There must be another way to live life upon the Earth. It is a simple as that. Life cannot have been meant to be experienced the way we are experiencing it. Terrorism. Shootings. Injustices right and left. Impoverishment beyond belief.
Do you know that 2.6 million people on the Earth do not have toilets? Do you know that one in eight persons does not have enough to eat? What have we done to each other on this planet? What are we not doing for each other?
This cannot be the best we can offer. This cannot be the best we can create.
I want to share something with you here. Something important. Something dramatic. It will communicate just as clearly as we know how what this Evolution Revolution is all about.
Take a few moments, please, and let me bring you a very clear picture of just why thousands of people around the world are joining this velvet revolution.
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MEN THROW ACID IN TEENAGE GIRL’S FACES FOR GOING TO SCHOOL
It’s important for you to know why thousands of us have joined the Evolution Revolution. Read this.
We think that it’s over, but it’s not. The terror of violating old cultural norms goes on. We think that the world is finally civilized, but it’s not.
It’s not even close.
On Saturday, July 4, 2015 two men on a motorbike rode up to three teenage girls, age 16-18, walking to school in Afghanistan’s Herat province. The men threw acid in the girls’ faces.
“This is the punishment for going to school,” the men are reported to have shouted at the girls before they drove away.
The girls were admitted to Noor Hospital in Herat City, but there parents quickly took them elsewhere, according to Jamal Abdul Naser Akhundzada, identified in a CNN news story as the hospital head.
He said that two of the girls were in critical condition. The CNN report said that a spokesperson for the provincial police said they were working very hard to find the attackers. It’s not going to be easy. This sort of thing happens all too frequently in places like Herat City.
In a 2012 story on the challenges of getting an education in Afghanistan if you are a girl, CNN reported Allie Torgan wrote of how difficult it is “to change the deep-rooted stigma against women’s education.”
The problem in this area of the world is that many males believe that females are to be used and controlled. The fear of the males is that once they are educated, females will “become aware of their rights as women and as a human being.”
That is the assessment of Razia Jan, founder of a girls’ school outside Kabul. Ms. Jan is quoted in the CNN story from 2012 as saying that there is a constant threat that the wells serving the school will be poisoned, or that gas will be leaked into the air in the classrooms. So every morning guards check the well water before it is allowed to be used, and throw open the windows to air out the rooms — all just in case.
Not all men in the area where her school has been created are against the education of females, Ms. Jan said. Some worked “shoulder to shoulder” with her to create the school, she said, and they are very proud of the girls who now attend there.
This most recent attack in another area of Afghanistan makes it clear, however, that the opposition of males in many villages — most of whom are illiterate themselves — continues.
What is needed here is a cultural revolution. What is needed is the writing and the telling of A New Cultural Story — and the widespread dissemination of it even more effectively than now being attempted. It is incomprehensible that in the year 2015 a way can’t be found to convince human beings to stop behaving barbarically. What is needed here is a giant leap in the evolution of our species. What is needed here is an Evolution Revolution.
What is clear is that it is beliefs that create behaviors. And what you’ve read just above cites only one area of Common Human Beliefs that evolved minds cry out to be challenged and changed. Can this be who we really are?, millions of humans species ask. Is there truly nothing we can do about this?
The answer to both questions is no. Unless you choose to do nothing. Then the answer is yes.
Will you join the Evolution Revolution? Will your answer be No or Yes?
(The Evolution Revolution is a grassroots Spiritual Activism Program of Humanity’s Team, emerging from the message in the Conversations with God series of books that We Are All One, and inspired specifically by the text: GOD’S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD: You’ve Got Me All Wrong. The 12th day of each month has been designated as Awakening Day by the thousands of Evolution Revolution members around the world, with a new Outreach Project undertaken by them every 30 days. You can learn more right now by registering to join with us. Just use the “register” button in the read box on the Home Page of this website. Thank you for your commitment to your own evolution and that of our species.)
THE SEASON OF CUTTING BEGINS
It’s summer once more in Egypt and The Season is here. It is the Season of Fear for many young girls. A typical story of why: The 9-year-old girl in Egypt was told to lie down on the floor. She is held down on both sides, her mother restraining one hand and arm, her grandmother restraining the other. She is told to spread her legs. She is forced to do so if she recoils and refuses.
Then she is cut.
If she is lucky, a doctor does the cutting—even though it is against the law in Egypt. The law is simply not widely enforced, and it’s good money for the doctor, so he takes the very low risk of being prosecuted. No one would report him anyway. The family, after all, has asked for him to do this. It is, they say, what God wants.
If the young girl is not so lucky (and this is true for over half of them), no doctor is around. Instead, a daya (non-medical “midwife” or birth attendant) simply uses a razor blade, often then putting dust on the wounds to stop the bleeding. And there can be plenty of it.
Really? It’s just a simple “circumcision,” isn’t it? The girl’s clitoris is just being cut off, right? Well, let’s be clear about what this “cutting” involves. It includes removal of the clitoral hood and clitoral glans (the visible part of the clitoris), removal of the inner labia and, in the most severe form (known as infibulation), removal of the inner and outer labia and closure of the vulva. In this last procedure, a small hole is left for the passage of urine and menstrual fluid, and the vagina is opened for intercourse and opened further for childbirth.
Are you sickened yet? Have you winced yet at the thought that over half of the women surveyed in Egypt in 2014 — not 50 years ago, but last year — believe this is a religious requirement? It is, they say, found in sunnah, the traditional portion of Muslim law, based on the words and acts of Muhammad, and preserved in the traditional literature. It’s all part of tradition. It must be done. Religious custom decrees it.
The 9-year-old girl is terrified, of course. But it could be worse. She could be 7.
Yes, in many places this procedure, more widely known throughout the world as Female Genital Mutilation, or FMG, is being performed on girls as young a 7. And summer is The Season of Cutting, because school is out and that gives girls a chance to heal at home.
And it isn’t just religion that is cited as the reason this barbaric procedure continues. Nor is it only Muslim families that engage in it. The practice is cultural, not just religious, and in many countries as many Christians as Muslims insist on it for their female children. Mutilation, you see, deters girls and women from sexual promiscuity. By virtually eliminating any physical pleasure from the act of intercourse for females, the process renders a woman “clean” of sexual desire.
A 2014 survey by the government of Egypt funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) revealed that just under half of women (46 percent) believe that the practice deters adultery. Most families believe that men prefer women who have been mutilated for this reason, and so the culture supports the story that mutilated girls are more marriageable. Indeed, the belief is strong in many families that husbands will not be found for girls who have not been mutilated.
Sadly, finding a husband for their daughters is apparently more important to mothers in some families than keeping their girls alive — for the survey results also showed that many women recognize that there is a considerable risk associated with circumcision, with 54 percent agreeing that the practice can lead to girls’ deaths.
Dust as a blood-clotting agent? Perhaps that might explain why.
No matter. It’s summer again in Egypt, and the practice continues. To its credit, the government of Egypt is extending real efforts to stop the practice. Beyond making it illegal (although, as mentioned, the law against it is reportedly not rigidly enforced), the government has sponsored and encouraged family education programs designed to convince the population that neither culture nor religion justifies this mass violation of human rights. And, to their credit as well, Muslim and Christian religious leaders have also forcefully spoken out against the FGM.
Well, some of them. In certain rural areas, in some of the outlying villages, perhaps not so much. Some clerics have remained silent, or actually suggested that religion does condone the practice.
Whatever the case, today in the summer of 2015 — a time of enlightenment among a civilized species — thousands of young girls are cringing in Egypt and other countries with The Season of Cutting having arrived.
Are you ready now to help in producing an Evolution Revolution in our world?
IF NOT NOW, WHEN? IF NOT YOU, WHO?
The racial massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina by 21-year-old self-proclaimed segregationist Dylann Roof on June 17, 2015 who told police he did it because he wanted to start another race war in America, must surely bring to the minds of all of us, as we shake our heads in dismay, a question that won’t go away: What would it take for us all — all of the humans on the Earth — to simply get along?
Is that too much to ask? Is that too much to expect from an “enlightened” species?
Wait a minute. Forget about “getting along.” What (if anything) could cause a species of sentient beings who could not “get along” to just stop killing each other? What (if anything) could convince us that getting our way through the use of force is not only not civilized—it’s not even beneficial?
Is our particular species truly so unevolved among all the life forms in the Universe that it still finds it utterly impossible to create a way to resolve differences without barbaric cruelty—even after thousands of years of trying?
Is it possible that there is something we simply don’t understand about Life, and God, and Who We Are—the understanding of which would change everything?
How long are we willing as a species to allow our utter dysfunction to go on? Or to try to resolve it in the same way we have done in the past?
How many times are we going to do the same thing over and over again, expecting to get a different result? Isn’t that the classic definition of insanity?
Conversations with God proposes an answer to all of the above questions. And this is what the Evolution Revolution is all about. Please help us to get to 5,000 participants around the world. Please share news of what you and I are doing here with everyone in your address book and everyone on your Facebook page.
Can you do that? Are you brave enough to do that? Will you come out of the woodwork, out from behind the closet door, and ask at least one other person to join you in this worldwide endeavor?
Please? Because if not now, when? And if not you, who?