"My point is: in this whole wide world the only person you can depend on is you."
— Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore (via soulsofmen)
I can never not reblog this because people romanticize things that shouldn’t ever be romanticized.
"The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything."
— Scott Woods (X) (via luvyourselfsomeesteem)
"I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate - it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn."
— Leo Buscaglia (via man-of-prose)
People on the street say mean things to me.
I get called Napoleon Dynamite because I have curly hair. I live in New York City and I ride a bicycle. I always bike down 9th Avenue and there’s this kid who goes to school there named Abraham. Every time I pass him, he calls me Napoleon Dynamite. He screams it out and his friends laugh. That was a fine movie but I wasn’t in it.
What do you say back?
I say, “Please Abraham, I’m not that man.”
“The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34: Themes A-F” - Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic