if only we “took the risk of thinking for ourselves…” and not fall for every hand that offered help.

if only we “took the risk of thinking for ourselves…” and not fall for every hand that offered help.

(Source: divineirony)

"Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it."

— Christopher Hitchens (via hethogewoord)

(Source: ummagumma-)

oh, the eloquence and precision of thought.

oh, the eloquence and precision of thought.

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womenwhokickass:

Tarabai Shinde: Why she kicks ass
She was a feminist activist who protested patriarchy and caste, in 19th century India. 
She is known for her published work, Stri Purush Tulana (“A Comparison Between Women and Men”), which is a critique of upper-caste patriarchy, and is often considered the first modern Indian feminist text.
It was very controversial for its time in challenging the Hindu religious scriptures themselves as a source of women’s oppression, a view that continues to be controversial and debated today.
Stri Purush Tulana was written in response to an article which appeared in 1881, in Pune Vaibhav, an orthodox newspaper published from Pune, about a criminal case against a young Brahmin (upper-caste) widow, Vijayalakshmi in Surat, who had been convicted of murdering her illegitimate son for the fear of public disgrace and ostracism. 
Having worked with upper-caste widows who were forbidden to remarry, Shinde was well aware of incidents of widows being impregnated by relatives. The book analyzed the tightrope women must walk between the “good woman” and the “prostitute”. The book was printed at Shri Shivjai Press, Pune, in 1882 with 500 copies at cost nine annas, but hostile reception by contemporary society and press, meant that she did not publish again.

1. more number of people gots to be aware of Tarabai Shinde
2. patriarchy got its ass kicked
3. it should matter that the woman kicked ass more than 200 years ago
4. it should matter coz even now men havent got balls to kick patriarchy in the ass the way she did
5. it shouldnt matter if A WOMAN kicked some patriarchy ass coz men and women are equal

womenwhokickass:

Tarabai Shinde: Why she kicks ass

  • She was a feminist activist who protested patriarchy and caste, in 19th century India
  • She is known for her published work, Stri Purush Tulana (“A Comparison Between Women and Men”), which is a critique of upper-caste patriarchy, and is often considered the first modern Indian feminist text.
  • It was very controversial for its time in challenging the Hindu religious scriptures themselves as a source of women’s oppression, a view that continues to be controversial and debated today.
  • Stri Purush Tulana was written in response to an article which appeared in 1881, in Pune Vaibhav, an orthodox newspaper published from Pune, about a criminal case against a young Brahmin (upper-caste) widow, Vijayalakshmi in Surat, who had been convicted of murdering her illegitimate son for the fear of public disgrace and ostracism. 
  • Having worked with upper-caste widows who were forbidden to remarry, Shinde was well aware of incidents of widows being impregnated by relatives. The book analyzed the tightrope women must walk between the “good woman” and the “prostitute”. The book was printed at Shri Shivjai Press, Pune, in 1882 with 500 copies at cost nine annas, but hostile reception by contemporary society and press, meant that she did not publish again.

1. more number of people gots to be aware of Tarabai Shinde

2. patriarchy got its ass kicked

3. it should matter that the woman kicked ass more than 200 years ago

4. it should matter coz even now men havent got balls to kick patriarchy in the ass the way she did

5. it shouldnt matter if A WOMAN kicked some patriarchy ass coz men and women are equal

proustitute:

André Kertész, Man with Loop Reading at Book Stand, Fourth Avenue, New York City, 1959

proustitute:

André Kertész, Man with Loop Reading at Book Stand, Fourth Avenue, New York City, 1959

As simple as that

proustitute:

“‘Think as I think,’ said a man, ‘Or you are abominably wicked; ‘You are a toad.’ And after I had thought of it, I said, ‘I will, then, be a toad.’”

Stephen Crane (via wwnorton)

"When small drops began to fall and darken the world in penny-shaped circles, no one around him scurried for cover. For lonely people, rain is a chance to be touched."

— Simon Van Booy, The Secret Lives of People in Love (via bookoasis)

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"A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art."

— Jorge Luis Borges, Twenty-four Conversations with Borges: Interviews by Roberto Alifano, trans. by Nicomedes Suáez Araúz, Willis Barnstone, and Noemí Escandell (via bookoasis)

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Corruption is you and me.

"Another war is always coming, Robert. They are never properly extinguished. What sparks war? The will to power, the backbone of human nature. The threat of violence, the fear of violence, or actual violence, is the instrument of this dreadful will… The nation state is merely human nature inflated to monstrous proportions. QED, nations are entities whose laws are written by violence. Thus it ever was, so ever shall it be.”

p. 462.

One fine day, a purely predatory world shall consume itself… In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.

  p. 528.

from Cloud Atlas (2004) by David Mitchell

Corruption is you and me. (First came you and me. Then came the ‘government’.) 

Just as much as is honesty,compassion and cooperation.