“There is no designated time for anything in your life. You don’t have to have your first kiss at any certain time, you don’t have to get married in your 20′s and you don’t have to do anything just because other people think it’s best. In fact, you will be much better off if you just do what your heart says. The day you stop caring what other people think is the day their opinions don’t mean anything, because you’re not there to give them weight.”—10 Things I Wish I Could Have Told Myself 5 Years Ago (via qoldlush)
“The best thing for being sad is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”—T.H. White (via creatingaquietmind)
“Carl Jung was courageous and brilliant in his approach to the psychology of the unconscious mind, but he remained caught up in conventional categories of gender. This restricted his (and our) understanding of the genuine nature of the psyche. He realized that men and women shared traits, but described the different aspects of the human psyche as being either feminine or masculine. In other words, he defined men as having a feminine side and women as having a masculine side. With this logic, he labeled the soul anima, a feminine foreign territory within a man’s mind; and he labeled the spirit animus, a masculine foreign territory within a woman’s mind.
Thus, instead of seeing the lunar masculine mode of consciousness (soul) as masculine for men, he continued to define men as having a feminine side. Instead of seeing women’s solar mode of consciousness (spirit) as feminine, he saw women as having a masculine side, thereby continuing the gender mis-imprint placed by society…This viewpoint is so deeply entrenched into our worldview that most people don’t understand that this can create a fragmented worldview.”—Howard Teich (Solar Light, Lunar Light: Perspectives in Human Consciousness)
There were pieces of my family all over the road. I picked up those pieces from the road and from the truck and wrapped them in a sheet to bury them.
Do the American people want to spend their money this way, on drones that kill our women and children?
Miya Jan, an Afghan man who recounts the events after a drone strike pummeled his village and killed his brother, along with his sister-in-law and 18 month old nephew.
American reports claimed 11 people died that day, the overwhelming majority being Taliban militants, while the inhabitants of the village refute saying 14 people died and they were innocent civilians.
Also more from the article, a 19 year old man named Abdul Ghafar, who lost his mother, brother, sister-in-law and nephew in drone strikes, which fly over his home several times a day states:
“The Americans say they are here to protect us. No — they’re here to kill us and terrorize our women and children. These be-pilots fly over our village almost every day. They spy on people and steal their lives. Children are afraid to go to school. People are afraid to stand in a group because they fear these planes will shoot a missile at them.”
“People believe that little white kids in the suburbs have the right to live. They have the right to be happy. They have the right to peace. When it comes to black babies in urban neighborhoods, people don’t believe these children deserve to have similar rights. When people say things like ‘I can’t believe this would happen here,’ they are effectively saying that there are some neighborhoods where these tragic outcomes are far more acceptable. I reject this notion entirely, and it is reflective of both white supremacy and classism.”—The World Cries for Newtown’s Children, but Few of Us Think About Dead Brown Babies, Dr. Boyce Watkins (via maarnayeri)
“But so often, “creating drama” is a phrase that people use when they want someone who has been a victim of something to shut up. It allows them to blame the victim for bringing the problem to their attention and making them feel bad while glossing over the fact that the drama was really created by the victimizER back when they did bad things. The friend group gets all caught up in issues of “fairness” and “logic” and “It was so long ago, why are you dredging it all up now?” and treating the victim’s feelings (or, again, quite rational & reasonable request to not have to sit next to one’s rapist at dinner) as illogical and unreasonable.
“Don’t stop until you’re satisfied. You want an explanation? Ask. You want to be successful? Work. Don’t settle for results you don’t want. Don’t stop until you’re satisfied.”—(the best advice a teacher has ever given me)
What goes on in my head :The heavens must be in turmoil for they have lost an angel to the world of man. Your body is nothing short of the result of immaculate genes and impeccable design. The way your body moves reminds me of a coy pond; moving ever gracefully in a fluid motion. Truly you have been blessed by some deity for your posterior is positively astounding. Such an ample amount of perfection laid perfectly on the body of goddess, even Venus herself would be re-missed not to recognize your temple as better than hers.