Reflections on the women
The global movement to give meaningful improvement to the circumstances of the female sex has, indeed, gathered a most remarkable momentum! Thinking positively, it is definitely leading somewhere good. This well defined and focused global movement seeks to-get more women involved in politics and governance; create more avenues for women to be able to invest and thus establish their presence in business and commerce; demand for such legislation that will protect their fundamental rights, peculiar interests, welfare and freedom!
It must be acknowledged that in public life, as well as in business and commerce, women have been able to strikingly make their marks in terms of personal industry, professional competence and business acumen. What we must remind ourselves of is that women are by no means inferior intellectually to their male counterparts. We have had female astronauts, neurosurgeons, cardiologists and nuclear engineers, among others to confirm this point. And truly, what is primarily needed in all these professional and highly technical disciplines is the trained human intellect and in this connection, they have recorded splendid and remarkable achievements.
However, when placard-carrying women now march, sometimes in inclement weather, on the streets of New York, London or Abuja (and at other places) demanding for more opportunities in political and economic spheres; and then the procession catches the “Eye” of their Creator, the question He will forthrightly ask is: how did they ever get themselves disempowered in the first place; and who was responsible? This is because, if womanhood had remained faithfully aligned with the spiritual pathway of their Creator’s Will and His wise Providence, they will not be looking for empowerment in the wrong direction and hoping to achieve it in the wrong place. The awesome Creator of the Woman (Who created the male sex, as well) can justifiably ask these two questions! This is because in Providential perfection, He had bequeathed the being of every human-woman with a prime spiritual-essence, which eternally empowers her in multi-dimensional ways and no human hand and might, can ever dispossess her of this gracious gift, except herself.
At the hour of reckoning…outside and beyond this earth, her Creator will ask her to give account of what she did with the sacred gift, which she had largely abused and misapplied; and not the “success” she had achieved in corporate bodies or in political governance. For the human-woman, prioritising high corporate appointment as her goal in life, actually amounts to looking in the wrong direction; and succeeding in getting key political appointment, is actually being in the wrong place. It will be insensitive and uncharitable, however, not to acknowledge the many economic exigencies along the line, that have compelled women, having to justifiably fend for themselves and thereby activating, as it were, their natural self-preservative instincts in this connection. This is only natural.
Woman, know thyself and unto thyself be true! This admonition of old was generally addressed to all human beings, but it is more apt for it to be addressed pointedly to the women of our times, in their present stance of unrelenting empowerment advocacy! Looking at it from higher spiritual standpoint, (i.e. from Above) it is inexplicably paradoxical and curious that this specially endowed creature, known and called WOMAN and who incidentally has superior and subtly domineering power (for good) within her being (which she is presently lost to) is plaintively advocating for more allotment of spaces in government cabinets and board rooms, where in real terms, she can only wieldless incisive and pervading power. The long and short of this very important matter is that womankind on earth is already caught in the sticky web of a crippling spiritual disconnect.
It is a saddening and sobering fact that the fateful spiritual disconnect, which occurred with the well known spiritual “Fall of Man” led womankind to being fatally exposed to such exhausting challenges, which were not pre-ordained for them to face and contend with, in the first place. Today, as earlier mentioned, economic exigencies in the family set-up, have expediently compelled women to go out and earn a living; and having to experience all the abrasions, trauma, assaults and intense struggles that are unavoidable in this connection and literally tearing her apart. But all these earthly exigencies and compelling challenges do not and cannot obliterate or override the inexorable lawfulness that beautifully frame the very being of the woman, regarding her ordained spiritual responsibility. First of all, to the Will of her Maker, and then the human community on earth that they were ordained by the Creative Will to ceaselessly mediate uplifting strength to.
Let us now ask the empowerment-seeking womankind; how do they see pornography or the nauseous phenomenon of prostitution in the human society? Pornography pictorially shreds into distinct pieces, the anatomy and physical frame of the woman; and presenting this pictorial dismemberment gleefully on magazine stands at city centres. All external parts of the woman’s body (which is sacred) are alluringly featured to feed the minds of those reading-consumers, whose minds have indeed become the cesspit of filthiest lust. The question – what kind of hunger really does the nakedness of the woman satisfy? And prostitution…often referred to as one of the oldest professions, pointedly mocks the inviolability of the God-endowed dignity and honour that should adorn the physical body of the Woman! Sexual intercourse is the most intimate physical relationship between the two sexes. Meaningful and mutually enriching spiritual relationship is ideally to precede it! A prostitute invariably sleeps with men she has never seen or met before; charges a price that is subject to negotiations at times…and off they go! Most times they may never see or meet again, as it often happens with animals!
Whether the generality of contemporary womankind agrees or not…Womanhood is hemorrhaging and badly too! No matter what they have achieved, either as a professor in Harvard, MIT or Oxford; or as a cabinet minister wherever, their offspring could easily get caught in pornography as a youth and later become a loyal customer to a practising whore! This obviously makes a nullity of whatever parental pride they want to lay claim to!
So long as these twin social vices thrive before the eyes of womankind, and they cannot find the initiative and courage to face its eradication, so long would womankind score a neat zero, before their Maker. It is when a human creature leaves the earth and steps into the other world, that all the sins of omission and commission take-on a different form; and the consequences having to be experienced, in a completely different scenario, like the case of the biblical rich man and Lazarus, when they both got to the other side!
A mass movement of womankind can eradicate pornography and prostitution, if they want to and millions of genuinely concerned men will join the crusade! It will not be easy, but it is realisable, if they can look upwards to their Creator, and ask for the backing of His Omnipotence in the necessary sanitising and edifying drive!
A divinely sanctioned spiritual purification is insidiously taking place and going on, on this lust-stricken earth! The end result is to have a clean and pure spiritual air, which pornography and prostitution blatantly pollute! Womanhood should not get caught on the wrong side, in this cosmic purification, but should be knowingly proactive (through spiritual knowledge) not for any reason, but for their own sake!
A women-empowerment drive, while pornography and prostitution thrives, is self-delusion, when considered from the standpoint of the adamantine Laws of the Creative Will…to which all womankind will be answerable at the end of the day. First thing first!
Faboya, a social commentator, lives in Lagos