Saturday, June 20, 2015

Instead of using "misandry & misogyny", let us pursue and live in the redeemed world of "sebasmandry & sebasmogyny" !


 
In my previous Japanese blog post, I wrote about the excellent short video message entitled "Feminism and the Christian women" by Mary Kassian.



Upon this, Sanae, my fellow sister, left a thoughtful comment and there she explained to me about the meaning of the words such as misandry, misogyny.

As many of you might know, these words came from the Greek misos (μσος, "hatred"), andros ("man") and gyny ("woman"). So, misandry means, the hatred or dislike of men, whereas misogyny means the hatred or dislike of woman.

When I heard these words, my heart ached. Because I live in the Greek-speaking world, the word misos ("hatred") is familiar to me. It is a strong, piercing word like a sharp knife. And it is, unfortunately, everywhere.

Negative, hateful words are produced and kept in the dark hearts of man and these words spread so quickly. In contrast, sound and uplifting words are disappearing from the hearts of man day by day. O it shouldn't be like that!

 

Today, I read the portion of Anne of Avonlea again where Anne and her friends are trying to name a woodland pool in the forest. Here it goes;

The path was a winding one, so narrow that the girls walked in single file and even then the fir boughs brushed their faces. Under the firs were velvety cushions of moss, and further on, where the trees were smaller and fewer, the ground was rich in a variety of green growing things.

,,"Oh, girls, look at that!"

"That" was a shallow woodland pool in the center of a little open glade where the path ended. Later on in the season it would be dried up and its place filled with a rank growth of ferns; but now it was a glimmering placid sheet, round as a saucer and clear as crystal. A ring of slender young birches encircled it and little ferns fringed its margin.

"HOW sweet!" said Jane.

"Let us dance around it like wood-nymphs," cried Anne, dropping her basket and extending her hands.

But the dance was not a success for the ground was boggy and Jane's rubbers came off.

"You can't be a wood-nymph if you have to wear rubbers," was her decision.

"Well, we must name this place before we leave it," said Anne, yielding to the indisputable logic of facts. "Everybody suggest a name and we'll draw lots. Diana?"

"Birch Pool," suggested Diana promptly.

"Crystal Lake," said Jane.

Anne, standing behind them, implored Priscilla with her eyes not to perpetrate another such name and Priscilla rose to the occasion with "Glimmer-glass." Anne's selection was "The Fairies' Mirror."

The names were written on strips of birch bark with a pencil Schoolma'am Jane produced from her pocket, and placed in Anne's hat. Then Priscilla shut her eyes and drew one. "Crystal Lake," read Jane triumphantly. Crystal Lake it was, and if Anne thought that chance had played the pool a shabby trick she did not say so.

    ―Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne Of Avonlea, Chapter 13 A Golden Picnic


 

"The Fairies' Mirror"―isn't it so beautiful? I was captivated by her lively imagination and her lovely, uplifting and creative spirit. Then, inspired by Anne, I also attempted to create new, uplifting words this morning. Yes, instead of misandry and misogyny, I created the alternative words which are;

sebasmandry =the respect or reverence of men

sebasmogyny =the respect or reverence of women

 *Sebasmos (σεβασμός) means "respect, reverence" in Greek.

Friends, shall we glorify Him by cherishing, preserving and creating sublime, hopeful words together? Shall we decorate our inner world with soft and feminine words? Shall we ask Him to sanctify our vocabularies and encourage others with spirit-filled, life-giving words? O that our words may reflect His beautiful attributes!