"My last piece of advice is this simple… Persevere. Because nothing worthwhile is easy."
President Obama, in his commencement address at Barnard College today (via barackobama)
My mom said almost this exact thing to me last summer. I keep hearing her voice in my head encouraging me to keep going when I feel I can’t. Apparently Obama’s been listening to my mom too.
(oh so appropriately via: sltwtrkisses)
reblogging myself for relevance.
"Ann Romney came from very comfortable circumstances, married into a wealthy family, and has never had to worry about having to leave the house to work precisely because her husband made a career of purchasing businesses, stripping them of their assets, and putting the employees out of work in return for exorbitant fees for a job well done. Ann Romney was diagnosed with MS when her sons were 28, 27, 24, 21, and 16 and she was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years later when the boys had presumably moved out and started families and careers on their own, no doubt trading on the family name and connections. And Ann Romney was afforded the best medical care available for her terrible illnesses because her husband made all of that money putting people out of work and undoubtedly many of those same people who lost their livelihoods also lost whatever meager health benefits they might have had when the plant closed down, the pensions were looted and, in some cases, the town died."
about a lot of things, but in particular about race and racism and humanity and human decency and the word “save”
but right now I need to study
Like my future depends on it, because it does.
I want to be a doctor, and in order for that to happen, I can’t sit down and write about things that I think and feel and deem relevant, not until after May 9th.
so in the mean time, here are some words from other people, that I hope you’ve already read/watched, but if you haven’t, please do.
Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice
Ultimately our humanity depends on everyone’s humanity.
The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice. That we cannot be full evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity. That all of our survival is tied to the survival of everyone. That our visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with visions of humanity, compassion, and justice.
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.
This is one of the best TED talks I’ve seen in a while. Take 20 minutes out of your day and watch it. You will be saddened by injustice and inspired for a better future.
You will feel more human.