Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

and listen to others,

even the dull and the ignorant;

they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

you may become vain and bitter;

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals;

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love;

for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment

it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,

be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,

no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,

whatever you conceive Him to be,

and whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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It is so interesting that you’ve asked this. You know, I Have encouraged several people to photograph themselves naked. (Now, I need to preface that with saying that I made it clear that I don’t think it is necessary for everyone to picture themselves naked and share them publicly, as I did.) We live in our bodies 24/7 and we look in the mirror and we see ourselves it’s substantially different when you hold an image or see a image of yourself on the computer screen.

It’s similar to the reason all of US cringe when someone needs to take our picture. The picture does not lie, it shows us what’s really there – whether we like it or not. It allow…

Source: It is so interesting that you’ve asked this. You know, I Have encouraged several people to photograph themselves naked. (Now, I need to preface that with saying that I made it clear that I don’t think it is necessary for everyone to picture themselves naked and share them publicly, as I did.) We live in our bodies 24/7 and we look in the mirror and we see ourselves it’s substantially different when you hold an image or see a image of yourself on the computer screen.

So much anger so little time

“Just think for one second, if ‘God’ or a ‘messenger of God’ had written that particular religious book/bible, how come the writings only occur within a very limited period in human history? Also, consider the fact, that a human writing on a piece of paper, or a few pieces of paper, is not the word of ‘God’. If they were really written by a universal God or entity, the books would not be limited to some pre-medievel costume drama but would encompass all universality, history, the future and science. Language is something created by man, not an all-seeing, all encompassing entity. God would presumably be universal and timeless as well as all-knowing, as is the universe, therefore these man-written books and scriptures, are just that, man-written linguistically created nonsense used to control men and women thousands of years ago. Why would ‘God’ write anything anyway? One must consider the fact that, even now, there are religious zealots and ordinary people still entrenched in a control belief system that is so far removed from reality that it borders on madness. There is no rational or scientific way that organised religions can have a modicum of truth or factual reality because of the very reason that these books are entombed in the time that they were written. These books should therefore simply be viewed as limited parables and historical fiction, as well as a lesson in how millions of people can be so easily controlled.” 

Institute of Historical Research, Doctor Julius Sanreso

Is religion such a horrible method to help organize a society?  Certainly religion has been used for evil purposes, but any organizational structure can be misused.  Does Dr. Sanreso reach his breaking point at the idea of “an all encompassing entity”?  True religious belief admits the need for a leap of faith.  Perhaps some people are conned, pressured or enchanted into a religious belief set.  So, take religion away and replace it with what?

I do not subscribe to and religious sect. I also believe that the progress in of science in explaining the universe may have recently reached the level of a five year old in a lifetime of learning.  I am not excited by the idea that we have so much to learn.

Some strong feelings on nudity for women

Guest-Post: Modesty Is Not Empowering

October 20, 2016 by Kaveh Mousavi 81 Comments

This is a guest post from my friend Farah Shah. Farah is an aspiring writer who is based in Canada. She did her bachelors in Sociology, and later specialized in Communications. She has an unbridled love for fashion, and bunnies.

“Nudity empowers some. Modesty empowrs some. Different things empower different women and it’s not your place to tell her which one it is.”

Bullshit. Wrong. Vehemently disagree. It is not my place to tell any woman what to do, what not to do, and that is besides the point here. But modesty is a fucking misogynistic concept at its very core. It reduces the value of women to the state of their hymen, or how much skin they show or do not show. It is the basis of honour killings, and it is the basis of victim blaming and slut-shaming.

Decades of misogyny all revolve around the idea of *modesty*, and control of women’s bodies. If women do at any point find it “empowering”, it’s only when they feel the moral sense of superiority to women who are not “modest”. Which is exactly what the patriarchy wants – to divide women. Empowerment felt because you are better in the eyes of patriarchy than other women is no empowerment at all. It’s flimsy at best.

We can have this talk about modesty being an actually empowering thing when there isn’t a fuck ton of people enforcing modesty on women, to varying degrees, everywhere in the world.

In a world where women’s bodies are so highly stigmatized and made taboo or highly sexualized, nudity on a woman’s own accord, will always be fucking empowering in a way that modesty never can be.

Modesty is not a fucking protest against sexualization of women’s bodies like some think. Modesty is submitting to the idea that women’s bodies can never be separate from the sexualization they receive, so we must always “hide” and “cover”. Modesty, by its very definition, sexualizes women’s bodies. Nudity is the resistance against such an idea, it says: “My body is for me, it’s mine, and I do not give two fucks about how you stigmatize it or demonize it or hyper-sexualize it, I will be nude and do whatever the fuck I want with it! Fuck patriarchy, and fuck patriarchy’s raging hard-ons.”

Being topless in a park still remains one of the most empowering moments of my life, no amount having to hide boobs, and hide cleavage ever did that.

About Kaveh Mousavi

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/marginoferr/2016/10/20/guest-post-modesty-is-not-empowering/#disqus_thread

Kaveh Mousavi is the pseudonym of an atheist ex-Muslim living in Iran, subject to one of the world’s remaining theocracies. He is a student of English Literature, an aspiring novelist, and part-time English teacher. He is passionate about politics, video games, heavy metal music, and cinema. He was born at the tenth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. He has ditched the Islamic part, but has kept some of the revolutionary spirit