September 29, 2014
"I’m no saint and I like my pleasures, but my most constant prayer is that I will grow in wisdom and compassion and be of some help to other sentient beings."

Charles Tart  on his blog. Am I a Buddhist? A ____ist? And/Or? Science and Spirituality

September 29, 2014
"I have a secret I will tell you now. I can do it the other way. I can drop into memories so happy and real they make me cry. I can drown in my imagination, have adventures all bound up in my own limbs, lying on a couch. I have dreams that are like whole movies, as good as any I’ve ever seen. Above all my mind is vivid in every way it touches imagination and memory — and this is what makes me a writer."

Quinn Norton in the Message at Medium. Trigger Warning

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September 29, 2014
Wambui Mwangi at Sunday Reading

Wambui Mwangi:

Sunday Reading at The New Inquiry.

September 29, 2014
"Sexual violence violates and traumatizes in the initial assault, but the imposition of collective silence violates the victims again. Without justice, without the release of standing witness to their own lives, these women are imprisoned in the memories and the consequences of their untold experiences. By abdicating the emotional labour of grieving, and of building a more sharable and liveable life for all, the community victimizes these women once again."

Wambui Mwangi at The New Inquiry (first published at Diary of a Mad Kenyan Woman). Rape Culture: The War At Home

September 28, 2014

September 28, 2014
"The longer a given elite has been in power, and the more august and formal and well-aged the institutions of its power and wealth become, the easier it seems to be for the very rich to forget that their forefathers established themselves in that position by some form of more or less blatant piracy, and that they themselves could be deprived of it by that same means."

John Michael Greer in The Archdruid Report. Dark Age America: The Senility of the Elites

September 28, 2014
"Shrill warnings against devolution ignore the evidence that it is also a logical consequence of connectivity."

Parag Khanna in The Atlantic. Dismantling Empires Through Devolution

Democracy is not the most potent political force of the 21st century.

September 28, 2014
"There are consequences to our failure to understand that our secularism, and its understanding of the role of religion, is exceptional. When secularisation has been applied by force, it has provoked a fundamentalist reaction – and history shows that fundamentalist movements which come under attack invariably grow even more extreme. The fruits of this error are on display across the Middle East: when we look with horror upon the travesty of Isis, we would be wise to acknowledge that its barbaric violence may be, at least in part, the offspring of policies guided by our disdain."

Karen Armstrong in The Guardian. The myth of religious violence

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

September 28, 2014
"[I]f you can annihilate a whole population in a very short time, then you’ve eliminated completely the right of self-defense. And eliminated the right of self-defense from your own population, from other populations, and from every creature on earth."

Elaine Scarry interviewed by Simon Waxman in Boston Review. The Contradiction of Nuclear Democracy

September 27, 2014
"Making social networking a common commodity could remake the world, like the world wide web, or vaccination did. But like the world wide web and vaccination, they aren’t ever going to let Paul Budnitz become Cornelius Vanderbilt or Mark Zuckerberg. He’d have to settle for the hope that a lifetime of hard work and enough money to live could let him be Tim Berners-lee or Jonas Salk."

Quinn Norton at Ello.

Also in The Message at MediumWhat Does Ethical Social Networking Software Look Like?

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