there are like 10 wasps that got into our house and are crawling around on one window. i feel really bad for killing them because they are minding their own business totally harmless and cute :( but i’d be too scared to try to capture them and let them outside, plus the reason they are inside is because it’s so cold outside they are freezing to death out there
no way!!! oh i’m so excited
WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.
Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.
I always felt like personal change campaigns - not just for the environment but for things like buying products for a cause or to donate to “Africa” were more about a cool and fun marketing campaign than actual change. But because they’re marketed as THE SOLUTION, politicians get to sit pretty and design systems that will guarantee that shit will never change.
all of this. they’re marketed as a distraction, so you can feel like you’re helping without hassling the people actually causing the problems
So wtf are we supposed to do?
I luv dis show / I want it to be a show (only one episode exists because it needs funding/donations to become a real show) it’s called “bee and puppycat” look it up on YouTube!!!
For my roommate Phoebe, who is a sheep farmer and helps birth the lambs.
my little model!
The Reunion of Mary by Annelie Solis
22” x 28”
The two Marys of Jesus’ story are two facets of the sacred feminine energy which for so long has been repressed by a male-dominated society. Mother Mary represents the pure, consecrated, spiritual aspect, and Mary Magdalene the earthly, passionate, sexual aspect.
In Christianity Mother Mary was exalted for her purity which Christian doctrine asserts existed only in her. The rest of us are born sinners. She is the eternal virgin - a sexless being - suggesting that sex is sinful. This notion is further emphasized in the Christian interpretation of Mary Magdalene who came to be known as the ‘penitent sinner’ and prostitute (although the Bible makes no solid claims that her ‘sins’ were sexual ones).
In early Gnostic gospels Mary called Magdalene is Jesus’ most beloved disciple and his companion. There are theories that she was a High Priestess of the Egyptian Goddess Isis, a highly spiritual woman who was also practiced in the art of tantra, the movement of sexual energy. So she would have been Jesus’ consort; his equal, and the only apostle who had a deeper understanding of his teachings. However, in the Bible (edited by a male hierarchy) her importance is virtually written out of the story. (Interestingly, Jesus’ twelve disciples were all male who some of the non-canonical gospels suggest were jealous of Jesus’ love for Mary.)
In the patriarchal Christian dogma, Jesus is celibate, his Mother a perpetual virgin, and Mary Magdalene a repentant whore. This male hierarchy denied a sexually active expression of divinity. But sexuality is the dancing together of male and female energies! And the feminine sexual energy is the creative force of nature. It is a generative energy which enables higher practices of spiritual development.
So there is a fragmentation in the Christian myth; Mother Mary is a spiritual being stripped of her sexuality, and Mary Magdalene a sexual being stripped of her spirituality.
Another way to look at it is in relation to the chakras.
Mother Mary represents the upper chakras which correspond to higher mental and spiritual realms and Mary Magdalene represents the lower chakras which correspond to physical matters and the material plane. When there is an imbalance within the chakra system, whether favouring the higher or the lower, it creates turbulence in the human experience and hampers a harmonious and truly fulfilled existence.
It’s all speculation but the theme is deeply resonant with me and this painting represents to me a re-balancing and reunification of these two aspects of Divine Feminine energy. A marriage of the two Marys.
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