• Socio-Political

    Patriarchy and ‘the awakening’

    Patriarchy is a set of belief systems, ideologies, and experiences that together create a worldview. They are tightly held in what I call the normative paradigm of patriarchy. It is a fixed worldview that cannot readily be changed. Those whose minds are regulated by the normative paradigm of patriarchy are responsible for the toxic relationships seen worldwide. That is, in the workplace, home, and community. The paradigm fans the flames for the exploitation of women. The normative paradigm of patriarchy The normative paradigm of patriarchy dates back to a patriarchal belief system in the first century, based on patria potestas.  In this social system power is held by the pater-familias.…

  • Socio-Political

    Toxic workplaces and the awakening

    There is a lot of toxicity in the world. It is in our bodies, in the environment, the oceans, our lives. Wherever we live, we find it. We have become so used to living with toxicity we no longer see it. It has wafted into our lives in its varying forms and there it stays. Why have we let this happen? Because we do not recognise it. We do not slow down enough. We are too busy doing ‘things’ and making ‘things’ happen. When this happens we lose our centre. It is lost in a world of toxicity. Our world of toxicity is no more present than in the workplace.…

  • Life Day By Day,  Socio-Political

    Gender equality: secular and sacred

    When I think of gender equality I think of the juxtaposition of the secular and the sacred. There is now a conversation across political parties, in the media and community in Australia about gender equality. This has come about due to the low representation of women in the Federal Liberal Party. In the country of a “fair go” are women with the same capability and qualifications as men getting a “fair go” in the workplace? Looking at the evidence there is still a way to go before gender equality is realised. To begin with there is a gender pay gap. Australian women must work and extra 56 days a year…