“ In general, I think we need to move away from the premise that being a good person is a fixed immutable characteristic and shift towards seeing being good as a practice. And it is a practice that we carry out by engaging with our imperfections. We need to shift towards thinking that being a good person is like being a clean person. Being a clean person is something you maintain and work on every day.We don’t assume ‘I am a clean person therefore I don’t need to brush my teeth.’ When someone suggests to us that we have something stuck in our teeth we don’t say to them ‘What do you mean I have something stuck in my teeth—but I’m a clean person?!’ ”
Jay Smooth in his TED speech “how I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race” (via tropicanastasia)
Jay Smooth almost always a reblog
Dude nailed it. We all need to work at being good. Even if we think we are.
This is Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon. She died on September 1, 1914 in the Cincinnati Zoo. Shortly thereafter, her body was packed in ice and sent by railroad to Washington, DC, to become a part of the National Museum of Natural History’s collection as a lasting legacy of the harm that can be done to the natural world by humans. Just decades prior, the Passenger Pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America. The disappearance of the species helped ignite the modern conservation movement.
For the Centennial of her death, Martha was recently brought out for display and is currently on view in the exhibition Once There Were Billions, Vanished Birds of North America. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries in partnership with the National Museum of Natural History and the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the exhibition tells the story of the last Passenger Pigeon, a member of a species that once numbered in the billions, along with the disappearance of the Great Auk, Carolina Parakeet, and Heath Hen. These extinctions reveal the fragile connections between species and their environment.
The Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of Natural History, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library will be hosting a Twitter Chat on September 2, 2014 from 2-3 pm Eastern Time. This is your chance to ask questions about the Passenger Pigeon, extinction, and biodiversity literature.
once there were billions
“ The world we live in. Is it fucked up? Yes. Is it unfair? Without a doubt. Can we change everything to make it better? Highly unlikely. Is that a reason to give up? No. Should we turn blind eyes to the negative aspects? HELL no. What should we do, then? Simple: We change what we have the power to change, acknowledge what we can’t in hopes that someone else eventually can figure out how to, and in the interim make our own situations the best they can be. It won’t be easy, that’s for sure. But it’s still good to try. ”
Scott Udell (via wnq-writers)
“ It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days…Lightly, lightly—it’s the best advice ever given me. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly, my darling. ”
Aldous Huxley (via wordsthat-speak)
Degrees of Emotion
It annoys me to no end when people have a bad day and talk about how “depressed" they are. So, I made some emotional scales. These show the extremes of emotions and the most minimal state of the emotion.
These are wonderful for writers~
“ The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. ”
Maya Angelou (via writingbox)
“ We are like water, aren’t we? We can be fluid, flexible when we have to be. But strong and destructive, too. And something else, I think to myself. Like water, we mostly follow the path of least resistance. ”
Wally Lamb, We Are Water (via wordsnquotes)
love wally lamb
“ Self-image is the cloak your brain wears, it’s the film that dictates your abilities and passions. Oftentimes, self-image is the little voice in your head, which limits or liberates your mind. Don’t confuse your brain with your mind. Your brain functions and exercises but your mind designs. Create your self-image to your liking. ”
Anonymous (via wnq-writers)
“ I understand. That’s the trouble. I understand. I’ll understand all the time. All day and all night. Especially all night. I’ll understand. You don’t have to worry about that. ”
Ernest Hemingway, Winner Take Nothing (via wordsnquotes)
Too soon we discover
our brief journey ends
and the curtain drops
as darkness descends
Savor each moment
take part in the play
time passes so fast
enjoy each new day
Our hours numbered
who knows how many
moments are magic
dare we waste any
Make it worthwhile
it’s your story to tell
and above all else
be sure to love well