Fight off your sleep: be wakeful,
Work on, keep up your pace,
Keep vigil like the pilot,
Like all the stars in space.
Work on, work on, creator-
To sleep would be a crime-
Eternity’s own hostage,
And prisoner of Time.
-From Russian poet Boris Pasternak’s “Night”
the one thing that has stuck with me every day since my English teacher told me it in middle school is:
"When referring to someone, always say who they are before anything else about them, because being a person always comes first"
Instead of saying “the mentally ill man,” say “the man with a mental illness”
Putting someone’s characteristics (especially negative ones) before them is dehumanizing and rude. Don’t do it.
It’s mine, not yours!
This is too much