“A halfhearted priest secretly teaching Marxism to Pinochet so the demon general might better know his enemy? Latin American letters (wherever it may reside) has never had a greater, more disturbing avenging angel than Bolaño.”—On By Night in Chile, Junot Díaz - By the Book - NYTimes.com (via housingworksbookstore)
(This version of U2’s ”Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” is a live recording of Bono’s vocals + Craig Armstrong’s orchestration and it’s very good and you should know who Craig Armstrong is because he composed the score to Love Actually.)
The belief that every child should grow up and get the job God put them on the earth to have is very troublesome.
The governor of Ohio is saying exactly that to Tom Brokaw right now - using this panel as some kind of a political pulpit and not as a place for stimulating discussion.
Sure, it’s comforting to believe that we were all born with some Purpose encoded on our DNA, but it does nothing but suggest some kind of inescapable hierarchy. He’s meant to be a doctor. She’s meant to be a teacher. Those kids were born to be small business owners. This kid was meant to go to community college. That one was meant to start working immediately after high school. That one over there? A four-year university.
That’s what he’s arguing. “Tom, I’m still not sure what YOU were put on this earth to do,” he joked to Mr. Brokaw. LOL, I guess.
Why is the goal for people to get the job God has planned for them? As if plans are *that* reliable, *that* unbreakable. How about you create a learning environment where everyone’s simply given an equal chance to figure It out?
At the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry brunch
and, while here, I have the Freedom to Speak to People from this Organization and the Institute for Liberty as well as the Freedom to Eat an Omelette Followed by Few Slices of Orange Followed by Some Hashbrowns and Bacon and Sausage and Croissants and Oooooh is That a Bagel AND Lox I Suddenly Need More Coffee Do I Have the Freedom to Add More Milk?