The Runaway Goddess
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I am always on the lookout for the ways in which the deities might manifest within my life, and also in the world at large, through nature. Sometimes you can even catch glimpses of the goddess in the local or national news. And so it was during the latest period leading up to Beltane that I had my eyes open for any possible manifestation which might present itself. I was not disappointed. For it was during this period the nation was engaged with, and enthralled by, the story of Jennifer Wilbanks, the so-called runaway bride.
Coming as it did on the heels of so many mysterious disappearances, it was particularly heart-wrenching to think that such a beautiful, vibrant, though admittedly strange woman should just up and vanish for no apparent reason on the eve of her up-and-coming marriage, the day which should have promised to be among the happiest days of her life. Yet, I found it odd that her fiancée seemed somewhat whimsical as he appeared before the television cameras. He had a strange faith, and self-assurance, that his beloved live-in girlfriend of some four odd years would be found, they would be re-united, and the marriage would go ahead as planned, if not exactly on schedule.
I considered the strange aspect of the woman in the photos. The saucer-wide eyes, the intense yet genuine appearing smile. Is this the goddess Eris at work, I mused, through this intriguing creature? In the home videos taken of her, it was hard not to be attracted to the animated person who appeared and chatted happily, albeit silently, to her friends. What exactly is going on here, I wondered. Something suspicious was underfoot.
And then, of course, she turned up, in Albuquerque, of all places. Alive and well, though apparently, it was rumored, the victim of a kidnapping. Or maybe not. Evidently, she had lied to the Albuquerque police about being abducted by a Hispanic man and a Caucasian woman in a van. Oh well, she was probably just ashamed, I said. At least she didn't accuse somebody of raping her.
Only she did, it turned out, and lately it turns out she did so in the most graphic of details. (I sheepishly admit here to wanting to know the entire story, even though I know it is not the truth.) Oh well, I said, the Albuquerque police don't seem to want to charge her, why should anyone else worry about it? After all, she is alive and well, and now safe. Isn't that what we all wanted?
Only people were now becoming more and more incensed by the activities of my latter-day Eris. They were calling for her head on a platter, or at least for community service. But I was adamant. This woman has never gotten in trouble before. Why make such a big deal out of this one admittedly potentially serious error in judgment? After all, nobody was harmed. No unfortunate Hispanic man and Caucasian woman in an unfortunately-convenient-appearing blue van were arrested, harassed, or otherwise harmed. So why not be content that all turned out well?
Only this is not the first time. She has run off twice before. Furthermore, stories began to surface concerning shoplifting arrests and convictions. This woman was no stranger to the courts of her home town of Duluth, Georgia. So perhaps, even a goddess can and should be taught a much-needed lesson.
But I am stubbornly refusing to see reason here. After all, did Jennifer Wilbanks run off with the intention of causing a nationwide manhunt - or womanhunt? Or goddess hunt? I would think not. There are matters of privacy here. After all, this is an adult woman, not a child. As such, she has the right, the last I checked, to go anywhere she wants to go, at any time, with no one’s permission or knowledge. So just who is at fault here? Would this not set a bad precedent? After all, what if a person were to decide to just "get away from it all" for a brief time. Shouldn’t a person have the right to do this, without calling down the weight of local, state, and federal law-enforcement agencies on their heads? To say nothing of the scampering of the news hounds and pundits of the Fox News Network?
And does her family not bear some of the burden of responsibility for this fiasco, for this drain of police and other investigative resources, and public money? After all, they were well aware that Jennifer had pulled this stunt before. They knew that she was indeed troubled. Yet, they gave no indication of this as they trotted out in front of the cameras and urged us to be on the look-out for the person they hinted may have been the victim of foul-play, possibly rape and murder. Though, again, remember, they had "faith" that she would be found alive and well. With our help. So who is it exactly that deserves to be criticized, and even prosecuted?
I know clearly where I stand. Jennifer's parents are well-to-do, pillars of their society, and so when Jennifer got in trouble in the past, I have this strange suspicion it was glossed over, again and again. She took up shoplifting, I would submit, as a way of acting out, of asserting her independence. Or maybe to just have fun, the kind of fun she was held back from as a person who by all rights would be expected to set an example of how the "good" people of a small Southern community are expected to behave. In the course of time, of course, this behavior become an addiction, the same as sex, booze, gambling, or drugs can become ingrained within a person's psyche, to the point where it can take over a person's life, become the most important part of that life, the central focus of it.
No wonder she would want to run away. She has been running away, I would suggest, her entire life. And she will probably continue to run away for the remainder of it. Perhaps it is a good thing that she is now being confronted in such a way that she might be forced to undergo some type of therapy. But for the society at large, no good can come of it, for the simple precedent it sets, as to the reasons for it, as I mentioned before. And just what type of punishment can her family expect? None, I would wager. But should they not bear the responsibility? Did they themselves not perpetrate a hoax on not only their own immediate community, but on society at large, on the entire nation? As of yet, however, no calls have been put forward in demands for their punishment. Which is quite unfair.
And so, I have made a decision. If my new-found "Runaway Goddess" should ever decide to once again "get away from it all, " I have a special place in mind where she can come to. I will gladly entertain her in the manner deserving of a manifestation of the divine feminine. Just for a little while though. Those big wide eyes are kind of scary, you know.
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