Could the next Dalai Lama be a woman?

He’s said it before, and he’s saying it again. The current, fourteenth Dalai Lama told crowds in Australia this week, “If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come.” He went on to say that our world is in need of more female leaders: “biologically, females have more potential,” the Dalai Lama said. “Females have more sensitivity about others’ well-being.”

“This,” writes Shoba Narayan in a new post for The Atlantic, “is where I lost him.” So she investigates this statement and weighs it against scientific studies. Yes, it’s only fair, in terms of balance, to have more female leaders. But, Narayan asks, are women really more compassionate than men? Check out her post, here.

One Comment

  1. Python
    Posted June 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    just because people are unable to remember a time when a matriarchic system ruled the earth does not mean that it is automatically immune to problematic scenarios that are claimed to be inherent in the patriarchic system that currently rules the earth… we have heard that people who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and of course there is no shortage in a need for lessons when it comes to humanity

    then again, this is all presupposing the survival of the species for many eons to come, as well as a total insignificance regarding the so-called technological "singularity"

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