"If you’re feeling small today I dare you to sit up straighter, look someone who scares you directly in the eye, take up room at the dinner table, make yourself bigger, when ‘sorry’ laps at the back of your tongue, tries to pick up after you, remind yourself that your existence doesn’t demand an apology, that you are allowed to make mess and take up space, do not be afraid to expand. Every single goddamn minute. Expand, expand, expand"
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5. Consumerism and Greed: Contentment Is the Best Wealth
"Our efforts to change our patterns of consumption are truly admirable and even heroic. Using our own personal experience we can ask ourselves where the distinction lies between what we really NEED in order to be happy, and what we do not need but merely WANT.
Greed takes control of us when we lose sight of this distinction and mistake our wants for needs.
We do not have to let our desires control us. It is important that we develop the habit of distinguishing between wants and needs, because much more than just our own personal well-being is at stake.
[W]e often think is sufficient to imitate others, and so for superficial reasons we end up surrendering our right to make our own decisions. It is worth observing our own consumer behavior to see if we ourselves have fallen into this kind of MINDLESS CONFORMISM.
[I]t seems to me that we have actually made ourselves slaves to what we ourselves created. In the end, it is up to each of us to determine what money and the things that money buys are really worth to us.”
arthur kleinjan, paris looks. 1999-2001
Between 1999 and 2001, the artist spent hours perched in a balcony above the Sacré Coeur church in Paris, watching the people below. As tourists struck poses for souvenir snapshots, he would take a second photograph from behind.
“Sometimes it takes a few seconds for their friends to get the camera ready, and they suddenly don’t know what to do with their bodies. They ask themselves, what leg do I stand on? A bag, or a bottle of water should be out of the image, so they keep it behind their back. They design themselves into what they think is a nice picture … I wanted to show the moment of alteration, as the tourists transform themselves into an image. They seem very self-conscious about the way they look. Vulnerability is revealed. Their discomfort with their own body, as they stand there, is isolated in time and space, waiting to become a future memory.” (x)
enough about sex positions has anyone discovered a reading position which doesn’t get uncomfortable after 5 minutes
nine seasons. and two movies.
masculinity is so funny to me bc men deprive themselves of the best things in life in order to achieve it like ….fuzzy socks, fun fruity pink drinks, spa days, lifetime movies, expressing positive feelings in a healthy way, being a warm genuine person