This is the great story of our time. For the rest of our lives, and the lives of our children, we are going to be confronted by people who don’t want to live peacefully in a secular, pluralistic world, because they are desperate to get to Paradise, and they are willing to destroy the very possibility of human happiness along the way. The truth is, we are all living in Israel. It’s just that some of us haven’t realized it yet.

- Sam Harris, “Why Don’t I Criticize Israel”

Love this.
2 hour detour but at least we saw this sign 🙌 #thankgodforthisdetour  (at Brickhope Plantation)

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Gay pride 2014

"A choice isn’t really a choice when you can’t find another job, or when it’s the end of the month and the checking account is empty and the morning-after pill costs $50 without insurance, or when the only approved birth control methods won’t work for you. For decades, activists have invoked a woman’s “right to choose” — choose when it’s the right time for her to have children and when it’s not, and to choose which contraceptive method to use in the meantime. In theory, women are still allowed to make these choices in America. In practice, though, to choose you must have options. Health insurance is one of the things that guarantees options and access. Freedom, as the conservatives say, isn’t free. For a choice to be a true choice and not a default, sometimes we have to subsidize it.”

What a Woman’s Choice Means to the Supreme Court and Social Conservatives

“Sometimes this kind of story turns out to be something more, some glimpse of life that expands like those japanese paper balls you drop in water and they bloom into flowers and the flower is so marvelous you can’t believe there was a time all you saw in front of you was a paper ball and a glass of water.”

—   Donald Kaufman, Adaptation

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Don’t spend too much time navel-gazing.  Love someone like no one has ever been loved, learn something that has never been learned, make something that has never been made, think something that has never been thought.  Be swept up in the greatest chain reaction to ever exist - existence itself.  And succumb to the beautiful truth that despite the obvious chaos - the sometimes-overwhelming terror that entropy wants to beat down our cosmic door and swirl our atoms back up into the stars - our existence itself is crystal clear evidence that the Universe wants us to exist, and whatever we are doing with our lives, it is exactly as the Universe intends.

- Answer on Quora to the question: What is the Basic Purpose of Life?

at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Intergalactic puddle