval historically and traditionally sexists story that the Grimm brothers compiled together, but rather, what Disney changed for whatever reasons…

First the mother into step mother, and the doubling of the age. Both easy answers, it lessens the strangeness and awfulness of the original story. Got it… now what else. Oh yeah, the kiss. Why, oh why, did Disney add that kiss? Maybe because they wanted to imply that a woman cannot live without a man? Maybe they thought it was cute. “Oh how romantic is it that she can only live if he finds her beautiful and decides to kiss her?” Very touching. Let’s face it, as the original story says, he only loved her for her looks, so say Snow White was just a tad bit less attractive? She’s just gonna have to suck it up and die? Because she wasn’t gifted with good looks? Really? To all the average and ugly looking girls out there (99% of all girls), watching this film must have been really heart breaking, at least subconsciously. How are you ever gonna look prettier? Well I don’t know, you could stand to lose a few pounds and maybe you should consider buying some makeup and revealing shirts to distract from your god-awful face, and hell, if you got the money you might as well get some nips and tucks. Because let’s face it. You’re ugly, or average, but you’re not gorgeous, no one would want to open up Maxim to see your face, kay? What guy is gonna wanna marry you and take care of you?  

Bye-bye self esteem or self respect. Snow White is literally the worst contender. The entire plot, climax, and the resolution all revolves around the premises that a really beautiful woman who is completely pathetic and hopeless is both killed and saved because and only because of her appearance. And this is good material to show little girls? Hmm…

That’s my piece for now. More later <3

Eggs aren't chickens.

I’m really looking forward to writing a pro-choice argument, but I just don’t have time for that tonight. I was surfing the web a bit, and in a news article regarding the representative of Georgia’s comments on women’s choices regarding their health care (that women should be forced to carry a dead fetus till delivery… seriously, he actually said that). Well in the comments section someone said something along the lines that eggs are not chickens and from that it can be induced that fetuses are not humans. Now I agree with this mostly, only to the extent of arguing with someone who believes that life begins at conception. However […click the link to continue reading…]

Fox schools its viewers on gas prices

It’s always fun to catch people in their own contradictions. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news, just check google’s search out here. Even though I haven’t heard anyone at Fox outright say, “Obama causes high gas prices”, every dribble that comes out of their mouths can be quickly and easily interpreted to mean just that. And the listeners/supports of Fox news and in general, the GOP, are just too eager to eat it up. I love Obama’s response to the whole thing. 

stfuconservatives:

occupyallstreets:

Missing Limbs, More Suicides, No Jobs


Suicide:

1,000 veterans attempt suicide every month. That means every 80 minutes a veteran attempts suicide, every day 18 veterans succeed.

Now more than ever, the military is talking about suicides. In 2010, an Army task force released a massive report, including 250 recommendation, on reducing suicides among soldiers and veterans. “The hard part is eliminating the long-standing stigma, breaking down the invisible barrier,” Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli said. “I do not believe we are losing this battle.”

Homelessness:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly five percent being female. The majority of them are single; come from urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About one-third of the adult homeless population are veterans.

Roughly 56 percent of all homeless veterans are African American or Hispanic, despite only accounting for 12.8 percent and 15.4 percent of the U.S. population respectively.

About 1.5 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.


Unemployment:

The rate of employment in veterans is 12.1 percent, vs. 9 percent for the U.S. overall.

Dig deeper into the pages of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data and you;ll find some disturbing statistics.

Younger vets are coming right out of high school; the job market punishes those with less education.

The youngest of veterans, aged 18 to 24, had a 30.4 percent jobless rate in October, way up from 18.4 percent a year earlier.

For black veterans aged 18-24, the unemployment rate is a striking 48 percent!


Rape:

As veterans, women now face unprecedented challenges. One 2010 study estimated that 15 percent experienced sexual trauma overseas, while a recent Pentagon report found that female vets were twice as likely as men to develop combat-related PTSD, but less likely to seek treatment. Not to mention that for women, a return from war often means reconciling life as a former soldier with life as a mother.

Women are 3 times more likely to be raped by  while serving than being killed in combat.

Some women in the military stop drinking water at 7pm to reduce the odds of being raped in a bathroom at night.

Does anyone remember the soldier who was assaulted when she went out for a cigarette? She didn’t report the assault because she was afraid of being demoted for having gone out without her weapon.

Close to one-third of women veterans say they were victims of assault or raped while they were serving. Twice the rate in the civilian population.

The Pentagon estimates that 80% to 90% of sexual assaults go unreported.

Only 8% of cases that are investigated end in prosecution, compared with 40% for civilians arrested sex crimes. Astonishingly, about 80% of those CONVICTED are honorably discharged.

Greg Jeloudov was 35 and new to America when he decided to join the Army. 

Jeloudov arrived at Fort Benning, Georgia, for basic training in May 2009.

The soldiers in his unit called him a “champagne socialist” and a “commie faggot.”

Less than two weeks after arriving on base, he was gang-raped in the barracks by men who said they were showing him who was in charge of the United States.

When he reported the attack to unit commanders, he says they told him, “It must have been your fault. You must have provoked them.”

Last year nearly 50,000 male veterans screened positive for “military sexual trauma” at the Department of Veterans Affairs, up from just over 30,000 in 2003.

Male-on-Male sexual assault is common in the military and hidden by personal shame and official denial.


Military Family:

Recent research suggests that military kids are more likely to suffer learning disabilities, behavioral disorders and violent tendencies. Military spouses are vulnerable to alcohol and drug abuse, as are veterans themselves.

And as a couple, they’re twice as likely as civilians to divorce and four times more likely to contend with domestic violence.


Drug Pandemic:

A combination of chronic pain and mental health symptoms mean thousands of soldiers have been prescribed narcotic pain-killers, psychotropics, sleeping pills and other addictive, often dangerous drugs.

14 percent of Army soldiers have been proffered an opiate pain-killer.

73 percent of the Army’s accidental deaths in 2010 were blamed on prescription medication overdoses.

For many of those coming home with a bottle of pills, the habit can be tough to shake.

 At least 25 percent of injured soldiers in one warrior transition unit were hooked on prescription meds, according to an Army inspector general report, and 31 percent of those at Walter Reed were using both prescription and street drugs.


Illness From Chemicals:

Today’s veterans might also be up against their very own Agent Orange. Open-air burn pits, used to incinerate household trash, computer parts and human waste at most bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, are now being linked to a host of serious health ailments.

But we might never know what — whether burn pits, toxic dust storms or chemical agent exposure — caused the conditions, which so far include neurological disorders, cancers and chronic respiratory infections.

A recent Institute of Medicine report noted that it was impossible to determine the source of airborne toxins overseas, because of “a lack of data” collected by the Department of Defense.

PTSD:

Arguably the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, post-traumatic stress disorder affects at least 20 percent of all soldiers deployed since 2001. And symptoms like insomnia, rage and depression are, despite a swath of prescription meds doled out by VA doctors, largely untreatable.

At least, for now. The Pentagon has invested millions into all kinds of research that aims to find a better remedy for PTSD. So far, the military has studied dozens of treatments, including fear-erasing drugs, yoga, virtual-reality therapy and meditation. Sadly, they still aren’t open to everything: Marijuana, one substance that’s got a lengthy track record helping vets calm down, has yet to get the green light.

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Stuff like this makes me sick to my stomach when I hear all the Paulbots raving about Ron Paul ending the wars. Hurray, the wars would end, he’d defund the military, and defund every program that would help the people who gave so much for our country. Ron Paul doesn’t care about veterans or military members. He cares about dollar signs.

-Jess

I’ve been talking about this for so long now, as someone fresh out of high school (I’m 21) and someone who didn’t know where to go next, I considered joining the military, but quickly turned the idea down. My sister however, a year younger than me, has been seriously contemplating joining for a while now. She’s good friends with a lot of other kids who have gone off to fight. I don’t think anyone realizes what they’re going into. It should be illegal to let an 18 year old go off and end his life for a cause he probably doesn’t understand. My 20 year old sister is not ready to die for anything, much less a war which I know she doesn’t understand. I think a lot of people simply have no choice, it’s either working in fast food, being in debt with college or serving in the military. Is this the life our parents wanted for us? 


I know that a lot of people happily and courageously serve in our military, and I am very happy that I don’t have to because of them. But that shouldn’t make it okay for kids who feel like they have no other choice to be willing to join in on a fight they don’t understand or can’t even fully contemplate. At least, if you make the decision to serve your country, make sure you know what you will be put in the middle of. 

The saddest thing about these statistics, is this is a U.S. organization. As an American, I’m always appalled by what happens on our watch. How can a soldiers be raped by other soldiers and his higher up essentially tells him to get over it? 

Not to be too opinionated, just stay educated about these things.

(via stfuconservatives)

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The Most Astounding Fact by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, as always saying wonderful things. I probably admire this man more than any other person. If you’re not aware of of him or his books or his talks, I highly recommend getting on google and discovering what you’ve been missing. 

To get you started, for any other redditors, here are some links to his AMA’s: 

Here is one, here is another, and here is the most recent. Otherwise, I would head to youtube :-) There is a fantastic hour long discussion with Richard Dawkins here. Here he is on Maher. Here he is making Bill’O look like an idiot. Here is an interview between him and Colbert. 

A funny, well mannered, and easy to understand man, my wonder and awe of science (and life!) was only fueled by discovering him some time ago. I hope it does the same for any who do not know of him yet. :-)

(via theatlantic)

Why is it that comedians seem to be the only people intelligent enough, and charismatic enough to get a point across correctly? :)

I’ve been complaining about this whole contraception debate for awhile now with a handful of online conservatives. Like he says, it’s not paid by tax payers - so what do they care about? Well, they say, Christian institutions are being forced to keep it in their healthcare plans… and your point is? Not everyone working in a Christian organization is Christian, and believe it or not most Christians don’t believe that condoms, or birth control are evil works of the devil. In fact, 98% of sexually experienced Catholics have used some form of contraception, and 87% of sexually active Catholics have (between the ages of 15 and 44) LINK. How can any christian look at numbers like that and not say that they might be wrong on the issue?

What has this country come to? Are women not intelligent enough to make their own decisions? And why has the news turned into nothing but propaganda and lies, intentional lies to make the general public so awfully ignorant? If you don’t know what they’re talking about, there is this fantastic thing called google…

(Source: sandandglass, via fuckyeahthedailyshow)

Why Atheism (part 1)

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Who I am? For those of you who don’t know, I’m an atheist, a vegan most of the time, a liberal… a fan of indie media… a dog person, a college student, an American with Eastern European ethnicity, a peace corps volunteer hopeful, a fan of philosophy, art, politics, and cooking… I grew up in the 90s, a product of the television, a girl of the future. I grew up playing video games, watching bad sitcoms, with a flannel shirt on. I’m a collaboration of different titles, messages, pathways, and meanings. But above all, I am someone who deeply despises ignorance.

I argue a lot and debate a lot with people who have opposing spiritual ideas, and I’ve realized something… None of these people ever explain why they believe or support something, outside of any theoretical nonsense. There is never any evidence, any reasons beyond feeling or emotions, or traditions. Me: “Why do you believe in God?” Them: “Because of the bible.” Another way to put it, Me: “Why do you prefer peperoni pizza over anchovy pizza?” Them: “Because it’s all I’ve ever eaten.” or “Because I’ve never had anchovy pizza.” or “Because anchovy pizza obviously is gross!” or “Because my mom told me anchovies are bad for you.” The list goes on, the reason is never, “Because anchovy pizza has higher calories and I’m watching my weight.” (Or, “Because there is evidence supporting that God is real.”; and then offering whatever evidence that might be) There is no real reason. Saying you believe in Santa because your parents told you is not a reason to believe in Santa, in fact, it’s a reason to question Santa’s existence!

So I thought I would compile why I believe what I believe and what my reasons are behind those beliefs, to see if I fall victim to the same lack of support. I also will contrast and provide arguments which the opposing beliefs use and support. If anyone disagrees or sees contradictions or has any problems with my logic, please click “ASK” (or “Leave a comment” on LJ)! I would love to have a real discussion and not a one sided statement that goes nowhere. I’m going to start with the first question regarding my position in the world…

Why am I an atheist?

I was not originally an atheist. I’ve spent most of my life trying to believe in something, as a child I was Roman Catholic but the moment I realized other religions existed, I took off running. I read up on Hinduism, Buddhism, Wiccan, and Taoism, I even took some mythologies seriously. At some point I realized I had stopped believing in a god a long time ago, and thus I called myself an atheist. But I was only an atheist because I didn’t believe in God; I didn’t have any interest in religion so there was no other term to use. Not wanting to be a hypocrite and exist in ignorance, I began a journey that I continue today, discovering why I am an atheist.

1). First, it is important to understand why you believe what you do and why you follow the guidelines that you follow. Let’s have a brief history lesson… (this rant will mostly be directed at Christianity, as that is essentially the sum of all other religions in the Western world).

The oldest beliefs are thought to be essentially very simple goddess worship. People lived in very small communities and once they stopped being nomadic, they became an agricultural society (as opposed to a hunting society - in which they mostly worshiped animals, or saw animals and nature in a simplistic paranormal manner). But religions as we know them today didn’t start to really evolve until the agricultural society did, meaning the use of rituals, stories, and explanations for why things are as they are.

Goddess worship basically involved worshiping Mother Nature. The patriarchal religions of today originated all in the same context, which is that you had to give offerings to the mother goddess in order to have a harvest. Women were the most important figures of this time, they were the child-bearers and since the primitive man had no idea what was going on with this birthing process - women were essentially magical. They could do something that no man could do, and there was apparently no explanation for it. This was a great time for women, they were highly respected. The oldest spiritual statues are all of robust women (from 35,000 BCE! That’s approximately 31,000 years before the Sumerians!)

Common elements in these early beliefs were large women, sacrifices to the female goddess (often Kings, or leaders), and generally the base line for every major mythological female figurehead which eventually arose (for example, in Greek Mythology, it’s believed Hera used to be a goddess who was worshiped in the same way that Greeks eventually worshiped Zeus - she had been of the utmost significance and was eventually turned into an annoying, jealous wife).

Eventually, the miracle of birth, spring, and life, grew uninspiring. The society grew larger, and thus baby-making lost its charm. The society still needed its harvest, but it began to look elsewhere. As it got bigger, it needed to protect itself. Although there have been and continue to be small remote communities run by women alone, most communities were not, women simply aren’t violent by nature. Women had always taken on a more domesticated role, raising children, tending the field, and keeping everyone fed. When they were worshiped, this is what they did and what they were worshiped for. So who is to defend the village? The men, of course; Strong, able to look death in the eye without flinching, these were the people who could protect the women and children from other evolving communities.

Thus, modern mythology as we know was born. Of course it was not regarded as a mythology at the time; these were serious religions that were regarded with the utmost respect. The oldest and unarguably the most violent religion began roughly around 3300 BCE, the Sumerian civilization.

Now I won’t hold your hand and teach you how to walk, let me just summarize the progression of myth into religion.

All mythologies had common plots, and ideas. The flood myth, for example, which appears in the Book of Genesis and the Quran and also the Hindu story of Manu (Judaism and Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism respectively). The first written down account of this myth is from the Sumerians (dated approximately around 2000 BCE) in the Epic of Gilgamesh. It appears in all major mythologies, from the Aztecs to the Greek and Roman, to China, and virtually everywhere. A flood ravished the earth, and lasted for a significant amount of time, in China, for example, it continued two generations which is 40 years, in the Christian bible it appears that there was flooding for 40 days but remained static for 150 days (otherwise the passages in Genesis are simply conflicting). Each flood myth has the same elements, one person, who is pure and righteous, is told by the divine that there will be a flood and the divine gives the person specific instructions on how to build and boat and what to bring with him. The person does what they’re told, the flood comes and kills everyone, the person makes a sacrifice and they are to repopulate the earth. Same story, same characters, different dialect. Even small details like the releasing of a bird to find land carries throughout history. What of Noah? A pure man is told by the divine to build a boat, take some stuff with him, and Noah does, lives and repopulates the Earth. The list of flood myths and their similarities is staggering. Yes, one could easily say that a real flood did occur and someone was saved and caused all of these stories to occur, but the Christian bible says that everyone else died. In fact most of the religions simply state that everyone else died. Yet all of these stories involve different people, on different continents, saving different things, being saved in different ways; From Africa, to the Americas, to China. The credibility of one person, out of all those stories, was the only person to survive and live to tell about it, is just ridiculous.

There are many excuses at this point in which a person can make. My favorite is this, “Remnant elements of truth existing within the miscellaneous religions … all civilizations came from one common root. … it would be consistent with this … to believe that God gave the flood account to Moses … to disprove the other accounts in circulation.” I kind of butchered those three paragraphs but it remains in context and a link is provided. Essentially the argument is that obviously everyone knows about this one flood because everyone used to live next to each other and God only told Moses to correct the previous stories. Tada! Yes, we all did originate in Africa and we all did have a common ancestor. But by the time these flood myths started rolling out, the oldest known flood story was around 4000 to 2000 BCE, and it was the Sumerians in Mesopotamia that wrote it down. Homo sapiens (that’s us) have existed for 195,000-100,000 years (approximately). So for some 100,000 years or so, we have been playing telephone? Passing on a story about a flood? What can be explanation for THAT? Have you seen telephone played? Not to mention there has for some time been a theory that at one point in history, there were as little as 15,000 human beings left alive after a massive volcanic eruption in74,000 BCE, although this has been debated. It still remains that there was a “bottle neck” effect on the human population, which just means the human population was significantly reduced. So only 25% of the student body at the University of Michigan (25% of +/- 40,000 students = 10,000) survived, and they’re supposed to remember some story when they’re on the brink of extinction? And this is 74,000 years before Jesus was ever born. And even if Moses was told by God, how did everyone else know the story? God obviously didn’t tell them because they got it “wrong”.So why do they have flood stories that follow identical premises?

Ignoring all the other little details in the bible, and other religions, that coincide also with mythology, let’s focus on the big guy: Jesus.

From the dawn of myth, there have always been dying Gods. Real live kings were sacrificed for them, for the harvest. Every winter, the plants would die. But the people had hope, because in the spring, the God would come back and so would life. Now I’m not going to talk about the many similarities Jesus has with previous deities because it’s too easy to argue about it, in fact here is a website that gives examples of what I’m talking about and even offers links to the other argument. I’m not talking about that, about the similarities of actual details and descriptions. I’m talking about the extremely deep and long history of what we refer to as The Dying God. We start with the Sumerian dying god Dumuzi and Inanna. I highly recommend you read the story if you are not aware of it. Inanna spends three days and three nights in the underworld, until finally she gets rescued, to skip to the chase, her husband Dumuzi spends 6 months in the underworld while Inanna gets to be free, and then they switch places. (When Dumuzi is in the underworld, it’s winter, and when Inanna is in the underworld, it’s summer).

There is the Norse myth of Baldr, who is the most beautiful god, his mother has everyone make promises not to harm him after having a nightmare that he would die (of course Loki gets out of this, and a mistletoe does too). Well long story short, Baldr dies. He only can come back when the world weeps for him (the thawing of spring). Hoder, his twin brother, also dies, causing winter. (Or, Baldr remains in the underworld (causing winter) until the end of the world, whose return brings back spring, depending on whether or not you believe that the Christians played around with the story).

There are so many dying god stories, just check out Wiki for a small handful of them. My point is, what is Jesus? Jesus comes into the world and does his business, and then sacrifices himself (essentially, he commits suicide) for the well being of humanity. This is no different than the practices of ancient times when Kings were killed for purposes of fertility, eventually, obviously, this practice changed significantly (what King wants to die?) and it eventually turned into something non-fatal. But following the natural patterns of mythology, the stories, from any location on the global, and their translation to religion - it’s impossible not to catch onto the strange but logical progression. Jesus was a dying god, a man made creation. Why else would all these stories follow the same patterns, details, and likeness of one another?

Because this is quite wordy, I think I will close here. However I am not nearly finished, so I will continue at a future date.