In ” The Woman Who Dared to Drive”, Wall Street Journal, March 23-24, 2013, the author describes the harsh reaction of the al-Saud ruling government to a woman, Manal al-Sharif, who broke the custom of the kingdom that women are not permitted to drive. Ms al-Sharif was arrested and detained in prison for over a week and was released only after her father personally pleaded with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah for a pardon and pledged to forbid his daughter ever to drive again in the kingdom.
These events can only make sense from a functional energetic perspective. On one hand there is a woman who wants to exercise her right to drive a motor vehicle. On the other is a rigidly authoritarian social order that is based on repression of women in particular and on sexual repression in general. The strict authoritarian order must maintain its control over people by imposing absolute moral rules of social conduct. These rules function to contain enormous quantities of destructive energy that are bound up in people’s character and muscular armor because that armor prevents them from naturally expressing their emotions socially. Once these rules are liberalized the flood gates of destructive human emotions will be unleashed and bring about what will amount to an “Arab Spring” for the kingdom, a highly destructive and chaotic situation similar to that which has recently engulfed many other Muslim nations in the area.
Because Saudi Arabian society is on the socio-political extreme right, black fascists (emotional plague characters) on the right can easily infiltrate and exert control over social policy in the kingdom further increasing the degree of its social rigidity. The solution to Ms al-Sharif’s problem is not liberalization of Saudi custom but an understanding of and addressing the Saudi pople’s underlying emotional plague that makes it necessary.