The Temple of Elemental Evil
Artist: Keith Parkinson
funny enough, we just started this game
emotionally manipulative things you should never say to people:
- "i would kill myself without you"
- "everyone leaves me, don’t leave me like they did"
- basically anything that guilts the other person into staying in a relationship with you
this post is important
An activist from the International Solidarity Movement blocks IDF soldiers from shooting at protesting Palestinians in Gaza, saying “You’re shooting at kids, don’t you understand that? Just pull back!“
Guys. This is a woman grappling with an armed soldier wearing nothing but a jacket.
I think we need to know her name.
this is why I wanted to be a war journalist. how powerful is this segment. why did it not make it on the news?
Because Western/US media supports Israel’s war crimes, just as the US funds and arms Israel’s ethnocidal regime.
Anonymous said: Hi, I was wondering why you still identify as a feminist despite it's many problems? I don't mean this as a personal attack or anything, just a genuine question.
Most feminists that I’ve met in person are lovely, and genuinely do want equality. Most disagreements I’ve had with them are more out of ignorance of certain issues rather than maliciousness towards men. We were all there once and I don’t think it’s very fair to fault someone for spreading x harmful and inaccurate statistic when they genuinely think it’s true. The problem is more when it’s politely pointed out to them and then they start trying to justify it. I also find it’s much easier to get people to listen to you when you use the feminist label. I guess at the end of the day I’m still optimistic about the movement, but really, whatever label you use doesn’t matter nearly as much as what you do under it.
I wouldn’t ever wanted to identify with ignorant people. But I guess I get what you said about people willing to listen if you use the feminist label. There are millions who will just dismiss you on the basis of not using it, even if what you have to say is essentially feminist (by dictionary definition or otherwise).
I guess I’m sympathetic towards feminists who have, at the end of the day, their hearts in the right places, but are ignorant, because really, I’d probably be in the exact same place had I not, by chance, found a rather obscure corner of the internet? I’m hardly an expert an analysing statistics, so if a reputable source told me the 1 in 4 statistic was true or something like that, I’d be inclined to believe them. I certainly don’t look up the studies of every single statistic that I’m ever told, so I can’t really fault others not doing it either. The vast majority of the feminists that I’ve met in real life who have been ignorant or misinformed have always been very receptive of the stuff I’ve told them regarding rape statistics, the wage gap etc, and have been shocked that they haven’t known about it. I guess a lot of it comes down to personal experiences with feminism :)
And a quick point about the whole labeling issue that I’ve only just thought of, but I guess for a lot of people who haven’t been exposed to the various flaws of feminism and the faulty information etc, the feminist vs misogynist dichotomy is very real. When you genuinely believe all that information is factual it can be very difficult to understand why someone wouldn’t be a feminist - for me personally, I always assumed feminism and wanting equal rights for women were the same thing for a long, long time. I guess it’s easier for people to understand “here are the flaws of feminism” and then “and that’s why I’m not a feminist but still support equality”, rather than hear “I’m not a feminist” first, if that makes sense?
This is a very real problem, then.
Whoa, it works:
YO THIS SHIT ACTUALLY WORKS
YES!!!! This makes my life so much easier!
IS EVERYONE ON TUMBLR NUTS OR SOMETHING?????
Yesterday one thousand antifascists held a demonstration against a neonazi squat at the working class and multi-ethnic neighborhood of Tetuan (Madrid). As usual, policemen protected neonazis of being smashed by the angry people of the hood.
They shall not pass!!!!!!
Against racism and fascism
Stickers from antifa demonstration. Madrid 30/08/2014
Oh fuck yeah!
“The great Way is easy, yet people prefer the side paths. Be aware when things are out of balance. Stay centered within the Tao. When rich speculators prosper while farmers lose their land; when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures; when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible while the poor have nowhere to turn - all this is robbery and chaos. It is not in keeping with the Tao.”
Lao Tzu - (Tao Te Ching, chapter 53, translation by Stephen Mitchell)
Lao Tzu begins today’s chapter by saying that it is easy to follow the great Way. But if it is so easy, why is it that people don’t all follow it? Don’t we like easy? Why is it that people prefer the difficult to the easy? Because that is what the side paths are. Difficult. In today’s chapter, Lao Tzu tells us exactly why that is.
Staying centered within the Tao is easy. Or, at least, it would be, if we weren’t so easily distracted and swayed by the illusion. That is what those side paths represent to us. The promise of an easier way? A short cut to happiness? I think it is more systemic than individuals making lousy choices.
Lao Tzu wants us to stay centered. To stay on the great Way. But, you hopefully remember, the monkey wrench that Lao Tzu has been pointing out all along. Powerful men and women don’t want to be centered in the Tao. And they certainly don’t want you centered in the Tao. The Tao is the great Balancer of the Universe. The great Equalizer. But that right there is a threat to those who don’t want balance and absolutely don’t want equality.
Yes, the Tao is the great Balancer. Lao Tzu warns us to beware when things are out of balance. Because, that right there, shows that powerful men and women are interfering with the Tao.
The powerful maintain their power by a very strong illusion. The illusion that without them, all would be chaos. They promise all of us protection from those who would rob and plunder us. But, like I said, that is all an illusion. They are the ones who are doing the robbing and plundering. They are the ones creating the chaos. Do you doubt this? Lao Tzu gives us examples; so that we can see exactly what he means.
When rich speculators prosper while farmers lose their land, this is a sign that things are out of balance. Rich speculators have the power to interfere with the balancing and equalizing effects of the Tao. They don’t want balance. They don’t want equality. The powerful know exactly what leaving things to the Tao will do. That is what they fear. It would mean that they won’t prosper.
When government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures, this is a sign that things are out of balance. Say what you want about the efficacy of the ALS ice bucket challenge; to me, it epitomizes what the people actually want. Cures. And more has been raised, thanks to this grassroots’ effort going viral, than any government ever spent. Governments aren’t interested in cures. They are interested in war. It is what governments do. They don’t profit from peace. They profit from war, and the weapons that they can use to wage them.
When the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible while the poor have nowhere to turn, this is a sign that things are out of balance. Marie Antoinette is alive and well. Our whole economic system is designed to throw crumbs to the poor, to keep them just barely surviving; while Marie and all like her, are living like there is no tomorrow. I am not talking about capitalism or socialism or communism. Those are all just systems of illusion used by the powerful elite to prop up their power. The Tao is so much better than any of that. But the Way of the Tao is not for the powerful elite. If the Tao was left to its own devices, billions wouldn’t be subsisting; while only a few, thrive. The Tao would be a great equalizer. The Tao would balance things out.
These are all side paths. I know why the powerful prefer them. But what I find exceedingly frustrating is when those who don’t profit from interfering with the Tao, are so inured that they can’t see the great Way before them. They continue to wear chains that only they can shake loose. I can’t loosen their bonds. Only they can.
I am thinking about what happened in Ferguson, Missouri. So close to home for me. I know too many people who rushed to defend the aggressor and blame the victim. I thought it was crystal clear, for all the world to see. Yet, I came to realize that what was so obvious to me, was just the opposite to a great number of people I know. They want to make it about race. And race is an important feature of this story. But race isn’t the only component.
The issue is about what is the role of the police in a community? And why does the question of any opposition to the status quo have to be answered with overwhelming force? Why have we allowed our local police to become militarized? And why would I expect anything different from the Congressional Black Caucus but what they offer as a solution? They are just part of the powerful elite. They have theirs. And they aren’t going to restrain the hand that feeds them.
People believe what they want to believe. And oh, the contortions they put themselves through, in order to believe the illusion. Lao Tzu would have you live free. Free of the illusions. Free of the sorrow. But if that is going to happen in your life, you will have to be aware when things are out of balance. It is not in keeping with the Tao; and, you don’t have to live this way.
Every time I come back to the Tao Te Ching, I am calmed and reminded of my calling. Collusion, violence, and subjugation manifest themselves so plainly to me every day in our society, but they are somehow invisible to most people. Whenever I call my parents, they talk and act like house slaves who have accepted their lot in life. How have we as a people become so quick to defend and put faith in the very things that keep us enslaved?
Here are some more translations of #53.
this is a tough economy for babies. really, their only job options are professional drooler, air unfreshener, and video game journalist.
emotionally manipulative things you should never say to people:
- "i would kill myself without you"
- Anonymous said:Hi, I was wondering why you still identify as a feminist despite it's many problems? I don't mean this as a personal attack or anything, just a genuine question.
Most feminists that I’ve met in person are lovely, and genuinely do want equality. Most disagreements I’ve had with them are more out of ignorance...