From Part I Chapter 3 In the Beginning; Man and “Wombman”
By Shane Stewart
Flight, Not Fight
“Run for your life!”
It’s late on a hot, humid afternoon in the prehistoric world of our ancient ancestors. A wandering group of early “humans,” tired and worn from their endless trek in search of food and shelter, stop for a much-needed rest in the welcome shade of a wooded area. Females, constantly being hounded for attention by energetic, scampering children, have no time to rest. Males, having long ago walked away from sharing the daily responsibilities of caring for the young, relax and recline unfairly in the shade. The soft, quiet, gentle breeze wafts their worries away, spreading a false sense of security over the group. Suddenly, the calm is shattered by the horrific screams of a large, hungry cat as it leaps into the midst of its human prey. The group, momentarily stunned and frozen in fear, suddenly explodes in panic, scattering in all directions in a chaotic, desperate attempt to escape the fatal clutches of the beast. Men, being free of children, can quickly and easily make their escape.
But women, slowed by pregnancy and the weight of the grasping, terrified young are easy prey for the big cat, and the massive predator takes down a pregnant mother and her child. Caught in the jaws of death they scream out for help. But help cannot come. The mother and child plead for rescue, but there will be none. No one will dare intervene. To do so would only bring another senseless death. There is no choice but to abandon the mother and child to their gruesome and horrible fate. With the beast momentarily focused on its catch, there is but a narrow window of escape. So, humans run. They run as fast as they can. They run through the thick, heavy screams of terror pulling at their hearts. They run and do not break stride. They dare not look back. They know the screams will soon be silenced, and they will run through the silence until they are safe. When they are safe they will break the sounds of silence with the sounds of sobbing. They will weep, weep long and hard. Not only for the horrible fate of the dead, but also for themselves, because each one is fully aware that theirs may soon be the same fate.
Sorry, Gotta Run!
“What else can I do?”
This horrible, heart breaking and grizzly scene was undoubtedly a common occurrence in the lives of our primitive and defenseless ancestors. Exactly how early, prehistoric humans responded to predatory attacks can only be theorized. However, by applying common sense, logic, and objective analysis to the situation, we can safely conclude that defenseless humans had no other choice but to run for their individual lives and abandon the slower and less fortunate, whether woman, child, or man. Humans were small, weak, and defenseless creatures, lacking any physical ability to stand against a large, aggressive, hungry predator. Running was surely an automatic reaction for survival. Even to this day the primal urge to “run for your life” is paramount if caught defenseless in a negative situation where you are faced with an overwhelming probability of serious bodily harm or death. Yes. Run for your life if you can!
Species Must Adapt to Survive
Specific survival attributes.
As a species evolves it generally develops specific physical attributes that serve its survival. Animals have adapted to the environment with an incredible array of various physical features. Some species developed wings with which they could fly out of danger and/or spot prey from above. Claws and fangs were a great advantage developed by the big cats for attacking and defending. Agile primates developed the ability to escape by climbing trees and hanging high by their tails. Some species developed over-powering strength, and still others grew immense in size, which intimidated and discouraged predators.
Humans as Helpless Prey
No “escape claws”
But humans occupied a strange and mysterious niche in this hostile world of survival. Failing to develop any particular physical attributes with which to defend ourselves, it would seem that we had the least likely chance of surviving. We were void of fangs and claws, couldn’t fly, and weren’t able to swing between trees or hang safely by our tails in high branches. And we obviously didn’t develop intimidating size or over-powering strength. And to make matters worse, we couldn’t even run very fast! We were a species low on the food chain. When faced with a predatory attack, our only hope for survival was to try and escape while the beast was preoccupied devouring one of our neighbors or loved ones.
The quick and the dead
Survival of a species is generally a two-fold process: survival of the individual, and the overall survival of the species. Individual survival is generally supportive of the survival of the species. But in the case of primitive humans this did not necessarily hold true. Trying to out-run an attacking predator was great for those who could make it. This pattern of “look-out-for-yourself” survival generally resulted in survival of the fastest, and this would eventually present a problem for the survival of our species as a whole. Individual survival through flight strongly favored the quicker and faster humans within the group. Men, being free of pregnancy and the burden of children, were by far the quicker and faster humans. Women, slowed by pregnancy and clinging children generally served as a slow and easy target for predators. This survival technique obviously resulted in men surviving while women and children were caught in the grip of death. If this pattern continued it would threaten our ability to sustain a viable population.
Survival of Our Species
Women and children are indispensable
The proliferation of our primitive species depended upon the population’s ability to reproduce and sustain new generations. For this to occur, women had to live to give birth, and children had to live to the age of puberty. In the primitive world of our early ancestors the number of females in the population was of far greater importance to the process of human reproduction and proliferation than the number of males. This is not a declaration of prejudice toward men, nor is it designed to diminish their tremendous importance to our early survival. The reproductive superiority of the female is simply a biological fact that stands beyond debate. Men were incapable of giving birth and in fact were not even necessary beyond a brief encounter for insemination. After that moment men had nothing to do with the entire process of procreation. With every human being spending around nine months inside the female womb, it was obvious that women had the overwhelming responsibility of perpetuating our species. They were the very foundation of human reproduction.
The requirements of the situation were quite obvious. For primitive humans to survive, the protection of women and children would have to be considered of paramount importance. When it came down to the life of a male or a female, the choice would have to be made for the female. Therefore, during the attack of a predator, men would have to stop trying to save their own lives by abandoning women and children to the beast. They would have to learn how to fight the creatures.
Gender Ratio of Viable Populations
Females must be in greater abundance
Because of the image of male superiority, men try to convince us that they are the critical and primary element in human society, and the penis is the most important element in the reproduction of our species. This is one of many lies men try to make us believe is truth. In actuality we have shown that the male element plays but an incidental role in the proliferation of our species. The successful proliferation of a species is not determined by the number of men, but by the number and childbearing capacity of women within a particular population. This is called “fecundity”. Simply put, fecundity states that women [the ovum] are of much greater importance to the growth of a population than are men. This is not a female fantasy, but a biological fact.
- Consider a primitive group that consists of 30 men and 3 women. The reproductive capability for sustaining a population with this ratio of males to females is extremely limited, offering little chance of survival. Losing one female would be devastating to this group.
- Now consider a primitive group consisting of 30 women and 3 men. The reproductive capability for sustaining a population with this ratio of females to males is robust and dynamic, giving the group a strong chance of species survival and growth.
Biological ‘Superiority’ of Women
Millions of sperm, a single ovum
The greater importance of the female element as opposed to the male element is also graphically demonstrated in the biological process of insemination itself. During coitus, the male releases millions and millions of sperm, each one pursuing a single female ovum. Except in rare instances, only one of these millions of sperm will be allowed to enter the ovum for fertilization. The remaining millions of sperm are doomed to perish without having any negative effect on that particular pregnancy or the overall process of human reproduction. Conversely, if millions of ova were to perish it would decimate the process of human reproduction. The expansion of human population in prehistoric times depended upon every woman and child surviving for as long as possible.
The Primal Urge to Survive
Hey, I’m not gonna die
Prehistoric men cannot be “faulted” for running away to save their own lives. Self-survival is an innate, primal urge in almost every species with cognitive ability. When defenseless in the face of a life-threatening situation, the urge to “run for your life” can hardly be resisted. It was impossible for primitive humans to struggle against strong, well-equipped beasts. Therefore, when a man, woman, or child fell into the clutches of a predator, their gruesome fate was sealed. It’s difficult to envision what kind of world that was. Imagine yourself in that situation. Could you stand barehanded and defenseless against a large, growling, slobbering, hungry, fanged and clawed creature that you knew was about to have you for lunch? Would you boldly intervene when such a predator was in the process of devouring someone and try to take that food out of its mouth?
I think it’s safe to say we would all get out of there if we could. And considering the primitive development of the human brain at the time, I probably would have been among the first to run for my life, no matter who was left behind. This is not a question of cowardice or bravery. To face that situation without some kind of weapon in your hand that would give you a chance to bring that creature down would be suicidal. But ancient humans weren’t capable of conceiving of having “some kind of weapon” in their hands. No species on earth had yet developed the mental capacity or imagination necessary to think of defending itself with anything other than what was attached to its body at birth. And as lowly humans, being born defenseless, we were easy pickings for the dominant beasts.
Automatic sensory reactors
Of all the ground-sniffing predators that roamed the prehistoric earth, the large cats had come up with the best possible survival tools: claws, fangs, speed, size, and highly developed senses. They were the supreme survivors, the ultimate predators, easily dominating everything in their primitive environment. Being the ultimate sensory-driven machine, these beasts were entirely dependent upon quick, sensory reaction to environmental stimuli. As the dominant hunters of all they surveyed, they lounged comfortably atop the food chain, roaming freely about their environment with little concern of being attacked. It was their time and place to rule in a primitive world where violence, aggression, and physical domination were all that mattered. If the world had not changed, these creatures would be ruling the earth to this day. But evolutionary law dictates constant change, and survival of a species depends upon its ability to continually adapt to an ever-changing environment.
The “Body” Is the Beast
All body, no brain
The dominant predators had evolved bodies that were perfectly configured for physical survival in a primitive and competitive environment: strength, speed, and aggression. But being that they were so well equipped and could dominate their environment so easily and completely, they never had reason to develop their mentality or imagination in order to figure out a way to survive. When they got hungry, they just sniffed around and listened until they located their unlucky prey. Their survival mode was stuck on automatic sensory-pilot. Never having to exercise their mind would result in an underdeveloped, stunted, and static brain, which did not bode well for their future survival. They were captives of environmental stimuli, and imprisoned by their own senses.
Good Sense of Smell
No sense of “self”
The predators had no awareness of an internal self. They were their body. They were only aware of sensory input, physical pain, hunger, and mating instincts. They were locked into a sensory world where reality was only that which they could see, smell, taste, hear, and touch. Whatever could not be detected through the senses simply did not exist.
Let Sleeping Logs Lie
“If it don’t move, don’t chase It”
These dominant beasts had no interest in inanimate objects lying around the environment. Things did not alert the senses of these creatures and were therefore inconsequential. Things were simply part of the landscape, presenting no threat and generating no interest. A rock was a rock, a tree was a tree, and a bush was a bush. In the mind of the beast inanimate objects had no purpose. They would always and forever remain inanimate. These objects maintained their shape and remained where they were unless they were reshaped or moved by wind, water, or some other environmental force.
These primary predators only paid attention to animated objects that stimulated their senses. They might give rolling tumbleweeds a passing glance, but would not get up and chase one down. Tumbleweeds didn’t smell right and weren’t interesting enough to bother with. Besides, the beast probably had memories of tumbleweeds being dry and inedible. But let a small, fury creature roll by that activated the sense of sight, sound, or smell, and they were off and running. The great beast’s absolute dependence on perfect sensory reaction, which served their immediate survival so well, was the very thing that would lead to their eventual downfall in the long-term struggle for survival in an ever-changing environment.
Catalyst for change
Early humans were no different than any of the other sensory motivated creatures that roamed the prehistoric earth. As with other beasts, our consciousness was focused on the physical world and our entire awareness of reality was limited to that which came through sensory detection. Zs Like all animals, our existence depended on quick, sensory reactions. We were on constant alert, watching, listening and smelling for predators and/or prey. For countless thousands of generations humans were the lowly hunted not the powerful hunter, and we suffered a great disadvantage in the struggle for survival. Our bodies simply weren’t designed to compete with the big predators. They were much better equipped than we were. We were decided underdogs, weaklings, unprepared and woefully deficient in a world of violent survival. Being physically incapable of competing with predators in such a hostile environment should have resulted in our quick demise. But history has shown that you should never underestimate the underdog.
In an irony of immense proportions, the liability of our defensive deficiencies would come to serve as our greatest asset in the struggle for survival. The fact that we were so physically deficient forced us to make an astonishing mutation in human consciousness that would forever cleave us from the world of matter-conscious, sensory motivated ground-sniffing mammals, and redefine us as a new and truly unique human species.
The “Invisible” Environment
Let me “think” about that
We were at the mercy of predators and an unfavorable environment. If we were to have any chance of survival, we would have to take the unprecedented step of altering our environment so as to make it favorable to our survival. To accomplish this feat, we would have to shed our matter-consciousness, crawl out of our defenseless, deficient bodies, and relocate ourselves in the world of the mind. In our minds, we would discover a new, invisible environment; the environment of thought and imagination. By entering this new environment, we became the only species capable of consciously manipulating, altering, redesigning, and remodeling things in our environment so as to use them for our survival. Our thought and imagination became our greatest attribute for survival.
Animating the Inanimate
“Seeing things” with a purpose
Thought is an abstract. You cannot see it, smell it, hear it, touch it, throw it, eat it, or wear it. Thought is invisible. But remarkably invisible thought and imagination would bring us victory over the beasts. Through thought and imagination, we could see inanimate objects as having an animated purpose. In our mind’s imagination, we could see a rock not just as an inanimate rock, but as a powerful, animated weapon that when taken into our hands, could be used to smash the skull of predators. By applying invisible thought and imagination to the manipulation of matter, we learned to see that a sharp stone tied to a wooden stick could become an “axe.” Breaking long, strong branches from trees gave us “spears.” Broken, sharp-edged rocks became “blades,” thick branches became “clubs,” and regular rocks, when thrown accurately, became deadly “projectiles.”
It is impossible to discern just how and when humans came up with the idea of manipulating and using things in the environment for our survival. Perhaps someone saw a rock fall off a cliff, smash into the head of a predator, and kill it. Or maybe one day some terrified human, arms flailing, in the process of being eaten by a beast, accidentally caught hold of a rock that was just lying there and began smashing the creature’s skull. Whatever the circumstance, humans became the only earthly species to use thought and imagination to manipulate the environment for survival. Using thought and imagination we began to manufacture the survival attributes we had been denied at birth.
The mutation of human consciousness into the new environment of mind propelled us onto a level that allowed us to stand against the predator. We were no longer just helpless prey. Through thought and imagination, born out of the human mind, came our survival. However, this would later lead to another human irony, but of tragic proportions; The mind that prehistoric men used to construct tools for our survival was the same mind that men of the future would use to construct tools that would bring us to the precipice of our annihilation in war and rampant slaughter.
I can’t do everything
Every situational task has specific requirements that must be met if that task is to be successfully accomplished. Meeting the situational requirements for survival was a task that early humans had to accomplish as a collective whole. The survival of our ancestors depended upon the accomplishment of two critical tasks: the growth of our species, and the protection of our species.
In that primitive world, the human body was the only tool available for accomplishing any task. With human bodies varying greatly in shape and size, we could pick and choose which people were best suited for accomplishing particular tasks. Men had the greater outer body strength for accomplishing heavy tasks and fighting predators. Every other task could be accomplished by anyone with the physical ability to do so, man or woman; except givibg birth. That was exclusively female
The Primal Division of Labor
Just do what you do best
With the development of weapons and tools for survival, came the responsibility of deciding who would use them. That responsibility would have to fall upon the male. Females were already entirely occupied doing their part in the creation and nurturing of our species. Women had a major responsibility that carried dire consequences. In giving birth they faced vulnerability to predators, pain, and the possibility of death. Many women did not survive child birth. But giving birth was in the female’s natural body design. Once pregnant, the process took its course. Women were charged with the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our species.
Standing up to a beast was not a natural human process but a process that would require a major voluntary change in the consciousness of the male. Men would have to over-ride their survival motive, disregard their choking fear, and be willing to stand and fight to the death against a fearsome predator. This would have to be their job. And just like many women, many men would lose their lives doing their job. But thankfully, men would stand up to that task and for a period of time, become the protectors of our species.
We Gotta “Buddy Up”
No man is an island
Even with weapons in hand, small, weak humans could not stand against a vicious beast in a one-on-one confrontation. Any attempt to do so would be fighting on the predator’s own terms. In order to defeat the predator another major voluntary change would be necessary for the male. Men would have to learn to cooperate and communicate as a cohesive group, wielding their weapons as a unified, coordinated force against an attacking predator. Only then would we be able to escape our role as frightened prey and aggressively make a stand against our predators, taking ourselves off their menu, and putting them onto ours. Out of this early scenario in the Mobile Society, developed an equal primal division of labor based upon the relative strengths of males and females.
You Do This, I Do That
Strength is inside and out
Female strength was on the inside of the body and in a nurturing attitude toward life. Women gave birth to humans and cared for the infant’s needs until it could sustain itself. They also maintained the daily needs of men, who by now were busy looking out for and fighting with predators, and therefore unable to prepare their own food and perform camp duties. Women became positively orientated toward peace, cooperation, and the creation of life. They had become the voice of authority in human relations within the camp. Women had learned the necessity of compassion, compromise, cooperation, and community; learning to successfully mediate disputes between squabbling siblings and disagreeing family units. Physical conflict within the group could not be tolerated. Women had to keep the group strong, cohesive, and unified. Any prolonged, internal conflict would weaken the group. Energy for conflict had to remain outside the camp in the world of the male, where violence was a necessity. Women were our creators and their entire focus was on maintaining a well-running camp [society].
The strength of men was on the outside of the body. Their muscular physique and strength were essential to any possibility of success during struggles with predators. Having learned to make weapons and fight as an organized force, males were on constant watch for danger. Men had become the voice of authority for our physical defense. If men sounded the alarm of an approaching predator, women and children had to respond immediately, obeying instructions without question. During a predatory attack, women and children had to resist the instinctive urge to run for their lives. Running would separate them from the group, making them individual targets and easy prey for the predator. Women had to learn to struggle against their fear, stay where they were, and trust that men would protect them. Men became negatively oriented toward violence and conflict. Their entire focus was necessarily on weapons, fighting, and facing danger. They were our protectors and their success came through using their violent orientation for the purpose of “killing.”
Women were creating our species and men were protecting it – at last. It is important to note that his division of equal responsibility was not decided by any standard of superiority or inferiority that existed between men and women. These responsibilities were fulfilled entirely through situational necessity and physical ability. Female orientation toward the positive and male orientation toward the negative would come to forever define male/female character, interaction, and social behavior patterns.
Out-Surviving the Predators
We’re still here, they’re not
Through thought and imagination humans created a way to survive by becoming manipulators of the environment. Every other species on earth was still reacting to sensory stimulation, and they were now the ones suffering a disadvantage against us. We were bringing forth a new awareness of self. We were developing communication and becoming more civilized. Equality of responsibility and cooperation between men and women became the foundation of The Mobile Society and secured our survival through that tumultuous time.
Fight – Not Flight
“Surprise, surprise! I’m baaack!”
(Another tale of probability)
It’s late on a hot and humid afternoon in the prehistoric world of our ancient ancestors. A wandering group of early humans, exhausted from the endless trek in search of food and shelter, stop to rest in the welcome shade of a wooded area. As usual, women were engaged in constant watch over the energetic, scampering children, while men, now armed with primitive weapons, were strategically placed around the group, well organized and constantly on the alert for danger.
Suddenly, the air is filled with the horrified screams of a terrified mother as she sees a predator begin its deadly charge toward a frolicking child. Disregarding the urge to flee, and with “weapons” in hand, the men rush into the path of the on-coming beast. Determined to get its prey, the hungry creature charges the nearest man. Anchoring the butt of his spear into the ground, the man angles it directly toward the charging beast, squatting to brace himself against the force of the coming impact. The predator lunges and is impaled upon the spear by its own momentum. Other men quickly rush in with their weapons, striking at the belly of the beast with sharp, stone axes, and smashing at its head with clubs and rocks.
Quickly it is over! The beast is dead! The man that made the stand against the charging animal crawls out from under it. He is bitten and scratched, but will easily recover to fight again. The group cheers in victory. Men had bravely stood and accepted their responsibility to slay the beast and protect the camp. Women had bravely stood and trusted men to protect them and their children. Now women will happily proceed to carry out their responsibility and prepare the beast for dinner.
We were now on our way, a cohesive, cooperative group of males and females standing equally within the realm of responsibility. The Mobile Society would come to define the greatest portion of our species’ development. Tragically however, this scenario of human “equality” would be dealt a death blow by the negative male ego. Men would eventually erode the equality built between them and women, and strip women of all authority within society and discard them into the caste of eternal, female inferiors.