You know, I didn’t care about this track when I first listened to it. It was okay at best. Then it grew on me the more I DIDN’T listen to it, and the only remedy was to listen to it. Again and again and again. Goddamn it, this track IS good.
So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked the link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was, exactly, but it continued throughout the whole thing. After watching the video several more times, I have some thoughts…
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An incredible gallery of photos involving wild animals. This exposition took Gregory Colbert 12 years to complete; a lot of patience was required in order to be able to approach the animals at such close proximity.
“There are dreamers, and there are realists in this world. You would think the dreamers would find the dreamers, and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not, the opposite is true. You see, the dreamers need a realist to keep them from getting too close to the sun, and the realists? Well, without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground.”—Modern Family
“All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.”—Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal”
“I discovered later, and I’m still discovering right up to this moment, that is it only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, successes and failures. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world. That, I think, is faith.”—Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“If anyone does not know, either because he has not heard or because he does not believe, that there is one nature, supreme among all existing things, who alone is self-sufficient in his eternal happiness, who through his omnipotent goodness grants and brings it about that all other things exist or have any sort of well-being, and a great many other things that we must believe about God or his creation, I think he could at least convince himself of most of these things by reason alone, if he is even moderately intelligent.”—Saint Anselm
“When you are young, many things that occur seem random and disorderly but as you get out of childhood, their purpose becomes obvious. Maybe the next stage of our life must be attained before we can understand God’s purpose.”—
“Peace is not just the mere absence of violence or disturbance. It’s when there is a possibility of conflict, but you deliberately avoid violence and adopt methods to solve the problem through peaceful means. That is real peace”—The 14th Dalai Lama