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I Have a Fire Inside

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We were positively encouraged to create for ourselves minds we would want to live with. I had teachers articulate that to me: ‘You have to live with your mind your whole life.’ You build your mind, so make it into something you want to live with. Nobody has ever said anything more valuable to me.
Marilynne Robinson (via austinkleon)

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The only kind of sex conservatives rally to defend: non-consensual


Some insightful words from Amanda Marcotte:

There’s a common thread between the attacks on reproductive rights and the casual support of men who enjoy forcing sex on the unwilling. I mean, it’s misogyny, duh, but more specifically the thread is a desire to hurt and punish women for enjoying freedom and particularly for enjoying their own sexual freedom. After all, most campus rapes happen either in dating or party situations, something conservatives harp on relentlessly, blaming women for being alone with dates (perhaps even to have—gasp!—sex) or going to parties. There are exceptions, but most campus rapes happen because a woman is considering some kind of consensual sexual encounter with a man and he springs a rape on her instead. The common theme here is dishing out punishment to women who choose to live independently, particularly if they’re open to having consensual sex. Rapists on campus are a kind of vigilante sex police, attacking women who have consensual sex and creating trauma and misery for them.

Rape has this in common with abortion bans. In the end, it’s all about making women suffer for daring to think they own their own bodies.

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Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next - and disappear. That’s why it’s so important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives.
Joshua Foer (via liberatingreality)

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I think most people are just trying to be happy, and that most of their actions, however misguided, are in line with that goal. Most people just want to feel they belong somewhere, want to be loved, and want to feel they’re important to someone. If you really examine all the wrongheaded and messed-up things they do, they can most often be traced back to that basic desire.
Lisa UngerSliver of Truth (via creatingaquietmind)