The Pentagon Lifts The Ban on Women in Combat
What are the spiritual implications?
Last week, U.S. military leaders formally lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions. This is the first time in US history that such a move has been sanctioned by the US military. The Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously recommended in January to Secretary Leon Panetta that the direct combat exclusion rule be lifted.
The change would open hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs to women. Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey both approved the change Thursday, and the White House separately said it endorsed the decision.
The historic move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. In a recent Gallup Poll, nearly three-quarters of Americans say that given the opportunity, they would vote “for” allowing women to serve in combat roles.
Today, more than 350,000 women serve in our military, with some 30,000 in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Current policy now limits where women serve in the Army and Marines. Specifically closed are infantry, armor, and most artillery units, and women cannot be assigned to units whose primary mission is to engage the enemy.
Women in combat is not a new concept. Women have always fought and died in wartime. Women have led men in battle, been prisoners of war, fired advanced military weapons, and operated our most sophisticated systems. They fly combat aircraft and serve on combat ships. Women meet the military’s physical and mental standards, are technically proficient, and are highly trained war fighters and leaders.
Once we accept the fact that women may now place themselves in harm’s way right alongside men, as a matter of US policy, we have to tackle the thorny issue of the spiritual implications of such a move. What are the karmic consequences of such a policy? Two main areas of concern arise when one examines this issue spiritually; karmic justice and the question of evil.
1. For thousands of years, women and children have been subjected to the ravages of war. Historically, men have marched off to war and protected their families from invading armies. If the defending forces prevailed, the homeland was saved and life continued unchanged. If the defenses failed, the greatest horrors of war were often leveled against the weakest members of the conquered lands. Women and children have suffered rape, torture, murder, imprisonment, and slavery at the hands of enemy forces ever since mankind conceived the idea of warfare.
Many of those souls reincarnate over time with one goal, to get even with the enemy. This idea may be hidden in the deep recesses of the subconscious, but it still has the power to motivate a person to serve. Reincarnation does not always allow a man to come back to the world as a man. Sometimes, he will return as a woman. But if he is reborn as a woman, his ability to serve has been, with rare exception, mostly relegated to support roles. A reincarnated soldier, whatever his or her sex, is still a soldier at heart. This is not to say that all female soldiers are reincarnated victims of war, but the history of war on this planet is rife with billions of women who have been victimized by war. The sex of a victim does not mitigate their desire to gain retribution. Reincarnation is just one possible avenue for a soul tortured in war to seek justice.
2. The Question of Evil
Women play a unique role in the human race. They are the only members of our race that can birth children. In this unique role, they are solely responsible for the perpetuation of our race. Without women, there would be no human race. However, the role of bringing humans into the role comes with a hidden price. For the most part, society has designated that men plan and perpetuate war on this planet. All the evils and karmic consequences of war have been for the most part, planned by a small number of men. Women do not gather in large numbers and invade other countries. In the human race, this act is carried out largely by men.
If we carry out the approved changes that have been discussed by our military leaders, we will effectively change the karmic patterns of our country forever. The karma of killing large numbers of people in war has been the domain of men. The karmic responsibility of shouldering that burden from one lifetime to another has been carried through the spiritual genes of the more aggressive male side of the human psyche.
To a certain extent, limiting the gene to the male side of the species has provided a type of evolutionary check to the spread of human aggression. In general, the female influence on the race has tended to temper the more aggressive male spiritual tendencies. What happens to the long term emotional stability of the race if women are given the ability to develop this tendency in large numbers? Do we risk becoming a race that is more at risk for perpetuating the ravages of an unstable psyche, with its attendant leanings toward war and other evils?
I am a psychiatrist, a spiritual teacher, and a father of both a son and a daughter. Even though almost three-quarters of the American public would vote for allowing women full access to combat duties, I do not count myself among that majority. I believe that it is a slippery slope that we must avoid if we are to ever evolve beyond the evil of war. At some point we must stop to consider the spiritual implications of this historical change in policy.
It is a mistake to think that a small handful of people can dictate to the masses such a sweeping change in policy. Mass consciousness dictates that we all share at some level in the events that shape our reality. We the people made the decision to place our men and women in harms way in the act of protecting our country.
We elect a small number of people to represent us in government and lead us in the creation of policy, but we are still responsible as a people for the creation of our civilization and its policies. We are responsible for the evolution of our race. If we are to ever grow beyond our baser desires, we must fully examine our tendency to embrace the darker angels of our nature.
Mitchell Earl Gibson
Dr. Mitchell Gibson is the author of The Enlightened Perspective. He is the
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