August 26, 2005
By Rob Kall
As Important as Lakoff's Don't Think of An Elephant, Jean Shinoda Bolen's book has an answer that we already know from Mother Cindy. We need to gather the women to save the world
::::::::Urgent Message From Mother: Gather The Women, Save The World
This is a very, very important book that anyone who cares about the endangered state of the USA and the world must read, male or female.
In Crawford, Mother Cindy Sheehan has changed the balance here in the US. It's because she is speaking as a mother. This book is an inspiring strategy book, a historic compendium of how women have used the feminine archetype and women's ways to heal society, to rescue cultures from world. Consider as powerful and profound and take it to heart.
Jean Shinoda Bolen is dead on right when she says that we need to gather the women to save the world, Im a guy, and Im certain that it is male or masculine energy that is screwing things up here.
Bolen presents, in many different ways, examples, evidence and proof of how women do things differently and how that different approach is desperately needed now. Its not that men cant do what is needed. Men CAN do it too, but they have to embrace the approaches that women use, the reactions and strategies that women use to react to stress, to trouble, to war, because the way women responds is more nurturing, more healing, more likely to build community rather than competition, more likely to create synergy.
I discovered this book because I came to the conclusion that the right wing in the USA and fundamentalists throughout the world are engaged in a huge backlash and war against both women, womens right and the feminine archetype. I concluded that their reaction is a last dying paroxysm of resistance to a trend that is inevitablethat women regain the rights and privileges they had thousands of years ago, before agriculture and the hierarchical culture and slavery it produced appearedwhen goddesses and priestesses were common and when women shared in leading society.
Having also studied George Lakoffs books, including Dont Think of An Elephant, Moral Politics and Metaphors We Live By (which I read in the 1980s) I concluded that Lakoffs model, which has led to him becoming a framing guru for Democratic leaders, could benefit by adding a mythic, feminine archetype perspective. When he talks about nurturing parent and strict parent cultures and families, he could also be talking about masculine archetype and feminine archetype families and cultures.
Jean Shinoda Bolens new book provides a conceptualization of ways to think about language, interventions, cultural phenomena, and change strategies that have the potential to be just as powerful as Lakoffs. Shes not talking about framing, but she is offering a different way to approach the same problems. Any reader of Lakoffs Dont Think of An Elephant should find this book rewarding, empowering, enlightening and energizing, with a plethora of ideas of how to take action and go the next step to make a difference.
This is a book every woman who cares about politics and change should read and every man who can handle dealing with embracing the feminine will love.
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