Earthly Women: An AphorismAugust 31, 2010 at 4:52 am | Posted in gak jelas, katarsis, refleksi | 9 Comments
Tags: beauty, earthly women
Prelude: For the sake of political correctness, I’ll be the first to say that you my female readers [whoever you are] are beautiful if you think that you are in any ways you like. 😀
Folklore wants you to believe that prettiness is essentially ethereal. We mortals [read: men, especially jerks] are conditioned to dream of only celestial beauty [we don’t have Miss Earth, only Miss World and Miss Universe!]. We seem to always have this constant longing for heavenly, otherworldly creature: an angel, a lovely bidadari descending from the heavens into this world of misery, of agony and loneliness. We have heard of Athena, the daughter of the Greek God Zeus, or Drupadi [think Dian Sastrowardojo!], the beautiful daughter of the Hindu Fire God. Ah, yes, the legend of Jaka Tarub; the Quranic succulent portrayal of the 72 virginal angels who never grow old; forever young in GOD’s eternity! This is, IMO, when tragedy strikes both men and women; since thus female beauty could only manifest in adoration, in a distance, in the act of worshiping an absent divine being.
It is unquestionably an aberration to believe that a sane person today would ever claim to have dated Athena or Drupadi; for these two girls simply do not exist; but we are forever inclined, perhaps unconsciously, to incarnate divine qualities of those mythical, archetypal characters into the women we deem “pretty”. Alas, women are often regarded as pretty not because they are; but because they “fit” the idea of prettiness instilled in our head since time immemorial. The beauty an sich in a beautiful woman is often tragically buried within herself, clouded by our own projection of her, by our very own “constant longing for celestial beauty”. Beauty, IMO, is ineffable, just like God or Love; it can only be experienced; it cannot be explained. To understand it we need to look at the earthly women: those who are, at first sight, neither beautiful nor ugly; the women who are bound to this earth of mankind; who never make an attempt to be a naive and foolish goddess in the heavens. Only by looking at and through that kind of women can I experience authentic beauty in its purest manifestation; free from my own prejudice of/against women.
And perhaps only then, my friends, we could finally understand why Zeus fell for the mother of Hercules and why the Jewish God picked Mary as the mother of Christ. Do you find it strange that while mortals sought for celestial women; the Gods were screwing earthly women? The Gods know what we mortals could never ever know.