My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
A reader kindly pointed out to me recently that most of the quotes I include are by men. And it's true. Personally, I don't even consider whether the author is male or female, nor even care much who the author is - what's significant is the message. Of course, women are equally capable of great insights, however in our culture it's not so long ago that women could not even be published - Charlotte Bronte was one of the first. In many parts of the world, that remains.
An important point here is that we have equal rights but that doesn't mean we're identical. Men and women have characteristics of the other sex, although often suppressed. Even so, men are not the same as women, the two sexes are complimentary - as we know they go well together like strawberries and cream, or not so well like cheese and sugar! But both men and women are 100% human beings. Their human rights are equal. I asked my wife Nicole what she feels about this issue...
As Margaret Mead said, "Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man."
Barbara Simmons makes this point too: "Women’s voices help balance out the male energy. Until we do that, we are not going to have peace in the world."
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Many women think that the key to beauty lies in the bottom of their makeup bag. There are a million and one reasons why women believe this: they’re judged on their appearance, pop culture and mass media support those judgements, and big business makes its money off shamelessly promoting the before and after effects of their miraculous products. The truth is, being beautiful doesn’t come from a lipstick tube, mascara wand, or blush brush. The following seven factors create a more lasting impression than any amount of makeup ever could. Continues...
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