|—||Frida Kahlo (via ragazzzo)|
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”
Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
|—||Franz Kafka (via kafkaesque-world)|
How your religious or spiritual beliefs are seen very differently when you’re disabled?
Like it’s either…
…you’re stupid or naive so you’re religious.
…you’re crazy so you’re overly religious and you’re probably delusional.
…you’ve got epilepsy (especially temporal lobe epilepsy) so your spiritual experiences are probably seizures, even when they bear no resemblance to ecstatic seizures.
(And then there’s the way that the existence of ecstatic seizures are used to prove that religion is bunk because spiritual experiences are all seizures. Except that this makes no sense. Seizures can also cause you to hallucinate an object that you’ve seen before, it doesn’t mean the original object wasn’t real. Just because you can induce fake spiritual experiences by seizures, drugs, or magnetic stimulation, doesn’t mean that the real thing isn’t real.)
…you’re an atheist because you’re cognitively disabled and don’t understand enough abstraction to understand religious concepts.
…you’re very devout because disabled people are closer to God(s).
…you’re very devout because disabled people are innately and mysteriously spiritual in a way that nondisabled people aren’t.
You’re never just allowed to be religious (or not-religious), in whatever form, the same way other people are. They always link it back to your disability and make it seem like you’re stupid, naive, or out of touch with reality in some way. And quite often you’ll be used by people who are either for, or against, your religion, as an example in some way.
And even when there is some connection between your disability and your beliefs, people will grossly exaggerate or distort it for their own ends.
And even some disabled people will play into this. Sometimes because we come to believe what we’ve been told (just like happens with all stereotypes). Sometimes for much more disturbing reasons (something to exploit ourselves, or because someone else is exploiting us — not that we’re all poor pitiful things to be exploited, but it does happen).
This is why even though I do think some of my spirituality (and the forms it takes) is tied to some of my disabilities, I get very angry when people exaggerate or distort that connection for their own reasons. I was exploited for things like that when I was younger and I take it really seriously.
Oh another thing that pisses me off is the way that people who exploit us can never tell the difference between spiritual and psychic — typically in a newage context. I dealt with a lot of that when I was younger, especially because I have really intense pattern-sensing abilities connected to my variant of autism, that get misconstrued as psychic sometimes. And it really screwed me up in a lot of ways and I hate seeing it happen to other people. It’s why for a very long time I was unwilling to talk about any of these topics at all, I was so afraid someone would misconstrue it and misuse it, deliberately or otherwise.
And it is seriously damaging to elevate people for things like this, because one important component of just about every spiritual practice I’ve ever heard of is humility. That doesn’t go with putting people on a pedestal, whether yourself or anyone else. And disabled people get put on spiritual and religious pedestals all the time. Or else get considered incapable of understanding it. Or else get considered to only be religious because we’re incapable of understanding why not to be. All of which is horrible, patronizing, and horrible.
1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.
douglas adams writing about technology in 1999.
gelt \gelt, noun:
Slang. money.All he wants is some U.S. gelt and a nice pair of elevator shoes.
— James Ellroy, Blood’s a Rover, 2009Let alone he was always one for a bit of life, you could earn extra gelt in London, for there were always errands to be run, or notes to be delivered, and you got a shilling every time you were sent off to execute such commissions.
— Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1959
Gelt entered English in the 1890s. It came from the Yiddish word which meant “money.”
|—||Charles Bukowski, “Screams From the Balcony” (via larmoyante)|
this is beautiful.
wroth \rawth, roth or, especially Brit., rohth, adjective:
1. stormy; violent; turbulent: the wroth sea.
2. angry; wrathful (usually used predicatively): He was wroth to see the damage to his home.You are wroth with me because I have used you; because I have offended against your innate right to be a useless cyst on the hindquarters of life.
— Stephen Burst, Issola, 2002The wroth sea’s waves are edged / With foam, white as the bitten lip of hate, / When in the solitary waste, strange groups / Of young volcanoes come up, cyclops-like…
— Robert Browning, Paracelsus, 1835
Wroth is derived from the Old English wrāth which comes in turn from the Old Norse word reithr which meant “angry.” It is related to the word writhe.
In fact, my personal Who’s Who of Rock and Roll is stacked with bomb Black women. Betty Davis. Grace Jones. Tina Turner. Aretha Franklin. Nona Hendryx. Poly Styrene. Joan Armatrading. Joyce Kennedy… and that’s just 1976-77.
So why do so many people go out of their way to marginalize or flat-out disregard Black women as both pioneers and torchbearers of rock? Why are we so indifferent to the fact that more than a few African-American women strapped an instrument to their back and helped carry the genre from the fields to the church to the juke joint to the charts to a multimillion-dollar industry?
Probably because someone told us it wasn’t ours and we chose to believe it. They said it was devil’s music, so we cast it out. We let it go because someone gave it white skin, a penis, and the green light to cross boundaries that Black people couldn’t. And in so doing, they convinced the world that our pioneers didn’t deserve equal recognition, equal exposure or equal ownership.
|—||Black Women In Rock: If Sister Rosetta Tharpe is too old school for you, then maybe Santigold flips your wig. Either way, sisters have been part of rock music for as long as guitar feedback’s been loud (via blackrockandrollmusic)|
Exploded and dissected skulls. Beauchene Skull - Mounted preparation of human skulls were used to demonstrate better views of separate cranial bones. 19th Century. The above images, I presume, were most likely prepared and mounted by RMC.