…It is an issue of society’s disconnect from that which is sacred.

Since the coming of Christendom, and possibly even further back in history, western civilizations, in particular, have been in a state of spiritual decline. This has, in effect, cut us off from our higher awareness and left us desensitized to the spiritual undercurrent of life.

For centuries, humanity has been taught that certain segments of society are lesser than others, be it women who are blamed for the fall of man in the Christian creed, or by whatever social norms dictated the day. But it was not always this way, at least not for all cultures at all times in their history.

In ages past, despite the hardships of a more primitive way of life, peoples all over the world, including the indigenous populations of Europe, have held a deep reverence for that which we call Spirit. They knew that all life was sacred, from the rocks and the earth, the plants and the trees, the sea and sky, to the animals and even humankind itself. Everything had its place in the grand scheme of things, both in life and in death. Male, female, the young and the old, the warrior and the sage, the worker in the fields and the chiefly class. All were valued that had something to offer to the whole. Elders were revered for their wisdom, gained by long years of experience; Children for their innocence and potential for the future; women for their life bearing abilities and nurturing nature, men for the part they play in the continuation of life and for their role as a protector and provider in those hunter-gatherer days. These traditional roles carried on even into the agricultural era. But the thing that stands out as a prevailing theme is the awareness that all was viewed as sacred, and that is what we are missing in our world now.

Social movements, such as feminism, are merely symptoms of a greater imbalance — that of soul. In our secular world, we have lost our connection to that spiritual undercurrent and to the very earth itself. We no longer acknowledge the sacredness of life and the world in which we live. We no longer see the divine in each other, and as a result, disease of the body, mind and soul set in, leading us down paths of decadence, where self-destructive impulses reign. As a society, we rot from the inside out.

The cure to our ailments isn’t more “us against them”, men vs. women, black vs. white, etc, etc. The cure to what ails us is a reconnect to our higher selves and to that spiritual flow of life. Reconnect to nature by spending time in quiet contemplation in settings like forests, by lakes or rivers, mountains, or anywhere that speaks to you. Discover your true self and your higher purpose in this realm, and acknowledge the divinity in others, even if they still haven’t figured it out for themselves. We are all struggling to find our way in life, so don’t allow judgement and hatred to settle into your heart for those who stumble and fall or lose their way. Instead, develop a sense of compassion and understanding for others, as well as for yourself. If we want to, we can change this world for the better, but that change must start from within, and for that to happen, we must put aside our anger and our judgement, and learn to listen with our hearts, even when it is hard to do. Make friends of your enemies by giving them the space to speak and express their fears and troubles, without judging. Learn to express your own feelings without insulting those you disagree with. Try to see the good in others, and always remember that we each have a purpose in this life, if we would only take that first step.

Well, that’s my WordPress contribution of the day, for what it’s worth. I hope at least one person will find something of value in this post, but by no means do I claim to have all the answers. This was just something that came to me at a time of heightened awareness recently, and I felt it is something I should share.

Now, go enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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20 thoughts on “It’s Not an Issue of Gender Inequality…

  1. You speak the truth. The current morass of civilization is simply we lost our way, we lost our connection with the spiritual energy of our world. It won’t be easy to get back and most never will, but not trying means it is lost forever.

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      1. Yes indeed. I think unrealistic has become our new realism. Speaking of that, I just put up a very naughty post totally influenced by your recommendations over time. You will definitely recognize our handy work.

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      2. Oh cool! I’ll check it out in the morning! Right now it’s way past my bed time, so I really must sleep. Btw, I’m going to start trying to apply ayurvedic principles to my diet, which means the whole household will be along for the ride, since I do most of the cooking. Should be interesting. I found a booth at I think will be really helpful. Night night!

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      1. Ya, to a point. I’ve managed to see a bit of the world, mostly parts of America and also Germany by just up and moving to new places rather than taking vacations. Strangely, moving to a new place is a lot easier for me.

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  2. I see what you’re getting at here, but I have to disagree. The hunter-gatherer men who you speak so fondly of did not necessarily see the divine in the women they ‘protected’. It is easy to romanticise eras of which we have little evidence. There is nothing to say that those hunter-gatherer men did not rape and beat those hunter-gatherer women daily. Sexual and racial discrimination have long been practiced by people claiming to be in touch with the sacred and spiritual. Spiritual decline is necessary, not a problem. Spirituality and sacredness need to take their place alongside myth and folklore as impotent remnants of a time when humans knew very little about the world. As we discover more and more about the objective nature of our reality, it becomes easier and easier to dispense with the myths and legends that once ‘explained’ our existence. This is not to say that we should not treat one another as beautiful, magnificent creatures. We should. We should not, however, treat each other as Gods. While some of us sit in quiet contemplation by a river, there are others who are happy to do harm to people based on their genitals or the colour of their skin. I am not saying that we should hate racists and sexists, but we certainly should not sit back and let them do harm to their hearts’ content. Thank you for sparking this interesting discussion. Hope I haven’t bored you too much with my rant. Have a good one 🙂

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    1. By no means do I think anyone should sit back and do nothing when there are real atrocities being committed. In that I agree with you. I also don’t mean to say we should treat each other as gods, but have reverence and respect for the beauty of creation in all it’s forms, be it woman or man, or any other aspect of nature. Spirituality should not be pushed aside, in my opinion, and more and more, science itself is starting to discover the interconnectedness of all life and energy. Quantum physics has come a long way to proving that our world, indeed the universe, is far more complex than the science of years past would have us believe. It will take time to shift this secular view of reality into a more balanced one, but that doesn’t change the nature of our world. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience, not the other way around. Of course, you are free to believe otherwise, but I do hope you will open you mind to other possibilities before simply writing them off. Regarding ancient civilizations, you can’t lump all cultures and tribes into one category. There were those who would have treated their people, male and female, with dignity, and those who did not. Even in our modern world, the same applies. Parts of the world treat men and women, and also ethnic groups, fairly and other parts abuse certain segments of the society. There are still tribal peoples living in remote parts of the world, much as they have for generations, letting the rest of the world pass them by. It would be interesting to compare how they treat members of their tribes and their spirituality and connectedness to the modern western world.
      Anyway, you didn’t bore me, and part of the point of my post was to hopefully open up a dialogue. So, I hope you don’t take any offense to my words, as that’s not my intent, and I welcome your views on such topics. Thank you for commenting.

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  3. I don’t take offence at all. You make some very good points. To be honest I didn’t get my points across very well due to a high blood alcohol content 😂. I didn’t mean to suggest that spiritual people would necessarily sit back and let atrocities occur or that ancient civilizations consisted exclusively of racists and rapists. My point was simply that the aim of progress in society should be to minimise these violent tendencies. Evidence from the last 50 or so years suggests that we are making some progress in this regard (although brexit, trump and the rise of the right in europe do not bode well). It seems to me that along with societal progress, there is a tendency toward secularisation. I do not think of myself as close-minded, but rather as evidence-responsive. I do not feel the love of God flowing through my veins but I do feel awe at the beauty of the universe when I read an essay on things like cosmology or nature. I have no problem with spirituality but it seems to me that when spiritual people get together (religion), there is a tendency for minority groups to be excluded or even persecuted (crusades, sharia law, westboro baptists etc.) Personally, I find beauty and meaning in discovering the truth about reality through evidence-based investigation. It is true that science is discovering more and more that the universe is more complicated than we had believed. The difference between science and spirituality in my view though is that while science attempts to unravel and understand these complexities, the spiritual person tends to accept them as God’s mysterious plan. Anyway, thanks for the interesting and civil discussion. They’re hard to find on the internet 😊 If you’re looking for simple articles on developments in science and climate change please visit my blog at https://adambolandblog.com (don’t worry, there’s no religion rants on it 😂

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    1. No worries. I get what you’re trying to say. The problem with the word spiritual is it is an umbrella term that can be taken in many ways. My meaning for spirituality is more along the lines of a person’s personal experiences in a natural context, not one of religion. I’m also wary of religion for the very reasons you expressed. Dogma is the exact opposite of spirituality. My father tried to lecture me about not being Christian once. We were out at his cabin in the woods, and I gestured to all that beauty around me and said this is my religion, this is where I find my connection to the great spirit. There was no point explaining in any detail my actual beliefs, but it is true that my spiritual experience derives very much from my connection to nature. I think we need another word to steer clear of misconceptions! Haha!
      I’d be happy to check out your blog. Thanks for the invitation!

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      1. Ah well it seems like we’re on the same page. If your idea of spirituality is appreciation of nature then colour me spiritual 😂 It’s the dogma i take issue with. Glad we’ve cleared that up

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