Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Indomitable Dance

Domination is the public or private serial display of physical, political, or economic power by the spiritually weak and mentally frightened in an attempt to intimidate those least likely to or least able to effectively fight back, and so as to appear larger by making others appear smaller. Those who resist such a false monologue and do not buy-in to the devaluation of their life, human lives, or Life on Earth are indomitable.

In this current age, rich white men strive to dominate all who are not rich and white and male - they seek to dominate the very world itself. These gods, their idols, and their false prophets are a dark force of corruption. But against this cancerous physical and spiritual pollution, liberation theologies remind the meek of the Beatitudes. Ecotheology and feminist theology are such:

"Ecologists enable us to see our anthropocentric sinfulness in relation to other living beings. They call us to a new pattern of relations with all beings in the cosmos based on mutuality, interdependence and life-giving values.

Feminist movements all over the world have also raised a radical cultural critique of our way of living. They have identified the cause of women's pain and struggle with the conceptual framework of patriarchy - a hierarchical system of domination in which men with power rule all other beings in the cosmos drawing on the ideological support of sexism, racism, classism, cultural imperialism and androcentrism. This system of 'domination-submission' has promoted war, in justice and ecological in world history." Chung Hyun Kyung

Those who attempt to dominate others seek discord, misunderstanding, and to create division - while liberation theology seeks to create a oneness based upon God the Maker's Oneness and His Kingdom:

"When the ecological movement and the feminist movement joined together to work towards justice, peace and the integrity of creation, they discovered that they share many basic premises - such as their worldview, analysis, method, life-style and vision of the future. Both movements oppose 'power-over' relationships which promote dualistic and hierarchical oppression among all beings. They envision liberated and liberating relationships which encourage 'power from within' and 'power with' other beings. They think the rape of women and the rape of the earth come from the same root: the violence of 'power-over' which is the main characteristic of the man in power: he destroys the right relationship among all beings." Kyung

In our corruption of dominion into domination, we replaced our care-taker mission with imperialism. Those who have faced colonialism add to our discussion and understanding:

"Therefore, when we incorporate African and Asian indigenous spirituality to eco-feminist spirituality, we begin to perceive the meaning of nature, God and humanity in a fresh new way. First of all, nature stops being a non-feeling, dead place. it becomes a God-infused and God-breathed place. We begin to feel deep respect, even a sense of awe before the life-giving, yet fragile interwovenness of the earth. The earth becomes sacred. The rhythmic ebb and flow of the rivers and seas become God's dance. The life-giving fecundity of the land with the water is the source of food coming from God's bosom. The wind and air become God's life giving breath. then we cannot destroy earth since God is there. God is the life-giving power. The cosmos is God's 'womb'. This intimate relationship between God and the cosmos is exploding with the seminal energy that generates and regenerates life. God energizes the cosmos, and the cosmos in return moves with the creator in a cosmic dance of exquisite balance and beauty. in this cosmic unfolding of creation, human beings become co-creators with God and nature." Kyung

I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun, 
and I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth.
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I AM the Lord of the Dance, said he.
And I'll lead you all wherever you may be,
and I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.

                                                                  Sydney Carter

Dance y'all, dance!

Images by Tiwago.

Quotes by Chung Hyun Kyung are from; Ecology Feminism and African and Asian Spirituality: Towards a Spirituality of Eco-Feminism, in Ecotheology: Voices from North and South.


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