- The US Government: We're not going to make it federally mandatory for people to get paid a wage they can actually live off of
- The US Government: If people want to make a living, they'll just have to work 16+ hours a day
- The US Government: And if their kids end up disenfranchised because of a lack of parental involvement, well that's not our problem
- The US Government: In fact, what is our problem is creating a system that will funnel these disenfranchised youth into our prison system so they can work for corporations (that promise us money) for damn near free
- The US Government: If they don't want to fall victim to this system, then they can seek higher education
- The US Government: Except such an education will be inaccessible to most disenfranchised people and skewed in favor of the financially stable and white people
- The US Government: And we're not going to make intervention programs like sex education and conflict resolution federally mandatory, because that's the parent's job
- The US Government: The parent who is working 16 hours a day
"So, when I say to you, ‘I love you,’ and then I say God loves you too, please understand the difference. When I love you, and you refuse to love me, I hurt because I have lost something. When I say to you, ‘God loves you,’ and you refuse to love God, God hurts too. God hurts not because He has lost something. God hurts because you have lost something. That is the purity of His love in the value that He places upon you, and if you ask anybody what goodness means they’ll tell you, ‘to desire a thing for its own sake.’"
Ravi Zacharias (via martelthechristianrapper)
"I’m giving a presentation tomorrow on the experience of African American males growing up in America."
"What’s the thesis?"
"Hundreds of interviews have been conducted, and we’ve found that not only do most African American males fail to acknowledge institutional racism, they mainly tend to blame themselves for their failures. They say things like they didn’t work hard enough, or made too many mistakes. They don’t understand that they weren’t afforded the same opportunities."
"One day a crazy looking homeless guy came to the door, and we were about to close the door on him, but my mother saw him and shouted: ‘Hey Eugene!’ She knew his name! Then she ran around the kitchen putting all sorts of food into tupperware, and brought it out to him. After he left, we asked my mom why she gave him so much food. She told us: ‘You never know how Jesus is going to look when he shows up.’ She was always saying that— it was a spiritual thing. Then you know what happened? Two months later, that same man showed up on the door step, clean shaven, and wearing a suit. And he had an envelope with money for my mother. ‘Ms. Rosa always believed in me,’ he said. I’ll never forget it! Eugene was his name."
Tian Provençal - Named after the earthenware dish used for both serving and cooking, this French vegetable dish from Provence is one that will surely impress your guests. Eight ingredients is all it takes, plus a little artistic effort that makes it ever-so-pretty.
Baking it concentrates all of the flavours and celebrates these beautiful summer vegetables. If you’re not the artistic type, forego the radial pattern and layer the vegetables like a lasagne. It’ll be just as good…RECIPE
nick meek photographs costa rica covered in flower petals for sony
"I’m not fascinated by people who smile all the time. What I find interesting is the way people look when they are lost in thought, when their face becomes angry or serious, when they bite their lip, the way they glance, the way they look down when they walk, when they are alone and smoking a cigarette, when they smirk, the way they half smile, the way they try and hold back tears, the way when their face says they want to say something but can’t, the way they look at someone they want or love… I love the way people look when they do these things. It’s… beautiful."
Clemence Poesy (via exoticwild)