Consider how textbooks treat Native religions as a unitary whole. The American Way describes Native American religion in these words: “These Native Americans [in the Southeast] believed that nature was filled with spirits. Each form of life, such as plants and animals, had a spirit. Earth and air held spirits too. People were never alone. They shared their lives with the spirits of nature.” Way is trying to show respect for Native American religion, but it doesn’t work. Stated flatly like this, the beliefs seem like make-believe, not the sophisticated theology of a higher civilization. Let us try a similarly succinct summary of the beliefs of many Christians today: “These Americans believed that one great male god ruled the world. Sometimes they divided him into three parts, which they called father, son, and holy ghost. They ate crackers and wine or grape juice, believing that they were eating the son’s body and drinking his blood. If they believed strongly enough, they would live on forever after they died.” Textbooks never describe Christianity this way. It’s offensive. Believers would immediately argue that such a depiction fails to convey the symbolic meaning or the spiritual satisfaction of communion.Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen (via whoistorule)
I suppose like othersCharles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last (via larmoyante)
I have come through fire and sword,
love gone wrong,
head-on crashes, drunk at sea,
and I have listened to the simple sound of water running
and wished to drown.
It’s not you, it’s my inability to stand human beings.Wasted Rita (via nevver)
It was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (via loveyourchaos)
Then there is the other kind of Christmas with present piled high, the gifts of guilty parents as bribes because they have nothing else to give. The wrappings are ripped off and the presents thrown down and at the end the child says—”Is that all?” Well, it seems to me that America now is like that second kind of Christmas. Having too many THINGS they spend their hours and money on the couch searching for a soul. A strange species we are. We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick.John Steinbeck 1959, Letters of Note (via nevver)
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.Jack Kerouac (via loveyourchaos)
In one recent study 626 white students at more than two dozen colleges and universities kept journals for just a few weeks in one semester of racial events, discussions, and performances they encountered. They recorded a large number, nearly 7,000 instances, of clearly racist events—a number that, if calculated out for a whole year and for all white college students, might be in the hundreds of millions of such events per year. Many of these racist events were in backstage settings with white relatives or acquaintances, but others were in settings with a racially diverse group of people present. The diaries indicate that racist commentaries, joking, and actions are still commonplace among younger, better-educated whites.Joe Feagin (via loveyourchaos)
Moreover, examining these thousands of accounts, we find that African Americans are the non-European group that obsesses or preoccupies a large proportion of these whites. African Americans appear in a substantial majority of all the racist commentaries, racist jokes, and other racialized performances reported by these students from various regions. Other racial groups, such as Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans, are periodically targeted, but verbal and other attacks on them make up only a minority of the events recorded by these students. Clearly, much social science research shows that most whites have a more developed framing of black Americans than of other U.S. groups of color.
The reality is that so-called pro-life movement is not about saving babies. It’s about regulating sex. That’s why they oppose birth control. That’s why they want to ban abortion even though doing so will simply drive women to have dangerous back alley abortions. That’s why they want to penalize women who take public assistance and then dare to have sex, leaving an exemption for those who become pregnant from rape. It’s not about babies. If it were about babies, they would be making access to birth control widespread and free and creating a comprehensive social safety net so that no woman finds herself with a pregnancy she can’t afford. They would be raising money for research on why half of all zygotes fail to implant and working to prevent miscarriages. It’s not about babies. It’s about controlling women. It’s about making sure they have consequences for having unapproved sex.Libby Anne, “How I Lost Faith in the ‘Pro-Life’ Movement”
“If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture — that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.”