There is a shipwreck between your ribs. You are a box with fragile written on it, and so many people have not handled you with care.
And for the first time, I understand that I will never know how to apologize for being one of them.
–“What It Took To Understand,” Shinji Moon
There is a vast chasm between confidence in your abilities, and an over-inflated ego. Ego says “I can do no wrong”, whereas confidence says “I can get this right.” Confidence says “I’m valuable” while ego says “I’m invaluable.” This is a critical difference in mindset.
—Get Over Yourself: How Your Ego Sabotages Your Creativity | 99U
(via She Who Shall Not be Linked to)
For an indigenous person, choosing not to vanish, not to feel inferior, not to hate oneself, becomes an intensely political act.
–Theresa Harlan, “Creating A Visual History: A Question of Ownership”
(via This… is White Privilege)
It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.
–Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot
(via Egyptian Soapbox)
The racial and ethnic demographics of the Don’t Say Gay polling are of interest, too. 75% of those who identified as Hispanic said that teachers should be able to discuss other sexual orientations; 60% of Black respondents gave that answer; only 46% of White respondents thought so. And this is interesting to me because so many white liberals whisper to me: “You know, the Black community is so conservative on these issues.” Yeah, I don’t know anything of the kind. These anti-gay bills in TN come from a segment of the White community.
–Chris Sanders (from the Tennessee Equality Project)
(via Queering the Game of Life)
Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.
—The Little Prince
(via Free Bird)
This is basically how I feel about all manner of human involvement. I feel like it makes me seem insensitive to my friends when they’re feeling insecure or scared in new relationships, and I’m just like, “Well, yeah, I mean, in the long run this is probably going to hurt you. That doesn’t negate the validity and worth and joy of what you’re experiencing right now.”
This is a statement that I find comforting and reassuring, but judging by CC’s reaction last night, that is not common. #oops