People who practice gender persecution do so at the cost of their awareness, insight and conscience. What they may not be aware of is that this world is a divine construct. It has a purpose – to move people around a circle from ignorance of their identity as divine beings to consciousness of it. And because it has this basic design purpose, everything in life is designed to further that purpose.
Therefore, when a person perpetrates against another, they move further and further into darkness and ignorance because that is the way life was designed to work. When a person helps, comforts, and empowers another, they move further and further into lightness of being and wisdom. It doesn’t matter that science cannot prove these relationships. They exist nonetheless, as the world’s enlightened beings bear testimony to.
People who practice gender persecution become enmeshed more and more in complication and tragedy in their lives. That’s so through the workings of the universal law of karma, which is one of the design features of life. It’s there as a corrective, to get us back on the path that enables our return journey to God.
So their awareness goes down, their insight into life diminishes, their consciences act up, and they encounter increasing complication and tragedy. All of this is designed to have them stop their forward motion and go another, more wholesome and workable route.
As long as they take the route of persecution, it’s no wonder that they make foolish moves. One such foolish move is blaming or penalizing the victim. Eve Ensler said in the article we just posted: “Many societies still deny the existence of gender crimes, ignore them and even shame the victims.” In other words, these societies, when a woman declares she was raped or protests some other form of injustice, will endeavor to shame her, may charge her with a crime, and may punish her while the one who attacked her goes scot free.
Moreover, if imprisoned, the woman will be raped again by her custodians. There are even local councils in some countries, called jurgas, that will sentence a woman to be raped again for her effrontery in complaining of her treatment.
To anyone with a modicum of intelligence such a course of action would seem incomprehensible. But what we need to remember is the dampening effect on consciousness of behaving in any of the ways involved in the cycle of persecution.
Gender persecution is a vicious spiral exactly because it commits a person to excuses, justifications and denials, burdens the conscience, and lowers the consciousness. It’s not only self-perpetuating; it’s debasing in the sense that it leads to greater and greater darkness within oneself. The best word for it I can think of is that it makes a man “brutish.”
[Some of the male announcer’s comments are not very helpful, but I post this to illustrate the unworkable attitude and advice of the spiritual leader.]
So breaking the vicious cycle of persecution is going to require action on many fronts – legal, educational, and rehabilitative. It isn’t simply a case of just getting the word out. There’ll be much work involved. But the first step, I think, is that we understand how the divine process of life works and then work with that process.
We have to know for instance who we’re dealing with. That, in the case of those who practise gender persecution, is people whose consciences are probably heavy, ability to see inside themselves limited, and awareness probably fairly low.
(1) Eve Ensler: Rise Against Impunity,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2013/03/eve-ensler-rise-against-impunity/