"You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down."
"Now, I think this is partly because even though these people gave me permission to film them, these moments felt very private. But it was also hard to watch. It’s hard to see kids suffer and mothers worry and to feel powerless before it, and it’s hard because these are problems that I was unaccustomed to. I mean, the poor are voiceless in too much of our contemporary discourse. This kid’s mom doesn’t have a Twitter or a YouTube channel and so we don’t hear about her challenges as directly as we hear about others’. Maybe that’s part of what makes it easier to look away, too, but regardless, I kept doing it. I have hours of footage of my camera looking away. I spent all this time in Ethiopia and what I videotaped most was my shoes.
"I’ve talked before about how much there is to be excited about in Ethiopia. Child death has dropped by more than two-thirds in 20 years, and that’s amazing, as is the huge growth in school attendance rates and a growing number of college graduates. But Ethiopia is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Malnutrition is common and almost half of Ethiopians don’t have access to clean water, which is probably why that boy was so sick in the first place. So I understand this urge to look away but I think to change the world, we must grapple with it as we find it. I want to live in a world where children don’t die of diarrhea and malaria, where they aren’t malnourished, where they can drink clean water. And the world I want to live in won’t come about by me looking away.
"The problem, Hank, is that if we only look away, it’s hard to listen, and it is through listening that we can learn how to actually help rather than imposing upon others our ideas for what they need.
"Here’s to trying to learn to listen and not to look away."
-John Green, “Looking Away”
In general, I think we need to move away from the premise that being a good person is a fixed immutable characteristic and shift towards seeing being good as a practice. And it is a practice that we carry out by engaging with our imperfections. We need to shift towards thinking that being a good person is like being a clean person. Being a clean person is something you maintain and work on every day.We don’t assume ‘I am a clean person therefore I don’t need to brush my teeth.’ When someone suggests to us that we have something stuck in our teeth we don’t say to them ‘What do you mean I have something stuck in my teeth—but I’m a clean person?!’
Jay Smooth in his TED speech “how I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race” (via tropicanastasia)
Jay Smooth almost always a reblog
Dude nailed it. We all need to work at being good. Even if we think we are.
Next time you’re swimming in the ocean, consider this: part of the water is older than the sun.
So concludes a team of scientists who ran computer models comparing the ratios of hydrogen isotopes over time. Taking into account new insights that the solar nebula had less ionizing radiation than previously thought, the models show that at least some of the water found in the ocean, as well as in comets, meteorites and on the moon, predate the sun’s birth. Read more
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"Don’t move as a group! You’re not gazelles!"
Emma Watson’s HeForShe Speech at the United Nations | UN Women 2014
If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer.
And in this gifset I demonstrate to you how I feel after 90% of my conversations
- Watching A Goofy Movie As A Kid: Hahahaha oh man, poor Max, that's the most embarrassing dad ever
- Watching A Goofy Movie As An Adult: YOU STUPID BRAT YOU SHOULD APPRECIATE YOUR GODDAMN TREASURE OF A FATHER