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A woman’s 2019 new year resolution (a conjecture)

Psalm 139:14

Another calendar year has gone by. For a woman, what may this mean? More external lines. More internal issues. More unfulfilled dreams shelved. Less certainty. Less physical resources. Less dreams.

The above is merely conjecture based on incomplete information of each individual of this planet’s female population:

3,801,846,256*Current female population as at 9-1-2019
49.6% of the world’s population
  • *3,800,750,379 females as of 31 December 2018

When I made that conjecture I was purely assuming that generally women would be concerned with physical aging and related physical resources and relationship issues. In brief, the physical, social and economic constraints on a woman as she increasingly ages. Do they matter? Yes. They do. Not many people in this world would look at a woman and not notice her looks and all physical appearances that speak of her possible status and condition in life. If she appears older, weaker and less economically endowed a question might be, “Will she become an encumbrance in a relationship or in a community?”

If the above conjecture is true, it means an increased burden (compared to man) on a woman. She has to keep young and stay fit, stay in health, looking pleasant to the eyes, positively exulting energy and vitality, presenting at all times a sound mind oozing with wisdom and knowledge, dressing smartly and sharply while talking sense evidenced by monetary outcome from her performance to give a convincing impression and proof that she is an asset and not a liability to any man or partner or employer or fellow stakeholders in whatever community or organization or society in which she happens to participate. In addition to all that she has to be multitasking at home too.

A very tall call for 3,801,846,256 sisters, nearly 50% of the world’s population. Food for thought: if all women spend our time and money on keeping up to these requirements, we would not have much time and money left to take care of the other half of the population who just have to fend for themselves. Men should be thankful that most women are kind and merciful and give grace (undeserved favor) over matters concerning the other 50%.

In a world without God* the staggering conjecture is quite plausible. (*I refer to the God we believe to describe Himself as Love and Grace according to the Bible.) I would therefore hold fast to my stance with the God whom I believe in, a good God who loves His creations, both men and women. He created and even wove us wonderfully before we were born in our mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You [a]covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for [b]I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My [c]frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 139:13 wove
  2. Psalm 139:14 So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Syr., Vg. You are fearfully wonderful
  3. Psalm 139:15 Lit. bones were
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gender, race and religion: forgive one another as God has forgiven you

Do gender, race and religion matter in voting? if not, then what really matters? Be open and watch.

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a reflected tree in a tropical aquarium

Weekly photos challenge Mirror
reflected tree n skyThis picture was taken in December 2014 at a tropical aquarium. It was a day trip with a young and energetic enthusiast for fish and marine lives. It was a clear day and this pond was outside the aquarium. The reflection mirrored the trees and the sky above quite well despite the shallow pond. what I like is the way the reflection blends with the fish and the rocky floor beneath the water. The picture becomes somewhat like a painting not by man’s hands.

p/s: I have recently been told that the aquarium will be closed and the creatures relocated to somewhere else if any. A sad story. It does reflect the real life and its uncertainty, even to the fishes.

a fifty percent attempt

Fiftyfifty percent speaks “Fifty” is a 2015 Nigerian romantic drama film released on December 18, 2015. Fifty captures few pivotal days of four women at the pinnacle of their careers. “FIFTY – The Movie” in New Zealand follows Mal Law’s bold attempt to run 50 mountain marathons over 50 peaks in just 50 days, all around New Zealand, in order to raise an enormous amount of money for the Mental Health Foundation. “FIFTY – The Movie will inspire the armchair athlete in all of us to think outside the box, push boundaries and think what if?” (I searched the internet and found these two movies with the name, “fifty”. I have not watched them. They sound interesting just by looking at the title.)

Coming back to my own fifty interpretation. This blog was first started on 2013/9/30. On 2016/4/30 I renamed this blog. In naming this blog fifty percent perspective I tried to focus the goal of this writing on giving voice to the less heard fifty percent of the human race, i.e. the woman. I consider that a healthy, practical, sustainable intimate relationship between a man and a woman only manifests where there is true equality. This means mutual acceptance and respect in words and in deeds. This calls for an acknowledgement of the validity of the other fifty percent and giving her/him an equal value in the equilibrium of life together. In particular, I place an importance on the right and manifestation of right to speak/communicate. I admit that in some situations it is the man who becomes the less heard fifty percent. So my goal is not confined to voicing for a woman. If a man considers himself a fifty percent which is not being given a voice he may be included in this blog’s fifty percent perspective too. To me, being human means being given the right to speak and the voice to be heard.
(https://kingdomofgodaughter.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/fifty-percent/)

it was a woman physicist who discovered the power of nuclear energy

Lisa-Meitner“Racial and gender prejudice are dramatic backdrops to our modern era. The dramatic splitting of the atom—“nuclear fission”—was a discovery which changed our world. Yet few know that it was a woman physicist who discovered the power of nuclear energy just after her dramatic escape from Nazi Germany. The irony of the story of Lise Meitner (1878 – 1968) is that her laboratory partner of thirty years, Otto Hahn, who remained in Berlin throughout the Third Reich, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1944. Meitner’s exclusion from sharing the Nobel Prize was thus integrally related to her escape from Nazi Germany to Sweden and the consequent social ‘marginalization’ of her important physics research and discoveries. Albert Einstein called the respected Viennese pioneer in nuclear physics “our Madame Curie.” (Above quoted from http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/meitner-lise)

The brilliant Lise Meitner was the mother of nuclear power, but you’ve probably never heard of her! Her research contributed greatly to the discovery of nuclear fission. She was an Austrian physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. Otto Hahn and Meitner led the small group of scientists who first discovered nuclear fission of uranium when it absorbed an extra neutron; the results were published in early 1939.

Lise Meitner was one of eight children. When she finished school at age 14, she was barred from higher education, as were all girls in Austria. When Lise showed an early propensity for mathematics, she was privately tutored, her father insisting that each of his daughters receive the same education as his sons. (Three of Lise’s sisters later also earned their Ph.D. degrees). Inspired by the discoveries of William Röntgen and Henri Becquerel, she was determined to study radioactivity. When she turned 21, women were finally allowed into Austrian universities. Two years of tutoring preceded her enrollment at the University of Vienna; there she excelled in math and physics and earned her doctorate in 1906. She wrote to Marie Curie, but there was no room for her in the Paris lab and so Meitner made her way to Berlin. There she collaborated with Otto Hahn on the study of radioactive elements, but as an Austrian Jewish woman (all three qualities were strikes against her), she was excluded from the main labs and lectures and allowed to work only in the basement. For several years she was not permitted access to the laboratories of the Berlin Institute for Chemistry where she worked as an unpaid research scientist (1907–1912)

In 1912, Hahn and Meitner moved to a new university and Meitner had better lab facilities. Meitner became an official University Lecturer in 1922, but even in liberalizing Berlin the press jokingly reported the topic of her inaugural speech as “Cosmetic Physics” instead of cosmic physics. She led several courses in quantum physics with her outstanding graduate students (such as Leo Szilard and Max Delbrueck) as assistants, until Adolf Hitler’s decrees in April, 1933 stripped Jewish academics of their professorial positions.

At first she was an unpaid “guest” under Hahn, but most people knew they were equals in their research team. From 1924 to 1934, the team gained international prestige and were nominated for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ten consecutive years. Though their partnership was split up physically when she was forced to flee Nazi Germany in 1938, Hahn and Meitner continued to collaborate.

Meitner continued her work in Sweden. After Hahn discovered that uranium atoms were split when bombarded with neutrons, Meitner and her nephew Frisch took a hike in the snowy Swedish woods, animatedly discussing the puzzling “bursting” process. Then they realized: if E=mc2, that mass could not be lost, but the nucleus would be “split in two.”. She calculated the energy released in the reaction and named the phenomenon “nuclear fission.” The discovery—which eventually led to the atomic bomb (“You must not blame scientists for the use to which war technicians have put our discoveries,” Meitner would say in 1945)—won Hahn the Nobel Prize in 1944. Meitner was left out by the Awarding Committee.

She carried on with her research and helped produce one of the first peacetime nuclear reactors. It wasn’t until 1966 that Meitner really received any attention. During her 60 years of work in the field of atomic physics she wrote 128 articles, and served on the United Nations Committee on atomic energy. In 1992 it was announced that she would have an element named after her, meitnerium. Meitner spent most of her 70s and 80s traveling, encouraging women students to “remember that science can bring both joy and satisfaction to your life.”

Lise’s parents were assimilated Viennese Jews, who did not practice Judaism. In 1908 on a visit to Vienna Lise formally withdrew from the Jewish community and was baptized at the Evangelical Congregation.

(The above biography is compiled from information/excerpts from Wikipedia and Jewish Women encyclopedia)

Reading the above makes me marvel at the courage and determination of this woman whose ability and worth as an individual overcame the male chauvinistic social and economic culture and racial prejudices of her time. She was a woman and a Jew. These went against her in that time. She was made to work and research without pay and under harsh physical condition. She was not given a recognition which she rightly deserved. She was threatened with her life. But all these did not stop her from becoming a woman of great worth, perhaps not in monetary terms, but in the history of mankind. She will not be forgotten. She became a model of overcomer.

how shall a godly woman vote?

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Felicity Martyr

I add the adjective “godly” to the word “woman”. It is of utmost importance at this time of godlessness. If you are a woman and you care about more than yourself, please read on. Why do I speak to women and not to men? Because I give recognition to the voice of woman, who forms 50% of a nation and the world.

In times of national election, the voice and decision of a woman is a decisive factor. It is foolish to ignore this key influential factor.

Here are what I pray a godly woman would consider when she votes for a national leader.

1. Do pray and ask the Lord to reveal to you your own motive and agenda. See if there is any selfishness and if so, repent and cast it out.
What are selfish motives and agenda? Race, gender, colour, self-centered ideologies, evil intentions, anti-Christ and anti-God liberal philosophies, self-gratifying motives, the “me, me, me” focus.

2. Read the Bible and pray that the Holy Spirit reveal to you, your family and your church whom God has anointed to be the next leader of your nation. Obey the words of God. Here is the command of God and a list of evil that God has clearly condemned. Be guided by the Words of God.

Romans 13:11-14; 1Corinthians 6:6-10; Galatians 5:19-26; Ephesians 4:17-32, 5:1-21, 6:10-18; Philippians 2:14-16, 3:18-19; Colossians 3:12-17; 1Thessalonians 5:5-8, 14-23; 1Timothy 6:6-12; 2Timothy 3:1-17.

2 Timothy 3:1-7New King James Version (NKJV)
Perilous Times and Perilous Men
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men (and women) will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2Thessalonians 3:13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.

women not want to be women? (6): WWIII scenario

WWIILet us imagine an imminent World War III looming in the near distant future. If we have a woman as the supreme national commander of a great military power in the world to war against another great military power in the world run by a male strongman, whom do you think will have the upper hand? I leave each reader to ponder seriously on this point, which will determine the life and death of every citizen regardless of gender, race, class, ideologies, religions or whatever we may think matter.  Whom do you think will have the caliber to stand up for you in a matter concerning life and death? 

Coming back to one Question I raised for women in my previous blog, “Do women still need men?” In that article I mentioned two traditional male roles: economic and military. The military role is still a key issue in the world, that is, men are needed to fight wars. The last two world wars had demonstrated that men contributed significantly in terms of the number of soldiers who died for their respective nations. Admittedly today’s war equipments/weapons are highly sophisticated and technologically advanced., and a few privileged women may be as effective as men in operating them. In years to come, some women may even use expensive robotics and artificial intelligence to make up for physical disadvantages. But no nation will be foolish enough not to use less costly and more readily available male resources unless there is no option. I have yet to read of any scientific study on comparative advantages of women over men in terms of commanding and operating a real technologically advanced world war. In hand to hand combat over difficult terrain, using brute strength, I would think that an average man has an edge over an average woman. A good example of such physical and even strategic differences is in the sports arena.

Note: In a few previous blogs I may have sounded like a woman chauvinist. In this blog I may have sounded like a man chauvinist. I am neither. I am not speaking on behalf of any gender interest group. I just voice some personal thoughts as an ordinary human.

In summary, I brought out two issues to think about: the choice of the right national leader, and the predominance of male in war. 

Do women still need men?

three cords hard to be brokenDo women need men? YES. Can women survive alone? NO. Look at the following staggering statistics on WWII. Most of the dead among the soldiers were men. They gave their lives for their respective nations. Can women ever replace men in a major war like this one? I would think the answer is no. Women cannot. Will there be a day when women run the world and become dictators so that there will be everlasting peace? All women know this is a ridiculous question. No woman shall survive if such a day should come. No matter how much I sympathize and empathize with many woman issues concerning inequality and oppression in many parts of the world, I would still claim that men must assume the God-given responsibility to work the land to produce and stand the ground to protect. Some women are capable to assume highly stressed (physically and or mentally)duties, but they may suffer a shorter life as a result. Are women being selfish to want men to continue doing their traditional roles? I would say it is not a matter of choice. It is more a matter of abilities and capabilities. Am I being discriminating and stereotyping? No. I do not speak from the viewpoint of any gender interest group. I speak as an average human and know what I can and cannot do.

I quote here an interesting and warning development on life expectancy between men and women:
“The gap in life expectancy between men and women has dropped to less than four years, official figures show.
Women have historically lived much longer than men, but that is changing as men give up heavy manual labour and more women take on the stress of work.
The ONS figures show that the difference in life expectancy has fallen sharply over the past 30 years.
A think tank said women are suffering ‘what were once male diseases’, such as heart disease and high blood pressure, as a result of ‘moving into roles that were once taken by men’.”
(Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474859/Life-expectancy-gap-men-women-narrows-years.html#ixzz4EXApEqjg)

WORLD WAR II STATISTICS by the Numbers
Number of Americans who served in World War II: 16.1 million
Average amount of time each U.S. military serviceman served overseas during World War II: 16 months

Estimated number of people serving in World War II worldwide: 1.9 billion
Estimated number of U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines killed in battle during World War II: 292,000
… of U.S. troops who perished outside of battle during World War II: 114,000
… of U.S. troops wounded during World War II: 672,000
… of deaths, in total, sustained by U.S. forces during World War II: 405,000
… of U.S. military deaths as a percent of the total United States population: 0.4%

Estimated number of deaths sustained worldwide during World War II: 72 million

Estimated total number of European Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust: 6 million
Estimated number of German Jews killed in the Holocaust: 125,000
Estimated number of Polish Jews killed in the Holocaust: 3 million

Estimated number of deaths sustained by Polish military forces during World War II: 123,000
… by French military forces during World War II: 213,000
… by British military forces: 373,000
… by Chinese military forces: 1.3 million
… by Japanese military forces: 1.3 million
… by German military forces: 3.5 million
… by Russian military forces: 11 million

Estimated number of British civilians killed during World War II: 93,000
… of French civilians killed during World War II: 350,000
… of Japanese civilians killed: 672,000
… of German civilians killed: 780,000
… of Polish civilians killed: 5.7 million
… of Russian civilians killed: 7 million

(above taken from: http://www.shmoop.com/wwii/statistics.html)

I quote below some verses from the Bible. Both men and women are included in these passages of importance: hearing and believing the words of God, being baptized, and living to ripe old age together in peace and without fear of war anymore. 

So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month.

Acts 5:14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,

Acts 8:12But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.

Acts 17:12Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.

Zechariah 8:4“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Old men and old women shall again sit In the streets of Jerusalem, Each one with his staff in his hand Because of great age.

She sees a GREAT NATION. She is a mother.

Leah_w_Rachel_67-63There is a mystery about Leah. She has unusual eyes. She is the the older sister of Rachel. She was the first wife of Jacob and gave birth to six sons and one daughter. The Bible did not describe her look except a sentence about her eyes. Her eyes were attractive. I have previously written about her faith in God and her close relationship with God. She knew that her husband’s first love was Rachel who was more physically attractive. BUT Leah loved Jacob. She was determined to have his children and she had six sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. She named all her sons. Jacob did not seem to care. She named them in terms of her relationship with God and her perspective of God.

(This is what she said when she had her first four sons: Genesis 29,30)
So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, “The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.” Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi. And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.
(Later she had two more sons: )And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. Leah said, “God has given me my wages, because I have given my maid to my husband.” So she called his name Issachar. Then Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son. And Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.” So she called his name Zebulun.

What is so great about Leah’s eyes? From what we have read we see that this woman is without malice or jealousy. She sees and keeps her focus on God’s goodness and the good sides of life. She does not even blame God for her unloving husband or her possibly unshapely body. She does not give up on her love. She does her best. Se knows that only God can grant her the favor and ability to give birth. She is not ashamed or embarrassed by her fertility or try to be politically correct. Mother needs not be politically correct. She not only has one son, she carries on and has six! She sees what God has done even in her little world as a housewife and gives thanks. She sees the future where her many sons will grow up and do great things. She is right. Her sons did great things. They became the ancestors of the Israel nation. She became the mother of kings and priests. Yes, her eyes do matter. Instead of a mere family, she sees a great nation! And history has proven her right.

The versions of the Bible describing Leah with lovely eyes are as follows:
GW Leah had attractive eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and beautiful features.
GNT Leah had lovely eyes, but Rachel was shapely and beautiful.
TLB Leah had lovely eyes, but Rachel was shapely, and in every way a beauty.
NOG Leah had attractive eyes, but Rachel had a beautiful figure and beautiful features.
MSG Now Laban had two daughters; Leah was the older and Rachel the younger. Leah had nice eyes, but Rachel was stunningly beautiful. And it was Rachel that Jacob loved. So Jacob answered, “I will work for you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.”

Did Jacob finally recognize it was Leah he should give honor as his lawful heavenly-ordained wife? He did. We read from below the words he gave his sons before he died: (Genesis 49)
Then he charged them and said to them: “I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of …which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite as a possession for a burial place. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah…”

I trust Andrea Leadsom, a mother

The subject of the worth of a mother is beyond being politically correct. Don’t let ideologies rob us of our senses. Without our mother where would we be? I decided to share these self-explanatory pictures about a mother because I am not a mother. I realize how much we owe our mothers and women who are mothers to bring human race into our existence and continue to sustain our survival. Mothers are irreplaceable. I respect a woman who opens her heart and bravely speaks from her motherly perspective as only a true mother does.
I trust Andrea Leadsom.

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