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The Other

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This castle in Switzerland is full of history about those who were accused as witches and sentenced to death. Not surprisingly, the majority of these victims were women. Women have been "the other" for the larger part of history (and often even now). In the centuries of the witch hunts, men had complete power. Women were "the other" and the easy target for blame when something went wrong. As I learned in the castle, you could be named a witch for just about anything. Midwives who helped with failed pregnancies were often accused of witchcraft by the baby's father.

Today, we don't call women witches. But we certainly accuse them of a lot of other things. In the West, men still hold the majority of the power. Women are still "the other" in many ways. It is a strange and sinful tendency to assume that something different is automatically worse. God created man and woman differently, but he did so for good reason. He created us differently so we could reflect himself better. Yet humanity has used those differences to leverage power against one another.

Just as males have the power in our country and continually decide how they will use it for or against women, the West has the majority of world power, and must decide how they will use it for or against other people groups. If we are not careful, we will automatically assume that our differences make us the better side, because we have the power (and I'm afraid this has already taken place).

Posted by Tayler 14:35

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