Raising boys and girls the same way is utter nonsense. Boys and girls are different people. To raise them the same assumes they are the same. This is not only a disservice to each, it is violence against their souls…
Not being heard is no reason for silence. ~Victor Hugo The voiced voiceless are ignored by the powerful because they lack the funds to purchase a seat at the table where decisions are made by the few at the expense of the multitudes. Perpetrated long enough, less than a generation, more quickly if those with […]
Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others. ~Virginia Woolf It is comforting to believe that, as we age, maturity and increasing wisdom are inevitable. That we are less influenced by fantasy than reality, that we are able to discern real from fake news. But, I have encountered no evidence indicating the […]
The desert is a place of schizophrenic existence. It’s either purity or impurity. It’s either divinity or the devil. ~Unknown Desert sands tumble through my veins. I am fully aware of the scraping sounds produced when grains crash one into the other. These are not just any sands. They are not the titanium white gypsum […]
I have never seen a bear skinned open but I’ve heard some say that beneath the fur, the bear is human. ~Craig Childs Is it the ability to speak and write that makes man the most arrogant of animals? All beings communicate so the speaking component does not really set us apart from our fellow […]
To name a thing is to give it a second creation, a creation by the viewer. ~Richard Shelton I am torn between wanting to know the name of every being I encounter in wild spaces and fearing the act of naming will bind them to a word and blind me to their evolving essence, the […]
Old myths, like languages Grow legs and wander away. ~Roger Moore I oft wonder what happened to the Gods of ancient days? Did the masons carving their images trap them in the monoliths? Did unrequited love turn them into stone with the final breaths of their devoted?
We are all on a hero’s journey. ~Joseph Campbell Life is born of struggle and struggle we do unto the grave. From the moment we are squeezed from the narrow tunnel like a zit released that sprays onto the mirror until we struggle with our last breaths and the final trapped in our lungs. No […]
For some unknown reason, this [anti-abortion] branch of Christianity cherishes the unborn and hates the living person. ~Vine Deloria Jr. What is it that draws a person to worship the velutinous flesh of the preborn only to reject them when the flesh squeezes through the birth canal and walks the earth as a post born?
The walls are the publishers of the poor. ~Eduardo Galeano There is a scene in the Monty Python movie, Life of Brian, where Brian writes on the walls, “Romani ite Domum” (Romans go home). The oppressed striking out against the oppressor with the only highly visible space available, the city walls, to gain a sliver, […]
Knights view the world as a cataclysmic conflict with winners and losers, with battles to be fought, and with right and wrong as dominant drivers. Gardners…have the instinct to look for ways to heal, to connect, and to grow the people they encounter. These biases affect the way people buy groceries, practice a religion (or […]
I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I’ve never met an ordinary man, woman, or child. ~Joseph Campbell I am a firm believer that every human being matters no matter if they are exalted by the masses, shunned as an untouchable, or an orange haired racist residing in America’s number one […]
It breaks my heart when I meet a person and learn they are hiding parts of themselves so the can appear to fit in. ~Unknown One of the greatest gifts I received from my parents, besides unconditional love, was their coaching to ensure we each bloomed into our own flower be it red or yellow […]
War and peace start in the human heart and whether the heart is open or whether that heart closes has global implications. ~Pema Chodron An open heart is at peace with the world. A closed heart is at war with itself. Peace outside the self reflects internal peace. War with the self manifests as ware […]
I don’t believe there are dangerous writers: the danger of certain books is not in the books themselves but in the passion of their readers. ~Octavio Paz Gunpowder is an uninteresting chemical compound until it is compressed then ignited unleashing violence beyond its scant physical dimensions. The violence can be channeled for devastation as when […]
No one behind, no one ahead. The path the ancients cleared as closed. And the other path, easy and wide, goes nowhere. I am alone and find my way. ~Octavio Paz I am all for learning from history, standing on the shoulders of giants past to see possible futures. The giant’s view was limited by […]
Once the business of food and home has been solved, the next thing humans strive for are reasons to feel superior to others, and resources with which to demonstrate their superiority. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón One, two, I am better than you. Three, four, get the hell out my door. Five, six, you belong with the […]
By virtue of being alive, our bodies have energy. Upon death, the physical energy dissipates to null and the blob decays. Until death, the internal energy resonates sending vibration into the universe stimulating the surroundings. Those vibration waves dissipate over distance – perhaps linearly, perhaps exponentially.
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. ~Mark Twain Muricans has confused being a patriot, standing up for and protecting one’s country, with believing their country is right even when performing evil against humanity either inside or outside the imaginary lines called borders.