"The few survivors of the invasion were delegated to the desert (a great many Aborigine communities were in fact forest-dwelling), severing migratory pathways and depleting foodstocks through the extreme environmental exploitation typifying Western immigration. The immigrants kidnapped their children, outlawed their gods, and forced the Aborigine into a Western culture rife with racism and substance abuse to which their evolutionary history was (and remains) completely unaccustomed. Their entire way of life is obliterated…”

“When they read us the history of our ancestors, when we’re confronted with the actions of our community and our peers, do we react or respond? While it’s easier to numb out and delve back in among the deep lull of distraction our society offers up, to mitigate our unhappy thirst for meaning, does that really ennourish the deep sense of communion you long to feel? Can you tweet your way back to satisfaction?”

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kwantman asked:

Nice, that sounds awesome :) I'm working at the council in oamaru. I finished my honours last year. Also bought a house :) I get the key in two weeks! So excited! I have said to Sam to pop by any time he passes through, but same goes for you :) will be moving in around Waitangi Day, but a lot of renovations to get underway!!

Sweet ^_^ whoah holy shit you bought a house!! man that’s read! Congrats on the honours, hard earned aye, glad you survived heh. Sweet yeah sounds cool, I wil ldefinitely be doing a bit of travelling so will try to stop by and visit!!! ^_^ man thats mega exciting, are you stoked?

Mountain

Mountain Gate 52

"What is very hard in the beginning,
becomes simple in the end.

To reach any goal at great height, 
you might begin with only small steps. 

In this way, doing only little things is appropriate.

When obstructed in the middle, the same can be said.
When obstructed at the end, the same can be said.

Do not be disheartened when progress is slow or halted
- without stopping there would be no going.”

-anonymous bum
kwantman

Ten Relationship Words That Aren't Translatable Into English

  • Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.
  • Yuanfen (Chinese): A relationship by fate or destiny. This is a complex concept. It draws on principles of predetermination in Chinese culture, which dictate relationships, encounters and affinities, mostly among lovers and friends.
  • Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese): The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone's hair.
  • Retrouvailles (French): The happiness of meeting again after a long time.
  • Ilunga (Bantu): A person who is willing to forgive abuse the first time; tolerate it the second time, but never a third time.
  • La Douleur Exquise (French): The heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can’t have.
  • Koi No Yokan (Japanese): The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall into love.
  • Ya’aburnee (Arabic): “You bury me.” It’s a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person, because of how difficult it would be to live without them.
  • Forelsket: (Norwegian): The euphoria you experience when you’re first falling in love.
  • Saudade (Portuguese): The feeling of longing for someone that you love and is lost. Another linguist describes it as a "vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist."
  • asdgjhgajdsfw: (English) Of American origin, this word is used to describe something when you are unable to "can"

An earnest input from a male

This is my letter to the Wellington Young Feminists’ Collective, who do great work and post some really informative stuff. It has become a letter to the reader.


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Hi there WTGYF :)
My name is Dean, I’ve followed your blog for a while. I am your stereotypical quarter-centurian, lower-middle class white male. My mother raised me more or less by herself, and has been both a feminist leader and a masculinist supporter in her time. My father was a chauvanist and sometimes abusive, although he is a good man, one of the men I admire the most. Conditioning can be tricky sometimes…. his dad used to strap his kids 4 just for good measure, so I consider myself fortunate to have been born two generations down instead of directly in the fire. Watching my father move past and through that conditioning has only affirmed the respect I have for our “other half” :)
I wanted just to highlight this quickly, but thought I might give you my background first of all. Male expressions of understanding about “feminism” are sometimes difficult to receive, and many people on both sides look at one persons’ “view” as superior to another.
Having done that, I’d like to offer (and you can receive or not, as hopefully you feel comfortable doing :)  ) that both people can hold their own unique aspects of masculine and feminine, whether they are male or female. AND that both of these aspects of understanding are of value. Noone has taught me more about my masculine than my closest sisters, so I hope that I could offer similar insight for you about my individual perception of the feminine, experienced in my own male form.

People are uncomfortable with sexuality that is not made for male consumption.

I saw this on the blog today, and to be honest, the quote does generate some discomfort :-P
 
I’ll only touch this briefly as I’ve already ranted for long enough, so maybe I can ask a question here - Whenever I read feminist or masculinist blogs, there is an almost constant trend towards divisive posting, in place of celebration of the positive. In our new day, with the receptive and creative wisdom we’re coming into, is it still appropriate to fingerpoint at the old stereotypes as a means of removing them? To me this seems like telling a person that “People’s coin tosses land tails side down” and then asking them to predict a coin-toss.

In other words, does it really serve only to focus the viewer’s attention on the lack of comfortability with non-male sexuality? It is a beautiful thing, and something that might not need to be implied or labelled as “uncomfortable”. In my own experience, my attention and focus has been one of, if not the most powerful informer of my reality. It can be an incredibly creative or destructive force.

On account of that, I offer this, as it is something I have been made to learn deeply, and something that I still very much have to learn. Who are you fighting, and who are you supporting? If you choose to partake in a conflict by giving it your time of day, then the conflict has a chance to take power over you - this is something I’ve learned as a boy again and again, when people have attempted to start fights with me, be they physical or verbal. Would your attention be better spent elsewhere, where you can creative a positive, unfearful perspective that people really enjoy holding to, that can transform them? To me this is a powerful paradigm, as it no longer serves me (talking about my own process here) to fixate on destroying what is wrong, when I can create something that is right instead :)

In fewer words, “you can’t fight division with divided minds”.

Peace, much love and very full respect for the work you all do! If you have taken the time to consider my view this far, you really have my respect. Thank you for listening to us :-) Your vision is contributing to the new paradigm, so thank you! I dearly hope this can be a paradigm of unity and abundance, now that the time for division is ending
Keep up the great work!
Dean
peculiar-pixie

esotericmystic:

You’ve created a nightmare,

Why not create dreams?

Think no one cares,

Feel your cries, hear your screams.

You can paint all the walls up

with flowers and stars,

Despite all the colours,

You’re still behind bars.

You don’t belong here -

You plot your escape

from this place filled with…

fantasy--forever asked:

If this is Dean, its madz grr from facebook. Hope you are doing well and nice to see you active here =) x

sup g yeah it is haha! i finally connected 2 and 2 just before.
yeah tumblr is fun! a friend got me into it. it’s nice to have a place to share that’s my own. I lurrrrv your stuff!! very cool