Archive of January 2014

Jan 31, 2014

Take back your self respect. Do it today – try it right now. Wear something ugly. Do something stupid. Tell someone the truth.

It doesn't fucking matter.

Jan 30, 2014

Either way, you're going to be dead soon. You might as well do something fun, in the meantime.
— (via Balls)

Jan 29, 2014

The epitome of Western privilege's offensiveness is to have more than one needs materially, yet still fail to achieve happiness with it. [...] The prevailing ethos is to maximize earnings (and therefore consumption) in an effort to make the time we're not at work satisfying and meaningful. Instead, we could be scaling down our lifestyle spending, enabling us to accept work that actually contributes to our personal fulfillment, rather than merely funds our after-hours attempts to buy it.

Jan 28, 2014

The urge to characterize dogs as like ourselves speaks to our ignorance and to the failure of imagination. As humans who control the arena of judgment, we cannot brook the humility demanded in confronting what we cannot understand, what we do not know.
— Gregory Berns, How Dogs Love Us (via Dogs Are Not People | Boston Review)

Jan 27, 2014

We find greater lightness & ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves & other beings.
— Sharon Salzberg, The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love & Compassion
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something in life.
You'll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do.

Jan 25, 2014

Goldberg and the anti-narcissist brigade – and maybe all of us – may be victims of a bigger, existential version of this: an unwillingness to concede that "who we are" is something rather unstable. There's nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia. But believing that change happens only to your environment, or other people, makes life harder to navigate: it means you'll always assume it's your spouse, job or city that's not how he, she or it used to be, rather than yourself – thus blinding you to possible solutions when tensions arise.

Jan 24, 2014

You must unlearn what you have learned.

Jan 23, 2014

Our pleasures are not material pleasures, but symbols of pleasure – attractively packaged but inferior in content.
— Alan Watts
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