“Lie down and look up at the ceiling and breathe with those curiously fragile lungs of yours and remind yourself: Don’t worry. Don’t worry. All is as it was meant to be. It was meant to be lonely and terrifying and unfair and heaving. Don’t worry.”—The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home, Condos (via splitterherzen)
We’re big fans of the faceless old woman over here.
Also, this morning I met a puppy. It looked like a chihuahua/dachshund mix. It was tiny! It kept trying to climb up into my hand as I kneeled down to pet it. Eventually I realized it was because it was trying to get up to where it could lick my face! It wanted to give me kisses! So cute.
You know how sometimes you’re out and about, maybe buying groceries or whatever, and you spot a member of the appropriate sex that just makes you go “Dayyyum!” and you hope that was just inside your head but you really don’t care because dayyyum and you walk a little taller with a little more pep in your step and maybe it doesn’t quite make your day but it comes close and at least makes your hour or two?
Thank you, potential Katee Sackhoff stunt double, for wearing those boots today.
“Give up defining yourself - to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.”— Eckhart Tolle (via purplebuddhaproject)
“You know, people sometimes say I broke an “oath of secrecy,” that was one of the early charges leveled against me. But it’s a fundamental misunderstanding, because there is no oath of secrecy for people who work in the intelligence community. You’re asked to sign a civil agreement, called “Standard Form 312,” which basically says, if you disclose classified information they can sue you, they can do this, that and the other. And you stand at risk of going to jail. But you are also asked to take an oath, and that’s the oath of service. The oath of service is not to secrecy; it’s to the Constitution—to protect it against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That’s the oath that I kept, that James Clapper and Keith Alexander did not.”—
Edward Snowden interviewed by Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen in The Nation. Edward Snowden Speaks: A Sneak Peek at an Exclusive Interview
We recently met with the courageous whistleblower for over three hours in Moscow for a wide-ranging conversation on surveillance, technology and politics.
“The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life’s challenges when they come. Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious. You can use a challenge to awaken you, or you can allow it to pull you into even deeper sleep. The dream
of ordinary unconsciousness then turns into a nightmare.”— Eckhart Tolle
So in time travel stories whenever someone gets asked for the date, and they answer, and our hapless protagonist is like ‘no, but like, what /year/???’ the person always gives them a weird look before answering and tbh I don’t really get that because if someone asked me what year it was I’d just be like ‘yeah haha I know right? I’m still writing 2012 on everything’
“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”— Alan Wilson Watts (via purplebuddhaproject)
“The idea is that since the main goal of all private corporations is to make money, they’ll be much more willing than the government is to cut costs and eliminate waste. The result, conservatives and libertarians say, will be more efficient, responsible, and responsive services. That’s the theory, at least. In reality, privatization of public services has been a total disaster wherever it’s been tried. And, as a new report from the Center for Media and Democracy shows, it’s also created huge opportunities for fraud and corruption. The report, which was released today and is titled “Pay to Prey,” focuses on how Republican governors in states all across the country used the cover of privatization to enrich campaign donors and political cronies. The worst culprits include some the biggest names in Republican politics.”—A Red State Privatization Horror Story (via azspot)
“The ego says, ‘I shouldn’t have to suffer,’ and that thought makes you suffer so much more. It is a distortion of the truth, which is always paradoxical. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it.”— Eckhart Tolle (via purplebuddhaproject)
“Don’t look for peace. Don’t look for any other state than the one you are in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious resistance. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender”— Eckhart Tolle
Just putting this here because I believe things more when I write them down
If I took all the energy spent worrying about the doing the thing and put it into actually doing the thing, I wouldn’t have to worry about how much energy it’s going to take to do the the thing. Also, the thing would already be done.
“In the United States, the advertising and public relations industry is huge. Back in the more honest days, they called it propaganda. Now the term doesn’t sound nice, so it’s not used anymore, but it’s basically a huge propaganda system which is designed very extensively for quite specific purposes. First of all, it has to undermine markets by trying to create irrational, uninformed consumers who will make irrational choices. That’s what advertising is about, the opposite of what a market is supposed to be, and anybody who turns on a television set can see that for themselves. It has to do with monopolization and product differentiation, all sorts of things, but the point is that you have to drive the population to irrational consumption, which does separate them from one another.”—Noam Chomsky (via azspot)
I think of doctors/therapists as expert consultants, like a tax agent. their job’s to do a lot of specialised research & be able to summarise it for ppl who don’t have the time or ability to do it themselves so those ppl can make informed decisions.
I think that’s a good way of looking at one way doctors and therapists can be helpful. There are also a few other things:
Good doctors and therapists often have a lot of experience working with a lot of people who have similar problems. That can lead them to develop a lot of useful intuitions that you can’t get just from reading research even if you have a lot of time to devote to it.
They also often have access to supervisors with more professional experience and wisdom who can help them to check their perspective.
(The intuitions of the doctors and therapists you might consult are not infallible and can go badly wrong. The same is true of their supervisors. But they can also be very, very useful).
Also, if you have a chronic condition, mental illness, or neurological disorder, you will probably often deal with doctors who are less familiar with the current research on your condition than you are. This is particularly the case if your condition is relatively rare. Doctors/therapists can still have useful expertise in other ways in that situation, for instance:
Someone who doesn’t understand why an IUD is necessary treatment for your condition may still know how to insert one safely
Someone who doesn’t know anything about autism might still know useful things about recovery from trauma
Someone who doesn’t know why one medication is a better treatment than another for your condition might still know how to monitor for toxic side effects and interactions with other drugs
In any case, no matter why a doctor or therapist is helpful to you, they’re an expert you’re consulting. If they start acting like a brain slug and try to prevent you from thinking or acting for yourself, that’s a major red flag.