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Historically in Native communities, formalized Western education was used as a tool of cultural genocide, a tool of assimilation. With the whole government-run boarding school system—a system that my own grandmother and my aunties went through as well—where the professed model was to kill the Indian and save the man. For so many decades and generations, this idea of going off to school meant losing your Native culture. It meant that part of you was forcibly erased. You weren’t allowed to speak your language. You weren’t allowed to practice your culture. That is a legacy that occurred up until the 1960s and ’70s, so this isn’t ancient history…[we are re-framing] this idea—going to college is not about losing your identity as a Native person. It’s a way for you to give back to your community. It’s a way for you to build up your nation. It’s a way for to gain the skills and knowledge that your nation needs. Adrienne Keene, in How is the Native College Experience Different?  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again - this is the brave and happy life. J. E. Buckrose  _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by man, you will see not only abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.

Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover that the decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn’t to be found anywhere. There is only the metamorphosis of life forms. What can you learn from this?

Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.
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nevver:

Mercury rising

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paigeabendroth:

Let’s talk about men who send woman unsolicited pictures of their penis.  I don’t believe that any man does this and thinks to themselves, “wow, she’s going to see this picture of my amazing dick and totally want to have sex with me.”  

Men send woman unsolicited pictures of their penis because they get a wicked little thrill out of violating women.  It’s a form of non-consensual sexual aggression, and it’s fucked up.  

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bliss

bliss

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