August 14th, 2015

Answer for question 4484.

Do you generally point out the mistakes people make, or do you quietly let it go? What's one mistake people make that drives you crazy?
Language was made for people, not people for language (apology for the near plagarism). Does the grammar mistake reach the level that it distorts the intent of the communication? If not, why bother.

Is Sexual Slavery The New Chastity?

After spending a few hours nursing my horror at reading how the wannabe Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant uses women ( ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape - The New York Times ) i started to speculate about how complicit i am as a male living in  a  hierarchical, patriarchial society in this and other atrocities against women and girls.

There seems to be a continuum of evil that ranges from casual (or even " sacred ") murder and rape to the treatment of ordinary women by ordinary men in situations that barely budge an eyebrow in other than the most committed feminists.

I think that i could make a case for saying  that there is  no  sharp  and  clear dividing  line between gynycide and mansplaining.  Simply a range of abuses and diistinctions that range from petty to inexcusable depending on a person or group's points of view.  To  say that such a continuum is not a potential "slippery slope" is to subtract all  validity from that notion.  The lifting up of the male at the expense of the female seems to be a standard feature of almost any society that has discovered the niceties of the division of labor.  Social control of sexism's worst abuses , it seems to me, depends on control of hierarchy itself.

A List Of Teachers (Partial)

Harvey is a scholar of mystic traditions. He envisions true spirituality to be the divinisation of earthly life through spiritual practice. These practices can take many forms and can be taken from religious traditions. Harvey sees six poets and religious figures as having universal appeal:

Buddha as portrayed in the Dhammapada

Jesus as portrayed in the Gospel of Thomas

Rumi, a 13th century Sufi poet

Kabir, a 15th century Indian poet

Ramakrishna, a 19th century Hindu sadhu

Aurobindo, a 20th century Hindu philosopher-sage

Harvey also emphasises the Divine Feminine, as expressed in the Virgin Mary, Kali, the Black Madonna and Mother Earth.

Andrew Harvey (religious writer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But no actual, historical, flesh and blood women?  Hmmmm
Not even Mother Meera?  Or Dorothy Walters?
Could all those  great male teachers  have failed to teach Harvey something?