Life-sized wooden sculptures by Yoshitoshi Kanemaki
via Empty Kingdom
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I have a private Pinterest board titled "30 and Beyond".
It is filled with images like the above.
I often get envious with these things.
I find it hard sometimes to sit and enjoy things like reading and a simple cup of coffee. Or watching a T.V. show. I get a feeling like I should be doing something. Even when I’m taking a break from my work, I get anxious.
Someone recently asked me what my number was.
How much in the bank I would want to be “happy”. How much wealth do I want.
I couldn’t answer with a set number. I’ve had high highs and some low lows when it comes to finances. The only thing money really solves is your money problems.
I realized that wealth to me meant having free time without feeling guilty.
Like what I imagine the image above is about.
The best and worst part is, it can’t be bought in a store.
And I probably already have it. Somewhere.
We should keep a careful diary of our moments of envy: they are our covert guides to what we should try to do next.
— Alain de Botton
Between 2003 and 2006, French conceptual artist Philippe Ramette created a series of gravity-defying photographs that show him in seemingly impossible poses. These illusions were not created digitally as Ramette explains to The Guardian in 2009, “You see a tension in my hands, my red face is far from serene as the blood rushes to it, my suit is ruffled.” Web Urbanist has images and a brief explanation of how Ramette’s illusion is accomplished.
The true man wants two things: danger and play.
For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
halflingprince asked: You know that the vast majority of gun violence is committed by criminals who will not pay any attention to laws or prohibitions (hence the definition of *criminal*) and will only hinder those who might be able to use them to protect themselves?—-
OMG! Only criminals break the law? And criminals will break the law no matter what? Quick, repeal every single speed limit and law against stealing, murdering, or assaulting! Repeal all the laws! Laws never prevent crimes ever! How have I not noticed that before?
OH FUCKING WAIT, because every other country with stricter gun control laws has fewer gun deaths than we do. And like I just fucking mentioned, more laws about cars have decreased car-related fatalities. WHAAAAAAT it’s almost like laws FUCKING WORK to deter crime or something!
Quick question: Was Adam Lanza (the Newtown shooter) a criminal before he shot all those kids? No? So he wasn’t a criminal, and yet he broke the law? WHOA! MINDFUCK!
One more thing before you go! Having a gun in your home to protect yourself makes you more likely to die from being shot! With that gun! And that same article says having a gun in your home does not decrease the chance of being a victim of a crime or reduce your risk of being injured during a home invasion! Shit! It’s almost like guns are bad and you’re 100% full of shit!!!
“It’s important not to rush through life so much that you don’t find time to do the things you really should be doing.”
“What things do you wish you’d made more time to do?”
“I wish I’d learned to drive a racecar. Learned to cook. Followed up with a certain young lady. I wish I’d read more. I’ve got this stack of books I’m going through now, but I should have read them 50 years ago. I’m even reading Harry Potter!”
In 1971, the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan introduced a model of measuring prosperity not by GDP but through Gross National Happiness (GNH), a system of governance based on four pillars: equitable social development, cultural preservation, conservation of the environment, and promotion of good governance. In 2009, the GNH model began to be integrated into the education system through the Green Schools for Green Bhutan initiative.Schools in Bhutan are being encouraged to put the principles of GNH at the heart of education in an effort to make learning more relevant, thoughtful and aligned with sustainable practices. The government has introduced a GNH-based national curriculum, and Unicef Bhutan has funded a training programme for headteachers to help schools implement the scheme at classroom level.The Jigme Losel primary school in the capital, Thimphu, is considered a model of the green schools mindset. The school has introduced practical programmes, including basic agricultural skills, to teach the more than 800 pupils about conservation. Each class has its own tree to care for, and there is a communal vegetable patch and flower garden for the children to manage. The school runs a sustainable food programme feeding low-income students and their families.Children are taught about conserving natural resources, climate change and the dangers of deforestation and pollution. ‘Most of our country is mountainous, but here in the city I think the children can feel disconnected,’ headteacher Choki Dukpa says. ‘Environmental protection is enshrined in our constitution, but young children have to learn why it is important to protect the environment and how the country’s future prosperity depends on its conservation’. [photo]
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