I was watching the show “Better Things”, which I am “In Joying,” and they mention a phrase I had never heard before:
“Woman Is the Nigger of the World”
which is a song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono from their 1972 album Some Time in New York City.
Literary analysts note that the phrase owes much to Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, in which the protagonist Janie Crawford says, “De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see.”
The Lennon song describes women’s subservience to men and male chauvinism across all cultures.
In a 1972 interview on The Dick Cavett Show, John Lennon stated that Irish revolutionary James Connolly was an inspiration for the song. Lennon cited Connolly’s statement “the female worker is the slave of the slave” in explaining the pro-feminist inspiration behind the song.
And the reason that I share this with you now is to highlight the truth of why we are alive, why we incarnate, why we are exist. And that is to “make known the unknown.” To remember, to experience, what we and others have created. “To experience all that is.” And yes it can just be a bombastic phrase from a semi-cool and modern show. But that one experience makes live so interwoven dynamic, that you feel special for just being chosen by creation to experience it.