Cad

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Cad: (n) a man who behaves dishonorably, especially toward a woman.

Consider the following three statements:

  1. “Women are too emotional to be placed in positions of authority.”
  2. “Happy wife, happy life.”
  3. “I don’t know why women want equality–they’re already better than us.”

All these statements are chauvinistic.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a word like “cad” in our present vernacular to describe such cavalier attitudes. For the truth is, women are not too emotional and they have just as much responsibility to make a happy husband–because they are not better than us, just equal.

Let me give you another three prototypes:

  1. “I always buy my wife presents because she deserves consideration.”
  2. “Women are greedy gold-diggers.”
  3. “All women need from men is respect.”

Once again, all chauvinistic–the dialogue of a cad. Because after all, it’s not exactly what you’re saying that makes you a bigot, but rather, what you’re implying.

And if you think women deserve the best just because they’re female, it’s similar thinking to the guy who considers women to be gold-diggers because they want the best. And that means that women need monetary evidence before they consider themselves respected.

Although the approaches get slicker and the dialogue has a more tender nature to it, cads still roam the earth, eyeing the ladies in the herd, trying to figure out how to woo them … just enough to screw them.

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Barrier

Barrier: (n) a fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access.Dictionary B

Prejudice is not just what I feel. It is also what is felt.

Candidly, I can have the most open heart in the world and be confronted with closed minds. Prejudice does not go away until the barriers are torn down.

A fence is a confirmation that isolation is required.

So when we talk about culture, customs and attributes of a particular race or nationality, we are creating barriers. Therefore we become overly optimistic about our ability to accept difference.

We are only able to comprehend difference when it contains some elements of similarity. In other words, “this is the way you celebrate Christmas, and it’s like the way I celebrate Christmas in this way.”

I am greatly concerned that in our attempt to tout universality, we are actually building walls between one another which only force us into deeper loneliness.

  • I don’t like barriers. I tear them down.
  • I don’t like it when people say that some clump reacts in a certain way.
  • I don’t like it when religion is used to separate the sheep from the goats, instead of finding unity within the herd.
  • I don’t like barriers of righteousness or boundaries of nuisance.
  • What will it take for us to finally realize that the more we try to be open-minded, the less we’re actually able to focus our love and attention?

Barriers tell us we’re different.

They are dangerous because once we believe we’re different … we quietly start pursuing our differences.

 

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Arcane

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Arcane: (adj) understood by few; mysterious or secret

Arcane:

1. War has no purpose other than thinning the herd.

2. Self-esteem never leads to unity of human beings and greater understanding.

3. Women are better than men or men are better than women. Just not so.

4. Politics has no function in governing people.

5. A religion of rules is a prison of morals.

6. It is impossible to watch dark things without becoming darkened.

7. There is no way that studying one’s culture ever aids you in becoming a citizen of the world.

8. All religion is not the same. It must be held to a standard of mutual respect and cooperation with fellow humans.

9. Money does not give happiness, but the lack of money certainly welcomes despair.

10. The pursuit of knowledge without the appreciation of life is owning a race car without fuel.

11. Just as choosing up sides at basketball in gym class was an extraordinarily unsuccessful adventure, so is any attempt to segregate one another.

12. As soon as we stop being known by our skin color, our politics, our religion and our sexual orientation, we can actually begin to be known by the openness and good cheer of our hearts.

These ideas may be arcane, but they will continue to follow us until we turn around and welcome them in.

 

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