oh my gosh i gave this novice my original oratory idea, because it doesnt look like ill have a lot of tournaments where i do speech this year, but she’s writing it so well.

its called “Everyone You Know is Secretly Gay” and its about the problematic lack of representation, or flawed and undiversified, representation of queer people in the media, and how this enforces ignorance of the group and contributes to the unknowable amount of people closeted in fear, or struggling to find themselves, or just have never been told about alternative sexualitys (AKA anything besides straight, gay, and bi) and thus, theoretically, everyone you know could actually be gay/queer. 

Reading on the ambiya and great leaders of the past, common themes springs to mind.

Fear and humility.

Nowadays we elect leaders based on their impressive oratory skills and ability to convince. The attribute of dominance is highly valued, which is why elections are now a circus of power and displays of might.
In short, those with dominant personalities and a love for the limelight are seen as the best leaders.

How flawed this notion is.

The Prophets of old, and many of the great men throughout history, were all reluctant rulers. They did not crave power. They had it thrust upon them. They did not yearn for dominance, nor lust after rulership.
They were chosen due to their humble natures and unassuming characters. Sitting in their company, you would assume they would be the most fearful and humble of the gathering.
They would all value fear of Allah swt above anything else. Every decision was based on enhancing piety and obeying the commands of the Lord of all lords.
The fact that they would never put themselves forward for positions of leadership says it all.

Where has this humility and fear gone? Men who want these posts of power must be treated with caution and extreme scrutiny. Most nowadays view themselves as the law, if not above it. They are judge, jury and executioner. Decisions are based on political dominance and power consolidation. Nationalism is rampant, and the masses are regularly pawns in their games of control.

I may be wrong, but this disillusionment with the world is based on these issues


Lincoln at Gettysburg

150 years ago on November 19, 1863, four months after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln came to Gettysburg to dedicate the national cemetery for the Union dead. In his remarks, he paid tribute to the brave men who died there and insisted that their sacrifice would increase the will of the people to fulfill America’s promise. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a rhetorical masterpiece delivered in less than three minutes, defined the war as necessary for the survival of the nation and its ideals.

This rare photo from a glass plate negative by Matthew Brady is the first–and possibly only–photograph of Lincoln at Gettysburg.

It’s funny how when forensics folks refer “interpers” or “debaters” or “extempers,” there’s the oddly general yet vaguely specific personality that accompanies the particular event.

Sometimes, I like to imagine what it’s like in other groups, like marching band members shrugging their shoulders and saying, “Pfft, that’s a typical piccolo for you, amirite”

The Cathedral of South Saint Louis

In 2005, an important change took place in the effort to preserve this magnificent church. Under then-Archbishop Raymond Burke, Saint Francis de Sales was erected as an Oratory of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, serving Saint Louis as the premier center of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Since the architecture and the interior of Saint Francis de Sales were originally designed for this use of the Roman Rite, the church was perfectly suited for this new endeavor.

 With its new mission, the appeal of Saint Francis de Sales would be extended beyond the boundaries of the original parish, and beyond any singular demographic group. For the first time, there was hope that the deserted infrastructure would slowly regain active and purposeful use. The perfect balance between usage and preservation would be an effective means of safeguarding a cultural treasure of Saint Louis.

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