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Collective Motherhood – The Historical Recipe to Peace, by Ernest Dempsey

Collective Motherhood – The Historical Recipe to Peace
by Ernest Dempsey

The word ‘mother’ is like a soother for a lifetime; no matter how much older we grow, the presence of mother has a soothing, assuring influence on our sense of existence. And yet, our knowledge about motherhood is just beginning to grow wide enough so as to encompass the concept of motherhood in its entirety and through the history of humanity. Reading Mothers and Others, by world-famous anthropologist Sarah B. Hardy, I am amazed with the research on primates (including humans) that points to the fact that humans made it through history because they were lucky to have care-giving women other than their own biological mothers.

In the scientific jargon, they call it allomothers – non-maternal infant-caring individuals, which can be males in the family or mostly are women, usually elderly women like grandmothers. In older times, it was crucial for mothers to take time off caring for babies so as to be able to gather food (in hunting-gathering societies) enough to meet the feeding needs of herself and her family. Infants who had allomothers had a better chance of survival and healthy upbringing than those who had no allomothering available. Humanity has thus flourished through collective mothering. We are the children of not one woman but of all and we our existence to them.

So our obligation to respect and care for goes beyond our biological mothers. Being brought up by collective mothering, we are meant to be collective children. This concept, if realized and heeded, is the potential solution to the peace crisis in our world today. All we need do is realize that we can’t hurt someone because he/she is the child of one of our mothers, and then we will see the most beautiful heaven right here on this planet.

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  1. With a dual degree in sociology and criminology I can totally relate to and understand this wonderful idea. It is one whose time has come to be remembered and used.

  2. Doris,

    I didn't know you had a dual degree in sociology and criminology. Criminetly!

    Janet

  3. I received an email from "Janet" this morning asking for money through Western Union - obviously a scam.

    I reported it to Western Union and they gave me a report number: IR34581730.

    Please pass this information on to whomever you think might find it useful.

    Happy belated Mother's Day!

  4. Yes Dave, I just received the same email asking for money. Janet's email has been hacked.

    Janet, please inform all your contacts ASAP.

    Damned hackers!

  5. Dear Dave and Karim,

    Yes, hacked. A sophisticated scam ring. I've been doing damage control all day. I cannot inform my contacts because I'm locked out of my email. I have put a message out on both Facebook and Twitter.

    I, too, called Western Union. I appreciate, Dave, that you did as well. That's very thoughtful and efficient.

    Good to have such good on-line friends.

    Janet

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