new found sea floors, vol. 8
"Going back to at least 2008 and in other years since, more American soldiers have committed suicide than have been killed in combat. Last year the US department of veterans affairs issued the startling figure that 22 veterans killed themselves every day.” ~ (quote from this article)
parallel worlds, vol. 6
"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."
"When my daughter was born, my grandfather was dying of cancer in the same hospital. They told me they showed him a picture of her on a phone, and he started crying. They were going to wrap her up and bring her to him the next morning, but he died that afternoon."
Modern human civilization is fragile — fragile to crop failures, droughts, and extreme weather. We are extremely susceptible to energy and water shortages. We don’t fully understand complex, chaotic systems like Earth’s climate. And yet, we are rapidly changing the composition of the atmosphere, even though the archeological record shows the difficulty that our ancestors had in adapting to previous rapid climate changes.
That seems suicidally reckless.
—John Aziz, in To understand our climate future, look to the past (via theweekmagazine)
"I worked at the same cafe for 28 years, but it just went out of business, so I had to find new work. Before it was like I had a family. I saw the same people every day. But now I just have a job. One day you lose something, and you say: ‘Oh my God. I was happy. And I didn’t even know it.’"
"There’s this giant cathedral in Cologne that survived the Allied bombings of World War II. All the other buildings around it were destroyed. One time I was super high on E and mushrooms, so I decide to drop in. The cathedral is made of black marble and the walls are stained with soot, so it was really creepy. On top of that, the place was packed with people, and there was a priest at the altar shouting angrily in German. I was like: ‘Oh. My. God.’"