“The struggle for our future is between those trying to move toward partnership and those pushing us back to rigid rankings of domination.” - Riane Eisler
In part 1, What brings us together as a political party? - Maximizing Equality, I discussed the opposing values of equality and inequality, their presentation within related family models, how the family models impact the government we chose, and the impact on our federal budget. This posting includes several supportive comments.
In part 2, What brings us together as a political party? - Part 2, Nurturing vs Punishing, I discussed the opposing values of nurturing and punishment, their presentation in families, and how that translates into who we elect to government and the resulting policies.
Policies for Nurturing"
I posted a supplement to these value choices on the policies that fit with them: Maximizing Equality Leads to Morally Right Policies, .
Moral Values Spectrum:
Parts 1 and 2 dealt with a couple of the moral value pairs that define the two ends of a continuous spectrum. This spectrum represents a continuum for where a given culture might fall for a given pair of contrasting moral values or more generally where a culture stands on a combination of moral value pairs.
This moral values spectrum hints at a broader, interactive, continuum of cultural characteristics detailed in a new book. A continuum based on the longer history of humankind, the variety of cultures that have evolved from our genus, and our genetics. Here's a quote about this broader domination/partnership continuum:
“ … As we detail in later chapters, on the grand scale that stretches back across the Pleistocene since the origin of the genus Homo, archeological and ethnographic evidence suggests that a durable legacy of cultural orientation to partnership lasted for at least two million years. Then, a domination social organization began to enter the social mainstream approximately 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, punctuated by intermittent attempt to move again toward partnership. The second shift is much more recent and is ongoing: over the last several centuries, we have seen strong movement toward the partnership side of the continuum.” — Nurturing Our Humanity, page 100
In the last chapter of this book, there is a table with a short list of domination/partnership vocabulary pairs. Based on other language used in the book as it relates to domination and partnership cultures, I’ve appended this table with additional vocabulary.
Renewing Our Partnership Culture:
After a several, well footnoted, chapters to document our human history and scope of cultures, the authors of Nurturing Our Humanity, present specifics recommendations for continuing the return to a stronger Partnership culture. Below is a paraphrase of their recommendations on children, gender, economics, and narrative. Note that these recommendations are in addition to and supportive of existing efforts for advancing racial equity.
Equally Protect and Empower Children:
- Delegitimize and outlaw violence against children as immoral and dysfunctional and replace authoritarian parenting with authoritative caring
- Ensure healthcare and proper nutrition for all children and promote health and nutrition benefits,
- Support and improve an environmentally-conscious, gender-balanced, multicultural public education system to help young people learn self-respect, respect of others and the environment and to co-create a healthy equitable future, and
- Provide high-quality childcare and caregiver training for men and women both at home and in the marketplace.
Equal Protection and Empowerment Regardless of Gender:
- Change cultural beliefs to end male domination, violence against/abuse of girls, women, and LGBTQIA communities, and end female subordination and obedience to men,
- Change social priorities to value stereotypical activities of women and teach that caring and nonviolence are essential in men, women and social policy,
- Change education to equally value individuals regardless of gender or gender identity and promote partnership education to eliminate dominator isms like sexism,
- Recognize that a more peaceful, just and caring world requires gender equity, and
- Diversify man-made institutions to promote gender equity in decision making processes and to advance more caring, empathetic, and effective policies including family planning and reproductive choice.
A Caring and Empathetic Economy:
- Enact business standards and rules, partnership based corporate charters, and treaties that promote environmentally and socially responsible policies and practices through tax breaks/penalties,
- Enact new campaign financing and other measures to enable creating an equitable, environmentally sustainable, and caring economic system,
- Give value to caring for people and nature, and ensure ample reward to caregivers,
- Create new economic measures of productivity that focus on quality of life, human development, and a sustainable environment, and
- Create new caring economic, or partnerism, policies to keep pace with the technological, economic, and environmental challenges of now.
Develop and Promote Necessary Narratives and Language:
- Share the broad history and implications of the partnership/domination continuum and the significant benefits of caring over vilifying,
- Suppress domination narratives of violence, hate, conformity and inequality. Advance partnership narratives of caring, empathy, creativity, and equality,
- Ensure narratives of partnership and diversity inform informal and formal public education and counter domination narratives in social media,
- Update public education to increase awareness of the partnership/domination continuum and their respective consequences,
- Advance narratives that emphasize the full spectrum of capacities for caring, caregiving, and nonviolence in both men and woman, and
- Promote partnership morality and ethics, and nurture the spiritual courage to subvert domination moral values and encourage partnership moral values.
“None of us can do everything. But each of us can do something to help build the solid foundations for a more equitable, peaceful, and partnership world. Our future and that of coming generations depends on this — starting with what we do today.” — Riane Eisler
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