“When you were weak and I was strong, I toiled for you. Now you are strong and I am weak. Because of my work for you I ask your aid.
I ask the ballot for myself and my sex.
As I stood by you, I pray you stand by me and mine.” ~ American Red Cross founder Clara Barton (1821-1912)
The centuries of atrocities towards women in this country can be stacked miles and miles high. I see it every single day. I cannot, in good conscience, treat women less than I treat my own sex. It is not a place of good standing. Women are not the lesser sex, because being different than men really doesn’t mean being less capable. In fact, I have met more capable women by leagues compared to men, so spare me the cry baby attitude.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.
I will meet you there.” ~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273)
It is a gift to be able to find something in common with someone I disagree with. It is a reminder that even the strongest opponents in our lives share something deeply in common with ourselves. This is not something to condemn out of hatred, but to embrace out of shared human existence. Too many forget that we are a lot closer than we would really like to think. The sooner we not only realize, but accept, that are we more connected to each other than we may be comfortable with, the more we will able to experience the truthfulness of what being humane is.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;
who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)