And this is why I see people with cancer and other people who have encountered very difficult experiences in their lives as teachers, teachers of wisdom. It’s as if the wisdom to live well is — at the moment, the repository of this wisdom are the sick people in our culture, the ill people in our culture.
Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen
Part of an interview from On Being called “Listening Generously.”
I find this concept so interesting - that people on the margins, people who have suffered and have known pain, or for whom that pain is perhaps an everyday reality - that these people are the sources of wisdom in our society. I think it could go for mental as well as physical illness. We have a lot of fear of sick people but having pain in your life does bring the gift of wisdom, and we could learn from each other if we could get over the discomfort of facing the reality of pain. It’s also the hardest thing to remember when we ourselves are going through it, no? That we will come out stronger, that we have strength within us, that what we’re going through will create a deeper ability to feel compassion for others and their struggles.
Anywayyyyys, you can read the transcript for the episode (or better yet, listen to it) here
Rhye - Open (by RhyeVEVO)
this song is so chill and mellow. i dig it.
Tousi Salmâni, Les Curiosités des créatures et les merveilles des êtres, 1388
not sure what this means exactly but i like it.
From now on I live for myself. I have been living for others for many years. I have wasted so much time and gotten nothing in return. I will fade out these activities and start living for myself. I can’t get back all the years but I can get back my life.Henry Rollins (via thatkindofwoman)
Beck - Blue Moon (Audio) (by BeckVEVO)
sometimes an album will come out and i wonder if the artist is hanging out in my brain and putting into music things that i didn’t even know i was thinking.
(it kinda really bums me out that beck is a scientologist though.)
Happy Valentine’s day!
serge & jane
maggie to laura: “you a free agent now!” (insert sassy neck roll) good times…