From masculine win-lose to feminine win-win
By Pierre Pradervand - January 7, 2010
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For many millennia, especially since the creation of the first cities, societies which were dominated by men were run essentially on the basis of a win-lose (competitive, Darwinian, masculin) paradigm. As long as technologies were extremely primitive, population density very sparse, and communications almost inexistent, this model could seem to function - and in fact, it did function for those in power: the nobility, the military, the rich, the clergy of all creeds and men. However, with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, things changed dramatically. From around one billion in 1800, world population has reached close to seven billion today. Communications have become instantaneous worldwide, and many technologies represent real risks for our survival: not only the atom, but pesticides, the modern petroleum run car, GMOs, innumerable chemical or pharmaceutical products (around 100'000 mostly untested chemicals are rampant in the world environment and e.g. hormones are upsetting the hormonal balance of polar bears in Greenland). The most dramatic impact has been in the economic area, where the competitive model has led to a totally lopsided system which functions essentially no longer to improve the lives of citizens, but to amass huge amounts of money for the already rich (98 per cent of the 3 billion dollars exchanged daily are traded for purely speculative reasons). The failure of the Copenhagen conference is a perfect example of what happens when male energy attempts to run the game. The feminine energy of cooperation. Only a major and rapid change to a holistic, win-win model based on the essentially feminine energy of cooperation, synthesis, intuition and love can get us back on track. Fred Donaldson, author of Playing by Heart, writes: "We have to understand that in our quest to conquer each other and the earth, the longer 'we' win, the more 'we' lose." As the French geneticist Joël de Rosnay once noted: "The masculine values were necessary to conquer the world. These are warlike values, adapted to the early stages of humanity ... In the 21st century, the world no longer needs to be conquered. It has become our home for all. And we need to give top priority to the values which will enable us to organize this home, in other words feminine values," amongst which he mentions intuition, a more holistic view of interdependence, coordination, etc. If we men can drop our pride and our sisters summon their courage, and all of us share a common vision, we will make it.