Peer pressure would have existed in the ancient time too-Part 19

Sometimes you must walk down a lane or street made narrow by construction.  What do you do when you see other pedestrians coming from the opposite end?  Do you push walking demanding the others to stand back?  My upbringing does not condone such conduct, so I always stop and let the approaching pedestrians pass first.  Women generally thank me, but as for men, not so much……  I remember the conversation I once had with a middle-aged French woman who could not get a promotion or pay rise like her male colleagues.  I was incredulous that gender inequality still exists in France, the birthplace of ‘liberty, equality and fraternity.’  Her boss ridiculed her for her age too. 

Last week I was on a plane that touched down in Porto, Portugal.  A man was visibly hurrying to go home, so I stopped to let him go before me.  However, this man made sure of it by elbowing me, totally uncalled for.  It was a glimpse of what was to come because my turn in the queue wherever I went would not progress because there would be men to cut in front of me.   Sisters in Porto helped me out in the end, but the men nearby acted as if it was business as usual.  I thought Asia was the only place where peer pressure on men existed to act tougher and superior to women.

In a bar, a middle-aged woman is in distress, ‘I got redundant because I am a woman getting old!    A man overhears her.  He ponders back in time.  He is Adam reincarnated: In the beginning, men and women were equal.  But then, on my second reincarnated life, a broke asked me the damn question: Adam, why did it not work out between you and your first wife? Adam  The truth was that IRIS did not fancy him, but his ego got in the way.
Adam lies’  ‘’Who needs a prude who would not make it as I wanted?  Eve made a better snug if you get my drift.’  This worked up his mates.  ‘Still, how did IRIS dare to disobey you?  We’d better teach women to know their places like Eve did.  God made us men stronger, and we ought to put it to good use.’ Adam tries to appease them, ‘But our strength is for protecting our children, not dominating women.’  The peer pressure begins: Oh, Adam, don’t be a sop.  Who is for women never making fools of us men again?’  Another man responds, ‘IRIS does not deserve a God-given name.  Let’s change it to Lilith!’  The men all yelled out in crowd mentality, Yeah, Lilith the slut!



SERPENT, aka NAGA, the eight-headed deity.  The snake represents the frailty that sees us stray from the path and often into darkness.  Big predators make the headlines, but ordinary people are tempted to commit small-scale cheating when shielded under the mantle of anonymity.  On good days we can fight off the temptation, but on bad days when we have just lost something and the world seems unfair, our hands reach out for it while a sinking feeling spreads inside our hearts, warning us that this is not the way to get even with life.  However, God or the universe may not mind if the gain is minimal?  So we tell ourselves.

NAGA represents the second chance and atonement in life.  

GODDESS IRIS/NEMESIS: Instead of picking one from the existing religions, all of which I respect, I opted to represent the universe's will via Goddess IRIS.  God gave us light, and Goddess followed it up with the sound, but as sound travels slower than light, no one knows her existence despite benefiting from her gift, music.  Something turned this once open-book IRIS into NEMESIS, Goddess of Retribution.

THE SPIRIT of LOUIS XIII: The king of France who reigned from 14 May 1610 to 14 May 1643.  Enigmatic character the world may not have fully appreciated, not unlike the current, which can be substantial even if the river looks calm.

OMELETTE: the dog who was the pet of Louis XIII in its former life.

TRUST: The Nephilim, rejected by the angels and the man, opted to take over the dark throne vacated by the Serpent.  Devil was the name imposed on the Nephilim by the man, while the name he chose for himself is TRUST.

ADAM: Of course, the first man was created after God's shape.