Westpoort Amsterdam, Holland, 1-Imox, 00:13
Three’s a crowd
The most famous trinity around the culture I grew up in was the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. It was a bit ironic that the trinity offered by my most immediate sphere of influence (Judaism) did not top the theological charts. Abraham, Isaac, and Israel were a close second best.
Later on in life I learned about other interesting trios or trinities, like (in no particular order):
- Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva
- Ein, Sof, Ein sof Or
- Judaism, Christianity, Islam
- Osiris, Isis, Horus
- Saturn, Jupiter, Mars
- Worshipful master, Senior warden, Junior warden
- See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
- Theses, antitheses, synthesis
- Keith Jarret, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
- Neo, Morpheus, trinity
- The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
- Doc Brown, Marty McFly, Biff Tannen
- US+Europe, BRICS, 3rd world
Going along with contemporary empowering and liberating trends, I realized recently that the above distinguished trinities are predominantly male (obvious, wasn’t it?) With the Jazz trio excluded, it is basically a bunch of alarmingly severe, stern, dominant-type jocks who can seldom take a joke, especially when it’s on them. They are also somewhat insecure, volatile and guilt-ridden. Old school boys.
I posit that all trios within western culture serve as a subterfuge to blow smoke on our mirrors and pull a vail of wool over the eyes of the uninitiated (that means us again). You see, an explicit symbol (the one we know and use) imply an implicit symbol – a negative aspect of the former.
The 1 true trinity which lies hidden behind and beyond the obvious ones I mentioned is all female. Now, there is at least one well-known all-female trio in native western culture too: Sarah, Rivka, Leah and Rachel (sisters). But how much credit do they take or deserve? How are they depicted compared to their husbands? None of the obvious female trios come close to their male counterparts regardless of what’s being compared.
The hidden trio is also the most ancient by far, and I’m sure it is also the one which now must reassert its position and importance, so that a new equilibrium can be realized.
So without further ado, here they are:
The underlying dynamics beneath a typical trinity includes (1) an origin, (2) a mid-point, and (3) a destination. For example, in Hinduism Brahma is the origin, Vishnu “the preserver” is the mid-point and balance, and Shiva is the final destination (destruction and regeneration).
In Lakesh Qanil