July 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
First: As presented by ALWAYS in their ad: LIKE A GIRL
Third: John Oliver Reveals last week on Last Week Tonight the disturbingly high rate of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Egypt (91% of all married Egyptian women between the ages of 15 and 49) and other parts of the world (here according to UNICEF – FGM PDF.)
Shockingly, shamefully, there are thousands (thousands!) of girls living in the US who are sent to stay with family members abroad during their summer vacation to endure this procedure.
–> Here is a list of countries to take off your tourism list:
We don’t want to know about it. We don’t want to think about it. We don’t want to write about it. But only in the light can we take control, and stop these atrocities.
July 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
Fans stood-up for their countries, yes, and celebrated their home teams, but they also came together with mutual respect and admiration for each other, and were for the most part good sports or so it seemed to this non-footballer, non-sportsman.
- A moral failing that we all share, is a failure of modesty concerning our own sense of rightness. (David Brooks said that on Charlie Rose about the same time — and it was verbally well arranged for what the world cup seemed to saying to me.)
- I’m 100% right is factually, a gross inaccuracy.
- I’m 1/2 wrong and you’re 1/2 right is closer to the truth without a doubt, and its acknowledgement and ownership dispels defensiveness, and unfixes polarization, and allows us to interact and become acquainted with similar tastes, allowing us to better understand and eventually form respect for dissimilarities, which leads to feeling ok about ourselves, and others, and frees us to form greater cooperation and social trust, and a greater ability to open for agreement and compromise, and further new ideas of possibilities, which furthers our sense of intellectual morality.
- Which to me, seems far more productive and expansive than any specific, little opinion I might be defending in my little head.
- I would like to see more structure, think tanks, representation and representatives populating this middle way of I’m ½ wrong and you’re ½ right — not just lobbyists ever pulling towards their sense of rightness and exclusivity.
Rumi’s poem comes to mind for some reason:
Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.
March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
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September 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
There are always fireworks coming, but as long as there are parents (Benjamin Ames) who sing late night lullabies with their children (Adelaide) to strums on pink ukuleles, I think the odds are better than even that the fireworks on sleepless nights – will be mostly delightful. (Richard Dawkins and Jon Stewart – 2013)
Galadriel: Mithrandir, why the Halfling?
Gandalf: I don’t know. Saruman believes that it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I have found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay; simple acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.
Tonight You Belong To Me:
October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment