My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.
I have a thousand brilliant lies For the question:
How are you?
I have a thousand brilliant lies For the question:
What is God?
If you think that the Truth can be known From words,
If you think that the Sun and the Ocean can pass through that tiny opening Called the mouth,
O someone should start laughing!
Someone should start wildly Laughing - Now!” —Hafiz
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Justice is the righting of wrongs. This is, however, not what happens today. People think justice is another word for revenge, a way to get back at people who have wronged them.
Justice is about repairing damage, revenge is about causing more damage.
How they came to mean the same thing is beyond me. What I do know is that you cannot right a wrong with a wrong. It is not justice, and it is not justifiable.
People forget that even doctors have moral scruples and that certain patients’ confessions are hard even for even a doctor to swallow. Yet the patient does not feel himself accepted unless the very worst in him is accepted too. No one can bring this about by mere words; it comes only through reflection, and through the doctor’s attitude towards himself and his own dark side. If the doctor wants to guide another or even accompany him a step of the way, he must feel with that person’s psyche. He never feels it when he passes judgment. Whether he puts his judgments into words or keeps them to himself makes not the slightest difference. To take the opposite position and to agree with the patient off-hand is also of no use. Feeling comes only comes through unprejudiced objectivity. This sounds almost like a scientific precept and it could be confused with a purely intellectual abstract attitude of mind. But what I mean is something quite different. It is a human quality, a kind of deep respect for the facts, for the man who suffers from them, and for the riddle of such a man’s life. The truly religious person has this attitude. He knows that God has brought all sorts of strange and inconceivable things to pass and seeks in the most curious ways to enter a man’s heart. He therefore senses in everything the unseen presence of the divine will. This is what I mean by unprejudiced objectivity. It is a moral achievement on the part of the doctor, who ought not to let himself be repelled by sickness and corruption. We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. I am the oppressor of the person I condemn, not his friend and fellow sufferer. I do not in the least need to say that we must never pass judgment when we desire to help and improve, but if the doctor wishes to help a human being, he must be able to accept him as he is. And he can do this in reality only when he has already seen and accepted himself as he is. Perhaps this sounds very simple, but simple things are always the most difficult. In actual life, it requires the greatest art to be simple, and so acceptance of oneself is the essence of the moral problem and the test of one’s whole outlook on life. That I feed the beggar, that I forgive in insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ, all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. But what if I discover that the least amongst them all, the poorest of all beggars, the most impudent of all offenders, the very fiend himself, that these are within me. And that I myself stand in need of the arms of my own kindness, that I myself am the enemy must be loved what then? Then as a rule„ the whole truth of Christianity is reversed, there is no more long talk of love and long suffering, we say to the brother within us, “Raka!” and condemn and rage against ourselves. We hide him from the world, we deny ever having met this least among the lowly in ourselves, and had it been God himself who drear near to us in this despicable form, we should have denied him a thousand times before a single cock had crowed.
—Carl Jung, Lecture delivered to a clergy in Switzerland
Patients in Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals now have the right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, regardless of whether or not the visitors are family members.
According to new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals can’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Patients will also be allowed to name a person of their choice, including a same-sex partner, to make medical decisions on their behalf if they are medically unable to do so.
The new guidance updates the Conditions of Participation, which are standards that apply to all Medicare- and Medicaid-participating hospitals, critical access hospitals, and patients in those hospitals even if they aren’t on Medicaid or Medicare.
Hospitals will need to have written policies that explain visitation rights, as well as clear guidance on when hospitals may restrict access based on reasonable clinical needs.
This is far too sensible. It’ll never work.
Please please please go through. This would benefit same-sex couples as well as people in long-term relationships who are not married (and/or choose not to be).
ETA: It also just make sense in general. Why is it that only immediate family can visit? I live pretty far away from most of my family; I’d want to have close friends visit me if I were in the hospital with a serious condition.