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Are Women More Powerful Than Men?

“Exploiting persons is a crime of ‘lèse-humanité’: it’s true. But exploiting a woman is even more serious: it is destroying the harmony that God has chosen to give to the world. It is to destroy," says Pope Francis

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To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Maybe Mahatma Gandhi could see the future. In the USA, of the 96 mass shootings committed since 1982, all but two were committed by men. I call upon all women to #pressforprogress and courageously step forward to show men that violence is not the answer to anger and frustration. Love is.

Without women, there is no harmony

Pope Francis in his homily at a morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta spoke about the power of women.

When women are not there, harmony is missing. We might say: But this is a society with a strong masculine attitude, and this is the case, no? The woman is missing. ‘Yes, yes: the woman is there to wash the dishes, to do things…’ No, no, no! The woman is there to bring harmony. Without the woman there is no harmony. They are not equal; one is not superior to the other: no. It’s just that the man does not bring harmony. It’s her. It is she who brings that harmony that teaches us to caress, to love with tenderness; and who makes the world a beautiful place.”

He added: “Exploiting persons is a crime of ‘lèse-humanité’: it’s true. But exploiting a woman is even more serious: it is destroying the harmony that God has chosen to give to the world. It is to destroy.”

The World Will be Saved by the Western Woman

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, dropped this bombshell at the Vancouver Peace Summit in 2009.

"The world will be saved by the western woman."

Perhaps His Holiness was moved to make this remark because on stage with him were some very impressive Western women, women who have devoted their lives to helping the downtrodden.

Shining like beacons of light were three Nobel peace laureates: Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams and Betty Williams. Mary Robinson, most beloved of all Irish presidents, has opened many hearts as a tireless human rights activist. Susan Davis, an indefatigable humanitarian, has impacted the lives of millions in Haiti, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and several African countries.

His Holiness wants to see more female ministers of defence.  Great idea! I vote that we replace all Departments of Defence with Departments of Peace.  Now that would be a miracle.

Women are More Noble

Spiritual Teacher Supreme Master Ching Hai has told us that, “Female animals, in general, have 1 or 2% higher Noble Quality than their male counterpart, and in the human world it’s the same. I guess motherhood does help to develop more unconditional love …”

So are women more powerful than men? Intellectually, there is no question that we are equal. However, it appears that in the categories of unconditional love, compassion and harmony, women reign.  And these qualities are possessed by not just the Western woman but by all women, everywhere.  It is these qualities that will save our world. Guns won’t.

I thank the feminist powerful men like His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, who support women. We love you!

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Betska K-Burr

The author is known as The Guru Coach, is an Accredited Master Coach (IIC&M), Co-President of Coaching and Leadership Intl. Inc. and a Canadian best-selling author who has visited India on numerous occasions and loves India as her second home.

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