"A woman-of-color who writes poetry or paints or dances or makes movies knows there is no escape from race or gender when she is writing or painting. She can’t take off her color and sex and leave them at the door or her study or studio. Nor can she leave behind her history. Art is about identity, among other things, and her creativity is political."
— Gloria Anzaldúa, Making Face/Making Soul: Haciendo Caras — Creative and Cultural Perspectives by Women of Color (via jalwhite)
"While I think if we didn’t know what we know now we’d say “Ah, he’s a virtual slacker,” in fact, it seems to be a period of incredible self-education in which he became an expert on systems, became an expert on so many things to do with navigating the Internet. The amazing thing is [that] it appears to be largely self-taught. He was a kid out there in the virtual world, unmoored, really, from all vestiges of traditional influence."
Bryan Burrough on Edward Snowden
"I actually attack the concept of happiness. I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is."
Hugh Mackay (via fourteendrawings: brewingbakasana)
this resonates so much with me and a focus of my year. whole.
"If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away."
— John Steinbeck, on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter (via raw-and-wild)
(Source: stxxz, via academicmermaid)