The feminine qualities of compassion and cooperation, in which women excel, are more in tune with the rapid evolution of the planet’s consciousness than the aggressive, competitive qualities of men. The world’s consciousness has changed a great deal in the last hundred years. In 1916, war was the default method of solving disputes between nations. Today, one hundred years later, civilized people consider war an aberration. Once the current crop of old men who run the planet die off, the more enlightened generations taking their place will be increasingly less likely to send other people’s children to their deaths on the battlefield. The old men who disproportionately fill our governments and corporate boardrooms grew up in a milieu of male supremacy. They believe that humanity is destined to continue the racist, sexist, nationalistic culture of their fathers, one of “might makes right” and “the survival of the fittest.” In that old, dying culture, it made sense that women would take a second-class position. Fortunately, women, and a few men, have embraced compassion as the default approach to people unlike themselves.
The title of this blog post is intended to get the reader’s attention, but the truth is that, while the primary motivations of women are superior to those of men, in other ways the sexes are equal, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. The differences that remain today are the result of defective education. Today, many girls are being educated to be the equals of men, but most cultures continue to allow boys to grow up thinking they are little princes who can do no wrong, even when they suppress or abuse women.
The two sexes are the two wings of the bird of humanity, one that will not soar until both wings, though different, are equally strong. Women are superior in some ways while men are superior in others. Neither exists without the other, so to argue strongly for either sex is neither scientifically accurate nor helpful.
Why do so many people see women as inferior?
From a spiritual and social perspective, women have been the genesis of most of the good in humanity for the last ten thousand years while men have mostly been causing wars and building monuments to themselves. True, men have invented some helpful devices and improved our understanding of science, but their bad behavior outweighs the good.
Men have vigorously maintained the milieu of male superiority which began, one might suppose, in prehistory when a man’s physical strength was important, enabling him to feed and protect his family. This milieu became ingrained in the consciousness of both men and women, then morphed into a cultural hatred of women who were believed to be an evil influence that drove virtuous men to sinful acts. In males, this hatred manifested itself as a false sense of superiority while, for females, it produced abuse, poor self-esteem and hopelessness. Today, when we allow it to do so, this milieu colors our perceptions and our reactions. If you look through a colored glass long enough, it becomes invisible; you think you are seeing reality rather than distorted colors. For many women and men, their perceived reality is a world in which the feminine qualities of cooperation and compassion are seen through the lens of male superiority.
Regarding the first point, women have been mostly invisible in history. Because they were regarded as cattle, no one recorded their vital roles as mothers, spiritual guides and educators, instilling virtues in their daughters and sons, even their communities. It is easy to ignore their gentle but primal influence, especially if one has accepted male superiority as an undeniable fact, and accumulating wealth as the only criteria by which to measure progress. While we may unfairly blame our mothers for all our phobias and neuroses, whatever compassion any of us are able to manifest is likely a result of our mother’s influence and that of our female ancestors going back over the centuries. Our mothers demonstrated compassion throughout our early years, through our potty-training, and our “terrible twos.” Compassion is underrated in most cultures, yet it may be the one criteria by which we can measure the efflorescence of the approaching world enlightenment.
If we remove the male-superiority-tinted glasses through which we have been viewing our world and its history, the earlier contributions of women appear more significant. Without the distortion of those glasses, the spiritual growth of humanity comes into focus. We see a better planet, one that is growing toward peace and prosperity for all humanity.
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