National and International Happiness

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Wednesday 20th March 2013 saw the first “International Happiness Day” as declared by the United Nations. Many have smirked at this, and not in a positive way. Why do we need an international celebration of happiness? Surely the United Nations has more important things to worry about – like Syria or North Korea or the […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day

“One is not born a woman, one becomes one”

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Today is International Women’s Day. Whether we should really have a specific day dedicated to women is a matter of opinion. Every day should be a celebration of women just as every day should be a celebration about all that is valued in life. Yet there are many women from the past, and painfully still in the present, whose thoughts have been disregarded, whose imaginations have been dismissed, whose feelings have been belittled. Men might arguably say the same can be said for the male of the species, and they’d be right but they haven’t had to endure the systematic, societal denial of their rights in the same way as women.

Margaret Thatcher famously said that there was no such thing as society. She also said, “I owe nothing to Women’s Lib”.

The fact that she got an education was down to the Women’s Movement. The fact that she got a vote  was because of the determination of the Suffragettes. The fact that she could be a working mother was enabled by women.

Today, everyone – man and woman alike, should think carefully about the role of women: past, present and future. Our world would be sadly diminished without the foresight, encouragement, determination, resilience, empathy, thoughtfulness and lovingkindness of humanity, and women make up their significant percentage of this.

This post is a collection of relatively random quotes about women and by women to celebrate this special day.

Quotes about women

 

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman” – Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf

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“Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.” – Joseph Conrad

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“There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out.” – Mae West

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Mae West

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“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent for not living it.” – DH Lawrence  from Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

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“A woman is like a tea- bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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“I see when men love women. They give them but a bit of their lives. But women when they love give everything.”
 Oscar Wilde

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“I never realised until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.” – Katharine Hepburn

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Katharine Hepburn

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“I do not wish for them [women] to have power over men, but over themselves.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

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“L’action des femmes n’a jamais été qu’une agitation symbolique; elles n’ont gagné que ce que les hommes ont bien voulu leur concéder; elles n’ont rien pris: elles ont reçu.”

“The action of women has never been a symbolic agitation, they gained only what men have been willing to concede, they have taken nothing: they have recieved.”
Simone de Beauvoir

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Simone de Beauvoir

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“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.” – Rudyard Kipling

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Quotes by women

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn but to unlearn.” – Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem

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“We are tomorrow’s past.” – Mary Wollstonecraft  Shelley

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“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

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“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” – Simone de Beauvoir

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

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Anne Frank

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“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” – Maria Montessori

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“No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.” – Helen Keller

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Helen Keller

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“People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.” – Indira Gandhi

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“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free………. so other people would also be free.” – Rosa Parks

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Rosa Parks

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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And some light amusing quotes from women on being a woman

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“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb and I also know that I’m not blonde.” – Dolly Parton

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“My mother buried three husbands, and two of them were just napping.” – Rita Rudnor

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“All my friends started getting boyfriends, but I didn’t want a boyfriend. I wanted a thirteen-colour biro.” –
Victoria Wood

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“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” – Gloria Steinem

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Hapus Dydd Gwyl Dewi

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St. David                                      © 3Di Associates Photography

 

It’s the beginning of March and I am currently spending some time in Wales. I’ve never been here for St. David’s Day before and I was rather hoping for a mass parade of welsh hats and daffodils. Maybe the mythological dragon could have reared its fiery head, but alas, it’s just a normal day in a quiet seaside town with a slight acknowledgement from the residents that this is a significant day.

What has St. David’s Day got to do with philosophy? Nothing much, other than every day is a day of philosophy. Philosophy isn’t all about what if’s and hypotheticals. Philosophy is about thinking, and it’s also about not thinking. It can be a silent, almost unknowing reflection on what this life of ours is all about.

Being here made me wonder whether there was an array of welsh philosophers. With the ever obliging Wikipedia, I discovered a range of names that I am looking forward to studying further. The first name alphabetically was Richard Ithamar Aaron who wrote two pieces that have caught my eye; “The history and value of the distinction between intellect and intuition” and “The Nature of Knowing”. I look forward to more internet searching to try and find some extracts from these works.

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A Lonely Daffodil                                   © 3Di Associates Photography

 

In our opinion there certainly is a distinction between intellect and intuition, and both are extremely valuable to knowing our world and ourselves. The nature of knowing is so important, and particularly prevalent in a time when our Secretary of State is insistent that “knowing” is all as far as educating our next generation.

Yet here is an important distinction that is worth a moment of thought – an act of philosophising. Is knowledge important or is it the nature of the knowledge that is most significant? What is the nature of knowledge? What real understanding does knowledge give us? Isn’t what constitutes knowledge, with all its multi-faceted components, the real nature of knowledge rather than knowledge itself?

Today, as we said is St. David’s Day. What should you or I do with this knowledge? Buy a bunch of daffodils? Phone a Welsh relative? Learn about St. David? It’s what we do with the knowledge that’s important.

Today, many children across the UK as well as in Wales will be learning about St. David. They will be given the knowledge and they will probably be asked to recite or regurgitate it in some way, but what will they ultimately do with that knowledge – store it in their brains for future reference or do something immediately with their knowledge?

Yesterday, I decided that I would find out a little more about St. David too. I’m not sure yet what I am going to do with this knowledge other than post a few related photographs on this blog. What fascinates me more is that my determination to write something about St. David today has led to a journey of philosophy about knowledge instead of my original purpose – of writing about St. David. What I am now more interested in is how this sort of knowledge about St. David might be used by others and not about the actual factual knowledge itself. I’m intrigued as to how knowledge acts as a stimulus to learning and isn’t the end product of learning.

Enjoy the photos and have a think about the nature of knowledge. What is the real value of knowledge, and will the fact that St. David was born about 500 AD and taught across the land really be the most important thing that you or I learn today? Or will the photographs themselves ignite another spark that is completely unrelated to the Welsh Saint?

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St. David’s Shrine                             © 3Di Associates Photography

 

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Hapus Dydd Gwyl Dewi.

Words by Dylan Thomas

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St. David’s Cathedral                   © 3Di Associates Photography

“On the last street wave praised
The unwinding, song by rocks
Of the woven wall
Of his father’s house in the sands”

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“Birds and the birds of the winged trees flying my name   
      Above the farms and the white horses
                  And I rose. “
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Slate sculpture at St. David’s Museum              © 3Di Associates Photography

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

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Alleged birthplace of St. David                      © 3Di Associates Photography

“Shall gods be said to thump the clouds
When clouds are cursed by thunder.”

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“Lie still, be calmed, sufferer with the wound.” 

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Once below a time,
When my pinned-around-the-spirit
Cut-to-measure flesh bit,
Suit for a serial sum
On the first of each hardship,

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“There round about your stones the shades
Of children go who, from their voids,
Cry to the dolphined sea.”

 

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“Light breaks where no sun shines;
Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart
Push in their tides.”

 

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“In the sun that is young once only,
Time let me play and be
Golden in the mercy of his means.”

 

Inside St. David's

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“They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.”

 

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“In the final direction of the elementary town I advance as long as forever is.”


 

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Light breaks where no sun shines;
Where no sea runs, the waters of the heart
Push in their tides.”

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Here In This spring

Here in this spring, stars float along the void;
Here in this ornamental winter
Down pelts the naked weather;
This summer buries a spring bird.

Symbols are selected from the years’
Slow rounding of four seasons’ coasts,
In autumn teach three seasons’ fires
And four birds’ notes.

I should tell summer from the trees, the worms
Tell, if at all, the winter’s storms
Or the funeral of the sun;
I should learn spring by the cuckooing,
And the slug should teach me destruction.

A worm tells summer better than the clock,
The slug’s a living calendar of days;
What shall it tell me if a timeless insect
Says the world wears away?

Dylan Thomas