The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on. ~Julia Alvarez I tend to view kindness received as a debt, a blade-wielding pendulum slowly descending until I repay the originator with interest accrued. I repay as quickly as possible because I am uncomfortable carrying the albatross around my soul. Advertisements
He had to imagine the scene and put himself as always on the side of the victim. ~Julio Cortázar To see a human suffering at the hands of an oppressor, be it an individual or institutional, triggers emotion in an empathic person. The emotion may bleed for the oppressed or rejoice that the oppressor enacted […]
The sun, saddened by the news, disappeared behind a thick layer of white clouds. ~Jaume Cabré We ascribe emotion as a lofty realm attainable only by the highest order species, namely humans and, begrudgingly, the only being with a higher brain-body ratio, Dolphins. This is outright arrogance, an emotion humanity exhibits in no short supply.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. ~Cassandra Clare To be influenced by literature or poetry requires empathy. Without empathy, it is impossible to enjoy literature, other than as a study in connected words. Without empathy, it is impossible to feel the emotions of actors, to swim in their pain […]
Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, we fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness. ~Kahlil Gibran We destroy to create without thought to balancing the loss against the gain. Trees felled to make paper. Mountains gutted to find the coal to create heat. Nations annihilated […]
“Why are you sad?” “Because you speak to me in words and I look to you with feelings.” ~Leo Tolstoy For the longest time, I looked down with disdain at emotion, tried to ignore the fact of feeling in human beings, erase the constituent component that is needed for humans to be fully human. My […]
No one knows precisely how sentient is a piñon pine, for example, or to what degree such wood organisms can feel pain or fear, and in any case the road builders had more important things to worry about, but this much is clearly established as scientific fact: a living tree, once uprooted, takes many days […]