I have been to a site which suggested that mankind is probably making a mistake by doing away with polygamy instead of promoting it. I find it interesting especially for Filipinos that I decided to make a posting about it.
Filipinos see themselves as devout religious. Or, you have not seen them yet like in the rallies of the El Shaddai and the annual procession of the Black Nazarene that happened in Quiapo, Metro Manila, yesterday. The multitude, mostly made up of les miserables, are there hoping for prosperity and good luck.
I think, practices like trying to kill the self just to get near the black Nazarene, just to touch or to wipe a cloth at it, is blind superstition and orgy. I don’t get it, Brother Mike Villarde can be seen and heard better in TV. One can also go to Quiapo Church any ordinary day to touch all the icons there if that‘s about it. Ah, Filipinos have always believed in talismans and amulets even before they have become Christians. I don’t think they’re what God has been telling man so they will have a better life. But, OK, only the great old man has the right to say what does or does not really please him.
Now, as we have seen how devout religious Filipinos are, they are also equally ignorant of the stand of their Churches. They have patronized, or should I say idolized, people who are publicly known to be polygamous. The star and king of comedy Dolphy, for example, is well known to have sired dozens of children by different mothers. They also made Joseph E. Estrada who has also been linked with different women besides legitimate wife Senator Loi Estrada, as their one time President.
It now appears that while many Filipinos are probably faithful spouses, they idolize those who have lived their fantasies! We have a situation here where there is tacit approval by society while officially the moral and legal codes of the land do not allow it. Indeed, man as has been observed, is naturally polygamous.
But let’s go back to the big question. Did mankind really make a mistake by deciding for monogamy instead of promoting Polygamy?
Humans, somewhere down our history, apparently acted no different from animals like pigs and dogs of today. Sows and bitches when they heat will do it with any. Males will fiercely battle it out with any when they want it. Primitive man and woman apparently did it also with anybody. It is not a monopoly of any sex. And, I guess, the same nature is still with humans today although it may be override by other things, by culture for example. Ah, the simple walking organism has developed into a thinking creature later called man [Homo erectus >> Homo sapiens >> modern man].
Polygamy was predominant during Slave societies spilling well into the era of Feudal societies. Those were the times when physical strength played dominant role in survival of the specie. Societies were male dominated sexist.
I think we need to examine the role of religions in the issue since more often man has imputed God to justify his polygamous way. Polygamy was practiced by early precursors of Christians as evident in the old testament. Christians today, except for the Mormons, no longer sanction it. The Roman Catholic Church is, in fact, against polygamy. Its influence like “till death do you part” is widely instituted in monogamous societies today. [Who says religion did not evolve with society!] It is also against divorce of those it united. While other Christian churches approve of divorce, they are never the less opposed to polygamy, too.
And since atheists Red China and Russia also practice the culture of monogamy, therefore, monogamy is simply [advanced modern] human social behavior independent of religion. Muslims incidentally lag behind everybody in social-cultural advancement.
Polygamy or polygyny, therefore, is more on sex and economics rather than a practice based on religion. I think it is mostly economics. In a polygamous society, only a few can afford it, actually. To maintain more than one wife or mistress and family, costs.
I think it is normal and universal of people to like sex the same way they look at foods. But I guess some can discipline themselves while others are like obese and gluttons when it comes to sex. They can also afford it.
Another nature of animals is jealousy, which is in fact related but is conflicting with greed. They can be present like two sides of the same coin sometimes. And out of this conflict, humans, developing thinking creatures then, has synthesized what is known as fairness – equal rights for man and woman. What is allowed for him is also allowed for her – mutual respect between man and woman. Man has come to the time when it is now intelligence that plays a major role in survival. Unlike yesterday, sex has ceased to be an issue in moving tons and tons of dirt. It now takes a little strength to turn hydraulic wheels and throw or pull hydraulic levers to do such hard and complicated jobs. Wars are now fought by both men and women as it takes a small strength to pull the trigger of a gun.
Maybe somebody can think of something more advanced about man’s procreation, but surely it cannot be polygamy or polygyny as we have known them. Otherwise it will be a move in the direction when man was called Homo erectus. It would be going forward to the past. [Monogamy >> polygamy >>primitive man >>animal]
Polygamy is no doubt natural of man though it may have become inert in peoples and societies of today. Monogamy is a choice by modern man. I don’t think mankind will reinstate polygamy to where it was. Anyway, there is always legal separation, which advanced with monogamy for modern man if he or she thinks that they deserve better and another.
But, back to the heart of the issue, what about Monogamy destroying mankind by preventing the proliferation of the Alpha humans?
Alpha humans? I think the marked difference happened when man had split from the main branch – Gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and others. Internal biological factors [genetics] in humans, I think, are almost absolutely equal. Genetic evolution must still be at work. Yes, I think genetic advancement has always been there but too small to be noticed. Mother Nature must still be in the act, promoting if not eliminating or refining, silently. Everyone we see today is product of evolution or they’re not there. Capacity to evolve is in all. I think, All men were created equal still holds sense in it.
And, with the internal factors set aside, I think, the rise of historical figures is then due to external factors. [What can hatch is in the egg – genetic. But, it is right environment that causes an egg to hatch when exactly the same egg under different settings surely won’t.] Where are the lineages of the Alexander, the Caesar, the Napoleon, the Khan, the Einstein, the Mc Arthur, and the Mao Zedong today? It also shows that this so called “Alpha” can come from anywhere. Like:
Somebody rose in a rank to become a leader and later to become a king. As the king he was bugged by the idea of perpetuating the good things for his children. [Thus born the idea of extending “God’s given rights” for them] Most often, the progenies, this time reared in different environment or atmosphere, turned out to be dunghills – social degenerates, retardates and stagnates. The degeneration can go on until society realized, and the line is ended. Thus Feudal societies gradually receded while advanced the more progressive systems driven by the rise of new heated elements – the actual, true fittest hatched by the right environment.
[Rasputin was believed by many as the real power in the time of the Tsar who was believed to be under the whim of the Tsarina! Those “Alpha” who were in fact dunghills were controlled or manipulated by “Beta” or “Charlie” gathered around them!]
Maintaining a mate takes a lot. For those who can’t stand the thought of his mate probably doing it with anyone, here’s the tip. For one thing, give it in the morning, give it again at noon, and in the evening, as well as when you wake up in the morning. And every day too! Until came the complaints: “I’m tired”, “It’s not safe”, “don’t you get old?”, and yes “this is marital rape!” Or, any flimsy excuse, so you don’t make it. It means you are giving more than needed. [I wonder where had Senator Miriam D Santiago got her ideas when she authored the Anti-marital Rape Law!] 🙂
Anyway, I consider myself more than average hot, but I cannot imagine those sex starved women in a harem! The polygamous Kings did not probably know behind the smiles of those Beta, Gamma and Charlie around them! I am more inclined to believe one contention that the Ottoman Empire was later dominated by the progenies of the Zetas [slaves] instead of the Alphas’ of the empire!
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