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We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

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My simple principles of making your time online a bit happier.

Read the whole post or thread.
Ask questions kindly.
Remember that not every post is for you.
You don't need to reply.
Don't worry what others think.
Write your own posts.
Speak with good motivation.
Let go of seeking praise.
Let go of avoiding blame.
Don't let others decide your worth.

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@abetterjulie @continuation I live in a suburb that's mostly without sidewalks, which still strikes me as *really* weird. I grew up and spent most of my life in big cities, so living where the default is to get in a car rather than walking to your location or a mass transit stop is just freaky.

@abetterjulie, that sounds like the Adirondacks; I live about an hour from there.

@continuation I live in a National Forest, but we have a paved road. There's a bar like half a mile up the road and houses all around. There's also hiking trails and water and you could just wander into the trees and not be found, so it's deceptive both ways.

Just me putting on my headphones thinking I will play music but then never starting the music and sitting here with headphones on for hours with nothing playing in them.

Our rented house is 80 meters from the ocean, about 260 feet. But because it's a cove and we live on an island I never think of myself as living on the sea, or at the beach, or on the coast. Rather I live on an island which is in the sea. But sometimes I realize that other people would think that I live at the coast, or even on a beach. Which sounds alien to me.

How do you conceive of the place you live in differently from how others might?

Did I ever post a photo of all the bats that used to live under my deck in Arkansas? I kept hearing this squeaking sound coming from the deck and went down to investigate and was surprised to see hundreds of pairs of eyes looking back at me. (CW: a lot of bat eye contact)

“It’s one thing to be a Black conservative who touts self-reliance and thinks evidence for systematic racism is overblown — that’s embracing a certain ahistoricism embedded in the broader American culture. Deplorable, but understandable. But to be a Black ‘originalist’ Supreme Court judge who believes he must adhere to a document that was designed to exclude and dehumanize people like him is just surreal.”

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“Thomas thinks the nation was perfect at its founding, despite the fact the Constitution he reveres accommodated slavery and the dispossession of native people, and excluded women and the non-landowning.”

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The wealthiest nation on Earth…

“Rising housing costs, combined with persistent inflation for basic necessities such as gas and food, have left more Americans newly homeless and millions more fearing they’ll soon lose their homes. Shelters across the country are reporting a sudden increase in numbers of people looking for help as they struggle to cover basics.”

The more things change... this is from "Totally Fucked Up," the 1993 Greg Araki film...

"I, um, made up one of those hokey 'what's in, what's out' lists the other night... and um, this is what I came up with:

What's In:
Spiritual Bullshit
Making Money

What's Out:
Punk Rock

Today's gender is fulfillment and the sound of a kettle boiling.

Systems of violence and authority will always be more organized than us, by their very nature.

We cannot out-organize these systems on their own terms.

This is why voting is ineffective.

But we are capable of something that these systems are not.

We are capable of understanding and empathizing with people, outside of how they relate to these larger systems.

We will not win over systems of violence and authority by exerting contrary violence and attempting to seize authority.

We win over these systems by building bonds and communities which exist outside the mediation of capital, violence, and authority, so that when those systems lean on us to exert leverage, they find that their leverage is void, because we're not playing those games anymore.

There are a lot of ideas that have to be abandoned in order to build a better world. One of those is that the U.S. constitution is good, useful, or even relevant.

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crumbling American infrastructure

my sweet potato above my bed (classic jar in string holder on nail arrangement) has grown a tendril down that taps me on the head sometimes, though, which makes me feel happy.

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