You're right, Ed. It takes great effort to maintain a balance. I have to struggle with that myself. It's difficult to avoid becoming what you despise, if you know what I mean.
Of course, sometimes I get just as frustrated to see a reluctance on the part of policy-makers (Democrats) to stand up to the bullies (Republicans). In that case, it seems there's an imbalance too in the Dems, but on the side of the feminine, which can also cause problems. Balance works best, it seems to me.
As for nature, I think nature balances the feminine spirit with the masculine spirit. For example, we think of nature as life-nourishing, resourceful and full of diversity; but it's also ruthless in the enforcement of its laws. Nature provides for birth and growth and beauty; and it also provides strict requirements for life and supports death in that process. It's really our Mother and our Father, not to get too religious about it.
Thom talked a lot today about empathy and compassion, and, in his way, designated those in the society who lack empathy as being "sociopaths." He's talking about the same thing we're talking about here; he just labels it differently. Somehow it's not quite politically correct to mention the Feminine Spirit vs. Masculine Spirit, or to point out there's an imbalance in favor of the masculine in this culture. One of these days...