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Ananke / ἀνάγκη - Fate
In Orphic mythology, Ananke is a self-formed being who emerged at the dawn of creation with an incorporeal, serpentine form, her outstretched arms encompassing the cosmos. Ananke and Chronos are mates, mingling together in serpent form as a tie around the universe.
In the Timaeus, Plato has the speaker Timaeus (and not Socrates) argue that in the creation of the universe, there is a uniting of opposing elements, intellect (nous) and necessity (ananke), as elsewhere Plato blends abstraction with his own myth making: "For this ordered world (cosmos) is of a mixed birth: it is the offspring of a union of Necessity and Intellect. Intellect prevailing over Necessity by persuading (from Peitho, goddess of persuasion) it to direct most of the things that come to be toward what is best, and the result of this subjugation of Necessity to wise persuasion was the initial formation of the universe."
The word "Ananke" is featured in Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame of Paris, written upon a wall of Notre-Dame by the hand of Dom Claude Frollo. In his Toute la Lyre, Hugo also mentions Ananke as a symbol of love.
Fate  Destiny  Love  Philosophy  Literature  Paris  Greece 
15 days ago by dbourn
Donald Hall - Between Solitude and Loneliness
At eighty-seven, I am solitary. I live by myself on one floor of the 1803 farmhouse where my family has lived since the Civil War. After my grandfather died, my grandmother Kate lived here alone. Her three daughters visited her. In 1975, Kate died at ninety-seven, and I took over. Forty-odd years later, I spend my days alone in one of two chairs. From an overstuffed blue chair in my living room I look out the window at the unpainted old barn, golden and empty of its cows and of Riley the horse. I look at a tulip; I look at snow. In the parlor’s mechanical chair, I write these paragraphs and dictate letters. I also watch television news, often without listening, and lie back in the enormous comfort of solitude. People want to come visit, but mostly I refuse them, preserving my continuous silence. Linda comes two nights a week. My two best male friends from New Hampshire, who live in Maine and Manhattan, seldom drop by. A few hours a week, Carole does my laundry and counts my pills and picks up after me. I look forward to her presence and feel relief when she leaves. Now and then, especially at night, solitude loses its soft power and loneliness takes over. I am grateful when solitude returns.
Donald  Hall  Academics  NH  Love  Death  Solitude  Academia  Harvard  Writing  Grief  Loneliness  Aging  Seniors 
july 2018 by dbourn
Love (S Francisco com'e' oggi)
Rory Carroll, sul Guardian, ha scritto che “qui oggi ‘comunità’ è un eufemismo per clienti e quando si dice ‘amore libero’ tutti pensano a Tinder”. San Francisco è la città con gli affitti più alti del mondo (in media 2.400 euro al mese per 50 metri quadrati) e, con Los Angeles e New York, una delle città degli Stati Uniti, e quindi del pianeta, dove vivono più miliardari.

Dietro a Dolores park, a poche centinaia di metri dalla casa di Mark Zuckerberg, dormono ogni notte decine di senzatetto. Sono 7.499 in tutta la città, secondo le ultime stime rese pubbliche il 16 giugno. Molti sono giovanissimi. Si accampano nei parchi e per strada. Ogni tanto la polizia li caccia. E loro, pazientemente, il giorno dopo ritornano.
SF  Italian  1967  Summer  of  Love  Hippies 
june 2017 by dbourn
Bingo Love
Bingo Love is an 80 page graphic novella that revolves around Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray, two thirteen year old Black girls who, in no time, become the best of friends. As their relationship grows, they discover their deep love for one another, but the timing couldn’t be worse. Two girls in love are bound to be star-crossed in 1963, and their families forbid them from seeing each other again.
Bingo  Love  Black  Queer  Comics  Graphic  Novels 
march 2017 by dbourn
Cornel West on James Baldwin
When he says “love forces us to take off the mask we know we cannot live within but fear we cannot live without,” I think for Baldwin it has to do with a certain sense of a self that is willing to be humble, vulnerable as well as confident and fortified in order to meet the darkness and bleakness of the world, especially American civilization, white supremacist American civilization.

Baldwin’s story is profoundly autobiographical. Because in Baldwin’s own life there’s so much hatred and self-hatred and so much fear. He’s being terrorized and traumatized. All. The. Time. And yet, he’s got to fortify himself. He fortifies himself intellectually, reading voraciously. He fortifies himself spiritually, by yearning and trying to unearth sources of love, deep love. He doesn’t want to be like Socrates and Hamlet, which is those who suffer from the incapacity to love even given an intellectual sophistication. That’s the last thing he wants. He wants to be more like Amos Jesus, and, in the end, like the blues men and women. And in the end, it’s the blues men and women who become the very model. You know his wonderful essay “The Uses of the Blues.” Oh that’s a classic piece. Classic piece. You really see what is keeping Baldwin afloat, what is in some way allowing all of those composite contradictory tendencies within his own soul to hang together. And it is the blues. It is being on intimate terms with catastrophe and yet responding to that catastrophe with unbelievable style, with a smile, with courage and compassion.
Cornel  West  James  Baldwin  Love  Black  Queer 
march 2017 by dbourn
Andrew Boyd on Empathy and Solidarity
Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. You can not turn away. Your destiny is bound to the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.
To seek enlightenment is to seek annihilation, rebirth, and the taking up of burdens. You must come prepared to touch and be touched by each and every thing in heaven and hell.

+ I am One with the Universe and it hurts. +
Andrew  Boyd  Empathy  Compassion  Activism  Love 
january 2017 by dbourn
Research says there are ways to reduce racial bias. Calling people racist isn’t one of them.
The first thing to understand is how white Americans, especially in rural areas, hear accusations of racism. While terms like “racist,” “white privilege,” and “implicit bias” intend to point out systemic biases in America, for white Americans they’re often seen as coded slurs. These terms don’t signal to them that they’re doing something wrong, but that their supposedly racist attitudes (which they would deny having at all) are a justification for lawmakers and other elites to ignore their problems. When they hear accusations of racism, they feel like what they see as the “real” issues — those that afflict them — are getting neglected. This, obviously, makes it difficult to raise issues of race at all with big segments of the population, because they’re often suspicious of the motives. What’s more, accusations of racism can cause white Americans to become incredibly defensive — to the point that they might reinforce white supremacy. People want to feel heard before they can open their minds to other people’s points of view.
Personal  Racism  Whites  Empathy  Love  Compassion  White  Fragility  Stanford  UC  Berkeley 
january 2017 by dbourn
Study: racism and sexism predict support for Trump much more than economic dissatisfaction
For racism, they evaluated the extent that someone acknowledges and empathizes with racism — acting as a proxy measure for actual racist beliefs. (Research shows that these kinds of measures correlate with actual racism, which is tricky to measure in a more direct way since people will do what they can to avoid looking racist.) For sexism, they evaluated someone’s hostile sexism — which, through several questions, gauges hostile attitudes toward women. By now, multiple analyses have found that support for Trump tightly correlates with racist and sexist beliefs. The evidence suggests, in fact, that the best way to weaken people’s racial or other biases is through frank, empathetic dialogue. (Much more on that in my in-depth piece on the research.) Given that, the best approach to really combating racism and sexism may be empathy.
Donald  Trump  Whites  Politics  Personal  Racism  Empathy  Love  Compassion 
january 2017 by dbourn
Che Guevara and Love
At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality. Perhaps it is one of the great dramas of the leader that he or she must combine a passionate spirit with a cold intelligence and make painful decisions without flinching. Our vanguard revolutionaries must idealize this love of the people, of the most sacred causes, and make it one and indivisible. They cannot descend, with small doses of daily affection, to the level where ordinary people put their love into practice.
The leaders of the revolution have children just beginning to talk, who are not learning to call their fathers by name; wives, from whom they have to be separated as part of the general sacrifice of their lives to bring the revolution to its fulfilment; the circle of their friends is limited strictly to the number of fellow revolutionists. There is no life outside of the revolution.
In these circumstances one must have a great deal of humanity and a strong sense of justice and truth in order not to fall into extreme dogmatism and cold scholasticism, into isolation from the masses. We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.
Che  Guevara  Love  Activism 
december 2016 by dbourn
White Supremacy is Rooted in Love
Most white supremacists subscribe to a set of common hierarchical binary oppositions that include but are not restricted to: mind over body, reason over emotion, civilization over the primitive, and law over relations. White supremacy has, at its core, always employed the doctrinal veneration of European mind, reason, civilization, and law over corresponding subordinates. The ideological and material violence thrust on the world by European empire, colonialism, and slavery has been rooted in the arbitrary supremacy granted to these qualities. In this context, the ‘white man’s burden’ was conceived of as a responsibility to cultivate mind and reason through education of the primitive, to promote literacy and sophistication, to establish a civilized order predicated on universalized ideals of citizenship rather than parochial relations. To this day, these ideals — ideals of white supremacy — drive our political, economic, and social life.Most white supremacists are motivated by confidence, compassion, and love in their relationships with friends, family, and associates. Whiteness manifests in the identification of the mind with humanity, in the value associated with formal education, in the veneration of the intellect, civility, and citizen spirit. Whiteness regrets those who are uneducated, illiterate, poor, and stateless. Such groups are considered a tragedy. The most important factor in the reproduction of white supremacy is love.White supremacy and intimate relationships are co-constitutive. It is these relationships of care and solidarity, not hate, that hold contemporary structures and institutions of white privilege together. If those who benefit from white privilege want to do something about it, they must undertake a fundamental rethinking of their identities, their loving relationships, and their basic institutions, especially as they relate to children.
Whites  Love  Structural  Racism  Imperialism 
november 2016 by dbourn
Ben & Jerry Say Black Lives Matter
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina NAACP, said it best when reacting to the recent police shooting in Charlotte, NC. He said, “Our objective is simple: to ensure justice-loving people act toward justice, with all evidence, and that we stand together and act from a place of power and love, rather than out of fear and anger.” We believe that — whether Black, brown, white, or blue — our nation and our very way of life is dependent on the principle of all people being served equal justice under the law. And it’s clear, the effects of the criminal justice system are not color blind.

We do not place the blame for this on individual officers. Rather, we believe it is due to the systemic racism built into the fabric of our institutions at every level, disadvantaging and discriminating against people of color in ways that go beyond individual intent to discriminate. For this reason, we are not pointing fingers at individuals; we are instead urging us to come together to better our society and institutions so that we may finally fulfill the founding promise of this country: to be a country with dignity and justice for all.

All lives do matter. But all lives will not matter until Black lives matter.

We ask people to be open to understanding these issues, and not to reflexively retreat to our current beliefs. Change happens when people are willing to listen and hear the struggles of their neighbor, putting aside preconceived notions and truly seeking to understand and grow. We’ll be working hard on that, and ask you to as well.
Ben  &  Jerry's  Ice  Cream  BLM  Love  NAACP 
october 2016 by dbourn
"King and Love" Exhibit at Morehouse College
"King and Love"

Open May 14, 2016 – September 12, 2016 (End of Day)

This rotation examines Dr. King’s works as well as his philosophies and influences on love. The documents in this rotation will highlight Dr. King’s numerous sermons on the topic of love—particularly agape, the highest level of love. It will also examine the Beloved Community and King’s influences, including the Mohandas Gandhi and works by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Highlights of “King and Love” include:

Full Manuscript of Strength to Love with annotations by Dr. King and Dr. King’s copy of Strength to Love translated in Japanese
A 1958 handwritten outline of Dr. King’s sermon “A Knock at Midnight”
A 1963 handwritten Draft of “Loving Your Enemies” that would be included as a chapter in Strength to Love
“Man of Love”, a 1969 compilation of Dr. King’s sermons and speeches on love, put together by famed disc jockey and collector of black history artifacts, Nathaniel “Magnificent” Montague.
The Prayer Pilgrimage , Washington D.C. booklet, which features pictures of Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, E. D. Dixon and others.
Curatorial team:

Dr. Vicki Crawford, Ph.D, Director, The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection
Andrea Jackson, Head, Archives Research Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
David Salk Mandel, Director, Exhibits and Design, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
Nicole A. Moore, Manager of Interpretation and School Programs, The National Center of Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
MLK  Martin  Luther  King  Morehouse  College  Exhibits  Atlanta  GA  Love  Activism 
july 2016 by dbourn
Book of Love - Witchcraft
I've tried and tried to capture you. What more can one mere mortal do?

My love potion boils and bubbles. Poison darts. Red poison apples. Kafe' kasita
Non kafela. Gutrune takes Siegfried from Brunhilde. Enula compana on St. James' Eve. A dash of orange and ambergis. Incantate
Miss Mary Mack
Mack Mack
All dressed in black

My love philtre will entrance you. It will pomp and circumstance you. Anusin, atelin
Amulet. Angelique takes Barnabas from Josette. With spiders ten Frae lockens blue. Eye of newt will stew and brew. Incantate this magic spell
Miss Lucy's in heaven
And the steamboat's in hell

Enchantra Endora Tabitha
Esmerelda Clara Hagatha

My love potion boils and bubbles. Poof! goes all my toil and troubles. Blueberry wine and gladiola. Circe takes Glaucus away from Sylla.
Coriander, vervain
And ginger root
Damiana, henbane
And badger's foot
With magic black
And silver buttons
All down her back

Enchantra Endora Tabitha
Esmerelda Clara Hagatha
Book  of  Love  Magic  Witches  Music  Bewitched 
june 2016 by dbourn
Communities of Care
We need to move the self-care conversation into community care. We need to move the conversation from individual to collective. From independent to interdependent. We need to move the self-care conversation into community care. A liberatory care practice is one in which we move beyond self-care into caring for each other. You shouldn’t have to do this alone.
Activism  Compassion  Love  Empathy  Healing  Justice 
june 2016 by dbourn
Hari Ziyad - Empathy Won't Save Us In the Fight Against Oppression. Here's Why.
Sam Bloom writes, “Our best hope for the future is not to get people to think of all humanity as family—that’s impossible. It lies, instead, in an appreciation of the fact that, even if we don’t empathize with distant strangers, their lives have the same value as the lives of those we love.” As marginalized people, most of our pain can’t be felt by anyone else. It is impossible to share it all, and both sadistic and sadomasochistic to try. Instead, we should focus on reinforcing the necessity of feeling one’s own humanity and respecting the humanity of others without the condition of familiarity. Empathy won’t save us. How we show care despite its absence might.
Hari  Ziyad  Empathy  Compassion  Love  James  Baldwin  Activism  Sam  Bloom 
december 2015 by dbourn
Mapping Brutality: How Last Year’s 'Belle' Perfectly Explains White America's Response to Racism
As Hari Ziyad puts it, “empathy won’t save us”: “Relying on empathy almost always places the onus on the marginalized. They must reiterate how they are–and then be–much more like those who are not marginalized in order for their causes to matter. They must prove their pain in a way that their oppressors are willing to acknowledge. Sam Dubose’s head must be blown off publicly and violently, and those who desperately want to be on the officer’s side must judge his action to be one of unequivocal cruelty... Relying on empathy means black people faced with horrific levels of police brutality must make white people “feel our pain.” It forces us to stream the bodies of our dead sons and daughters on a loop. It requires there to be dead sons and daughters in the first place. It always demands more spectacles of pain.”
Whites  Racism  Belle  Film  Blacks  Hari  Ziyad  Maps  Baltimore  Empathy  Compassion  Love  James  Baldwin 
august 2015 by dbourn
How Not to Say the Wrong Thing
Draw a circle. This is the center ring. In it, put the name of the person at the center of the current trauma. Now draw a larger circle around the first one. In that ring put the name of the person next closest to the trauma. In each larger ring put the next closest people.The person in the center ring can say anything she wants to anyone, anywhere. She can kvetch and complain and whine and moan and curse the heavens and say, "Life is unfair" and "Why me?" That's the one payoff for being in the center ring. Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings. If you want to scream or cry or complain, if you want to tell someone how shocked you are or how icky you feel, or whine about how it reminds you of all the terrible things that have happened to you lately, that's fine. It's a perfectly normal response. Just do it to someone in a bigger ring. Comfort IN, dump OUT.
Love  Illness  Comfort  Counseling  Healthcare  Compassion  Empathy  Ring  Theory 
july 2015 by dbourn

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