m_cobweb: (cinderella)
( Jun. 4th, 2003 12:30 pm)
Gloria Steinem:
As each person completes herself or himself and contributes what is authentic, a new paradigm emerges: circularity. At rest, it is a circle, and in motion, a spiral. When we look more closely at each part, it is a microcosm of the whole. If we consciously take this as our organizing principle, we come up with very nonbinary, unlinear, nonhierarchical results. For instance:
If we think of ourselves as circles, our goal is completion — not defeating others. Progress lies in the direction we haven’t been.
If we think of families and nurturing groups as circles, the sum means maximizing each part — not restricting others or keeping secrets. Progress is appreciation.
If we think of work structures as circles, excellence and cooperation are the goal — not competition. Progress becomes mutual support and connectedness.
If we think of nature as a circle, then we are part of its reciprocity. Progress means interdependence.
If we respect nature and each living thing as a microcosm of nature — then we respect the unique miracle of ourselves.
And so we have come full circle. Self-esteem is not a zero-sum game: by definition, there is exactly enough to go around. By making the circle the organizing image in our minds, a prison of lines and limits will gradually disappear. ----Revolution From Within
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