Friday, January 25, 2013

Food For Thought Friday

“People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics [or feminists, or whoever] to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs.” -Carl Sagan

From a post on Empowering LDS Women. Here is her main argument, which I love and try to live:

Juanita Brooks was a historian who covered some of the more painful aspects of Mormon history, including the Mountain Meadows Massacre. My Dad shared this quote with me from Juanita Brooks’ father, and I later heard Greg Prince share it again on a podcast interviewh:

"One day Dad said to me, “My girl, if you follow this tendency to criticize, I’m afraid you will talk yourself out of the Church. I’d hate to see you do that. I’m a cowboy and I've learned that if I ride in the herd, I am lost. … One who rides counter to it is trampled and killed. One who only trails behind means little because he leaves all responsibility to others. It is the cowboy who rides the edge of the herd, who sings and calls and makes himself heard, who helps direct the course. So don’t lose yourself, and don’t ride away and desert the outfit. Ride the edge of the herd and be alert, and know your directions and call out loud and clear. Chances are you won’t make any difference, but on the other hand, you just might.”

The edge of the herd is certainly not a comfortable place. Those of us on the edge are often misunderstood both by those in the middle of the herd as well as by those who have left the herd. If we’re careful, though, we are in the best position to make a positive difference, and to change the course of the herd for the better. We are the game-changers and the bridge-builders.

I hope that's what I'm doing. I sent an email to Deseret Book this week, suggesting a small change in how they fit newly endowed members for clothes, in the hopes of saving girls money and stress. I got a positive response back. No need to protest, cry, or get angry. I have just a little voice, and I will continue to use it.

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