Safety not guaranteed.
There is another vicious circle: economic inequality translates into political inequality, which in turn reinforces the former, including through a tax system that allows people like Romney – who insists that he has been subject to an income-tax rate of “at least 13%” for the last 10 years – not to pay their fair share.
I don’t think we need hope. I think we need imagination. We need to imagine a future which can’t be planned for and can’t be controlled. I find that people who talk about hope are often really talking about control.
You asked me about hope for the future: The thought that the disaster we have created may help us see ourselves for what we are — animals — and not what we believe we are — gods — gives me a kind of hope.
The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop.
this chair is beautiful and perfect, but i can’t figure out who designed or manufactured it.
know what’s neither beautiful nor perfect? a shitload of snow and a power outage on a monday morning in late april. i’m so grumpy that i just found myself wishing there were a parking hotline i could call to make sure the asshole who parked halfway in our loading zone and halfway on the patio gets a ticket. i hate everything.
some notes on my solipsism, and other astrological news:
- the age of pisces is coming to a close, which corresponds with the “end of the world” in december 2012 according to the mayan calendar. we pass into the age of aquarius next.
- i’m a (sun sign) pisces born in the twilight of the age of pisces, which some sources say will have lasted 1986 years. i was born in 1986.
- on a slightly smaller astrological scale, the planet neptune just passed into the house of pisces, where it will remain for the next 13 years.
- right before this happened, and unknowingly, i got a tattoo of the symbol for neptune on my neck (neptune resonates with both the strengths and “flaws” of my personality)
- the following events occurred during previous periods of neptune in pisces (a very small selection, and curated by my interests): empedocles wrote on the four humours (holla, black bile!), the salem witch trials, darwin published the origin of species
there’s a lot of predictions out there in the interwebs about what all this means for the world, but i’m slightly more interested in what all this means for my creative practice. mystery and intrigue! for the record, this research was conducted in a sloppy manner with the help of some less than scholarly articles found via the google machine (advanced reading level results only – one of my favorite ways to turn up interesting shit).
although this blog is mostly devoted to the pretty things in life, i spend a lot of time thinking about the ugly war on women occurring in the u.s. right now. here’s a mini roundup of some of the coverage of this sad bullshit that’s made me crack a little smile:
- melissa harris-perry totally rocks the first episode of her new show
- a very smart article on how contraception has totally upset patriarchal order
i recently got an iphone – which wasn’t really a goal of mine – but since i got the damn thing, i’ve been indulging in all sorts of social media trends. my facebook now has timeline, i listen to spotify at work, and i started instagramming! ahh! shitty digital photos with awful “analog-esque” filters?! this goes against everything that meant anything to me during the long dark years i spent in the darkroom at school. let’s just get this out there: if your film photos come out looking like these things, you did something wrong. or you’re a hipster shooting expired polaroids you bought on ebay for way too much $$. but hey, instagram looks really good on tabitha.
instagram: revolutionizing the way i take pictures of my cats.
(and while i’m telling you all my dirty secrets, check out the phone cover i just got!)