Recieved the following in an e~mail, and many of you may have already seen it…………………..
An English professor wrote the words:
“A woman without her man is nothing” on the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate it correctly.
All of the males in the class wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.“
All the females in the class wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.“
I wonder what you or I might have written ? Whatever we may have written the truth remains that punctuation is powerful and can change the whole sense of a sentence. Punctuation can convey powerfully what we mean in the sense in which we wish it to be known or it can get us into all sorts of horrendous difficulties. The old saying that `the pen is mightier than the sword` is no truer than when punctuation is involved.
And yet I think that both of those statements is true in their own way, because if we can accept the truth of each we arrive at the greater truth that neither man nor woman can be truly independent of each other and both need each other.
The great metaphysical poet, John Donne, famously wrote “no man is an island” and in doing so conveyed the same truth. We are not created to live alone, cut off from each other, but in the main we are created to live within society, amongst people. However, in order to do so sacrifice is involved; we have to give in order to share the same roads, the same house, the same air as other people. `It is my belief that because I pay my road taxes I can travel as fast as I like and no one should be in my way, because its MY right`is a very dangerous way of thinking. We share the road with other users, the pavements with other walkers, and the air with other people who breath like us.
We are called to be one: one couple, one family, one set of friends etc.
When full realisation of this dawns upon us then the obvious realisation therefore is that we cannot do without each other and so we must all be equal; no one is greater than the other, neither male nor female, neither young nor old, neither Christian nor Muslim, neither black nor white. We are one family, the family of humankind.
One question remains, “what are we doing to create it ?”