“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing of a pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”
I want each and every one of you out there to be proud of who you are.
I know how hard that can be living in the society that we do. It’s hard for most of us, but much more so depending on the different layers of identity you inhabit.
And if you add attachment trauma – pain, abuse, neglect, toxicity, in the household you grew up in, then this adds yet another layer.
But the simple fact that you are around to read this post of mine, it means you have strength. It means you have fought or are fighting your monsters.
I want everyone to be able to breathe freely. That POC members of our community can live without looking over their shoulders for police, or white folks to call the police on them.
I want our trans siblings to be able to breathe, and get the medical care they need, and participate in the sports they want, and use the appropriate bathroom without worry of abuse and violence.
I want trauma survivors to be able to breathe, without the need to be on alert for danger 24/7.
I celebrate the LGBTQIA+ communities this month and urge all of us, to make life better for them and to remember that trans rights are human rights.