Nothing Is Next

EVEN WITH THE consciousness that top-down, parenting management strategies will not win, many efforts to change will inevitably reenact the very same set of beliefs that created the need for change in the first place. Patriarchy will use a mixture of leadership, consistency, control, and predictability to try to implement the ideas of empowerment, partnership, and self-management. Patriarchy will reinvent itself in living out the promise of its own demise. This reality is a major source of the cynicism about whether cultural change is at all possible or lasting. If the experience of moving from leadership to stewardship does not in itself incorporate choice and local autonomy, then it has no credibility and will forever remain ...

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