The Trinity understood through typical male-female corruptions

One way to understand the way in which God unifies the perfections of masculinity and femininity would be to look at the characteristic corruptions of the self in the different sexes. We appeal to the corruptions because they are more familiar and than the perfections they are perverting.

Masculinity corrupts the self by seeking to subordinate everything to itself: the male self is the one that seeks to be utterly set apart with all beneath him, gazing upward in admiration. There is, however, a contrary corruption of the self that is more typical of the feminine: namely to so identify with the expectations and beliefs of the group that any personal desire is altogether lost. One of the dark sides of the feminine traits we praise is that, when pushed to an extreme, they all lead to a dissolution of the self through an identity with others. Empathy with others carries to the extent of loss of the self; tenderness of affection leads to an ontological softness that blurs any distinction between self and other.

So what if we took these corruptions as desires for a sort of transcendent perfection that finite persons cannot attain? We would then see the unity of male and female as a reflection of a personal perfection which is simultaneously utterly separate and set apart, which each person totally distinct and set off by ordered divisions, while at the same time these persons would be utterly undifferentiated from each other in a unity where all distinctions of self were lost. On this account, the feminine would express the unity of nature in the Trinity and the masculine would capture the distinction of persons.


1 Comment

  1. October 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    My friend, this is positively sublime. Thank you for this wonderful meditation, I’ll be mulling it over for some time. You’ve just won yourself another follower here.

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