Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose - and commit myself to - what is best for me.Paulo Coelho
Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry: The Story of Monica and Naomi
A few months ago I began dating a future Navy Sailor. Today this story strikes a chord in my heart more deeply than it likely would have in the past.
Such simple words, yet their reality makes a world of difference. May we all keep fighting for our youth, for our service members, for each and every LGBTQ* individual and the ones they love.
And may we never stop fighting.
In Czechoslovakia there is no such thing as freedom of the press. In the United States there is no such thing as freedom from the press.Martina Navratilova
It’s been awesome to see everyone responding to SOPA/PIPA. I think Oatmeal’s response has been most simply (and awesomely) stated. A humorously fantastic take on an extremely serious matter. You never fail me, The Oatmeal. :)
Now, if you have yet to do so go read up on these bills. If you disagree with them then join us all in contacting your congress-folk. The battle has not yet been won.
Need the info? Go here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:CongressLookup
Today marks the birth of one of the most amazing men of our American history.
" We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.”
Happy Birthday, Dr. King. Thank you for standing for justice and love when it was not easy to do so.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
For the entire transcript of this speech:
Perhaps God does not want to force anything on us that we do not actually desire or choose for ourselves. So a lovely dance ensues between God and the soul that preserves freedom on both sides. The gift is already within, and yet has to be desired and awakened by the person. But you never know that it is within until after it is awakened!Richard Rohr (via wordslessspoken)
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.Jiddu Krishnamurti (via illuminatedbeing)
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?Oscar Wilde (via theindiephilosopher)
Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.Friedrich Nietzsche
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.Martin Luther King Jr. (via bethechange001)