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Ecofeminism Book By Care2 Friend Jytte Nhanenge Just Published


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Gregory
- 1349 days ago - sen4earth.org
SEN is honored to announce and review the newly published book, Ecofeminism: Towards Integrating the Concerns of Women, Poor People, and Nature into Development, authored by Care2 member and friend Jytte Nhanenge. Please click and comment in support!



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Cher Away Moving (1470)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 8:13 am


Thnx hun!

 

Suzanne S. (760)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 8:21 am
The challenges we are facing in our troubled world are complex, a complexity this book clearly describes and yet renders understandable and soluble, and is among the more important ecofeminism books published to date. SEN therefore concludes its review as follows:

The book is a must reading for every literate person in the world; it is for those who are appreciative of scholarship; it is for those who want to understand the root causes of our present global crises; it is for those who want to improve their knowledge in order to increase their engagement in the current important discussions about necessary global changes; it is for those who want to present their demands more eloquently to political leaders and media; it is for those who want real change and improvement in the quality of life for society and nature and who are fed up with the eternal focus on economic profit; and it is for those who are not yet completely impoverished by the greed of patriarchy and still have some funds available to buy the book*.

*If you are out of funds, I would urge you to ask your library to acquire it.
 

Pami W. (211)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:33 am
I love her dedication

 

Susan Pernot (75)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:42 am
thanks
 

Jeannette A. (146)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:48 am
Thank you Gregory... I want very much to read this book but, at $63 for the paperback version from Amazon.com, it is out of my price range. I did as Suzanne suggested but our library does not have this book in their system. So I will have to wait.... but I am thankful that this book was written and that they ideas are out there.
 

Suzanne S. (760)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:50 am
Keep requesting it Jeannette :) If we keep asking for books, especially those new to print, the more likely we are to be able to get them in our libraries for all to read.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:52 am
Yay, Jytte. I'm so very proud to know you. :-)
Thanks for posting this, Gregory.
 

Natividad P. (104)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:56 am
Noted. Thank you Suzanne
 

chris b. (2474)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:02 am
Noted and shared
 

JOHNLEWIS HODDINOTT (77)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:03 am
NOTED THANKYOU
 

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:17 am
The important thing about this is that one of our own Care2 members and friends has devoted years of her life to determine WHY our world is beset with so much poverty, violence, environmental destruction, war, injustice, and abuse -- especially of women and children and helpless animals but also disempowered people in general -- all while an elite few and international corporations grow wealthier and more powerful. There is not a cause on Care2 that the explanation and solution posed in her book does not encompass, and that's the reason to celebrate its publication.
 

Ruth McD (736)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:20 am
Thankful for Jytte and all of us who care about earth and all the living creatures on it. Thanks Gregory.
 

Rebecca Y. (26)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:22 am
A daunting project....however, a book about "Concerns of Women, Poor People, and Nature into Development" and is priced so high that only the rich can afford it......hmmmm, makes one ponder the plight of poor people and women and society all over again; but thanks Gregory....it sounds like a mighty read!
 

Roxana Cortijo (175)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:29 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

Yvonne White (233)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:35 am
Congratulations to Jytte!:)
 

Betsy Bee (1041)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:38 am
Jyette, I applaud you and your book. Thank you, Georgory, for making the announcement.
 

Mark H. (33)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:42 am
Thanks! Good Timing!
 

Jennifer T. (101)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:52 am
Thank you for sharing.
 

Tammy F. (116)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 10:56 am
Would Love to read this book and learn more about your cause!
 

Stephen Hill (639)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:02 am
I am so pleased to hear this. I know this was a significant landmark in her path of life. I know the book will be powerful and enlightening. Humanity will truly benefit from this source of information.

Jyette, you have sent so much positive energy into this world that we are enveloped by your caring and love for mankind. Your special family member from across the rainbow bridge is wagging his tail.

We all pray for your health happiness and success!

Thank you Gregory for bringing this to our attention. Blessing to you.
 

Constance F. (431)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:09 am
Thank you for posting this, and forwarding, Suzanne. I would love to read the book, without a doubt. The book will perhaps decrease a little in price in a couple of months. I could be wrong. PS: for those who haven't heard Congress is attempting to de-list gray wolves from ESA. This too will be an ecological disaster. When Britian attempted to eliminate wolves, the rabbit population exploded causing further detrimental ecological damage. Petitions and generic letters are circulating on C2. I am no longer content with the 400 sigs eecked out. Major call to action. For our environment. For the love of wildlife and their right to exist. Sorry to put my own agenda out. Freedom of speech. We are on the same side. And thank you again.
 

Paula W. (23)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:30 am
Noted, added my comment & subscribed to the newsletter. I think Ecofeminism is going to be in my lists of books that *everyone* should read, along with The Chalice and the Blade, Fast Food Nation and The Sexual Politics of Meat.
 

. (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:32 am
Noted,thank you Suzanne...
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:38 am
Thanks for posting Gregory...and a big thanks to my friend Jytte for her dedication and hard work....Bravo!
 

Laverne Wallace (59)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:45 am
noted Thanks
 

Alet Coetzee (59)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:49 am
Noted, thank you Suzanne
 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 12:06 pm
True that one person can have a tremendous impact for change in our world! One may not change the whole world but it may just change for one person! Thank you Dear Jytte for your contribution to this new book! I hope one day soon to get a copy. God Bless you always. Thanks Gregory.
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 12:28 pm
way to go jytte
 

Catherine Turley (193)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 12:40 pm
impressive. i hope she has uncovered new information that will advance our mission. i also hope the book doesn't alienate men. i have no doubt that had women governed the world to this point, we would have just as many problems.
 

Agnes Wojciechowska (152)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 12:40 pm
Thank you Susane
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 12:49 pm
Thank you Suzanne for the message about this book, I will bookmark and follow up on reading it.
 

Shaheen N. (64)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 12:59 pm
Noted, Thanks for sharing.
 

Daffy McGee (276)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 1:09 pm
Noted with Delight.
Thank You Dear Jytte, Gregory, and Suzanne!
Hugzzz
Daffy:)
 

Cal Mendelsohn (1006)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 1:31 pm
Thanks Gregory and Jyette for making a difference once again!
 

Glenda J. (158)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 1:33 pm
Thanks for sharing
 

Abo r. (103)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 1:36 pm
Thanks.
 

Just Carole (338)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 1:45 pm

I am SO PROUD of your hard work, and well-earned accomplishment, my dear Jytte.

Kudos, sweet friend, and honored co-inhabitant of this beautiful earth!

Much love.
 

Jo-Ann Harris (85)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 2:10 pm
Noted and thanks for sharing. Change occurs one person at a time. Like a pebble hitting the water, the ripple effect can be tremendous, if only we are all willing to to embrace and face the challenges of change.
 

LMj Sunshine (143)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 3:03 pm
Thank you!! Called library to request...
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 3:19 pm
my dear sister we are so proud of you, we know how much work you've put into this book. but you have written it with your heart's blood, in an attempt to create a better life on earth for them, where hverday is a struggle to survive. but you give them hope, and you tell us all what we need to know. so we can all help to create a better world.
love from youre familie
 

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 3:52 pm
You did it, my Dear Jytte! I give you my heartfelt thanks for reaching out to people with your words.

I will buy the book next month when I go to visit my niece in Maryland. Lower sales tax, you know.

Hugs to you and Gregory and Suzanne for the post! You are all friends with wings.
 

Ralph F. (64)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 4:14 pm
Good luck with the book, Jytte.
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 4:32 pm
thanks for telling the world
 

Ancil S. (175)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 4:41 pm
Congratulations are in order! Wishing you the best of luck with the new book! I'll want to read it!
 

Lyne F. (87)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 4:49 pm
Thank you all! Jytte, hmmm...read Sen4, will read more. Wish you great success, and moreover, much impact!!
 

Monica D. (580)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 4:50 pm
This looks impressive. I think that perhaps it is quite true that many people are raised with what Nietsche called the "master values" - the desire to subjugate and win by fair or foul means. Within the present economic system, these people do great damage to others and to nature.
 

Monica D. (580)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 4:55 pm
The question then becomes how to change matters. Both changes in values and in the economic system could be ideal. I would like to see changes in the economic system, as advocated by CASSE at http://steadystate.org. I encourage everyone to look at the site and sign the petition!

With a more sustainable economic system, one friendlier to people and planet, the values of people may become kinder, aligning with what is fostered by the new system.
 

Michael Carney (212)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 4:56 pm
Noted, with pleasure...I am very pleased that this book has been published, and I send a heart felt thank you, to all who are involved in it's writing, and publishing, I will ask for the book, I'll make a special point to go to my County Library this weekend...Keep up the great work, and thanks to you all...
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 5:01 pm
Good stuff!
 

mary f. (181)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 5:01 pm
noted thank you Jyette thanks Suzanne for forwarding
 

Julie P. (149)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 5:16 pm
I came to know Jytte through the insightful comments she posted on care2, which enhanced my comprehension of the root causes of societal injustice. Her holisitc insights will benefit those seeking a kinder, more equitable world, based on the concept of a global community. As always, I am proud of you my friend.
 

Kim O. (398)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 5:54 pm
Noted! Thanks Gregory and Suzanne! This is great! And congrats to Jytte!!
 

J. R. (0)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 5:57 pm
Such books should not only be read by everyone but also be discussed in every classroom.
Hats off Sisters!
 

Susan S. (191)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 6:16 pm
Congratulations on your book Jytte. It sounds like a must-read.
 

Alicia N. (87)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 6:20 pm
A big CONGRATS to you Jytte !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Mary T. (185)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 6:31 pm
Noted and thanks Gregory and Suzanne, And congrats to Jytte. Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
 

Regina P. (79)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 7:28 pm
Thank you so much for sharing.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 8:12 pm
Thanks for Jytte for writing this book, and thanks to Gregory and Suzanne for bringing it to our attention.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 8:16 pm
I have just returned home & to C2 after 12 days away and am delighted to discover the close-up photo of my dear sunny friend, Jytte, on Front Page (with 94 notes, no less!) for her impressive major achievement: the publication of this important work- the culmination of her academic life, so far.

Congratulations, Jyette !
I am so proud for you; and so glad to have you as a friend.

TY, Gregory & Suzanne.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 8:23 pm
The subject of this book is really at the core of our concerns for our world and thank goodness we have a truly progressive thinker helping us move forward on these vital issues - women, poverty, & eco-development - here at C2, where I am too often disillusioned by trivia.
 

Lydia s. (163)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 8:29 pm
Thanks. Will check it out .
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 8:56 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Penelope Ryan (176)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:01 pm
Thanks Gregory
 

Toni C. (508)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:34 pm
Yea, Jytte, you did it! Knew youd' been working so hard you hadn't been able to get online. Proud of you, girl!!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 9:47 pm
I just clicked on the Amazon site, and there are only two copies of the book "Ecofeminism: Towards Integrating the Concerns of Women, Poor People, and Nature into Development" remaining! Kudos to Jytte Nhanenge for investing so much time and effort in preparing this comprehensive study and for sharing that information with us. She must be an exceptionally dedicated and caring woman.

Based on the description of her book, it sounds as though it should be required reading for the Tea Partiers, the GOP, managers of large corporations, and any independent who has doubts about the impact of their actions (or inactions). Personally, I'm looking forward to reading it and experiencing some "aha" and 'lightbulb" moments of my own.
 

Carmen S. (69)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:13 pm
You are so right Susanne, they most certainly should read it but I will bet it is the good people who will be reading this book not the ones who really should be reading it. I also will ask my library to get it.
 

FulviaAway M. (331)
Tuesday April 12, 2011, 11:19 pm
This is a must read :-D ! Thank you Gregory and Suzanne!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 12:33 am
good
 

Anna Smith (493)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 3:37 am
Great...Thanks Noted !
 

Esther Z. (96)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 4:23 am
Noted. I wish much success to Ms. Nhanenge on her heartfelt work.
 

Shirley S. (176)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 4:55 am
Noted & congratulations to an amazing woman .
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 5:06 am
noted, thank you
 

Arild Warud (170)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 5:14 am
Thanks Gregory.
 

Cynthia not well (340)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 6:53 am
TY Gregory
 

Genoveva M M. (332)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 7:49 am
Thanks you very much for sharing.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 8:34 am
This weekend I was at the computer screen working on an article critical of economics, in the small Mozambican town of Chimoio where I live. I then received an email from my friend Gregory, saying that he and Suzanne wished to be the first to review my just published book in their Sustainability Education Network (SEN4Earth). I was delighted by the gesture and I am happy about the outcome. It comes from the fact that Gregory and Suzanne support the evolving perspective of Ecofeminism - a holistic way of perceiving reality and the foundation of this book. Moreover, the values are similar to those in SEN. However, I also know that both are busy people, working hard to make ends meet, in these economic troubled times. I am therefore grateful that you decided to spend so much of your precious free time to do this review. I thank you both from the bottom of my heart.

As you may have learned from my profile I was working for many years with Development mainly in Africa. Being frustrated about its inability to alleviate poverty, I decided to find out what is wrong. Hence, I settled in Mozambique and started my own education about poverty and its alleviation. My aim was to find an ethics in development, that could assist poor people, a thing I felt, was badly needed in development. That search took me wide and far and lasted 12 years. However, I never was allowed to linger since I live in a place where every day reminds me about the suffering of poverty. My home is placed opposite the main entrance to Chimoio hospital. Daily I hear women crying and screaming, seeing them throwing themselves to the ground due to their immense grief over the death of yet another loved one. Thus, I am never permitted to forget my search.

I eventually started to combine and integrate into a dissertation, the wisdom I had learned from many amazing authors during the years of study. I always felt that it as due to the ideas of these amazing thinkers that I could write the dissertation; I did not think the original thoughts. Thus to use Newton’s expression: in order to write the dissertation, “I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” It took years, with hard work, including numerous obstacles and complications; it was especially a challenge for my poor mind to combine issues it was not used to unite. Moreover, it is difficult to live in an African country. Often the electricity is out, for several years we had no water, and only after the dissertation was ready did we get internet, etc. Thus, I had many practical obstacles and time consuming limitations. However, that is the African reality, which of course is much worse for poor people. I did not have to think about whether or not I would get food that day. Eventually the work was ready, and being well received by the examinators. Thus, my supervisor motivated me to publish it. And now 3 years after that, the book is here.

Indeed, as my sister Lykke says, it has taken many years of hard work to get thus far. However, the real work is only beginning, because now we need to change - not the world - but the way in which we perceive the world. Only when we start to think holistic, seeing the world as being one integrated whole, can we end our global crises including poverty. I intend to do my part. My aim is clear: I want to end the terrible suffering of poverty – take what it may take. That is the work ahead!

Thank you all very much for taking time to note and comment on Gregory’s post about the publishing off the book. I am truly grateful. I am in the process of preparing reactions and explanations to some of your comments. They will follow shortly.
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 8:57 am
Thanks Gregory and congratulations Jytte on your new book :)

Be Blessed! Stay Blessed!
Peace, Love and Light ;-)
 

Eileen Novak (444)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 9:31 am
Bravo!
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 10:05 am
Noted. Thank you, Gregory for sharing this and Kudos to Jytte on your new book. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. I know it will be a huge success.
 

Beth FS (149)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 11:38 am
Noted and thanks for sharing :-)
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 11:50 am
Jytte what a valuable tool and guide you have offered to all who as Gregory stated are literate but for those who can not read please read it to them. Everyone of us on this Earth must stand up and to reclaim that which is all of our inherit right to exist upon without thirsting, empty stomachs, clean air to breathe.

As my native ancestors understood so well, the land, air, and waters, were not of any one persons exclusively, but was there for all. Indigenous people always did understand that concept and still understand that concept. It is only when the few control the environment and resources given to all of us that we run into want for the greed of the few set conditions to make many suffer.

This Earth system is set in a perfect self sustaining balance, if we, the two legged, live within that harmonic balance. We are the only species that does not do so and as the only species that does not do so we have affected all other species upon this planet in adverse ways.

Most indigenous people were and are organized on a matriarchal system, in balance with our Earth Mother, hence we refer to her as Mother. The Human Women understand this concept of birth and nurturing as they themsleves bring forth life and understand almost instintively this concept of regeneation and working within the balance.

The more people that can be reached to allow them to understand that there are good ways of living upon our Mother Earth where all people can live out their lives in a decent way, with food, shelter, and love in a self sustaining way the better. I so appreciate you adding your voice to this, for it must be a total major turn in the minds of the Earth's people to change what is happening world wide. I thank you for adding this upon the Winds so others may learn.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 12:04 pm
THANK YOU so much Gregory and Suzanne for this awesome news post! And THANK YOU Jytte for your extraordinary work which not only sounds like a winner but seems to be a true gift to our modern days global society. CONRATULATIONS! I love your take on the key issues and feel it's most topical at current times. We just need to look around us to see where patriarchy has taken the world-- one of those just arrested yesterday in Sharm el Sheikh, another going wild raising hell in Tripoli, not to mention G.W.B., and so on..
I wish you and your book the success well deserved and hope it will really help to bring our world back to balance!
 

Natalie Away J. (125)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 12:21 pm
Noted, thanks Gregory and Suzanne for forwarding and to Jytte as well for persevering with the book. I also wish you every success with the book, and I'll see if I can myself get a copy to read.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 12:26 pm
Just read Dandelion's comment and simply have to add a BIG KUDOS to her. So very well said Sheryl, expressing precisely what I had actually wanted to say but then decided to keep it brief.
 

Tierney G. (383)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 1:39 pm
This sounds like a must read! thank you Gregory and Suzanne and Congrats and thanks to Jytte
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 1:50 pm
I would like to react some of your various comments:

Monica opens up the big and essential question of how we can change things. Like you, I have also pondered that issue. I think we may agree that we are up against a huge challenge, which relates to the behavior of greedy and violent people. Their actions are causing tremendous pain for society and nature globally. I find that Dandelion very clearly states what is wrong with our world.

Before I put forward my suggestion for a solution, allow me just briefly to explain a bit: The book is not about feminism and women in the early sense of these concepts. It is about poverty. However, I found out that poverty does not exist in isolation; it relates to other global crises including war and violence, environmental destruction, and human rights abuses. We live in an interconnected world. There are no neat separate compartments. When we do something in one place, we get effects elsewhere. That is why the Chaos theory so famously says that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in the Amazonas can cause a storm in Europe. Thus, in dealing with poverty, I had to deal with the other issues as well. I then found out that 70 percent of all absolute poor (living below 1.25 USD per day) are women. Moreover, the majority of the victims of the other crises are also women (and children). Thus, the effects from our global crises are mainly borne by women (and children). That makes poverty a gender issue. But the victims are not only women, the subordinate group include poor men, traditional people, colored people, minority groups, old people, etc. and nature. I further found out that also other issues are marginalized, including ethics, aesthetics, and spirituality; the same with relational or social activities like cooperation and generosity; similarly with intuition and emotions. It then dawned on me that the common element of these and other subordinate issues is that they are considered feminine or yin. Hence, when I use the concept patriarchal domination, I do not mean to say that biological men are dominating biological women; I say that masculine or yang energies are dominating feminine or yin energies. That is what the book is about.

Patriarchal domination is therefore not biological; it relates to a dualist value which separates masculine energies from feminine ones, although the two are integrated parts of a united whole. This dualist value was chosen for us many years ago. In the book I explain how it seeped into society as from the Scientific Revolution, causing science, economics, and modern technology to be based on value dualism, prioritizing masculine or yang energies. Hence, these deeply integrated structures are subordinating all that is yin or feminine. Therefore, man is seen as being more important than, and prioritized over women, human over nature, young over old, rich over poor, rationality over emotions, quantities over quality, homogeneity over diversity, hard over soft, large over small, parts over whole, theory over practice, universal over particular, production over reproduction, individual over social, competition over cooperation, strength over weakness, civilized over traditional, expansion over contraction, active over passive, domination over subordination, linear over cyclical, exploitation over conservation, mechanical over ecological, visible over invisible, life over death, etc.

It is not at all difficult to see the outcome of a run-away yang energy that is not limited by yin forces: You get a dominant, uncaring, rational, competitive individual who in a linear fashion is expanding his homogeneous, universal theories, creating only hard and large technology in order to produce economic quantities with no concern of the consequences for women, poor people, traditional people, children, and society at large, all of which he sees as being weak and subordinate. Moreover, the yang person perceives natural resources as being dead mechanical parts available for his exploitation and the place to dump his pollution. Thus, with unlimited yang forces, one quickly understands why we have a greedy dog-eat-dog world, with war and violence, poverty and inequality, human rights abuses, and environmental destruction. Consequently, as I see the problem it relates to our inner energies – which are out of balance – and not to our biology.

That is why I agree with Catherine: men and women are equally capable of choosing dominant actions. History has shown us – in the Philippines, Bangladesh and India – that having female leaders makes no positive difference for women and poor people. These female leaders belong to the political and economic elites and are therefore inclined to choose policies that will improve the economic situation for their own group, rather than for their gender. In addition, Margaret Thatcher was an extreme yang woman. Together with Ronald Reagan she initiated the present global neo-liberal system, which focuses on free markets and trade. It is a political-economic model, which I perceive as one of the most dangerous current policies. It is feeding profit to the greedy owners and CEOs of corporations together with their political friends by dominating society and exploiting nature – in the process we are all becoming poorer.

Now we come to the solution. As I see it, no law or fear of prison will end the yang greed, which is rife in society today. Punishment simply does not work. However, yang is not a fixed entity, it is not a biological thing; it is energy, and energy can be changed. Thus, we need to shrink the yang energy with a huge portion of yin forces. In that way we can create a dynamic tension between our inner yang and yin energies. The outcome would be a person who is able to choose balanced actions, which will embrace also quality issues, including concerns for women, poor people, and nature. Thus a dynamic tension between yin and yang is for me the perfect development ethics: it is an ethics of care.

How to implement such a solution? I am still thinking about that and I have not written anything about it in the book. However, I do have an alternative idea: I would like to create “correctional” facilities for those who cannot balance their inner yang with yin like the greedy CEO’s in corporations, the politicians and economists who can only see economic quantities, the billionaires and many others. The client should for some years live in a cooperating and caring community together with mainly women, traditional and colored people, situated in nature, with untouched rivers, forests, and mountains. The client should spend time nursing babies, puppies, and kittens; keep chickens, pigs, goats, and cows, milking them, nurturing them and follow their development. The client should learn to grow own organic food, eating only from what Mother Earth provides freely, hence not using any kind of force or violence. The whole scenario is full of yin energies. I am convinced that the client eventually would understand the value of yin and appreciate it. When the client has been healed he/she can return to the outside world and start balancing the now dominant inner yin with yang. We do need both energies in order to live a balanced, harmonious, and fulfilling life. Consequently, when we are able to unite the feminine yin and the masculine yang energies, we can dismiss patriarchal values all together. We can change our dualist and reductionist perception of the world into a reality that is whole and an interconnected unity. That is when the various crises will dissolve, and poverty is alleviated.

I will return with more comments
 

Cheryl B. (205)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 2:15 pm
Thanks, Gregory, for sending this to me. And of course, thanks to Jytte for this outstanding book, researched, experienced, and written from her heart and soul. There's a lot of work to do, but as someone quoted: "Something is possible until it is proved impossible."
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 5:58 pm
Thanks Angelika, I'm probably known for not keeping things too short. I do try, and still get the message out.
 

Henry P. (171)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 9:00 pm
Noted Thanks Suzanne
 

Patti Brown OFFLINE (81)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 9:40 pm
Noted and thank you for sharing!
 

Iain A. (69)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 11:49 pm
noted, thanks for sharing Suzanne
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 2:08 am
Like Jeannette, Becky, and Constance, I also regret the high price of the book. The publisher told me it is due to the number of pages (560.) Indeed, the book is quite voluminous because I decided carefully to explain everything I am analyzing, so that people fully understand it and do not have to check information elsewhere. I often regret when I read a book and it refers to something I do not know about, which I then must check in another book. In that sense the book incorporates information from several books. Nevertheless, it is still expensive. Thus, it does look like a paradox writing a book about poverty and its alleviation, which then is sold at a price no poor person can ever pay. However, the book still has a rationale, which Dandelion already has touched upon:

The book will never be read by absolute poor people. Sixty percent of them are illiterate and the rest cannot read well, nor understand English. So that is impossible. Moreover, I do not need to convince poor people that they are suffering; they know that much better than I do. I need to convince those who are choosing bad actions, that their activities, seen holistically, result in devastating effects for others. Moreover, they must understand that those “others” are valuable living beings, not subordinate, but equal to themselves. Hence, I want to change the minds at the top of the patriarchal hierarchy, not those at the bottom.

The book is meant to inform about poverty and other global crises, in order to promote awareness of the suffering of poor people and the causes. It is meant fundamentally for two groups 1) those who already are yin-yang balanced people, informing them what they are up against, and 2) those out-of-balance people who need a wake-up call, motivating them to change their energies and behavior.

The book is published by University Press of America and is considered a study book; hence as Anja says the content of the book can be discussed in class rooms, both at the secondary and tertiary levels of education. A Danish friend of mine is a secondary school teacher. She wants to discuss the book with her students. In that way they learn about the world, cultures, environment, genders, the crises like war and poverty, Third World issues, history of science, etc. – at the same time they improve their English. There is nothing better than to give holistic input into fresh and free spirited young minds. Young people are our future and they need to be exposed to more genuine, sustainable, and caring perception of our living reality.

I also agree with Susanne. The book should be read by politicians, by economists, by owners and CEOs of corporations, by the generals, the Tea-partiers, the billionaires, and many more. My wish and hope is that some of them will be able to realize the harm their actions are causing and then try to change their energies. For me it is important not to focus on people as being bad; it is their actions which are bad, caused by their unbalanced inner energies. We cannot change a person, because it is a static entity. However, we can change energies and actions. Thus, I am convinced that war-mongering politicians like George W. Bush, corporate-friendly presidents like Barack Obama, even dictators like Muammar Gaddafi, and CEOs in Monsanto, General Electric, and Sandoz all can balance their inner energies, change their actions, and promote different more holistic and caring actions, policies and laws that include concerns for yin society and nature.

I know I am preaching for the converted here at Care2, that makes it easy. Care2 members care about Mother Earth and her beautiful creatures, her lands, mountains, plants, soils, air, and oceans and you are all dedicated to saving life on Earth. The information in the book is however still important for people at Care2. The book unveils the underlying values of the current world-view, which is patriarchal. Most of you do not want to continue living with these values, but want to change them. However, my experience tells me that only when we fully understand how the system functions, grasp the underlying values, can we decide upon solutions, necessary changes, and thus improve our lives. Consequently, the information may help those who already have balanced energies to argue better and to eloquently demand change. When we understand why things have gone so terribly wrong we can calmly and assertively present inclusive, and holistic alternatives to the tea partiers, politicians and CEOs in corporations, the billionaires, and other people.

During my lengthy study period I was truly surprised to learn about the underlying values of science, economics, and modern technology – all of which are the foundation in the program called Third World development. This insight made me understand why economic growth cannot alleviate poverty, but oppositely is causing poverty; why science develops violent and polluting technologies; why women are the poorest of the poor, etc. It is this knowledge I want to share with you. My aim is to give you easy access to the knowledge. I had to study hundreds of books and articles, over several years. You only have to read one book. Did you for example know that since economists can only include quantities in their calculations all quality issues are excluded from economics. Hence, society and nature have no economic value! To get around this “irritating” methodological obstacle, economists made a box called “externalities,” where they place society and nature. That trick allows business people, free of charge, to pollute society and nature. They are never kept financially responsible for the disasters they cause in society and nature. The producers of cigarettes do not have to pay for the resulting lung cancers; the air polluters do not have to pay for the increase in respiratory diseases; the agri-businesses do not have to pay for the allergies, diseases, and death their toxic chemicals and genetically modified seeds are causing in society. In this way, we may better understand why we are forced to live with toxic materials, why our oceans are polluted, and why we increasingly get sick from our food. Not having to pay for the costs, which are borne by society and nature, the corporate polluters earn huge profits. Since they share with the politicians, they do not even have to pay tax from that profit making. In this way, business people never share their money with society and nature. Instead society and nature becomes exhausted and ever poorer. However, when we understand this yin-yang imbalance, we also know what is needed: demand that the discipline of economics is changed to include concerns for society and nature – and all other yin elements. We need to demand in an eloquent and well informed way that economics become a holistic discipline. Science in general and economics specifically are in their present form not helpful for improving the quality of life for society and nature. Apart from society and nature, scientists can also not quantify love, cooperation, friendship, and democracy; subordinating these highly precious human elements means that science is sowing the seeds for dictatorships, human rights violations, war and violence, leading to the crises of poverty.

It is exactly these values, which Monica refers to on the website http://steadystate.org. It is an economic reform that can include quality of life for society and nature. I have signed the petition with pleasure and added: “Indeed, we want to improve the quality of life for society and nature, rather than increasing the quantity of economic growth and profit.” As the website mentions, it is David fighting Goliath. But remember David did eventually win. He overcame Goliath because David had a balanced energy, and we can do the same.

With all this said, I still regret the price of the book, which may be too expensive for not well-of f people, especially in these hard economic times. That is why Gregory and Suzanne suggest that you request your library to take it home. Normally libraries will follow a request, at times with a bit of pushing.

I am aware that you need to read other news; however, I will prepare one final comment regarding the issue of how to spread the information in the book. Thank you.
 

Petra Luna (96)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 2:11 am
Congrats! This is awesome! Hope the book gets promoted.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 3:14 am
Thank You Gregory for posting ~
Great Job Jytte* Congratulations !*
it's good to hear from you
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 4:40 am
Noted with thanks :-)
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 4:49 am
Thanks for the post, noted.
 

Susanne OFFLINE (23)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 5:13 am
I´m very delighted ! Thanks to dear Sheryl for informing me-as usual- ! A big Thank You for Jynette for putting so much effort, dedication, research, heart & soul into writing this brilliant " book! And Thanks to Suzanne & Gregory for always fighting for the right cause! EXCELLENT! CONGRATULATIONS!!
 

Michela m. (3955)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 5:59 am
Noted!! Thank you for sharing
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 6:38 am
Dear Henriette, Jo-Ann and Stephen, thank you very much for your kind remarks about possible future change. We do not know in which way and how the content of the book may cause changes in the world. We do not have powers to look into the future fortunately. However, many important things are happening in the world just now, including in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Libya, and now also in Sarawak, Indonesia. Regretful many lives are wasted, but the message is quite clear: people are fed up with political and economic domination and they want democracy. The book is therefore published at the right time in history. It is presenting an alternative world-view that can include care for society and nature, compared to the present patriarchal world, which is only meant to dominate people and exploit the environment. Nevertheless, I know that I will do what ever I can to spread the message. Let me just tell you a bit about that:

The whole publishing venture is low-cost; hence my enumeration is also small. When University Press of America offered me the contract, I spent the first half year rewriting the manuscript and updating the statistics. My idea was to get clarity, clarity, clarity. That was not a demand from the publisher, but I felt the manuscript needed more clarity. The publisher however demand that I type-set the book on the computer, according to their directions, into what they call a camera-ready copy, a manuscript they can put directly into the printing machine. That was difficult for me, since I am not really a computer expert. However, with my husband’s help I managed. I also had to change the formatting into American rules; that was another challenge. Anyway, I received lots of help from a very nice editor at Rowman and Littlefield, the mother imprint of University Press of America. Moreover, I had to find funds to buy the first 100 copies of the book. That is part of the publishing contract for all UPA authors. I believe the purpose is to off-set the printing costs, in case the book does not sell. Since, I did not have any income during my years of study but has been living on my meager savings; I did not have that kind of money. Hence, I applied for a donation from the Danish Embassy here in Mozambique. I was privileged eventually to receive the grant. In addition, the Embassy only needed 10 of the book permitting me to distribute 90 of the books as presents to relevant organizations and individuals. I then spent another 4 months contacting those I found relevant recipients, get them confirm their interest in receiving the book. The response was overwhelmingly positive, hence at this moment in time the 100 books are being send out by the publishers, enclosed a personal letter from me to the recipients which include: Michele and Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, 14 Presidents and First Ladies in Africa. Many development organizations including Oxfam, Third World Network, Care, Concern, etc. and development ministries like USAID CIDA, DFID, Irish Aid; institutions like the World Bank, European Union, UN including the Secretary general Ban Ki-moon, The head of UN Women Michelle Bachelet, UNEP, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA and more. I also send the book to some special people including the Danish Crown Princess who is the Patron of UNFPA; Sir Richard Branson and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who are having their own private development organizations. Some of you may recall that I promised, in the SEN4Earth petition letter about Monsanto and GMOs, to send the book to the Gates family; well I keep my promise now. I also send books to various universities who specialize in development studies, development think tanks and some development news media. Moreover, I send the book to various women’s organizations and some special people, whose works have contributed greatly to the book, including Fritjof Capra and Vandana Shiva. In the letter I explain what the book is about and that I wish it will enhance their work in poverty alleviation. Moreover, I make my assistance available. What this will bring, nobody knows, but at least I am trying to open the doors for change.

The other activity I will do is to establish a poverty website. I am currently writing articles over the content of the book, which I want to upload on a free website. The idea is to present information about holistic development; hence a development that can include concerns for society and nature. I hope that development departments at universities and development and women’s organizations will link and contribute with holistic development theory and practice. Hence, the website it is meant to be a meeting place for development theory and practice, a thing that is sorely needed. My wish is that the information gathered there will improve development theory and practice to include women, poor people and nature. It must be a space where nobody will be paid, and all have free access to high quality, easy understandable and holistic poverty alleviation theory and practice. I do not intend it to be my website; I will initiate it and hope along the way that other people who think similar to me, will share the responsibility of keeping it going. I also have no idea how this will turn out, however I am just going ahead, doing the little I can, hoping for the best.

With all my activities, I remind myself of Edmund Burke’s words, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

Eventually, I need to find some income. I sincerely hope that I can combine that with my activism for poor people. Knowing that many cannot afford the book, or read it, I hope to meet them in person and talk with them about domination and a holistic perception of poverty alleviation. Perhaps development organizations can pay me a bit for that. I also would enjoy if the book would open doors to the ivory towers and class houses where the elite are nestling, in all their luxury, so that I can calmly explain them the wonders of changing their energies and thus their minds and actions. But for now that is all dreams and we continue to live on my husband’s limited salary. Since our needs are few, it will do just fine.

Dear Susanne and Shirley, I must disappoint you and tell you that I am a completely ordinary and normal person. I am not all together sure what brought me to this path, probably a combination of many things including coincidences, obstacles, frustrations, a sense of justice, enjoying to philosophize and contemplate about life, but most importantly a huge lack of quality in my own life. I understand that many people, who have had some difficulties in their life, often want to find out why; they then pursue it until they get their answers. I think I belong to that group.

Esther, please call me Jytte. As Gregory says here at Care2 we are friends using our first names.

Patricia, did you know that University Press of America is situated in Maryland! Maybe they have cheaper copies available there? Although the book was printed in Pennsylvania.

Let me finally express my gratitude to you all. I am really amazed that so many have commented and noted Gregory’s post about my book. Hence, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”
Bette Reese

I want to be that mosquito!
 

Robert Shaffer (27)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 7:43 am
Congrats! Noted.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 1:09 pm
What a read this book must be Jytte after reading all your comments on this thread! I will definitely splurge to get myself a copy, it is well worth every $'s.
Your concept of yin/yang is phenomenally explained & so true bringing this to "We are all connected as ONE"! When one does well, we all do well, when one suffers we all suffer! You are a Gem to the Care2 community! Thanks.
 

Rita De Vos (87)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 2:20 pm
Thank you so much Gregory for sharing this in here! This book is like a gift from heaven Jytte, I really want to read it!!! Thank you very, very much Jytte & Suzanne for all what you are contribuating, for all your efforts and for all the time you put into this project! I'm going to forward the message to all my friends and relatives. Thank you too Dandelion! I really do believe in the posiitive effects this book may have on people's awareness and as you already mentioned Jytte, there are many important things happening in the world this very moment and to me it also seems great changes will & must take place because the point of no return is almost attained now...it's obvious because the opposites or antipoles are getting really extreme nowadays!
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 2:26 pm
Thank you all. It is wonderful that many of my questions and thoughts over the years are being brought to light with this book and so many at Care2 have similar questions and quests. Will request the book from the local library system. Again, my thanks.
 

Gloria Fernandez (20)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 4:00 pm
Thank you for sharing George and Dandelion. noted and shared it :)
 

Gloria Fernandez (20)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 4:01 pm
sorry man I meant Gregory. Silly me. :)
 

Penelope P. (222)
Friday April 15, 2011, 10:16 am
Jytte is to be praisedfor attempting such a huge enterprise-with 50.000 dying dailly because no-one has succeeded at solving it before I can only commend her

QUOTE
Only when we start to think holistic, seeing the world as being one integrated whole, can we end our global crises including poverty. I intend to do my part. My aim is clear: I want to end the terrible suffering of poverty – take what it may take. -

She is right about the thinking baises of our culture-The objectivity that treats everything as something to be manipulated which makes all a subject and attempts to subject it.

However at the risk of talking about something of which I do not know enough I would tend to suggest that women have always been as much to blame for poverty as their menfolk.
They have always had overthem a power far in excess of thetheir own legal status or economic status. It is to the woman that man has always looked for approval and comfort. They have been in charge of the moral box of tricks for ages -THey have been defining what is and what is not socially acceptable and moral.

It is their approval,flattery and company their ears that are sought and woman has always been the trophy of the accompliched accumulating male- Men have become rich and use their riches usually to buy women and to flaunt their prestige to get them.
If women had dissaproved of caddish selfish behaviour and the accumulation of wealth and comfort by any means (and usually that accumulation on any grand scale has required quite a lot of immoral behaviour-then that behaviour might well have been discouraged.
A feminine sneer at a cad,liar,cheat,or someone given to bribery,false representation.false witness,bullying.threats all of which can be proved to a greater or lesser extent against Rothschild,Rockefeller,Billy Gates,and of course the Koch's bros,then perhaps things might have been arranged differently.

It has been the feminine fate to adore wealth and the comfort it brings and the chance to adorn themselves and be gorgeous and stand out that lies at the base of a lot of miscreant behaviour. At the very least the woman who stands by her man and subscribes to values that create her home and comfort ,such values as getting on ,being with it,being "respectable" or socially predominant,fashionable etc has dictated that the spending that leads to these goals and which impoverishes others .

One reason women have traditionally done this sort of thing is because they have traditionally lacked education and have been almost entirely family centred-The idea that the their own behaviour is important and has overall social consequences has tended to be foreign to the female ethic

They do not think on the whole much beyond their immediate family or small group

And it is also worth noting that actual spending on the home,food,fashion,and everything day to day including household furnishings have always been in the habnds of the females. The bulk of anything which is not business or government spending is female driven and inspired. It is the female that drives taste,and business is driven by her consumption patterns to quite a large extent

It is her drive to accumulate and his to be approved that lie to someextent at the base at least partially of the awful situation in which we find ourselves-or so it seems to me..

I would also suggest that 1hrowing out religion has been like throwing out the baby with the bathwater
the idea of love and respect for ones fellows and mutual support is in all of them as I understand it.
And most religions include the practice of meditation which physiologically tends to prevent the amydiglia getting out of hand and to promote calm and considerate and compassionate action. Even Christianity till quite recently promoted visual meditations and reflections on the moral worth of what one accomplished dailly.-
I really must read Jytte's book I have a deep respect for her but I do not think there is a pure or simple answer

Sadly they have been used as excuses for barbaric behaviour by those wanting material gain or the mental spiritual control of others.
 

Jose Ovidio Perez Morel (44)
Friday April 15, 2011, 11:31 am
Thanks, spark inside.............noted.
 

Sharon Karson (82)
Friday April 15, 2011, 12:29 pm
Congratulations Jyette. What an enormous undertaking.

Thank you Susanne for the heads-up and to Gregory for the post and to all the thoughtful commenters. I commented on the review. I cannot at this time afford the book, but I will be asking my library to order it, repeatedly if necessary. Eventually I will save up enough to own it..

I agree that both men and women can make mistakes in judgement and that both can be greedy. However, based on my anthropological studies and my acquaintance with indigenous societies, I do not think that our world would be in such dire straits if the ancient matrifocal societies had remained the paradigm, simply because they were communal and not heirarchical.. Men and women shared responsibilities but women were the guiding light of those societies because they were the nurturers. The entire paradigm was more holistic.

I look forward to examining the concepts of ecofeminism and seeing what solutions it can bring to bear on the global situation. Because, make no mistake, we live in a closed ecosystem and what happens to the least of those in the system will surely happen to all.
 

Rand Martin (27)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:11 pm
Noted and thanx to Jyette, Susanne and Gregory.
 

Rhonda Conway (41)
Friday April 15, 2011, 6:27 pm
Thanks soo much for posting, Suzanne! Look forward to reading.
 

Mark H. (33)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 10:50 am
I just forwarded this to my State Senator, a beautiful man, who has been working for so long in this system, along with his wife, to bring about compassion and change. Thank you.
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 2:06 pm
Mark, the senators who will give this a thought are so few and far between, we have to treasure them!! Congratulations on getting published Jytte!! I will be getting the book to read as soon as possible.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 4:51 pm
Thank you, Penelope, for your input. I see your point, and I also agree with you that as soon as we discuss biology, we are in trouble. Criticizing men for being the culprits, who via domination and exploitation, are causing poverty would only cause them to call us sexists. And they would be right. There is this saying that behind any “great” man there is a woman, hence she is also behind any male billionaire, politician, dictator, and she seems not to mind what her husband is doing, and she probably is enjoying the privileges his position and actions are bringing her. Hence, I have chosen not to deal with biological man and women, it is not a consistent picture as you so clearly point out. Reality is more complex.

I truly believe that poverty alleviation come from balancing our inner feminine and masculine energies, which I prefer calling yin and yang forces. Hence, the feminine care would limit the masculine greed. Both forces are accessible to all of us. Thus, both women and men have yin and yang energies available. Our world has presently an excess of the masculine, yang energy, which generates an over-emphasis on individualism, competition, domination, and social and natural exploitation. Lacking a balance with the yin forces of relationship, cooperation, subordination, and social and natural conservation give the destructive yang energies free play leading to the crises of violence and war, natural destruction, inequality and poverty, and human rights abuses. When we allow the subtle yin forces to generate a dynamic tension with the dominant yang energies, we will be able to resolve our crises. Where physical women come into the discussion is in the manifestation of the yang energies. Over-emphasis of yang has the tendency to manifest in domination of women, poor people, traditional people, colored people, children, and nature. All of these entities are considered belonging to the feminine yin category. The result is that 70 percent of all absolute poor people are women, while the majority of the rich are men.

Regarding religion: The book does not discuss religion. I know that several ecofeminists have written about religion. I mention religion only briefly, referring to the writings of the South African philosopher Marthinus Versfeld. In his opinion, when society changed from being traditional to modern, also Christianity had to adapt, in order to be relevant. Thus, it came into its yang or dominative-individualistic phase at the same time the total adjustment of Western culture happened. He is expressing it like this: In society father was the “King Yang,” who gathered the individuals into a lawful society based on certainty from a universal science. In Christian churches, father was the divine “Yang God,” who had made the laws of nature regular. Hence, in the modern culture the father-image dominated almost all elements; it is “a carnival of yang”! Social wholes and relations became artificial and reality became egoism. It became normal to gain power over others via domination in order to increase own self-esteem. Thus, everyone in the modern culture became an individual. The same thing happened in religion. The soul is an individual, which continues in linear time eternally. Thus, in Christianity also the community is absent, which otherwise would be the proper place for the soul. Versfeld finds that the wisdom of yin can make the modern yang harshness subtler, more nuanced, and balance its antagonism. There was in the West a contemplative tradition. People were pondering things in their hearts. This contemplation has always been feminine. Thus, - as you also say Penelope - for Versfeld modern culture needs contemplation and meditative wisdom in order to recover the yin. That can promote inner growth against external domination and manipulation. (Page 81 and forward to 86).

Conclusively, let me just clearly state Penelope, the book is not presenting any absolute truth about poverty alleviation; I do not believe there exist any absolute truths. However, since the book is combining the wisdom of many respectable, inspiring, and alternative thinkers, I do believe the content touches upon some essential issues we need to deal with: change the patriarchal reductionist and dualist perception of reality into seeing our universe as an interconnected whole. This can be done by creating a dynamic tension between the masculine yang and the feminine yin. Both of the energies are equally important. They are united and cannot be divided as patriarchy wants to deceive us into believing.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 5:13 pm
Thank you very much Sharon for your insightful comment. Indeed, I have also come to understand that what we call traditional societies, perceived reality holistically, including both feminine and masculine energies and elements, not separating them, neither making a hierarchy out of them, hence not valuing yang over yin. That does not mean they were free of domination, though, but possible domination normally came from outside the community. Dandelion also mentioned earlier that her ancestors, and the indigenous people, were matriarchally organized.

I would actually like to do a deeper study into African traditional cultures. Some African tribes were balanced and self-governing and they did not need leadership or governing bodies. In modern society we have come to believe that we cannot function without it! In my opinion the whole set-up of scientific governments, nation-states, parliamentarian democracy, and international institutions has lost its legitimacy. Their hierarchy, their power over society, and their self-proclaimed, centralized ownership of nature are the main causes of today’s huge global crises. It is a dominant system that supports mainly the elites. Rather than showing an example of just and transparent leadership, leaders of these institutions have developed a love of power and a priority on self-importance. They live a life of luxury in big houses, with fancy cars, attending lavish dinners, wearing expensive clothing, etc. while those who have to live with their policies and laws, are suffering. In my opinion, real democracy must mean that any law or policy implemented in society must cover also those who defined these instruments. If politicians are not willing to live under those same conditions they order to others, then they are not democratic. Here in Mozambique, the government does not prioritize providing its people with adequate basic education and health. However, the politicians and their families can attend private clinics, private schools or go abroad for better services. That should not be possible in a real democracy. In fact, under the late president Samora Machel it was not allowed. Even in these hard economic times the elites seem to be able to afford it all. Just take the example of the upcoming British Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Whoever will pay this huge bill, it is for me an affront to have this luxury expense, while millions upon millions of people are suffering from hunger and poverty.

Nevertheless, as you wisely say Sharon, “we live in a closed ecosystem and what happens to the least of those in the system will surely happen to all.” In the end, perhaps after the rest of us have died, also the rich elite will suffer and die. Nobody can live with polluted air, toxic water, and poisoned food.

Mark, I love your comment. Then your senator is one of the very few politicians who care. I agree with Stella, he is a treasure. My knowledge is of course limited, however, of internationally renowned politicians, I can only mention one, who stands out. That is the late Tommy Douglas from Canada. I have no other example of a respectful politician who worked tirelessly for improving society. However, maybe some of your have other examples!
 

LMj Sunshine (143)
Monday April 18, 2011, 3:30 pm
Called Library for 7th time in 6 days. Person will give my request to the new book buying person who will decide if they want to buy or not, and if they decide to buy,, they'll give me a call????
I'll check out options outside this area!! I will find away to get this book!!!! Had to vent,,, ty :)
 

michelle Mercer (15)
Monday April 18, 2011, 7:27 pm
Thank you for posting and sharing this wonderful insight..
 

RebeccaAWAY S. (38)
Monday April 18, 2011, 9:13 pm
Noted, tweeted and shared. This is a must read. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention Suzanne and for an excellent book..Jytte.
 

JackieLynn D. (15)
Tuesday April 19, 2011, 12:14 am
I enjoy reading articles like this & all the comments that follow. I love learning & the Care2 site does teach me a lot.

Thank you 1 & all.
 

Danielle Herie (2)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 6:49 am
WAY TO GO
 

Ness F. (211)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 11:46 pm
Thank you Jytte, and Congrats!!! What an achievement!!!
Thank you Suzanne and Gregory for notifying me of Jytte's wonderful book.
I too will be requesting that the Gold Coast Council libraries here in Queensland Australia purchase several copies of this book!.
In peace
 

HELEN V. (52)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 2:23 am
NOTED AND WILL TRY TO BUY THIS VERY IMPORTANT BOOK! BRAVO TO THE AUTHOR AND ALL THE CARE MEMBERS WHO WORK SO HARD TO PROMOTE JUST CAUSES
 

Nancy Anderson (19)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 2:56 pm
Noted & thanks for the info.
 

Ira Mizdoch (5)
Friday April 29, 2011, 4:46 am
Although I havent read this book yet the title Ecofeminism has really unfriendly connotation to me....What about men? We are together in good and in bad as well...and female's problems are also male's problems.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Friday April 29, 2011, 9:16 am
Dear Ira,

Thank you for taking time to comment on this thread. I can very well understand your concern. If ecological feminism, or ecofeminism in short, would be a perspective that is focusing on biological women and nature, while excluding physical men, then indeed the term would not only be unfriendly to men, but also marginalize them, and as a consequence ecofeminism would be a dominative perspective. But, fortunately ecofeminism, as analyzed in this book, is not about physical men and women.

I am well aware that there is a lot to read on this thread, however if you could find time to read my comments from Wednesday April 13, 2011, 1:50 pm and Saturday April 16, 2011, 4:51 pm, you can see that we are talking about feminine, yin energies and masculine, yang energies. For easy reference kindly allow me to repeat some of what I said above:

“I truly believe that poverty alleviation come from balancing our inner feminine and masculine energies, which I prefer calling yin and yang forces. Hence, the feminine care would limit the masculine greed. Both forces are accessible to all of us. Thus, both women and men have yin and yang energies available. Our world has presently an excess of the masculine, yang energy, which generates an over-emphasis on individualism, competition, domination, and social and natural exploitation. Lacking a balance with the yin forces of relationship, cooperation, subordination, and social and natural conservation give the destructive yang energies free play leading to the crises of violence and war, natural destruction, inequality and poverty, and human rights abuses. When we allow the subtle yin forces to generate a dynamic tension with the dominant yang energies, we will be able to resolve our crises. Where physical women come into the discussion is in the manifestation of the yang energies. Over-emphasis of yang has the tendency to manifest in domination of women, poor people, traditional people, colored people, children, and nature. All of these entities are considered belonging to the feminine yin category. The result is that 70 percent of all absolute poor people are women, while the majority of the rich are men.”

You may then say, why not drop the “feminism” concept and just discuss how we can alleviate domination, a painful action that is causing the crises of war, poverty, natural degradation, and human rights abuses. Well, regretfully that would be insufficient because global domination is a gender issue. According to careful analysis, it is shown that the masculine, yang energies are dominating the feminine, yin energies; hence it is necessary to focus on gender in order fully to understand the problem. The aim with this focus is not to turn the picture around so that yin should dominate yang; the purpose is to eliminate all kind of gender domination so that the yin and yang can unite by creating a dynamic tension where none of them is dominating the other. In reality both are integrated parts of us and the Universe at large.

I am aware that many are uncomfortable with the concept “feminism.” This comes from the history of feminism, where early on some found women being “better” and more caring than men are, and some also wanted to create communities that excluded men. I do not want to judge how other people should see “feminism,” they are free to have their own perception of it. However, feminism has entered its “third wave,” and the way I perceive ecofeminism, it deals with masculine, yang forces domination of feminine, yin energies. Hence, for me ecofeminism is a perspective that aims to create a dynamic tension between yin and yang forces. Due to the domination of yang energies, and the terrible crises this manifests as, we will for a while need to infuse quite an amount of yin energy into ourselves, men as well as women. I believe that we in this way can resolve these dreadful crises and regain social and natural harmony for the benefit of men, women, and nature globally.
 

Ira Mizdoch (5)
Sunday May 1, 2011, 1:23 am
Dear Jytte, thank you very much for this beautiful explanation. I really appriciate it. You made me really curios about the book now;) I can see now that I may have missed so many beautiful books only because I read just a title and havent taken enough time to go deeper. I wish you good luck with your book and wonderful spring time.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Sunday May 1, 2011, 9:46 am
Thank you dear Ira, I am glad to get the opportunity to give you and others more clarity about the term Ecofeminism. You are not the only one who judge on a surface. I believe most of us have a tendency to do that. I have become so concerned about poor actions from politicians that I almost up front decide that they are all alike, and they only can choose actions that harm society and nature. However, such generalizations are inadequate. I have become aware from positive political actions that I must observe each action, before I can draw any conclusion on that specific politician. Each of us is a unique individual, sharing only some similarities. Thus, I have found it important to watch peoples' actions before I decide anything about their values. Moreover, I have found that concepts can be quite tricky. Whenever those who support the environment define a term, those who want to exploit nature, adopt that same term and change its values. For example "sustainability" means completely different things for those who are pro-nature and those who want to exploit nature. However, both are using the term. In this way, concepts become like landmines: you have to walk carefully. Hence, I am glad you asked for clarity on the term Ecofeminism.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 6, 2011, 11:17 pm
Ecofeminism: Towards Integrating the Concerns of Women, Poor People, and Nature into Development. In my humble opinion is a great work by great person, our world in in need for pure peoples who work sincerely for it. I'm proud of you dear Jytte. And I want to send a special thanks to you for this great book, for your caring and for all you do.
 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Thursday May 12, 2011, 6:43 pm
This is quite an interesting conversation here .

Having been married to man who finally chose to study major in accounting, I became at odds with his value system that he developed after working for Ernst & Whinney. I could not in any way affect change. and he lived and breathed his work. He was determined he was too demanding to expect him to also be a husband and that I was just, well, "crazy". He had no sympathy for a poor person walking down the street in shabby clothes, and would verbal complain that the public should not have to see such a person in public, etc.
He became a CPA and Partner. He announced several times that "My work comes first and my family comes second", many times over. He really had nothing beyond his work to talk of think about.

After we divorced and he remarried, he eventually "offed himself with a rifle in his mouth", Supposedly. Who knows as it was during the S & L debacle when CPA's were being sent to prison for fraud. He was being questioned in DC, so he either is in the Bahamas in a beach on the ocean, or is really in that little jar in the mausoleum when his 2nd wife put him. No fingerprints and the report said he had green eyes (blue), brown hair (blond) and did not fingerprint him.

When no fault divorce came into being in Michigan, almost half of the couples with his firm divorced, and his bosses wife committed suicide. That profession is just not down to earth, nor does it allow a person to be more than a company man. The morals of the men at their annual parties, meetings out of town encouraged separation from family.

Well the point I am making is that there are some professions which contribute more to the inequity in the world since they have no thought or focus on anything that has permanency or value related to human needs and relationships. My ex's behavior after the divorce was very hideous hiding assets I could not find out about, nor would my attorney help. After eleven years of marriage, helping him part of the time, I ended up with $1200 and two children, ages 9 and 10, and a nursing degree to complete and now apartment living. We lived very simply, no extras and with very much conflict, and games in child support. He was extremely mean and flaunted what he had, saying that the divorce what what I wanted so I should suffer. What a cruel man and father. He said his kids would go to a foster home before he would help take them in the summer during a particular difficult time with teens. He was not like this before he became a CPA. It changed him. I could go on and on about the mean things that he did that hurt his children while trying to hurt me, Everything belonged to him that we had, and no recognition of my contributions, or that the children were his too. Such horrible values that I actually saved my life in telling him to leave.

CPS's and accountants are one breed that is clearly the focus of who needs change. This is one of the careers that they call professions that are particularly without any conscience and given to finding the most selfish and highest profit having as little responsibility as possible. How often do you hear of any scandals with CPA's, almost never ,but they were involved in the fall of Enron about 10 years old, big scandal. (Recall problem) You never hear them announce anything about accountants checking their books who should have found the problems and addressed and correct them. They probably also made huge profits at the collapse of this company. And announcing a CPA firm has certified who has won the whatever contest is supposed to give it legitimacy. They are as corrupt without exposure of any profession I can think of.

Well, maybe the point I really want to make besides illustrating how men think about who owns what

Attorneys are also a profession that has a lack of conscience and they are heavily employed by mega corporations such as Monsanto, and do some very dirty work that really hurts many individuals and groups of people, always find a way to screw someone.

Surprised that economists are not even allowed to consider the social and environmental impact of their decisions. It seems when my husband started taking theses as college courses that his personality changed, seriously, and when the marriage started to crumble.

We had entirely different backgrounds, mine with a history of trauma and foster homes, his as a spoiled child with two parents college graduates that belonged to fraternities and sororities, and Captain of basketball team,and son in law whose father was the Adjutant General of the State of Michigan etc. Well, how I could ever have effected his value system was just beyond my experience since he did not respect me. I was not an equal since I worked to help him get through college, not attending myself until the divorce was unavoidable, but he was the apple of his families eye. His family had the same values which was mostly related to money, (drop the nuclear bomb on Vietnam backing Presidential candidate what is his name - Gold something) and with never any mention about the poorer suffering people of the world. It was not their concern, whereas I was always the defender of the underdog, with whom I related I guess.

Perhaps we could develop a test or a rating chart that would reflect what professions and what positions would encourage one to become the yang of the world. Then we would know whom to target for training for change toward sensitivity. And perhaps affect the colleges that prepare them for those jobs. Certainly there are people who are not going to be affected by these attempts, like the Koch Brothers, and Karl Rove. and the Bushes.

I have heard that people really get turned onto people with money and that people don't care how they got it, but to have money is a big turn-on and envy makers.

So, my point is that there are certain professions where men (and women) are taught value systems, and attempt to erase or negate any feelings of responsibility toward humanity. We really do need to reach these universities that teach this damaging attitude. So yes that is a place to start.
I can see that parents, especially mothers of sons, who can mold their child's feelings of empathy for others and rewards in being attentive and caring to those with less. Children crave their parents approval, and it seems to me to be more important that the approval of their spouse on their moral behavior. (What percentage of men cheat on their wives, let alone men who are in more influential positions?) Many I think.

Sending a book to Bill Clinton (and Bushes?) is a good idea but not sure you can change the stripes on a zebra. I have looked up the fund that Clinton and elder Bush are supposed to be managing for the people in Haiti, and found a website http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org/ You might want to look at that web site and see how they think helping Haitians should be done. It is very sad since they seem focused on investing the money and helping poor with mortgages, but to help the starving living in tents with only five percent of the rubble removed it is curious who they think the money they are managing is for.

Sorry, but I see so many problems in addressing this but it must be attempted. We need more public rewards for men who do the right thing and help others. Just met a man on an organization to help Haitians, and he sounds like a man with a soul. He has found a company who is donating 12 houses for Haitians that can be set up in just hours. It looks like a grain elevator but is very roomy and can withstand 150 mile per hour winds. The kind company and the owners of the company should also get public reward/attention for what they have done. You see we should reward positive behavior and ignore negative behavior in some cases to get more people to emulate the positive behavior.
We need the media's cooperation in doing this, but not sure that they would focus on that as a means of turning society around. Trying to find a way to give rewards that really mean something and that is transmitted to the masses is needed.

One mentioned that women have economic power which we do spend over 52 percent of the discretionary income. Maybe women need to take over power somehow and keep men in little houses, or on islands in the ocean and just call on them when they are really needed. Cannot let them join to make war, or design war material.
Well enough brain storming by me. Sorry if I made an idiot of myself here.


 

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Thursday May 12, 2011, 6:47 pm
Sorry, but I see many mistakes in the message. This little box and small print is hard on my eyes. So very sorry. Hope you can figure it out.
Thank you for the book Jytte, and for posting Gregory, and for so many well thought out comments..
Hope this book becomes required reading in many majors in most colleges.
How do you pronounce Jytte, is it like Jet, or Jetty?
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Thursday May 19, 2011, 9:16 am
Dear Judith, thank you very much for your honest, personal, and in-dept comment about how the masculine yang energies are internalized by accountants, due to the values in their scientific training; and how the imbalance this generates is harmful to other people.

I am really sorry to hear about your painful experiences with a husband who chose to disconnect from his caring, feminine yin energies. What a disaster this brought along for you and your children.

I had a similar experience to yours. It also ended in a divorce. I was married to an economist and his one-sided masculine values caused constant tensions in our marriage. Eventually it became unbearable for me to live with him.

I have some general comment to your impressive inputs:

1) You mentioned that you husband was not available for you and the children and that he even blamed you for expecting that. “Blaming the victim” is a typical patriarchal defense for choosing unethical actions. In a marriage, an unavailable husband often argues as follows: (in this case the patriarch is a man but it could as well be a woman) The man blames the wife, saying that she is asking too much from him; that taking care of the house and children is her duty; that her work at home is easy and light, while his is tiring and hard; that he is the important one, the head of the family who is earning the money that all are living from; that they cannot have holidays unless he is working overtime; that they will have to sell the house, or the car unless he works more, etc. The result is that the wife gets a bad conscience from asking the husband’s attention to the family. Thus, the family ends in a double negative situation due to the husband’s choices: They feel neglected because he is excluding them from his life. At the same time they feel guilty because he is blaming them for asking him to be part of their lives. Thus they are victims of neglect and also blamed for that.

This kind of argumentation is based on a dualist, reductionist, and patriarchal perception of reality. It does not include the whole truth. It is founded on the values in economics where everything that relates to the domestic sphere is undervalued and excluded. Thus, work like house keeping, cooking, childcare, care for sick family members, voluntary work, subsistence production, and other homebound services are unpaid. Economics does not count this kind of work, although it is the foundation of the family, society, and essential for human survival. Economics only count money as being valuable. This is even more surprising when, impressively, according to Scott Burns’ book “Home, Inc.” the total amount of work done by men and women in the US household would in monetary terms equal the entire amount paid out in wages by every US Corporation. Nevertheless, economics has decided that this kind of work is feminine, and it consequently ignores it. That is why the wife, who works in the home, taking care of children, publicly is considered as being dependent on and secondary to the primary and money earning husband. This dualised, hierarchical value allows the husband to blame the wife.

“Blaming the victim” argument is also used between rich and poor. The rich blames the poor person for his misery. It is probably because the person is lazy, irresponsible, drug-addicted, or plain stupid. Overlooked is the fact that the rich man due to his blind belief in maximizing his own economic profit making took away the poor man’s job, house, etc. Again economics value the one with money over the one without, permitting the first to blame the last.

Often such patriarchal values are incorporated in a country’s laws. For example, some US states do not share common property equally in case of a divorce. The money earning husband often gets the bigger part, while the home working wife by the judge is seen as not having contributed equally. But when we perceive reality holistic and include domestic work then the home working wife certainly has contributed equally. However, since the public laws are founded on reductionist, masculine science, which values monetary quantitative wealth as being superior to domestic, qualitative work, the judge cannot perceive the two parties as having contributed equally. Strange, because thinking about it logically, it is only due to the domestic work of the wife, that the husband can be free to achieve his economic profit making.

Finally, it should be mentioned that the working day of home makers often is longer than the working day of the one working outside the home. The wife’s work often only ends when she goes to bed. Thus, who is contributing most to society?

2) I do not believe that unbalanced energies relates to a materially rich or poor background (quantities.) I believe it relates more to a caring upbringing (quality.) Balance in my best opinion comes when parental figures choose some of the following caring actions in a child’s upbringing: respecting the child; allowing the child to develop freely; giving the child caring frames and discipline; giving the child explanations, directions, and support to organize his own perceptions; giving the child undivided attention and interest; and loving the child so that he takes parental love for granted. In my best opinion, these caring actions will develop a balanced adult. If you examine the background of criminals, killers, and other violent people, you may more often than not find a pattern relating to a dysfunctional family, where love, care, and respect were in short supply, while punishment, abuse, neglect, manipulation, and violence were common occurrences.

Nevertheless those of us who were not so fortunate to be born into a caring family may still become balanced due to our own efforts. Along the way of life we come across various individuals, groups, books, music, films, or situations that influence and inspire us to think differently, to strive towards higher ideals, which help us striking a balance. In the final analysis we are human beings with choices, thus if we choose to be selfish, to dominate other people, and to exploit nature, it is our own responsibility. Everything in life has its opposite. Thus, when we come across white (yang) there also exist black (yin); the opposite of (yang) competition is (yin) cooperation; the opposite of (yang) greed is (yin) generosity etc. Although patriarchy has taught us that the two opposites are separate and hierarchical, so that yang energies are valued higher than yin forces, we must not believe them. They are using false and reductionist arguments. Our reality includes both energies; they are interrelated parts of a whole; both are equally valuable and necessary in order for us to create balance in everything we do. Thus we need to use both energies to our advantage, hence allowing yin to limit yang and vice verse, trying to strike the best possible balance for each situation.

At times it may be hard to perceive the opposite. That is the case with fish. They only know how to live in water and cannot imagine living on land. Thus, the corporate CEO may think like fish. They just cannot imagine a life without dominating society and exploiting nature for their own individual maximum economic profit making. However, it is in such cases I suggest the help of a “correctional” facility, where unbalanced people can learn to care. See my comment from Wednesday April 13, 2011, 1:50 pm.

3) I regretfully have to tell you Judith, that the whole project called science is founded on the masculine, reductionist, dualised, yang forces. Hence, we cannot list the disciplines, which are the culprits in promoting dominant yang values in society, because they all do that, as per definition. Nevertheless, admittedly the masculine energies are more pronounced in some scientific disciplines than in others. We often call them “hard” science. It is believed that the more a discipline is able to exclude the “soft,” qualitative, feminine elements, the closer it will come to the truth. That is why social sciences only are acceptable if they have quantitative statistics in their research. Hence “hard” disciplines are valued the highest. Economics is one of the “hard” sciences, and you correctly mention accounting as well, which is a section in economics. Thus, one may say that those people who are trained in the hard, quantitative scientific disciplines are at a higher risk of internalizing the one-sided yang values, and hence become unbalanced people. Nevertheless, we cannot make any general rule. As mentioned above we are all free to choose what we think and do.

What we really need, is to reorganize our scientific knowledge system in its totality. We need to create holistic knowledge systems. Mark the plural s – because there will be no single monistic, universal knowledge system possible, when we include as equally valuable the feminine yin concepts of diversity and situatedness. In these future, holistic knowledge systems, we will also need to include the wisdom of women, traditional people, colored people, and nature – all of whom presently are excluded from generating knowledge in the current program we call science.

4) I mentioned in my comment from Thursday April 14, 2011, 6:38 am that I sent the gift of the book to the Clinton family. One reason was Bill Clinton’s involvement in development issues via his Foundation. Moreover, Hillary Clinton is involved with many issues relating to women. I did not offer the book to the Bush family, since none of them are officially in a position of political power. I only had 90 books to give away, hence my priority related to those people who deal with, and therefore can change the policies, to improve the reality for poor women.

Whether the content of my book will change these people? There is no doubt what-so-ever in my mind that people can change their energies, their pattern of thinking, their values, and hence their actions. What we cannot change is our biological givens. Thus, indeed I cannot change the stripes of the zebra. But fortunately that is also not necessary. We change our thoughts and actions all the time. Hence, yes, in the way I perceive reality, it is very possible.

5) I checked the link to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund that you provided. I can only say that it is not a development model that I would recommend or pursue. It is clearly a reductionist, unbalanced program focusing only on economic yang issues, while overlooking society and nature, both of which are yin energies. Moreover, it is directing funds to the elite, while overlooking needs of poor people. It is based on the mainstream economic growth model, and its theoretical trickle-down ideology. The trickle-down model says as follows: It is economically most beneficial to direct funds to the business elite in society. They will invest the money in productivity, from which they gain profit. They will then re-invest their economic profits into more production. Via jobs and salaries from this production the riches will eventually trickle down to the whole society and alleviate poverty for all. However beautiful this theoretical model sounds, it does not alleviate poverty. It even does not relate to reality. It is a false model, used as an excuse to make the rich richer.

I believe this remark from Gary Edson, CEO of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, clearly states that their focus is on the masculine, yang energies, focusing on a purely economic activity, with no alternatives possible, “… creating the building blocks for long-term, vigorous economic expansion and job growth — the only real path to a stronger and better Haiti.”

6) I think the person you refer to is Barry Morris Goldwater. According to Wikipedia Goldwater (January 2, 1909 – May 29, 1998) was a five-term United States Senator from Arizona (1953–1965, 1969–1987) and the Republican Party’s nominee for President in the 1964 election. Being an articulate and charismatic figure during the first half of the 1960s, he was known as "Mr. Conservative".

7) How to pronounce my name? It is difficult for a non-Danish speaking person, because you do not have the Danish sound the Y gives in other languages, thus the JY part is really complicated. The closest I could come was on this link
How to pronounce Jytte

Thank you again Judith for your very personal and insightful comment.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Thursday May 19, 2011, 9:44 am
Sorry Judith, I gave you the wrong link, here is the right one, I think!
How to pronounce Jytte
 

Richard Zane Smith (86)
Sunday September 25, 2011, 7:37 pm
WOW...your book sounds excellent Jytte
This discussion is so encouraging because as you know, i have for sometime been involved in the revitalization of my own Wyandot language and culture...which means reviving an ancient paradigm, seeing the world through the lenses of our ancestors . Matriarchal systems made it possible for villages to live in peace and for villages of five distinct nations to live peacefully and to unite the five different nations into a Confederacy(mis-named the Huron Confederacy)
WOMEN were the owners of each village and the fields where crops were grown. Clan mothers OWNED the longhouses and selected "chiefs" to represent them at the councils. (Women were not spokespersons but instead relegated that duty onto certain men of their clan. To be a "chief" was NOT a position of authority or status as we may assume. It was a HUGE responsibility to speak for the village and NOT ones own ideas. Men often dreaded being appointed to these positions because it meant endless meetings and ones own longhouse became the meeting place where feasts had to be prepared for these gatherings of tribal business.
Because women were not speaking at meetings the Jesuits assumed the "Huron" were patriarchal! If a spokesman was not doing his job ,his authority was given to someone else.

WOMEN were the CORE, the very FOUNDATION of village life and society.
Men were the protectors of that core and the providers...owning only what they could carry.And those select few
were the spokespersons for the clan mothers in meetings concerning the village.
EVEN war Chiefs were being instructed as to where to go and what to do next by the clan mothers.

TODAY its all backwards and messed up. Politicians aren't representatives as much as they are domineering and conquest driven,and politicians MUST be aggressive...to "win elections." why a blood sport?
Even the sweetest wisest person ideal for presidency will be corrupted by the Patriarchal campaign system
because he must become a gladiator to fight his way to the top.
Politics is all about a competition, a fight, a war...a MALE driven exercise of sheer machismo.
For a woman to succeed to have a voice,to be a leader,she must set aside her feminine power and become a warrior,don the helmet of the gladiator and prove she is a better man than the man she is "fighting"
This applies to the pillaging and lack of respect of earths resources as Jytte has been explaining.

Yin and Yang works for a generic description.We have the two twins in our creation story. One a destroyer, one a creator. the earth is the result of one force balancing the other.

The big question is HOW DO WE RESTORE THE SUSTAINABLE WAY?,the matriarchal nurturing systems,
and phase out the patriarchal destructive conquest systems? Obviously VIOLENCE is ridiculous. the overthrow of one system using violence assures that the next system will also have a conquest base.
HOW do we again awaken people to recognize the CORE? The CORE is already in place(though in tatters in some places) BUT how do we wake those in power to begin "listening" to their grandmothers advice?
A United Nations of Grandmothers? Why not?
It might take the education of children. taking them AWAY from conquest driven schools to begin sustainable life giving schools? Its going to take a lot of UN-doing...just as i find assimilation runs deep in our tribal members,
patriarchal conquest,competitive systems are deeply assimilated into our minds,and our daily life..
this calls for some real wisdom! GRANDMOTHERS UNITE!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Monday September 26, 2011, 12:31 am
Hi, Jytte!

Because I got a message of Richard's new comment, I was drawn back to this post & read some of the longer comments I had either forgotten or zapped due to lack to time.

I find (once again) that I am moved by your views, analyses & observations. I was really touched by this detail, too:

" I live in a place where every day reminds me about the suffering of poverty. My home is placed opposite the main entrance to Chimoio hospital. Daily I hear women crying and screaming, seeing them throwing themselves to the ground due to their immense grief over the death of yet another loved one. Thus, I am never permitted to forget my search."

Are there any updates to add about your book: eg. reactions you've received from those you sent copies to?

I also came across the link to pronouncing your name!! I had no idea! Now when I think of Jytte, I'll think of Yuletide.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Monday October 3, 2011, 8:19 am
Dear Richard

Let me first applaud you for your courage to celebrate your unique indigenous culture, history, tradition, and language and the effort you are doing to keep its values alive and to share it with the next generation. They will one day highly appreciate your efforts. I often wish I would have had such a foundation.

I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark into a workers class family. My parents had learned that the only way to be happy was to have enough money; they never achieved that, thus we were doomed. The feeling of inadequacy caused my father to drown himself in alcohol, while my mother tried to solve it by being aggressive. Hence, they accomplished nothing, and we became one of the many dis-functional families in the modern society. As a child and young person, I always felt emptiness, being out of balance, inner and outer chaos, and of course I lacked care and kindness. Thus, I was not very happy. At the same time I was an introverted (yin) person, in an extroverted (yang) family, which did not make things easier.

I later came to realize that these feelings of mine did not come from me being mentally disturbed or physically poor; it actually was a result of the so called modern “culture.” In fact, I do not really want to call modernism, a culture. For me modernity is a one-sided, out-of-balance, masculine, quantitative, free flowing way of life, based on materialism. It is a bit like a huge balloon that is flowing wherever the wind takes it, not being rooted by an anchor, neither limited by a chain, nor stirred by a rod. Living inside this free-flowing society gives one the feeling of emptiness, imbalance, and missing something.

In my adulthood, after a life with much pain and depression, I came to realize that I was missing the other half of a whole existence: the feminine energies. These include among other issues: care and compassion, social integration and cooperation, community and nature. These issues are the true provides of a quality of life; they create frames and they root you in existence; they are what you call the Core; that which we may call culture – no quantities of money can create that.

Realizing that, I started to focus much more on embracing qualities in my life, thus incorporating the feminine energies (which I have mentioned elsewhere on this thread) while giving a much lower place for the masculine, yang quantities. True balance only comes when one can find a dynamic tension between the masculine and feminine energies. Thus, by time I am sure I will find my inner and outer balance and peace again, which I lost at birth. I trust we are all born balanced, but the modern way of life disturbs this balance, and it causes much suffering. Only when we are able to combine both energies and create a dynamic tension between them then we can talk about a culture. Because no culture can be build on only masculine energies.

Those who have thrived in the modern way of life have often had something to hang on to from their tradition. As you say values taught by our grandparents. I do think that has had a great value for many people. I have come across several “grandmothers” here at Care2, all of whom are fighting for a quality of life for their children and grandchildren.

As I privately told you there is in fact a grandmothers’ council, which you can visit here: http://www.grandmotherscouncil.org/

Well, you ask how we may restore a sustainable way of life, thus creating a dynamic tension between the feminine yin and the masculine yang, quality and quantity, women and men, etc.

I think that we first need to understand what is wrong. In my opinion, we live in an unhealthy patriarchal world. Allow me just to share a brief and general explanation of patriarchy and how a healthy society may look like.

Patriarchy is “an unhealthy social system.” Unhealthy social systems tend to be rigid and closed. Roles and rules are non-negotiable and determined by those at the top of the hierarchy. The elite places high value on control and rationality, even though, paradoxically, the social system can only survive on irrational ideologies. Militarism, rivalry, conflict, and warfare are continual features of a patriarchal society due to its focus on control and competition. The patriarchal elite exercises power over resources and the subordinate group. This power is illegitimate, inappropriate, and unjust. In the worst cases, it manifests as terror, violence, rape, and murder towards the subordinate groups to keep them subdued. Through their command of resources, the ruling elites have been able to control culture disproportionate to their number. They have created structures in societies, which have ensured the continuation and expansion of oppression. This volatile situation means that life for the marginalized groups becomes unmanageable. They cannot mobilize adequate resources to achieve self-determined ends; they therefore have difficulties to meet their basic needs. These groups include women, children, poor people, traditional people, and people of color, together with non-human animals, and nature. Consequently, racism, sexism, class exploitation, and ecological destruction are the foundations of patriarchalism. If not broken, it becomes an unhealthy vicious circle.

A contrast to patriarchy is “the healthy social system.” One would imagine it to be open, flexible, and non-hierarchical. A healthy society openly acknowledges and resolves problems. Its relationships are egalitarian, mutual, appropriate, and reciprocal. It puts a high value on the well-being of all of its members, and it is able to meet both ecological and social needs. These needs include things as adequate nutrition, clean air, fresh water, and safe living areas. A healthy society can also meet needs like love, friendship, meaningful work, and adequate rest. Thus, meeting the needs of its people and ensuring the well-being of its natural environment is a measurement of the health of a social system.

In reality, nobody knows what a non-patriarchal society looks like. One can only say with certainty that patriarchalism will die-hard. Many people would find it difficult to imagine an alternative to a hierarchical and controlling society, because few have known any other type of society. However, when society finally abandons patriarchy, it would almost certainly reveal surprising aspects of humankind. Human beings would presumably manifest a healthy dynamic tension between the feminine emotions (yin) and the masculine reason (yang), since these characteristics belong to both men and women. The new situation would turn around virtually all present thought and activity, and hence free society and nature. To bring about the dream of a healthy society requires human imagination, commitment, and courage.

So how do we abandon patriarchy? I do find much encouragement in the philosophy and techniques of the Gandhian resistance movement. They used what Gandhi called “Satyagraha”. This is Gandhi’s own definition of it: “Truth (satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force. I thus began to call the Indian movement ‘Satyagraha’; that is to say, the force, which is born of truth and love or nonviolence.” Mohandas K. Gandhi.

Thus, Satyagraha is a method of direct social action, based upon principles of courage, nonviolence, love, and truth. It relates to civil disobedience, done without violence, since no lasting good things can come from violence. In Satyagraha, non-cooperation is not an aim in itself; it is a means to secure the cooperation of the opponent. Resistance is also not a way of punishing the opponent; it is an attempt to transform the relationship by reaching the opponents heart, making him realize that in the satyagrahi (member of the Satyagraha) he has a friend. In this method, the way a person behaves is more important than what he or she achieves. Because, how a person behaves, determines the results. It was this kind of forceful love that the Indians used to fight for India’s independence from British colonialism and to bring about social change.

The patriarchal state is using two weapons: fear and greed. Thus we need to become fearless and greedless. These are alternative weapons. If people fight fear with fear, they will create more terror. The winner will need an ever bigger army to maintain the victory. Similarly, people become greedier by the promise of rewards. They cannot find a limit. They will always ask for more. Hence, fighting devilish weapons require divine weapons. Therefore, when the opponent becomes fearless, he is elevated from inside and becomes noble.

We therefore need to be dedicated to nonviolence, focus on being truthful, and create inner courage because with those tools we have the power to refuse to cooperate with patriarchy. For us to gain this kind of power requires spiritual development, because spirituality relates to empowerment. Kindly let me explain how this works by adapting the writings of the Ecofeminist Karen Warren:

If we see power as the ability to mobilize resources to achieve self-determined ends, then power is not intrinsically positive or negative. Ecofeminists see power as morally illegitimate when used to generate or maintain unjustified relationships of domination and subordination. Patriarchy therefore uses power illegitimately. Oppositely if power is used legitimately, it does not reproduce unjustified domination. Use of power in violent and aggressive manners is resourcelessness. People turn to violence when they feel powerless. Pacifists find that there are always alternatives to the use of violence. Spirituality provides the basis for such non-violent actions. Hence, ecofeminist spiritual practices refuse “to dismantle the master’s house with the master’s tools.” Nevertheless, a commitment to non-violence does not remove one’s anger. Anger is a moral emotion, which gives us the important message that we have been unfairly treated. If we do not feel or express anger, when it is in our best interest to do so, we fail to recognize that we deserve better. Thus, appropriate use of anger is the root of an ecofeminist conception of non-violence. It involves the merging of rage with compassion. This dual nature gives non-violence a particular strength. It offers respect and concern, together with defiance and non-cooperation. Hence, there is rage towards the patriarchy and their destructive use of power. There is also compassion, directed towards their victims. Rage alone will drain a person, which leads to resourcelessness, violence, and destruction. Compassion alone will suffocate good energy and weaken actions. However, when one combines rage and compassion “the revolution is lived every day.”
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Monday October 3, 2011, 1:50 pm
Thank you dear PeDi, for your review comment.

The women in Chimoio are still crying, and throwing themselves on the ground out of despair. Poverty is still rife in Mozambique and Africa at large. And patriarchy is still in place with their dominant structures. In fact, their greed seems to increase with the economic downturn. Moreover, GMOs and farmland grabs have come to Mozambique and other African countries – only exacerbating the already difficult situation for society and nature.

I am still working with my poverty website, which has taken much longer than planned. But I was delayed due to personal problems. The main issue was that both of my 2 dogs died within 6 weeks of each other; one from cancer (10 years old) of which we had no clue; the other from congestive heart failure (12 years). I live quite an isolated life and my dogs meant the world to me. We spend all day together, jogging, talking, resting, singing, and having fun. Suddenly they were both gone, and I was ready to go as well. I got quite sick with my food allergy and healing has been slow. However, although I still miss them tremendously, I do feel better now. But it set me back.

I received many kind and positive letters/emails from recipients of the first 100 books. The one I enjoyed the most was from the Chief of the Office of the Executive Director of UNFPA. She was delighted with the book and believed that the conclusions were correct: if leaders would balance their inner feminine and masculine energies, we would indeed solve the many crises in our troubled world. I read that letter many times, and I was really pleased. I also received a kind, personally signed letter from Hillary Clinton, she was indeed very considered. But her personal assistant returned the book, telling me that she is not allowed to receive gifts above 20 USD. No problem for me, I sent the book on to Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, whom I quite like.

Although all reactions were positive, I have to realize that these people are not going to spend precious time reading my book. They are busy engaging in the things I criticize in the book: increasing economic growth and their own power base.

Well, it is a study book hence I assume it is being read by university students, mainly development and gender students, and also by some people working in development. I hope to reach many more people in the development world via the upcoming poverty website. However, I really must be good in explaining my point, because these people spend little time on reading and learning about development, they often prefer to do development.

I have no idea how the book is selling. I am not being informed. Only when I get my share of the income in June next year will I find out how many books have been sold. I will tell you by then. However, I doubt if it ever will be a best seller. Unless, of course the world will “go under” in 2012, perhaps then patriarchy will listen to feminine and ecological solutions.

Nevertheless, let me state very firmly, whether the elite will read my book or not, I will never ever give up on poor people. If this book does not work, I will write another, and try other thing. Giving up is just not an option. My focus is on informing people, not to force my perspective through; neither do I want to manipulate anybody. I trust that people are very capable of taking their own decisions. Thus, I want to present correct, consistent, compelling, caring, ethical, and hopefully persuasive evidence; the rest is up to people themselves.

How splendid dear PeDi, the way of saying Yule is indeed very close to the Danish y-sound in Jytte. Hence, you almost got my name right. But remember never to pronounce my name in French – somebody did that once and it sounded a bit like “shit.” 
 

Richard Zane Smith (86)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 12:00 pm
Jytte,
so sorry to hear about your loss...there is no measure to a dogs faithful companionship and devotion.
its painful,to have that void and there is no easy recovery from those feelings of sadness,or being left...

I am going to track these comments on care2 because I think these are some of the most important issues on care2. The subjects that deal with the details of the broken system are important,but the topic you write so eloquently about and can so thoughtfully perceive are BIG PICTURE concerns.

Easy to get bogged down in the grimy details of fighting racism,sexism,cruelty,brutality etc., and feel all the emotions these subjects bring to our senses, and lose the BIG PICTURE. When we lose the big picture we can find our own hearts infected with the very things we are fighting chiefly "hate" or "anger" based violent actions.

To restore "Yin" (or another picture: a "water" based way of thinking), we must resist the temptation to divide people into "good" person and "evil" person. These judgements tend to create in ourselves a self righteousness and even the desire to see violence done to those who create violence. (I see this infection still in place when reading comments on some of the topics on care2 today).This is one of the most dangerous parts of patriarchal systems is they are cyclical and self-perpetuating. We see someone who does an evil deed and we label them as evil and we want to do violence upon the person...so we get drawn in and succomb to that "evil" itself.

Such is the way of Yang (or "fire" which never consumes enough) Hate produces more hate, greed produces MORE greed, war creates more war.

Both men and women are unbalanced by these forces and need balancing.
Part of our problem in facing this is the english language which is by nature a conquerors tongue.
When we say the english word "feminine" men are apt to think of "weakness,frilly,delicate,fragility,"
When we say "masculine" we are trained to believe this refers to "strength,power,success,control,"

When the Taoist says the most important thing of a good vessel is its emptiness inside,
its difficult for us raised to see only the physical object to grasp that.

We can't think of Matriarchal systems as CONQUERING patriarchal systems, for if we do then we are still patriarchal in our minds. It seems Matriarchal power is often the invisible,the POWER behind the visible.
Even in our traditional Wendat societies, the women (who chose their representatives) did not attend the councils,but remained invisible...("what!" this offends our patriarchal bent ideas of equality!)
Women WERE the village, and felt no need to display themselves in public discourse.
I'm not suggesting it should BE this way today,but in the time of true matriarchal health there was a PEACE about who was in charge of what and "display" or "image" or "presence" meant nothing.
Even our english concept of "equality" is defined in a patriarchal system of "you are no better than i"
which assumes a kind of right to arrogance.

Its not always that we need to learn MORE...its simply discarding PILES of what we HAVE learned.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 11:38 am
Thank you for your kind words Richard, indeed the loss of my dogs made me feel exactly like you describe. Based on my life experience I came to find that the friendship of my dogs was caring, enjoyable, consistent, and reliable in a way that is difficult for many people to live up to. Of course, I could not discuss with them like I can with people, but I can assure you, my dogs were better at listening. A big part of this perception relates to my introversion, which often makes me feel more comfortable with animals than with people. It is like animals have a balance I long for.

You are right in your observation that the issue I deal with in the book is “the bigger picture” what I call root causes. That includes an examination of the values that led us to form certain perceptions of reality, which has defined our worldview, manifested as science, economics, technology, and our political and social systems.

You are also right that it is this worldview (which currently is patriarchal) that is causing the numerous worldly crises that manifest in sad and disturbing events, which devoted Care2 members are fighting hard to end. Our patriarchal worldview is the root cause of racism, sexism, and all the other “isms of domination” as the philosopher Karen J. Warren calls them. Thus, if we can end patriarchalism, we can end all our global crises.

As I see it, we can end patriarchalism, if we limit the masculine yang force that feeds it, by adding feminine yin energy. When the yang force is unopposed, it becomes destructive and violent, as is our current situation. Therefore, seen theoretically, when we bring in a good portion of yin energy we can pacify, regulate, and stop the progress of the free, fast forward running, unlimited masculine yang force.

In reality, when yang withdraws and gives space to yin, the following happens:

We can end ruthless competition, with a good portion of cooperation; rather than maximizing profit we may optimize our efforts; instead of exploiting nature, we may conserve natural resources; rather than focusing on increased production we may focus on reproduction, which will bring sustainability; rather than expanding human activities we may contract them; instead of dominating traditional, non-white people and their cultures, modern people may choose a subordinate and respectful attitude towards them, their values, and any color of the skin; rather than prioritize egoism, individualism, and the self we may value relationships, community, and social integration; and importantly we may chose to put a lower value on quantity of money to the elite, and instead focus on a quality of life for society and nature.

When it comes to our knowledge system (science) we can combine our universal and general theories with diverse, particular experiences and practices; rather than only analyze parts we may also synthesize the relationships between parts and the whole; we ought to limit the linear view and do effort to observe how life in reality is cyclical; we may also lessen the current priority on hard and large technology and choose technology that is softer to nature and smaller to manage for people.

In human personalities and qualities we could with advantage end the priority on people who are extravert, sensing, and rationally thinking, and embrace the fact that also introversion, intuition, and emotions are valuable personal traits, which are part of us all.

And finally adult males must face the fact that they cannot live without women, children, and animals, thus all should have their respectful space in our world.

Consequently, if we end the priority on yang and stop undermining yin, then we could learn to use both energies, which would give us so many more possibilities. When we become clever in using both yin and yang in a balanced way, we can create global harmony.

Although I here discuss the “bigger picture” (or the root causes) of our many crises, I do not suggest that we should not deal with the many particular, smaller crises as which it manifests. I find it essential to understand both the bigger picture, which normal is theoretical, and its local, practical manifestations. In the book I deal with both. The first chapter is a presentation and a discussion of the global crises we are facing. It also shows how the painful effects of these crises consistently are delegated to what patriarchy perceive as being feminine or yin, i.e. women, children, poor people, traditional people, and nature. After having presented the crises practically, do go on to discuss theories and the bigger picture/root causes. When that is done, I carry on discussing reality again. As Einstein once said, you can theorize as much as you like, as long as you start in reality and end in reality.

I agree with you that people are not either good or bad. That is a dualist, patriarchal way of perceiving human beings. In reality we all have both abilities available to us: we can choose good or bad actions. That is why I prefer to focus on, and judge a person’s actions rather than the person. I think judging another person is not really our job. We better leave that to divine forces. But I believe we have a right to judge each others words and actions.

I also agree with you that masculine use of concepts and words has infested our language to a far extent, so that we are forced to use violent concepts, also when we do not want to. That is a shame because it limits language use, which can be beautiful like in poetry and literature – both of which use feminine energies. However, in daily use we are often left with masculine concepts like, we must “battle” patriarchy or “fight” the elite. Hence, those of us who believe in peaceful resistance get an unwanted dilemma because, as I mentioned above, we do not want “to dismantle the master’s house with the master’s tools.” Oppositely people may not understand what we mean if we use poetical yin language (which you know very well, but which many of us have never learned to use). We should remember that since yang is the form and yin is the formless energy, language has a tendency to become yang.

I do not really have a solution to the problem, however I quite like the possibility of creating contradictory concepts like I mentioned above: rather than using anger and hatred you can use “compassionate rage.” Gandhi did it so perfectly in his “Satyagraha”. The concept both manifests truth, love, firmness and force in one concept. What more can we ask for.

I think you give a perfect example of a dynamic tension between yin and yang from your culture: women were the invisible force behind the visible male representative. That is how a balanced yin/yang system works; there is no priority, no evaluation, and no judgment of the two energies: yin and yang are diverse types of energies and we need both to create harmony.
 

Penny C. (80)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 6:14 pm
Jytte, thank you & congratulations!
 

Sandra T. (126)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 9:59 pm
Jytte, you are a very wise and compassionate lady. I love your deep thought and too me you really pointed out all that which we are clearly suffering with on our beautiful, but deeply hurt planet earth with all its creation; and that is the willful abuse of that which is under the usurped command of the strong to harm and exploit that which is weak and helpless, nature and life included. This then inevitably unbalanced system is entirely the result and of man's apparent infinite greed of lust, material and power.

While I admittetly don't know much about Yin and Yang, it obviously is a system of balance, which we clearly don't see anywhere today. I applaud and commend you for addressing all these issues with the evident love, compassion and wisdom as you have done.

I want to repost something you have written above, as I find these words very powerful and true.

"Therefore, man is seen as being more important than, and prioritized over women, human over nature, young over old, rich over poor, rationality over emotions, quantities over quality, homogeneity over diversity, hard over soft, large over small, parts over whole, theory over practice, universal over particular, production over reproduction, individual over social, competition over cooperation, strength over weakness, civilized over traditional, expansion over contraction, active over passive, domination over subordination, linear over cyclical, exploitation over conservation, mechanical over ecological, visible over invisible, life over death, etc."

Thnanks Jytte, God bless and I hope your book will make a great difference for many lives.

 

Sandra T. (126)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 10:02 pm
And of course many thanks to you, dear Gregory :)
 

Sandra T. (126)
Saturday October 15, 2011, 10:05 pm
Richard, dear brother and friend, many thanks also to you of course for forwarding Gregory's post to your friends :)
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 1:59 pm
Till women are the equals to men in ALL things, there will be no equity, justice or peace.
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Sunday October 16, 2011, 6:08 pm
The world is starting to buzz in the fight for social justice and equality... we must keep the momentum!
Jytte, what an amazing piece of work you've delivered, it's a reflection of your passion for true justice, WOW!!!
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, RIGHT NOW!
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Monday October 24, 2011, 12:13 am
Dear Penny, Sandra, Hartson Doak, and the Eternal Gardener, thank you very much for your kind appreciation of the book’s content and of me.

I very much agree with you Hartson, it will not be possible to create a just, equal, and peaceful world as long as we consider more than half of its inhabitants to be secondary citizens. A current reality is that the minority is enjoying most of our global resources, while the majority must be content with much less. The calculations seems to be that 20 percent of the world’s people are using 80 percent of its resources, while 80 percent must survive from the last 20 percent. That is an obvious injustice. This injustice is not a coincidence or an accident; it is a patriarchal project in the making through a couple of hundred years, but it was intensified as from the 1970s via the neo-liberal policies defined by Ronald Reagan and Margret Thatcher. Thus, the patriarchal ideology that includes domination of society and exploitation of nature has been defined into laws that are legally valid globally. It has therefore become legal to dominate society and exploit nature! Moreover, the patriarchal values have been indoctrinated into society, so that we learn to perceive everything that is feminine as being unimportant, having a lower value, to the extent that we can dispose of it. This feminine energy manifests as women, children, poor people, colored people, traditional people, and nature. It also includes ethics, aesthetics, feelings, and a quality of life. Only what can be quantified and measured has value for patriarchy and since money can be counted, then it becomes the patriarchal god, thus all actions are directed towards the making of money. Obviously this evolves into a violent competition for resources resulting in conflicts and wars. So indeed, you are right, we cannot have peace in an unequal world.

It is true Eternal Gardener that the world and its people are now deeply occupied in their minds about how we got into this dreadful situation. They are so occupied that they take to the streets and demand to get back what is rightly theirs. They do that by occupying the manifestation of patriarchal domination and wealth. This intuitive feeling of injustice is correct. Patriarchy has gained this wealth by unjust actions; hence we do have an ethical right to take it back. Obeying most of our current laws has become equal to accepting injustice. Hence, we must correct our laws, demand the economic and political elites to return the “stolen” wealth, so that we can share it more equally between us all. I am not at all speaking about socialism – like capitalism, socialism is also a patriarchal ideology meant to dominate society and nature. I am talking about a third way, where we shed the residue of dualism and domination, and perceive reality holistically, embracing all aspects of our lives including – not only quantitative economic elements but also – a quality of life for society and nature. This is going on right now, and I trust that the wisdom of the average people will prevail, with or without my book. Of course we are all concerned what will happen if we do not keep up the pressure on patriarchy. However, then I seek advice in the wisdom of Gandhi, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall… think of it, always.” Thus, I trust that we will never give in, but keep up the momentum, and correct the wrongs.

You are right Sandra; we do live in a world where patriarchal laws give the strong permission to harm the weak – just because they can. That is in fact my “simple” definition of domination: someone harms just because he/she can. And in a single word, “domination” is what the book is all about. In my perspective, domination is the root cause of all the evils and sufferings we experience in our world. And that domination is patriarchal, which means that it is driven by unchecked masculine yang forces, which are dominating the weak feminine yin energy. It is clearly an ideology that is lacking moral standards, since all ethical knowledge we have gained through human history has taught us that the strong should protect the weak one; but not so in a patriarchy, where the weak is seen as a victim, or a prey available for the strong one to subordinate. As a consequence of this, our world and its exaggerated yang energies have become unbalanced, lacking adequate feminine yin energy to keep it in check. It is a world that stands on one leg, only including as being valuable the rich, rational, mainly white, men and women who ruthlessly compete in productive activities and who in the process are dominating society, and exploiting nature in order to expand their individual profit making in a never ending linear fashion. Only the yin forces can stop this eternal yang greed by introducing human care, compassion, and cooperation in society, and conservation of nature. Consequently, if yang does not retreat to give space for yin we may see the end of, at least human, life on Earth.

Yin and yang is an ancient way of perceiving reality. It dates back to shamanism, being perhaps the very first human religion. Most people know it as being an integral part of the traditional Chinese philosophies I Ching and Confucianism. However, one should not confuse these distinguished philosophies with modern China, which is purely patriarchal. The yin/yang philosophy is consistent to Systems Thinking and Smuts Holism. Hence, it is a way of perceiving reality as an integrated, interconnected whole, like Einstein taught us. It is an alternative to the dualist and reductionist (partial) perception that Newton taught us, and which still is the foundation in “modern” science. In the yin/yang philosophy, a person is successful and will prosper only if he or she is pursuing a dynamic tension between yin and yang in everything he or she does. Hence, yang is not bad, yin is not bad, we need both; it is the imbalance between yang and yin, which is bad.
 

Nancy C. (812)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 4:13 pm
I honestly hope that this thread is an indication of the sales and influence your book will harbor...
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (281)
Sunday January 15, 2012, 9:05 pm
JYTTE

YOU HAVE A BIG HEART KUDOS TO YOU
 

. (0)
Monday March 12, 2012, 4:02 am
May your book bring enlightenment to the world - we sure need it!
 

Thomas L Robinson (52)
Friday August 17, 2012, 7:10 pm
Never to late to say congrats! on the publishing of your book Jytte. It'll take me more than one sitting just to get through the many thoughtful comments here. I'll try to get a copy of the book via inter-library loan.
It excites me to know that the paradigm shift is underway. Your work, your book is an example of it. Thank you.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Friday August 31, 2012, 4:59 am
Thank you dear Nancy, Rose, Colette, and Thomas for visiting this thread and for your kind words.

I sincerely hope that changes are on their way. If we do not change our way of perceiving reality and initiate some relevant actions to create balance, then we will experience ever more serious destruction of society and nature globally. We already see how little concern political leaders pay to social safety nets in these economic troubled times. Although the current economic crises are created by the political and economic elites, due to their greed, still it is the population who must pay the bill. That is how patriarchal domination function: the masters reap the benefit and the slaves pay the costs. We cannot continue on this path; it will only lead us to ever increasing global crises.

The point is how do we change things and bring balance? I assume many of us have lost trust in most of our political leaders, I certainly have, but I trust the wisdom of ordinary people – from all walks of life. Hence, if the people can take over leadership of the world, we can bring about balance and peace. However, we will need to educate ourselves. That was the intention with the book, and that is the intention with the website:

As I mentioned earlier, I have been working on building a website that is mean to inform about patriarchal domination. It is a place where we can educate ourselves, so that we can take over leadership of the world and create a quality of life for all. In the post below, I will introduce you to this new website.
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Friday August 31, 2012, 5:05 am
The official name of the website is “Forum for Holistic Transformation.” The full version of the name is “Forum for Holistic Transformation: Ending Patriarchy, and Creating a Quality of Life for Society and Nature Worldwide”. But in short it is called “Intsangano.” The website explains why that name is chosen.

Here is the address: http://www.intsangano.com/

Intsangano is an educational website. It is explaining how the political and economic elites – called Patriarchy – have managed to earn huge profits based on dominating society and exploiting nature, causing serious crises for life everywhere. We – people from all walks of life – need to educate ourselves in order to understand, how the elite manage to rule this world via their ideology, structures, and institutions. When we grasp how they manipulate us, we can become a force to be reckoned with, and together we can end this dangerous life threatening domination.

Intsangano is consequently a space where ordinary people can unite. We can either be teachers sharing our knowledge with others, or students learning from those who are willing to share their knowledge – or both. Everything is done as a free and voluntary activity, meant to benefit all, giving us insight so that we can stand up to our political leaders, challenge them in debates, and eventually become leaders ourselves. Thus, the aim is to end the current unbalanced political values and the focus on never-ending economic growth and profit-making that only benefits the elite. These economic values are causing global crises of war and violence, inequality and poverty, human rights abuses, and degradation of nature. Hence the positive goal is to re-create a quality of life for society and nature worldwide.

The icon chosen for the website is the yin-yang sign. The yin-yang sign symbolizes balance. Whenever anyone of the two forces oversteps a certain level, the other is meant to regulate the situation and bring back yin-yang balance, leading to harmony. In the current worldview, yang is prioritized, while yin is marginalized. This causes imbalance and a situation where the masculine yang force dominates the feminine yin force. This imbalance causes disharmony in society. In the modern society it manifests as an unequal economic situation where the political and economic elites are maximizing their profit-making based on dominating society and exploiting nature. The outcome is the above mentioned global social and natural crises.

In order to change this situation, and create balance, we need to add more yin energy. Hence in the Intsangano website the yin-yang symbol is turned 90 degrees, symbolizing that we need to prioritize the black feminine yin energy and all what it manifests in order to end our global crises. Thus, the concept Patriarchy as used in the website does not imply that men dominate women – the biological theory does not hold. There are many women who have joined the patriarchal domination of society and exploitation of nature for individual profit-making. A Patriarchy is more correctly a worldview with a run-away masculine yang force, unlimited by the feminine yin energy, causing a yin-yang imbalance. This imbalance manifests in society as a master/slave scenario where it mainly is the rich, modern, white master that dominates the poor, traditional, colored slave.

Conclusively, please visit the Intsangano website, and read more. It is free of charge, and hopefully it will also be part of freeing us from patriarchal domination. Thank you so much everybody for visiting this thread and the Intsangano website.
 

S.A. Gorman (52)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 10:40 am
Noted, Jytte (and Gregory)...Thank you Jytte of making me aware of your book and website. I look forward to both:)
 

S.A. Gorman (52)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 11:01 am
Also, as you saw by my global rising song "The Tide", I have been very interested in ending the neoliberal policies that are destroying our world and killing our spirit. My website http://1world1wage.org was started for that purpose, if you would like to take a look at it.

I believe steps toward ending the Politics of Profit that enslave the poor for the benefit of the rich will be accomplished by a Global Labor Treaty for Living Wages. http://www.change.org/petitions/sign-now-to-enact-a-global-labor-treaty-for-living-wages

I believe that if we state the obvious..."Profit Comes From Somewhere"...the simplicity of the statement will open the eyes of the 1% who only enjoy their privilege by ignoring the suffering of others through willful blindness.

If we can somehow cut through the strategies of distraction that make up most of our modern day culture we will finally be able to address the policies of inequity that have driven us toward extinction.

 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 2:23 pm
Welcome, dear Sharee, lovely to see you here at the thread.

I have visited your website; it is very beautiful. You are a creative person. I also signed your petition. I will below make both of your links hot, which makes it easier for possible readers to go to your sites.

http://www.1world1wage.org/

http://www.change.org/petitions/sign-now-to-enact-a-global-labor-treaty-for-living-wages

Thank you very much for your input. I have made some comments for you:
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 2:40 pm
I very much agree with your statement that the neo-liberal policies are “destroying our world and killing our spirit.”

These unbalance policies are making everything into resources for profit making, be it human beings, animals, plants, minerals, soils, air, water, you name it – everything that can be used as input for economic profit making is dominated, colonized, exploited, destroyed, killed, and given an economic value. Oppositely these polices place no value on clean air, pure water, virgin forests, healthy animals, and happy human beings. Quantity of money is the only value prioritized in neo-liberalism, while quality of life for society and nature is of no concern. Consequently, the neo-liberal policies promote values that are unsustainable; they destroy our social and natural world, and as a consequence also our health and our happiness.

Rather than focusing purely on increasing financial capital, as neo-liberalism does, we need policies that will give equal priority to increasing our social and natural capital. I trust that most people would rather want less money around, while experiencing happier societies and healthier natural environments. That is especially so, when we know that most of the economic profit making from the neo-liberal policies is going into the pockets of the political and economic elites, supporting their luxury lifestyles. Hence, the increase of the wealth for the few is made on huge social and environmental costs borne by the many.

Consequently, we need to change the political values away from the unbalance focus on quantities of money and include a quality of life for societies and nature worldwide.

So how do we do this? You are suggesting that we introduce wages from which people can live. You are right; we should have proper wages; that would greatly improve our current inequality, beyond doubt. However, in order to introduce proper wages, we need to have politicians that would define and introduce such polices. Those policies would be founded on values that would prioritize a quality of life. Regretfully, we do not have many of those politicians currently. The far majority of our global political leaders embrace the neo-liberal policies; hence, they do not support social values. So your sensible scheme cannot be introduced. Why? Because your suggestion would mean less profit to the greedy elite! Consequently, the political and economic elite rather want the neo-liberal policies since these allow them to exploit other people and become richer. They seem not to mind that it ends in us having more slaves in the world now, than when slavery was legal. Therefore, only when it becomes a widespread moral value that it is both immoral and illegal to exploit other people, then we can change these policies.

You suggest that the simple statement, "Profit comes from somewhere" will change the minds of the elite. Your statement is both rational and correct. In a whole interconnected world, there can be no profit somewhere, without a loss elsewhere. Hence, some become rich based on others becoming poor. However, the greedy elite seem not to comprehend this kind of rationality, they can only understand economic rationality. It comes from their mentality:

The mindset of the elite is out of balance. As I understand from various studies, they mainly use the left hemisphere of their brain. That is the part, which focuses on the logical, quantitative, masculine, yang faculty. They oppositely dismiss using the right brain hemisphere, which is the place of our emotional, qualitative, feminine, yin values, and instead consider all that is feminine as being objects available for exploitation. Hence, the elite are earning their profit by dominating society and exploiting nature, both of which are feminine manifestations. Conclusively, the elite are in my best opinion mentally “dis-eased”.

A balanced person would use all of his or her mental faculties and thus develop a healthy balance between the abilities of the right and the left hemisphere. This would make the person concerned both about a quality of life for society and nature (feminine yin) and a quantity of finances in the economy (masculine yang).

We need to place such balanced people in leadership position. They will be able to define and introduce policies and laws that would give equal value to social capital, environmental capital, and financial capital.

It is for this reason I am urging people – from all walks of life – to educate themselves about our current political and economic structures, so that they can take over political leadership and make the necessary balanced changes.

It is exactly in order to create sustainable human alternatives to the current economic policies, that the World Social Forum was created. It is people’s answer to the World Economic Forum that is made by the political and economic elite.

Here are two articles from the gathering in Tunisia:

https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/03/26-0

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/03/29-5

Conclusively, balanced people will be able to create balanced realities. As one participant at the World Social Forum said, “Another world isn't just possible, it makes sense.” In such a world your suggestion would make a lot of sense.
 

S.A. Gorman (52)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 12:26 am
Thank you, Jytte. Well said:) I hope the work that more and more concerned world citizens are putting their hearts and hands to will bring about the necessary balance between ourselves and the environment that we inhabit. Thank you for signing my petition and for sharing it with your followers. I appreciate your kindness and generosity.
 

DaleLovesOttawa O. (192)
Friday March 21, 2014, 6:53 am
Very impressive and a marvellous book that should be in every library across the world. Many thanks for your dedication and hard work. If only our world leaders could share your insight, the world would be a far better place.
 
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