“The progression of today’s college student is to jettison every interest except one, and within that one to continually narrow the focus, learning more and more about less and less, despite the evidence all around us of the interconnectedness of things.”—
Cross-discipline is one of the most beautiful words. For the record I changed my major 6 times and didn’t take a minor so I could take random classes, and I had the best time in college learning anything I wanted.
“On airplanes, strangers confide in me the most deepest, darkest secrets. And I think they think I’ll understand. And I generally do understand. I’ve taught in prison; I’ve counseled people. … I’ve been arrested; I’ve been to the psychiatrist. So I think you have to participate in whatever business you’re trying to be involved in.”—John Waters, on secrets. [full Fresh Air interview here] (via nprfreshair)
“A young woman wrote to me about finding herself in a small town in the Middle East surrounded by people jeering, yelling, and threatening to throw stones at her and her friends because they were Americans. Of course she was terrified, and what happened to her is interesting. Suddenly she identified with every person throughout history who had ever been scorned and hated. She understood what it was like to be despised for any reason: ethnic group, racial background, sexual preference, gender. Something cracked wide open and she stood in the shoes of millions of oppressed people and saw with a new perspective. She even understood her shared humanity with those who hated her. This sense of deep connection, of belonging to the same family, is bodhichitta.”—Pema Chodron, “The Excellence of the Awakened Heart”
Oh this is charming. She also wrote a book called “The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School”
The depths of my teenage geekiness include Civil War reenacting,
theater, not going to a prom, never sneaking alcohol underage, and having my first non-geek or theater party be when I was 21. (The parties I went to as a teenager included honest baked goods, a well meaning parent, discussions of Jane Eyre, and ended at 9pm. Or they were theater wrap parties, which are their own animal.)
“…perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.”—Rainer Maria Rilke
“Well-being cannot exist just in your own head,” he writes. “Well-being is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment.”
…what’s crucial to well-being is not how cheerful you feel, not how much money you make, but rather the meaning you find in life and your sense of “earned success” — the belief that you have created value in your life or others’ lives.
“What is hard to make the labor leader understand is that we must love even the employer, unjust though he may be, that we must try to overcome his resistance by non-violent resistance, by withdrawing labor, i.e., by strikes and by boycott. These are non-violent means and most effective. We must try to educate him, to convert him. We must forgive him seventy times seven just as we forgive our fellow-worker and keep trying to bring him to a sense of solidarity.”—
it’s a difficult thing to do. but i guess we have to do hard things.
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”— Martin Luther King, Jr (via mayraq)