Soft Trumps Hard | Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

August 25, 2014 6:10 PM

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Soft Trumps Hard | Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Reading the news headlines of any day is reading about struggles between chaos and control, between order and disruption. Regardless of which side one stands on any issue, there is a general acceptance that the "good" has to gain control and overpower the "bad." Social scientist and author Riane Eisler observes that we have grown into a culture that makes it "normal and expected" that some people exist to overpower others. Whether it's men over women, white over black, unions over owners or vice versa we accept that power just changes hands and causes, with some overpowering others.

But it doesn't have to be this way, Eisler says. In fact, there have been whole civilizations that were based on a model of partnership -- without some dominating others. To support the idea that neither men nor women dominated one another, Eisler cites archeological evidence from southeast Europe, ...

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