Art comics by Colin Tom
Art comics by Colin Tom
Why isn’t there a line at the library?
If any other institution was giving away essential items, it would be a sensation. The grocery store, the car dealership, even the laundromat would have a line out the door.
And now that we’ve moved many elements of the library online, it’s even easier to access.
A century ago, information was truly scarce and books were far more expensive than they are now. A decade ago, obtaining the instructions on how to do something was difficult indeed.
“It’s too expensive,” or “I can’t get access to it,” used to be really good excuses. But they obscured the truth: “It’s too much work.”
And that’s the answer to the question. It’s too much work to change our minds. It’s too much work to dance with the fear of failure. It’s too much work to imagine walking through the world differently.
That doesn’t have to be the case. We can refuse to be brainwashed into accepting the status quo, and we can commit to finding the others, engaging with them and leveling up.
If we care enough.
Written by Seth Godin. (I snagged this post from his blog.)
“Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
Quote by Arundhati Roy
“The weight of the world is love.
Under the burden of solitude,
under the burden of dissatisfaction,
the weight we carry is love.”
“I saw the best minds of my generation who threw their watches off the roof to cast their ballot for Eternity outside of Time, and alarm clocks fell on their heads every day for the next decade.”
“I have no other possessions of value but my soul.”
“Every American wants MORE MORE of the world and why not, you only live once. But the mistake made in America is persons accumulate more more dead matter, machinery, possessions & rugs & fact information at the expense of what really counts as more: feeling, good feeling, sex feeling, tenderness feeling, mutual feeling. You own twice as much rug if you’re twice as aware of the rug.”
“Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.”
“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world.”
“What if someone gave a war and Nobody came?”
“I have been wrathful all my life, angry against my father and all others. My wrath must end. All my images now are of heaven.”
“Our heads are round so thought can change direction”
“We’re all golden sunflowers inside.”
“Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’s listening.”
All quotes & poems by Allen Ginsberg
There was a video I wanted to share with you. But I wasn’t able to embed it in the blog. You’ll have to CLICK HERE to watch it. It’s so good! You’re gonna love it. Leonardo Drew’s work will blow you away. You’ve got to see him in his art studio, explaining his process.
“There are two ways to simplify your life.
One way is eliminating the things from your life that don’t really matter, until you are left with what you need.
This is the rational way to proceed, and it works. Experts and practitioners speak of it with authority. There are steps to take and things to accomplish and ideas to exchange. You can really get somewhere this way.
The other way is the art of filling your life with what you love most in the world. Love has a strange emancipating power that lets everything else fall away.
Your heart allows you to sense this mysterious force. In some way, Love has the power to displace many things.”
Text & photography from RowdyKittens
“The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.”
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?”
“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.”
“How wrong are those simpletons, of whom the world is full, who look more at color than at the figures which show spirit and movement.”
“What do you despise? By this you are truly known.”
“Ancora Imparo.” (Yet I am learning.)
“Patience is eternal genius.”
“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”
“I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.”
“If I am more alive because love burns and chars me,
as a fire, given wood or wind, feels new elation,
it’s that he who lays me low is my salvation,
and invigorates the more, the more he scars me.”
“I live and love in God’s peculiar light.”
“My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness.”
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”
“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.”
“Critique by creating.”
All quotes and poems by Michelangelo Buonarroti
Portrait of Michelangelo by Baccio Bandinelli 1522
The Language of Empire 2010
Seeds of Our Ancestors 2014
Land Rights and Climate Change 2019
Water and Food Justice 2020