The world wild web residence of Jim Engel,
the infamous Angel of Marengo
Most of my recent writing has
been for the new Police Dog book, click on the above "Police" button...
The Mother State
Being inherently curious and adventurous gives most of us
the propensity to get into all sorts of trouble. Foolish things such as burning
our fingers in the fire place, playing in the street and in time even more
excellent adventures such as driving fast, borrowing dad's guns, drinking
whiskey and encouraging dogs to chase and bite. This, of course, is the reason
why we have mothers. And why, as we get older, we seek a bit of distance, to
get out with the guys and do these guy things. This is in turn why the adults –
mothers, fathers, teachers, uncles, priests, politicians – create laws and
empower cops as a sort of super mother brigade to keep us in line.
When the cop shows up to stop our fun we think to ourselves
"Why that mother…." We are smart enough to see what is going on, who
the cop really is, just the long reach of mother. The cop is the ultimate male
stereotype, but this is wrong, entirely backwards; the cop is really the agent
for all of the mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers of history, the
ultimate sum of feminine power.