“Did it ever occur to you that you’re so caught up in trying to make the right choice that you’ve never stopped to consider the possibility that there may not be a right choice, or a wrong choice, just a bunch of choices?”—Dawsons Creek (via dreamersblock) (via quote-book)
AMBER ALERT!!! Edmonton, KY little girl, 3 yrs old picked up by man driving grey car, license plate: Quebec 72B 381. Please Reblog this. It could save her. This kidnapping is recent so do it, 3 seconds will not kill you. If it were your child....what would you want people to do? It doesn't matter how far away you live
“Whenever I hear someone who isn’t black whining about why they can’t say “nigger” or “nigga”, it always seems to me that the person is really saying, “I don’t like niggers telling me what I can and can’t say.”—
I don’t usually write about politics. It’s important, but something I want no part of – kind of like a raw sewage treatment facility. But frankly, I haven’t been this upset in a long time. And it’s due to the logic-hating, herd-mentality…
remember that post i wrote about that white girl who told her black boyfriend “nah niggah chill” and he just didn’t even care. and i thought jesus christ, why am i so old fashioned? and i thought for a second, maybe i’m wrong about everything when it comes to anti racism. like i tell my white…
“Parents might regret having themselves jumped into marriage or a career and hope for more considered choices for their children. Or they might want to hold on to a reassuring connection with their children as the kids leave home. If they were “helicopter parents” — a term that describes heavily invested parents who hover over their children, swooping down to take charge and solve problems at a moment’s notice — they might keep hovering and problem-solving long past the time when their children should be solving problems on their own. This might, in a strange way, be part of what keeps their grown children in the limbo between adolescence and adulthood. It can be hard sometimes to tease out to what extent a child doesn’t quite want to grow up and to what extent a parent doesn’t quite want to let go.”—This New York Times article is making a little too much sense, and it is terrifying. (via unicornology)
Now every purchase I make comes with a second-guess: Do I really need this? Like really, really need this? In the past year, “impulse buy” has left my vocabulary. I found myself buying fewer things, but also nicer things. On the whole, it’s led me to cherish my few purchases more. Every possession also requires a certain amount of upkeep, and I find myself with more time and less possessional guilt. Every thing owned begs to be used constantly; every second not utilized comes a shred of buyer’s remorse. Everything I own I use at least once per month, save for my winter clothes.
This is a followup to the “Living Out of a Hard Drive” post on the BBC that I linked to yesterday. Many details left out of that article are explained in much better detail here. Lots of food for thought. The above quote is just one example.
*copies and pastes for later*
Doing this is quite a challenge. I may start doing this since I really want to be able to “pick up and migrate” whenever I need to. It’s kinda hard to do with more items than can fit in the trunk of a car.
Here is what can be done. The wars, which benefit no one but the military-security complex and Israel’s territorial expansion, can be immediately ended. This would reduce the US budget deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars per year. More hundreds of billions of dollars could be saved by cutting the rest of the military budget, which in its present size, exceeds the budgets of all the serious military powers on earth combined.
US military spending reflects the unaffordable and unattainable crazed neoconservative goal of US Empire and world hegemony. What fool in Washington thinks that China is going to finance US hegemony over China?
The only way that the US will again have an economy is by bringing back the offshored jobs. The loss of these jobs impoverished Americans while producing over-sized gains for Wall Street, shareholders, and corporate executives. These jobs can be brought home where they belong by taxing corporations according to where value is added to their product. If value is added to their goods and services in China, corporations would have a high tax rate. If value is added to their goods and services in the US, corporations would have a low tax rate.
This change in corporate taxation would offset the cheap foreign labor that has sucked jobs out of America, and it would rebuild the ladders of upward mobility that made America an opportunity society.
If the wars are not immediately stopped and the jobs brought back to America, the US is relegated to the trash bin of history.
“Ironically, the anti-rational movement is strongest in America, the nation that was the child of the Enlightenment. Nowhere else in the western world could such vociferous anti-rationalists as Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Glen Beck command the support that they enjoy here. While the American intelligentsia remains solidly rationalist in outlook, the body politic is rejecting rationalism with increasing anger. The problem is most obvious with the American right, but the farther reaches of the American left are also infected with some anti-rationalism. My guess is that Americans have drifted away from reality because reality hasn’t kicked them in the pants for 70 years. We’ve been living in a dream world where everything goes smoothly. Wars are fought on television, disasters happen to other people, and suffering is for foreigners. We all tend to drift into a dream world when left to ourselves — it is only the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that keep us firmly grounded in reality.”—Defy Rationalism? (via azspot) (via venetian-blinded-rage)
“The even deeper problem isn’t so much that the majority public is ignorant today, but rather that Americans in general have learned so little from all their ignorant yesterdays. One would think that after a couple of centuries of flash phobias, baseless terrors and hysterical anti-isms — anti-Catholicism, anti-Semitism, anti-feminism, anti-civil-rights-ism, anti-gayism and all other manner of anti-Otherness, Anglophobia, Francophobia, Hun-phobia, anti-immigration, McCarthy-style anti-communism and its earlier manifestations of anti-Redism, anti-intellectualism, anti-rum and anti-rebellionism, anti- … fluoridation? — that we would have spiritually mellowed. By now. Yet all that’s required to revalidate our ignorance and reanimate our intolerance is the shortest match and grossest distortion, both of which, these days, the GOP is always happy to supply. When one ponders the party’s deepest and most stirring roots — its ideological ancestries of post-revolutionary republicanism and civic virtue and Burkean modesty — one vividly sees just how far, for want of a better word, it has traveled.”—Mosquerade (via azspot) (via ifighttheonesthatfightme) (via venetian-blinded-rage)
“…surveys of organizations find that the vast majority of rude and inappropriate behaviors, such as the shouting of profanities, come from the offices of those with the most authority.
Psychologists refer to this as the paradox of power. The very traits that helped leaders accumulate control in the first place all but disappear once they rise to power. Instead of being polite, honest and outgoing, they become impulsive, reckless and rude. In some cases, these new habits can help a leader be more decisive and single-minded, or more likely to make choices that will be profitable regardless of their popularity. One recent study found that overconfident CEOs were more likely to pursue innovation and take their companies in new technological directions. Unchecked, however, these instincts can lead to a big fall…”
“Whenever people of color bring up the issue of racism in their lives we seem to want to say, “Oh, you’re hypersensitive, you’re seeing things, you have a chip on your shoulder,” and I really think, and I hope that we can see this kind if dismissiveness for the racism that it is because what that amounts to is saying, “You black people are so irrational, so illogical, so unintelligent that you can’t even be trusted to interpret your own lives so let me, in my whiteness, interpret it for you.”—
Every time I make a post about “The Ten Worst Countries for Women to Live,” for example, there’s this moment of hesitancy when I think “wait… maybe I am being oversensitive.” And then I remember no, that’s what they want me to think so that I’ll shut up. When really, I shouldn’t have to feel guilty about white people feeling bad about white privilege because if they feel bad about white supremacy, as a POC, I feel ten times worse.
“We often cause ourselves suffering, by wanting only to live in a world of valleys, a world without struggle and difficulty, a world that is flat, plain, consistent. We resist the truth of difference and diversity. We resist acknowledging that our constants exist within a framework where everything is always changing. We resist change. When we are able to face the reality of highs and lows embracing both as necessary for our full development and self-actualization, we can feel that interior well-being that is the foundation of inner peace.”—bell hooks, Belonging via orchidaceae. (via tobia) (via baruchandroll)
“We condition our children to become good authoritarian subjects. No wonder when they grow up to become citizens -they are obedient and proficient (in whatever dysfunction was embedded in their psyche), but they rank lower in happiness, social competence and self-esteem.”— Is Filipino Parenting Style Prone to Produce Wimps?
“Most people don’t know that the birth control pill was first tested in 1957 on 132 women in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, three of whom died during the trial. Previously, in the 1920s and 1930s, scientists such as Raymond Pearl and Clarence Gamble, along with middle- and upper-class Puerto Rican elites, had raised money to fund eugenics-minded scientific experimentation that included the sterilization of women on the island to correct the problem of overpopulation… One-third of Puerto Rican women on the island were sterilized because propagandist campaigns made sterilization fashionable without discussing the long-term consequences of the procedure (infertility). Poor Latina women’s bodies were a literal colonial laboratory; Puerto Rico is, after all, a U.S. colonial possession. While my generation and those that have followed have clearly benefited from technologies such as the birth control pill, in vitro fertilization and abortion, I review the above history to remind us that these modern marvels were often tested on the bodies of women of color. Historically, there has been a very fine line between reproductive social justice and technologies being used to control our bodies.”—
1. If you must drag them to a party, please don’t abandon them.
Don’t go rushing off to catch up with your other friends without including the introvert; the inny will die in a corner.
2. If they actually call and want to talk,listen!
These moments may not come often, since Innies usually work out their problems within their own brains, but that does not mean they are all Bella Swan “suffer in silence” types.
3.Realize that they do want to be alone sometimes.
They may have gone to that party, and even enjoyed it, but they burn out faster than you and need time to recharge alone. The assumption that all introverts are shy really bugs me. This is not always the case. They can be charming, tell jokes, and generally be the life of the party…but for a limited time only.
4. Skip the small talk.
Introverts are reflective beings and enjoy conversations about feelings and debating things like the ontological argument, and whatever interests they have. They can only tolerate chitchat with people they just met or haven’t seen for awhile. If you must tell them your entire jam-packed weekend in detail, check your inny friend for signs of consciousness periodically.
5. Introverts don’t hate people.
They just find them tiring.
6. Introverts are socially aware.
Yes, we are well-versed in social nuances, customs, and mannerisms; we just don’t implement them as frequently as extroverts do.
"I get very dark moods for no reason. Nothing in particular brings it on. You can be having the best time of your life and yet you’re utterly and totally miserable. I get very anti-social, depressed and irritable with people. I don’t have time for them. I can’t make phone calls and stuff. I just sit on my own for days."
“Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout
The journey of a thousand miles
starts beneath your feet.
Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
You ruin what was almost ripe.
Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains calm
at the end as at the beginning.
He has nothing
thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is nondesire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao [the Way].
Thus he can care for all things.”—Lao Tzu (via jesuisperdu) (via constantflux) (via quote-book)