“If at any point over the coming days, weeks, and months to come, you find yourself confused as to how to navigate the thicket of pictures of Nelson Mandela coming at you in every country in the world, bear in mind this salient fact of history: it was once illegal in South Africa to have a picture of Nelson Mandela in your home.”—Evan Fleischer | Esquire (via kateoplis)
All I really know about my culture is that it’s damned upset, after finding out all this information about itself on the internet, that it is not anywhere near homogenous as it thought it was. How that reality, if somewhat discomforting, became a deal breaker and something worth killing each other over, I’m not sure. But here we are.
We’re all living in our own realities. We always have. Like a network of stars, we need each other and we are completely unto ourselves.
The closer we look, the more we know about the intricate and intensely personal realities diverging all around us.
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”—C.G. Jung (via aestheticintrovert)