A while back, I was visiting back home in South Carolina and I was at a restaurant that had one of those really fancy soda machines. It was the one with the screen that you had to press buttons in order to choose your drink.
As I was going to get my drink, there was an older lady in front of me having a really hard time figuring out what to do. I saw her in crisis and decided to step up and help her out with her drink selection.
After I helped her, she had a gracious look on her face, but then she said this to me:
“You see… women do need men!”
It just really took me off guard. And I let out one of the most awkward laughs you’ve probably ever heard.
I just started to think, how could someone possibly interpret a situation like that in such a way that it made them come to the conclusion that one entire gender is absolutely dependent upon another entire gender? If anything, this was a sign that older people need young people… I kid!
However, that event helped show me that we are trained to see the world in a certain way and all of our experience are filtered through that certain way of seeing the world. Hers, unfortunately, was a one colored by male superiority, despite being a woman herself!
Still, it made me consider the ways that I may unfaithfully see the world too. Continue reading “The Unblessedness of Giving”