side by side (by emibot)
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Why else would you work? http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1239-etsy-s-recipe-for-purpose-creating-a-culture-around-mindfulness
We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome; black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We ALL belong to this family, this human family, God’s family.
— Desmond Tutu
photos by mohammad reza domiri ganji in iran of: (1) the dome of the seyyed mosque in isfahan; (2,8) the nasīr al mulk mosque, or pink mosque, in shiraz; (3,4) the vakil mosque in shiraz; (5) the ceiling of the fifth floor of ali qapu in isfahan; (6,10) the vakil bathhouse in shiraz; (7) the imam mosque in isfahan; (9) the jame mosque of yazd
It only seems as if we differ from each other. A flower on a blossoming tree can think that it is a separate being, but all flowers are part of the same blossoming of one apple tree, and they all came from one seed.
Being a victim is more palatable than having to recognize the intrinsic contradictions of one’s own governing philosophy.
— Tom Clancy, The Hunt for Red October (via fuckyeahwritersquotesandwisdom)
How do you define progress?
Constructing a hydroelectric dam could bring water to millions and generate even more in revenue for poor countries. Large-scale biofuel and cash crops could feed all of East Africa and help countries become energy dependent. But there is a price to pay for development.
Pastoral, semi-nomadic tribes featured in these photos are being forcibly being removed by the Ethiopian government to make way for the multi-national corporations behind these development projects. Human rights violations are of an immediate concern, and future impact of these strategies are the destruction of natural ecosystems and culture heritage.
Development focusing solely on profit is an outdated approach. It ignores the complexity of the world we live in today. Attempting to harness the power of the earth for financial gain has long-term consequences for people and the planet. We need to balance immediate economic gain with long-term impacts on the environment and local communities.
This isn’t an issue affecting just the people of the Omo Valley. It impacts all of us. As countries around the world vie for control over natural resources, we can expect to see more environmental degradation and displacement of native and indigenous peoples.
We can make a difference. Strengthen the voice of the tribes of the Omo Valley by writing a letter to the Ethiopian government. Sign the petition to stop the construction of the Gibe dam. Donate to organizations who are working on the ground. Learn more about how development isn’t always progress.
It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done it better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena. Whose face is marred with blood and sweat and dust. Who, at the best, in the end, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, he fails daring greatly.
— Theodore Roosevelt
But I have heard that he who is skilful in managing the life entrusted to him for a time travels on the land without having to shun rhinoceros or tiger, and enters a host without having to avoid buff coat or sharp weapon. The rhinoceros finds no place in him into which to thrust its horn, nor the tiger a place in which to fix its claws, nor the weapon a place to admit its point. And for what reason? Because there is in him no place of death.
— Tao te Ching