Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.
We are not above this to wear out the little guy.
—Rachel Maddow, throwing down in response to a letter from the Koch Brothers’ lawyers demanding she retract a story she did on the Kochs’ role in lobbying for state laws mandating drug testing for welfare recipients. January 3, 2014. (via mamaatheist)
I could not love her more.
"A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness." - Leo Tolstoy
Every season the trees teach me a new lesson. The winter is always so difficult to navigate & the tendency for many is to become sullen & brittle when the temperature drops & the sun fades faster & further. But if we’re really paying attention, the trees are teaching us that there is something incredibly beautiful in being made bare to the bone. There’s an honest beauty in winter that doesn’t need all the full bodied flora or the crisp amber & fire leaves. It just is what it is & THAT is beautiful.
"I can’t stand moral absolutism. You know, there’s always that guy who wants to point out that Martin Luther King cheated on his wife— as if he obviously couldn’t have been a great person if he did something like that. Or someone will bring out an inspirational quote, and get you to agree, and then inform you that Hitler said it. As if a good thought couldn’t come from Hitler. Moral absolutism keeps us from learning from the past. It’s easy to say: ‘Hitler was a demon. Nazis were all bad seeds.’ That’s simple. It’s much harder to say: ‘Is that humanity? Is that me?’"