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Choose Love and Say Something:​ Reflections on the lives of Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks and Simone de Beauvoir

written by Brandon Stephenson February 14, 2019
Choose Love and Say Something:​ Reflections on the lives of Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks and Simone de Beauvoir

On this day of LOVE, we want to honor three incredible women in History that made choices out of love and not fear. Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks and Simone de Beauvoir, have observances on the calendar in February. With so much attention on Valentine’s Day around this time they often get glossed over. Yet, these two women are powerhouse embodiments of LOVE <3.

Choosing love doesn’t come easy, often it requires us to lean into vulnerable challenging moments. Love for each other requires us to show up for one another, to stand up for one another, and to hold each other accountable. This means if you see injustice happening you don’t walk away, you lean into the vulnerability and you SAY SOMETHING! Often words spoken with confidence are enough to put a spoke in the wheel of injustice.

Susan B. Anthony spoke up and was the keystone in the women’s rights movement. Her legacy began at an early age. In her childhood Susan was denied the right to go to school. Her father wanted his daughters to learn to read and write so he opened his very own school for his girls to learn. This paved the way for young Susan to grow into the esteemed writer and revolutionary she became. She was fired from her first job as a teacher because she vocally spoke up against her wage being only a 1/5th of her male colleagues. She went on to travel the country writing and giving speeches about women’s rights. She spoke from her heart and thus planted seeds in culture. Those seeds bloomed into the passing of the nineteenth amendment.

“It was we the people; not we the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the union.” -Susan B Anthony

Rosa Parks is well known for her vulnerable display of saying something. Rosa is deemed the catalyst of the civil rights movement that was later spearheaded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1955 Rosa Parks was commanded to leave her front row seat on the bus and move to the back so that some white passengers could sit down. It was law in that area at the time that all black passengers must sit in the back of the bus. Rosa refused to give up her seat and was arrested for her protest. While most others were afraid to challenge the law, Rosa made a heart-centered choice to say something. It was a challenging choice that led to her arrest, but it took the country by storm and sparked the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott which was the first major protest in the civil rights movement. For her courageous voice she is remembered as the mother of the civil rights movement.  

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” – rosa parks

Simone de Beauvoir, in full Simone Lucie-Ernestine-Marie-Bertrand de Beauvoir, born Jan. 9, 1908, Paris, France died April 14, 1986, Paris, French writer and feminist, a member of the intellectual fellowship of philosopher-writers who have given a literary transcription to the themes of Existentialism. She is known primarily for her treatise Le Deuxième Sexe, 2 vol. 1949; The Second Sex, a scholarly and passionate plea for the abolition of what she called the myth of the “eternal feminine.” This seminal work became a classic of feminist literature.

The best kind of love is authentic love. To love authentically involves respecting one another’s freedom, being tender and caring, and supporting each other’s independent projects. This is what Simone de Beauvoir argued, and to some degree practiced. The problem, as she saw it, was that throughout history, few have loved authentically, primarily because of women’s oppressive situation. Her existential philosophy—which foregrounds freedom from oppression and freedom to choose how to live—underpins everything she says about the challenges of loving well. Beauvoir argues that lesbian relationships and friendships point to ways in which we can transcend the bounds of traditional loving roles and expectations and realize something closer to her ideal of mature reciprocal nonsadistic, nonmasochistic mutual respect.

As an existentialist, Beauvoir was committed to the view that human beings’ ‘existence precedes essence’ (to borrow Sartre’s words). As free subjects, we decide what to make of our lives and who we are is defined by our actions. In reciprocal love our projects for the future can become joint projects. But this is precisely why authentic love is so hard to achieve: because in addition to the challenge of finding it, love can easily cease to be reciprocal. Authenticity is not a status to be achieved, but a project – a joint project – to be pursued.

“let nothing limit us. that nothing defines us. Let nothing hold us. let freedom be our own substance.” – Simone de Beauvoir

This valentines day let’s give some love to these Three amazing women. all of them have chose love over fear, They leaned into the challenges and stood for what is right. We all know that love is what this world needs. LOVE is the driving force of what we do here at the tri. When we see challenges in our community we face them head on. We say something, and take action in the name of love.

If you feel aligned to our mission copy the pledge below and share it on your social accounts. Be sure to tag @thetriorg

The tri Pledge:

We are assembling an esteemed group of citizens under a common agenda to create a road map for the future we desire together. People who are awake, people who care, people who want to be part of the solution.

I am committed to being a catalyst for change and pledge the following:

  1. I commit to loving each other as brothers and sisters as my highest accomplishment
  2. I promise to practice environmental stewardship and sustainability for Mother Earth and all its inhabitants
  3. I acknowledge that every choice I make to spend money is contributing to the problem or the solution and that I will vote with my dollars with intent and conviction

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