We alluded in yesterday’s DM on “Putin’s Masculinity Problem” (one shared by his admirer, the recently defeated president of the United States), how out of touch he is from an authentic masculinity.
We saw how a perverted masculinity, one born of resentment and envy, can wreck havoc on others and indeed on peace and history itself. A reality that Europe is very familiar with in an invasion comparable to that of Germany’s invasion in 1939.
Hopefully, this time around, the rest of Europe is resisting such a sick display of power for power’s sake and empire for empire’s sake.
This mauling of another and much smaller nation by the giant Bear of the Russian Federation will not end well for its leader and its citizens.
There is much to admire of healthy masculinity in the virtues of courage and generosity that are being shown by the Ukrainians and their leaders;
… by media persons willing to stay in the combat areas to let the world know the truth of war;
…and surely too by Russian citizens who are protesting this unwarranted war, knowing full well that jailing can follow such protesting.
War brings out the worst and the best in humankind. Our recent and quite lengthy Daily Meditations on the healthy vs. the unhealthy masculine have proven to be very timely.
Many of the topics we have been meditating on the past few months serve as medicine for those men and their institutions that are currently either raping the earth or raping other nations in their untampered rage, a rage born of envy and resentment.
In some next Daily Meditations we will remind ourselves of some of the topics that serve as medicine for the soul and, hopefully, for our community of nations, all of which have to adopt the divinefeminine and the healthy masculine if Earth as we know it is going to survive the human and if humanity is itself going to avoid its own extinction.
Putting our energy to wars against each other is no way to heal the wars we are also waging against Mother Earth.
See Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men.
See also Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 359-371.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Nina Kutukova, one of four remaining residents in this bombed-out apartment building in eastern Ukraine in 2015. She stays as she has nowhere else to go. Photo Credit: UNHCR/Y.Gusyev on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
How can nations adopt a consciousness and practice of both the divine feminine and the healthy and sacred masculine?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God