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Don't Give Up on America
This country was, from the outset, a tremendous leap of faith. We tend not to ponder the brutality of the European world at the time our colonies formed and then fledged, so we have little or no idea of the radicalism not only of stating that "men," as creatures of God, were equal, but of giving the idea profound political consequences by asserting for them unalienable rights, which were defined and elaborated in the Constitution. Our history to the present day is proof that people find justice hard to reach and to sustain. It is also proof that where justice is defined as equality, a thing never to be assumed, justice enlarges its own definition, pushing its margins in light of a better understanding of what equality should mean.
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Of the inconsistency of our actions
Social media's "gotcha" games have put a premium on calling out supposed hypocrisy. It seems like we don't listen to understand so much as we listen for things we think contradict someone's past statements. Then, once we hear them, we can dismiss their argument and their character altogether in one pithy mic drop.

But 'hypocrisy' and human 'inconsistency' are different things. And inconsistency has been around an awful long time. Here is what Michel de Montaigne has to say about it.
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Mashrou' Leila - Inni Mneeh
Hope this doesn't come across as being maudlin. That's not my intention. I had already made up my mind that this is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard and that was before I researched the translation. Now, it seems to me that the translation is apropos on many layers

Mashrou' Leila - Inni Mneeh
Let's burn this city and build a more noble one
Let's forget this age and dream of a more graceful one
As long as you have nothing, you have nothing to lose
And I am so tired of being alone.
I wanted to change the world, I don't know how the world changed me
I wanted to carry the sky upon my shoulders. Now I barely can carry myself
Say that I'm okay
Say that I'm okay

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The Tyranny of Merit
"This is a moment to begin a debate about the dignity of work; about the rewards of work both in terms of pay but also in terms of esteem. We now realise how deeply dependent we are, not just on doctors and nurses, but delivery workers, grocery store clerks, warehouse workers, lorry drivers, home healthcare providers and childcare workers, many of them in the gig economy. We call them key workers and yet these are oftentimes not the best paid or the most honoured workers."
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