Jun 282016
 

Most human beings simply cannot tolerate being disengaged from others for any length of time. People who cannot connect through work, friendships, or family usually find other ways of bonding, as through illnesses, lawsuits, or family feuds. Anything is preferable to that godforsaken sense of irrelevance & alienation.

Bessel van der Kolk

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Feb 142016
 

If a group starting to concentrate on agendas, minutes and constitutions, I feel like running away. I only want to participate in real meaningful work.

If a person is declaring that something is true because he or she wants this to be true or because it usually assumed as true in that persons circle – I feel like running away. It seems that I SO prefer the company of science nerds to any new age folks because of this.

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Jan 162016
 

You’ve got to tell the world how to treat you. If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble.

James Baldwin (August 2, 1924–December 1, 1987)
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Jan 152016
 

Unless we are very, very careful, we doom each other by holding onto images of one another based on preconceptions that are in turn based on indifference to what is other than ourselves. This indifference can be, in its extreme, a form of murder and seems to me a rather common phenomenon. We claim autonomy for ourselves and forget that in so doing we can fall into the tyranny of defining other people as we would like them to be. By focusing on what we choose to acknowledge in them, we impose an insidious control on them. I notice that I have to pay careful attention in order to listen to others with an openness that allows them to be as they are, or as they think themselves to be. The shutters of my mind habitually flip open and click shut, and these little snaps form into patterns I arrange for myself. The opposite of this inattention is love, is the honoring of others in a way that grants them the grace of their own autonomy and allows mutual discovery.

Anne Truitt (March 16, 1921–December 23, 2004)
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Nov 262015
 

One of the worst things is when people start to dehumanize “others”, denying them individuality, wisdom, kindness. If you emphasize a divide it is easy to slip into “us against them” mentality. I think we need to keep in mind that we are always talking about ours (or somebodies) children, parents, spouses, friends, neighbors, colleagues.

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Nov 262015
 

One of the worst things is when people start to dehumanize “others”, denying them individuality, wisdom, kindness. If you emphasize a divide it is easy to slip into “us against them” mentality. I think we need to keep in mind that we are always talking about ours (or somebodies) children, parents, spouses, friends, neighbors, colleagues.

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Nov 092015
 

linandara:

In the paper “Humanism: A Critique” 

Kate Manne argues that despite dehumanizing propaganda the perpetrators of various

atrocities

still believe they victims are humans, otherwise they wouldn’t been chosen for sex, for example. 

“people may know full well that those they treat in inhumane ways are human,underneath a more or less thin veneer of false consciousness. And yet, under certain social conditions …  they may massacre, torture, and rape them en masse anyway”

I think the purpose of this kind of propaganda rather is in dominating the victims. It means to convey the whole spectrum of feelings, treating the victims as animals being the furthest stage, with the large range of dehumanization in between. For the people creating the propaganda stories it is just easier to go the whole way, while on the battleground the perpetrators choose they own level of “bringing down” the victims.

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Nov 092015
 

linandara:

In the paper “Humanism: A Critique” 

Kate Manne argues that despite dehumanizing propaganda the perpetrators of various

atrocities

still believe they victims are humans, otherwise they wouldn’t been chosen for sex, for example. 

“people may know full well that those they treat in inhumane ways are human,underneath a more or less thin veneer of false consciousness. And yet, under certain social conditions …  they may massacre, torture, and rape them en masse anyway”

I think the purpose of this kind of propaganda rather is in dominating the victims. It means to convey the whole spectrum of feelings, treating the victims as animals being the furthest stage, with the large range of dehumanization in between. For the people creating the propaganda stories it is just easier to go the whole way, while on the battleground the perpetrators choose they own level of “bringing down” the victims.

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Oct 182015
 

Had a real “moment of darkness” recently when got involved with a group set for the benefit of all the community. I had a growing feeling that only people who were benefiting were a few ones in charge of the group. I could only speak for myself so I told them all (in an email) that I as a member of a group have no benefits from contributing despite of the need, which was of course, selfish and far too personal and emotional, yet, I think, had to be done by somebody, or the things would go on indefinitely. Feel like hiding or leaving the town now – or joining with other partly like-minded members for a complete take over and make over of the whole enterprise. But then, we could end up with the same situation of receiving the benefits and telling the rest of community “let your volunteering be your reward”.

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Oct 182015
 

Had a real “moment of darkness” recently when got involved with a group set for the benefit of all the community. I had a growing feeling that only people who were benefiting were a few ones in charge of the group. I could only speak for myself so I told them all (in an email) that I as a member of a group have no benefits from contributing despite of the need, which was of course, selfish and far too personal and emotional, yet, I think, had to be done by somebody, or the things would go on indefinitely. Feel like hiding or leaving the town now – or joining with other partly like-minded members for a complete take over and make over of the whole enterprise. But then, we could end up with the same situation of receiving the benefits and telling the rest of community “let your volunteering be your reward”.

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