I believe all people are created equal and given certain inalienable rights, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This phrase gives us a glimpse into where satisfaction and fulfillment find their source. If we as people are created equal, that hints at the idea of a Creator. The dignity of all human beings find its source in the truth, we are created in the image of the Creator. Ask any person in life who has found a deep level of satisfaction and has been able to stop striving toward some allusive attempt at completion, and you will hear the same story. Their satisfaction and fulfillment came from within, often in connection with their God.
Years ago on a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we saw a beautiful oceanfront beach home that was named, “Never Enough.” Has any achievement ever been enough? Has anything you’ve ever accomplished, earned, developed, pursued or even married ever been enough and brought a deep down, lasting satisfaction?
It seems to me, at least originally, feminism is the pursuit of “equality.” I interpret that to mean equality with men, who seem through history to be “ahead.” To gain the same rights and privileges of men required women to become more like men. Though there are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women documented by research, only a few physical differences are noticeable. There is only one really obvious difference, that pesky issue that can really impede a women’s progress! That is conception, gestation, pregnancy, and childbearing.
It appears men can enjoy the sexual relationship, and continue up the corporate ladder, a woman always has the risk she may become pregnant and that really complicates her future plans for herself and career. In order to level the playing field, abortion has been the tool to help women finally achieve complete equality with men. No pregnancy needs to slow her down as she pursues her dream of self-fulfillment and finding her place in the world. She may choose to end that pregnancy and only lose one day in the process of climbing the ladder.
The sad thing of all this to me is we miss the underlying issue of our discontentment. That is, we, men and women look for satisfaction in all the wrong places. We pursue things and people in an effort to complete ourselves. We chase things that can never give us what we really long for and our pursuits almost always leave us high and dry.
There is only one reservoir to drink from that will never run out of supply. There is a God who designed us as men and women, and He will fully embrace our masculine and feminine traits as beautiful and worth celebrating rather than trading in for the other model. May we all find what we are looking for in Him.