"Don’t let anyone, even your parents, break you. Find good people who care about you and surround yourself with just them. If you can’t find them at first, find good music and fall into it and let it hold you until they come."
Davey Havok (via bodhi-sukha)
"…Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power — not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist."
bell hooks (via perfect)
"We learn that we are lovable or unlovable from other people…That is why God tells us so many times to love each other."
"Believing in God is as much like falling in love as it is making a decision. Love is both something that happens to you and something you decide upon."
― Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
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In Memory of Mandela
This post is coming from a place of love. For the past three years, I’ve had very personal and intimate experience of having friends and colleagues either killed or dead. Every single time, I’ve felt that we live in a surreal and hypocritical world. I sometime ask myself if I’m too critical at times… Today is just too much.
Mandela, someone I admire a lot, has died. He spent 27 years in jail fighting the brutal Apartheid regime. People’s support around the world, especially Cuba’s defeat of the South African troops in Angola and Namibia, contributed to the end of that regime. We forget so quickly that the day Mandela was listed as a terrorist up until 2008 when, with a legislation, his name was finally removed. I have so much to actually say but I really don’t know how to articulate it. The amount of support he is receiving now, if he only received half of it, he wouldn’t have spent the amount of years he had spent in prison.
Who is the Mandela that we are commemorating? Is it the one who went to see Fidel Castro after he was released? Is the one who continued to condemn the living conditions of Palestinian people? Is it the one who had to get a waiver from the State Department every time he came to the US because he was listed as a terrorist? Who is the Mandela we are honoring today and do we know of his faux-pas in the Congo or during the negotiation leading to the independence of South Africa? With his flaws, I still believe Mandela’s commitment and belief in the freedom of the South Africans is something that should always be honored, elevated and admired.
Now, my question to all of us:
Why is it that we must wait until people like Mandela die for us to remember or support him? Are we supporting those justice seekers of today in their struggle for peace and justice?
Do we know the justice seekers of today? Will we wait 27 years before we see the freedom fighters of today? It is painful to realize that people care more about each other at death rather than when we are alive.
It will be quite sad to know that the world will support human ideals of peace and stability in Congo after we have transitioned as Mandela has done today.
In Memory of #Mandela, support the justice seekers and freedom fighters of today who work everyday to make our world a better place.
My sister and brother-in-law read these lines to each other as part of their marriage vows last spring.
Shut up, I didn’t cry. You cried. Shut up.
Dude. Nailed it.
"The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears."
James Allen (via ciciross)