there’s literally nothing stopping you [from doing this thing that costs money]
people with money. only people with money
travelling the world, “dropping everything” and moving to another city/state/country, majoring in your liberal arts interest of choice, applying/going to your dream college/university, buying your dream house, working at your dream job, cultivating/building/guiding your own dreams, dreaming. living.
At birth we are red faced, round, intense, pure. The crimson fire of universal consciousness burns in us.
Gradually, however, we are devoured by parents, gulped by schools, chewed up by peers, swallowed by social institutions, wolfed by bad habits, and gnawed by age, and by the time we have been digested, cow style, in those six stomachs, we emerge a single disgusting shade of brown.
The lesson of the beet, then, is this: hold on to your divine blush, your innate rosy magic, or end up brown.Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume (via phantomgraph)
Super important video about the US prison system.
This is absolutely insane.
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This video will only take a couple minutes of your time, and the only thing I’d like to add is that you consider the American judicial system itself. I don’t mean the usual “follow the money” (but do that, too); Look at who is arrested. Look how many are convicted. Look at how they are convicted, and for what. Ever checked out what can count as a felony? Google that shit.
In addition to doing nothing towards the rehabilitation of criminals, we send a ton of innocent people into what becomes a vicious cycle of injustice, inefficiency, and inhumane cruelty. The system as it stands now helps no one and hurts society as a whole. If you don’t already know about the business of the prison industry, I urge you to educate yourself.
This video is a terrific starting point.
And this doesn’t even begin to cover how privatized prisons basically use prisons as manufacturing facilities where the workers get paid next to nothing - legally. This means they have incentive to keep as many prisoners as possible in one facility, increase the size of prisons, increase the number of inmates, and keep recidivism rates disturbingly high. Why pay decent wages to free citizens when incarcerated citizens are forced to work for pennies, which passes on the savings right to the consumers and leaves a nice big cut of the profits for the higher ups?
But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.
We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (via beccap)
Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars.Victor Hugo, Ninety Three (via wordsnquotes)
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.