Now is not the time to neglect this topic of feminism. In fact, I sense a growing public awareness that feminism is experiencing an identity crisis. We are witnessing a time when the public is beginning to wake up and question the rational of incoherent narratives and faulty ideologies, like feminism and Marxism. This calls for implementing a somewhat offensive strategy to push forward in truth, gaining the initiative.
For those of you familiar with my previous posts, this one will be a bit different. It begins by laying out our current predicament, highlighting The Industrial Revolution and culture’s fact-value split. The article then explores the topic of sacrifice and the concepts of natural design and identity. I close with a few related resources. As always, your feedback is valuable to me.
Our Current Predicament
Nancy Pearcey, in her award winning book Total Truth, explains the historical reasons behind family disunity and the growing divide between men and women:
The Industrial Revolution caused both men’s and women’s work to contract and become more specialized; the work of both sexes lost range and variety, and became more intensely focused. Men lost their traditional integration into the life of the household and family…They lost the close contact they once enjoyed with their children throughout the day, and as a result experienced a sharp reduction in their function as parent and teacher in the home.
…the contraction of women’s sphere was more onerous because they were confined to the private sphere – which means they suffered from the general devaluation of the private sphere. The home was cut off from the “real” work of society, isolated from intellectual, economic, and political life…
The Seed of Feminism
So, this helps to illuminate the seed of feminism. It is easier to understand why women are so angry and bitter today. This is not to justify their rage; yet, it clarifies the murky waters a bit.
Men Highly Integrated Into Family Life
In light of this historical perspective, how likely is it that men will be “…drawn back into family life…convinced that being a good husband and father is a manly thing to do; that parental duty and sacrifice are masculine virtues; that marital love and fidelity are not female standards imposed upon men externally, but an integral part of the male character–something inherent and original?” What would it take for men to realize and live out this truth? A more challenging question, what would it take for women to encourage men to return to their old ways? I’m not talking about the part-time dad gig, the common attitude that, as long as the family sits down to dinner together, we’re good. I’m alluding to a life that is highly integrated, the norm prior to The Industrial Revolution.
Families Throughout History Had Challenges
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sugar-coating history. I am fully aware that unique challenges were faced by families in every stage of history, and our time is no different. However, if we are to improve our situation today, we must consider serious lifestyle changes. Many are so overwhelmed that they don’t even know where to start. I propose that men must be the first to return to their traditional role, and then women will need to follow.
Compassion Toward Complex Predicament
Frankly, I am compelled to be more compassionate in my writing against feminism as a result of Pearcey’s work. I am guilty of approaching issues such as divorce and broken families with harshness and a limited perspective. It is more and more apparent to me that our current predicament is a complex one. Therefore, it is a difficult challenge to solve these problems, but take heart; it is not impossible.
You Can Change Course
Even if your life is moving at break-neck speed, you can still change course. If you hunger for genuine, intimate relationships with those you have grown steadily distant from, I encourage you to pick up Pearcey’s book, Total Truth. It will provide you with a foundation of knowledge and a logical mindset to make the necessary life changes that your subconscious is nudging you towards.
Diligent Work and Sacrifice To Build Community and a Place of Wholeness
Those of us who have been working diligently to build close family enterprises and self-sustaining lifestyles recognize the challenge of bucking the status quo to create longevity and legacy in relationships. We are aware that it takes sacrifice to leave high paying jobs and fast-paced convenience to honor and treasure the most important things in life. We understand the beauty of taking broken, fallow land and bringing it back to life. More importantly, we appreciate the value of learning to live in real community with neighbors and friends. The fact is, life is better when lived from a place of wholeness.
Values vs. Facts
There exists an inevitable trend in culture for men and women to separate into a distinct fact/value divide. The divide between facts and values is a conversation that ethicists, philosophers, and theologians have been engaged in for some time. Others are joining in to refute the legitimacy of the argument. Basically, our world has divided the following: the facts from the values; the public life from the private life; the concrete from the abstract; and the subjective from the objective. What does this all mean? It means that those of us who appeal to a higher moral standard (a truth beyond our own subjective preferences) are disallowed from speaking about it in the public sphere. We are shunned, belittled, and accused. Why? The answer lies in the implicit cultural norm of prohibiting the objective and preferring the subjective.
“Don’t Talk” In Absence Of Truth
Remember that old saying, “Don’t talk politics, religion, or money?” Perhaps it was a tactic to keep the peace during extended family gatherings. However, that statement did not presuppose the absence of truth itself. That statement did not begrudge and dismiss the fact that truth (objective truth) actually exists. A lot has changed! For instance, you’ve most likely heard the rebuttal, “That’s true for you but not for me.” In fact, that has me thinking about a great book by Paul Copan with a similar title. Think about the not-so-subtle message in that statement for a moment. It is essentially declaring that there is no truth, that all is subjective. Yet, is that declaration true?
A Growing Divide Between the Sexes
This divide further complicates and most likely prevents the potential for healing between the sexes. For years I have been working to understand the complex history and rational behind feminism, and I find it discouraging that men and women are growing more distant from one another. The Industrial Revolution has had a profound impact on our relationships and the stability of family life in our culture. Before this paradigm shift in history, families lived very different daily lives. It will require true sacrifice to get back to where our hearts desire to be in our relationships.
Consider the Past To Critique the Present
We must consider the past to critique the present. Otherwise, we risk continuing the status quo and losing touch with our ancestors. Most of our ancestors valued objective truth, strived to maintain intimate and genuine relationships, and built small family enterprises, generation after generation.
The Endeavor and Entrepreneurial Spirit We Should Emulate
This is the unique endeavor and entrepreneurial spirit we should emulate. Do you want this? Do you want a life of meaning and value? It is possible to pursue such a life. It is possible to return to the land and focus once again on your loved ones. There is no one perfect formula but a life of connectedness contains a few similar threads. You put your family before your career and you put your health before your paycheck. You put your children before your hobbies. Above all, you seek to renew your mind to accept a position of humility before your Creator.
The Opportunity Is Available To You
Don’t think the opportunity is cut off from you. Don’t think you are in too deep and the system has you in forever-chains. This freedom is right there for you to take it. It won’t be easy. In fact, speaking from experience, it will be painful and discouraging for the first few years. No one will encourage you to take the leap of faith. Most likely, you will be ridiculed and abandoned by those who fail to acknowledge your potential.
Although, once you start making progress, they will want what you have. Then, it will be your turn to show mercy. For some, the transition is easier. For others, it seems impossible, but with small bits of perseverance and determination you can return to the life of your ancestors. Men, you can take your place again as the moral leader of your home. Women, you can be the lifeblood of the home– the nurturer and the rock that loves and produces a brightness to renew your heart and those around you.
Life is extremely short! Live your objective truth now. Don’t let anyone discourage you; you can redeem your situation. It will take commitment, ingenuity, sacrifice, and an attitude of hope.
What is true sacrifice? Is genuine sacrifice displayed in a pro-football player who kneels in protest to our National Anthem? I propose that today’s average social justice warrior, radical feminist, and cultural Marxist lack the slightest inclination of what it means to deny self, sacrifice conveniences, and live for a righteous cause. They have no idea how to stop loving “self” and start loving others.
If you haven’t noticed, there is a lot of virtue signaling in our culture today. It is odd, however, that people approach virtue, justice, righteousness, and even morality without referencing an objective standard. How can one person impose his standard of righteousness on another without a respect for the author of righteousness in the first place? The author of righteousness sacrificed something far beyond what we can imagine, and it was all about relationship. This is what the Gospel is all about– a reconciliation, a re-connectedness with our Maker. It had to happen through sacrifice.
A Life of Connectedness
So, to return to a previous point about living a life of connectedness, what does it look like? It requires a tremendous sacrifice, because genuine sacrifice comes with a cost. Some will need to give up their dream job. For others it isn’t about career; it is more about identity. Sacrifice and identity are linked. Relinquishing the idolatry of addiction, rank in position, title, reputation, or material possessions is not easy. For instance, the feminists must die to the idol of equality and instead move to embrace natural design.
Sacrifice: Not A Catchy Social-Justice Term
“Sacrifice” is not a catchy social-justice term. It is not subjective. True sacrifice demands selflessness. True sacrifice essentially requires denial of self. The fruit of these sacrifices is the solution to the fact-value divide. This means, the division will be made whole again by the denial of self. Only then will identity find its true rootedness.
Natural Design & Identity
In academic and intellectual circles the words natural design and objective truth are dirty faux pas. I’m noticing they cause all sorts of triggers. Why are these words so scary? What is so dangerous about a woman’s natural design? A concept that presupposes a designer is a dangerous concept.
The one idea that gets people most up in arms is that we are created to bear a certain image, the Imago Dei. We possess a natural design from our origin. This design is rooted in an identity of metaphysical reality. Some will continue to root their identity in the den of idols: politics, causes like feminism, personal achievements, or career titles. However, these people are not aware that their spiritual identity transcends the entire gamut of idolatry.
So, what is natural design? It is simply the true design that God has determined we live by. Yet, we have all fallen short of our original design. Therefore, each one of us (some unconsciously) yearns for that redemptive story– a way back to our Creator. Take note, this design is meant for our good. It is not meant to harm us. God is not a malicious designer. He is the finest engineer, the master physicist, and the brilliant architect. Think about that. He knows what He’s doing. His ways are higher. When we follow our natural design and accept our true identity, we are set free. To reject these truths we only hurt ourselves. Worse, we grieve the One who formed us.
To learn more about the division of facts and values, I recommend reading the philosopher Dr. Scott Smith’s book titled In Search of Moral Knowledge: Overcoming the Fact-Value Dichotomy. For those limited in spare time, the following (albeit dated) video summarizes the issue well, “Thriving in Change The Fact Value Split 3 min 41 sec”:
I also recommend a book titled Faith of the Fatherless by Dr. Paul Vitz.
Regarding feminism, a talented researcher and writer on the topic of women in combat named Jude Eden recently published an informative article titled, “The Results So Far of Social Engineering in the U.S. Military.”
For those who have not read my articles, below are links to a couple favorites on SurvivalBlog. I only ask for your mercy and patience as my passion to share objective truth and natural design is somewhat hindered by my amateur writing ability. You can also search the phrase “The Recovering Feminist” for similar articles to the ones referenced here:
My vision is to protect the unborn from abortion, prevent divorce, convince women to embrace their feminine nudge, and encourage peace between men and women. These are lofty aims but certainly worthy of my time, prayer, and effort. That being said, the hatred and vitriol from those who work to discourage and silence me are, in the end, empty and worthless attacks. What the grumpy-pants fail to realize is that I am confidant my support will never fail me. “From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord.”
Peace and Mercy and Grace to you All!
“Thriving in Change The Fact Value Split 3 min 41 sec” YouTube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KKiUZ6f7I4.
“[ The Lord the Keeper of Israel. ] [ A Song of Ascents. ] I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. …” (Psalm 121: 1-3, NASB).
SurvivalBlog Writing Contest
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