Indulgence

Recently I have been encountering and increasing amount of situations that have lacked indulgence. To me, it seems people are becoming more and more strict with themselves about how they spend their free time. People seldom do things to make themselves happy, but instead things that they think are doing them good.

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Meninism

Recently, twitter has been trending with #Menimist tweets from guys who are insisting that they have the rough end of the stick on the topic of gender inequality. Now let’s get some things straight:

feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

menimism: to believe in and support the feminist principles of women’s political, social and economic equality.

Besides the fact that the Menimism tweets have no idea what they’re calling themselves, they’re approaching this problem the wrong way. Rather than supporting gender equality and feminism, they’re having a contest with women to see who has it worse with gender inequality. Some of them are posting things that make good arguments, but most are ridiculous and just fighting fire with fire. What all of us, men and women, should be doing is supporting equality of both genders.

https://twitter.com/MeninismTweets/status/532395309901434880

Feminists do not claim they are better than men. Feminists do not claim that women are the only victimized gender. Feminists do not only want equality for women! (Real feminists, anyway.)

Next time you see a tweet that has to do with meninism, I urge you to call it out. Instead of fighting each other, feminists and “meninists” should realize what they’re doing: adding fuel to the fire. If they take a step back maybe they’ll realize they’re after the same thing.

Good vs. Evil

The Crucible is a book based on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692- 1693. They occurred in colonial Massachusetts and resulted in 20 deaths of mostly women. One of the outstanding themes of the book is the trial of Good vs. Evil. It brought me to wonder if the accusers of witchcraft truly cared about the young girls performing witchcraft or if they think it is such abomination and are so repulsed by it because of their pride. The people in Salem seem so consumed by detection of evil that they leave no room for good and obviously do not realize that the devil is not the only thing causing evil. They are seemingly so obsessed with the trials of the girls that they push for answers rather than the truth (There’s a difference). This leads to many pointed fingers, omission, and lies to save oneself. By the end of the book, I’m predicting the entire town will be drowning in hypocrisy and corruption.

HALE: Tituba. You must have no fear to tell us who they are, do you understand? We will protect you. The Devil can never overcome a minister. You know that, do you not?
TITUBA: Aye, sir, oh, I do.
Hale: You have confessed yourself to witchcraft, and that speaks a wish to come to Heaven’s side. And we will bless you, Tituba.
TITUBA: Oh, God bless you, Mr. Hale!
HALE: You are God’s instrument put in our hands to discover the Devil’s agents among us. So speak utterly, Tituba, and God will protect you.
TITUBA: Oh, God, protect Tituba! (I.456-469)

This quote shows a slave who was forced to confess to witchcraft after being threatened to be killed. It also shows how the accuser wants an answer so badly that he is willing to overlook the truth to get one. This is another example of how the people of the town are so eager to find evil that they do not realize their own evil.