"The loss of human culture is frightening. Nearly all the threatened languages are spoken by indigenous peoples and, along with the languages, the traditional knowledge of these cultures is being forgotten. The names, uses, and preparation of medicines, the methods of farming, fishing and hunting are disappearing, not to mention the vast array of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices which are as diverse and numerous as the languages themselves."
— According to a report by researchers Jonathan Loh at the Zoological Society of London and David Harmon, the steep declines in both languages and nature mirror each other. One in four of the world’s 7,000 languages are now threatened with extinction, and linguistic diversity is declining as fast as biodiversity – about 30% since 1970. (via climateadaptation)
"A mistake repeated more than once is a decision."
— Paulo Coelho (via seulray)
2014/07/09 - Wanderweg
"Wherever a man may happen to turn, whatever a man may undertake, he will always end up by returning to the path which nature has marked out for him."
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“For me, language is a freedom. As soon as you have found the words with which to express something, you are no longer incoherent, you are no longer trapped by your own emotions, by your own experiences; you can describe them, you can tell them, you can bring them out of yourself and give them to somebody else. That is an enormously liberating experience, and it worries me that more and more people are learning not to use language; they’re giving in to the banalities of the television media and shrinking their vocabulary, shrinking their own way of using this fabulous tool that human beings have refined over so many centuries into this extremely sensitive instrument. I don’t want to make it crude, I don’t want to make it into shopping-list language, I don’t want to make it into simply an exchange of information: I want to make it into the subtle, emotional, intellectual, freeing thing that it is and that it can be.” Jeanette Winterson
http://www.olinda.com/Art/artobjects.htm (this essay is another of hers — if I ever teach introductory art history courses it’s going in the syllabus!!)
Maya Dumchenko as Aurora
(Source: vk.com, via juliettepirouette)
"Toxic masculinity hurts men, but there’s a big difference between women dealing with the constant threat of being raped, beaten, and killed by the men in their lives, and men not being able to cry."
Robert Jensen (via blondeyed)
So very damn right.
this is why I have an issue with using the “but patriarchy hurts men too” rhetoric to convince people of the worth of feminism. Like, yeah, it does…but if that’s the only thing that will validate feminism for you you’re still a fucking scumbag
(Source: jezebeler, via littlebody)
"The axe forgets; the tree remembers."
— African Proverb (via onigiri85)
(Source: journalofanobody, via partialtotality)
Truisms (1984) by Jenny Holzer
"Anxiety, the next gumption trap, is sort of the opposite of ego. You’re so sure you’ll do everything wrong you’re afraid to do anything at all. Often this, rather than “laziness” is the real reason you find it hard to get started."
— Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig (via ceedling)
(Source: literaturemermaid, via goosebumpsfitsandmalaria)
"I do not forget that my voice is but one voice, my experience a mere drop in the sea, my knowledge no greater than the visual field in a microscope."
— Carl Jung (via partialtotality)
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