“[I]n the forests where butterflies, jackals, and flaming squirrels are lovers, the eye, turned into a prism with all its faces in spasm, leads us like a horse through a universe in ashes.”—Ghérasim Luca, The Passive Vampire (via foxesinbreeches)
“No, listen, what happened was this: they lied to you, sold your ideas of good & evil, gave you distrust of your body & shame for your prophethood of chaos, invented words of disgust for your molecular love, mesmerized you with inattention, bored you with civilization & all its usurious emotions.”—Hakim Bey, 1984 (via weirdawnofdreams)
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
-Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell
"Some day after we have mastered the winds, the waves and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love; and then for a second time in the history of the world, humans will have discovered fire.”
-Teilhard de Chardin
The subject tonight is Love And for tomorrow night as well. As a matter of fact I know of no better topic For us to discuss Until we all Die!
-Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky
"Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love."
"Any thought that is not filled with love seems unholy."
"Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who treat you spitefully."
"Right now, we are appearing as the very light of consciousness, alive as love, although we may require some training, like an artist would, to fully offer our self as love’s gift."
-David Deida from “Waiting to Love”
"There is no remedy for love but to love more."
"To love is to tilt with the lightning, two bodies routed by a single honey’s sweet."
When I think of you, fireflies in the marsh rise like the soul’s jewels, lost to eternal longing, abandoning my body
Pillowed on your thighs in a dream garden, little flower with its perfumed stamen, singing, sipping from the stream of you — sunset, moonlight — our song continues.
"Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth." - Umberto Eco
States That Slashed Their Prison Populations Have Seen Disproportionate Drops In Crime, Too
"Between 1999 and 2012, state prison populations in all 50 states increased 10 percent, as states continued their over-reliance on drug war policies and harsh sentencing. But New York and New Jersey simultaneously bucked that trend, each decreasing their prison populations by 26 percent during that same period.
"Nationwide, crime rates declined over this decade. But in those two states, the crime rates dropped even more, despite their reverse pattern of locking fewer and fewer people up. California, which saw a significant decrease of 23 percent, also saw its violent crime drop even more than national levels."
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I taste what you taste. I know the kind of lyrics your Soul most likes. I know which sounds will become Resplendent in your mind and bring such pleasure Your feet will jump and whirl.
When anything touches or enters your body Never say it is not God, for He is Just trying to get close.
I have no use for divine patience — my lips are always Burning and everywhere. I am running from every corner Of this world and sky wanting to kiss you;
I am every particle of dust and wheat — you and I Are ground from His Own Body. I am rioting at your door; I am spinning in midair like golden falling leaves Trying to win your glance.
I am sweetly rolling against your walls and shores All night, even though you are asleep. I am singing from The mouths of animals and birds honoring our beloved’s promise and need: to let you know the Truth.
My dear, when anything touches or enters your body Never say it is not God, for He and I are Just trying to get close to you.
God and I are rushing From every corner of existence, needing to say, "We are yours."
-by Hafiz translated by Daniel Ladinsky from the book *The Subject Tonight Is Love*
"Most importantly, watch out for the dark side of your own idealism and of your moral sense. Both come from our arsenal of natural instincts. And both easily degenerate into an excuse for attacks on others.
"When our righteous indignation breathes the flames of anger against a ‘villain,’ we all too often become a fang in nature’s scheme of tooth and claw. No Martians or heavenly saviors will arrive to save us from our inborn evil. We must battle the nature outside of us and within us in order to save our selves.”
Some of my readers complain when I quote a public figure they consider a bad person. Once I cited philosopher Bertrand Russell, and a woman from Austin berated me: “Russell was a terrible father! How dare you give him any credence?”
Another time I invoked the wisdom of ex-U.S. president Teddy Roosevelt. “What possessed you to quote such a militaristic bully?” wrote an outraged emailer.
Recently, some readers of FB became enraged when I quoted William S. Burroughs and Carlos Castaneda. “Terrible men!” they said.
This week, some readers were miffed because I quoted the evangelical pastor Rick Warren in the Pisces horoscope.
Here’s how I respond to these grumbles: If I refused to learn from people unless I agreed with everything they had ever said and done, I would never learn from anyone.
Furthermore, I don’t necessarily agree with every nuance of every quote I cite. They may teach me, rile me up, and provoke me to think, but that doesn’t mean I endorse them 100 percent. What’s more likely is that I question some aspect of their thought.
What about you? Have you set up your life so that everyone is either on or off your good list? If so, consider the possibility of cultivating a capacity to derive insight from people who aren’t perfect. Have fun learning from people you partially agree with and partially disagree with.
Here are examples of some of the other people from whom I have drawn important teachings and inspiration despite their sins:
Thomas Jefferson and George Washington owned slaves until they died, and Benjamin Franklin owned slaves most of his adult life.
Dr. Seuss had an affair with another woman while his wife was suffering from cancer, and his wife subsequently committed suicide.
Einstein cheated on his wife and treated her horrendously.
William Blake lived in absolute filth.
Edgar Allan Poe married his 13-year-old cousin when he was 26.
One biographer of Carl Jung said Jung was a racist, an anti-Semite, and a misogynist.
Martin Luther King Jr. cheated on his wife.
The painter Peter Paul Rubens married a 16-year-old female when he was 53.
D. H. Lawrence didn’t include a single laugh, chuckle, or grin in the entirety of his literary work.