Yesterday while sharing on Facebook the cavalcade of emotions that have been running through my body of late (anxiety, panic, deep grief, depression, paralysis, irritability, all-out rage), it seems I hit a nerve. An outpouring of women responded with similar feelings. Yes, all who responded are empathic and sensitive to the energies of the world, but beyond this, I believe we were speaking from the place of our own disgust, disappointment, hurt, frustration, feelings of helplessness, impatience and flat out anger over the state of the world in which we are living.
The way our world is today SUCKS. As women (along with the men who are walking the way of the Divine with us) we know there is a better way and we are DAMN tired of being ignored, threatened, silenced, put down, punished, beaten, raped and even killed for speaking and trying to live what we know. We KNOW that the hierarchical/patriarchal world based in fear, power and control doesn’t work.
We also know that that world is in the midst of its own collapse and that a new world is seeking to be born. We know what the new world looks like and how to build it, if ANYONE WOULD LET US SPEAK!
Instead, we’re accused of being crazy, shit-disturbers, heretics, blasphemers, witches and whores for carrying the vision of a better, more loving, kinder, gentler world. Or worse, we’ve been patted on the head for having such silly, frivolous visions, because “everyone knows the only way to live in this world is through force, conflict, violence and war….it’s always been this way and it will never change.” To this we say BULLSHIT!
We know that it has not always been this way. We know that is doesn’t have to remain this way. Deep in the center of our beings (and in the center of YOUR being if you are paying attention), we know there is another way.
For where has this hierarchical/patriarchal/capitalistic/consumeristic world gotten us? It has gotten us to exactly where we are today, “enjoying” a world in which for everyone but the 1% of the 1%, everything SUCKS!
- The world itself is dying from the violence we have done to her.
- We live under the constant threat of global war.
- We are living in a constant state of war right here on our own shores! The violence we are waging against each other is worse than any terrorism that might come from a foreign shore.
- Millions of people are without access to quality healthcare.
- Education is dying.
- Millions of people are starving, homeless, struggling just for basic subsistence.
- Our economy sucks. Billions of people are in debt and will likely never recover from that debt.
- Despite what the news says, unemployment and underemployment are more than serious concerns.
I could go on and on, but you get the gist. There are no benefits in a world based in fear, power and control unless you are the one in the position of power. As women we know that not one among those few are women. For people of color, the realization is even more dire, for not only are there no women holding these positions of power, there are no men.
Again, we know a better way. But, we live in a world where no one cares to listen.
First among those who are deaf to our pleas are those who benefit from the current culture of fear, power and control – rich, white men and those living under the umbrella of their privilege.
Second are those who know things are bad, who feel the sense of unease over the current state of the world, but who choose to look away lest they be called on to do something about it.
Third are those who feel the extent of their powerlessness and have become paralyzed by a culture which has made them this way – the poor, immigrants, people of color, those who have become marginalized because of their ancestry, gender, orientation, religion, etc.
This is why we are pissed! We are tired of living in a world rooted in fear, power and control where only those who hold the gold make the rules and only those in power benefit. We are tired of living in a world defined by conflict and violence. We are sick to death of living in a world where our value is determined by what we have produced, how much money we make, our position of status or power. As women, we are tired of being valued only for what we do for (or how we look on the arm of ) our men. We are sick of cultures and systems that do not value the sacred earth on which we live – the very planet upon which we are dependent for our survival. We are tired of living in fear. We are tired of having to scream, shout, beg for our own needs to be met and the needs of our children – basic human needs for food, clothing, shelter, access to quality healthcare, a good education, meaningful work and GODDAMNIT…..SUPPORT! We cannot do this alone and we are damn sick of doing it alone! Women are pissed and we have a damn good reason for being pissed!
We are tired of not being valued for our uniquely feminine way of moving about this world. We long for a world free of violence, hatred, ignorance, fear and separation. We long for a world where every human being is honored and valued for who they are as uniquely gifted individuals. We cry out for a world that supports (rather than tearing down) people in knowing what their unique gifts are and for a world that empowers them to live that out. We yearn for a world where things are gentle – where we can walk softly upon this earth and find that tender balance between nurturing ourselves and our own needs, enjoying the company of family and friends, meaningful work, and exuberant play. We crave beauty. We want opportunities for learning. We want to be happy, healthy and whole. Sadly, none of this is possible in the current world we are living unless you are one of the privileged few. And the privileged few and those who benefit from the world they have created want us to believe that this vision we hold of a kinder, gentler world are simply the ravings of a mad woman.
Damn right we are mad! And it’s likely that you should be too! Is this seriously the world you want to live in? If not, goddamn it, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Put the energy of that rage into action. Start working for change. POSITIVE, NON-VIOLENT change. Gather those of like mind. Support each other is speaking and acting out. Uplift each other for your unique gifts. Do the world of BEING and LIVING love in our world. Because, if you/we don’t do it…..who will?