Our Response

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Between stimulus and response there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Viktor E. Frankl

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My Epiphany

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“I was in the biggest breakdown of my life when I stopped crying long enough to let the words of my epiphany really sink in.

That whore, karma, had finally made her way around, and had just bitch-slapped me right across the face.

The realization only made me cry harder.” ~ Jennifer Salaiz

Making History

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“Love is our most unifying and empowering common spiritual denominator. The more we ignore its potential to bring greater balance and deeper meaning to human existence, the more likely we are to continue to define history as one long inglorious record of man’s inhumanity to man.” ~ Aberihani

Recreation

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Civilised life, you know, is based on a number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly.

The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions, and we are deeply shocked when the reality is torn down around us. ~ J. G. Ballard

No Context, yet

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Driven to pursue the way that we consider Unknowable by Paulo Zerbato

“It’s a bit like staring into another dimension, one that has a different set of mathematical and physical laws. For me, it also serves as reminder that that the mind of God is unknowable, that things that seem contradictory to us only appear so because we have no context for them, or aren’t seeing the full picture.”  ~ Anna Jarza

Impending Day

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The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence.

To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence.

More than that, it is cooperation with violence.

~ Thomas Merton

Power Struggles

The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle…. if there is no struggle, there is no progress.

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Those who profess to the favor of freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

This struggle may be a mortal one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.

Power concedes nothing without a demand.

Find out just what any people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those they oppress.

~ Frederick Douglass