All animals are parasites, “exo parasites” to be exact, as are many plants. Most plants take energy from the sun and minerals from the earth to build their proteins and other essential molecules. Animals, all of us, steal energy from the plants. We also steal from each other. Animal foods are so…
House Of Cards - Radiohead from In Rainbows
Capitalism is just the “law of the jungle” translated into an economic system. It is eat or be eaten. It has no conscience. If I can drive your business into the ground and starve your kids well, damn, it serves you right for not being as efficient as I. It is for this reason that unbridled…
If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair, you’re fooling yourself. That’s like expecting the lion not to eat you because you didn’t eat him.
— (via thecolorgrapher)
As feminist philosopher Linda Martín Alcoff argues in her essay “The Problem Of Speaking For Others,” that part of the problem of speaking for others is that none of us can transcend our social and cultural location: “The practice of privileged persons speaking for or on behalf of less privileged persons has actually resulted (in many cases) in increasing or reinforcing the oppression of the group spoken for,” she writes.
— DasGupta, S. (2012). “Your Women Are Oppressed, But Ours Are Awesome”: How Nicholas Kristof And Half The Sky Use Women Against Each Other. Racialicious, 1–13. (via anti-hegemony)
Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of the other person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: help him or her to empty his heart. And if you remember that you are helping him or her to suffer less, and then even if he say things full of wrong perception, wrong of bitterness, you are still capable to continue to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that, with compassion, you give him or her a chance to suffer less. If you want to him him or her to correct his perception, and then you wait for another time. But for the time being, you just listen with compassion and help him or her to suffer less. And one hour like that can bring transformation and healing.
Thich Nhat Hanh (x)
I used to be so good at this, I am getting back to that state of mind.
when you try learning something completely foreign