You turn on an old faucet that sat idle for ages. Those first gurgles and spurts are the dirty-rusty-gunky water. It takes time before the clear stuff flows … much like our repressed Collective Voice that’s suffered in obscurity far too long on a myriad of issues that now unravel, froth, and foam – big time, in real time. But the clear stuff isn’t yet showing. A great difference this time is the unsettling trine that has blasted through bedrock and rocked our very stasis / perceived places about where on this global playing field we belong; POTUS EXTREMUS, his Tweet-Us, and Us in response to it all.
On first blush our first gush is also a bit rusty, like that faucet. Everyone’s hashing and tagging and lashing out and bragging about their versions of stories old and new, fabricated or true. It’s like Global Group Therapy where everybody spews. On some level that’s good news; healthier to vent than suppress, implode, and then explode.
It was bound to happen as it often does: a worthy movement sprouts from an urgent call whose Voice has been squelched far too long, the longstanding repression of which yields understandable aggression. Anger is a necessary driving force to force the hand and birth these emergent struggles en masse. But the risk is in pendulum-swinging, extremism, finger-pointing, gender-bashing and witch-hunting in this “mind-field of reactivity” that’s already toppled careers of deserving and undeserving alike.
Now comes the whiplash of backlash, whose counter-voice might undermine the wonderful intent behind these vital initiatives. Temperance, nuance, and objectivity are necessary to ride this tsunami of awakening-awareness.
But how do you ask a broken dam to unleash with discretion?
Before we take out our psychological sledgehammers and further whack away, consider the below response from John Bunzl, founder of a stunning new Global Governance initiative called SIMPOL (www.simpol.org) and co-author with Nick Duffell of a compelling new book,The Simpol Solution.
“Because so many men are in positions of power, it appears that all the world’s ills must be down to men – right? But people think this because they misunderstand the nature of power in today’s globalized world. The people at the top of business and governments – usually men – don’t have nearly the freedom of choice that people generally assume. In fact the market in general, and DGC (Destructive Global Competition) in particular, largely dictate what actions executives and politicians must take.
So this misunderstanding of power leads to women believing, not only in a ‘patriarchy of men’ and that everything is therefore men’s fault, but that if only women were in these so-called powerful positions things would be better. No one is denying, of course, that discrimination against women is non-existent. But I imagine that much of it is driven in the first instance by the pressure on executives or politicians to ‘act in the best interests of the company/country’ rather than by any prejudice against women per se. After all, if market competition demands that you keep costs to a minimum, you’re going to do it by any means possible. And if women tend to be more agreeable and so happen to be more inclined to accept lower pay for equal work, then what are you supposed to do? Increase the pay to women, so increasing your costs, reducing profits and potentially making your company uncompetitive? Or reduce the pay of the men in the company and see them all leave overnight?
So the patriarchy exists all right! But it’s not so much one driven by men, but one that’s driven by DGC. And it’s one that oppresses both women and men (and the planet too) #WeToo.”
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September 22, 2013
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