This week’s question from the Pagan Perspective YouTube channel is about how socioeconomics and eco-justice tie into our beliefs and path.
Topic for the Week of 11/11:
from soul seeker:
“I am wondering if and how your path supports socioeconomic justice and eco-justice?”
from Rebekah Getchell:
“…in reading the book ‘For Earths Sake’ I found the argument and perspective that the domination of nature and women go hand in hand in our patriarchal society. it submits as evidence pointing to this fact, that we refer to nature in a feminist view, mother nature, mother earth, the now stopped practice of naming hurricanes after women. It supposes that we cannot fix one without fixing the other. Curious your thoughts and beliefs about this idea and argument.”
Okay so honestly? I’m kind of confused by this question. I did some research on the topic and it sounds to me like this is primarily a question on how my personal path supports equality and outreach to assist and lift up into equality those that qualify as minorities and the less fortunate. (The word “eco-justice” confused me as well, because I was thinking ecology… but it’s in reference to economy.)
The thing is? I am very disconnected from my community. Aside from supporting balance and minorities through the way that I vote, supporting public services and small businesses in struggling areas, etc. I don’t really have a lot of contact with others.
I do enjoy spending time sharing my path through online to those that can reach out through that medium, and providing ideas and perspectives in those areas online where I share such information. These include places like Discord, where I often run into people new to the path that are unable to find learning resources through their local environment.
As for no longer naming hurricanes after women. This is incorrect. They have simply begun including the names of men into the practice as well.
As for the “mother” nature view. I am devout to the energies of creation, evolution, and balance. These energies are neither male or female. I lately got myself nipped by a woman in a chat that justified the fact that there are hundreds of exclusively “sacred feminine” tarot decks out there and no “sacred masculine” tarot out there by the fact that women have been suppressed for centuries.
I disagree with this viewpoint, because if we are seeking balance in these things, then at this point we have swung out of balance far and beyond rectifying the imbalance between how the two genders are treated and the equality that is lacking. So yes, maybe “mother” nature is not fostering balance in this area…. but I think that there are a lot of women out there that are very much pushing for what is not balance, but restitution and atonement for those hundreds of years in the past.
I may be male, but I as a Korean man in America? I am also very much a minority. (Not to mention I looked like a tall twelve year old until in my 20s, which means that I dealt with that issue as well.) I know how that feels, and I know it can breed resentment. But I do feel that there needs to be less of an expectation of being “owed” recompense, and more of a focus on balance and equality.
It feels like I’ve gotten off topic, but I have a little confusion as to the topic as a whole to begin with, I think. I guess because I never considered my faith and practice as something that was a part of this particular topic. I hope that my answer made some sense, though.