Time for Progressives to Grow Up
by Francis Moore Lappe
This is a repost. I somehow lost what I posted the other day. I find her observations worth more than a ponder.
She may be a bit optimistic in light of the dirty ball she alludes to early on in the article, but I agree, now that we are aware of some of the differences between progressives and conservatives it's time to go beyond framing things within a nuclear family metaphor and address our problems as grown-ups who are part of the world community.
If the Left is indeed stuck with nuclear-family metaphors, they’re seriously out of luck; in scary times like these “strong father” will win out over what is seen as “soft mother” every time. Thankfully, the narrow, Western psychoanalytic, nuclear-family frame itself is becoming dated.
Maybe we’re entering a new stage that has much in common with eras before the invention of the nuclear family. Maybe, in many respects, we’re moving beyond hierarchy, which any parent-centered frame necessarily must be. Big shifts are underway
...) A desire to break with parentism in favor of fellowship and a hunger for healthy, strong community is not a progressive’s pipedream. It is palpable. It is everywhere.
"What frames best embrace the growing appreciation that human beings are going beyond one-directional communication, moving from “one-to-many” directives toward “many-to-many” multi-logues? What frame suggests mutuality – mutual responsibility, cooperation, teamwork, dialogue, synergy, inter-connectedness, and the co-creation of meaning?"
read the article
posted by Cyndy