I want to see the Patriarchy topple.
I want to see the Empire fade.
Toward something else. . .
Toward a completely different way of relating with one another and the earth itself.
Keep in mind, when talking about “The Patriarchy” I’m not talking about men themselves. But I am talking about a move away from –
an external ordering of the world, and
an internalized axis in our own thinking where we continually. . .
. . . determine people’s worth based on perceptions of their productivity,
. . . exert power-over one another in dominance, with the assumption that this makes sense and is normative,
. . . abuse and even kill with deep-seated rage once we encounter people’s culture, skin tone, gender, full presence, and full particularity,
. . . wield brute force in violence when marginalized people seek power, freedom, and resources,
. . . view the world through a lens of scarcity and hoard resources with an assumption that greed is reasonable and good.
Ecologist Joanna Macy says that we have come to a juncture in human history where we encounter two very real story lines. The ways we have been living collectively are dangerous to the point that we soon cannot sustain our lives on the earth. She calls this The Great Unraveling. But the great adventure of our time involves the potential reorientation of our lives toward life-giving, sustaining aims. She calls this The Great Turning. I long for this.
I long for the Rise of The Matriarchy.
An ethic of care, where human beings. . .
. . . honor and celebrate people’s worth based on their Humanity,
. . . share power and decision-making with a recognition that horizontal practices and relationships are good for the collective whole of the community (I also know we never arrive at this or practice it perfectly. . . so we keep putting it before ourselves and working at it)
. . . revere the life that we find on the earth and in one another, as we encounter people’s culture, skin tone, gender, full presence, and full particularity,
. . . dismantle systems that marginalize human beings, so that all people can have access to empowerment, freedom, and resources,
. . . view the world through a lens of abundance and willfully share resources, with an assumption that greed limits our empathy and our very life, and a realization that care with and among neighbors increases our compassion and our very life.
We can find particular places and particular moments of time where these are all happening. Jesus seemed to believe that a little bit of yeast can leaven the entire bread.
When we see glimpses of The Great Turning, we can lean into them with our gratitude, our intentions, and our own actions.
I long for this rise.
Good Bones (by Maggie Smith)
This is the second post in a series about feminist spirituality. Feel free to check out the others as well: