& your head another, give the
deciding vote to your dreams. ~Maryam "Black Cat"~
My beautiful family… #nofilter
People don’t need enormous cars; they need admiration and respect. They don’t need a constant stream of new clothes; they need to feel that others consider them to be attractive, and they need excitement and variety and beauty. People don’t need electronic entertainment; they need something interesting to occupy their minds and emotions. And so forth. Trying to fill real but nonmaterial needs-for identity, community, self-esteem, challenge, love, joy-with material things is to set up an unquenchable appetite for false solutions to never-satisfied longings. A society that allows itself to admit and articulate its nonmaterial human needs, and to find nonmaterial ways to satisfy them, world require much lower material and energy throughputs and would provide much higher levels of human fulfillment.
Donella H. Meadows, The Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update (via prometheanreach)
As I get older, I recognize just how important it is to be surrounded by people who deeply believe in our value and goodness even when we lose our footing. It took me years to rid myself of the lite-dimmers and it has been much clearer sailing since. Not that there isn’t value in having difficult people to overcome, but eventually it becomes essential to be surrounded by those who lift and wish us higher. If they don’t see you in your highest light, wish them well and cut the cord.
Lao Tzu (via tiportiff)
Henry Ford (via soulcista)
Octavia E. Butler, African American science fiction writer.
To read her novel Kindred click HERE.
(I have just read this one novel so far and she has shaken up my world already)
Parable of the Sower is an amazing novel as well. I recently read Fledgling, her last novel before her death and it saddens me to know that a sequel won’t be following :(