Annabel wrote:It just crossed my mind.
In case we agree, that men in general, -with the exception of those Buddhist males who read this, of course,- tend to be more aggressive, tend to become physically violent more often , abusive, are more forceful, and women tend to be softer, more actively compassionate than men, then isn't a lot of spiritual cultivation about developing a bit more of the 'female' side in ourselves, the softer and more sensitive side?
Hi Annabel, your argument doesn't hold up to scrutiny and is unfortunately stereotypically sexist, because I could take the same argument and turn it around and present it to you like this:
"In case we agree, that women in general, -with the exception of those buddhist females who read this, ofcourse - tend to be more jealous, tend to become mentally cruel more often, verbally abusive, are more manipulative, and men tend to be more straightforward, more free with their friendships and have more comradery, then isn't a lot of spiritual cultivation about developing a bit more band of brothers attitude like how men show to each other?. "
As you can see, this counter-argument is also unfortunately stereotypically sexist and doesn't hold up to scrutiny.
I hope you see how you are mistaken here. Being "sensitive" to other's feelings is not something exclusively female. Some of the most compassionate, caring and nurturing people on this planet are men and that doesn't mean they are acting like women, it just means that they are men who are acting like compassionate beings.