Sunday Quotes – George Takei

 

Let me try to clear something up. ‘Freedom of speech’ does not mean you get to say whatever you want without consequences. It simply means the government can’t stop you from saying it. It also means OTHERS get to say what THEY think about your words. So if someone makes an ass of himself, don’t cry ‘freedom of speech’ when others condemn him. It only highlights your general ignorance.

 

I believe that our democracy truly comes to life as a dynamic democracy. When people are actively engaged in bringing about change, expanding equality for more and more people.

 

You have to participate in our democracy. Because, as my father used to say, ‘It’s a people’s democracy and it can be as great as the people can be, but also as fallible as the people are.’ It’s a participatory democracy and unless people participate, there will be those that manipulate or use the system for personal gain or to manipulate the government, which is what happened to us in my childhood.

 

I think the serenity at the heart of the Buddhist philosophy has allowed me to combat injustice and inequality with a certain level of patient perspective. It’s so necessary to engage those who would seek to oppress you, and to extend to them a hand in our common humanity. That’s the philosophy I try to maintain on the Facebook page — with a few adorable and irresistible cat pictures, of course.

 

Gays and lesbians have been stereotyped by society. By sharing our experiences — both good and bad, enriching and unhappy — we humanize who we are. The lives and experiences of all of us are different and specific to each individual and by sharing those experiences we cease to be seen as the cartoons that were imposed on us.

 

Pioneering is never done in front of cheerleaders urging on a roaring grandstand of popular approval.

 

 

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3 comments

  1. I wrote a response to your well-written and interesting post. I got a message the post could not be published!
    So here is just a short note to say I read your post, and found it thought provoking too.
    How are you doing?
    Take good care
    Phylor

    1. WordPress likes to play games with us sometimes. I know I’ve checked the box below to notify me of new comments on a blog I’ve left a comment on and I didn’t receive an email notification.

      I’m doing ok. The weather really cooled off this past week so I’m hoping it warms up a bit. A few degrees warmer is all it needs to make it a beautiful fall day.

      Starting allergy shots at the end of the month. We’ll see how that goes. Hoping it’s one of those little things amongst a bunch of little things I try that will help with the balance issues.

  2. I had allergy shots from childhood to teen years. Helped with my airborn allergies, but not designed to desensitize me to my food allergies.
    The shot didn’t hurt!
    Good luck. I hope you can find the right combination of “little things” to help with your balance!

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