Whatever is vibrating on the iPhone just isn’t as valuable as the eye contact you are making right now
The problems caused by rampant consumerism, the acceptance of short-term fixes, and self-serving behavior with little or no willingness to make sacrifices are still the primary challenges, in my view, that face society. We need a way of exploring environmental issues that is realistic and honest, yet hopeful and inspirational. This will require an increasing attempt to learn from nature: what will nature permit us to do before it is likely to destroy us?
If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained for the universe by success, it is no better than a game of private theatricals… . But it feels like a real fight — as if there were something really wild in the universe which we … are needed to redeem; and first of all to redeem our own hearts from atheisms and fears.
"The Will To Believe", William James, June 1896

"It’s become so trivialized, freedom. It’s wonderful to be able to go where I want and do what I want and buy what I want, buy and buy, and get and get, and talk and talk, and
I have no constraints. We certainly need external liberty. God knows that’s one of the most precious things this country has to offer the masses of humanity who have come here. I don’t mean to put that down in any way. Without that, without that, the rest is just academic. But without the inner meaning of freedom and liberty, we have to ask, “Well, what is this freedom for?” It’s not just a freedom to get a big house and a big car and a lot of goods.

So inner freedom is an idea that has gone out of our conversation. Inner freedom means inwardly to be free from these egoistic, selfish cravings, which make our life turn around into chaos. It’s an interior freedom which maybe you can say is mystical or certainly spiritual, but without that dimension to the idea of freedom, the idea of freedom becomes purely external and eventually selfish.

Jacob NeedlemanJacob Needleman, from the On Being show “The Inward Work of Democracy”
Good farmers who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land’s inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows.
Visual ethnic boundaries in Rochester - from the 2010 Census

Each dot represents 25 residents. Red dots are Caucasians. Blue dots are African Americans.

are you after light?
or are you after heat?
Mike Wallace on journalism

a story of how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another

The first film taken in Palestine.  1896.

..he is wearing a Turkish tarboosh, and though he prays in Hebrew, his everyday language is Arabic.

Upon this gifted age,
in its dark hour,
Rains from the sky
a meteoric shower
Of facts …
they lie unquestioned, uncombined.
Wisdom
enough to leech us of our ill
Is daily spun;
but there exists no loom
To weave it into fabric.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
(via Charles Bukowski on Censorship)

In 1985, following a complaint from a local reader, staff at the Public Library in Nijmegen decided to remove Charles Bukowski's book, Tales of Ordinary Madness, from their shelves.  This was his response.

(via Charles Bukowski on Censorship)

In 1985, following a complaint from a local reader, staff at the Public Library in Nijmegen decided to remove Charles Bukowski's book, Tales of Ordinary Madness, from their shelves.  This was his response.

We have lots of communities in America that have drug use, drug dealing, and no violence. They’re called ‘suburbs.’
California-based criminologist David Kennedy, discussing why targeting inner-city drug use won’t cut violent crime. Via the Washington Monthly.
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