From the article: "To some degree this seems to reflect a universal sociological law. Feminists have long since pointed out that those on the bottom of any unequal social arrangement tend to think about, and therefore care about, those on top more than those on top think about, or care about, them. Women everywhere tend to think and know more about men's lives than men do about women, just as black people know more about white people's, employees about employers', and the poor about the rich."
In the biblical story of Cain and Able, Able's work is that of the traditional female (and the working classes)- centered on caring for others and aware of the grace required to make it all happen-- the work itself strengthens spiritual muscles and keeps one on course. Meanwhile, Cain's is that of the traditional male (and upper level)-- bigger, better, faster, more. Its easy to think its all about you and your effort, the egoic mind is in control, and more is required to return to center.
Thus, the religious texts are aimed at those that need the lesson, not those that already get it. And-- being in egoic mind--they then think that since the books are aimed at them, it means its because they're superior.... it never occurs to them that the books are aimed at them because they're the ones that need the help.
Love the following quote from the article-- it sums up Able's work...
"If you think about it, is this not what life is basically about? Human beings are projects of mutual creation. Most of the work we do is on each other. The working classes just do a disproportionate share. They are the caring classes, and always have been. It is just the incessant demonisation directed at the poor by those who benefit from their caring labour that makes it difficult, in a public forum such as this, to acknowledge it."
Yet, playing the victim to the machinations of these systematic grindings upon our hearts will not change anything. Though the Powers That Be will narrow passageways, build walls, and add more locks to the doors seemingly restricting our options, we are always in command of the plains, public squares, and cities of our own hearts. We decide to lay down that solidarity with those struggling as we are, we decide to draw up the bridge and release the crocodiles in the moat. We're doing that.
We're making decisions about how open to be, how and who to trust, to view a soft heart as a strength or a weakness... Each of us is in complete control of our choice of perception and our emotional response to it as well as the domino effect it has on how we respond to every day situations.
If we continue to promote compassion and solidarity with one another, the politicians, the media and those that control them both can blast their hate horns all they want, but if enough of us don't heed the call, it will mean nothing... "sound and fury signifying nothing."
Let it be so.