“You think because he doesn’t love you that you are worthless. You think that because he doesn’t want you anymore that he is right - that his judgement and opinion of you are correct. If he throws you out, then you are garbage. You think he belongs to you because you want to belong to him. Don’t. It’s a bad word, ‘belong.’ Especially when you put it with somebody you love. Love shouldn’t be like that. Did you ever see the way the clouds love a mountain? They circle all around it; sometimes you can’t even see the mountain for the clouds. But you know what? You go up top and what do you see? His head. The clouds never cover the head. His head pokes through, because the clouds let him; they don’t wrap him up. They let him keep his head up high, free, with nothing to hide him or bind him. You can’t own a human being. You can’t lose what you don’t own. Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? You really want somebody like that? Somebody who falls apart when you walk out the door? You don’t, do you? And neither does he. You’re turning over your whole life to him. Your whole life, girl. And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can’t value you more than you value yourself.”—Toni Morrison (via futuresoundslikejinglebells)
“Every time in my life there’s been an effort to raise the minimum wage, conservatives have raged about job losses and damage to the economy. Every time, they’ve been dead wrong. Every time, Your Liberal Media gives them full coverage and credibility, and never asks about their history of being dead wrong on the issue at every turn. So it went with integration. So it goes with gay rights. So it goes in America, where the conservative narrative is dominant even with almost no track record of accuracy.”—Jay Lake (via gwydionmisha)
“If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also”—
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
Yay, sources! I heard this a while ago but didn’t have any evidence to go on. I’m so glad. That passage isn’t about being nice to your oppressors, turning the other cheek isn’t an act of passivity. It’s about turning the tables and taking back dignity. It’s about shaming those who would oppress. People don’t seem to get that Jesus wasn’t a ‘bear your yoke quietly’ kind of guy. He was an agitator and a radical, and these kind of readings inspire me so much to fight, not just people on the street but people in the church who would have us accept their toxic teachings and ask for more.
Yeah, shit like this? Just proves how much those in power deliberately warp shit to their benefit. They twist any sort of resistance to the status quo to be utterly useless and then sneak it into everything as subtle propaganda. Like how “violence is never the answer” and “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind” are the twisted versions that deprive folks of justice. No revolution was truly 100% bloodless, tho history can be rewritten to erase that fact, or skew it to serve as fear-mongering bullshit.
So, tonight in my belly dance class there were four new people, little girls probably around nine or ten. When we did shimmies I was rocking out as usual but the little ones were obviously having trouble and I wasn’t clear on why until the instructor stopped the music and told…
Nothing comes into your house without being put away. This means mail, shopping bags, groceries, whatever. The counter, table, or floor are not options as way stations this week. It comes in the house, and it immediately goes where it belongs. Mail gets sorted, shredded, or dealt with. Purchases get put away. Groceries make it all the way to the cabinets or pantry. All trash left over once things are put away gets thrown out or recycled.
How are you doing with this week’s challenge so far?
Eighteen years ago, when she was in her early 30s, Cindy Steinberg severely injured her back at work when an unsecured filing cabinet and the cubicle walls stacked behind it fell on her. Although the diagnosis for the product development manager at a learning-technology company just outside Harvard Square was torn ligaments and damaged nervesâââbetween thoracic disc levels 7 and 10âââit took five years for doctors to find an effective combination of treatments for her chronic pain, including an opioid pain reliever called Lortab, which is similar to Vicodin. âI was in total disbelief that I could be in this much pain and there wasnât anyone or anything that could really help me,â says Steinberg. Doctors treated her in a âdemeaning, disbelieving, dismissive, and distrustfulâ manner, she adds.
"Essentially, we’ve got the picture backward. In terms of sheer numbers, the epidemic of chronic pain is far larger than what some call an “epidemic” of prescription pain reliever abuse. The Institute of Medicine estimates chronic pain afflicts about 100 million American adults. By comparison, 16,651 people died in opioid-related deaths in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and only 29 percent of those deaths involved opioids alone (the others involved alcohol and other drugs). These deaths occur in the context of 210 million prescriptions for opioids filled in 2010 nationwide, according to a prescription- and patient-tracking service.
Yet it’s opiods and the people that need them that get vilified. That vilification is based on somewhat exaggerated fears of addiction. Addiction is real and horrible — but is often less of a risk than people assume. The government pegs the risk of addiction somewhere between 2.7 percent and 30 percent. Some studies show that the risk of abuse or addiction is only about 3.27 percent. For people with no prior abuse or addiction problems, the rate may be as low as 0.19 percent.”