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3 comments15 Nov 2009 @ 04:06 by mortimer : Superior vs. Inferior
There are currently 500 federally recognized tribes in North America. At the time of Columbus arrival on Turtle Island with subsequent explorers at the end of 15 century beginning the 16 century there was approximately 50 million north American Indians (ref. R. Means) and 100 million south American Indians. Looking for gold Columbus landing first in the Caribbean islands wrote back to his patron king Ferdinand that he had found docile people who would make great servants. Queen Isabella wrote back that that was not acceptable. What began then was an attempt to bring the American Indian to Europe for slavery. Remember, at that time Spain and Portugal already had a successful slave trade in the works with Africa, hmm…if ever a slave trade could be successful. Grin & Puke! What happen was in the academies in Spain the arguments emerged about whether or not the African and the Indian had the qualities of full humanity (ref. See ~ “Lewis Hanke: Aristotle and the American Indian – a study in race prejudice in the modern world”). Bear with me, introspection on those arguments at that time offers insight to better understanding the conative bigotry and alienation we see manifesting today.
The 15th century Theologians sit and argue---people are born to be dominated. St. Augustine approved and sanctioned slavery. The argument was that Africans and Indians are less than human i.e. the use of Aristotelian argument to support the position that some are born superior to others therefore some are born to be dominated. This is the essential argument for inequality, Superior vs. Inferior.
Now let’s look at some policy that unfolded from this upside-down-thinking. It gets real messy when they start making laws, the inferior are afforded less liberty. The same argument was used to treat woman as inferior. And they had a problem, how to put the Inferior people on the books.
Superior ---|--- Inferior
Man -------|--- Woman
Adults -----| --- Children
Spaniards--|--- Indians & Africans
Freedom --|--- Slavery
In Aristotelian the only sex is male and the woman is inferior.
The woman had the same or less rights as children.
The American Indians and the Africans were classified as same or below women and children.
15 Nov 2009 @ 05:50 by scotty : hmmmmm
My name is Chris
I'm a woman I'm a lesbien woman ... none of these 'labels' qualifies me for being a world leader ! LOL !
The truth of the matter is .... I'm not a name ! Not a gender ! Not a sexuality !
Non of these labels defines who I am !
It seems to me that too many people thrive on a sense of 'belonging to' - on categorizing everyone outside 'the club of the moment' as ignorant wrong or even downright evil!
Historically one of the biggest problems (and if you ask me one of the biggest crimes) against man/womankind were the restrictions placed on those who weren't seen to belong to the 'club' by those who did!
If we were to do the same thing today as far as the 'male power wielders' are concerned nothing would change .. it would still be a crime !
One thing I see that has to happen is that there can't be any more male or female bashing.
We need a shift in our way of thinking that will allow men and women to see each other as we really are - Man and Woman = two halves of 'One' equation !
Anything other than that and we are denying ourselves our full power.
Part of the problem is people have forgotten who they are - who they truly are !
In seeking 'power' they've given their power away !
25 Nov 2009 @ 10:58 by mortimer : Matriarch
Many ancient indigenous communities were matriarchal. In ancient native american tradition there was elder women who guide groups of women. The women could choose a new chief if he was messing up. Today there are lakota people who are advocating and living these ancient life ways again, returning to a family structure called tiospaye.
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