The Women of Egypt Chocked the World: In Egypt, the genders were basically equal, and because the salary was the same, many women worked to better their family economyWhen the ancient greek historian Herodot visited Egypt in 400 B.C., he nearly choked on his wine: “the people here are turning human traditions upside down. The women here go to markets and do business, while the men are home weaving”. To Herodot, it was pure madness. Greek women in his time had no rights and weren’t even considered to be independent individuals. They were at all time to obey the man of the house, and could not leave the special ‘women-room’ without the permission of their husband. Very different was it in Egypt, where women in centuries had enjoyed basically the same rights as men. The reason of the equality in Egypt was their believe in that the universe, in the dawn of time, was born to couples between different male and female Gods. The universe was therefore equally the property of women and men. To keep the universal equality, according to the Egypts, it was crucial that there was balance between the Gods and the humans - and between the two genders. They believed that the goddess Maat looked upon the humans and made sure that there was equal justice and truth. The religious beliefs were also a part of the laws of Egypt, where women were secured a high level of equality. Men and woman got the same punishments for the same crimes. Property was heired down through the women’s line, and women could manage their own land, animals and houses. Especially along the poor, it was crucial that the women - besides having to clean the house - also took a job outside the home, to help the economy of the family. Marriage didn’t mean that an egyptian womans freedom dissapeared. She could keep her property and even loan out money: a text describes how women with a sense for economy loaned three lupms of silver to her husband with a yearly rent of an impressive 30%. The woman could also file for divorce if her husband proved to be useless, and remarry - though at time with compensation. In a marriage contract from 340 B.C., a woman writes to her husband: “If I turn you down as a husband, because I do not want you anymore and want another - then I have to give you 22 grams of silver and dismiss a third of our joined property”. Both the greeks and the romans were known to often give their newborn girls to wild animals, because they were seen as a burden. Boys, on the other hand, could give the family wealth and prestige. In Egypt, that was unthinkable. Here, the girls could work and earn money for the family. An old ancient egyptian advice thus went: “you shall treat your childen equally. You never know which one will treat you nice”.
The important thing is that you all keep searching for your own answers. I’ll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it’s just us… seems like an awful waste of space. Right?
We have been called “a lost generation…[not] giving birth to anything new” and “too quiet, too online.” In fact the opposite is true. There is a deafening roar in cyberspace. If a presidential election can be won through the support of an online movement, if articles and ideas can reach tens of millions of people overnight, and create a four-thousand person discussion, if YouTube can receive 200,000 new videos a day, then being “too quiet” and “too online” is the opinion of someone who doesn’t understand what it means to be online. Not creating anything new and not being loud enough are not our problems. So why the disrespect from the famous 60s generation? Because we aren’t doing what they want us to do.
Most of us were born after the end of the Cold War or were too young to remember it. The political climate we grew up in was one of supreme hypocrisy. One President nearly got impeached for a superficial sex scandal and then another later broke international laws to preemptively start a war without UN support and was re-elected to serve 2 full terms without so much as a breath of legal retribution.
The problem my generation faces is inheriting a world that baffles us: a world of hypocrisy and crisis; a world on the brink of collapse yet at the height of human civilization.
Imagine for a moment being one of us. Taught in school that all people are created equal, that all countries are sovereign, that freedom, democracy, and capitalism are embraced by all people and nations because they are ultimate ideals that allow us to prosper and live as we choose in the pursuit of happiness. Old enough to read the New York Times online and blog on Huffington Post, we see a very different world. Equality? Not for the poor, not for LGBT. Capitalism? It appears to have been a house of cards recklessly constructed by greed for the benefit of a few. Sovereignty? Not for resource-poor or oil-rich countries. Ideals? Not for the media or our political and business leaders.
Now we must navigate a world where a concentration of power, wealth, and media often conflicts with every ideal the Western world is supposed to stand for. If you think we are too quiet and too online you should consider that we have two choices. One, to accept the values we were taught to believe in and totally redefine and reconstruct the way our government/economy/society works so that these ideals match reality. Or two, to accept the world we live in and think up a new set of values to justify our lives.” — Your Generation of Hypocrisy Begat My Apathetic(?!) One. - Cameron Russell, 2009. (via particlecollisions)
Where television is fantastic and is way ahead of film, is it doesn’t feel the need to polarize women so much. Male writers, and I say this with all love and respect, often want to make a woman either the angel or the whore, make her the witch or put her on a pedestal. They’re not mutually exclusive. You don’t have to be practical and politically savvy and not be a good person. You can be a good human being and just be shrewd. We are as complex and contradictory as the men. - Natalie Dormer
"The problem is you’ve been told and not told. That’s what I’ve seen while I’ve been here. You’ve been told but none of you really understand. So I’ve decided I’ll talk to you in a way that you will understand. Do you know what happens to children when they grow up? No, you don’t, because nobody knows."
Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked
Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.
Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas!
I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works while you enjoy these images; “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.“
- Autumn In The White Carpathians
- Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA
- Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium
- Autumn Path In Kyoto, Japan
- Autumn Path
- Bamboo Path In Kyoto, Japan
- Hitachi Seaside Park Path In Japan
- Dark Hedges In Ireland
- Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic
- Path Under Blooming Trees In Spring