Characteristics of Gender

By Elder George

In my last article I explained that both the masculine and feminine principles possessed unique characteristics. However, before describing gender characteristics an explanation of the “I” an “ME” segments of our personalities will assist our understanding. The “I” represents the masculine principle of gender. It contains the will that motivates the “ME”, which represents the feminine principle of gender and contains the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of the self that require the direction of the “I” in order to produce and accomplish. Each person contains the “I” and “ME” components, but the “I” predominates in the male and the “ME” predominates in the female.

The following listing of gender characteristics arranged alphabetically for convenience enables the “I” and “ME” to fulfill their respective missions.

Characteristics of the masculine gender are: abstract thinking, activeness, ambition, conditional love, constancy, contemplation, courage, creativity, daring, dependability, discipline, force, independence, individuality, knowledge, leadership, originality, pioneering spirit, positivity, progressiveness, spirituality, stability, and will-power.

Characteristics of the feminine gender are: accommodation, adaptability, caring, companionship, consideration, cooperation, diplomacy, friendliness, gentility, giving, harmony, industriousness, informative, materialism, nurturing, receptivity, responsiveness, rhythm, visual thinking, and unconditional love.

You will note that the characteristics of one are essentially opposite the characteristics of the other. Also, feminine characteristics can function best in the constant, dependable, and stable environment provided by the masculine principle. The Sun provides the environment and means for the Earth to nurture the race. Likewise, men provide the means and the environment for women to bring forth life and nurture it. Mother’s milk flows freely when she is safe and secure. The arrangement whereby men provide the environment and structure for that enables the nurturing of the race is called patriarchy.

The patriarchal structure is inherent in the universe. There are Suns without planets, but there are no planets without Suns to rotate around. The mystics teach, “as above so below,” and we find the electron, the feminine principle of electricity, rotates around the nucleus. Just as the Sun has many planets rotating about it, the nucleus has many electrons rotating about it.

Most religious texts refer to the patriarchal structure in one way or another; however, even without these texts humankind naturally establishes the patriarchal structure. It exists everywhere in the world—among the Polynesians, Africans, and Asians. Only Europe, which has feminine materialistic values did not have patriarchy. There must be structure to society or else chaos will reign, and since the Europeans did not establish patriarchy the only other choice was to establish government. For the last 2,500 years they have experimented with various forms of government and none of them work. They can’t; they are built upon a false premise—materialism.

The European has made a god of materialism and lures people to its way of thinking as being modern and liberating especially to women. This viewpoint has plagued and tempted humankind for for a long time. About 1300 years ago the Sufi al-Haran al-Basara said, “Beware of the world with all wariness; for it is like a snake, smooth to the touch but its venom is deadly.” The breakdown of patriarchy leads to the pursuit of worldly pleasures and the decadence that results there from. A consideration of the gender characteristics listed above will cause one to realize that it cannot be otherwise.

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