Tea of the Day: Peppermint by Stash Tea

Description:This tea captures the delicate, refreshing, mouth-tingling flavor of peppermint. Naturally caffeine-free, its strong menthol flavor will invigorate your mouth. Excellent after meals.

Very strong smell as soon as you open the package.

Liquor is honey gold in the cup

Has a full, refreshing and potent peppermint flavor

Tea Rating: 4.5/5

Today is one of those thoughtful days where I might make you uncomfortable, because the topic is a big one of contention for a lot of people.

I am talking about equality.

I do not care what category someone appears to be in: male or female, gay or straight, white or “ethnic”….

We are all human beings

We should all be treated the same

I agree that not everyone can do everything, we each have different strengths and weaknesses and it certainly makes sense to play to your strengths, and for employers to hire you to do things that you have the skills for

What drives me up a wall is the way that the labels we use tend to get in the way of allowing people to actually show what their strengths are.

The color of your skin, your apparent gender, your height, your weight, who you love…these are all things that should not prevent you from doing something that you love, or have developed this skill for (or have a talent for, if you’re lucky).

But they do, all the time.

These labels are part of the way the brain works. We are wired to create categories for the things we encounter in our lives, because in the past quickly being able to identify things kept us from getting dead.

Useful thought they might be, when we start using labels to hurt people, to limit them, box them in, we have a problem.

We can all agree that oppression is bad. Wars have been fought to end such…

And yet, we tell whole groups of people that they are expected to be criminals or terrorists just because of the way they look, and another whole group that they can’t marry or adopt children because they don’t love the way we expect them to, and another whole group that to be not male is less desirable than to be male

This is oppression…maybe in a less obvious sense, but still in a very damaging way because the people who experience these things spend their lives feeling like they don’t belong, or that they don’t deserve better, or that there is no point in trying

We are more similar than we are different, and it’s far past time that we start treating each other that way


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