Educating girls and young women changes their lives. But, we also know that it changes their communities and their entire nations. Educating girls has a powerful and lasting impact on ending the cycle of poverty and hunger.
I recently allowed myself the pleasure of rereading Orwell’s 1984. I am so glad I did since we are now seeing it unfold right before us. We are actually entering into the virtual reality of living in the 1984 world.
Animal Farm is next on my reread list. Like 1984, I know I will enjoy the book again. And also like 1984, I know I am going to see lessons that are reflected in the world in which we now find ourselves.
I want to reread some of these classics while I still have the freedom to do so. The way things are going that might not be possible in the near future.
BLOTUS has been in office less than a full week, and the fourth estate is already “the opposition” and “the enemy.” First silence the press. Then silence free speech. Lie, lie, lie and keep on repeating the lies until even the absurd begins to sound reasonable.
And in the end, do whatever is necessary to eliminate dissent.
“It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Intolerance is a sign of inadequacy, and not just of education. Intolerance is also a sign of a shallow and superficial spirituality.
We also need to be keenly aware that intolerance comes from a foundation of fear and demonstrates a private sense of inadequacy that is masked behind the arrogance.
Intolerance is not a characteristic of a good leader. This is something that bears watching in our country’s new leaders.
Education is the key to freedom. And freedom is the doorway to power. And the sad truth is that many of those with power would prefer to keep it to themselves.
In the 10th chapter of Gospel of John, Jesus said that He came that we might have life in all its fullness. When I read that passage I understand that life in all its fullness includes sufficient food and shelter and all the other necessary resources to have a full and complete life.
That’s why I agree with Sister Joan Chittister. Those claiming to be Pro-Life need to be more than just Pro-Birth. They need to be truly Pro-Life. And that includes supporting policies that ensure a child has those vital resources necessary for a full and complete life.
Until this is done, Pro-Life is an intentional misnomer, a movement both spiritually suspect and morally indefensible.