Generally speaking independence is considered the same as freedom. However Elias defines independance in a totally different way and I must say, although I never really thought about this until these days,
Man has been taught to be just a man: never to show any feminine traits, never to show any softness of the heart, never to show any receptivity, always be aggressive. Man has been taught never to cry, never weep – because tears are feminine.
Women have been taught never to be in any way like the male: never to show aggression, never show expression, to always remain passive, receptive. This is against reality, and this has crippled both. (more…)