There is a myth that says men need to be changed and women are the ones who can do it.
OK, it’s not a myth, but it also not the full story. There are innumerable reasons why men progress the way they do while in mortality. But there are an equal number of ‘whys’ for what guides women to become what they are.
The forces that move us to be our best are gender related. YES, men and women think differently and feel differently about almost everything. Gender attributes are essential for the world to work and yet many struggle with these differences.
Gender attributes have been a topic of mockery for – well, forever.
Take, for example, the Victorian image of a woman’s place. Women were considered too weak and feeble minded to know how to care for themselves or make decisions that might affect their welfare. Many felt that without a “big strong man” to guide her, a woman would be engulfed in the flood of hard choices surrounding her and destroyed. Or if she did try to fend for herself, she was not really considered a woman – just a female trying to be a man.
In recent years the tide has turned towards highlighting the dents in the male armor.
Currently, the male gender is portrayed as bumbling, ignorant, selfish, desire focused, and lazy (Homer Simpson?). Because he is such a flawed creature, women have determined that they don’t need ‘one’ and can do just fine on their own. Or if they do decide to marry/cohabitate, it is only so they can satisfy some urge for companionship, parenthood, or support. The result is a culture where men can be friends but not really equals with the female sex.
How did we let the relationship between such complementary individuals become so distorted and messed up?
I suppose there are many reasons and I won’t try to delineate all of them in this essay. What I will do is mention something that I have considered for some time and feel can help the chasm to be bridged.
The differences between men and women are not accidental. Each is ‘wired’ in ways that help them fulfill their specific roles in the world.
Men are generally imbued with a desire to work, protect, and support those they love. It is in their nature to stand guard over families and make sure they have the necessary things to prolong life and happiness.
In most cases, women have an innate desire to comfort, teach, and protect those in their care – and often even those who aren’t. They seem to have more patience with the little things and can often see beyond the immediate circumstances.
These are generalizations – but also truths if you look closely enough. Yet, there always seems to be a need, by some, to ridicule and demean these essential differences.
If you are still with me and haven’t labeled me as a misogynist or an idiot, I will continue.
The crux of the matter points to what happens when we overemphasize or under-utilize the differences between males and females. Men begin to think they only need women for sexual or entertainment purposes and push away the natural desire to find a permanent mate. Women become frustrated with ‘manhood’ as it is portrayed (and often practiced) so they venture out on their own, trying to meet the needs of womanhood by other means. The end result is a society that values neither men nor women and makes a mockery of the eternal nature of both.
It was never meant for the genders to battle between themselves for the crown of leadership. The test for both genders comes down to honoring the differences and melding them into a synergistic whole, much stronger and greater than an individual could hope to become. Men were meant to love, honor, and care for women and women were meant to love, honor, and work side-by-side with men for the everlasting benefit of each other, family, and the world. The loss of these values has been a great hindrance to the growth of peace in the world and happiness in the home.
Having said all the above, I do have a solution that should work
It is so simple that it will not be a surprise to anyone.
In the words of a great man…..
To eliminate the battle between men and women, both parties have to stop being selfish. Stop expecting something from the other gender not being given by their own. Things like faithfulness, respect, fidelity, exclusivity, LOVE, time, more respect, attention, consideration, and who knows how many others.
Stop with the selfishness.
Stop with the lustfulness.
Stop with…… you fill in the blank.
When we, as humans and mortals of different genders sincerely make an effort to change, there will be a transition from the current state of things to something more acceptable to our senses and desires.
And it will make our God much happier.
Watch and see.