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This is not an attempt to make any suggestions or even fun of the male tradition of successions of popes in the Vatican. The masculinity of this position closest to God has been formally inherited from the Apostle Peter who witnessed part of the life Christ and established a church in his name to pass on the holy Word.
In reality the Church became the parallel structure next to Greed, the moralization of a celestial responsibility and the humanized absolution of Guilt. Two very masculine worlds of “the doing”, with abundance of hierarchy, power and control. It is said that when the Roman Empire collapsed the high level bureaucrats from the Empire crossed over to the Church as bishops. Thus they could continue their elevated position and avoid personal chaos or, worst even, the anger of the public tribune that would most certainly blame them for the collapse of the empire. But this article is not about the disputable morality in churches.
Morality and Ethics have nothing to do with hierarchy, external powers or authorities of control in name of God or Money. It has to do with the inner learning process of what is truly meaningful in life, the existential processes of learning “to be”. This is a recognition of birth as a Holy miracle of life, the power of evolution and the secrete to eternal human progress. The cradle of birth is in the womb of our women and hence the true wisdom of ethics and morality is feminine. If anyone should symbolize this it should be a woman.
In my model for human complexities I show the continuous battle between “the doing”and “the being”, the masculine and feminine that together clash and create progress. Both men and women are the same but essentially different, the yin-yang of life that melts in a burst of harmonic excitement to generate eternity through renewal.
In our money driven era the masculinity of the doing has also extended to the women. In consumer economies women have become as masculine as their counter parts, emancipating for financial independence at the expense of femininity. In the area of greed (see drawing) the true feminine meaning of “being” has been abolished. Its evolutionary meaning has been taken over by the meaningless invention of money and individual financial independence within the modern tradition of financial growth. Money indeed has freed women from a home bound slavery and formalized equality in human rights between men and women in many parts of the world. This tendency is well received and essential for sustainable human progress even though the original motivation to free women from their masculine suppression has logically been more economical and political than based on universal truths and ethics. Nevertheless it allowed a new culture to arise in which the true equality can be developed in a new era of awareness.
Meanwhile the system of freedom has made men, women and their children slaves of the consumer driven economies. There is no ethics or morality anymore in this society that has abolished every little piece of interpersonal warmth to procreate and educate our children with true universal values. Human equality is in the right to consume and create debts. We have exchanged our existence for short term cash and hunt for it in a generalized, dominant masculine institutionalized way. The “underworld” I call this, since it is the world of fragmented, individualized greed and chaos below the horizontal line where most of humankind resides today. We are equal in “the doing” and had to deliver our identity, “our being” to the system.
Collapse of financial markets
With the current crises in the financial world a lot of people are waking up. When we loose our protective securities from a virtual system than we learn to see our dependence and naked incapability of self sufficiency. We notice that we have been neglecting our children out of selfishness. They grow up cold, rational and individualistic. Some call it “the lost generation” which I hurry to dismiss our of experience. The adult ones that suggest this loss of a generation are the same ones that have lost faith in our youth to continue the destructive life style and attitude of their parents. Many young people look at life’s challenges indeed in a different way than their parents. They feel the need for the interpersonal warmth that they have missed when mum and dad were both working overtime for their individual independence. They tend to want to do it differently and start to search for meaning in life. A meaning that they have not been taught at home or in the schools where everything was focused on robotizing the children into a materialistic, rationalized system with its inhumane expectations and devastating nature.
The pollution of our environment, the crudeness of abuse of a financial system in hands of modern criminals against humanity, and our universal vulnerability (as shown so beautifully in the overview from astronauts that brought us a new perspective of MOTHER Earth), together with the collapse of the consumer economic systems shows us the crude devastating reality the hard way. We have lost track of our true inner values and became addicted to our own externalized greed. We have reached the rock bottom of the vertical line, the part were only the having counts and we eliminated our consciousness, our awareness, our identity and even our guild, surrounding ourselves with fake securities, worshiping money above our selves. Until we wake up and find ourselves in panic, in personal chaos and pain. We loose everything we have just to find out that we are shamefully without identity anymore, a robot that does not know how to live LIFE. We are a number in the system and when freed we discover that we do not even know anymore what ethics are, let alone live to it. We have to learn to be human again and interact in community within a universal reality. We have to break out of our imprisonment and find a new harmony with our surrounding.
In my own spiritual experience this illumination is immediate when time has come. The warm touch of God deep inside opens up a river of spiritual energy that cannot be stopped and acts like water through mountains. It does not allow itself to be blocked by obstacles and flows straight up the line of intense awareness. It represents a spiritual birth that lets go of old dependencies and looks at life from the perspective of a true universal identity, God alike. Bottom becomes top with the challenge to interact in a different way than before with one’s surroundings that still resides in the entrapment. Freedom and true equality are contagious and slowly others find their own inner light and fire.
We save ourselves and let humankind travel the “TO BE” line, the feminine line, all the way up to the highest level. We feminize the human globe and identify ourselves as a species that is vulnerable to itself but also able to recognize that when time has come and do something about it. There is absolutely no reason, with all the historic awareness, lessons learned and modern scientific knowledge, that we cannot pass on to the upper layer, the “world above”, the heaven on Earth of true Ethical values, true feminine and masculine equality in its essential differences and create sustainable human progress for ever. It is a new world downside up, flipped over. Many people, including myself, already claim that Sustainocracy is such tipped over approach that is accessible by mere choice. It symbolizes the “TO BE” process also in society, business and education as well as society as a whole. It is an instant switch that makes everyone look differently at our selves and our surroundings acting accordingly. The a complex process of co-creation starts where we build a new society in harmony with our universe and leave the atrocities of millenia of destructive learning behind for ever.
If for thousands of years masculinity has symbolized this learning world through kings and popes, time has come to change our symbols and start living to it. That is why I say that the next pope…..is a woman, without a church. She resides deep inside all of us, man and woman, to finally bring justice and balance in a troubled, adventurous species.
Recent articles refer to the graph of youth unemployment in Europe as “scary”. Indeed it is alarming to see that in Southern Europe around 50% of all youngsters between 16 and 24 have no perspective of making a living through any form of employment.
The key problem we face is that there is absolutely no relationship anymore between the basic human needs, values, employment and money. Industrial centralization of manufacturing and productivity to areas of high concentration of cheap labor or facilitating policies for volume related, highly automated activities have taken all basic responsibilities away from the general public. If we go back a few hundred years the main concern of every individual was to produce enough for self sufficiency. Most of our time was dedicated to food production. If we sum up today our basic needs: food, clothing, energy, water, shelter, mobility how much of our time is devoted to achieving it? Nothing! All these activities have been taken away from our daily concern from a labor perspective. We only have access to our basic needs through money, not through our energy or talent.
So where should the energy and talent of our populations go to if the basic needs have been taken away from us in centralized money processes of which we see nothing ourselves? There is nothing except the “care for each other”. Care is something that cannot be centralized as it affects us all directly. You cannot go to a shop and buy a pound of health care produced in China or India. The care taking needs to be done on a personal level. Even though care is needed it is not directly seen as a primary value. In many countries it is financially organized through means that come from primary production processes, i.e. a secondary economy that depends on the primary economy of productivity (the making industry), speculation (housing) and consumption. So if the primary economy fails no care can be financed either and unemployment rises.
But does that mean that people do not have any basic needs anymore nor the need for care? No, of course not. It simply means that we have learned to connect the wrong values to the money system. Europe opened up the borders to liberate the distribution of goods as a primary foundation of our economic progression. But these goods hardly contain European labor which means that there is no reciprocity between what we consume and what we personally contribute to our wealth. If there is no direct relation between our consumption and our labor where do the means come from to obtain them? Either by creating a primary economy of care that covers the expenses of the economy of goods and if this does not exist we create a debt for ourselves. From this point of view our debt evolution makes China grow in wealth because that is where the productivity takes place.
Our debt evolution has been camouflaged by keeping up speculation in the housing market and a booming business in real estate but this only covered a part of the economy while producing an economic bubble through speculative forces of banks and politics.
The solution is to be found in transforming our economies back into a direct connection between our individual needs and our productivity with our talents and available energy. This can start by accepting care, human health, vitality and education, not goods, as main value of society expressed in money. All the unemployed youngsters can find things to do in helping their own community into health, social cohesion and support receiving means back for it to sustain themselves. The second step is to become self-sufficient again in producing the basic needs, using modern technologies to provide abundance without centralization of productivity around the world. Food, water management and energy production become than again issues that keep us individually busy and disconnected from the large global dependencies. All people become then again aware of their own productivity related to the wealth we perceive and produce ourselves.
This transformation of the local economies is easily done if we allow ourselves to change our perspective of wealth from the “having” to the “being”. The opposition of course comes from the centralized power positions around goods and financial controls. To break through these impositions local governments have to step out of the economic grip of these systems and introduce new systems of human values that motivate their populations to invest their talents and energy in each other. This will cause a lot of old systems to go broke and stress will be high when the entire world based on old industrial process is forced to reallocate the resources and their own value systems. In between monetary systems will become obsolete and go broke. Large amounts of debt will be cancelled along the way by mere obsolescence of their existence. Since most of these debts are only related to a few in the old hierarchies of power they can be blamed of speculation over the back of humanity and punished by new laws that the new humankind will develop through this new paradigm.
When we look again at the graphics of youth unemployment in Europe time has come to make the transition. Local leaders would be wise to take the first step to show their commitment to their own people instead of luring still with the old hierarchies that are obsolete and already in the historic area of payback demands of humankind asking them to personally take responsibility for their leadership now and over the last few decades. Politicians and business executives would show signs of wisdom if they now choose side of humankind instead of money. That is probably why articles refer to the graphs as “scary” even though they indicate also the build up of frustration that will explode to make way of renewal. Those who let that happen knowing that peaceful alternatives are at hand already as described above, are also to be blamed when judgement day arrives. When we look back at ourselves today in ten years time, what will we see?