Ty Narada for J. Rodda
has two A’s
The Scarlet Letter
was perhaps the most subversive presentation that I have ever seen with
respect to sexual codes of morality. In my express opinion, the most
hard-hitting and philosophically concrete moment was when H awoke to
the perception that her ‘mark’ evoked in others; when she realized that
her expose’ was, in fact, the unspoken ‘guilt’ of her community. That
realization was, for me, the moral meat of the writer’s intention: Hypocrisy…contradictions,
double standards, unattainable idealism vs. what we really are.
My conscious can
imagine how many lives are utterly annihilated while in the pious
pursuit [or deviance] of organized moral standards of every kind. The
writer brought into view, a question far ahead of its time, about a
truth as old as ‘time’, given
that religion maintains an influential hold on power forever.
Why does any society
penalize a member for honesty? How is virtue
ascribed to a conformist or non-conformist reaction? In her case it
wasn’t honesty, but the birth of her child that left little to doubt or
to realize. The empty and the guilty demanded her condemnation
to inflate the insatiable need for group superiority; insulation and
protection from ‘the hunt’. Each member becomes brighter because
a black mark dwells among them. The illusion becomes more vulgar when
self-proclaimed barers of judgement are, in fact, equal to the
condemned: The Eye of God sees all. In their hearts, they too are under
the scrutiny of His Eye.
In our dimension,
"fear" has been the greatest creative force, only to counter its
did not distinguish the ‘moral’ from the ‘theological’; nobody
questioned the "theological morality." Their existed no programming for
it. Even today, theology prescribes sexual conduct and invents
sexual morality. Laws’ have not solved anomalies of this kind.
‘Semantics’ have little to do with the prevention of, and ‘Ethical
standards’ equate to the grains of sand in existence. In the story, the
and the Priest succumbed to personal values, which in the heat of
left evidence that could not be denied.
The writer chose to
illustrate the stifling effect that global double standards cast upon
the individual. Colonial Massachusetts was his romanticized platform.
The concept can be expanded to represent 6 Billion people on Earth who
are erroneously lumped into three categories that describe the
whole of Human sexuality. We
are afraid to remove the ‘fear’ factor, yet rationally thinking people
that this historically-founded and realistically-obscene belief can
does not and never did reflect any part of reality at any time.
is not how life is.
Whose gun perverted
the ‘double standard’ into an irrevocable ‘truth’?
We are, at this
precise moment in time, the culmination of our sensory perception. To
describe the infinite layers, even to shallow depth for each, would be
an impossible task; each spark of synapse would need to be recalled and
examined in order to understand. Even the same words spoken in a
commonly understood language convey altered images, connotations and
meanings to each listener.
The Priest was the
pillar and standard barer of his community, yet he was her masochist
"partner in sin." To his own self he was true, but the double standard
destroyed him. His
peers destroyed him. What he taught destroyed him. Their strength propelled
them. She became the most virtuous and legendary communal icon while he
was the unreproachable word. The two greatest and most benevolent
figures were the most reprehensible [by the communal ‘standard’]. She
withheld his identity, and suffered the disfiguring of her soul to
preserve the social integrity of the group. She produced a solution by
compelling him to leave and start anew. Not until the Magistrate
conspired to take away her child did she bare her teeth, and
sub-textually induced her ‘partner’ (the Priest) to reverse the
The Scarlet Letter
is invaluable for how it influenced the literary community to rethink,
if not confess
such issues about Human oddity. It represents another rung in the
toward greater understanding of what Human beings are and have, for the
most part, sprung from. That made me think of Pandora’s Box and the