"I intend to live forever. So far, so good." — Steven Wright
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Pulp: Haha, such a lovely array of responses!
The discussion was definitely up my alley. We spent nearly 2 hours discussing a workable definition of 'rights.' First, we differentiated between liberties and rights. Then, we differentiated between organized society and 'nature' (something that is exempt from societal influence.) We agreed that 'freewill' is something that humans share whether it is in organized society or nature, but that liberties and rights are specific to organized society. Having the 'liberty' to something is different than having the 'right' to something in that liberties designate the kinds of choices *available* to us and that rights designate the kinds of sanctions *assumed* to us. For example, if free healthcare is available to everyone in Canada, this is a 'right' that all Canadians have, and any individual Canadian has the 'liberty' to use it. Free healthcare cannot be a liberty because in an organized society where healthcare is free, whether or not you use the healthcare doesn't change the fact that it's a sanction assumed to you when or if you need it.
I think I'll go to some more discussion panels and speaker-series this and next week. Thanks for taking an interest in my chaotic academic life, friends! <3.
Pulp: “Often I wish I were
in all directions.
of the cold earth.
between life and death
― Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, The Air Around the Butterfly
Pulp: Editing wasn't an easy process at the time of this recording, so most artists performed their music in one take. The guitarist for Funkadelic, Eddie Hazel, was asked (whilst high) to play an improvisational piece and to play "like your mother just died." Well-known for his drug-abuse issues, they named the accompanying album 'Maggot Brain' and dedicated 1/3 of it to this piece. Enjoy the ride.
Pulp: “You can't make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that”
― Warsan Shire
Pulp: "Men are taught to colonize
at the age of 5 through
games like cops and robbers
cowboys and indians
at the age of 8
we are given helmets
and told to hit each other on the head with it
bleed but do not bleed
cut but do not cry
be a man, join the military
die for your country
and if death comes to you
look it in the eye and say:
bring it on, mother-fucker, I fear nothing
When it comes to intimacy
men quiver like fault lines
crumble like cities.
What walking contradictions are we called men."
— Mark Gonzales, As With Most Men
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SovietSexKitten: I've been very curious about men and love recently. That men are taught not to show emotion can make it hard to see the depth of a man's love even if it is right in front of a lady's face. In his actions. in his behaviour. in his words. I know it is there. I feel it. It comes in a different language and I want to learn it. I want to know how to best nurture it.
Not sure if I'm making much sense right now, but this post conjured those thoughts again.
A man's love is a treasure.