Kindness
Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.
— 4 days ago
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GLOW IN THE DARK REINDEER, Finland

GLOW IN THE DARK REINDEER, Finland

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A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, (in modern Uzbekistan), ca. 1910 - Russia in color photographs of more than a century ago
Photos taken by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky - The photographs were taken with specialized camera in three shots: one in red filter, one in green, and one in blue. All three of these filtered black and white photos would then be layered together and projected as transparancies (“slides”) with the same filters on screen, this way restoring the whole range of colours, very close to the true colours of photographed objects. Prokudin-Gorsky was a pioneer of this three-colour process technique, highly complex and expensive at the time. See more here. The collection is owned by the US Library of congress

A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, (in modern Uzbekistan), ca. 1910 - Russia in color photographs of more than a century ago

Photos taken by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky - The photographs were taken with specialized camera in three shots: one in red filter, one in green, and one in blue. All three of these filtered black and white photos would then be layered together and projected as transparancies (“slides”) with the same filters on screen, this way restoring the whole range of colours, very close to the true colours of photographed objects. Prokudin-Gorsky was a pioneer of this three-colour process technique, highly complex and expensive at the time. See more here. The collection is owned by the US Library of congress

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Windmills for Sale,
World Fair St. Louis, 1904

Windmills for Sale,

World Fair St. Louis, 1904

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fuldagap:

G. Zelma. Volgograd (1970)

fuldagap:

G. Zelma. Volgograd (1970)

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Drawing: Dan Perjovschi

Drawing: Dan Perjovschi

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Layersimmoraltales:

Sultanahmet Meydanı - 27 Mayıs 1960

Layers

immoraltales:

Sultanahmet Meydanı - 27 Mayıs 1960

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#conflict  #animals  #architecture  #timelapse 
Undoing Property? Download Publication →

In 1793, in the middle of the French Revolution, the Musée du Louvre 

opened its doors—transforming a private palace into a public museum. Art was mobilized to embody the government’s movement from a monarchy to a democracy. An art collection, previously privately owned, was now shared publicly. Inside, civic, financial (via taxation), and social relationships between the state and museum-goer arguably stirred a sense of mutual agency, responsibility, and collectivity. In stark contrast, today we see a drive on the part of many governments toward private interests in nearly all aspects of our lives—from art, to housing, to health care, to education. What we are experiencing right now feels like a near reversal of the Louvre’s gesture—a turn away from a collectively owned culture.

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Illustration by persian scientist Al-Qazwini, around 1200. More drawings from his “Book of wonders”: http://standrewsrarebooks.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/52-weeks-of-inspiring-illustrations-week-50-the-book-of-wonders/

Illustration by persian scientist Al-Qazwini, around 1200. More drawings from his “Book of wonders”: http://standrewsrarebooks.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/52-weeks-of-inspiring-illustrations-week-50-the-book-of-wonders/

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#drawing  #book  #animals 
Cultural Heritage, Samara, Russia

Cultural Heritage, Samara, Russia

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David Shrigley - Who I am and what I want

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Ned Ludd and Queen Mab: Machine-Breaking, Romanticism, and the Several Commons Of 1811-12 (2012)

Radical History: Free Download of Peter Linebaughs new book about the Luddites.
Peter Linebaugh, in an extraordinary historical and literary tour de force, enlists the anonymous and scorned 19th century loom-breakers of the English midlands into the front ranks of an international, polyglot, many-colored crew of commoners resisting dispossession in the dawn of capitalist modernity.

Ned Ludd and Queen Mab: Machine-Breaking, Romanticism, and the Several Commons Of 1811-12 (2012)

Radical History: Free Download of Peter Linebaughs new book about the Luddites.

Peter Linebaugh, in an extraordinary historical and literary tour de force, enlists the anonymous and scorned 19th century loom-breakers of the English midlands into the front ranks of an international, polyglot, many-colored crew of commoners resisting dispossession in the dawn of capitalist modernity.

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#history  #commons  #capitalism