This blog, Reclaiming Balance, grew from my deep concern that our world is drastically out of balance in ways we don’t see. Really, we are teetering on the brink of social, economical, and environmental destruction. Personally, I find that kind of scary.
I believe the root of this imbalance lies in the fact that most cultures in our world are patriarchies. Sadly, we think that’s desirable, okay, even “normal.” But it’s not. By definition, a patriarchy is out of balance.
Patriarchy: the control by men of a disproportionately large share of power. (Merriam-Webster.com)
But hey, I was raised in a patriarchy and for years I used to accept it was normal for men to have the greatest access to political and financial power, for women to be the ones who cared for home and family, and for God to be male. Even worse, I believed that the ends justified the means and if you’re going to play the game, you play to win.
These are all attributes of a patriarchy, but like most of us, I didn’t understand. I was, figuratively speaking, a fish who didn’t understand the water in which she swam. I couldn’t see the patriarchy was out of balance because it was all I knew. But after years of study, and writing my novel, The Goddess Letters, I really do see the water now. I want to share what I’ve learned so we can work together on Reclaiming Balance.