“The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love, to be loved.To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of the life around you.To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair.
To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple.To respect strength, never power. Above all to watch.
To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”—Arundhati Roy (via purplebuddhaproject)
5. Notice how you are now fearing for your safety.
This is how a tremendous number of women feel in our society ALL THE TIME. Our society isn’t set up to support them. Then, when they speak up, they encounter even more abuse. The only thing is that they can’t just take off the sports jersey, head to different seats and hide.
And this isn’t about sports, this is about their lives, their bodily autonomy, their physical and mental well being, their ability to earn a living, the respect that they deserve as individuals, and a million other little things that we as guys never notice.
So the next time you hear a woman talk about inequality or abuse that they have suffered, instead of reacting like they’re saying that you can’t support your favorite team, realize that their equality and rights do not diminish your own and this isn’t a zero sum sports game. This is life.
“We didn’t “lose” the war because we didn’t commit enough troops or stay long enough. That kind of reasoning alleviates too much culpability. It’s more accurate to say that, through a series of amoral policy decisions, on both a macro and micro level, we wasted billions of dollars on a boondoggle that destabilized an entire region, promoted a giant sectarian war, and undercut our moral standing on the world stage. Our failure in Iraq was epic. But to dismiss it as a single stupid misstep, or to pretend there’s one thing we could have done better that would have made it all turn out differently, is the worst sort of evasion by oversimplification. The problem with McCain’s narrative of what went wrong in Iraq isn’t only that it’s self-serving. You’d expect that of any politician. The problem is that it ignores the entire history of our involvement in Iraq.”—ISIS, Blackwater, and the Billion-dollar Boondoggle (via azspot)