One of the main causes of today's problems is the expansion of human ego and self-assertion which is linked to the development of a more thought-based form of consciousness. This lies behind the male rebellion against God and the consequent female rebellion against the male, and then a whole host of other disruptions to the natural order of being. So, in one sense, all this is the result of a positive evolutionary development, of human beings becoming more conscious. The short-term consequences of it are certainly undesirable, but we may hope that, with time, these problems will be ironed out as we find ourselves going down numerous false paths and learning the lessons of wrong choices made when we have experienced the outcomes of those choices.
Today there can be no doubt that we live at a time of great spiritual danger. There are two ways of looking at this. One, this is a perfect environment for the destruction of human souls as they are separated from God and led astray by teachings that promote a totally false view of what human beings are. Truths that are real on a spiritual level such as the brotherhood of Man and the oneness of life are distorted and misinterpreted on a material, earthly level where they do not apply or not apply in the same way. Behaviour is regarded as natural merely because it exists in the fallen state. Human stupidity and selfishness combine with demonic interference to bring about a world and a state of consciousness that is ideal for our descent into spiritual darkness and maybe even damnation.
But there is another way of looking at things. In this scenario the spiritual powers are conducting a great experiment. Human beings are being opened up and exposed to spiritual forces which can either overwhelm them leading to an increase in egotism and sexual obsession among other things or, if they purify their lower natures, dedicate themselves to Christ and respond to true imagination, take them closer to the living God.
I have tried to project my mind forward to a time when humanity has moved on from the lower mind-centred state it now inhabits, in which unsupported thought (though strongly coloured by emotion and prejudice) is the directing principle, and intuition has developed to a certain degree. We would be returning to a spiritually focused way of being but with the bonus of greater self-consciousness and awareness of universal truths. We would be at the same time more self-conscious and less self-centred because the centre of our consciousness would be moving away from our egos and towards the divine. We would not all be struggling to express ourselves but to express the reality of God within the context of ourselves so individuality would still be present. In fact, it would be more present because it would be given the conditions in which to grow and flourish due to its locus being outside itself.
In this world, men and women would understand their true complementary roles, and neither would try to dominate the other unnaturally. That doesn't mean there would be equality. Equality is an illusion which when enforced, as now, leads to a massive distortion of reality. But there would be harmony as each sex took up its true vocation and genuinely respected the other for what it was without trying to imitate that other. Women would not seek to rival men and men would not seek to diminish women. Each sex would recognise how it needs the other.
At the moment we are like the sorcerer's apprentice. We have found a magical power, that of the self, but don't know how to use it or understand the right way to discipline it. But when we have mastered this power and submitted it to a higher one then we will be in a position to avail ourselves of its proper benefits. The question is, will we master it before it destroys us?