The Reverend Aric Clark, bringing the fire.(via tiffanyb)
“Every people-group is guilty of dehumanizing their enemies, of course, but just as my seven year-old’s angry verbal abuse is less threatening than a grown man holding a gun issuing the same abuse, when the ones doing the dehumanizing are a powerful nation history teaches us to really be frightened. You see, despite the reputation of so-called barbarians, through history the bloodshed committed by empires like Rome, the British, and yes we Americans vastly outweighs the violence done by relatively less powerful, less “civilized” cultures. As a simple case in point we have inflicted, by the most conservative of estimates, at least 50 times as many civilian deaths in Iraq since 9/11 as were inflicted upon us. Since the imbalance in the ledgers is readily apparent we have to convince ourselves that the violence committed by these less powerful groups is of a different character than the violence we sew. We’re violent, sure, but our violence is somehow civilized while theirs is barbaric. To maintain our willful ignorance we sanitize the violence done by our society. Our cameras show only buildings exploding from afar. We create euphemisms like “Enhanced Interrogation” to hide our use of torture from ourselves.”
“Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle not your lifestyle around your career.”
“The dynamic principle of fantasy is play, a characteristic also of the child, and as such it appears inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable. It is therefore short-sighted to treat fantasy, on account of its risky or unacceptable nature, as a thing of little worth. It must not be forgotten that it is just in the imagination that a man’s highest value may lie.”
Thus ends the cruel tyranny of Summer!
Huzzah for Autumn. May you o’erturn fore’er the vexsome seasons and your orange shaded reign last a thousand generations.