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Eye on the world: Lifting the human race to greater peace
In “Why #MeToo spread around the world” The Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes: “One good predictor of a country becoming more peaceful, according to the 2017 Global Peace Index, is the degree to which its men acknowledge the rights of women. Security of the state, in other words, is statistically linked to the security of women.
“This insight on peace and gender equality may help explain why the #MeToo campaign has exploded on social media around the world in the one month since the story broke of sexual harassment accusations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Millions of women now feel a new freedom and strength to share their stories of harassment or assault. Many are not only seeking peace for themselves but hoping to shift the conversation about violence against women….
“Making it easier for victims to talk about such violence without feeling shame also allows a society to deal with the perpetrators, either in seeking justice or even in healing them of gender bias. In fact, all types of violence against women, such as domestic abuse, need to be exposed in order to liberate more men from such attitudes and make society more peaceful….
“Much of the #MeToo campaign around the world is an expression of anger at male aggressors. Yet below that anger may lie a hope for healing, both for the survivor and perhaps the perpetrator. Empathy toward a victim can go a long way to bring peace for both, and then bring a greater peace to a country.”
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man.
—Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 458
Striving to be good, to do good, and to love our neighbor as ourself, man’s soul is safe; man emerges from mortality and receives his rights inalienable—the love of God and man.
—The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 200
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Safe from abuse”: “There is a divine law that lifts the dark and hidden shadows of abuse and sets everyone free to discover that they are the loved and safe children of God.” And “God’s love and constant maintenance of His perfect creation are forever realities in which each of His children is lovingly provided with all good, and each is tenderly cared for. It is a love that heals and protects, takes us out of the midst of violence, and can restore wholeness to our relationships.”
In “Coming to humanity’s aid with spiritual sense”: “Because God is everywhere, the light of Christ that fills our thought as we pray reaches everywhere, embracing everyone. We can’t know when or how individuals will become receptive to spiritual truth. But the truth works patiently in human consciousness, often unseen. Truth uncovers evil thoughts and corrects them. It also brings to light God’s guidance and protection, for governments and individuals.” And “Every time we glimpse the reality of God and His creation, and experience physical or moral healing as a result, it’s because we have been utilizing spiritual sense. However modest our individual healings may seem in contrast to the challenges facing humanity today, we should never doubt our ability to use the understanding we have to pray for the welfare of our fellow world citizens.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.