E.F. Schumacher (via wordchalice)
Specifically our left brain is reductionist and thinks everything is acorns - unconnected atoms. Our right brain is holistic and integrates us into a living reality. Today too many people make their left brain their “ordinary” mind and don’t question that everything is being called acorns even when the roots and trunks and branches and leaves are all around them. What the world really needs now is not so much religious “faith” but rather a balancing dose of right brain thinking. It can come in the form of art, literature, or deeper human relationships.
Article: The Unbelievable 3D Latte Art of Kazuki Yamamoto
This early in the day I need coffee. This so deserves to be appreciated!
The Unbelievable 3D Latte Art of Kazuki Yamamoto http://www.visualnews.com/2013/05/20/the-unbelievable-3d-latte-art-of-kazuki-yamamoto/
Virginia Woolf is a heroine in our household. My 17 year old son is studying her for his HSC this year, and announced earlier this week that “A Room of One’s Own” is among his top 3 greatest literary works. (Hamlet was number 1 - “Because Shakespeare is awesome and invented the language”)
How much more productive to use pen or paintbrush to try and confront one’s demons, to explore and express one’s anguish and the darkness that comprises part of every human’s life. Then we can show our solidarity - much more authentically than always pretending to share in each others’ happiness.
The tragedy of this quote is that eventually Virginia couldn’t live with her demons. She lost her faith in life and ended it. What insights, what comforting humanity, what literary brilliance that might yet have been … was swallowed up in the river! What a shame…
We are not “tolerant” if we tolerate evil. We are complicit in it!
This is too horrific for words. There is no “God” who could allow such barbarity. There are only the gods we create in our hearts and minds, which we enshrine and call “culture”. This poor innocent was a victim of one such culture - a vile and evil culture, one that empowers depraved old men and protects THEM against justice and vengeance through a system of control called religion.
The dominant religions of our day all teach their victims to venerate their priests and mullahs and rabbis, never to question or challenge. “Submission” is what they all claim their god wants - even demands.
But such a god is only a creation of depraved hearts and minds - such priests and mullahs and rabbis want believers to submit, so THEY can have power, can feast and feed on young flesh.
The civilized world humanity is striving for should be about creating the type of culture which fosters life, discovery, experimentation, freedom, happiness. This should be the kind of “god” we enshrine and venerate. We should not tolerate, let alone protect, these other toxic forms of culture - these “religions” (a word which means “to bind” after all)
What the civilized world needs to recover is an honest but fair culture of intolerance - intolerance of evil.
Evildoers thrive on our esteeming the virtue of “tolerance”. But those who would silence the virtuous by demanding “tolerance” are deliberately misusing the word, which would become nothing more than a false and weak “acceptance” of everything, including deliberate evil. But that is a travesty of tolerance. To tolerate everything is to value nothing, including ultimately even tolerance itself. There is no virtue, no discernment, no value in such a position. Tolerance is not automatic, it must be reasonable - it must be just. To tolerate evil is an abandonment of justice, a betrayal of victims, and condemns more innocents to suffering.
Civilized people can (indeed must) respond with horror, outrage and fury at the type of behaviour reported in this article. We cannot just “tolerate” such evildoing but must call it evil, and must call any culture that fails to punish such barbarity “evil”.
Indeed, anyone who fails to be moved to righteous outrage in the face of such evil, anyone who tries to silence criticism by insisting upon a vile pretence of “tolerance”, makes themselves complicit in these crimes. They stand forever shamed in the eyes of civilized humanity.