“It’s okay to depend on a man, but you need to be more independent than that. My self-respect is more important to me than any love…”
— Paraphrased from a video in class about homelessness. This woman was living in a homeless shelter with her two children sans a father. And gosh, I respect her thinking so much. Every woman should think this way. Every. Woman.
Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was that we did wrong, but we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think are. You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club
“I think most of us do recognize that our identities have changed over time, but we have the hope or nostalgia that they change at the rate of a glacier. So, while we’re not the fledglings that we were when we were one year old, we are the same sort of person.”
— Stuart Hall, “Ethnicity: Identity and Difference”
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”