Man has tried all other relationships. They did well for a time, but now only one relationship can be of any help. All other relationships look a little faint and dull. As man grows in understanding, in maturity, many things happen that go on changing his own world vision.
For example, after Freud, it is very difficult to call God “the Mother”, because ninety-nine percent of mental problem exist because of the mother. Now, Freud has to be reckoned with, Freud has to be taken in. You cannot neglect him; he has happened. Before Freud, “mother” was an absolutely pure concept. Nobody then had ever thought that the world was neurotic because of the mother; nobody had ever gone into it. It was taken for granted that the relationship of the mother and the child was the most divine, spiritual relationship. “There is nothing like it. It is the purest love” – that was thought before Freud. After Freud, things are totally different. And you cannot go on neglecting Freud, because he has some truth in him; it is not just fiction.
Man’s problem – almost ninety-nine percent – exists because of the mother. Now the mother has become the source of all neurosis, schizophrenia, psychosis, madness, suicide, murder. How can you call God “Mother” anymore? It will be difficult.
After Marx, Engels and others; “father” is no more a natural relationship; it is institutional. Father has come because of private property. It is economical; it has nothing to do with love. And once the economic structure of the society changes, once there is no more private property in the world, father is going to disappear.
You will be surprised to know that uncle is an older word than father. Uncle existed first, then father. And sooner or later uncle will exist again and father will disappear.
People will live communes. The child will never know who his father is, but he will know that all the people who are of his father’s age are uncles. And have you watched it? The relationship with the uncle is always lovely. It is never so lovely with the father. With the uncle the child has a friendship. It is always beautiful. It is very difficult to find a bad relationship between the child and the uncle; it is always a happy relationship. What is the matter? With the father there is possessiveness, with the uncle there is no possessiveness. The uncle cares, just like the father, but without possessing. He is not authoritative; friendship is possible.
If the word father disappears, then for the first time God will be called Uncle. Nobody has yet called him Uncle, but things change.
To me, father is institutional, because in nature he doesn’t exist. Mother exists, mother is more natural. So religions who call God Mother, are more natural religions. But that too is not possible because of Freud. Freud has looked deep into the mother and has found that all those fictions of the “spiritual relationship” and “pure love” etcetera are all nonsense. Mother has to be transformed and changed, otherwise the world will remain neurotic forever.