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The Parable of His-Story Paperback – 9 Dec 2011
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A seriously superior slice of writing... a well-paced, riveting, stimulating and insightful book which should - and I trust will be - read far and wide. --(Simon Buxton, Author, 'The Shamanic Way of the Bee')
About the Author
Nick Taylor is a writer, teacher and energy healer. He splits his time between London and West Wales.
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He adds that, "his-story includes Judaism, Christianity, Islam, materialism, communism and capitalism [...] But it is all one story: the story of the dominance of the masculine."
The author cites the written word, agriculture, cities, private property, war, hereditary monarchy and a monotheistic (belief in one god) worldview among the forces that have shaped our world and, as he points out, so pervaded human culture that they've become synonymous with it in most minds.
But what we consider to be eternal realities are in fact "temporary examples of a one-sided tale, repeatedly told to glorify the masculine, denigrate the feminine and affect all our ideas of life, from who rules the heavens to who does the cleaning."
The point of this book is, "to remind us that this last age has been a cultural creation and, as such, it has a beginning and will have an end."
But for the time being, writes Taylor, "Whether in terms of our diet, anxieties around our bodies, attitudes to animals, children and Nature in general, or our sense of gender and sexuality, his-story is a force negatively affecting each of us. A story that elevates the masculine while forbidding, alienating and negating the feminine is fatally unbalanced."
The book first explores how his-story began, with an analysis of the changes that took place in Ancient Mesopotamia in around 3000 BC, charting the movement away from harmonious, goddess-based culture towards ideas of ownership, conflict and division.
It then moves on to look at how the masculine principle has spanned the millennia and continues to affect everything from our relationship with the planet to the way we bring up our children and consider our bodies.
Pollution, famine, war, depression, social alienation... All, writes Taylor, are rooted in the dominance of the masculine over the feminine.
In the final section of the book he offers solutions - from embracing the transition movement and placing the well-being of Mother Earth as a central principle within our political landscapes to gathering in circle, dancing and playing.
"If the last age told us one story, unbalanced and aggressive, then the time is approaching for other stories to be remembered," he writes.
Hard-hitting yet uplifting, this is one of those special books that would transform the world if enough people read it.