Here is this other person with a whole background, life, and years of experiences completely separate of yours. No matter how much time you spend with her, you can never know her whole story and she can never know yours. You just hope that she can apply what she does know to guess at how your lived experience informs your everyday. Most of the time you bumble around unaware of the individuality of everyone around you but when you finally feel like you connect with someone and are experiencing a sense of oneness, you have moments of, “Whoa. You are a completely different person.” It’s crazy. You’re crazy. To expect someone other than yourself to “get” you is a few inches short of sane. And as someone who feels constantly misunderstood, this is your ultimate life goal — to find someone who can make sense of you when it’s been such a journey to make sense of yourself.
- Brittani Nichols, “The (Over)Thinker: On How To Be A Human With Another Human" [Autostraddle] (via combinatorialquotes)
Within the last hour #SuicidalTendencies announced that their bassist, Tim “Rawbiz” Williams has passed away. No other information has been released at this time but we send out our condolences to the entire S.T. camp as well as to all of Tim’s friends and family. #rip #metalheadalliance #metalheads #thrashmetal #punk #respect
Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.
- MLK on being called an “Outside Agitator” in Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963
because ignorance of past atrocities allows for disbelief of present ones
My mom painted a castle like this
> Doggie bag
BUSTED! Gov. Running #Ferguson Twitter Psyop
Thousands of bots on Twitter tweeting out the same racist, anti-Michael Brown tweets. This, at least, is detectable/provable. But rest assured, in addition to easily purchasable bots there are paid individuals representing both private and government interests who are paid to wear down your resolve, troll you, shift opinion, convolute conversations, etc. regarding private business interests, foreign interests like this Israel student union Facebook war room, but much more organized.
Although I think engaging in meaningful conversations is important, I think being vigilant for your own mental health is important. You should feel good/guiltless about blocking people, turning off the anonymous ask function, and ignoring trolls who will never try to actually have a meaningful dialogues because often their whole agenda is simply to ware you down.