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  • PERSPECTIVE: The Young Man As Musician In The Matriarchal 1st Quarter

         Modern society within the United States of America is an entity that is constantly evolving, especially as it is experienced by the young Sapiens man.  A woman is generally valued in and for her youth in this place. This isn't the case in terms of the education system and the general attitude of the state, which greatly miseducates and deceives her. But, it certainly has been the default within the family structure. Within the village, the little girl's protection is a top priority. Most often, even a man who consistently misvalues women – and let's be honest, most men do – will shelter his own daughter, by any means necessary. Any male interacting with a woman in her first quarter can attest to the naivete that she enjoys as a result of this protection.

         Now, on the other hand, a little boy has a hard time coming up within this same village. I don't point this out in order to say that women do not struggle in their 1st quarter. I know of the orphaned little girls that line the streets of certain places around this country, coerced into doing nefarious things in order to survive.  I know of the other hardships that young girls face as well.  On various occasions, I've seen it with my own eyes.  However, this is not the norm.  In contrast, it is quite normal that the majority of Sapiens boys must fight for every bit of food and shelter that they receive. The little boy often must seek asylum in his mother, who is trained and/or sponsored by the state to degrade her male partner and pass on her miseducation to the offspring. This continues until the little boy can emancipate himself, which must eventually take place, while the little girl has this independence as an option among options, choosing between accepting the subsidies of the state or striking out on her own.

         The modern young woman naturally resents this, as she is just as attached to the old ways of patriarchal authority as the man. For, this matriarchal 1st quarter is still a very new concept and no one is used to it yet.  The modern woman often mistakenly looks for the traditional man in the 1st quarter, although as a result of the modern structure, he doesn't arrive until the 2nd or 3rd quarter. We must begin to notice this if we are to attain the necessary balance that will preserve the village. For, otherwise, the prosperous young woman will continue to resent the young man and the prosperous older man will continue to take advantage of the young woman. In turn, the lonely mature woman will continue to wander aimlessly, flaunting her power for co-workers who laugh behind her back, and often right in her face.

         Though it has not been successful so far, it may not be possible to abandon 1st quarter matriarchy under the current system. Perhaps my acceptance of this is due to the fact that I am progressing past this point of dependency on the mother, the sister and the lover. I am often surprised by the young woman's resentment toward her powerful position in modern society. I am often confused at how she protests against it, pleading to give the responsibility and accountability back to the patriarchal structure. Of course, any reasonable man or woman would prefer that leadership duties be dispersed throughout the village over time. But, indeed, a young man must progress as swiftly as possible past this 1st quarter survival ideology – and he must do so without compromising his dignity. In turn, a woman must humble herself in the 2nd quarter, not to submit to a man, but for the good of the family, the community and the music.

         Valuing the arts is not a quality of the dominant 'American' culture.  But, in our modern Sapiens culture, it is. The path of the musician is often the young man's rite of passage. In this matriarchal first quarter, the young man who finds himself to be creative should focus on this creativity. He should cultivate his understanding of life through the arts. Yes, this cultivation can continue throughout his life. However, as he ages, his philosophy must evolve, should he intend to step out of an exhibitionist view of creativity and into his rightful leadership of the village. This isn't to say that in the 2nd or 3rd quarter, a man should abandon music. It simply must be re-imagined within the framework of his life. For, if it is not, he will not be of proper use to the family or village. Although the music is presented as a lifelong 'profession' by the dominant society and the elders, it actually is revealing itself to be a discipline to those of us who are paying attention. What is being seen as a break from tradition is actually a return to it.