No Longer Political

“When political views result in the suffering of another human being, they are no longer political views — they are moral choices.”

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And yes, I’m voting him out! 🇺🇸 I voted last week. So I’m all set. I’ll be using the next few weeks to encourage others to do the same. :) Join me.

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Nudges From Aldous & Oscar

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“Never have so many been manipulated so much by so few.”

“People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.”

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.”

“If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.”

Written quotes by Aldous Huxley, tattooed quote by Oscar Wilde.

*Don’t forget to vote!

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The Dissenter’s Hope

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“Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow.”

“When I graduated from law school in 1959, there wasn’t a single woman on any federal bench. It wouldn’t be a realistic ambition for a woman to want to become a federal judge. It wasn’t realistic until Jimmy Carter became our president.”

“When I was growing up, there were no women in orchestras. Auditioners thought they could tell the difference between a woman playing and a man. Some intelligent person devised a simple solution: Drop a curtain between the auditioners and the people trying out. And, lo and behold, women began to get jobs in symphony orchestras.”

“Feminism… I think the simplest explanation, and one that captures the idea, is a song that Marlo Thomas sang, ‘Free to be You and Me.'”

“It’s a facet of the gay rights movement that people don’t think about enough. Why suddenly marriage equality? Because it wasn’t until 1981 that the court struck down Louisiana’s ‘head and master rule,’ that the husband was head and master of the house.”

“The entering class I joined in 1956 included just nine women, up from five in the then second-year class, and only one African American. All professors, in those now-ancient days, were of the same race and sex.”

“People who think you could wave a magic wand and the legacy of the past will be over are blind.”

“People who have been hardworking, tax paying, those people ought to be given an opportunity to be on a track that leads towards citizenship, and if that happened, then they wouldn’t be prey to the employers who say, ‘We want you because we know that you work for a salary we could not lawfully pay anyone else.'”

“I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.”

“I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president.”

“I think members of the legislature, people who have to run for office, know the connection between money and influence on what laws get passed.”

“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution.”

“It is not women’s liberation, it is women’s and men’s liberation.”

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

“I do hope that some of my dissents will one day be the law.”

All quotes by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thank you for your dedication and life. Rest in Power.

Artwork credit: original oil painting by Simmie Knox

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Stop a Moment

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

“I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back.”

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

“Governments not only are not necessary, but are harmful and most highly immoral institutions.”

“Remember then: there is only one time that is important– Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.”

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.”

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.”

“Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

“I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.”

“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.”

“Life could be limitless joy, if we would only take it for what it is, in the way it is given to us.”

“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.”

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”

All quotes by Leo Tolstoy

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The Only Good Fight

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

“I used to live on one candy bar a day – it cost a nickel. I always remember the candy bar was called Payday. That was my payday. And that candy bar tasted so good, at night I would take one bite, and it was so beautiful.”

“Somebody once asked me what my theory of life was, and I said, ‘Don’t try.’ That fits the writing, too. I don’t try; I just type.”

“We’re all going to die, all of us; what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities. We are eaten up by nothing.”

“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”

“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

“Find what you love and let it kill you.”

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

All quotes by Charles Bukowski

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Read The Signs

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All of the photography you see is the mighty work of Misan Harriman.

what if

“What is there wasn’t a video?”

white protester

“You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong.” – Malcom X

be the change

“I am no longer accepting the things I can’t change. I am changing the things I can not accept.” – Dr. Angela Davis

white supremacy problem

“White supremacy is a white problem that needs to be solved, not a Black problem to be empathized with.”

black lives

“The system is stained with the blood of innocent Black lives.”

single families

“They kill our daddies, then make fun of us for being fatherless.”

say their names

“Say Their Names.”

BLM we matter

“Matter is the MINIMUM. Black lives are worthy. Black lives are beloved. Black lives are needed.”

wrong generation

“Ya’ll f*ckin’ with the wrong generation! Watch this space! Power to the People.”

white priviledge

“Admit your privilege.”

chosen side oppressor

“If you are neutral in a situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

tolerating

“Tolerating racism is RACISM.”

part of the problem

“If you’re not outraged, you’re part of the problem!”

white silence

“White silence = white violence.”

enough is enough

“You take our beauty. You take our culture. You take our lives. Enough is Enough.”

bad apple rotten

“It’s not one Bad Apple. It’s a Rotten Tree.”

defind the police

“End police immunity. Fund Black communities.”

not sure

“If you’re not sure how to respond, LISTEN. If you’re not sure what to read, RESEARCH. If you’re not sure what to do, DONATE, PARTICIPATE, PETITION. “Not sure” becomes “not my problem”. It’s not enough to be “not sure”, when racism is still impacting lives.

stand in solidarity

“Solidarity. Not just sympathy!”

silence is

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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All photography by Misan Harriman 2020

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Nothing But Matchsticks

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If you want to understand what’s happening in California, I highly suggest reading an article written last summer by Mark Arax.

Below is a blurb and link to the full article.

“The Indians gave us the natural forest. Much of it was patchy, and the trees grew to differing heights,” he said. “This combination of open ground and uneven canopy kept the fires from raging. Now the fires are raging. They’re racing from forest to suburbia, and we’re scratching our heads trying to figure out why.

“Remember,” he said, “fire is a natural event in a healthy forest. It starts by lightning strike and usually burns itself out quickly. But before it does, it scorches the forest floor and thins out lower branches and shrubs. This helps tame the next fire. This allows new trees to generate. The timber companies could have worked inside that natural cycle and harvested a sustainable amount of wood. Instead, they were allowed to clear-cut the old growth and plant new trees one on top of the other.”

He was talking about how industrialized agriculture had come to the mountain. “So the trees are just another crop?” I asked.

“That’s right,” he said. “The growth is so uniform that when fire hits it, it becomes a blowtorch. The trees are nothing but matchsticks. Get a spark up, and she’s gone.”

“You’re saying we’ve turned our forest into easy kindling. But what about the kindling of all these houses?” I asked.

“Even though I was the head of state Forestry and Fire, I couldn’t stop it. When I left the agency, I wrote that these were ‘unprecedented patterns of human settlement’ in areas that John Muir had called God’s wildness. The settlement patterns resulted in perhaps the most rapid and massive disruption of natural fire regimes and watersheds ever experienced on earth.”

Link to the full article:

https://story.californiasunday.com/gone-paradise-fire

 

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