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December 28, 2012


If Amelia Earhart encourages competing as the way of finding themselves as persons I would challenge that thinking as merely mimicking what men have already done throughout the ages. If a woman competes to prove to men that she is valuable or has person-hood then she fails to embrace the power of the feminine. When we interpret competition in the paradigm of winning/dominating/oppressing then we elevate narcissism which in turn perpetuates segregation of humans.
If we could encourage nurturing as the way of finding ourselves as persons I would postulate that the world would drop barriers of race, culture, religion and whatever else divides us into competitive ‘teams.’
If I enter a race and cross the finish line first do I alone take the glory or do I embrace those who come after because they added to the atmosphere of the competition? Racing alone fails to encourage pushing ourselves to higher limits. In competing against another in the spirit of nurturing one another it will lead to a healthier race. Not that everyone wins (or gets A’s) but the regard for those ahead and behind realizes significance also.
If we strive for equality competition is not the avenue to achieve such equality. The glass ceiling cannot be broken by merely becoming another form of maleness. A competing, assertive woman is just seen as a bitch not a female of worth. Femaleness has historically been referred to as weak and dependent. The women of the 21rst century are proving their prowess in leading not by mimicking males but by the expression of community and teamwork.
I think Amelia’s own words in her biography indicates that she thought “partnership” and “duo-control” essential for success. In her last letter to her husband before she left for her around-the-world flight she wrote:
"Please know I am quite aware of the hazards," she said. "I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others." Even in her ‘failure’ she encourages others to reach for the unreachable, challenging them in a nurturing way not in a competitive egotistical manner.
True equality lies in this perspective.

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Books by H. Charles Romesburg

  • H. Charles Romesburg: The Life of the Creative Spirit

    H. Charles Romesburg: The Life of the Creative Spirit
    Practically all of the quotations in this blog's posts are collected in "The Life of the Creative Spirit."

  • H. Charles Romesburg: How About It, Writer?

    H. Charles Romesburg: How About It, Writer?
    Based on a study of more than 12,000 essays from the very best literary magazines, this book provides writers with lists of thousands of classic forms of opening sentences, titles, transition sentences, ways of saying "for example," and ways of closing nonfiction pieces. When you are writing an essay and want a hint for a better or fresh way of saying what you mean, looking through the lists acts on the imagination, stimulating your creativity. From Lulu Press (ISBN 1-4116-2862-4, 194 pp., softback), it's $16.95 when ordered from Lulu.com/Romesburg , and $22.95 from bookstores. To view its cover, click on www.cnr.usu.edu/romesburg/how_about_it_writer.htm To view its title page, contents, and first two chapters, click on: www.cnr.usu.edu/romesburg/how_about_it_writer_preview.pdf

  • H Charles Romesburg: Best Research Practices

    H Charles Romesburg: Best Research Practices
    The Saunterer’s new book (2009), Best Research Practices explains how to plan and carry out reliable experiments, how to conceive and circumstantially support research hypotheses, how to test research hypotheses with the hypothetico-deductive method, how to discover cause and effect, and more. It’s based on his examination of 5,000 top scientific articles, studying the methods used to produce reliable knowledge. Preview it on-line by going to the following link: http://print.google.com/print?isbn=9780557017836

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