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The Hardest Battle Which Any Human Being Can Fight

“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
— e.e. cummings

I don’t know if I’d agree that the very hardest fight that exists is to be “nobody-but-yourself” — it seems that that may diminish the significance of war and corruption in the world — but it often seems that my personal most difficult struggle is to be true to myself. The pressure seems especially intense right now to live someone else’s gender, to turn my back on my more radical politics, to play it safe. Continue reading