Couldn’t agree more, and this article sums it up nicely.
A collection of quotes that sum up my views and feelings on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling this week. Links to sources and further reading.
“This is a deeply troubling decision. For the first time, the highest court in the country has said that business owners can use their religious beliefs to deny their employees a benefit that they are guaranteed by law,” said Louise Melling, the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, in a statement. “Religious freedom is a fundamental right, but that freedom does not include the right to impose beliefs on others. In its ruling today, the Court simply got it wrong.”
“As angry as I am on behalf of women, I am equally upset for people of faith — true faith, not the kind that spreads hate and fear in the name of religion. I’m not a religious person, but I am empathetic. Having religious beliefs lumped in with profits made off selling glue guns and cheap items made in China demeans their faith.” … “I’m angry on behalf of women who keep having to fight the same fight over and over. And I’m sad on behalf of the people who want to practice their religion with dignity. They’re losers in this decision, too.”
This is truly inspiring and beautiful.
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
“We’re not going to fix society’s ingrained misogyny overnight. It will take generations. But we won’t make any progress until we acknowledge that it exists.”
In the aftermath of the weekend’s ghastly events at UC Santa Barbara, there’s been plenty of discussion about our pervasive culture of misogyny, and the myriad destructive ways in which it manifests. A large part of the narrative has been that men need to shut up and listen to women’s voices on this topic, which is certainly true. But men also need to talk, honestly and amongst ourselves, about the nature of masculinity, and acknowledge our own destructive impulses. This is a problem that men need to be discussing precisely because it’s a problem with men. And it’s only men who are going to fix it.
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Hear me out, you have to try this…
I had been wanting to stop wearing antiperspirant because… well I don’t like the idea of applying a mixture of creepy chemicals and aluminum to my body. I had tried using Crystal deodorant spray, but I found it didn’t work for me. Like at all. Then I came across a great post on Wake Up World with a recipe for Coconut Oil Deodorant. I was intrigued… I was already on the coconut oil bandwagon. It has so many uses… you can cook with it, you can use it on your skin, and you can even use it to remove those pesky bar-code stickers that refuse to peel off in one piece and leave a bunch of sticky goop behind that you smear around with your fingernails until you decide it’s good enough and you are ready to move on with your life. (First world problems, am I right?) Back to deodorant. Such a simple recipe… use equal parts of melted Coconut Oil, cornstarch, and baking soda. Mix it up. Let it cool and solidify. Done.
Get this… you can even take an empty deodorant container, scrape out all the gunk, then refill it with your coconut oil mixture before it solidifies! I love the idea of natural deodorant. But applying deodorant from a jar with a popsicle stick or something to that effect? Not so much.
The results? Well I used 1/4 cup of each ingredient and that was just about right to refill the empty stick. The recipe I found also mentioned that you can add a few drops of an essential oil. I had the lavender all queued up, then was so proud of myself for thinking to refill an empty deodorant stick and got a little ahead of myself completely skipping the essential oil step. Oops.
I’m on day 3 using this, and it. is. amazing. Seriously, never going back. It works great. Even better than antiperspirant. I smell like a dessert. It took me ten minutes to make. Cons? Haven’t run into any! All the ingredients are cheap and you may already have them in stock! You can order the coconut oil on amazon if you’re into that sorta thing.
Has anyone else tried this recipe? Modified it at all? Tell me how it worked out for you!