Like most things,
religion is a great tool in the hands of a craftsman and thinker,
and a terrible weapon in the hands of a raging zealot.
Take the time to observe the other way,
if not to accept it,
then to recognize it at the least.
Respect is something to be earned,
it need not be always given,
however when doing so it only boosts comprehension.
Love your fellow as you love yourself and your beliefs,
cherish them and their own thoughts,
being in agreement on issues should matter not.
I actually don’t think we should shit on young women like Shailene Woodley for saying they aren’t feminists.
It’s not her fault that she’s be taught the ‘wrong’ definition of that word. It’s not her fault that she thinks it’s socially dangerous to call herself a…
As excellently insightful as I believe this is for sure, allow me to point something out really quick…
"And think. If that’s what Shailene’s image of feminism is…where has she been learning about feminism and sexism? Probably from a lot of sexist ass dudes and a ton of women who have internalized basic-ass gender norms. People have taught her to be afraid of that word. Have some sympathy. She’s a kid.”
Interesting- that comes across as (*wait for it) a little bit sexist. Just like racism, sexism is like any coin- double sided. You did not of course limit your finger-pointing to sexist men, and did include women as well to be at fault, however it would do well to remember not to make things sound so anti-one way or another and seem hateful and contemptuous, thereby lessening an argument. Also to note, there is no such thing as “reverse-race/sexism” as some people like to say or have coined- there is only the actual thing.
I do not disagree that there have been plenty of race and sex related comments in the past and present, or unfair inequalities, or any other nearly infinite number of atrocities or heinous grievances and miscarriages of justice. However, I believe it unfair to “fight fire with fire” and resort to generalizations and combativeness.
Although there is a strong probability that hardly anyone will see this as I do not take to the ranks of Tumblr as often as I should, I hope the sentiment here makes sense and is recognized. I agree things must be done, as with several issues present today, however we must find ways to do them that do not undermine our own lofty goals during projects.
Let us not use noble yet utterly misguided intentions as Malcolm X did in his quest to stop racism, but instead look to such greats as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr and love our brothers and sisters, even as we attempt to convert them to our ways of thinking. Only together can we stop sexism and racism and genocide and religious fanaticism and zealotry and all of the other major issues facing our societies, however hard that may be to do.
Unification is key, and although it may seem highly improbable at most times, nothing is impossible- the Law of Infinite Possibility sees to that. Good day gents and madams, if I may take my leave.
July 28, 1927: FDR incorporates the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, a rehabilitation home for polio patients
On this day in 1927, Franklin Roosevelt, who had contracted polio at age 39, created the nonprofit Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, the only hospital in the world to deal solely with the treatment of polio victims. Roosevelt’s visits to Warm Springs began a few years prior, during which he experienced marked improvements in his health after swimming in the mineral water resort pools.
The organization later became the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and was instrumental in developing a cure for polio.
Photo: Franklin Delano Roosevelt at his Georgia Warm Springs Foundation for polio patients, c.1930. Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.
What an excellent discovery I’ve made today. Great and interesting man, that FDR- even if he was borderline Socialist by his fourth consecutive term in office. Jokes aside, no amount of politics can take away from his legacy.
I read every one of these to my wife until she screamed at me to shut up.