“Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is an unmerited privilege, a sign of that person’s socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and cosign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can self-righteously bestow DWYL as career advice to those covetous of her success.
If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves — in fact, to loving ourselves — what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.
I yearn for the day when the education system realizes that the curiosity and craving for knowledge occurs naturally and is stifled, not nurtured, with excessive testing.
- (via tripsouth)
It’s time to revive the notion of a collective national responsibility to the poorest among us, who are disproportionately women and especially women of color. Until that happens, we need to wake up to the fact that the underpaid women who clean our homes and offices, prepare and serve our meals, and care for our elderly—earning wages that do not provide enough to live on—are the true philanthropists of our society.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
I like people who dream or talk to themselves interminably; I like them, for they are double. They are here and elsewhere.
- Albert Camus, The Fall (via petghost)
We seek other conditions because we do not understand the use of our own, and go outside of ourselves because we do not know what it is like inside. Yet there is no use our mounting on stilts, for on stilts we must still walk on our own legs. And on the loftiest throne in the world we are still sitting only on our own ass.
- Michel de Montaigne (via stickyembraces)
You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit.
- Edward W. Said (via fuckyeahwritersquotesandwisdom)