Jessamyn quote #57? November 1, 2019 11:38 AM   Subscribe

What's Jessamyn's phrasing for always giving people the benefit of the doubt and reading their words.... generously....? Argh, I can't think of the phrase she used to always use.
posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaFilter-Related at 11:38 AM (23 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Everyone's hardest struggle is their hardest struggle?

That's the quote I have tattooed on my neck, anyway.
posted by bondcliff at 11:43 AM on November 1 [3 favorites]


My tattoo says: WWJD? The J stands for Jessamyn.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:32 PM on November 1 [8 favorites]


Hoppitamoppita!
posted by ActingTheGoat at 12:45 PM on November 1 [5 favorites]


Доверяй, но проверяй
posted by clavdivs at 12:45 PM on November 1 [2 favorites]


Something that could be solved with a MeMail?
posted by terrapin at 1:06 PM on November 1 [3 favorites]


Charitably?
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:48 PM on November 1 [1 favorite]


Charity is my middle name!

But yeah bondcliff mostly has it, which is not from me but I like it. I outline more about it in this essay from a while ago about trying to be a good activist.

I also have a short cut which is like "Imagine people who are being jerks have just come from the dentist" and sometimes that can help jumpstart empathy in a situation whether otherwise it's tough to conjure.

I think specifically this came up in MeTa where people were doing a sort of "competitive suffering" thing
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 1:57 PM on November 1 [28 favorites]


I was going to guess something about chickens...
posted by Splunge at 4:05 PM on November 1 [3 favorites]


...also thinking of hoppitamoppita, but I was wrong.
posted by Namlit at 4:37 PM on November 1 [1 favorite]


::sad face::
posted by hoppitamoppita at 5:54 PM on November 1 [9 favorites]


Oh wow, this got posted!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:39 PM on November 1


which is great, but after a posted it, I thought "that was dumb, the mods are probably cracking up, wondering if I'm high".

But here we are!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:28 PM on November 1 [2 favorites]


And are we high?
posted by heyho at 8:38 PM on November 1


Well, were you?
posted by ActingTheGoat at 8:40 PM on November 1


"Be the change you want to see in the world. We are the people we have been waiting for."
-Jessamyn West
posted by Meatbomb at 9:27 PM on November 1 [1 favorite]


"No spaghetti in the library. Seriously, what were you thinking?"
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:31 PM on November 1 [13 favorites]


"Finding a barcode on an octupus is like filing jelly."

That's the quote I have tattooed on my neck, anyway.
posted by Thella at 11:38 PM on November 1 [8 favorites]


I was not high when I made the post or posted the first comment.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:46 AM on November 2 [3 favorites]


And the FBI has not been here.
posted by hat_eater at 8:09 AM on November 2 [10 favorites]


Be kind, you don't know what burden another person is carrying is one I have seen Jessamyn use.
posted by theora55 at 8:44 AM on November 2 [1 favorite]


Shruggo.
posted by Pax at 12:43 PM on November 2 [2 favorites]


I was reading this like "No spaghetti in the library??! Seriously, what were you thinking?"

I always want spaghetti.
posted by Namlit at 6:51 AM on November 3 [2 favorites]


My tattoo says: WWJD? The J stands for Jessamyn.

That phrase came to mind, and was ultimately useful, when I was surrounded by idiots and 18 pounds of cheese a few years back.
posted by Wordshore at 11:57 AM on November 4 [2 favorites]


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