learns ..

i’m learning the difference between perceived danger & actual danger. 

it feels the same, but slightly different. that nuance in difference, is what i’m learning. & that ‘recoiling’ & withdrawing is my way of assessing that difference.

& thats ok.

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it’s broken.

it is, i am.

‘your not real, really’.

not a real maori,

not a real woman,

not a real artist,

not a real achiever.

so, what’s real?




featured artist: hank willis thomas

The artist, Hank Willis Thomas, talks here about ‘reframing’ what we think we know; what we perceive, or how we view things. His work is designed to challenge our perceptions, misconceptions and views.

To view more of his beautiful and extraordinary work visit: http://www.hankwillisthomas.com

(video via YouTube)

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Pending thoughts: Ableism and its discontents.

Thoughts on ableism:

Excerpt: “But the fact remains, this is a society for the “able bodied” and the “mentally sound,” and this fact is attributable to thoughtlessness conditioned by a disgusting level of unspoken malice. There are philosophers who argue that the disabled should be treated as a lesser class of persons. Even if we remove sentimentality from the equation, I consider such openly and willfully malicious persons to not only lack a basic sense of humanity, but to lack a basic idea of what it means to be human. Such persons undoubtedly think they are liberating the human species from a “burden” by consigning the disabled to a lower place in the great chain of being. They want to privilege what they see as strength and effectiveness. I would argue, that humanity is not only not held back by prioritizing the dignity of those whose conditions of life give them different needs, but, that the ability to do this is among the highest human vocations.”

Source: Pending thoughts: Ableism and its discontents.

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its a perception.

its a concept.

its an action.

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is it just perception?

I think this dude has possibly got what I’m trying to get. Well he explains it a whole lot better…him and Helen ;)

I particularly like these bits…

Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature nor do children as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

– Helen Keller

“One day Ajahn Chah held up a beautiful Chinese tea-cup, “To me this cup is already broken. Because I know its fate, I can enjoy it fully here and now. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.”    When we understand the truth of uncertainty and relax, we become free.”

It all feels a little bit new age, tree hug-ish…but I think the essence of it, is what I’m trying to…be…or embrace…or just get a handle on.

Life isn’t fair…for plenty of us. But I think its ultra traumatised…certain events anyway…because of how they are framed up in a ‘world view’ perspective. As in…certain things are right…wrong…indifferent…successful…retarded…lost…found. We label the shit out of stuff to supposedly help with the perception of it. But I think if it’s viewed in another light, then it doesn’t become ‘right…wrong…successful etc’. It just is.

I’m still figuring out where my high beam is…or how to use it anyway.

Food for extra thought though.


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