I had the honour to be interviewing one of the great women of our time for my first episode of season two of my podcast: Riane Eisler.
It is interesting, originally she is Austrian, but hardly anyone in Austria knows her.
She is considered to be one of the most influential people in the peace-movement of the last 100 years – being named alongside people like Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr. and more and is considered as one of the icons of the equal rights movement. Equally, she is only one of 20 people in history to be considered to be a macro-historian and the first woman ever. Other notable people include Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Max Weber and Yuval Noah Harari.
Why only few people know her here in Austria might be connected to her being a woman and also challenging the status quo of male domination 😉
Apart from her bestsellers she is best know for her partnership – domination model with which she shows that as a humanity, we need to overcome our “domination mindset”: Either you dominate or get dominated. Within this mindset – which rules most people – people see no partnership alternative, although it is partnership where we need to elevate our collective consciousness to if we want to tackle our biggest challenges (the concept of Tribal Leadership kinda shows the same thing).
Well, that doesn’t sound ground breaking or “sexy”, but often it is the basics that lead us to a higher level (the one thing I learned interviewing a true champion – Dieter Kalt).
It is interesting, essentially, her conclusions were also my conclusion when it comes to the biggest challenges of our time, just before her work came to my attention (she kinda confirmed it).
And it doesn’t make any difference if it is in the case of love relationships, parenting, family, our social structure, politics, society or humanity.
From the spiritual point of view – maybe partnership, equality and collaboration is our collective calling – our collective path to “enlightenment” that we humans need to learn to collaborate as partners on eye-height to elevate to the next level of our evolution. Essentially I personally believe that this is humanity’s collective quest – we need to find out that we have to shift from the mindset of “me vs. you” to “we”.
I believe that domination derives from fear and to lose power and control or it derives from weakness. If I am truly abundant, I do not have the urge to dominate or get dominated. I do not fear to loose anything if I face the “you” as a partner and not as a potential foe.
So for the sake of ourselves – and more importantly – for the sake of our children, we need to overcome our fears and overcome the paradigm of domination.
And Riane Eisler has contributed the scientific as well as practical foundations for that mindset.
So, it is not merely an idealistic delusion but a research back reality.
A famous anthropologist called Riane’s book “The Chalice and The Blade” “the most important book since Darwin’s Origin of Species”.
Hopefully, I’ll be around to see if people in 50 years or so, will consider this to be true.
Until then I hope that the wise will face their fears, give up domination and start collaborative partnerships for the sake of the ones we love most. It’s time to unite in peace for humanity.