Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Society and the Soul

A conversation that we must have in gender equality is why men continue to be reared as predators rather than as the fully functioning humans with the same abilities to control their animal instincts as women were raised with for many millenia. Why do women continue labeling themselves as victims when they, by their  acts of irresponsible sex, make themselves and their progeny a drain on responsible society. It seems that in our liberated society we came to a point where we decided that if we couldn't beat the men we would join them. we must go forward to a new honesty and acceptance.

As a woman coming to adulthood in the sixties, I was blindsided by the freedoms I felt to rear both my children as compassionate members of the fully human race and by the resistance of our society to embrace these changes. As I encouraged my children, a first-born daughter and a son, to empathize with the vulnerable members of our society, our society pushed back by defining my son as a sissy, my daughter as bossy, and much worse. This was a society that defined itself as "Christian."

When will "Christians" finally understand that people "on the pole" and  in pornographic movies are someone's children? Is our society really so callous, in an effort to fit in with anachronistic, animalistic ancestors, that we don't see sons', dads', husbands', mothers', wive's or daughter's faces on these "actors"?

I want to know whether these "performers" are old enough and financially skilled enough to take full responsibility for the consequences of their actions (including financial consequences for unplanned pregnancies and venereal disease treatments) before our society accepts their actions as acts between "consenting adults." I want to know who will take the fall-out (emotional and financial) for all the disease treatments, broken homes, and children created by these "open" marriages and fantasy relationships.

Soulless sex is not sacred, even if it is fun. Are the products of these unions born with souls? Look into the eyes of a new born infant. They have no connection to a soul until they connect with the eyes of others. Doesn't every child conceived deserve a chance to have that connection be a look of unconditional love and acceptance, a look that says, "I am eternally connected and committed to your Spirit."?

Unwanted children have no voice and cannot consent to be born. Why do we continue to force these children on soul-less mothers as a "punishment" for the irresponsible or forced sexual actions of their parents? Are we really able to retroactively implant functioning souls into the bodies of the children of soul-less others?  

How can we sell human sperm and ova to strangers? What are we thinking when we applaud conception in test tubes when there are so many desperate babies who need loving homes? If life begins at conception, how can we store so many "lives" in the limbo of a freezer for unlimited periods of time? With all our talk of The Spirit we seem to be moving our society further and further away from nurturing humanity's sparks of Divinity.

We are told that this was the feeling of the Jewish girl Mary, mother of Jesus, when she found out she was pregnant with her first child:

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and Holy is His Name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him.

Doesn't every child deserve to be welcomed into the mother's womb with such a sense of celebration?