I have long admired Simone de Beauvoir's ideas about life.
She wrote about the notion that while there are facts about our existence that we cannot control - who our parents are or our biological make up, for example, we can transcend some of the facts of our existence and write the narrative of our lives by choosing our own path.
We can actively shape the world we live in.
De Beauvoir wrote that if we do not choose to be involved in creating the conditions of our own lives, we should be guilty of 'absurd vegetation'. We can reach beyond our given situation and be the change that we seek. We can create solidarities with others and this can give us meaning in our lives.
She wrote, 'One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.'
Her words resonate loudly today.
I designed this organic cotton jumper in honour of de Beauvoir and her seminal work of 1949, 'The Second Sex' and because I never want to be guilty of 'absurd vegetation'.
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