The presence of violence has been considered normal in our world for millennia. Warfare, aggression, the use of guns and other weaponry to enact perceived justice are all staples of a world ruled by patriarchal principles. And while there may be times that an aggressive response is necessary, it doesn’t have to be the norm. In fact, if we are to survive, it can’t be our norm any longer. We have to step away from violence as our answer.
In ancient times, many civilizations existed in peace. Conflict wasn’t their automatic response to life. Instead, they lived in harmony with each other and nature. They valued love, community, and the sanctity of life. They rejoiced in sharing and viewed all people as equals. Yet lately it seems we’ve forgotten that any of this is remotely possible.
I think that’s because the desire for a peaceful and equal coexistence is an expression of the feminine principle. It’s the yin energy to the patriarchal yang. And while we all carry it within us, the feminine principle is missing in our world today because we greatly undervalue it. In fact, in many ways, we dismiss it.
In a patriarchy, it isn’t cool to think of the greater good or seek out compromise. It’s far better to win, to be the victor, the popular or idolized star, than to support the good of a group. Yet the quiet wisdom of the feminine principle is exactly what we desperately need. In fact, it’s probably the only hope we have to reclaim balance in our world and stop the craziness of violence.
To start, we need to include the attributes of the feminine principle in our global and local decision-making. Caring, compassion, kindness, and equality need to be more important than financial gain and separateness. Gentleness needs to be more important than might and strength. The good of the group needs to be more important than the wealth of the few.
We can’t ignore this out-of-balance craziness in our world any longer. If we can once again embrace the feminine wisdom that emphasized peace, our world and our lives will truly be transformed. Can we step away from violence and embrace the love of all?
I’m ready, how about you?
Seek Balance: Is peace on earth an important goal for you? How much are you willing to change in and around you to obtain it?
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