Tenet 8


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We value the irreplaceable role of fathers and build interdependent relationships with men. 

Men make up half of this world. They are our fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, and friends. We recognize that just like us, they too have deeply unique characteristics that are essential to our human family.

As we seek to nurture our relationships with the men in our lives, we are in fact attaining a sense of wholeness within ourselves and feel an empowering sense of wholeness within our greater world. As women and men work together, each valuing the contributions of the other, the resulting synergy enables them to lead and influence in powerful ways.

We set a standard for future generations and establish a true model of human social sustainability when we work together as women and men and harmoniously support one another. This harmony and respect between women and men is first taught and modeled within the home – one of the first environments. As future generations accept this life-sustaining model, they draw upon their individual and collective strengths and learn to unite in common goals for their own future well-being and sustainability.

When we take the time to recognize and value our unique strengths and contributions as women and men, whatever they may be, we bring more solutions to the table and expand our potential as we access a broader storehouse of resources, help, and support.

As Big Ocean women, we value the irreplaceable role of courageously good and dedicated fathers. We honor the strength and peace-loving leadership of supportive husbands. We highlight the powerful and gentle qualities within the men in our lives. We model complementary relationships with men so that future generations will also accept this model, and we will reach our full potential together.

We support and encourage any individual and community efforts to assist men to be better husbands, and fathers.

Discussion questions

  • Identify a man in your family or community whom you respect. What characteristics does this man possess?    
  • What might your community look like if there were many men who are dedicated fathers and supportive husbands and selfless leaders?
  • How do men learn their divine masculine identity?  What is this identity?   
  • Why might it be important for men to model this divine identity for young boys?
  • Have you seen examples of men and women working together harmoniously and in effective complementary ways?  What is achieved?
  • How can you encourage complementary and harmonious relationships with men?