Nationalism does nothing but teach you to hate people you never met, and to take pride in accomplishments you had no part in.
Q:What are your thoughts on what's going on in Ukraine?
I knew Asians were minimalist, but gheezus.
I want a world that sees people as people who have preferences they can’t control.
Don’t waste your time explaining who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.
Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.
If you do not know how to take care of yourself, and the violence in you, then you will not be able to take care of others. You must have love and patience before you can truly listen to your partner or child. If you are irritated you cannot listen. You have to know how to breath mindfully, embrace your irritation and transform it. Offer ONLY understand and compassion to your partner or child - This is the true practice of love.
What is wrong with the world is most fundamentally that people respond to evil with evil.
John Howard Yoder, The War of the Lamb: The Ethics of Nonviolence and Peacemaking, p. 54 (via matthewclan)
Be careful Matthew. You’re starting to sound like an Anarchist, like Jesus was. :-)
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You’re not scared. You’re an asshole.
Americans: The only people who can be horrified at Russian homophobia, but thrilled that we murder brown children with drones in countries they couldn’t even find on a map.
There is no such thing as an ‘illegal’ person. It’s ridiculous to think that it can be illegal to be born in the wrong place. Makes no sense on any level.
You are prejudiced against all cops the way people are prejudiced against all gays.
My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me, and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing, and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.
Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.
An anarchist is someone who doesn’t need a cop to make him behave.