News and Inspiration about Humanity's Next Phase: Authentic Freedom
"Protests are appealing to the powers that be, to be nicer. We don't do that. ... If there's a community that doesn't have drinking water because there is no well, ... you go off and you dig the well yourself and dare them to stop you." —David Graeber, Anthropologist
And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!”
And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”"
I Wrote This for You by Iain Thomas (via perfect)
“Do you really want the wages of workers at your local stores to increase ?? Do it - Increase his wages. Give the guy a tip. The next time you’re in a fast-food restaurant, slip a buck to the order taker who explains your food preferences to the grill cook. When you’re in a clothing store, slip a buck to the dresser sharing how the new seasons blouses will coordinate with your older slacks and skirts. When you’re in a food store, slip a buck to the greengrocer misting the broccoli. When you’re in the hardware store, slip a buck to the handyman who explains why you don’t want carriage bolts to attach picture frames over the freshly glued wallpaper. When you pick up your dry cleaning, slip a buck to the line worker who sorts the clean clothing by owner, folds it and wraps it in porous brown paper to better dissipate the cleaning-solvent fumes. When you’re at the butcher shop, slip a buck to the meat cutter who expertly trims the crown roast you’ll be serving on Christmas Eve. When you’re at the auto garage, slip a buck to the mechanic that has been timing your car’s engine, adjusting the carburetor, changing plugs, points and engine coolant for 100,000 miles because if you decide to keep driving the ol’ jalopy, he’ll know from experience when your transmission will need to be overhauled. When you’re at the barber shop, slip Nick an extra buck because he hot-towels your face, strops the razor every time and listens to your bullshit without forgetting to trim your sideburns.”
Leslie Morgan Steiner was in an abusive relationship, though at first she didn’t realize it. In a talk at TEDxRainier, she tells the disturbing story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence or an absuive relationship, you can find a list of resources here. The U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), and RAINN offers a secure online hotline.
Abuse thrives only in silence.
1. If you’re procrastinating because you’re feeling stuck (eg, if you don’t really understand a school assignment, or you don’t know what’s expected, or you don’t know where to start) then pluck up the courage to ask for some help. When you know what you’re doing, it’s easier to work.
2. Remind yourself that most decisions aren’t major. If you get it wrong, you can start over again … or change your direction … or have another try.
3. If the task seems overwhelming, just take a baby step. That, at least, will get you moving – so the next step’s easier.
4. Tell yourself that you can suffer for up to twenty minutes – and then you’ll return to doing things you want to do. You’ll be surprised to discover that “suffering’s” not that bad.
5. Decide to do the task as soon as you get up – as the more you put it off, the worse it’s going to seem!
6. Don’t pretend that other work counts just as much as what you’re leaving. Simply acting like you’re busy won’t make it go away. Be honest with yourself … and do what’s most important first.