Emancipation of women is supposed to represent the best accomplishment of western civilization… But it makes me wonder.
We all now know that emancipated women – left or right – do not understand its true meaning. Women think that having a right to speak out – share their opinion – is their right, and hence they think that their words have value per se. Emancipation means that whatever a woman says should be listened to, especially if she is pregnant, sick or in a situation of so called distress. If she wants to work, so be it. If she wants refugees, so be it. If she wants free health care, so be it. If she wants divorce, so be it.
Yet, this makes me nauseous at multiple levels.
As a rational person, I can’t agree that an opinion equals reason, not more that it should equal truth. Truth is not relative. And even if we all have different filters of the reality, abstractly, only one truth exists.
As a Christian, the reflection goes a little bit deeper.
1) The Bible states that faith to God is a circumcision that is not physical, but spiritual.
2) God gave us free will, but he encourages us to follow the Messiah: Christ.
3) Jesus went to the desert and was tempted. Temptation makes us follow our instinct and emotions before our reasons. Jesus chose to follow the truth until his death, which he was aware of. He chose to suffer to be an example for every Christian – the followers of Jesus Christ.
So, from a Christian perspective, it seems to me than emancipation is not the one lifting our reason to follow our instinct, but on the opposite: to balance our emotions and to follow the reason. And that reason for a Christian is the truth. It is privileging the light over the darkness, building instead of destroying, giving instead of using.
True emancipation, therefore, is a manly concept. The true emancipation of a man comes when he leaves his sexual desires and emotions to focus on something bigger. The true emancipation is not the one that happens by law, but the one that happens in the heart of a man when he chooses to follow the truth instead of what he desires.
True emancipation is freewill, the ability to choose between what is easy and hard, between what is good and bad. So, women emancipation is not an emancipation, but on the contrary a very concrete enslavement of men and women, both physically and spiritually.