"An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo, French poet, playwright, novelist, statesman, human rights activist (1802-1885)
Apart from poverty, we are in the midst of multiple crises derived from the elite's focus on economic profit-making based on dominating society and exploiting nature. Wars, conflicts, and hostilities are increasing in scale and brutality. Globally human rights are deteriorating and the mistreatment of our fellow human beings is escalating. Violence in civil society is also increasing; commonly it is directed towards the physically weaker ones: women and children. Finally, nature, and with it, all its wonderful animals and plants, is slowly dying due to exploitation and contamination done by the greedy elite. When nature breaks down, Homo sapiens will die out. We consequently need to stand up and resist Patriarchy's domination of our societies and exploitation of nature.
Patriarchal domination manifests as a network of multiple structures and institutions that keeps us trapped. It is a complex system, which can be difficult to overview. Hence, in order to resist this dominating network and create something that serves society and nature better, I (Jytte Nhanenge) believe we must gain knowledge about how it functions. That is what the Intsangano educational website is for: to present relevant, easily understandable, and honest information about the various aspects of this network, so that we comprehend patriarchal domination better; by understanding it, we can resist it. See also the Purpose and goal of the website.
During my many years of study, I came to realize that in order to understand and solve any crisis, we must search for its root cause. Only when we grasp the root cause can we remove it and thus resolve the crisis. It is the same with weeds in our garden. Only when we remove the roots of the weeds will we have space and nutrition for the flowers. If we believe we can amend the crisis itself in isolation, while leaving the root cause untouched, we are fooling ourselves. The crisis may improve for a while, but it will return with an even greater force. Similarly with our weeds; cutting off the top will be an improvement for a while, but the root is still there taking nourishment away from the flowers, allowing more weeds to grow. In case we seriously suppress a crisis without removing the root cause, the initial crisis may disappear, but due to inter-connectedness, it may manifest as a different but related crisis. Therefore, if we do not remove the root cause the total sum of our crises either increase or remain the same. The same with our weeds; if we spray it with chemical herbicide, we will certainly have efficiently killed the weeds for a long time, but gone are also some of our beautiful flowers, together with the insects that maintain their well-being. In this way, we have not changed things for the better; we may in fact have made things worse. Our garden has also not improved; we may find that the earthworms and the bees are dying, and sickness also comes to some birds that are eating them. Moreover, after a while the weeds develop resistance to the herbicide and grow even stronger. Hence, we need to perceive all crises holistically, like we must consider all the inhabitants in our garden.
When we perceive reality holistically, we come to understand that all of our global crises are in fact interrelated and linked via a common root cause. Consequently, only when we remove the root cause can we ameliorate our crises. Conclusively, the crisis of poverty is systemically linked to the crises of inequality, war and violence, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation together with any other crises we may name. We cannot separate them and they all have the same root cause.
In my studies, I found that the root cause of the crises relates to the values in the current worldview, which is patriarchal. A Patriarchy is a social system, which prioritizes all that is masculine or yang, while separating, marginalizing, and dominating all that is feminine or yin. It starts as an energy that becomes a pattern of thinking, which is defined into values that eventually manifest as behavior in society, which is learned throughout generations. Based on these values, Patriarchy is building its knowledge system, its economic and political institutions, its judicial structures, and its societies. The marginalization of all that relates to the feminine yin means that Patriarchy can reap economic profit from dominating society and exploiting nature, both of which are yin. This situation is earning huge quantities of economic profit for the political and economic elite, making them tremendously wealthy. However, it is an unsustainable state of affairs, which is destroying the quality of life for society and nature, causing global crises. It will eventually end in destruction of society, death of nature, and then, of course, it will also be the end of Patriarchy.
Most people with whom I have discussed this, agree that we have too much masculine energy in our world and they want to change these values. However, often people do not fully understand what these masculine values actually entail. That may be a reason why it is difficult to change the status quo. Only when we can better comprehend how the patriarchal system functions; only when we realize how its underlying values are based on domination; only then will we be able to remove the root cause, alleviate our crises, and improve the quality of life for society and nature. Consequently, the aim with building this website is to create a community where people, from all walks of life, can share their knowledge and by that increase our common understanding about the underlying masculine yang values in modern Patriarchy, and what they actually do to our lives.
"All great truths begin as blasphemies." George Bernard Shaw
I have in the four core articles discussed the most basic structures that are running our lives: the patriarchal worldview, science, economics, and technology. All of them are interconnected and all of them are dominating society and exploiting nature. I am quite aware that it is, in many corners, considered worse than blasphemy to critique science, but it is necessary. It is not a critique that rejects describing, explaining, and understanding regularities, causal tendencies, and meaning of the natural and the social worlds. It is a critique of the reductionist, dualist, and mechanical values in science, and its foundation on masculine and quantitative ideals. Everything that relates to feminine values and qualities are expelled from science, including concern for society and nature – even life itself. The reason is that science was created to generate knowledge for economic profit-making. Whatever does not relate to economic issues is of no interest for science. That is why scientists develop polluting and toxic technologies that are harmful to society and nature, but which reap huge economic profit to the elite. Similarly with the discipline of economics; it is consistently excluding concern for society and nature in its calculations since these entities cannot be quantified. Being marginalized in a box called "externalities," nature and society are made available for the elite's exploitation and profit-making. Consequently, rather than alleviating poverty, economic growth is in fact creating poverty for society and nature.
"The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses." Utah Philips, American labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, and poet (1935-2008)
In this way, the over-rated masculine energy, which manifests in science, economics, and technology, becomes the root cause of our crises. However, through the years Patriarchy has created many more structures and institutions in society that keep us dominated. It is my hope that people with detailed knowledge of these numerous controlling systems will explain them here on the Intsangano educational website. From this information, we can all learn how Patriarchy works. With that knowledge, we will become more assertive and stronger in our demands for healthy changes when we discuss with our political leaders. Such insight may also help some of us to become leaders and make necessary changes ourselves. We must make our world a healthy and enjoyable place for all of life, and not only a profit-making enterprise for the political and economic elites.
"This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in." Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1858-1919)
Due to their inner unbalanced masculine energy, supporters of the patriarchal worldview have a bottomless greed for economic profit, and a complete disregard for life. This total lack of compassion has reached a state where any normal and balanced person must be enraged. Patriarchy is killing innocent women and children wherever their war-machines take them; they are destroying nature and its beautiful life with their need for greed; they have polluted our water, air, and oceans. They have cut our forests, toxified our soils, and contaminated our food chain. Less and less is left for their exploitation, thus, as a last resort, the elite are now grabbing the lands of indigenous peoples in Africa and elsewhere in order to gain more economic profit from genetically engineered and chemical agriculture. This will destroy the African society, kill its nature, and intensify our global crises.
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." Albert Einstein
Only sane people can stop this madness. The greedy people cannot stop themselves. They are addicted to economic profit-making. But we can end this madness by taking over leadership of the world. This requires balanced people, of whom we are many, while the unbalanced patriarchal elite are a minority. When balanced people are in leadership positions, they can recreate harmony by reining in the run-away, violent masculine energy and adding lots of caring feminine energy. That will remove the root cause, and we can build vigorous societies with space for all, and restore nature to a healthy state. Greedy people will have to correct their inner balance by adding lots of feminine yin energy, getting in touch with their feelings, and relearn that they are an integrated part of nature and society. Hence, they must learn adequate, caring behaviors towards society and nature. They must also learn from our example. Hence, we must be good and caring examples for each other, and be good and caring friends to each other. So if you ask me, "Why build this website?" The answer is plain and simple, "Because the world needs it."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher (1729-1797)
Although this website is initiated by me, it is not meant to be mine. I have merely started it, and I hope along the way that other, similarly thinking people, will join forces, and share the work as in a community. Consequently, also in this aspect does the Intsangano educational website embrace the feminine yin energy: the learning and sharing at Intsangano is meant as a social movement, not an individual activity.
Where Intsangano will take us, nobody knows. How Intsangano and its information will develop and be used, nobody can control. Intsangano is meant as a beginning in educating ourselves. With more insight, we can change our perception of the world, which will cause us to act and change our social structures. We will just have to allow the process to unfold. However, the long-term goal is very clear: ending Patriarchy and creating a quality of life for society and nature worldwide. I trust we can do that.
"If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." Anita Roddick, British businesswoman, human rights activist, environmental campaigner, and the founder of The Body Shop (1942-2007)