Found this on Facebook on Tony Gaskin’s page today re: respecting and encouraging women (https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10557404_823617487650469_4874551535342321428_n.jpg?oh=48eb633238eeaadcd9ad2ea06d50ca47&oe=54D94A78)
On Hate via Maya Angelou:
I don’t really know why, but I had this intense yearning for rain this weekend, so I sent out a mental plea that it rain. It had been too long since it rained, here. And it rained yesterday, and it’s overcast and cool and so lovely out and it looks like more rain is on its way! http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pluviophile
Coincidence, of course, but it really brought home on how deeply I feel connected to nature in all its elemental forms. I can’t even bear to see trees cut down, and I hate those toxic, manicured, ecosystem-destroying turf lawns. Give me wild, tangled spaces over them anyday.
I hate regimentation–in suburban landscaping and housing, as well as in people. A perfect example would be the use of creativity-destroying drugs (put out by Big Pharm who’s making millions off of it) that are used to “fix” the ADHD mind. Back when I was teaching, I noticed that one of my students was really out-of-it and lethargic. Her parents had put her on a whole slew of behavior-, mood-, and mind-altering drugs, and she was like a zombie. It was sickening to think that people think it’s okay to drug children in this manner, with drugs that get a free pass from the FDA. Why? Why not adapt the (failing, ineffectual) school system to bright, eager. questioning minds, instead of destroying them with drugs just to make them compliant and malleable to routine and factory-line, dead-end education we are mainlining to kids? It’s a travesty, and the stuff of nightmares.
That led me into a train of thought where I began thinking more about scientific objectivity (I’ve been getting a lot of posts from I Fucking Love Science that have been bashing non-scientific types). While I will never side with evolution-disbelievers/creationists by any means, I’m also not 100% all for complete objectivity/so-called “rational” thinkers. I think building your entire thought pattern based on logical rules can be just as blinding as having no logic or rationale whatsoever. After all, many scientific discoveries happened due to elemental chance (i.e. discovery) that somebody thought to apply scientific principles to (how’s that quote go?–scientific discoveries happen not by “eureka”, but by ‘that’s funny’ “). I don’t hold with the type of scientific objectivity that makes it okay for scientists to flat-out torture and abuse animals by the thousands with their sick and twisted experiments. Or those scientists back in the fifties/sixties who experimented on humans against their will, or even without their knowledge. Keep practicing science, by all means, we need more scientists, especially more women scientists, but don’t check your emotions and your instincts at the door to the laboratory. Practice science with HEART, and utilize the many alternatives there are available out there instead of relying on ineffective, unscientifically variable and inaccurate, and inhumane animal testing. http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/alternatives-animal-testing/
Union of Concerned Scientists: http://www.ucsusa.org/