Introduction to the Feminine: Butterfly Lovers, a Violin Concerto
In memory of butterflies and other vanishing life forms via the ongoing “masculine” war on the natural and nature
Foundation Organizers: Ping, Ying & Pong, and those with reverence for Life and Living
On a mid-western America farm in Iowa farm in July, 2015 it became obvious that something was terribly wrong in the “Human Project” in America. It was becoming increasingly suicidal. Was it world-wide or only an American Problem? The human understanding of what the American version of humans were doing and the leaders they were seeking to allow them to do more of this seemed exceedingly shallow. In July, 2015 it seemed that as AI was emerging NI was being diminished. (AI – Artificial Intelligence/NI – Natural Intelligence)
The situation seemed funny, but not much fun. How could this be? Had the American version of what might best be called the Human Project gone off its rails, or was it a planetary problem? A phenomenon that used to be the definition of downside of the Human Project, a Donald Trump type of human, was being recast as a leader to make American Great Again; in essence a playground for white males where all others were playthings and all else the playground. The forces against life created by this “model of man” were to no longer to be reversed but were to be empowered to “made white men great again?” The foundation emerged from this silliness and has gained energy since. This very silly man, Donald Trump, was being seen as serious. He was then finding millions of silly followers in promising to solve all silly problems of white men and their white haired women, if only they would let him lead them to happiness and return them to the “Garden of Eden.” The last best hope seemed to lie with the idea of the Eternal Feminine of Ancient China and Europe. This idea was perhaps best represented by the 15th Century 19year old Joan of Arc and then best articulated by the noteworthy German author, the old Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
(JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe)
Goethe was Wise, Lao Tzu is Wisdom
Our concern is thus with leadership as a sign of something wrong. The wrong is not only in those we elevate to lead our lives but in ourselves for seeking such and allowing such while accepting no responsibility for what we have thereby done and will do with fervor. How can this be? How do we define our need to be led and the manner in which we qualify those we allow to lead us? What are the values behind this process? From where do we find a need to value what we have come to value? Values are crucial. Our values define our myths. Our myths come to define us. Can we do better?
What is the current myth around which the human project is organized? Does it arise from reflection and knowledge or anger and ignorance? What role does education play in its being? Is it the mean, angry, scared eagle flying on high with a right to carry a gun, or is it the collection of hard working bees that pollinate life and make it beautiful? Which myths are appropriate to life and its compartmentalizes? Which lead into the wretchedness of death from conflict, war and disease? Is the human project responsible for choice in these matters or simply an un-thoughtful means of the inevitable? Are human myths relevant to the workings of the cosmos? The importance of mythology to society is not at issue herein. The relevance and quality of current myths provides the questions. The operating myth of “The Garden of Eden” depicts a bright, inquisitive woman but cast her into a definition as a lesser being. Instead, the man is slow and non-curious but seen as good and not attracted to evil? This is a dangerous and silly myth. On the other hand we have the more exciting, more accurate, more relevant myth of Joan of Arc. She provides a more viable image to face of consequences of the human project that arise from manly industrialization, such as how life will survive in a changing climate? These questions are at the center of this Foundation.
The Garden of Eden myth was articulated by men seeming with the intent of controlling women thereafter, or when possible simply ignoring their thoughts. The 21st Century Donald Trump image takes this mythology deeper, into darkness. He pretends to be a tough manly warrior for “himself” but ends seeming to be a selfish idiot. A new “Joan of Arc,” a 21st Century version, seems urgently needed. Where will she come from?
The Garden, The Donald & Joan of Arc, Where Lies the Future?
Is the current human project and its implied end state the best we can do? Do humans have any role in framing what we do or forming it? To where is the human project headed? How does it fit into the cosmos, or is it simply irrelevant?
Humans effect on this environment that we didn’t make and don’t control is clearly on the negative. We do feel a connection to this context and sense how all life as we know it depends on its condition. This is the context of life and as time passes we increasingly see how context is everything. Our concern increasingly goes to the ideas of those who aspire to be leaders to see if they want to serve life, or their small relatively trivial piece of life? Leadership can with concern for context, or of the human collective, or of the self where the self is one step from the selfish. As we see increasing signs of leadership as self we see growing deficiencies in the world, in societal organizations and in the human soul. What to do? Is is possible to do anything?
The human project has recently seemed to be headed back to the mythology leading to the reality of WW II. This is clearly seen in leadership issues of societal organizations. These myths highlight deep grievances and anger in a portion of society, those feeling frustrated that they do not have more in the face of many having nothing. Perhaps their anger comes from their realizing humans are a temporary phenomena. The timetable on earth is only partially under their self-control. They then act out in very strange ways that only insure a lack of control. We see them gaining authority over others by saying they will “drain the swamp” of contemporary leadership attempts, yet we realize this means they will end with creating a sad sewer instead. Clearly, their ideas and actions matter, as do all humans . Our time is not unique, but the impact of mistaken thinking by this many humans is different. It seems to be a difference that makes a difference to life and the systems on which all life depends.
Our most recent excursion of the human project into remorse was see in the 1930’s. There in the sorrow possible to the human project was again revealed. The leaders in the once again reincarnation of there being a downside to the human project were seen under the names of: Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. Now we begin to see a 21st Century version of the same downward current.
In the united states we see the emergence of a 21st Century demigods against life in the image of a Mussolini type. He is able to rally those steeped in disoriented hope to bring their self-limited anger to the political table. We see early signs of support for the misstatements, convoluted logic and anger of a Donald Trump rising to leadership ranks. He offers yet one more well-embellished private immortality project. The necessary passion comes from open distress, not excitement for doing the right thing.
The Trump image of the manly man is not unique in history but does reveal serious cracks in the human project that may well be growing. While not sufficiently bright to become evil The Donald somehow represents a force of evil. He is highly revered by himself and sort of followed by men of similar intellect, having or wanting a blond waiting in their Garden of Eden. He reminds us of the intellectually and morally weak WWII types, such as a Mussolini. Mussolini, if you recall, was a bit simple-minded soul that seemed lost and in search of a stronger, brighter image offering the simplicity of cruelty; a Hitler type, e.g., a Putin. Their means is to find differences to hate thus mobilizing those who hate themselves thus ready to hate others with a vengeance.
Thus, the prospects for the well being of the human project do not look good in 2015. Perhaps the most we can say about the current prospects for life are that “Everybody Hurts.”
“Everybody Hurts,” The Coors singing a REM song…..
Why do you do that Donald? You hurt me.
Examining Mussolini’s ideology seems helpful to understanding to where the human project is just now headed. Mussolini’s weakness is well known to the last two thousand years. As such we need to return to see how and where the human project can go wrong. This is similar in the East and in the West. In the western tradition we need on look at the Greeks. Romans and Christians. The Christians closely rely on a funny story in the bible about there being a fundamental difference between men and women, and women are the problem in society, or the human project during that time.
A central theme in biblical stores is similar to the feelings of frustrated men of the current era; men trying to locate the bad in society knowing its not them. They thus depict the feminine as the weak, the strange, and the doorway to the evil via knowledge. Its as if being stupid is a blessing, a good. Via the Eden story women should not be leaders nor even have a say in who the leaders are, as they will resort to relations with snakes. The story of the Garden of Eden is the most clearly denoted story of women’s role in the human project. This biblical Garden of Eden continues into the present via important decisions about the responsibility of women as handed down by such as the strange U.S. Supreme Court Sicilian Justice Scalia.
Articulation of the Problem 1: Changeless Men depicting women as weak and prone to evil via a need to learn, to experiment, to know, to try difference
Thus it no longer seems absurd, yet it clearly is, to draw upon the Mussolini depiction of truth. “War is to man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace.” (Benito Mussolini)
Another way to depict the situation is that since 1960, and the fading memory of the WWII trauma American has become complacently constipated. Those who forgot or never experienced the consequences from WWII manliness have became internally tight, upset and angry at their lot in life, i.e., “Why am I not more meaningful?” The group has grown and become the conservatives of many societies. In America they are very upset with their lot in life. They resort to believing America was once greater, sort of like what they remembered form 4th Grade History, a course they got a C or D in.
This situation has brought America to a state of philosophical constipation. A tightening up of being what never was. Such men seek leadership that acts on this cause and looks for a societal enema to release itself. Those most behind him and such ideas should not stand too close. The human project is clearly constipated at the individual, societal and cosmic levels. The easy yet unfortunate was forward is to fine leaders that we can blame for what they do at our direction or even support. Of course we should blame ourselves but such requires character. We did select these leaders and then allowed them to do what damage they do. Even as the wrongness becomes more obvious we respond by criticizing those we asked to do the wrong. In this we show our fear of each other, of life, or of the greater consequence from our spiritual laziness for doing what we did.
Clearly, new ideas on leadership are needed. They can arise from anywhere but perhaps they best come from the questioning of our ethics towards others, and ourselves. Perhaps we can note that the best leaders are those who do not will to be leaders, they do not count the many that follow, they even feel guilty that others would need to follow them, and prefer doing what they feel is right for the longer term, not what is noteworthy in the present. Perhaps the clearest sense that you have met a leader is that they work so their efforts help others, and adhore acts that help themselves or actions of others that seem to help them. Selfishness is the surest sign of a wrongful leader, perhaps even approaching membership if the world of leadershit, a growing camp of specimens emerging from the late 20th Century.
The following is an attempt to clarify our situation via proposing a means to question the human project so as to being a new sense of leadership to its direction; perhaps even approaching the ideal of self-governance towards societal leadership. As hierarchy becomes to irrelevant and expensive to idealize and maintain we need to find alternatives to hierarchy. As societies and their organizations move into network forms it is easier to see how such better relates to systems of life. A cockroach may better survive a nuclear war than will an elephant but such will not increase their role in any invented hierarchy.
Articulation of the Problem 2: Reliance on an Ever Expanded Distribution of Ordering Principles, as Written by Men, of Course
Via the expansion of the written word from the 15th Century printing press humans learned to dream that someday organizations would improve via better distribution of what was known and more incentive to know more that would be more distributed. This is an early form of current information technology dreams. It was hoped that such would help leadership intelligence back then, just as it is hoped it will help the human project now via more informed people. It didn’t. It won’t.
Via the expansion of reliance on machines during industrialization 19th Century humans came to dream that they could finally relax and better enjoy their short lives. That didn’t work out so well. Humans seem more discontent and angry now then they did then. From this there is now a call for expanding artificial intelligence but to date, since Norbert Wiener, it mostly replaces what once was admired as natural intelligence. Even sadder, it seems that hours of “tweeting” mostly produces twits.
None the less we continue to try to place our faith in “strong” leaders, even “heroes,” to “sort these problems out.” This seems to result in more men of limited intellect as leaders and followers. It also reduces the idea of and evidence for a human soul in the Faustian sense. Leadership avoids attributes of sensing and feeling and hopes for blind followers while waging war on nature, even including the nature of others.
Perhaps it’s time to bring leadership back to the responsibility of that person you look at in the mirror each morning? While reflecting on that mirror image we might suspend our tendency towards the egocentric via a fixation on the homo-centric. Leaders even emphasize their laziness and selfishness while on the golf course of humankind. It becomes increasingly difficult to describe our situation without turning to the term “leadershit.”
Articulation of the Problem 3: An Emergence of Leadershit in Society, and a Tolerance of it Parading as a “New Kind of Leadership”
This does not mean that many men attempting to lead socio-organizations are as bad as the current American president. Most are not shit or evil but the group does point to a serious problem in a body politic that recruits and supports such phenomenon such as “The Donald.” In this we seen an apparent lack of need for thinking and feeling in our leaders, and of greater note, in the supporters of such leadership ideals.
New ideas are now needed, urgently. They will not be found residing in the culture of homage to the masculine, those who solve their isolated problems via conflict, especially in their conflicted souls. A few hundred years experience in this seems more than sufficient. When someone preaches that they will go to government and “drain the swamp,” it means that they want to make room for the sewer to come into government, as managed by them. Swamps are part of the natural. Sewage is the residue of human activity.
Perhaps its time to talk of the wisdom of Lao Tzu. I really don’t know. I have enough trouble attempting to lead myself. I have no interest in leading others.
Come on, isn’t there hope out there, someplace, please?
Articulation of the Problem 4: It’s not a problem, it’s a system of problems, i.e., in French it’s called a “problematique”
On occasion humans encounter threats to their continued existence. We have historically avoided the most ominous via the insulation offered in time and space. We could move to another land or await correction. Humans now lack time and space. Their entire planet is caught up in environmental turbulence the removes the environmental stability required of life and living. The threat is ominous. We create it and continue to feed it. Life as we know it is being redefined. The consequences of billions of small acts via purposeful human behaviors lacking wisdom and context appreciation are forming a systemic force.
This is the situation we have come to call the “tragedy of the commons.” It emerges via the war of the artificial against the natural. Trees, for example, are seen to stand in the way of manly purpose. Thus, they must obviously be removed in the name of progress. To deal with this sad state we need to renew our respect for the super natural, a domain more open to feminine intuition. Masculine aggression in warfare, science and small thinking about small things will not suffice.
Via thoughtless actions carried out in the name of human purpose we change the larger conditions of life. The instabilities of unchecked purpose disrupts the stability required for the human commons where we find our shelter and food. The importance of the commons as context can only be appreciated via seeing the systemic. This is via higher level thinking, not low level analysis.
Masculine forcefulness is used to battle against what is unknown. The less that is known the more force that is required. Feminine appreciation and reflection are needed to include the natural and the supernatural. Reflection allows entry of the systemic, the importance of context, and clues as to why simple fulfillment of individualized purpose without regard for consequences leads only to an irreversibly sad state.
Unaided purpose leads to irreversible consequences. Guided by un-thoughtful thinking in the 19th Century about what machines can offer mankind we have come to the artificial as the vehicle of progress, and ultimate happiness. It is to lead to societal well-being and individual freedom from work and want. In America this leads to the logic that guns to not kill people thus guns are necessary for people to have to protect themselves from people with guns. While the logic is funny the consequences of this world of the artificial are serious.
The female tends to be different. She conceives at a higher level then reductionistic analysis. She cannot avoid including context in what she perceives and acts upon. She allows intuitive feelings to sense that which is not apparent, and may not be right. It is noteworthy that some men have a feminine nature and some women have a masculine nature. The feminine nature provides a clue as to where humans might look for viable future leadership. That nature has long been known and often used in jokes, by men. Now the difference between the feminine and the masculine begins to look like a difference that will make a different to life.
The harmful consequences of humans achieving un-thoughtful results threaten systems of life. The environment on which all life depends is affected. Humans must seek another way. A new form of leadership is needed, one with a different perspective. More of the artificial via “big data and artificial intelligence” will not be sufficient to the need. Some research carried out by Hawk in Sweden in the 1970s introduces the why and what.
Hawk studied the effects of different forms of regulation with the help of twenty international industrial firms with similar plants in different contexts. Exxon was involved where an Exxon scientist of the day first articulated the possibility of climate change via what the company was selling to the world. Exxon International was seriously worried but their US based lawyers calmed them down and convinced them to forget it. The logic was that showing such concern would make Exxon culpable for damages in the future. The American legal mind, as nurtured in US law schools won the day and lost the planet. US regulations, consistent with the same legal logic, created a system of future failure.
Articulation of the Problem 5: The Context from which Leadershit Arises – The Many Wanting to Avoid Responsibility of the Self
Sorry, but I will use the profession of lawyers as an example of what has gone wrong in society. All other professions developed since Germany of the 1930s are at fault as well. I use lawyers as they must take responsibility for much of what is wrong in societal management. This is more clear in American trained lawyers.
Recovering from the phenomena of the American Lawyer Attitude was the central question driving David Hawk’s Wharton Business School 1979 dissertation defense. This emerged from 1975 – 1977 research for Sweden relative to their government considering adoption of the US approach to environmental understanding and regulation of human conduct. The research results were controversial in the US, especially in the US EPA leadership and in the leadership the Wharton School. Wharton’s “manly dean” of the 1970s refused to sign off on the Hawk dissertation. Thus, it has been lost. It never made it to the library archives of the University of Pennsylvania or Michigan. The dean could not conceive of environmental deterioration resulting from business practices taught in places like the Wharton School.
In the 40 years since that time little has happened to change the American attitude nor the knowledge of Wharton deans. The consequences of not knowing and then not caring have indeed become clearer each year. Nature and Supernature have become omnipresent in our lives. The end state is more obvious each day. Distruption of the earth’s environmental systems is now more apparent. The human effect on our climate, as mentioned in the disseration is now easier to see and feel. Something is going dreadfully wrong in man’s environment. We urgently need leadership can can see and feel, not argue and wage manly conflict against all things things that do not obey us. Maybe it is time for women to deal with the human “problematique.”
The more irreversible the problem the easier it is to the consequences of those results that launched it. Thus, the more difficult it is to ignore the unhappy end state. The Eternal Feminine perspective might have responded sooner, but it didn’t. The most we can say is that a new form of leadership may be too late to halt the process but hopefully it can soften the emergent reality filled with starvation, homelessness and mass migration of large groups of humans. Those who elected President Donald Trump in the US sealed the realization of the consequences of the stupid. We will thus enter the realm of “consequential management.”
The collective consequences of humans achieving small results threatens all systems of life on the planet via affecting the weather on which those systems rely. It is time to try something different, something more contextually sensitive. A change in leadership and its values is in order. David Hawk’s role in the study of climate change began in the nineteen-seventies in a two year research study at the Stockholm School of Economics. Twenty major international firms were involved in the study of ways to regulate environmental deterioration and turn from fossil fuels. Exxon was one of the firms in the study and its scientists were first to articulate the eventual climate change resulting from the project course of fuel usage in the world. Exxon lawyers (US educated lawyers) argued for them to drop their concern as having concern would make their company culpable for damages. How humans could get over this American legal attitude became the basic question behind David Hawk’s Wharton School dissertation in 1979. Wharton’s manly dean of the time refused to sign off on the PhD dissertation as he could not see a connection between environmental damage and business practices. During 40 years the attitude in societies has changed, although maybe not yet in the minds of manly business school deans. Now that the problem is irreversible it is easier to see the consequences. Perhaps the eternal feminine might have responded earlier.
Problem 6: Please ….. will it Get Worse?
Problem 7: Where Lies the Hope
Is there a 21st Century Joan of Arc out there?
A. The Idea of the Eternal Feminine – Is it a Simple-minded Dick-Free Zone or a Species Last Best Hope?
Humans are on a dream-filled death march. Led by non-negotiable, masculine-behaving, lust for power, forgetful of others, social personality. This icon represents the essence of the species and its leadership. It is also out of touch with its context.
Men somehow gained the leading role in defining what is human, including a manly war against all that is natural and non-rational. This is seen in all religious teachings including the strange “Christian garden of Eden” story. It is also apparent in sporting events in America. It is perhaps most clearly depicted in the images of feminine servitude in Russian and Japanese porno movies?
Men seeking power over all things, especially that which they do not understand, has come to be shown as the essential trait of being manly where being “manly” is key to acting like a leader; i.e., acting like Donald Trump. Some mothers, perhaps Donald’s mother, encourage this attitude via their misplaced encouragement of sons learning to behave like idiots.
The Manly Attitude as manifest destiny
A small but growing number of women, and some men, now sense this as a death march of a species towards an undesirable and probable end state. Is there a way to turn away? The Foundation management is not overly optimistic but feels a need to change the trajectory. In this context we work towards an alternative leadership. It might come to be our last best hope for systems of living order, perhaps the order of life. To illustrate this we need only look at our context of a confused and confusing mental state seen in the vacuous manliness of a Donald Trump. He obviously is not a leader but what is he leading?
Is there an alternative set of values and an attitude to provide humans with leadership towards a desirable end state? is there a healthier approach to life and living order, one more inclusive of themes such as Carl Sagan’s quest to examine the human role in the Cosmos, even if trivial.
Should we allow conflicted social groups and/or strange mental states to assume leadership roles via attitudes we don’t like or can’t understand? Is the species out of control? Herein we question the values and attitudes now driving humans towards an unwanted and undesirable end state. To be more direct can we begin to rethink the masculine attitude for conflict and against the conflicted? Ernst Becker describes the situation quite clearly in his 1974 Pulitzer Prize winning “Denial of Death.” The seeking of immortality projects to deny death’s role in the natural course of life seems more like the doorway to evil then the path to progress. The emergent end state may well be the projected use of nuclear bombs by out-of-control men with small hands like as “Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un”. Somehow democracy and masochism seem able to arrive at similar ends.
Just now it seems unlikely that the “manly mind” will turn from the conflicted consequences of destroying an environment on which life depends. The masculine is now seen via the small fingered mentality of “Donald and Kim.” Their followers seem incapable of seeing them as unfortunate by-products from a war on the outer and inner nature of humans. Sanity depends on natural reconciliation.
Immortality Projects from Mental Cases
Allowing Societal Low Points to Act as Leaders? Shame on Us.
In the 19th Century man industrialized his war against nature, including the nature in women. In the 20th Century the results of mechanization became more applied to the need for conflict as seen in war against nature and the nature seen in other humans we came to dislike. During the 21st Century expanded mechanization is applied to the war against the nature in ourselves. The results appear dumb, then humorous, then devastating. The end state is clear unless business as usual is changed.
While humans were thought to be a smarter species, at least in the human mind, we appear to be not so smart. We now seem more evidence of being self-organized into a death march for our planet’s occupants. Via a peculiar form of representational government we strive to make others believe we are a “democracy.” Until voters are allowed to mark “None of the Above” the democratic dimension limited to those with enough money to nominate leaders. We now have arrived at an icon of humanity’s low point in governance. “Donald” is not the problem. He is only an early indicated of the troubles in all those “manly” followers who aspire to be just like him and women who long to just be near him.
This has been an evolutionary phenomena. It can be seen in the human evolution of was might best be called business as usual. Via the promises give to humans, by humans, from ever more industrialization we bought into a masculine myth. We have even organized public education around the myth of the machine. Universities via business-like motives evolved to even bring executives and their union adversaries to campus. As such they lead the university as an enterprise. Therein the myth of a place to encourage an endless search for knowledge and wisdom turns into a short-term professionally segmented trade school for corporate employment. Increasingly, companies themselves show they can do a better job of this end. Organization to build more knowledge and have glimpses of wisdom are lost.
We truly need true alternatives to society business as usual, including new kinds of education. We do not claim the search for and rediscovery of the Eternal Feminine as a guiding myth for better leadership is our last best hope but it increasingly looks to be so.
It is a part of a wide-spread search for better ways for we humans to relate to each other, our world and ultimately ourselves. This understanding provides a basis upon which processes seek results, begin, run their course, encounter problems, end, then have consequences. Where we are lucky we understand the consequences of results prior to beginning, then change our plans. This requires knowledge which knows the differences that makes a difference. Unfortunately, we are mostly unsure of what difference means? Herein, we look to the differences between the feminine and masculine, their differing ideas about values and desired end states. We then ask which set of values and end states is most appropriate to the challenges we face, challenges humans have never before confronted.
What is our end game? Locked into a severely limited brain, practicing disabling management systems supported by technological potential that can end life on the earth we have troubles facing us. How can we better see these troubles, as well as better responses?
Ultimate Endgame, Is your shelter stocked?
The feminine perspective on life and living is presented and developed herein. It is to see if the values guiding the feminine perspective offers a better end game. We assume values guide our pathways of thinking and our ways of behaving. As such they are fundamental to creating context and understanding what we have created, then escaping from parts of it. Feminine values are different from those of the masculine.
Different from dictates of the masculine to disregard obstacles the potentials of feminine sensitivity instead invites reflection prior to action. Now we need a way out from centuries of masculine leadership that has been absent of reflection. The consequences that now loom are deadly. This is not a focus on the differences between men and women but the differences in the values that motivate. Of course some women illustrate a masculine perspective while some men exhibit a feminine perspective. Thus we pursue the idea of the eternal feminine, and their values.
“The eternal feminine is a psychological archetype or philosophical principle that idealized an immutable concept of “woman”. It is one component of gender essentialism, the belief that men and women have different core “essences” that cannot be altered by time or environment.” (http:..en.wikipedia.org/wki/enternal_feminine)
The Foundation’s mission is to tap into the feminine and the difference it allows for an end state. We wish to see if can make a difference to improving our relations to our various worlds via a wider perspective on who we are and what we shall become. We believe the female perspective on life offers a difference that can be very helpful and make a difference to living systems.
Institutions are based in time and space, where the space of the Foundation is seen in the action in its two urban settings, Shanghai and New York, and its two rural retreats for reflection in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. These give a sense of the basis of and futures to be discovered in the Foundation. All institutions need a symbol, an icon of what they protect as they eternally become.
Joan of Arc, a timeless Icon, by Leonard Cohen
An eternal symbol of femininity in the west is Joan of Arc. Born into a peasant family in France she grew to be leader of the French army that defeated the English at Orleans. Captured, found guilty of heresy, she was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431 by the English. 500 years later she became canonized as a Catholic Saint. Mark Twain declared that Joan was: “By far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced.” Joan of Arc, at age 19 she was burned at the stake for heresy by religious English idiots for beating them in a battle of the 100 years war.
From Business as Usual, to Business as Unusual
Weekend Retreat 1. Mt. Olive, NJ, 45 minutes west from NYC
Retreat 2. Fairfield, IA., 5 hours west from Chicago
From Feminine Mystery to Feminine Mastery
Human intelligence has limits; limits seen via shortcomings from the conscious, the rational, the perceived real. This is seen in the mysterious of the non-rational. Researchers into the limits of human perception argue that rationality limits human knowledge to 10% of our realities. Stephen Hawking illustrates the dilemma via the wide spread perception of he representing the highest form of rational intelligence. His casual comments provide a doorway into the mysterious; i.e., the “other 90%”. Via a touch of humour Hawking provides us with a doorway into the “eternal feminine.”
He was responding to a “New Scientist” interviewer when he argued how humans need to more to colonize other planets. He too could see how “manly” actions were creating an uninhabitable location via global warming and emerging nuclear warfare.
At the interview’s end Professor Hawking was asked of his deepest concern for the human condition in responding to the interviewer: “You’d be forgiven for thinking that Professor Hawking spends most of his waking hours thinking about these cosmic subjects…. but, when he was asked what most preoccupied him he replied, ‘Women. They are a complete mystery.’ “
Dr. Hawking on End-games
Dr. Hawking thus takes us to the doorway of the Eternal Feminine. His concern is very hopeful to further investigation into the feminine. The Foundation is set up to tap into the insights of the female perspective, to give insights into a perspective that may redirect human activity. Herein is a forum and a voice for experimentation and development of ideas about life and living via the eternal feminine.
“The mysterious feminine,” that scares Dr. Hawking
The foundation’s mission is to get beyond women as mystery and arrive at an agenda where they can demonstrate a new form of mastery. Females can show a different leadership capability for our species. Perhaps they can best forestall the consequences of what men have brought to systems of life.
Failing in this we hope to lessen the consequences of some of the manly effects from what Hawking points to as the end state of our species managed by manly directives.
Mythology stands at the core of current societal beliefs about females in society. The late Professor Joseph Campbell of Princeton University was very clear as to how myths come to structure society. Professor David Hawk used this work to thus argue that many societies operate via outdated, dangerous myths. These are in urgent need updating: e.g., the American myth of the eagle as the pioneer of land acquisition flying on high with unrestricted freedom of movement and taking. Hawk has lectured that the”eagle” is coming in for a landing in current reality. The question is will he bump along the ground or crash? An ungraded myth of relevance is needed. This is the case in all societies in all times. Note: A myth does not need to be true, but is used to reinforce accepted truths.
The myth of women’s reduced role in society, as drawn from those writing the protestant Bible, provides a prime example. The subjugation of women to men’s desires is relatively recent to human affairs. It gains legitimization from religious teachings of the last two thousand years from the Bible and related writings. Support for this thesis can also be seen in virtually all religious books as composed by men during two thousand years. It was further supported by extensive distribution of the written word via the invention of the printing press in the 15th Century.
One dominant religious teaching is seen in the story line of the Garden of Eden via the need of men in early Christianity. In that story humans came to be banned from paradise due to a woman’s dishonesty, thus relegating her to an unfortunate status. Via and early Faustian bargain she got humans banned from paradise by seducing an honorable but weaker man attracted to her stimulating sex. As such the scriptures circumscribe a sad role for women in the Christian community. Other religious groupings followed in a similar manner, or even towards a lower status.
In the Beginning there was Light, then, via the Bible, there came Dark:
“For the man is not of the woman, but the woman is of the man. Let the woman keep silence in the churches, for it is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commended to be under obedience , so saith the law. And if they learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” (I Corinthians 11:3, 7, 9)
Boys, why must they say such ugly things about and to me?
It is hard to recover from these edicts, but if the Foundation is to help our species recover we need to get over such “religious teachings”.
Instead we need to take note of the reality of motherhood and its central role in being the basis for the eternal. The process of Motherhood is basic to the eternal and at the center of the feminine.
We see the potential of the feminine most clearly in the eyes of young girls, in the sparkles of their curiosity and delight. In their eyes we see the new possibilities for living in the life if the species. It is optimism without restraint. The beauty in their eyes offers openings to the beauty in their minds. Therein is revealed the variety of the human mind. Therein we see apprehension, self-assurance, love of life and concern for others. Much hope is seen in what should and could be.
The dreams lying in the eternal feminine offer a key resource to our collective future. The girls have a vision of a better society, one that knows the right things to do and knows how to do them better. All they need is the opportunity to turn from learning to do the wrong things and how to do them every more efficiently.
There is a story in each young girl, a story that begs to be told and perhaps even realized. The little girls below exemplify our hope. The point to the hope while illustrating the variety. This Foundation is created to tap into their most neglected potential, as society is in urgent need of it. We only hope that you will have interest, listen to and support our work to make use of their largely untapped potential. They have much to say that is different.
The sadness is that with age comes recognition that the vision of the feminine is devalued, it is seen as irrelevant or even in opposition to business as usual. The female comes to see how she is laughed at or simply ignored. They sadly see how business as usual is ignorance of the natural processes behind living, learning, loving and life, but that they have little control over business as usual. In being kept from the edge of human reality they become discouraged. In their discouragement something unfortunate happens. Their hope and curiosity becomes dimmed. They see a world not of their liking, their making or their ability to change.
Two Sisters: one Curious, one Confident
This third sister has her own attitude towards reality and how to relate to it. This one reads much and loves books but then lays them down to go off to read people instead. She offers a third approach to doing things differently. She sees how young boys are given preference, given authority, even encouraged to experiment, to try new things, to so what they like and avoid what they don’t like. She sees how boys are encouraged to experiment in life, even with young girls like her, while girls, like her, are to resist the advances of boys, if they want to be seen as “good.”
Educated to simply put up with and adapt to the unfair girls are drawn into the seeming forever entrapment of what is. Girls are thus drawn into a definition of life at odds with what they know to be better, even perhaps right. They see business as usual defined as the unnatural, the non-feminine. The see the current state as in opposition to systems of living order. Cynicism dims their souls. The soul flickers, while anger emerges.
The Curious, the Confident, then the Reflective
Entombed in a world-view not of their creating or choosing they see strictly enforced limits on experimenting with life. They see a world of men that for a variety of reasons has gone naturally wrong. They see some men having declared war on the nature of which they are an integral part, and whose well-being they depend upon. Perhaps the greatest sadness awaiting the girls as they age is to see how their colleagues in life, the young boys, are educated to disrespect larger systems of nature and life.
The feminine deals with the emotional interacting with the environmental, not the rational seeking to control the environment. The emotional exceeds human physicality while the physical defines limitations of humans and their environment. The feminine, in its eternal form, thus offers a significant resource for change of our species.
An example of the feminine perspective can be seen in the adoration of women for Carrie Fisher. She provides on model of the feminine of what we can tap into in order to better appreciate the perils facing the human project.In this regard our sympathies go our to those who loved and love the late Ms. Fisher in her untimely death on December 27, 2016: The Eternal Feminine is with you eternally.
A Feminine Icon: Princess Leia of “Star Wars”
Perhaps Ms. Fisher is an example of a 21st Century Joan of Arc, to serve as an icon of significance. There are and will continue to be other Joan’s of Arc. The Foundation wants to encourage their discovery and their support. The Foundation will seek them in the domain of those with little voice and no choice. Based on its centuries old culture, China will be the foundation for this work.
Hope for change is seen in how the current business-as-usual ideas and practices are failing, even leading to difficult to solve consequences to the commons we all rely on for life and living. The stability in two hundred years of industrialization now presents us with the incredible instabilities to life as we know it via climate changes. As the idiom goes, we need to be careful of what we wish for, as we may end up with it. Or, as John Brunner states it an overtly graphic manner in his “The Compleat Traveller in Black,” “As you wish, so be it.” The story is of a man going from community to community, granting them their deepest wishes, thereby destroying each community. Is there a way out from doubling down with business as usual, the long standing double bind of creating large instability via trying to ever impose wrongful stability to resist natural change?
The Feminine: Naturally Sexual, Reflective or Responsible for Life?
Lao Tzu is obviously a very helpful figure to finding wisdom from the dilemma of what is the Feminine. Gregory Bateson is helpful in illustrating that such wisdom will lead to new kinds of ways to find new kinds of questions about the feminine. This is illustrated in the following photos, sketches and drawings of the Eternal Feminine Image in history?
B. The Eternal Feminine, as seen in Father-Daughter Relations
Gregory Bateson accessed the eternal dilemma of men/women perspective variance via “father-daughter” conversations, “father-daughter metalogues,” or simply “chats.” As such he reminded us of the long known means to unravel the previously introduced Hawking dilemma. The daughters questions are often more insightful then the father’s answers, although Bateson’s version of a “Daddy’s” answers is above the normal. Bateson appears to understand the essence of the Eternal Feminine.
Bateson and Friends
Metalogue 1: “How Much Do You Know?”
Daughter: Daddy, how much do you know?
F: Me? I have about a pound of knowledge
D: Don’t be silly. Is it a pound sterling or a pound weight? I mean really, how much
do you know?
F: Well, my brain weights about two pounds and I suppose I use about a quarter of it –
or use it at about a quarter efficiency. So, lets say half a pound.
D: But do you know more than Johnny’s daddy? Do you know more than I do?
F: Hmm – I once knew a little boy in England who asked his father, “Do father’s
always know more than sons?” and the father said, “Yes.” The next question was,
“Daddy, who invented the steam engine?” and the father said: “James Watt.”
And then the son came back with “-but why didn’t James Watt’s father invent it?” (Steps Towards an Ecology of Mind, Gregory Bateson, 1972, p. 10)
The father, while obviously a wise and a great man, has a world view in need of light and openness. It needs to examine the various meanings of life, living and loving, via the views of those who see the world in a more natural state, and less in the view of a person trapped by twelve years of education, an education that has reduced curiosity and wonder about the world. When I used to teach architectural design, I sometimes placed a sign over the studio with the expression: “Its very hard to kill a talent.”
The feminine perspective is clearly lacking in the above, as the metalogues imply. Perhaps the most accurate depiction of the eternal feminine as a viable leader of a more desirable future is seen in how she relates to the eternal idea of change:
The feminine leadership quality is seen in how she strongly embraces change while all others around her so admire her to strongly hope she does not change. In this she captures the spirit of the central dilemma driving life.
A second father – daughter chat takes us deeper into the significance of why the Eternal Feminine is a largely untapped resource.
Metalogue 2: “Why Do Things Get in a Muddle?”
“Goethe’s Poem, The Found” (The feminine, to be nourished, not picked)
I walked in the woods
To be in there,
In search of nothing
And without care.
I saw in Shadow
A flower fine
Like eyes so lovely
Like stars ashine.
About to break it,
I heard it say;
Shall I be broken
To wilt away?
I dug it out
With its root so small
To my home I took it
Be the garden wall.
And planted it there
In peaceful ground;
It now branches ever
And blooms abound.
C. Towards an Improved Societal Myth
New ways are needed for humans to relate to each other, to the nature of the larger environment and to the nature in themselves. There should be less fear of the wilderness seen in nature and found in themselves. The wild is simply part of the non-rational not the irrational that becomes the enemy to understanding when forced to be rational. Human lawlessness is mostly created by human laws. As it grows it becomes the irrational generated in intolerance of difference.
The Foundation is to help prepare women to utilize the powers of science, art, poetry, politics and reflection to find and nurture a larger sense of life while managing the harmful consequences from results we worship but do not understand. This is where instead of building a city to serve as an infrastructure for life with nature we build cities as infrastructures to remove nature and destroy life. We can do better via the quest for the eternal feminine. The nature of ancient cities illustrates what was lost in the industrial city designed to protect us from our nature.
In the clearest terms our Foundation questions the societal oppression from expecting women to shut up and keep working, or we will punish them. We seldom notice where their work is often done for the wrong reasons and achieves the wrong results, results to continue business as usual, business defined and managed in the minds of men. It is not that men are ignorant of larger life processes or even insensitive to seeing how their activities deteriorate the environment of all life. Men area aware of both but appear somehow sidetracked by a will to power. They believe how power is attained through the religion of personal wealth is accrued by winning in the battle of life, a battle they forget they must lose.
Men believe to be real they must be hard and live by the discipline of not just standing there, but always doing something, even if what is done is in no ones interest. Meanwhile, via the modern family women are encouraged to shop or cook. The relative time spent on each depends on the wealth of the man they do their best to agree with. The smarter women thus are encouraged to exaggerate obedience and thus be allowed more time for shopping which when they tire of such the have time to find interesting lovers. Women who cannot manage to be quiet and agree learn of life in the gulag. Society, its laws, lawyers and lawlessness form the above into a kind of counter productive culture. Reform is needed.
Women are closer to life processes of birth, death and the humor seen in the almost universal ignorance that surfaces in the time in between. As such, they cannot avoid questioning the arrogance of what is, at least to themselves in private moments. Those that are brave even suggest what could or perhaps ought to be for the children thus upsetting the Taliban lurking in all men. This is fundamental to the mind of the terrorist not the espoused battle against society. Problems in business as usual are the essential recruiter of those who will to destroy all to find their shallow souls in the rubble.
Much of “business as usual” is now challenged and being redefined via the phenomena of information technology and the private openness it allows. The role of IT is an evolving process and can be consistent with the ends of the Foundation. These ends are much further and deeper then the technology of IT. In the Foundation change is seen as a means, not an end in itself. We resent the shallow approach of the Canadian Marshall McLuhan in only seeing “The Media as the Message.” We will expose members of the Foundation to ideas of a media that encourages more genuine messaging, not 60% pornography. This is not to imply pornography as bad, although the musical soundtracks are very disturbing to the soul.
We see increasing troubles as a consequence of business as usual and its traditional results. A more direct way of saying all that precedes in this section comes from the arguments of Russell Ackoff, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. with many business leaders. When touring their companies he pointed out that much of their management efforts were directed at doing the wrong things ever more efficiently.
In some respects the business as usual ideology is seen in the work of Donald Trump. He sees his sons are great but his daughters even greater as long as they obey him, and do his masculine business approach even more closely than the sons can manage. We are not supporting this approach to enhancing the inclusion of the feminine perspective. We instead support better questions not more consistent responses to traditional answers to questions that may now be relevant to the human condition. In the tradition of Lao Tzu we strongly accept that the most profound questions might never find expression in words.
In that the minds of young boys are given predominant attention and respect we will not favor them in our Foundation, but will also not denigrate their continuing importance.
The essence of our Foundation is that these thoughts and the passion driving them is sorely needed to allow life to survive the 21st Century. The 19th Century thinking of young boys aligned with the best metaphors of Newton was central to the results of the 20th Century. These results are now seen to have fateful entropic consequences to systems of life and living order, as well as having boxed up the human spirit in cars, houses and offices. The human soul, in the sense express during the time by Lao Tzu in the East and Socrates in the West is again in danger. As such we raise the optimism of the long standing idea of the “eternal feminine.” to enlarge the perspective on what is, and what to do about it.
D. The Feminine Mystic, Transforming the Man’s World
This hope travels over time and surfaces in the mind of the Feminine, the female actress in the human project, a project set in the universe.
Who are the little girls? There is much variety in this often used category referenced by parents and their little boys. As with most categories there is often more variety within a category then between categories. None-the-less it is helpful to look to the phenomenal difference between these two people in the photo. On the left is one that is comfortable in being shy and reading science and math. On the right is one whose discomfort drives her to read everything despite instructions. In common, both were taught to hide candy under their beds by a grandmother, just in case there is a depression or they happened to meet up with bad men.
There is so little humans know in any rational sense of knowledge. Those operating within the limits of unaided rationality act to keep the aesthetic ambiguities of life at bay. Yes, we all know there is a great deal beyond the limits of the rational but via the formalization of knowledge we restrict it to what can be written. We turn back the non-rational but eventually it makes its presence known via the irrational, such as in a population of those who would seek meaning in terrorizing others. Their are consequences in ignoring that which is outside the rational limits of human thought, just as their are consequences in mismanaging the eternal feminine as seen at the end of Part II of Goethe’s 18th Century Faustian Tragedy. Since the 1960s we have come to call these wicked problems in that we have no means to conceptualize them or how they will effect us. This title seems to not help in their management. We need a new set of metaphors for understanding, those less reductionist and more expansionist as drawn from the history of the eternal feminine.
The need to thoughtlessly act as seen in the minds of little boys is fun for them and often attractive to little girls that giggle at the results. Yet, this seems like the beginning of many human troubles. Herein we see the beginning of the down side of the human project. Contemplation linked to a different set of acts, all linked to a new model of management seems in order. Perhaps it will come to be called reflective action where small girls and boys negotiate the normative of moving from what is to what ought to be.
There can be great variety within the category of young girls. These differences are a great advantage, not a difficulty to overcome. Human life now needs more reflection on action. Centuries of actions linked to values presumed to be in human interest are now seen as dangerous to the web of life. Humans increasingly find they are part of this web. Human survival now depends on the integrity of the web. The agricultural era was great, for humans, and the industrial era seemed even greater. The consequences of these two remarkable results-centered, man-made activities now loom on our horizon and begin to redefine the conditions of survival of all species.
E. Lao Tzu Wisdom: Emergence of Ancient Fundamentals
The “Supremely Mysterious and Primordial Emperor, Lao Tzu, as one of the most inspiring person who ever lived is crucial to the meaning in the Eternal Feminine Foundation. Less important to the Foundation are the memorized and revered dictates of Confucian thought. Confucius’s principles have a strong basis in ordinary, business-as-usual common sense Chinese tradition and belief. In practice this illustrates that often sense is not so common. Confucian thinking is more rigorous yet not insightful to troubles now facing humans.
- “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
- “Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”
- “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
- “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
Confucius championed strong family loyalty, ancestor worship, respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives. Perhaps it is now time for husbands to instead show respect for wives. This brings us to our mission in discovery and nurturing the fundamental feminine.
F. The Fundamental Feminine
The Foundation is set up to serve young women in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The Foundation will provide university assistance, advisement and help with entering or establishing an organization that serves others.
In addition to those the Foundation is to serve and assist there is a network of very kind and very talented women that will help and advise those being financially served by the Foundation monies.
Snill, an actress, from Dalian, China
Nata, 18, Columbia Olga, 19, Ukraine
Xiaoli , China, 21 years, a Doctor
Xia is an inspiration to many of those that will be helped by the Foundation resources. She is an important example of what an advisor can help with relative to the Eternal Feminine. Nice to have her helping us.
Yes, these images depict the eternal feminine associated with the Foundation via the symbols of external beauty in the life of four continents, but of greater importance to us are signs of what lies i n the inner beauty. Unfortunately, when seen in this manner we often see the downside of manliness gone wrong which then provides a “rational” for widespread wrongdoing and the war against the eternal feminine. In some basic ways this is symbolized by the life and death of Marylin Monroe, the Post WWII “candle in the wind.”
While in the short term men see these as the property they must come to own, as in Goethe’s Faust, and woman makes it worse by often enjoying the early parts of that game, we are more concerned with the long term results of the game, and its impact on the soul of the eternal.
Men are good at attaining results, yet results attained move to second order results, normally called consequences, most of which are unknown until long after results are achieved. Women are good at reflecting on processes and assuming their are consequences that can be unknown, even unknowable.
Just now humans need to reflect on, discover and manage differences that make a difference. Some differences are over time and deal with entropy, some are within time and deal with the spatial also managed by the entropic.
Just now men are the default setting in most societies, even to the extreme seen in the ideas of the Taliban. There are hints of the Taliban mind in all men, especially those 20th Century men relying on 19th Century ideas to control the 21st Century. Change is needed to this default setting.
With this in mind an Eternal Feminine Foundation is hereby established to prepare select females to find and confront the consequences of the 20th Century. In that most humans relate to learning via rude experiences the 20th Century activities of the human project have been of value. It is not time to lay the basis to make what was learned valuable to improving the project.
Related to Goethe and Lao Tzu the conception of the Eternal Feminine was introduced to the West via Goethe at the end of his remarkable Faust, Part 2. There in Woman symbolized pure contemplation to lie in contrast to pure masculine, or moving in action. Women’s virtues are inherently private while those of men are public. Women have the power to redeem and be moral guardians, as well as illustrate the power of love: women such as the controversial Doris Lessing.
“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” Doris Lessing, 2007 Nobel Prize Winner, Literature.
“Men are restless, adventurous. Women are conservative – despite what current ideology says. Of course men and women are different. You cannot escape the fact that women mould your first five years, whether you like it or not. And I can’t say I do like it very much.” (Doris Lessing, Guardian, January, 2007)
If you are intrigued by the Nobel Laureate in Literature you might look into her books, such as “The Golden Notebook,” or if you have the courage, “Briefing for a Descent into Hell.”
And then we move back to the wisdom of China: where the Foundation begins and ends.
G. Foundation Founders:
The Eternal Feminine Foundation is a new Institute established to address the physical and psychological integrity of the human project. It is to seek and support those who will bring optimism into avoiding the largely unspoken yet widely felt end to our species. Business as usual is not serving the species well. The Founders are a diverse group of concerned people who support the Foundation seeking improvements in humans relating to nature and each other. The Wang family and others are instrumental.