“No matter how many times I tell you this, you’re still thinking, thinking,
judging, judging, coming to conclusions, trying to work out your life.
You have to let go. Totally, absolutely, completely.”—Robert Adams (via oceanandwave)
“No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of a lack of means.”—Aneurin Bevan, Founder of the National Health Service (via overjoyed-onetwenty-three)
plants + animals do speak and communicate with us, but it’s through messages of the heart . They are soo intelligent that I would hope one day we would all respect them as much as we can ourselves . Basically I believe that animals + plants + humans are all equal . Like this might sound nuts , but…
look if you unironically say ‘money can’t buy happiness’ then either you’ve never faced a real financial struggle or you’ve achieved enlightenment, because goddamn does financial security feel an awful lot like happiness when it’s something you’re not used to
Most adult children of toxic parents grow up feeling tremendous confusion about what love means and how it’s supposed to feel. Their parents did extremely unloving things to them in the name of love. They came to understand love as something chaotic, dramatic, confusing, and often painful—something they had to give up their own dreams and desires for. Obviously, that’s not what love is all about.
Loving behavior doesn’t grind you down, keep you off balance, or create feelings of self-hatred. Love doesn’t hurt, it feels good. Loving behavior nourishes your emotional well-being. When someone is being loving to you, you feel accepted, cared for, valued, and respected. Genuine love creates feelings of warmth, pleasure, safety, stability, and inner peace.
“The relation between pleasure and the possession of slave property, in both the literal and figurative senses, can be explained in part by the fungibility of the slave—that is, the joy made possible by virtue of the replaceability and interchangeability endemic to the commodity—and by the extensive capacities of property—that is, the augmentation of the master subject through his embodiment in external objects and persons. Put differently, the fungibility of the commodity makes the captive body an abstract and empty vessel vulnerable to the projection of others’ feelings, ideas, desires, and values; and, as property, the dispossessed body of the enslaved is the surrogate for the master’s body since it guarantees his disembodied universality and acts as the sign of his power and dominion.”—
Saidiya Hartman (1997) ‘Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth Century America’ p. 21 (emphasis added).
On why the suffering of Black women always seems to belong to everyone except Black women. Even, or especially, within ‘progressive’ social movements, particularly those concerned with defending the social and/or bodily integrity of whites/non-Blacks.
If you read this book be fucking careful the 1st chapter had me in real tears…by the end of the book i was exhausted. and thats how writing on the slave trade should make one feel. it should hurt especially for our black asses..this was our families history.
“Process theologians see Jesus as a reflection of God’s aim toward creative transformation, calling humankind forward from what is to what can become. Christ calls us to be open to God now and in the future. While God’s aim at creative transformation is present in all things, seeking beauty, intensity, and community, God is specifically present in Jesus Christ in ways that create a life-transforming field of force among those who hear his message. The interplay of divine-human call and response resonates in all things, but Jesus Christ’s life and mission creates an intensified field fo force that transformed persons in the first century and still transforms persons today. Jesus Christ ‘saves’ us, to use traditional language, by opening and empowering us to experience God’s vision for our lives in new and lively ways. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection do not transform God’s attitude toward us, involve Jesus paying ransom to demonic forces to liberate us, or require his suffering on our behalf in order to appease God’s wrath. Rather, as the model for what we can be in our time and place, in every century, Jesus Christ calls us to become fully human as we embody in a variety of ways our vocation as God’s healing partners in our world.”—Bruce G. Epperly (via azspot)