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The Wall Builders: A Parable about the Gender Debates

A tale about a small kingdom, the kingdom-dwellers, and the great wall that divided them.

There once was a small kingdom where a good sort of folk dwelled. They believed in honest work, loving-kindness, and mutual sharing, and tried to get along peaceably with each other—though sometimes that was hard.

The center of the kingdom was encircled by a mighty wall. Behind the wall lived the king and his attendants. The kingdom dwellers had never passed through the wall; they could only imagine what lay beyond it. Many tales were told about what happened there, but no one knew which tales might be true. Even so, the kingdom dwellers could admire the beauty and glory of the wall, its long history and its rich tradition. And so they did.

The kingdom dwellers were busy building the kingdom. They did so by working hard, loving one another, and peacefully resolving their occasional quarrels. When old homes needed repair, they repaired them. When wells needed digging, they dug them. When clothes needed mending, they mended them. When the sick needed visiting, they visited them. They ...

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Posted:April 27, 2012

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