To all the dreamers who dream the impossible

I’m really moved by the Supreme Court ruling.

What really touches me about the granting of equal marriage rights is the fact that forty years ago, this level of recognition and acceptance must have seemed unimaginable to the LGBT community. Unimaginable to everyone except a few brave people.

But like every other civil / human rights movement, paths have been forged by a select, courageous few. The few that refuse to accept the status quo even when the whole world around them tells them what they want is against the natural order of things. The few that refuse to let opposition and even violence stand in the way of their conviction and dreams. The few that dreamt big, that believed with certainty that reality can and should be changed.

And I’m not just referring to LGBT rights.

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When the first black man gained entry to the Mississippi University in 1962, he was turned away on the first day by the Governor of Mississippi. It was a time when segregation was accepted as the natural order of things in the South, unquestioned. And yet, it was also a time when Martin Luther King dreamt that one day, people

will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

In the 17th century, American and British philosophers and men used a term called natural law to define women (in addition to children, slaves and non-whites) as neither ‘rational’ nor ‘civilised.’ And it was widely accepted in most societies, that the inferior status of women was common sense, self-evident and intuitive. It was in this environment that Mary Wollstonecraft, argued for greater rights for women, for them to be educated, for them to be granted the right to vote arguing that it was limited circumstances and low expectations NOT nature that was responsible for women’s situations.

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“Those who are bold enough to advance before the age they live in…must learn to brave censure.”
― Mary Wollstonecraft, a matter of nature.

And then there was Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to politics who boldly urged,

“I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let that world know. That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody would. I urge them to do that, urge them to come out. Only that way will we start to achieve our rights.”

I recall Debbie Millman’s book, Look Both Ways, where she talks about dreams. She writes

“Every once in a while … we encounter … someone who chose to strive for that which (to us) seemed unrealistically unattainable. 

… It really is all about their strength of imagination …

… They didn’t decide what was impossible before it was even possible.”

I’d like to say thank you to all these amazing people with the big, impossible dreams. You’ve changed reality, you’ve made the world bigger. I now live in a world where I can actually think it’s funny when somebody tells me that men are smarter than women. I live in a world where more often than not, I’m characterised by my actions and deeds and not the colour of my skin or my gender.

But more importantly, these few have inspired me, given my the temerity to hope and dream impossible things as well. To refuse limits and to invent new realities for myself.

Thank god for the dreamers.

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  1. Good Morning. Inspirational blog! Would you mind if I reblog it on http://earthschool.life? We will provide author byline and reference your link. All U.S. residents are also automatically entered into our writing contest (no entry fee). Thank-you for your consideration, Mary. contact@earthschool.life

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    1. shobaharidas says:

      Sure Mary. I’m glad you like the post.

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      1. Hi Shoba, I tweet your blog @EarthSchoolLife this morning, and also shared it on Facebook. Thanks for sharing. -Mary

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  2. Hi Shoba. Thanks for sharing. Your blog has been published. It will be tweeted and shared on Facebook within the next couple of days.

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  3. shobaharidas says:

    Thanks Mary. Much appreciated

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  4. Brent Howard says:

    Really am glad I found you.you r wisdom and insights and your website. Really inspiring and just what I need these days.. Will follow you and keep reading. Thank you so much!

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    1. shobaharidas says:

      Thanks Brent. This really means a lot. Sometimes you just write and you have no idea if what you think is going to be meaningful for anyone else.

      Feel free to tweet (@shobaharidas) or email (shoba_haridas@hotmail.com) with your own insights or even questions. I’m always looking for more things to ponder 🙂

      Good luck with everything.
      Shoba

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