“To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning. It matters not what the clocks say or the attitudes and labors of men. Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me. Moral reform is the effort to throw off sleep. Why is it that men give so poor an account of their day if they have not been slumbering? They are not such poor calculators. If they had not been overcome with drowsiness, they would have performed something. The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake. How could I have looked him in the face?”—Henry David Thoreau (via 0love)
“The earth is beautiful. If you start living its beauty, enjoying its joys with no guilt in your heart, you are in paradise. If you condemn everything, every small joy, if you become a condemner, a poisoner, then the same earth turns into a hell — only for you. It depends on you, where you live, it is your own inner transformation. It is not a change of place, it is a change of inner space.”—Osho
“We are in the hands of a gigantic and powerful food industry that is poisoning us with processed foods and putting financial profits above the health of people, the treatment of animals and the environment. We are getting fatter and sicker. It is time to start turning this around and demand wholesome nutrient rich food. It’s called voting at the checkout.”—The Reluctant Raw Foodist (via thereluctantrawfoodist)
“No, you can’t deny women their basic rights and pretend it’s about your ‘religious freedom.’ If you don’t like birth control, don’t use it. Religious freedom doesn’t mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.”—
“The CBC, CTV, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, et al. have failed miserably in their coverage of this event, and rest assured it is an event. The journalistic coverage has been if not lazy than perhaps complicit. Over the weekend “a” Molotov cocktail became pluralized very quickly in many reports. All entities continually refer to the “students” protesting and marching, while in reality the students are on strike but much of the rest of Quebec are on the streets. They quote tired facts about tuition costs, but are guilty in omitting from the discourse what non-residents and international students pay. The images and arguments have been ones of violence, and all to willing to ignore the moving and inspirational story of the rise of an important social movement. Their coverage has the appearance of writing from afar, written on desks in Toronto and Calgary.”—100 Days of Blame | Mike Spry (via translatingtheprintempserable)
“I want to taste the glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.”—sylvia plath (via inrestless-dreams)
If you eat a delicious peach in your bedroom, does it cross your mind that your bedroom makes fruit tasty? If you laugh at a joke in a prison cell do you think for a second that the jail is funny. If you’ve met your wife of 50 years in a concentration camp do you conclude that the gas chamber is romantic?
Life can be beautiful under capitalism, it’s just not capitalism that makes it so.
“Of course, it isn’t only women that advertising patronises and panders to because of gender. Marketing aimed at men is just as infantilising, portraying men as inept, incapable, cock-driven numbskulls who blunder helplessly from one moment of life to the next. Every product consumed is made into a tiresome test of masculinity: Can you eat this thing even though it’s massive? Can you lift this despite it being irritatingly cumbersome? How many blades does your razor have? Only four?! What a wuss, mine has seventeen.”—http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/04/30/gendered-marketing-its-not-just-for-girls/ (via sluthaditcoming)
“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements — transportation, communications, and all other industries; agriculture, medicine, education, entertainment, protecting the environment; and even the key democratic institution of voting — profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later, this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”—Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World (via amiry)
“While you’re sitting around thinking about what you can’t change, and worrying about all the wrong things, time’s flying by, moving so fast. You better make it count ‘cause you can’t get it back. Sometimes that mountain you’ve been climbing is just a grain of sand.”—So Small: Carrie Underwood (via quote-book)
We’ve been hearing a lot about the war on women, which is real enough. But there’s also a war on the young, which is just as real even if it’s better disguised. And it’s doing immense harm, not just to the young, but to the nation’s future.
Let’s start with some advice Mitt Romney gave to college students during an appearance last week. After denouncing President Obama’s “divisiveness,” the candidate told his audience, “Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”
The first thing you notice here is, of course, the Romney touch — the distinctive lack of empathy for those who weren’t born into affluent families, who can’t rely on the Bank of Mom and Dad to finance their ambitions. But the rest of the remark is just as bad in its own way.
I mean, “get the education”? And pay for it how? Tuition at public colleges and universities has soared, in part thanks to sharp reductions in state aid. Mr. Romney isn’t proposing anything that would fix that; he is, however, a strong supporter of the Ryan budget plan, which would drastically cut federal student aid, causing roughly a million students to lose their Pell grants.
So how, exactly, are young people from cash-strapped families supposed to “get the education”? Back in March Mr. Romney had the answer: Find the college “that has a little lower price where you can get a good education.” Good luck with that. But I guess it’s divisive to point out that Mr. Romney’s prescriptions are useless for Americans who weren’t born with his advantages.
… What should we do to help America’s young? Basically, the opposite of what Mr. Romney and his friends want. We should be expanding student aid, not slashing it. And we should reverse the de facto austerity policies that are holding back the U.S. economy — the unprecedented cutbacks at the state and local level, which have been hitting education especially hard.
Yes, such a policy reversal would cost money. But refusing to spend that money is foolish and shortsighted even in purely fiscal terms. Remember, the young aren’t just America’s future; they’re the future of the tax base, too.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste; wasting the minds of a whole generation is even more terrible. Let’s stop doing it.
This resonates greatly with us Québécois right now. And this is what the “green squares” would like us to go toward by supporting the Québec government in its attempt to raise the tutions fees by 75%. How can they not realize how sordid this is?
“In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.”—Carl Sagan (via yeahspace)
“Since 1982, Latin American countries have been transferring $30 billion every year in interest payment on their outstanding debt (To major “development” organizations, such as the World Bank, World Trade Organization, and the Global Environment Facility) Since then, Latin America has paid nine times its debt, which originally was $131 billion. However, by 2004, Latin America owed an additional $450 billion, which represents 2.5 times the original debt.”—
Isla, Anna: “An Ecofeminist Perspective on Biopiracy in Latin America.” (via frombaghdadwithlove)
“Just as the introvert causes trouble by the violence of his passions, the extrovert irritates by his half-unconscious thoughts and feelings, incoherently and abruptly supplied in the form of tactless and unsparing judgements on his fellow men.”—Carl Jung, Psychological Types p. 159 (via heartmindawakening)