“It’s tough to associate creativity with mental illness because obviously if you’re very ill, it gets in the way. … But one of the theories now is that the terrible swings of the mental illness – of bipolar depression – you get these manic highs, these euphorias, where the ideas just pour out of you. And you need to write them down. That’s followed by this dismal low period when maybe you’re a better editor. Maybe it’s easier for you to focus and refine those epiphanies into a perfect form. … The thinking is maybe the correlation exists because the swings of mental illness echo the natural swings of the creative process.”—Jonah Lehrer, on the link between depression and creativity. [complete interview here] (via nprfreshair)
“Reading anti-pit bull things makes me sad. The blatant scare tactics are maddening. “From 2005-2011, 128 have been killed by pit bulls.” Okay, that’s a pretty big number just looking at it. But wait! That was over six years! That’s about 21 deaths a year. Now. Consider the number of people we have in America. Over 300 MILLION people. Now, every year, 21 out of 300,000,000 people die from pit bull attacks. This is CLEARLY an epidemic. DO YOU KNOW HOW STUPID THIS IS???? Yes, they CAN be very dangerous! They can kill people! So can all large breed dogs, and a lot of medium sized dogs as well. Horses can kill people. Cows can kill people. People kill people way more than dogs do. Let’s find the race of people that kills the most, and ban them from counties and living areas. Because if SOME of them do bad things, that means they ALL can do bad things, right? And we better just get rid of them all in order to prevent the possibility of them doing something. SURE the majority of them might be really nice, stable, friendly people, but you never know! I mean, other people of their race have done bad things! It’s obviously part of their genes and has nothing to do with the environment they’re raised in!”—Christine Allison (via yourerightinthemiddleoftheroad)
United and Continental Airlines have merged and United has adopted Continental’s discriminatory pet policies. The airline’s PetSafe program enforces a pet policy with a Dangerous Dog Breed Restriction, which defines a dangerous dog solely by his breed. This restriction prevents responsible owners of Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and several other breeds from flying with their pets on United Airlines.
United Airlines is the only airline in the U.S. with a breed-specific dangerous dog restriction. Both the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) oppose such breed-specific policies. A dog is an individual with his own unique personality and should be judged based on temperament, not on appearance or breed.
Please sign this petition to let Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Airlines, know you do not agree with their discrimination and that you encourage them to remove the breed restriction in their dangerous dog policy.
Crying is not a sign of weakness. People cry for many reasons. Anger. Stress. Grief. Fatigue. Vast frustration. It annoys me when people balk at this expression of emotion as an implication of weakness. All emotion is not weakness. Sometimes in tears, there is great strength and deep conviction. I don’t need women to scoff at a female in tears as an indication of sexism. I don’t need men to do it either. I don’t assume when a person cries, I’m supposed to regard her or him as anything more than a person currently experiencing a tremendous response to some internal shift.
I’ll be glad when people can experience emotion without feeling a need to assign a gender to it.
“She was the third beer. Not the first one, which the throat receives with almost tearful gratitude; nor the second, that confirms and extends the pleasure of the first. But the third, the one you drink because it’s there, because it can’t hurt, and because what difference does it make?”—Toni Morisson, Song of Solomon (via stuft)
“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.”—Carl Sagan (via hadnotabody)
“The good news is that the human mind has a surprising natural ability to assess the kind of creativity we need. Researchers call these intuitions “feelings of knowing,” and they occur when we suspect that we can find the answer, if only we keep on thinking. Numerous studies have demonstrated that, when it comes to problems that don’t require insights, the mind is remarkably adept at assessing the likelihood that a problem can be solved—knowing whether we’re getting “warmer” or not, without knowing the solution.”—Jonah Lehrer on How to Be Creative - WSJ.com (via misterjt)
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom.
We lived in the gaps between the stories.”—Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (via hannahgraceful)
“Be creative. Don’t be worried about what you are doing — one has to do many things — but do everything creatively, with devotion. Then your work becomes worship. Then whatsoever you do is a prayer. And whatsoever you do is an offering at the altar.”—Osho (via ilearnievolve)
“People are often unreasonable and self-centred. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”—Mother Teresa (via shaktilover)
Pit Bull Advocates: Breed hate isn't okay...but race hate is?
Yeah, that happened. In my tumblr “pit bull” category list.
Anyone who knows me knows my sometimes obnoxious affection for Pit Bulls. Give me an hour and I’ll try my best to convert your misconceptions about the breed.
When Mike Vick became the popular whipping boy for Pit Bull abuse and destruction, I got it. And for a long time, I put most of my venom into hating him, bashing him and ruminating over his destruction like many others. Then, I let the rage pass because a) it wasn’t changing the outcome, b) it wasn’t changing history and c) I wanted to spend more time defending and doing what I could to support the victim without focusing on ONE egregious offender.
I’ve written about that before, but now I have a new “bone” to pick. I follow several great Pit Bull advocacy folks on tumblr. Organizations that (up until now) I felt did incredibly good work in saving the lives and educating on the best attributes and characteristics of the breed. And when I see them like and reblog garbage like what’s attached in this post - it makes me sick to my stomach.
Why? Because I expect organizations and people so committed to eliminating and educating against stereotypes to NOT ACTUALLY USE AND ENDORSE THEM.
You lose the weight of your heightened and enlightened arguments when you use racist, hate language to express a point. And you potentially lose a LOT of support and admiration from “n*ggers” like me - who donate, educate and advocate your very same cause in support of you.
You can’t press upon other to be human when you have no humanity. Not that it matters to any of you, but if you liked that racist vitriol and I’ve ever followed or passed along your content, I’m making sure I never do so again - because you’re ill-equipped to lead the blind when you have such a huge blind spot yourself.
UPDATE as of 5:00pm: to the folks resharing this post so outraged that I expressed my anger about the use of the n-word:
1. If you took offense to my response to the ORIGINAL “N-word” poster (like this person apparently did), let’s be very clear. I didn’t call YOU racist. I said the term (and endorsement by resharing without calling it out) IS racism. Defensive much? If it doesn’t apply to you - there’s no need for you to “defend yourself.”
2. If I was offended by YOUR SPECIFIC editing, I would have called you out specifically. So YOU can get over it. And perhaps consult before reposting my thoughts which actually had little or nothing to do with people who didn’t use (or endorse) the racist LANGUAGE.
3. My post wasn’t about Vick, or his actions. I don’t waste time talking about that idiot. It was about the hypocrisy of “advocacy” when it’s mixed with hate rhetoric. Stay on the point.