I began to wonder, what if we did really did treat people the way we should? What if we didn't put ourselves and our selfish desires first, what would happen? What if we actually did unto others as we would have others do unto us? Well, for one, men wouldn't beat their wives. They'd respect them and listen to them and be a partner. People wouldn't abuse children. Enron wouldn't have happened. The housing crisis wouldn't have happened. Perhaps even Ordain Women wouldn't have happened because women would feel represented and listened to? Maybe.
I guess this isn't a very coherent post, but these two quotes came to mind:
"One of the most radical things you can do is believe women when they talk about their experiences."-Jen Bekman
"The Mormon people teach the American religion; their principles teach the people not only of Heaven and its attendant glories, but how to live so that their social and economic relations with each other are placed on a sound basis. If the people follow the teachings of this Church, nothing can stop their progress — it will be limitless. There have been great movements started in the past but they have died or been modified before they reached maturity. If Mormonism is able to endure, unmodified, until it reaches the third and fourth generation, it is destined to become the greatest power the world has ever known.’”-Leo TolstoySo what do Mormons teach? They teach the ways of Christ which are anything but violent. They teach integrity and forgiveness. They teach mercy and kindness and. . . . I think we learn these things, but we fail when we don't put them to practice (which is why we need a Savior). I still keep thinking that one of Heavenly Father's goals must be to have all his children get along. When we do live His commandments and live like Christ, we will get along and won't have to deal with all the junk that happens. I guess actually living the way they should is what happened in the city of Enoch.