“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us.
And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon
Almost everyone is familiar with the iconic song, Imagine, by John Lennon. Often described as the ultimate ballad for peace, it’s a poignant suggestion that we imagine a world without war. But it also asks that we imagine a world without countries, a world where we all live as one. I think that makes it the ultimate ballad for reclaiming balance!
A focus on oneness, on the greater good, is one of the hallmarks of the feminine principle. The masculine principle focuses on separateness and the “rights” of the individual person, or individual country. Of course, individual rights are truly necessary in our world for both people and nations. But because almost all of our cultures are patriarchies, we swing more toward individual rights and less toward working together for a common cause, be that environmental sustainability or peace.
In fact, while the masculine principle might define peace as an absence of war, I think the feminine principle would define peace as a state of harmony where all parts come together as a beautiful and beneficial whole. It’s a wonderful dream. I hope we can make it more than a dream; I hope we can make it a reality by reclaiming the balance our cultures lack. Care to join us?
Seek Balance: Is it easy for you to focus on the greater good instead of your individual needs?
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