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Being An Empath – In This Heartless World

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Life’s pretty hard in a normal kinda way – let’s face it.

Depending on where you were born you may encounter famine, slavery, mutilation, abuse, police brutality, gender bias, poverty, harassment, persecution, infanticide, unemployment, poor/no education, economic prejudice . . . . . .

Now I was born into a family of six that included a Mum & a Dad plus four children, where I was the eldest. We had a roof over our heads, we always had food and a warm bed. I had (relatively) free education until I was seventeen. I was allowed to have a boyfriend. I am allowed to marry whomever I choose. I’m allowed to apply for any job or career I want. The police aren’t allowed to abuse or detain me. I am protected by the same laws as all the other citizens in my country. I have the same skin colour as the majority of those in my country and therefore face no discernible injustices. I have access to free or affordable (as compared to our GDP) healthcare, including feminine hygiene products, GP’s, hospital, dental and ambulance. I have the capacity to rent a high quality computer and have access to fast and large internet downloads. I have the opportunity to grow and learn and reach my full potential, if I choose to stop living the life of an excuse maker or blamer.

See!

I am MORE than lucky in life.

I have been gifted by pure happenstance at birth, the chance to become whoever I dream of being. More than two thirds of the world’s population, that’s over 4 BILLION people – are not given this opportunity. Which is why I have been working so hard to turn my life around and

just

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grateful.

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EVERY day, I find something to be grateful for, and list five specific elements of that thing. I am trying to collate a Gratitude Journal, however time sometimes disallows this. In my mind though, it is going off like a firecracker!

But this doesn’t mean that I am casting a Blanket Of Complacence over my life, simply because I am grateful for what I have – on the contrary.

Being an Empath means that my whole life I have felt like I had to fighting for others’ causes as they were being persecuted or simply not given the advantages of Life that I had been. I would really fight. Battle! Swing metaphoric punches and in general look for confrontation. Because there is a lot that still has to change. There is still so much that is happening on this beautiful Blue Planet that is wrong – I just didn’t know that I didn’t have to be the one to fix it all.

 

Maxxy Moo

Maxxy Moo

 

But over time I have read a lot of books, and subscribed to words of many bloggers and watched countless videos online and viewed umpteen beautiful and powerful movies via DVD. I have used these amazing publications to build a kinder world for myself. A place where I am growing into the real Pia, and in response my psyche is healing. I am seeing, that as am Empath I can still be happy while offering solutions to others who are not as happy or safe or cared for, as me.

It is a big deal to grant yourself permission to be happy and content when you are acutely aware of the pain of others. A BIG deal.

But the analogy of the oxygen mask on a plane if just the best way to justify this – ALWAYS put your own oxygen mask on first, before fitting them on others. You simply cannot help more people if you have already passed-out yourself.

Help yourself, then help others.

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That’s some good advice wouldn’t you agree?!?

 

Me

Feb 2015

 

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Feminism Is SUCH A Dirty Word

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FYI
If you can’t laugh at it,
you’re taking it wayyyyyyyy too seriously!
and that, my friends will not change anything.

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Source: 9Gag

I’ve noticed over the last couple of decades
that Feminism has become
less about equal rights for women
and more about fewer rights for men (by exclusion, etc).

Which on the whole,
is just crappy!

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Source: 9Gag

Now while I have a REALLY strong opinion about
how women have historically been treated
as economic bartering tools
or slaves
or spoils of war;
I don’t usually expose vehement opinion about how to fight this
long-held, male-dominated ‘situation’
here on Pialosophy.

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I just try to cajole or suggest or nudge
the idea
that women aren’t equal to men
BUT
we should receive equal respect and treatment (socially, politically, economically)
as men
in our society.

Our society, peeps.
The one we share and all in live in.

Ask yourself this two-part question:
a) when you see a young boy dominating ‘play’ (taking charge, telling others what to do)
how do you describe him?
b) when you see a young girl dominating ‘play’
how do you describe her?

Just check out this 45 second video . . .

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And this 1 minute video . . .

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Now consider this:
For about twenty years and a few million men and women,
this woman

Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer

has been the face of Feminism.

Now
– with no disrespect –
I just want to say that I have found a LOT
of Germaine’s current attitudes & arguments, distasteful.

I’ve looked for examples online
but can’t find a good example to make my point 😦

I would like someone other than G.G.
to be the face of Modern Feminism.
Someone like Sheryl Sandberg.

You see,
Sheryl believes that women should build women up,
not tear men down.
She believes that we should be empowering our children
boys and girls
to see leadership in a group for exactly what it is – taking the lead!

Her initiative “Lean In
started in 2010
has been growing and gaining strength.
She has started a dialogue amongst strong and creative and incredible women,
to challenge the long-held
and incorrect
belief of what Feminism is.

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We have SO many incredible versions of what a Feminist is.
Of women showing how to be strong and brave and true!

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Man! I get goosebumps each time I watch this video
(ok, technically it’s an advertisement)

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Source: 9Gag

I just wish, that we could just all agree that
no matter what your gender,
you deserve to be safe, educated, fed and housed.
no matter what colour, creed or religion.
and no matter where we live on
this blue planet.

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