Wars rage. Poverty is widespread. Violence proliferates. The gaps between rich and poor are growing. The problems that we face as individual people and societies seem overwhelming. We long for security, protection, and love—concepts that may seem unrealistic and fuzzy.
There is hope. Arising in our midst and asking to be integrated into our strategies for the future is a way of thinking that stresses non-violence, love, and compassion. Some would argue that these concepts represent the feminine in human beings. Edward Whitmont, the Jungian analyst, wrote: "Mother Earth herself has been pressed to the limits....The patriarchy's time is running out....Traditional male and female roles in society are being challenged. The feminine call for a new recognition arises simultaneously with the violence that threatens to get out of hand."
These ideas inspired me to develop the Global Fund for Women, to write about it in Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change, and to move on to Stanford University to teach my course on "Critical Issues in International Women's Health" and to write about those issues in From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing About It. Reacting to the outrage and the darkness of poverty and injustice, I began to teach on "Love as a Force for Social Justice," also at Stanford University, and to encourage groups to read and discuss love—which is the light that persists in the midst of darkness.
This website brings these aspects of my work together, from books to courses, both in-person and online, to teaching tips to syllabi to essays. I plan to try, in the blogs that will be offered occasionally, to both recognize the outrages that people (particularly women) endure, and at the same time celebrate our resilience and strengths.
I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested in recognizing the darkness and celebrating the light—the love, compassion, loving kindness, and the feminine in every human being.
©2016, Anne Firth Murray