Brian’s Reflection: Thursday, March 15, 2012
[ The Ides ]
It is not women's liberation,
it is women's and men's liberation.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice
of the US Supreme Court; she was born
on this date, 1933, at Brooklyn NY
Is this “theological”. Oh yes … in spades!
In America, and in many other “places” including Islamic and Judaic as well as Mormon, Evangelical and Pentecostal and Roman Catholic Christianity, Scripture is interpreted through the lens of Patriarchy. So let me be clear: Patriarchy is a construct of male politics … not of God, not of Jesus, as I understand it in my heart and mind, and through forty years of theological reflection and of reflection.
Wagner understood the Reality. Zeus and Hera were the Male and Female aspects of the human construct of Deity. Both had power … and both strove to exert their power. At optimal they were equal … though at times one “ascended” and at times the other. That is the way the process goes … but the underlying Reality remains Equality.
The full nature of Humanity is manifest in Male and Female together. Neither is inferior. And Humanity is “created in the image of God”. “Liberation” can’t be for one without the other. If Male is not liberated, then Female is not … and vice versa. Madam Ginsburg has hit the proverbial nail on the head. May I add a bit of personal agenda/insight here? : Gayfolk are symbols of the need to see this Unity in the perceived Duality.
If Woman and Man are not equal, they are neither of them free to be who they are. Just look around the World today and see the horror that is created when we get this wrong. Men denied their true nature; women demeaned and excluded from making the full contribution to our shared humanity and World civilization. Not only is there pain and sorrow, there is the retardation of spiritual growth … a wallowing in diminished Humanity.
Get the point??
Let’s move forward. Peace lies there.