i told my friend that men in politics shouldn't decide on behalf of women and he asked me back that if that means we shouldn't decide on half of animals and i was just ????
That’s nonsensical. Animals aren’t political, they’re incapable of making political decisions, and their intelligence is of a very different kind to human intelligence - they don’t even put any thought into decisions we make on their behalf. Women, on the other hand, are more than capable of making political decisions about their own rights. Besides, animal neutering and euthanasia are decisions almost always made to prevent the animal from suffering as far as possible. Many of the political decisions made about women do precisely the opposite.
“We have negative mental habits that come up over and over again. One of the most significant negative habits we should be aware of is that of constantly allowing our mind to run off into the future. Perhaps we got this from our parents. Carried away by our worries, we’re unable to live fully and happily in the present. Deep down, we believe we can’t really be happy just yet—that we still have a few more boxes to be checked off before we can really enjoy life. We speculate, dream, strategize, and plan for these “conditions of happiness” we want to have in the future; and we continually chase after that future, even while we sleep. We may have fears about the future because we don’t know how it’s going to turn out, and these worries and anxieties keep us from enjoying being here now.”—Thích Nhất Hạnh (via purplebuddhaproject)