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In Search of Peace

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 … Continue reading

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There’s No Way Around It People: We’re All One

Whenever something as gruesome as the June 17th Charleston church shootings occurs, I can’t help but wonder how a heinous event like that can still happen in our country. Haven’t we all grown past this level of hate? Haven’t we … Continue reading

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Unbalanced: Prejudice, Ignorance, and the Other

“Prejudice is the child of ignorance.” There is wisdom in this quote beyond the obvious. Clearly, even in a patriarchy, prejudice and ignorance are not desirable, yet they are widespread in our world. Not only do we find them everywhere, … Continue reading

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The Fragility of Peace

  This quote from David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas, really intrigues me. On the one hand, history shows us that peace can be difficult to maintain in patriarchal cultures where physical altercations are deemed inevitable and war is often just … Continue reading

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Peace vs. TV

  I love this quote! What can I say, it’s just so perfectly pithy. Pure John Lennon. And of course, I think it’s pretty true, at least for our country. I suspect it doesn’t work as well in some countries … Continue reading

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Would You Change the World?

The idea of changing the world has always appealed to me. Not that I think Earth’s such a bad place. I really don’t. Our planet is a sparkling gem in a sea of stars. What I believe needs to change … Continue reading

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Is Patriarchy Inevitable?

Some say patriarchy is inevitable because primates are patriarchal species; it’s in our wiring to create male-dominant cultures where violence is the norm.  But that’s not true.  Deep in the forests of Africa is a recently discovered (late last century) … Continue reading

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