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12 February 2007 @ 03:31 pm
A great example of the maxim at hand  
My best friend, Lauren, is an absolutely brilliant writer, thinker, sex educator and journalist. She is also queer and out.

She recently did something which is both relevant to today's Tao of the Day and made me so incredibly proud that, as soon as I had permission, I wanted to share it. There is so much to be learned from this one little anecdote and I hope I can grow each day to be more like her.

Lauren is on the staff at a local newspaper, where a controversial opinion column (http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=153136 for the jist gist) has sparked some worthy dialogue about racial prejudices and socio-economic race stereotypes.

At one of these public forums, a woman told Lauren that she couldn't compare her "gay struggle" to the "race struggle" because being gay was a choice. (the "choice" part being the "curse" that the Tao of the Day mentions)

Lauren raised her eyebrow and said, very slowly, "Is that what you think? That's an interesting perspective."

maxim n. 1. an expression of a general truth or principle, esp. an aphoristic or sententious one 2. a principle or rule of conduct (see also the Tao of the Day from this morning)
Current Mood: happyproud
Current Music: "Never Too Late" - Michael Franti & the Spearhead
Kinks: Happy Timesthugg1ns on February 13th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
L is totally one of my personal heroes.
Pegaxpegax on February 13th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
This could raise a more interesting discussion on defining what is actually a choice. It is easy to say that your skin color is not your choice. You cannot help on who you fall in love or get attracted to... at least on some point. On the other hand, you can choose how you act on your attraction. So in some sense, a gay person could decide not to act on his/her nature and just suffer silently. (If I were politician and against gay people I would use now the pedophile card). Sexual behaviour is of course not only aspect in our nature. I am pretty sure that the violent nature is not a choice, but to act on it is.

Humans are intelligent creatures and unlike most of the animals we can act against our instincts and nature. That means in most cases we have a choice. It is all different matter whether we should act against our nature and use our choice or not. (And with todays plastic surgery skills, even black people can choose not to be black, just ask Michael Jackson).

Pegax from intelligence over heart movement.
Kburgunder on February 13th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Is that what you think? That's an interesting perspective. ;>
Pegaxpegax on February 14th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
I have no idea what I think. Most of the time I just like to find opposite view and try to justify it. Thus Laurenäs good answer is kind of wasted on me. :) In future, comments like Oh, I see, Okay... would work just fine... or like those who really know me... just ignore to avoid endless conversation where I keep on changing my opinion if you start to agree with me. ;)