The Dinner Party

Spiritual healing of civilization, exploring Judy Chicago's monumental art installation, The Dinner Party, and its place in the flow of civilization.


Alternate Healing

The golden turning point

Rolf A. F. Witzsche


The above book-cover image is of a commemorative volume, celebrating a major monument of twentieth-century art. However, the art itself, and the story behind it, is much larger than what appears on the surface. *1




...for a new renaissance


Judy Chicago

It is a fact of history that every bright period of renaissance has so far ground to a halt. Society achievements were crushed again and again. The evident reason for this failure is that the profound principles that the periods of renaissance were built on, weren't alive deeply enough at the grassroots level of society's social and sexual, relationships to serve as a foundation for continuous advances. One person stood up to start a healing of  society toward ending this shortfall. The person, who set a tide change in motion for this healing, is the world-renowned artist, Judy Chicago. 

I would like to pay tribute to her, a pioneer in many respects, has almost single-handed uplifted society in some measure with her unique kind of 'dance' in the arts, a visual 'dance' that she named "The Dinner Party" that raised an awareness of women's achievements from throughout the ages in our modern time, when this awareness was fast fading. With it she raised an awareness of the worth of all women as profound human beings, and raised with it also an awareness of the hypocrisy of society's deepening sexual isolation, reflected in its isolation from its women, from their worth, their power, their honor, their beauty, and their quality. Judy Chicago started a gentle movement that turned the tide against society's isolation from its humanity, and from itself.


The Dinner Party


For her art project Judy Chicago brought together a team of over 20 researchers that probed the pages of history for 999 women of achievement. From these 39 were selected as guests for Judy Chicago's art installation that was constructed in form of a dinner party. She created a triangular table for this, to represent the three general historic periods that are distinct in terms of society's relationship with its women. Each side of the triangular table represents one of these periods. 

The first side represents the very early period beginning at pre-history and ending with the Greek Classical period. Throughout this era women were revered, some as goddesses. 

Then came the dark era that began with the start of the Christian era, covering the Dark Age of religious wars, crusades, genocide, terror, and persecution. This is the timeframe represented by second side of the triangular table, the back side, the side of the dark ages in which the status of women was trashed along with everything else that is human. 

The third side represents the modern period from the 17th Century on, in which countless women struggled to reverse the isolating trend that had forced all the women of society into the background, which had been devastating to women, and also to society as a whole.

The 39 women that were thereby brought together as guests for The Dinner Party, by Judy Chicago, all share a common table, a triangular table in the shape of a crotch, as we celebrate their achievements and the achievements of women in general. This symbolic 'Dinner Party' is also a party that society as a whole is invited to. Judy Chicago has created a unique place setting for each of the 39 women, all lavishly laid out on the large dinner table. Each place setting is meticulously highlighted with an uniquely painted porcelain plate that bares a symbolic image that represents the nature of the individual woman who is thereby honored, both in terms of her achievement and in terms of her being a woman. The resulting installation presents in this manner an invitation to society to 'eat' from the plate of each one of the women, and thereby to 'nourish' itself with the substance of her achievement and her contribution to the larger development of mankind and civilization.

Putting the vulva on the plate

Judy Chicago becomes 'deliciously' daring with Dinner Party project, with the images that she painted on the woman's plates. Each plate features an image based on the motive of the butterfly, but in a way that makes it also symbolic of the of the woman's vulva. She literally puts the vulva on society's plate, and not in a hidden way. She puts it into the foreground, encouraging society to deal with it. 

The complexity of this symbolism evolves throughout the series of plates. The symbolism becomes stronger and more pronounced, plate by plate, and side by side. It begins with a simple, soft vulva-image to represent the primordial goddess of prehistory. Then, 38 images later, the series ends with a most deeply sculpted and most anatomically expressive image of the vulva. This final image is for the place setting that represents Geogia O'Keeffe, an outspoken artist of the 20th Century, a pioneer in her own right in the fight for the universal recognition of the equality of women as human beings across the whole front of our humanity.

In this sense Judy Chicago invites society not only to 'nourish' itself with the profound achievements wrought by the women, and those whom they represent at the table, and by proxy to nourish itself also of the achievements of all women. In this manner she invites society to 'eat' of their vulva, of their womanhood. Judi Chicago quite literally invites society to acknowledge to itself that it already does the very thing in real terms in its sexual practice. Judy thereby invites society to acknowledge to itself that the entire sexual isolation that has isolated the woman in society, and ahs pushed her into the background for centuries, is a myth, something artificial, something without a real foundation.

 Judy Chicago forcefully demonstrates that the sexual isolation that relegates women into the background is a myth by the simple fact that countless people throughout society lovingly and joyously 'eat' off a woman's vulva, both men and women. This fact has been confirmed in surveys. A large number of sexually active women who have answered a survey*2 along this line, have indicated that 'eating' off a woman's vulva is in their experience the most enjoyable sexual interaction they know, and is also statistically, according to their answers, the most widely practiced sexual intimacy.

In other words, the self-isolation of society that has been engineered over many centuries, which resulted in the most deeply cutting sexual division of society that one can imagine, is a myth. The myth also renders every other form of isolation in society, likewise a myth, including our political, ethnic, and religious isolation and the resulting violent divisions. These prevailing divisions belie the fact that we are all human beings together, and  are essentially spiritual beings of the one harmonizing Spirit that we see reflected throughout the universe, as nuclear physics informs us. By this basic reality we share a common universal humanity and a common universal Soul, even a universal sense of identity and mission. Judy Chicago demonstrates with her work, and with her 'delicious' irony, that society's countless forms of isolation and division, no matter how time-honored they may be, are basically nothing more than just plain and simple hypocrisy.

A monumental work at a critical time

Judy Chicago's determination to do something profound to reverse the isolation of women, and possibly also the isolation of society from itself, began to unfold in her thoughts as far back as 1971. This was also the time when great banner headlines were strung across the world that proclaimed that "the Earth has cancer and this cancer is mankind."

The image of the human being was being violently trashed at this time, more than ever before. The year 1971 was also the year in which the Bretton-Woods world-finical system was wrecked by imperial demands in order that the nations' national currencies could be used as private gambling chips by an imperial oligarchy that subsequently squeezed enormous profits out of the nations, causing social consequences that are not easily repaired, and haven't been repaired to the present day. The world became looted to the bone in this manner, while the image of mankind was being trashed. 

Judy Chicago might not have been consciously aware of this trend that began in parallel with her unfolding idea for uncovering the growing isolation of mankind from its humanity. Nevertheless her idea unfolded against this historic background that became a trend that is now wrecking our civilization.

The physical work for her The Dinner Party project began in 1974. The project took 5 years to complete. Those years were a time of intense creativity for her, with the glow of an unfolding universal love that is evident throughout the project. Sadly, however, this same timeframe also brought to light a number of political movements that are totally opposite in nature and effect.

One of these political projects that Judy Chicago's efforts have stood against, perhaps not intentionally so, and have counteracted to some degree, was a three-pronged depopulation policy that began in the year the Dinner Party project was started.  One prong of this 'devil fork' was the first-ever world conference on population (read depopulation) held in Bucharest in 1974. The second prong was America's NSSM-200 policy that likewise began in 1974, which defined Third World population growth as national security threat to the USA. The third prong was the "manmade global warming" doctrine that also had its beginning 1974 and is now shutting down and curtailing economic development in many parts of the world. For example, leading into 2008, China had decommissioned over 500 coal fired electric power plants in response to political demands built onto the so-called global warming cries.

The Bucharest conference had likewise been built on the notion that the human population is a cancer that must be contained. The American NSSM-200 policy went one step further and defined Third World population growth as a security thereat to the USA, on the premise that the developing nations would be using up their natural resources for themselves, which the masters of empire demand must be preserved for the future of the empire. Under this policy Africa became one of the first major targets for controlled depopulation, with the result that AIDS erupted in Africa a few years after NSSM200 became policy. While it is impossible to determine if and to what extend Judy Chicago's efforts to counteract the isolation of society from its humanity, has had an effect on thwarting the depopulation travesty, it is nevertheless interesting to note that her 'healing' effort coincided with the emergence of this extremely dangerous period in political trends that have so far not ended to the present day. 

Had her efforts been 100% successful, to the fullest possible extend ,the NSSM-200 policy for the destruction of the population of Africa might have been avoided. Thereby the more than 25-million AIDS deaths that have occurred there, might not have occurred, including the future deaths that are yet to come until the disease is arrested. 

But can we say that her efforts had no effect? I don't think we can say this either. They might have had a major effect in spite of it all. Whatever counteracts the isolation of society from its humanity, even to some degree, does have an uplifting effect on civilization. The problem is that there is no empirical evidence possible that documents what the world would have looked like had her efforts not been made.

The historic timeframe in which Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" was created, also covered the period in which the DDT ban was unleashed. The DDT ban was imposed for purely political reasons and had no scientific imperative at all. But it had a political agenda that matched the imperial genocidal agenda. The DDT ban had opened the door again for malaria to come back, which was soon killing more than a million people a year in Africa alone, one every twenty seconds, most of them children. DDT had been a 'God-sent' to control the malaria carrying mosquitoes. With the aid of DDT, malaria had been nearly eradicated. Soon it was back with a horrendous death toll. After 35 years of killing people, with a wave of death that far superseded the Nazi holocaust, the USA has recently relented and partially lifted the DDT ban to combat malaria once again. The global warming project is evidently designed towards the same kind of end, to prevent the needed new renaissance from emerging that would enable society to seriously prepare itself for the next Ice Age that looms like a dark shadow already over its near future.

And so, perhaps without being aware of it, Judy Chicago has put her art on the line in a powerful manner to help roll back the increasing isolation of society from its humanity that would normally be deeply reflected to defend civilization in all of these areas. Judi Chicago now stands before us with a monumental challenge. She has been almost 'shrieking' through her work, to the blinded eyes and the deafened ears of society, saying, "You fools, can't you see your hypocrisy! Can't you see you smallness?"

Well, maybe a few people saw what she had laid before society. Evidently some people did see something, but far too few have. And so, because of society's general lack in its response to her outcry, the collapse of civilization that had began in the days of her "Dinner Party" continues unabated and is accelerating. 

Judy Chicago had invited mankind to 'dance' with her in celebration of our humanity, but far too few have heeded her invitation. Thus society remains still largely isolated from its humanity, which makes the subsequent divisions in our present world evermore severe. This is ill-boding, for our future.

The current world-financial system is presently completely bankrupt and is hanging by the finest thread. It can be likened to the collapse of the World Trade Center towers in New York. From the moment on when the nuclear demolition charges were set off in the basement, as evidence suggests as might have been the case, there was no way possible to save the towers and the people in them. Even though the towers remained standing for a few seconds while the disintegration was unfolding, the people's doom was thereby cast. We are close to the same doom today in the world financial arena of private monetarism, overloaded with worthless debt, while the dice keeps rolling in the biggest gambling orgy of all times, generating evermore debt that can never be repaid, in what is called the market. In real terms the debt is largely junk, as it stands as a liability against bankrupt economies that no longer produce much of anything, but have become a liability themselves, now depending on 'slave' labor products for their survival.

We need a global bankruptcy reorganization before the house falls down. We need to replace the imperial system with a human system in order to keep people alive, pensions paid, wages protected, industries operating, and to give ourselves the needed credits to rebuild the lost industries that society must recreate in order to get itself on its feet again with universally affordable housing, transportation, clothing, food, and so on. Unfortunately nothing of the sort is happening, is it? And it won't be happening for as long as society as a whole remains effectively isolated from its humanity as human beings.

Even the threat of war is more severe now than it has ever been throughout all history. We face worse consequences today than those that we feared from a nuclear war. For example, on December 23, 2005, The Korea Times*3 published a few figures from a US dossier of August 2003, respecting the number of dirty uranium bombs that were pre-positioned at this time at three U.S. Air Force bases in Korea. The Korea Times listed 2.7 million DU bombs and ordnance, located in South Korea, plus 300,000 located in Japan, for a total of 3 million DU bombs. The current estimate is that 67 million kilograms of radioactive material is contained in the stockpiled weapons in Korea alone.

Chances are that the published figures are inflated. One would hope that they are. Most likely, though, the opposite may be the case as many more DU bombs would surely have been added over the years since the dossier's date of the publication. Also, considering that Korea is a small place compared to the Middle East, it stands to reason that many times the Korean amount of DU bombs would also have been pre-positioned at the over twenty U.S. Air Force bases in the Middle East, with the number of uranium bombs probably ranging upwards into the tens of millions. The likelihood for such large stockpiles is probably extremely high since DU bombs are inexpensive to produce. The DU bombs -- bombs made from depleted uranium -- utilize the now readily available uranium residue from spent nuclear reactor fuel or from nuclear waste remaining after fuel reprocessing, and from atom bomb production. In the past these waste product were expensive to store. Now they are simply consumed as a cheap resource for making bombs. 

When the DU bombs are used, the uranium in them is vaporized into sub-microscopic spheres with the vast majority being smaller than the wavelength of light. Being so small, vast numbers of them fill the air. Most of them end up suspended in the air for long periods where they are transported around the world with the global air currents. Nevertheless, no matter how small the particles are, they remain radioactive with a life span that far exceeds the several billions or years that our planet is expected to remain inhabitable. Since the minuscule radioactive particles are a part of the air now that we all inhale, we invariable inhale a number of these radioactive particles with every breath. As the particles accumulate in the body a few of them tend to get inside our body's living cells and upset the delicate chemical balances there and inflict damage to the DNA chains. The result of this radiation attack is a long list of cancers and diseases that contains 90 different types of cancer (the infamous Gulf War syndromes that have disabled 700,000 of the Golf-War vets). In addition the DU-gas-warfare strategy has caused horrendous birth defects that are too horrible to describe. The big question from expecting parents in the highly polluted regions, to their doctors , is no longer will the baby be a boy or a girl, but will it be normal. In some areas the birth defects have increased 10 to 20-fold and cancers 20 to 50-fold. Even in the USA, which is located far away from the theaters of war, the lung cancer rate has increased 6-fold, as reported by CNN in March 2006 (pertaining to the first two months of that year, compared to previous years). Diabetes is also exploding with similar increases since the timeframe when DU weapons have been in used, increasing from 30 million cases worldwide to 230 million cases. While no smoking-gun-evidence is possible to link the increase in diabetics to DU, because of the minuscule sizes of the particles that are almost impossible to track, the coincidence in timing suggest however that such a link exists.

Since the worldwide radiation from the relatively, to-date, small-scale DU bombing, cannot be rolled back, mankind simply has to cope with the consequences for ages to come, even while they have already caused unspeakable tragedies. The radiation that has been put into the environment is there to stay, and mankind will have to live with it since it can't leave this planet and get away from it. There simply is no place in the universe that mankind could escape to, in order to get away from the results of its present folly. And even with all of that considered, today's society has allowed itself to become so insanely isolated from its innate humanity that it is prepared to let the already pre-positioned, potentially 100-fold increase in DU weapons-pollution, happen.

While the imperial goal might be to keep the planned DU radiation focused on Russia, China, and India, which are the old historic imperial targets, it needs to be considered that the now prepared-for wave of DU killing has the potential to be of an intensity that no one might survive in the long run, anywhere on the planet. And all this is just another part of the ever-increasing real danger in our present age, which has become an age of a creeping insanity. We truly have become isolated from our humanity into dream worlds filled with fantasies that have nothing to do with any facet of down to earth human living.

As things stand today we won't likely see any reversal of the DU danger happening for as long as we remain so deeply isolated from our humanity that the already prepared for possible extinction of our own kind raises barely few eyebrows. There should be a powerful commitment forthcoming to eradicate the DU danger and all other such dangers in a crash-program type fashion. Unfortunately this reversal won't happen until our current isolation from our humanity is resolved with some rich measure of truth and universal love.

Whether we get out of our present collective trap alive is beyond anybody's ability to forecast. The critical choices are clear. They have been clear for centuries, and have been ignored for centuries. They are still being ignored. The fascism of empire reigns supreme, and has become more ugly than ever. Instead of society building affordable housing for its habitation, more and more houses are being bulldozed to the ground in military atrocities, or are bombed to smithereens, or families are evicted from their homes by the millions each year through foreclosure actions, while society looks on, or housing is priced out of the affordable range altogether so that people are forced to live under bridges or in the open on sidewalks, etc.. Also, we still make evermore wars today and wage them with ever-more giant engines for mass destruction while we can't spare a dime to prevent hunger in the world, and even hunger at home.

It's the same age-old story, isn't it? It's the same song that has been played over and over like a broken record by almost the whole society of mankind? We, mankind, allow the looting of nations in the name of freedom. We profit from the enslavement of the poor in the name of greed. We kill, torture, terrorize, destroy and imprison one-another in the name of what we call, security. We human beings alone do all of this, to one-another. The horrors in our world are not inflicted on us by alien beings from other worlds. We do this to ourselves and call the travesty a civilization. We are miles off course today from where we should be as a society of human beings. It appears that we have even convinced ourselves that we are not even really human.

The tragic delusion that we suffer from today is the outcome of society's self-isolation from its humanity that has been practiced for millennia, which we now find hard to reverse. It is a cultural failure, not a spiritual failure, when we loose sight of our humanity, by discounting our 'third sex' to zero. Nevertheless, the task remains before us, to get our humanity back, and to do it quickly before time runs out. This critical task has been put onto our plate and remains there for us to master in the bit of time that we have left before all is lost.

Judy Chicago and the dimension of our 'third sex.'

It is possible perhaps, though no confirmation is evident, that Judy Chicago's intention behind her Dinner Party art work might have included the promotion of a general awareness of the danger of the dehumanizing trends, especially of those trends that have been long practiced against women, which has been practiced both in the form of social isolation of women, and in the still grosser form of the sexual mutilation of women. The latter, civilly called circumcision, involves a variety of genital mutilation ranging from the splitting or removal of the clitoral hood, to the complete cutting away of the clitoris, extending from there all the way to the near total removal of the woman's external genitalia, including all of the labia minora and the inside of the labia majora, with the labia majora becoming stitched together, or being held together using thorns, leaving just enough of an opening for urination and the passing of menstrual blood. While the most extreme process is only 15% prevalent, it is still a major tragedy, as a 130 million women worldwide are effected by sexual mutilation, with 2 million women being sexually mutilated annually for a variety of counter-cultural traditions that go far back in time, predating both Islam and Christianity. While the sexual mutilation of women is increasingly prohibited by law, and is prosecuted in some countries, the weight of tradition is strong, which forces the continuation of the tragedy. Judy Chicago's Dinner Party can be seen against this background as a daring healing attempt that puts the vulva symbolically on each of the women's plate in the beautiful form of an intricate work of art, with the woman standing behind it in like manner as a beautiful work of 'art' herself, of the harmonizing Spirit that constitutes the Universe. Here we come closer to the dimension of our third sex that is rooted entirely in Spirit and is immortal in its cultural expression. 

Judy Chicago appears to have attempted to set a direction to establish a recognition in society of the cultural equality of men and woman, and to highlight society's hypocrisy in not recognizing that equality. With putting the vulva on the plate for the whole of society, she bids society to accept its already expressed sexual unity that is undeniably prevalent in its intimate practices involving the vulva, but which society denies and thereby denies itself socially, civilly, and morally. It is interesting to note that the shape of the Dinner Table matches the shape of a woman's pubic crotch, and that the most outspoken of modern women in the arts, and the most revered in ancient times, are facing each other at the table and at a position, relative to the crotch, that coincides with the 'deepest' position in the vulva.

Still, it appears that Judy Chicago didn't take the process far enough. There is nothing found in her work related to the Dinner Party that specifically opens society's horizon to the universe of Spirit in which all life is anchored and is an expression of it. If such a link is intended, it is merely implied as indicated above. But this doesn't mean that we can't go the extra mile ourselves, individually, in honesty with ourselves. In doing so the universe itself is coming to light as being totally spiritual, with humanity as the highest expression of it coming to the foreground with a 'third sex' that is not physically defined in terms of male and female sexual genitalia, which is expressed instead in ideas, principles, beauty, art, music, and whatever is immortal and not specific to the male of female duality, but which nevertheless includes these biological aspects as constituent elements of something far greater, of something that takes us deeper into the world of Spirit, beyond the physical elements of the' mortal coil' to the immortal sphere of ideas and discoveries of universal principles and our understanding of them, and their expression through human culture. Here in the immortality of cultural achievements our 'third sex' unfolds in expressions of great art, beauty, harmony, music, literature, science, technologies, economics, creativity, productivity, which are neither male nor female, but are dimensions of culture where physics is raised to metaphysics, and the physical expression, to an expression of profound spiritual ideas. 

Without actually saying so, Judy Chicago put our 'third sex' onto the map by drawing a distinction between the mortal sphere and the immortal. She put the vulva on the table, saying that a woman is a complete human being. She didn't hide it under the fig leaf, or pretend that a woman isn't a complete person unless she is wearing the pant-suite. She scuttled the notion that a woman isn't complete unless she is with a man, and by the same token that a man is incomplete unless he is with a woman. She put the inherent homosexual identity of the human being on the table, openly, proudly. She cut through the medley of heterosexuality, saying that a man is a man, and a woman a woman, and that both are complete, and that we can meet in celebration of our individual completeness and bring it to the table. She put the vulva on the plate for society to celebrate, and with it to celebrate its own completeness. On this basis she put the sovereign achievement of the individual historic woman on the table wrapped in the same completeness, for the same celebration. Without that basis there would be something spiritually lacking. The equality of men and woman can only stand on the basis of the recognition of individual completeness and the full acceptance of it, by which the human union becomes enriched. The moment when the human union, of men embracing women, is built on a lesser basis, such as in a meting of beggars, begging from each other, there is something spiritually lacking there, and the scene falls apart into division and isolation. Only on the platform of individual completeness in inner spiritual riches can mankind unite in celebration and stage a union without division, without isolation, and without self-isolation.

 Behind each of the woman at the dinner table stands a large group of women, each of whom had brought their significant achievements to the table in their self-discovery as complete human beings and their struggle for society's acceptance of it, and also of their own self-acceptance of it. Judy Chicago lists all of their names, 1038 of them, and lists their contributions to the advance of human culture. 

With that Judy Chicago puts our 'third sex' sex onto the table, as that which reflects the immortal dimension of the human being. All of the historic women who are brought together there have in this context lost their mortal coil. Even their names are now largely unrecognized, but they live on in the immortality of their achievements, their struggles, and their determination to raise the dignity of humanity by uplifting the dignity of woman in a society that had become dominated by far too many little minds, torn by division and smothered by isolation and self-isolation. In their immortality we find an example for our own immortality, an example for our 'third sex.' We need the same kind of recognition of ourselves as they have achieved, a recognition that as the tallest spiritual expression on Earth, the human being is for more than what the mortal coil can define. Our 'third sex' defines us not as men or woman but as immortal beings, as creators, discoverers, artists, musicians, educators, scientists, technologists, and so on. What we achieve here is of a quality that is enduring, that is defined in culture and civilization and whatever enriches human society for all times to come.

The Dinner Party as a work of art was itself the product of a large team of artists, workers, researchers, and contributors of themselves. In its new home at Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum,*4 Brooklyn, NY. their achievement will remain as an enduring record of their devotion to the advancement of a profound spiritual idea, an idea of Truth.

Ironically, Judy Chicago's Dinner Party project was not a roaring success. It was 5 years in the making and then it took her company another 27 years to find a permanent home for it. Over the years the project met with both rousing acclaim and hauls of rejections, but it left few indifferent. It stirred something on the inside in the hundreds of thousands who have seen the exhibits of it. It was many things to many people, but it might not have fulfilled the expectation of those who became involved with the project who had hoped for a revolution in thinking. This remains still on the horizon.

Perhaps society was too tied up into knots and tied to modes of smallness in thinking to see the potential for a revolution. Also the project didn't present the portal to the 'third sex' clearly enough that might have staged such a revolution. All of this needs yet to be done, and beyond that, the stage needs to be built to protect the revolution, which is a revolutionary concept in itself in a world that is deeply mired in bipolar division. 

The divisional duality in human identity is always tragic and has been sadly exploited throughout history. It has been exploited because its mythology enables the notion for a legitimate basis for the rule of empire, an external rule to override the self-rule of society. We see the pattern of this error unfolding throughout history. 

When Plato raised the cultural platform with the introduction of some advanced perceptions of the spiritual identity of mankind, Aristotle intervened and turned the spiritual reality upside down. He did so by defining mankind as basically slaves who are benefited by being slaves to (superior) masters whose virtue by their association with them, and guidance from them, ennobles the slave. This kind of antihuman sophistry is still music to the ears of the rulers of empire, large and small. The battle against slavery remains yet to be won. In fact it has become larger than ever.

When Christ Jesus raised the status of mankind still higher, all the rage and the fury of the Roman Empire was brought against him. While Rome did eventually fall and the spiritual sense of Christianity survived to some degree, the war of empire versus mankind is still raging on. Mankind has yet to win its freedom from empire collectively and individually.

When Mohammad raised the spiritual platform once again, after the fall of Rome (in the late 6th Century) and created Islam, another counterforce was quickly launched to invert the new spiritual idea. This counterforce is still raging too. 

The Golden Renaissance of the 15th Century was countered is a similar manner. The intervention against it by the forces of empire resulted in a hundred-years-string of war that could only be stopped by uniting the feuding parties on the platform of a tall spiritual perception of the human being, which became the principle of the Treaty of Westphalia, built on the Principle of the Advantage of the Other.. This platform became the foundation for modern civilization, but it is severely challenged today. 

When in response to the new principle, the pioneers of Europe inspired the building of a new nation in the post-Westphalian world, (which became the USA) built on the established higher platform, the forces of empire immediately unleashed a counter-organizing effort with the doctrine of Giammria Ortes who defined mankind as but an animal. Ortes launched an ideology that might best be described as the 'descend of man.' It was carried down to ever lower levels by Malthus, Darwin, and Galton and more so by a whole lot of modern followers, to the point that mankind is now defined as a cancer on the Earth. To the very day this degenerating trend is far from being countered in any significant way, much less being stopped in the course of healing. And it won't likely be countered for as long as the masters of empire rule, leaning on their mythological staff of the right of kings, hailing the myth of a bipolar divided humanity, reflected in the war of empire versus mankind.

This utterly tragic perception of an inherently bipolar human nature will likely not be laid aside until the still deeper bipolar division in mankind's biological sexuality is laid aside and the universal worth and value of all is understood and acknowledged. 

In the brightness of this promise that flows from the Principle of Universal Love, our hope remains. It remains, because the fact remains that a diamond that fell in to the mud remains a diamond still. It remains ready to shine and to enrich the world when the mud is rinsed away and the gem is placed into the sunshine. America is that diamond. Mankind is that diamond in every respect. We all are that diamond. Thank you, Judy Chicago for reminding us.


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