Friday, June 27, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

I wonder if you can.

I see inequality as the abuse of power. It’s the failure of a society to value its citizens equally, and the success of institutions (governments, corporations, etc.) in keeping some people oppressed and exploited. I don’t see equality as equal opportunity; that’s not enough. We can have an academic conversation about how everyone in a society would have the same opportunity to succeed and be safe if only they applied themselves fully. In practice this isn’t true, because the oppressed, the weak and the less powerful have less access to resources and opportunities. In fact rampant capitalism ensures and entrenches that. Inequality is one of the roots of injustice, and one of the biggest contributing factors to crime and violence (including war). It’s the result of unchecked privilege and of the inability to empathize. It’s the ritual humiliation of the less powerful for the benefit of the more powerful. It’s depressing and tragic, and the worst part is it’s completely unnecessary and totally avoidable, even in a capitalist economy. So, when I see inequality, I see a society that has chosen to keep some of its members subjugated, even though all evidence and observation says that it’s destructive and completely preventable.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I am just like you.

Whatever is on my mind, I say it as I feel it, I'm truthful to myself; I'm young and I'm old, I've been bought and I've been sold, so many times. I am hard-faced, I am gone.

Ray LaMontagne - Empty

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I don't want to leave.

- So don't. Stay here with me. We'll start a jazz band.

Mark Willms - So Into You

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's just one story. The oldest.

-Hey, uh... Didn't, uh... didn't you tell me one time at dinner once, maybe, about you used to... you used to make up stories about the stars?
-Yeah, that was-- that was, um, in A-Alaska, under the-- under the night skies.
-Yeah, you used to lay there and look up, yeah, at the stars?
-Yeah, and you remember I... I never watched a TV till I was 17, so there wasn't much to fuckin' do out there besides walk around and explore and--
-And... and look up at the stars and make up stories. Like what?
-I tell you, Marty, I've been up in that room looking out those windows every night here and just thinking... It's just one story. The oldest.
-What's that? -Light versus dark.
-Well, I know we ain't in Alaska, but... appears to me that the dark has a lot more territory.
-Yeah. You're right about that.
-Hey, listen, hey.
-Yeah, what?
-Why don't you point me in the direction of the car, man?
I've spent enough of my fuckin' life in hospitals.
-Jesus. Oh. You know what? I'd protest, but it occurs to me that you're unkillable. You want to go back, get clothes or anything?
-No, anything I left back there, I don't need. You know, you're looking at it wrong, the... sky thing. -How is that?
-Well, once, there was only dark. If you ask me, the light's winning.
True Detective (2014- )

The Hat ft. Father John Misty & S.I. Istwa - The Angry River

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days

before you've actually left them.

John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I've never loved anyone the way I loved you.

Me too. Now we know how.

Arcade Fire - Song on the Beach