Life advice you're not looking for from a semi-old.
I am a semi-old — one who often bites off WAY more than she can chew and launches herself into near-impossible goals. The biggest life lesson I try to remember is to run my own race and find happiness in the every day. When I compare myself to others, or some arbitrary goal I “should” have attained by now, my brain turns to mush and my body hits disaster mode. All we have is the now, no matter what crazy or do-able goals we set for ourselves. Work every day, but try to find joy in the doing, too — not just the end result. All other ways lead to mental disaster. You cannot compare yourself to anyone else. There is always someone doing “better” than you, so fuck it. It’s a game you can never, ever win, so why try to play? Sure, I get jealous. I get pissed. But then I try to concentrate on running my own race, and I feel better.
This will be an ongoing process for me until I die, I expect. But I do get better at it. A tiny, tiny, tiny bit better at it as time goes on.
- Jesus of Nazareth; I Economics, 4:1-2; The New Fox Bible
And lo, the angel Gabriel descended from the heavens to counteth the refrigerators of the poor. And they were great in number, despiteth the people’s lack of coin and tendency to stinketh.
Gabriel saith, “How is it you call yourself poor when you have an icebox, and electricity to run it? And by the way, this is the olden days. What is’t a refrigerator?”
And the poor man said, “My child needs cold milk, so that he may survive to serve his betters sparkling water at a restaurant some day. By the way, didn’t Jesus say something about the meek inheriting stuff?”
And Gabriel answered, “Hm. That doesn’t sound like the Jesus of Fox-Newsareth. Are you sure you’re not getting Him mixed up with the socialist Beezlebub Obama?”
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is above. It was ratified on August 18th, 1920.
Women in the United States have had the right to vote for less than one hundred years.
On August 26, 1920, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified by Secretary of StateBainbridge Colby. The amendment provided that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” On October 12, Cecilia Streett Waters and Mary D. Randolph were registered as voters in the state of Maryland, despite the Maryland Constitution limiting voting rights to men only. Oscar Leser and others filed suit against the state board of registry, as they were authorized to do under Maryland law, to have the women’s voter registrations invalidated.
Leser used the good ol’ “states rights” argument. This argument to challenge civil liberties is still being used today.
As much as we like to think that 1920 is long ago, the fact that so may are still paid unequally, have limited rights in marriage, are oppressed for their color or religion, etc. and on and on and on, should remind us that constant vigilance and courage are still necessary if all citizens of the United States are to truly, one day, be free. Freedom, to me, is more than waving a flag or singing a song. Oppression is the opposite of freedom, and until we are all free, none of us are.