I have worked for corporations. You have too, right?
As a result of deeply thinking about the problems inherent in this system, I have been using a variation of this word for a while now to describe what corporations do in putting women and PWP's (People Without Power) "in our place". The entire system is based on treating the people "below" you as if they are your children; instruct them, punish them, but never ever treat them like fellow adults.
And I felt like a voice calling out in the wilderness. I'm really not, but the feeling persisted. Then, yesterday, I came across an article on LinkedIn and it's fookin' brilliant!
Here is an excerpt:
"Eisler argues that until western societies abandon hierarchical, unequal, male-dominated societies founded on acquisition and consumption far beyond our needs, in exchange for equality and sharing the earth’s resources sustainably and equitably, war and its crushing toll will continue without end.
War, concludes Eisler, is not the rule. It reflects a recent arrest and reversal in social development. Humanity is currently locked in infantilism, fascinated with bobbles, squabbling over toys. With such insight, a return to the peaceful, egalitarian garden of our Neolithic forbearers is neither crazy nor naïve. It’s entirely possible."
Do you know that moment when something expresses your very thoughts with such elegance and matter-of-factness that you jump up and start yelling YES! YES! YES!
Yeah, that's what happened with this article! It has inspired me to dream EVEN BIGGER!
I am one of those human beings who has dedicated my ramshackle life to living fully authentically, to the best of my ability, and to applying daily the spiritual principles, in which I deeply and after much testing do believe, to my living of a life in a far from spiritual social environment!
Often I wonder if I'm completely insane even to try. But I won't stop. And here comes this man and writes this incredible article and I am left saying, "I. WAS. RIGHT!" All along, I was right, which simply means that I am strengthened in my insights and my exploration, and I am not alone in wanting to have a world that is based on mutual care and support rather than on all of this insane greed and infantilization of anything that is feared, like - oh - women, the feminine power of synthesis and empathy, and sharing the wealth (all KINDS of wealth, from money to love)...
Women are the answer to our world's woes, because we see the world from a different viewpoint than men do. We are not in the entitled position that men occupy just by dint of their not having to prove on a daily basis that they have the right to be listened to, the right to be respected or admired, the right not to expect to be raped if they walk outside late at night. We have learned to read the signs - all kinds of signs. Emotional signs, energy signs, political signs of the lands we walk, personally and professionally. We have learned to be careful. We have learned to keep our angers inside - to know that we live in an unjust landscape but not to retaliate.
But the greatest thing we CAN learn is that the drive for wholeness that so many of us want is a now-achievable dream, in part because the jig is UP! We are all just beginning to see that this infantilization of "the other" is a game of fear that we have ingested - taken in day after day like spoiled chicken or bad milk.
But what went down, can come up. We may have ingested our second-class citizenry at birth and every day since, but now that we are not in fact infants, we can do powerful actions: we can QUESTION the reality of these social put-downs we have been trained to just "live with"; we can DARE TO REJECT behaviors and assumptions that we don't feel reflect who we truly are; we can TALK about these assumptions and beliefs and feelings and make a decision to hold ourselves and one another, together, to NEW modes of expectation and behavior.
It is a brand new day, we are not crazy for dreaming, and we'd be crazy not to adhere to behaving in ways that reflect our STRENGTHS, VISIONS, TRUE SELVES, and OUR INTRINSIC ADULT EXISTENCE.
Women's Leadership Coach and Speaker Lori is the author of Call Center Crazy and The Human Solution: Human Solutions to Every "Unsolvable" Business Problem,
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