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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #1037 - #SCOTUSFail

27 Jun, 2022


"Madison put the Ninth Amendment in (to the Constitution) to counteract what he knew small-minded people would do to the rest of the document, and so small-minded conservatives have to pretend it's not there in order to achieve their goals of retarding progress."
Elie Mystal

"A list of items unenumerated by our 235-year-old founding document would have rivaled the NYC phone book before phone books, also unenumerated in 1787, were rendered obsolete by unenumerated smartphones."
Jack Garvey

"What does it mean, the opposing imperative of honoring the feeling of being shattered, while gathering up whatever is left to work harder?"
Dalia Lithwick

"Hope is a discipline. it's less about how you feel and more about the practice of making a decision every day that you're still gonna put one foot in front of the other ... and you're still going to struggle. It's work to be hopeful."
Mariame Kaba

"Start with the presumption that your worst fears reflect reality and then learn from those who are already acquainted with the world we actually live in."
Rebecca Traister

I have always tried to reflect the world
we actually live in--
the struggles and also the ever-present grace and beauty;
the progress and also the setbacks;
and the continual work of finding hope
and determination
to counter the forces of
deeply embedded systemic power structures,
the ruthless abuse of that power,
and the pull to regression
to the benefit of some at the expense of others.

Those forces are strong.

We are stronger.

Never forget that.

They have never had to withstand the struggle
--even if they have had individual personal struggles--
we have had to withstand it our whole lives.

We may lose battles
but we are stronger
and the only thing that can defeat us ultimately
is our willingness to accept defeat.

We cannot accept defeat.

I do not accept defeat.

Shellen Lubin
June 27, 2022

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