Model: GPT-4
Write a eulogy to social justice in the USA

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today, we gather not to mourn a loss but to reflect on the evolution of an ideal that has been part of our nation’s fabric since its inception – Social Justice in the United States of America. We have come a long way, and it’s essential to honor our journey, the hurdles we’ve overcome, and acknowledge the work still left to be done.

As we look back at the chapters of our history, we see that the pursuit of social justice has guided us through some of our darkest times and propelled us towards some of our greatest victories. It was there in the spirit of the Founding Fathers as they penned the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming “all men are created equal.” It was there in the heart of Abraham Lincoln when he abolished slavery. It was there in the voice of Martin Luther King Jr. as he had a dream, and in the tireless advocacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was there in the cries of countless unnamed heroes who have fought for the rights of all Americans.

But today, we find ourselves in a time of change. A time where our understanding of social justice has matured and deepened. It has evolved from just the removal of barriers that prevent people from living their lives in dignity, freedom, and equality, to proactive measures to ensure equity, recognizing that inequality doesn’t just happen but is often systematically built and maintained. We now understand that achieving social justice is not merely about treating everyone the same, but about acknowledging and addressing the structural inequities that have been woven into the fabric of our society.

Today, we do not eulogize social justice as an end. Instead, we recognize the transformations it has undergone and honor its continuing presence in our society. The heart of social justice continues to beat strongly, a testament to our collective spirit and an emblem of our shared humanity. It continues to inspire movements, from Black Lives Matter to LGBTQ+ rights advocacy, from climate justice to disability rights activism.

Indeed, social justice has endured, evolved, and grown stronger. It is not an artifact to be buried and mourned, but a living, breathing aspiration that continues to shape and guide our actions.

In this spirit, we must remember that social justice is not a goal to be reached and forgotten. It is an ongoing commitment, a constant striving for a more equitable, fair, and compassionate society. It is the recognition that our destinies are intertwined, that our freedom is bound together.

So, today, let us not mourn social justice. Let us instead renew our commitment to it, acknowledge the progress we’ve made, and recognize the work ahead of us. Let us stand in solidarity, ready to continue our march towards a future where justice is not merely an abstract ideal but a reality for all.

We gather here not to say goodbye, but to say thank you. Thank you, Social Justice, for your lessons, your challenges, your inspiration. Here’s to your continued journey within us all, shaping us, guiding us, and making us strive for the America we want to be – a nation of liberty, equality, and justice for all.

Thank you.

©owen plotkin 2023

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OWEN: Write a scene from a comedy film where the wife comes home with too many bags of groceries

The living room is cozy and cluttered, with a worn-out couch and a coffee table covered in magazines and remote controls. The front door swings open, and MEGAN, a frazzled yet determined woman in her early 40s, bursts in, laden with an absurd number of grocery bags. She struggles to maintain her balance, but determination keeps her going.
Honey, I’m home!
Her husband, MIKE, a laid-back and easygoing man in his mid-40s, looks up from his recliner, his eyes widening at the sight before him.
(in disbelief)
Megan, what on earth?
(smiling sheepishly)
I went grocery shopping, and… things got a little out of hand.
She dumps the bags unceremoniously onto the living room floor, creating a makeshift grocery store maze.
(staring at the bags)
A little out of hand? I think you single-handedly cleared out the entire store!
Well, they had a sale, and I couldn’t resist. I mean, who could say no to buy-one-get-one-free avocados?
(raising an eyebrow)
Two-for-one avocados? Is that really a thing?
Oh, it’s a thing, alright. And don’t even get me started on the discounted artisanal cheeses!
(mocking disbelief)
Artisanal cheeses… Great. Now our living room can double as a fancy deli.
Hey, at least we won’t go hungry! Besides, I got us a year’s supply of spaghetti sauce, so you can finally perfect that secret pasta recipe you’ve been talking about.
Right. I can see you’re very concerned about my culinary aspirations.
Megan plops down on the couch, exhausted but still proud of her shopping spree.
Oh, come on, Mike. Where’s your sense of adventure? Think of the possibilities! We could host a spontaneous neighborhood potluck or open a grocery store-themed amusement park.
Ah, yes, the thrill of shopping for broccoli and canned beans. I’m sure it’ll be a crowd-pleaser.
They both burst into laughter, the tension easing.
You know what they say, honey: Go big or go home. And apparently, I went big with the groceries.
(giving in)
Alright, I can’t argue with that logic. Let’s get creative and figure out what to do with all this food. Operation “Make-the-living-room-our-gourmet-sanctuary” begins now!
They join forces, sorting through the bags and discussing wild recipe ideas, turning an overwhelming situation into a bonding adventure.

©owen plotkin 2023