TM: “The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist…destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”
"These lyrical decisions make it clear that she exudes sexual desire, not sexual availability." & why am I so obsessed with / serious about pop culture?
"Martin and Brown’s tragically short lives are being dissected in search of character details that would somehow either justify their fates or grant them posthumous respectability in the court of public opinion. Articles like these that focus myopically on individual character obscure our nation’s long history of sanctioned state violence against African-Americans. These conversations awkwardly try to make sense of unnecessary killings by leaning on tired tropes." (Al Jazeera America)
"Men and women relate to trees differently and this matters in landscape restoration, says Marlène Elias, Gender Specialist at Bioversity International and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. In a recent blog for IUCN, she takes us to Burkina Faso, a country where she became enamored with the mighty shea tree, a tree of vital importance to Africa’s Sudano-Sahelian communities living in the savanna. /// Marlène Elias urges us to consult both women and men when looking for the best species to introduce into a degraded landscape. She reminds us that “landscapes are influenced by socio-cultural systems and different interests of community members, who rely on distinct tree species or varieties and use their gender-specific skills to manage and utilize these. The shea tree is an example of this.”” [bioversity is sometimes the best and what they do]