An Elementary Issue in Raising Women, Raising Peace

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A talk given by Dr. P.K. Willey at the International Conference on Peace and Non-Violence in Education at the Sridhar University in Pilani, Rajasthan.

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An Elementary Issue in Raising Women, Raising Peace

  1. 1. An Elementary Issue in Raising Women, Raising Peace by Dr. P. K Willey Gandhian Scholar, Independent Researcher Author: Earth Ethics of M.K. Gandhi with Teachings from Holy Mother Amma (2009) PKWilley@WiseEarthPublishers.com A talk given at Shridhar University, Pilani, 2013-09-08 On occasion of the International Conference on Peace and Non-Violence in Education
  2. 2. Holy Mother Amma “Women are the power and the very foundation of our existence in the world. When women lose touch with their real selves, the harmony of the world ceases to exist, and destruction sets in. It is therefore crucial that women, everywhere, make every effort to rediscover their fundamental nature, for only then can we save this world.”
  3. 3. Holy Mother Amma “There is also a deep connection between the way men destroy Mother Nature and their attitude towards women. Nature should be accorded the same importance in our hearts as our own biological Mothers.”
  4. 4. Holy Mother Amma “In general, today's women are living in a world fashioned by and for men. Women have no need of that world; they should establish their own identities, and thus recreate society.”
  5. 5. Facts and Current Inquiry  Current “Development” heading for a crash  Current “Education” is furthering the same  Low female self-esteem is a key factor in societal violence  John Bowlby, “Maternal Deprivation” accepted premise between 1950's – 1980's  Prominent research in last 35 years have undermined importance of maternal love  False objectivity: male = female  New self-esteem research looks only at physical appearance, ignores character.
  6. 6. See This Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epOg1nWJ4T8&
  7. 7. See This Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U&list
  8. 8. A Sample Statistic  92% of all girls surveyed globally wished to change their appearance.  Concentration on appearance with reference to unattainable “ideal” images weakens self- esteem.  Low self-esteem reduces ability to guide the next generation.
  9. 9. Survey Findings The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity Of 4000 participants, What is preferable to Obesity?  15-30% prefer:  Leaving marriage  Infertility  Depression  Alcoholism  18% would rather loose 10 years of life  5% would rather loose a limb  4% would rather be blind Source: Yale University 2006, http://www.respectrx.com/archives/girl_stats_studies/
  10. 10. Survey Findings The Dove Campaign for Global Studies  92% teenage girls want to change their looks  Weight highest ranked issue  3 minutes with a fashion magazine made 72% teenage girls feel “depressed, guilty, shameful”  70% girls age 15-17 avoid normal activity due to feeling bad about their looks  Avoid doctor visits, school, or making opinions  69% girls feel that their mother has been a positive influence on self-esteem and beauty Sources: (1) The Real Truth about Beauty: A Global Report. Findings of the Global Study on Women, Beauty and Well-Being (September 2004), (2) Beyond Stereotypes: Dove Campaign for Real Beauty Rebuilding the Foundation of Beauty Beliefs (2006), (3) Real Truth About Beauty (2005), (4) http://www.cleancutmedia.com/articles/girl-self-esteem-image-issues-parents
  11. 11. The Real Truth about Beauty Research by the Dove Corporation  Only 1 of 3 girls feels confident of a successful career  Implies the loss of 200,000 female professionals and 42,000 female entrepreneurs by 2050 in UK  Almost half consider themselves “average, ordinary, plain, unattractive and ugly”  Girls in UK see about 6000 images of “perfect women” every day in TV, ads, magazines, online.  Psychological impact is much greater than previously estimated Source: What is low self-esteem amongst girls and young women costing the UK? (2013)
  12. 12. A Story The importance of maternal guidance in childhood development. (See paper published at www.EarthEthics.org.in)
  13. 13. Holy Mother Amma “Our character will be the cause of both good and evil in the world. Knowing that, you should live cautiously. The actions of human beings are the basis of nature’s goodness.”
  14. 14. Naomi Wolf “A mother who radiates self-love and acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self esteem.”
  15. 15. Holy Mother Amma “The younger generation, which is meant to blossom and give fragrance to the world, is instead withering away in the bud stage. One generation has already strayed from the path of righteousness. In order to rebuild a healthy and wholesome society, the children must be taught moral and spiritual values. This emphasis should be integrated into the world’s educational systems.”
  16. 16. Holy Mother Amma “The foremost dharma of the media is to find and express the beauty in human life and of nature. Only the true and auspicious can lead us to real beauty. The media should not just cater to what people like; they should also aim to do what is good and beneficial for them. “We should offer people [ethically] based entertainment and knowledge. Only through them can we behold Truth and beauty.”
  17. 17. Solutions  A South->North View in Education  Choose what we take from the globalized culture  Critically research “developed” societies for humane and happiness indices with an eye towards the outcomes for the young generation..  Communities committed to ethical life and development.  Awaken the moral power of women  Governments must reform media to spread messages of India's Mahatmas
  18. 18. Indian psychology holds that all beings have instincts of hunger, fear, sex and possessiveness, which we share in common with the animal kingdom. Yet, the human being is also endowed with an ethical and moral instinct, which allows us to rise above our primitive nature to behold ourselves as an indivisible part of the Creation, imbued with an immortal life force that is inherently love and truth itself.
  19. 19. Mahatma Gandhi “That is the fundamental conception of Sanathana Dharma which has years of penance and austerity at the back of discovery of this truth. That is why, whilst we have had saints who have worn out their bodies and laid down their lives in order to explore the secrets of the soul, we have none, as in the West, who laid down their lives in exploring the remotest or the highest regions of the Earth.”
  20. 20. Thank You! With Love, in Service to Truth www.WiseEarthPublishers.com Questions & Comments? Let's continue the discussion: PKWilley@WiseEarthPublishers.com See books by Dr. Willey at:

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