Recently, I got into an argument with a friend of mine on the role of women in society. The discussion became quite heated–made worse by the fact that we came from two different angles on the topic. I believe that both traditionalists and moderns sincerely wish to elevate women in society; but, our ideas about which roles are the more elevated differ, because we value the four human spheres of activity differently: economic, vital, aesthetic, and spiritual. What is the proper ordering of these spheres?
Before I begin my arguments on this topic, some might say: “Isn’t there also a political sphere?” The goal of politics is the common good of communities. As such, political offices find their place within the vital sphere like other offices tending to the common good: military, law enforcement, judicial, and infrastructure. Also, the government can’t really produce economic, aesthetic, or spiritual growth, but only create favorable conditions for these to take place.