The Week of 12/4/2005
Witty one liner: As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.
Quote of the week: “Empathy is your pain in my heart.” – Unknown
Offbeat oddity (courtesy of the planner): An underground mushroom in Oregon is 3.5 miles across and covers an area larger than 1,600 football fields.
Interconnectedness “Darkness cannot outrun darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot outrun hate, only love can do that” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I don’t know if I ever prayed before a test, there was very little “Oh, God, please help me, I swear I will never pretend to be asleep on Sunday mornings ever again when mom is trying to wake me up for church!” and a lot more “You dumb stupid moron, you should have studied last night instead of reading about smexy times/writing smexy times.”
I am fairly certain that I have written on my blog before that if I had a superpower based off of my natural inclinations it would probably be empathy. I don’t know if empathy can be used in battle and I am still trying to figure out how to weaponize it, but some day I will and then I will write the most badass Empath Warrior Princess ever!!
….but is it an edible mushroom?
I feel that the last quote is particularly poignant given the toxic rhetoric happening around this country about Muslims, black people, and women. It’s hard though. I strive every day to offer kindness and understanding to everyone I meet, but it feels like it is a losing battle and people take more than they ever think to give back. I believe this MLK quote, wholly, but I don’t know how to get other people to raise their candles and love instead of hate.