That song taught me a lot. What I learned is not exactly what you would expect. It wasn’t what some of the critics & some of the feminist women were feeling about it. Cuz I can explain that. What I got was the opposite; that most women are good girls, but even good girls have bad thoughts, so there is a blurred lines.
But people like to sound bite, and say, ‘you said women are animals. You’re such a misogynist!”
All I was saying was, “that man is not your maker”. Meaning he’s not the creator, and he is not part of the evolution. He cannot give birth, he cannot make an egg. [And that ] you’re not a possession.
We ignore those who adore us, adore those who ignore us, love those who hurt us, and hurt those who love us.
You have a choice in how you treat anyone. You can treat someone compassionately and lovingly, or you can treat people with condemnation and aggression.
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.