This is a huge shakeup and while I am excited about all the changes our society is undergoing, I am deeply saddened by them. Revolution is never easy and as the veil is pulled back on all this clandestine activity, I am reminded of the human condition and subsequent human frailty. This is big…much bigger than we realize and while I’m glad there is an opportunity to have conversations about the treatment of women in the workplace, I know the conversations are incomplete. It isn’t just in the workplace. Women are devalued all around the world…sometimes even in their own homes. My hat’s off to the brilliant creatures who give birth, feed, clothe, check homework, clean house all the while holding down full time jobs and/or going to school. Oftentimes with very little support from their spouses. I’m filled with awe and admiration every time I see a mother. They give so much in what can sometimes be a thankless job; never garnering the respect they deserve for being the seed bearers of life on this planet. Never being recognized for their dedication and strength. Women are still servants to men throughout the world…dishonored, forced into prostitution, sold as property in arranged marriages, harems etc. And let’s not forget about the horror of genital mutilation still practiced in some parts of the world. To me, this conversation goes way beyond sexual harassment in the workplace, which is a very big deal and a great start. And I applaud all the corporations who are supporting the change by having a zero tolerance for such behavior, but I fear that in a few years, all this ‘story’ will die down and people will once again return to the habits and practices that are such a big part of our culture…money, sex and power. Sexual harassment, our thirst to be beautiful or powerful or to be valued more than someone else are just symptoms of our worship of those three false gods. If we really want change, we must shift our focus. Nothing wrong with money, nothing wrong with sex. It is the relentless pursuit of those things and the false belief that they will offer us something they can’t that is the problem. It is placing emphasis and value on something outside of ourselves more than recognizing the sacredness of our own human life that is the problem. It is not respecting the sacred spark that is in all human beings that is really the problem. And we can teach children that. Our generation is what it is. Progress will be slow but some change will ultimately come in our lifetime. But for the next generation we can wipe out sexual harassment not just by teaching them that it is wrong but by teaching them to value ALL human life and to start with their own. Love is the beginning of foundational change.
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