Don't let your schooling interfere with your education.
~ Pete Seeger

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Quote for the Day

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." Buckminster Fuller

How many models can you think of that aren't working? The Iraq Occupation? The economy? The political process? Parenting paradigms? Health care? Media?

What is working?

I like Obama. I like that he speaks of change, whereas both Hillary and McCain are old-school, Reagan-inspired, Republican-style negative campaign types. (A lot of Obama's supporters are, too, including Moveon.org, of which I am a member.) I like that Obama is trying to break out of that paradigm, with, granted, limited success.

However, I think what we really need is to start visualizing a whole new model. I like the bumper sticker on one of my neighbor's cars: "We don't want a bigger slice of the pie – we want a different pie."

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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
~Helen Keller

Reading List for Information about Transpeople

  • Becoming a Visible Man, by Jamison Green
  • Conundrum, by Jan Morris
  • Gender Outlaw, by Kate Bornstein
  • My Husband Betty, by Helen Boyd
  • Right Side Out, by Annah Moore
  • She's Not There, by Jennifer Boylan
  • The Riddle of Gender, by Deborah Rudacille
  • Trans Liberation, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transgender Emergence, by Arlene Istar Lev
  • Transgender Warriors, by Leslie Feinberg
  • Transition and Beyond, by Reid Vanderburgh
  • True Selves, by Mildred Brown
  • What Becomes You, by Aaron Link Raz and Hilda Raz
  • Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano
I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His - the Christ's, our
Beloved's.
~Hafiz