I realize, intellectually, that men aren't evil as a whole, and there must good men out there. But you can't get around the fact that it is men who do virtually all the robbing, raping, murdering, fighting, cheating, and so on.
From a spiritual perspective, what do you see going on with regard to this subject? Thanks.
A. Before I go into this, I need to preface that I'm going into this with generalizations and am not speaking from absolutes (there are always exceptions to everything). When you hear me refer to men or women, please realize I'm talking as general impressions and not the rule.
When men and women were created, men were the hunters, protectors and conquers. Their role was to keep their family safe to ensure their offspring would live their legacy. In doing so men were created with more testosterone, making them bigger and stronger. During a flight or flight situation testosterone (along with adrenaline and other hormones) can create an aggressiveness (needed for survival). That aggressiveness can take many forms stemming from a primal (almost animalistic) instinct.
For the survival of the species there needed to be distinct roles to protect the offspring. It looks like women were made to provide the nurturing support because they were gifted the ability to bear children. You couldn't have women hunting or fighting wars because it would endanger pregnant moms and their also needed to be women to care for the children once they were born.
It is coming to me that when men and women were created, they were already designed for these roles. Men were larger, and women were biologically designed with a reproductive system to grow a child, and breasts to feed it after birth. Because men had the size and strength, women had their own strength. The best way to phrase this it to be direct, and one (of many abilities, but we are talking about very primal and biblical times) is to lure men with sex. I get the Bible isn't intended to accuse women of anything, it was to show them they had power, and men had a weakness too (this isn't meant to be offensive, but place yourself at the time of Adam and Eve).
I also see centuries ago in looking at the dynamics of men and women, the concept of oppression didn't exist. Men protected, and women nurtured. Both roles were essential for survival. Fast forward (I'm seeing early 20th century). Men hunted and protected, and women still nurtured and cared for children. There feels to be some kind of imprint in our DNA that when you incarnate as a man, you take a certain role, and women take another. That doesn't mean that men and women can't explore different paths. Now that food is bought in stores, and we (most generally) feel safe, we have opportunities to take different paths. BUT, I will say in an apocalyptic situation I see us (mostly) reverting back to the roles of past centuries.
This reading is also taking me down the path of current times. The onset of the feminist movement, which started as a positive concept of equality, planted the idea of oppression where women didn't see it. Rather than work in harmony with each other and compliment each other's strengths, feminism created a competition. (This was also the start of the break down of families, which was and is the current agenda push by the PTW / Powers That Were at the time. Dual income homes means more income tax, more cars, bigger houses, daycare, etc- I've done readings on this.)
The spiritual perspective is balance. Both men and women are important, for our survival. One will show strength where the other is weak, and vice versa.