Fred Gillen Jr.

Fuel for the Revolution

This is my blog. I started it back in 1998 when the term "blog" was new and I'd certainly never heard of it. At the time I didn't know I was blogging, I just wanted to post some non- edited pieces I'd written in my notebooks. I do not revise or censor this material in any way. Please feel free to email me through the "contact" page on this site if you have anything to say about what you read here.

Buddha, Jesus, Patriarchy, President

My understanding is that Hindus see Buddha as an incarnation of God. (Whereas Buddhists relate to Buddha as a person who they can identify with who found enlightenment.)The Hindu view is very much like Christians' understanding of Jesus Christ, but instead of incarnation we call him "son of God." Our culture is a patriarchy, so son makes sense. Power passes from father to son. Right now millions of Americans are looking to the President as a father figure. Some are very disappointed in their dad while others put him on an inpenetrable pedestal. I believe even more than garden-variety sexism, this deep cultural patriarchy is why we could not elect a woman President. We're looking for a Daddy, thus the white-haired, old me we elect. (Obama was the cool, young Dad archetype, but still a dad.) The ironic thing about this is that really the courts are our archetypal father-figure and the Congress is our Mother figure. Let's face it, moms do most of the parenting. Congress makes the laws. Dad comes in to back up Mom when necessary and otherwise remains stoically detached and distant. The courts do this for Congress. What does the President do? Yeah he does his executive stuff- signing or vetoing bills into law, pushing Congress for votes, Presidential directives, Commander in chief of the armed forces. The President is also our face, our royalty, and our scapegoat. I hope the next time we have a global crisis (such as the coming climate change crisis) we've got a Mother in the position of President, instead of a Daddy. I know in my own life when my Dad told me to do something, my first reaction was to rebel, because there was so much conflicting information coming from him. I felt authentic when I defied him. My Mother, on the other hand, I really wanted to please because everything I saw from her made her worthy of being listened to. My father demanded my respect, my mother earned it. (my father did earn it eventually, but he was allowed to not grow up for a long time because my mom did all of the parenting while he worked, so this didn't happen until I was grown and out of the house.) I wish we had a Mother in the White House. I was hoping to vote for one in the Primary, too. One who scolded the big bankers and wasn't afraid to give old men in the Senate what was coming to them. Unfortunately we've got a father. He's not much different than a lot of the fathers we grew up with, actually. Detached, arrogant, demanding respect he hasn't earned, and not listening to the good, wise men around him but instead blustering and boasting.

Tuesday, March 24th 2020

 05/8/2020     Respect the Elders
==>03/24/2020     Buddha, Jesus, Patriarchy, President
 03/21/2020     Covid 19 Virus Days
 09/13/2019     9/11
 05/13/2019     Look to the Kids
 07/4/2018     Independence Day 2018
 05/20/2018     Abortion and Guns
 05/2/2018     Civil Disobedience
 12/1/2017     Price of Progress
 01/28/2017     Prayer for America
 05/27/2014     "Free" music
 12/30/2013     Happy New Year
 09/26/2013     Ignorant Bliss
 11/29/2012     Gillen & Turk 2008 Opening for Todd Rungren
 08/27/2012     Shallow Money Trench
 06/22/2012     Crazy Horse
 05/9/2012     Talk
 01/19/2012     Freedom
 12/31/2011     Happy New Year
 12/13/2011     Men of Business
 11/19/2011     WAR
 11/18/2011     Earth And Spirit
 10/10/2011     Occupy Wall Street
 10/6/2011     Independence
 09/20/2011     Anger and Love
 09/6/2011     You Can't Have Everything
 09/1/2011     The Instruments
 08/30/2011     Fathers
 08/2/2011     On Being An Artist
 05/11/2011     Speaking The Truth
 04/25/2011     Tuning the lead vocal
 03/17/2011     Instilling Values
 01/14/2011     The Current Music Business
 11/5/2010     Even The Air
 10/19/2010     Rednecks, Racism, This-ism, that-ism
 09/8/2010     9/11
 07/18/2010     Being Ecumenical
 07/6/2010     Dust
 06/30/2010     Gay Rights/ Marriage
 03/11/2010     The heart
 03/11/2010     Culture
 01/5/2010     Coats
 12/11/2009     Pete Seeger
 12/2/2009     Environmental Protest Songs
 10/5/2009     Adam & Eve
 06/18/2009     The World Rolls Along
 06/11/2009     Clearwater
 06/10/2009     The World Rolls Along
 06/10/2009     War Machine
 06/9/2009     alternative media
 06/9/2009     alternative media
 05/14/2008     God
 02/24/2008     broke
 02/11/2008     HOPE MACHINE
 01/6/2008     Dennis Kucinich
 12/27/2007     NYPD
 10/4/2007     Mitakuye Oyasin
 05/21/2007     The Past
 04/15/2007     Kurt Vonnegut, Indian Point
 10/8/2006     God
 06/26/2006     From the Pe Sla -the heart of the heart of Lakota sacred land -the Black Hills of South Dakota
 06/5/2006     Mowing The Lawn
 03/24/2006     Gone Gone Gone
 02/25/2006     grace
 09/26/2005     Sky To Mountain
 09/22/2005     Love
 09/14/2005     Look Down
 04/19/2005     April 2005
 01/27/2005     Poverty
 01/11/2005     Grace
 12/3/2004     Standing Up 2
 12/1/2004     Tired
 11/29/2004     Standing Up
 11/29/2004     Mercy
 09/18/2004     Beaten
 08/7/2004     Half Full
 07/16/2004     Hallelujia!
 07/16/2004     Battered Feathers
 03/14/2004     gifts
 03/1/2004     Ancestors
 03/1/2004     A Prayer
 12/24/2003     "The Bomb"
 05/16/2003     Safe
 05/16/2003     Satan
 05/5/2003     Faith, Hope, Love
 03/10/2003     Tatoo
 02/11/2003     Folk Music is alive and well!
 01/13/2003     Revolution
 01/2/2003     January 2003
 11/17/2002     FEAR
 11/9/2002     Election Day
 10/30/2002     Election Day
 10/14/2002     Checkpoint Charlie
 06/17/2002     Revolution
 06/3/2002     Gold
 06/3/2002     WAGE LOVE!
 06/3/2002     Mercy
 06/3/2002     New World Order?
 04/4/2002     Real?
 04/4/2002     Billboards
 04/4/2002     Faith
 03/22/2002     Living into the 21st century
 03/22/2002     Comfort
 03/22/2002     Barren Ground
 03/22/2002     Dreams
 03/14/2002     March 11, 2002
 02/25/2002     Germany
 12/14/2001     NOW
 09/19/2001     September 11, 2001
 08/6/2001     #5 Taking Responsibility
 07/12/2001     Television
 06/11/2001     #3: Sprawl
 05/16/2001     #2
 05/16/2001     #1


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