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Activity is masculine, passivity or receptivity is feminine. Matter is feminine, while spirit is masculine. Soul is feminine because it is tightly linked to the body, which is material and thus feminine. Life is masculine, death is feminine. Wakefulness is masculine, sleep is feminine. To create and destroy are both masculine because they involve activity. To enjoy and suffer are both feminine, because they are passive and receptive. Modern society is highly materialistic, which is to say focused on the feminine world of matter, compensating by valuing the masculine aspects of the material world (activity) and devaluing feminine aspects (enjoyment). Those who focus on the masculine world of spirit often balance this focus with feminine passivity—think of yogis contemplating their navel.