Updated: Jun 30
Maybe you have heard something like, "God is our Father." Whether you are religious or not, you can understand what this means or what someone is trying to say.
"God is our Mother" is another one. At least you get it, whether you believe or not, right? Even a phrase like "God as Son" can tell us where a conversation is going in terms of psychological archetypes.
But how many times have you heard "God is our Daughter" before?
Many want to view the world as a place defined by oppressors and oppressed. That's a pretty bleak and negative point of view that puts relationships of power or politics above much older and healthier relationships. That's only one story. You would never say a healthy family is made up of the oppressors and the oppressed.
So, what relationship gives us a better picture of things, a better way forward?
A very different story is available to us. We can also believe the key relationship is actually something like lover and beloved. Or something more familiar - as in family member to family member. Or for that matter, inquirer and mystery. What if the model relationship we used for public policy, for example, wasn't one of war, slavery, or even economic contract and developmental trade, but marriage?
To do this, I think we need to have a better understanding of how technology, language, fiction and media work us over completely. We need to find a place for the divinity of our daughters in our hearts and minds. That means a spiritual overhaul - a new addition to the divine family, something that has been with us since the beginning.
But what does it mean to symbolically honour our relationships to children, especially to our daughters? What kind of spiritual puzzle is holding us back? What important stories do we share about the relationships between father and daughter for example, or brother and sister, that could give us clues to a better way of living in the world?