Yin and Yang

It is not only individuals that suffer when their differences are not valued, the wellbeing of humanity as a whole suffers when complementary polarities in life are out of balance.
Traditionally natural yin and yang qualities have been perceived by society as feminine or masculine.

These have previously been labeled as follows:
Yin or Feminine        Yang or Masculine
Subjective relating        Objective questioning
Affirming                           Challenging
Nurturing                          Competing
Conserving                       Creating
Receptivity                      Assertiveness
Affect                                  Logic
Unifying                             Separating
Collective                          Discriminating
Natural                               Spiritual

The reality is that humanity has evolved past any of these being identified as gender attributes. The image of male as hunter/warrior is no more valid than male as poet/pacifist. Nor is the image of the female as nurturer more valid than female as prophet of social change.

The challenge of our day is the bringing together of these polarities at every level and in every structure of our society. The victim that loses most from an attitude that discriminates against values traditionally labeled feminine is society itself and ultimately the kingdom of God on Earth.

It is balance that is needed, it doesn’t matter which gender brings which quality into any area of society, so long as they are all valued enough to bring balance into every aspect of life.

About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of eleven, great-grandmother of five. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator; Presently part time Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for Architect husband of fifty-nine years.

Posted on February 21, 2013, in Political, Spiritual and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi, I loved this post of yours, it brought out a good point. A BALANCE IN ALL THE DIVERSITY! That’ s what we actually need! If there is no balance we need to make it balanced!

    And I am more happy to read your “About Me” part! Really felt you are a wonderful and blessed person, you have understood Yin and Yang well!!
    However, I can’t believe you are a great-great-grandmother 😮

    By the way, if U can, plz leave a comment for my short story, let me know what others think about it

  2. Thank you, Mridula. Glad this struck a chord for you. It actually was an except from comments that an official committee of women, that I was a member of, were asked to make on the first draft of the American Catholic Bishops Pastoral on Women in the Church. Unfortunately, no one listened! I parted ways with the hierarchy of the church, though I find many Catholic writers on Spirituality are a rich treasure for all of us.

    I will read and comment of your short story now that I see the how to get to it.

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