Right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Stephen Kenn // Process Creative // The Encounter Collection
"This - life - know that it is precious. You gotta grasp it - every little whiff that passes by you. It won’t be easy. It won’t be certain. Not now, not in your unimaginable future. Don’t be surprised. No, embrace the stiff winds and the lonely heights. Remember your name. Never turn away from the right course because it is hard. But above all, love. Scrape out the bottom of your soul and love for all your worth.”
Be a lamp, or a lifeboat or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal.
I’m not running for office, you know what I’m saying? I’m just here to make good music, make people feel good when they hear my music. And, you know, when I did that interview, I was really vocal about a lot of things that I’ve been dealing with the past ten years when I was put in a classification of you know ‘just a celebrity’. Because, you know, for me, I’m a creative genius, and there’s no other way to word it. I know you’re not to say that about yourself, and I say things the wrong way a lot of times, and my intention is always positive…
All I care about is my family, I care about protecting my girl,
protecting my baby and protecting my ideas and my dreams….
I’m totally weird and I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes. And, the thing is, you know, for me to say, “I’m not a genius”, I would just be lying to you and myself…
I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up and the way that they control people with low self esteem - with improper information, with branding, with marketing. I refuse to follow those rules. It’s about truth. It’s about information. It’s about awesomeness. And the only luxury is time - the time you spend with your family. That’s the only luxury…
So when I compare myself to Steve Jobs, or Walt Disney, Howard Hughes, David Stern, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Jesus or whatever it is. I’m saying, ‘these are my heroes’, these are people that I look up to, this is the type of impact I wanna make on the earth.
There comes a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn’t even jump puddles for you.
"Amsterdam", Gregory Alan Isakov
[Trayvon Martin] is 16 years and 21 days forever…. and the last thing he did on this earth was try to get home.
Jupiter caressed by clouds (by luigig75)
You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key—not only to consciousness-but to real growth. To accept duality is to earn identity. And identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is not just who you are. It is a process that you must be active in. It’s not just parroting your parents or the thoughts of your learned teachers. It is now more than ever about understanding yourself so you can become yourself.
I talk about this contradiction, and this tension, there’s two things I want to say about it. One, it never goes away. And if you think that achieving something, if you think that solving something, if you think a career or a relationship will quiet that voice, it will not. If you think that happiness means total peace, you will never be happy. Peace comes from the acceptance of the part of you that can never be at peace. It will always be in conflict. If you accept that, everything gets a lot better. The other reason is because you are establishing your identities and your beliefs, you need to argue yourself down, because somebody else will. Somebody’s going to come at you, and whatever your belief, your idea, your ambition, somebody’s going to question it. And unless you have first, you won’t be able to answer back, you won’t be able to hold your ground. You don’t believe me, try taking a stand on just one leg. You need to see both sides.
…So here’s the thing about changing the world. It turns out that’s not even the question, because you don’t have a choice. You are going to change the world, because that is actually what the world is. You do not pass through this life, it passes through you. You experience it, you interpret it, you act, and then it is different. That happens constantly. You are changing the world. You always have been, and now, it becomes real on a level that it hasn’t been before. And that’s why I’ve been talking only about you and the tension within you, because you are—not in a clichéd sense, but in a weirdly literal sense—the future. After you walk up here and walk back down, you’re going to be the present. You will be the broken world and the act of changing it, in a way that you haven’t been before. You will be so many things, and the one thing that I wish I’d known and want to say is, don’t just be yourself. Be all of yourselves. Don’t just live. Be that other thing connected to death. Be life. Live all of your life. Understand it, see it, appreciate it. And have fun.