Our responses to the distress of other human beings are, I think, actually determined by the depth of our aversion to feeling powerless to help. Think about it: we almost always more or less glaze over in the face of the simplest suffering, unless we have strong reason to believe (or even compelling proof) that we can be effective in changing the situation. …
I believe we are so deeply thrilled when we see others having any sort of impact, no matter how modest, because it alleviates, at least temporarily, that deeper worry that there is, in a sense, no hope for us – that there is no way for us to go back for all the people we know perfectly well have been left behind. …
I would suggest that this is perhaps the greatest dilemma that we face today – it is not that the solutions to our problems don’t exist – either in the world or within our own minds. It is rather that we lack the confidence and sense of security that would allow us to express, or even to insist upon, the pursuit of those ideas.” —Jody Lewen, Prison University Project. Keynote Address from the UC Berkeley December Graduation Ceremony
- me: there's the pop up stores in old oakland
- it's like a real life etsy!!
- Carlos: hahahha
- me: they basically go to the antique mart at the port and then mark it up 80000 percent
- so you have the privelege of listening to Wavves instead of seagulls
- Carlos: hahahha
- The next time you make that joke, you should say "Ty Segall instead of actual seagulls"
- me: YES
- way better
- Phil: they don't get beyond the hallway of positivism either
- like until you understand
- that poverty itself
- is a category that is created by an assemblage of institutions
- state and non-state alike
- you actually can't understand the problems
- let alone solve them
- let alone say that "they can't be solved"
- because you don't know what they are
- so my solution
- find thomas friedman
- i'll help
- and we'll brainwash him
- force him to write at least 2 airport bestsellers
- explaining stuff
- to dummies in suits
- Justin: Someone just told me my "customer service is terrible." Is there a limper insult imaginable?
- Justin: That's like telling someone "you shovel shit like an idiot."
this is where the contradictions of capitalism
meet the contradictions of the american party system
like scooby doo and shaggy
running into each other
and away from the specter of marx