Friday, March 20, 2015

In patriarchy man separates from earth, emulating some aloof and disconnected Sky God of his own creation.


“Patriarchy divides life into higher and lower categories, labeled “spirit” versus “nature,” or “mind” versus “matter” –and typically in this alienated symbolism, the superior “spirit/mind” is male (and/or white), while the inferior “nature/matter” is female (and/or black). This false dualistic symbolism arises from an enforced order of male domination. With the aid of such phallic psychology, men can then go about the earth raping nature, exploiting resources and human labor, manipulating and “improving” her with technological-mechanical inventions and “progressive goals.” In patriarchy man separates from earth, emulating some aloof and disconnected Sky God of his own creation, and this intellectual separation makes him feel “free” to devastate the natural world without any sense that I belongs to a common ecosystem with himself. He exploits “it,” totally alienated from the fact of his own continuity with “it.” For the deluded profit of the few, and the existential pain of the many, patriarchy exists by destroying the original holism.” –Monica Sjoo & Barbara Mor, The Great Cosmic Mother

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