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quote from Lisa

icon: "Ma'at (a photo of one side of a brass balance scale, with a feather inside the bowl. The background is sky blue. On the bottom of the image, below the photo, is the word "Ma'at")"

"I will not disrespect myself by ignoring my feelings." - chillychilly22

This was really powerful for me to read, so I wanted to share it.

physicist at a funeral (Aaron Freeman)

"You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly. Amen."
--Aaron Freeman

Nicole Daedone quote

...there was a moment when something happened that I didn't fully process or digest, that moment is stuck in my mind and it is a lens in between us. And every time I see you, I see you through that lens. Say you stepped on my foot. Then whenever I see you, no matter what you're saying, in the back of my mind I'm having this alternate conversation -- "he stepped on my foot, he stepped on my foot, he stepped on my foot" -- and so I'm carrying this charge around. ...the idea is that you say in a value-neutral way, recognizing that that charge is mine, "whenever I see you, I think 'he stepped on my foot'." ... if I say it exactly as I experience it, the force or counterforce of communicating it actually releases it. And when I release it, I come back into direct contact with you, back into direct communication. -- Nicole Daedone, Taste of Sex, Episode 2.

I love the way ze put this -- it's exactly how I experience that process. If there's no underlying issue and it's just something that made me uncomfortable for whatever reason, expressing it clearly and completely makes it dissolve entirely. I am LOVING this podcast.

meme: favorite quote by a current/former leader of your country

In two days it's Election Day here in my country, and I had an idea for a meme of sorts. What is your favorite quote by a current or former leader of your country? (president, monarch, prime minister, etc.)

My favorite is by Harry Truman:

"I never give anybody hell! I just tell the truth and they think it's hell."

and second favorite, by Teddy Roosevelt whom I much admire,

"I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life;
I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."