Another example of why Twitter and fast uninformed reactions are so damaging to us all. I had heard that she was not a supporter of trans people and lowered my own opinion of her with just that much information. Now I see how unfair that was. I am glad and also sorry that she had to tell her backstory publicly to get understood. There is a lot to think about here.
After living in Boston for over 40 years and watching almost as many marathons here, he is exactly right. The race is magical. Boston Strong and many runners and supporters helped it to be even more so after the bombing.
I’ve heard so many stories like this that I only have anger when I see police, gun in holster trying to intimidate....I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be black and feel that anger and also fear that the police lwant nothing more than to have a chance to cuff you or even shoot you. In England they don’t carry guns. Police here are not fit to carry them. Defund them. In Massachusetts the Republican governor wants to give them a 5 k bonus for taking a class in racism. Sorry, I know there are some decent ones out there.
I love the ideas below. They do capture my despair. Sometimes the powers that be want us to feel it is mental illness but it is actually oppression and injustice. Witnessing it helplessly for the privileged or experiencing it and having life crushed for more and more. I hope we all rise up.
“That these are sad times and it feels bad to live in them is hardly insightful, but lately I’ve been wondering if it’s not so much the sadness but the sameness. Watching wicked people prosper over and over, having the same conversations about powerful men and the consequences they will never face, witnessing suffering that was easily anticipated and avoided, asking again and again what can be done about it and being told again and again, essentially, “nothing.”.
“sit with that misery until something breaks in their brain, the narrative changes in their psyche, and the legacy of emotional paralysis lifts entirely. I don’t mean self-serving sadness or performative tears, but rather a bone-deep sense of agony and grief that forces the humanization of black people.”
...an early but indelible lesson that anything describing itself as a “system” will come with some measure of pain......I love this sentence. My solution -a few times I have reported my credit card lost and gotten a new one to scrub out subscriptions I sometimes unknowingly have accumulated.
Wow. Amazing that meat is such an emotional subject. Important to know. I don’t eat meat for many reasons but as a nurse practitioner I try to encourage my patients to cut back or cut out meat. This would drastically reduce heart disease, obesity and cancer. Best thing (except for exercise and sleep) you can do for your health and it would certainly decrease a lot of misery on earth by shutting down factory farms and feed lots.
It’s so important to have a community of readers I always imagine all the people I will never know who are reading the same book with me but I treasure the people who I do know and who share their thoughts about a book and want to hear my thoughts. An incentive for reflection.
Interesting! Complex side effects! This is a good example of why we all need a broad humanistic education that keeps us reading. Engineers especially as they build a/our future.
“To adapt the message Samuel Morse prophetically sent during his public introduction of the telegraph, engineers should keep asking, "What have we wrought?," then add the crucial follow-up prompt: "And what should we do about it?"
People always say the word soul and I never really know what they’re talking about. To me, the word soul has always seemed like a poetic euphemism for a part of the brain that feels very inner to us; or an attempt to give humans more dignity than just being primal biological organisms; or a way to declare that we’re eternal. But maybe when people say the word soul what they’re talking about is whatever it is that connects my 90-year-old grandfather to the boy in the picture.
We are stories with souls.
Interesting. It’s about love. It seems to me it’s also about commitment which can be life giving. Commitment is so important but it can go wrong if it’s not valued, attended to, grown with, kept alive. We are forgetting how to do that or maybe we are still learning. Until we learn more it’s easy to look at commitment as limiting instead of deepening and expanding.
Everyone should read this. If Facebook was a literal place it would be shut down. In truth it’s much worse than a literal place it should be shut down.
I think anyone who reads this or spends a day as a content monitor would agree.
Truth is such an important and impossible question. I hope you don’t give up on it. It is hard for us to be true to ourselves in part because we have to simultaneously be true to others, especially those we love. It gets complicated that way. I can’t think of many other people who are as authentic as you are. It is the source of your goodness. And honest, oh yes!
When I read your submission I thought of Walt Whitman:
“I am large, I contain multitudes”
You do and we are all the better for it.
We are all going to weather this storm because we are sticking together. Love you a lot!
So terrible. Sometimes there is so much shame in being white for me. I have to remember these ugly hateful bigots (our horrible leader included) are in a class all their own. They are a minority and serve as a warning to us all about humanity’s flaws. They will not have the final word. History will look back on them with disgust. In Boston a few weekends before everything closed Chinatown was full of customers supporting the community. I have to think most of us will look in the mirror and want to escape the hell that hate and fear create and go for a place more suited to our better angels.