Many items in the news these days demonstrate the reality of how degraded the masculine has become in our culture. I think of the sad case of the 17 year old who felt compelled to drive across state lines with an assault rifle in tow while demonstrators raged against the shooting of a black man by a police officer.
When I first saw Kyle Rittenhouse on television in court, my response was: “This guy is just a boy.” A boy, as it turned out, without a rite of passage into a healthy adulthood. Therefore a very dangerous 17 year old boy who employed his AR-15 which, he thought “looked cool” when he bought it.
Whether he is convicted of a particular form of homicide or not, the damage is done: Two people are dead, another wounded, and the shooter’s life will never be the same.
There is also the uninspiring ending to COP26 where much appears unresolved about rich nations offering ample resources to stop the demise of our planet and our species and others with it. Matricide marches on and also marks a sick masculinity.
Reports from Glasgow underscore how if President Biden had arrived with a more vigorous climate change commitment in hand the entire conference would have come closer to accomplishing its deeper purpose. But Biden could not do that because an entire political party has not committed to saving the planet, but chooses denial and remaining in bed with fossil fuel companies instead. “Fatalistic self-hatred” indeed.
In light of such news, our meditations with monk Bede Griffith on the importance of the divine feminine and healthy masculine seem very pertinent indeed.
See Matthew Fox, Christian Mystics, pp. 237ff.
Also Spirituality for a New Era: Lectures by Bede Griffiths and Matthew Fox.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
Do you recognize a distorted masculinity in today’s news of a 17 year old bearing an AR-15 to a riot and in the struggle for eco-justice and climate change? How can we do better?
Spirituality for a New Era – An Evening with Bede Griffiths and Matthew Fox in Dialog
Matthew Fox and Fr. Bede Griffiths each lecture for approximately 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of dialogue. 91 minutes. 1990. (Audio file; to download, click HERE.)