Every man, every woman

Not every man batters, rapes or abuses women.
Yet every woman lives under the Damoclesian Sword
Of potential battery, rape or abuse by man.
“Not by me,” you may say, but which of us can say
That he has treated every woman as he would
Have his mother, sister, wife or daughter treated?
I know that, in truth, I cannot. Yet every woman
Is somebody’s mother, sister, wife or daughter
And every man is, at least, some mother’s son.

Every man is half of every woman and
Every woman is half of every man in that
The two are the whole that creates the infinite number.
For one half of the whole to injure the other
Is to do itself a mischief and to damage the whole.
Treat every woman as you would have
Your mother, sister, wife or daughter treated.
To do otherwise is to cause grievous harm to humanity.
Douglas Taylor
Highland Mills