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In The Chalice & The Blade Riane Eisler introduced the distinction between two styles of human culture, Partnership Culture based on equality and cooperation and Dominator Culture based on hierarchy and violence. This group is about applying her insights and examining their intersection with new information about our inherent tendencies toward violence.

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Sustainability calls for a New Partnership Culture

To survive the next few centuries we must embrace a new culture compatible with sustainability. Riane Eisler published The Chalice & the Blade in 1987, introducing our Partnership Culture history, the roots of a new possibility to nurture ourselves and our planet. But to replace the current Dominator Culture, which is inherently destructive, we need to apply her insights to today’s world.

The key to this necessary blossoming is authenticity. A cooperative egalitarian way of life makes encourages wholeness and being true to yourself. Everyone is worthy, treated with respect. It’s “I’m OK, You’re OK”. Hierarchy based on violence and coercion is inherently inauthentic. Self esteem is provisional, based on relative rank. It’s “I’m OK, you’re not OK”. Lesser humans and the natural world exist only for the exploitation of those ranked above. In a competitive hierarchical culture to admit limitations is self-destructive. Parts of the self must always be hidden.

Peace, in our contemporary Dominator Culture, is just a honeymoon. Conflict is suppressed and war atrocities become "invisible". But large conflicts between warrior cultures can only be settled by more war. This cycle is built into Dominator Culture because each phase fails to perform all needed functions. It's as if we are always split in half, manifesting part of who we are during this honeymoon peace and the rest of who we are during war.

The most difficult part of authenticity is integrating the most destructive, limiting, aspects of human nature into our self concepts and into culture constructively. Information about our appetitive aggression and our attraction to the most despicable aspects of war, must be accepted and taken into account. Only a culture based on actual human nature will work in the long term. We won't be able to find a cooperative, constructive way to settle our greatest conflicts over diminishing resources as long as we unconsciously depend upon war as a final solution.

For more information on appetitive aggression see An Appetite for Aggression.

Chris Hedges presents a gripping account of the way we all devolve during wars in War is a Force That Gives us Meaning.

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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 27, 2014 at 8:38am
Comment by Steph S. on March 26, 2014 at 3:50pm

Thanks for the article link Grinning Cat.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 21, 2014 at 11:54pm

Worth a pointer in this group:

Ruth posting about James Lovelock's view of climate destabilization, and such crisis supposedly being a "holiday" of opportunity, like war -- this exposes a core sickness, as explained in Chris Hedges' War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. In Ruth's words:

Only the psychopaths loved World War II, loved the things they could do in that arena. It wasn't one long holiday for anyone else. [...]

In my opinion this selective pressure of war and disaster is why humanity is saddled with such so many psychopaths. [...] 

While they make successful CEOs, corporations under their control are literally threatening the survival of humanity. [...]

The kind of purpose Lovelock thinks we want is brutally exposed by Hedges as humanity at our most debased, incapable of love and exhilarated by killing sprees.

(Read the whole post!)

(Image: detail from "iNsAnE 4 U" by Sweethearted Sadist at deviantART)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 11, 2013 at 11:51pm

I was trying to represent the violence in the spam; that subject line felt like a particular attack. Your image is much more effective for "stop this onslaught!"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 11, 2013 at 11:19pm

I wholeheartedly agree with you, Grinning Cat, about the revolting spam. But you unthinkingly selected a Dominator image to represent "stop". The red fist aimed at the viewer counters the values in your text. A flat open hand would be less threatening.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 11, 2013 at 11:49am

Checking through my spam folder yesterday, I found a horrible symptom of Dominator Culture in one subject line:

"Attack her till she cums"

Ugh!

I'll take sex as an egalitarian pleasuring party instead, thankyouverymuch!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 8, 2013 at 2:03pm

Reading about 23 words that existed 15,000 years ago, it was good to see "to give" as one of these words with a common origin across a majority of Eurasian language families!

I was really delighted to see ‘to give’ there,” [lead author Mark] Pagel said. “Human society is characterized by a degree of cooperation and reciprocity that you simply don’t see in any other animal. Verbs tend to change fairly quickly, but that one hasn’t.”

"Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’", The Washington Post, May 6, 2013

Comment by Steph S. on April 15, 2013 at 7:59pm
Wonderful group!
Comment by Grinning Cat on April 15, 2013 at 1:57pm

Yes, it's time for us to take more of a hand in guiding our evolution, if we'd like human beings to survive and have good lives!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 12:48pm

Some great ideas should come out of this group. Eisler definitely is on to an important idea, and I think it has evolutionary potential. 

 

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