A Rough Guide to Surviving The Unsurvivable
1) If you live with monsters, you’ll become monstrous. This can be good and it can be bad. You need to keep your perspective and know when it’s time to quit a bad scene.
2) Learn the difference between honesty and being a dick.
3) Once you stop looking for identity, you start to die.
4) Don’t sabotage yourself. There are enough people out there who’ll do it for you. Don’t let the assholes win.
5) Read more than you drink.
6) When you feel the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad coming on, scream as loudly as you possibly can. It’s good medicine.
7) Remember: If someone is talking shit about someone else to you, they probably talk shit about you too. If they’re doing it on the Internet, they’re probably someone you don’t want to be friends with. Know a vendetta when you see one. Shit-talkers are like black mold: They’ll infect you and you might not even know it. you don’t need that darkness in your life. Bitterness will jump from you to them.
Adam Gnade from The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting The Big Motherfuckin’ Sad book (via wearepioneerspress)
Definitely feel #’s 5 & 6.
imagine how much power you’d have if you woke up with a clear face and perfect hair every day
Anna Sarkeesian’s brilliant, crowdfunded Tropes vs Women in Video Games web-series (previously) has a new episode, Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 [TW: rape, sexual violence, violence], which expertly dissects the use of violence against women, especially sexual violence as a lazy means of establishing skimpy motivations for player characters to hunt down the baddies.
I watched this last night and it’s quite amazing.
Poverty and unemployment are part and parcel of our economic order. Without them, capitalism would cease to function effectively, and in order to continue to function, the system itself must produce poverty and an army of underemployed or unemployed people.
Within the system of capitalist production, competition is central in two main ways: First, competition between workers for the morsels tossed to them by the capital-holding class helps weaken solidarity among oppressed groups and to fracture evolving resistances to the power of capital. Second, market competition and a grow-or-die mentality drives the owners of the means of production to constantly retool and rethink production in a multitude of ways.