The moment that the state came into conflict with the higher power, the moment that it set itself up as an end in itself, it became identified with Augustine’s earthly city and lost all claims to a higher sanction than the law of force and self-interest. Without justice, what is a great kingdom but a great robbery, magnum latrocinium?
—  Christopher Dawson

Stop treating the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence like they are some kind of holy texts. They were both written by white slave owners, and they were both horribly racist documents. I don’t give a flying fuck if something is or isn’t “unconstitutional.” What I care about is whether or not is is compassionate, moral, and loving. Let’s actually have ethics rather than weird appeals to legalism 2k17

I screwed up my first year of high school. To some people, it doesn’t look like it. But with a combination of mental illness, not amazing friends and a lack of discipline, I’m glad I barely remember that. But that screw up of a year taught me more than any high school teacher could. Now let me share these things with you. Just a warning, this will most likely be a chaotic rambling of everything in my head.

Mental illness is a legitimate thing do not accuse someone of lying about their mental illness. Don’t do it. You can blame a lot of things on how you were young and stupid, but the question is, are you still being what you call ‘young and stupid’? Now is that a good thing or a bad thing? Learn to laugh at yourself. You do that by putting yourself in weird situations. Walking around the city in a onesie and bright pink vans was a great time. It made me more comfortable in my skin. Own yourself. Simplicity is beautiful. Trust me. You don’t need to get smashed at a party when you’re underage to have fun, trust me on this, I’ve seen way too many incredible people screw up such a great part of their lives by getting smashed at parties and doing drugs when they’re barely 13. Don’t. Beauty isn’t everything, you’ve got a brain. Use it. Such a unique mind shouldn’t go to waste due to societal expectations. You’ve got a heart that’ll melt even the coldest of minds. Find your escape. Books, music, painting, whatever. The world can be overbearing, don’t let it get to you.

Put your all into everything. Don’t half arse anything. If you think you’ve done enough, do it three more times. Check out three more websites. Go through your flashcards three more times. Three is a magical number. What do you enjoy? Okay good, do it often. Who cares if you can’t exactly put it on your resume. Sexuality is a thing, respect other people’s and don’t be ashamed of yours. Do things, but for the right reason. Don’t do a certain co curricular only because it’ll look good on your resume, do it because you enjoy it. Don’t stop doing something because you think other people are better than you. Maybe they are, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve.

You’re going to change. You’ll never be the same person again. And that’s not a bad thing. But always remember, your mind is a compass pointing you to your final destination. And your final destination is the place where you draw your final breath. And you can ignore it all you want, but you’re going to die at some point. So stop wasting today being someone who you don’t want to be or not growing into the person you want to be, because life is dynamic. To the point where it will end but we have no idea when.

—  I found this in notes, I wrote this a year ago and it still stands.

Texas police officer who killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards indicted on murder charge

  • The Texas police officer who fatally shot black teenager Jordan Edwards as he left a party in April has been indicted on a murder charge by a Dallas County grand jury, the Dallas Morning News reported on Monday.
  • Former Balch Springs, Texas, police officer Roy Oliver, 37, fired a rifle into a car of teenagers on April 29 as they left a party. Fifteen-year-old Edwards, a freshman at nearby Mesquite High School, was in the car along with two of his brothers and two more friends. Edwards, seated in the passenger seat, was shot in the head and killed.
  • Police body camera footage of the shooting showed that Oliver fired into the moving car as it drove away from him, the Chicago Tribune reported on Monday.
  • Oliver was fired in May after department officials said that his actions had violated department policies. He was charged with murder less than a week after Edwards’ death.
  • On Monday, a grand jury indicted him on the murder charge as well as four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official, in connection with the four other teens who were in the car at the time, the Tribune reported. Read more. (7/17/2017 5:30 PM)

It’s not a coincidence that women became a majority in law schools at the same exact time that law has been pronounced no longer a reliable source of livable income.

Wages for attorneys started stagnating abt 10 years ago, which is right around when women became 33% of the practicing attorneys (that number being roughly when people start perceiving a space as being majority women).

We’re on a road to law being held as a feminized and Unvalued profession w low pay, specifically because the fact that more women than men work there demands it.