Our imperfect parents had imperfect parents of their own. Fears, insecurities, and desires get passed along for generations. Parents want to see their offspring make it in ways that are important to them. Or they want their children to be special, which in our competitive culture means more intelligent, accomplished, and attractive than other people. They see their children through filters of fear (they might not get into a good college and be successful) and filters of desire (will they reflect well on us?).

Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city. We also respect our players’ rights to project their support and bring awareness to issues that are important to them if done so in a responsible manner.

The Browns have respectfully declined the request for an apology by the Cleveland Police Union after Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins took the field Sunday wearing a shirt that read “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford.

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Note: How dare they ask for an apology. When we get an apology for all the kids you’ve killed, then we’ll consider it. Oh, and a resignation. xo. 

When it’s 100 degrees in New York, it’s 72 in Los Angeles. When it’s 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it’s still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.

Neil Simon (via ericmortensen)

People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

Elizabeth Gilbert

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The SAT is a scam. It has been around for 50 years. It has never measured anything. And it continues to measure nothing. And the whole game is that everybody who does well on it, is so delighted by their good fortune that they don’t want to attack it. And they are the people in charge. Because of course, the way you get to be in charge is by having high test scores. So it’s this terrific kind of rolling scam that every so often, somebody sort of looks and says—well, you know, does it measure intelligence? No. Does it predict college grades? No. Does it tell you how much you learned in high school? No. Does it predict life happiness or life success in any measure? No. It’s measuring nothing.

John Katzman, founder of The Princeton Review (via rumpelstiltsforeskin)

My brother just took the SATs for the first time and is registered to take it two more times. I wish this test go to hell and die.

Curiously, after spending three hundred pages making the United States sound like Calcutta, [Pat] Buchanan wraps up his book with a one-sentence paragraph about what a beautiful country this is. Speakers at the Republican National Convention do the same thing: Once they’ve finished telling us that the United States is a shithole, they wrap up their speeches with claims that the United States of America is unique in the world, a shining example to other nations, and the greatest country on earth. Oh, and god bless America.

Dan Savage, Skipping Towards Gomorrah

Everyone’s talking gun control but I want to know when we can talk about the state of mental health care that is provided in this country.

Hillary (via librarysciences)

AMEN. I think we need to ban guns altogether, but if not, then YES, THIS. We have absolutely no regard for mental health care in this country and it’s disgusting. 

I remember an old catholic joke about a man who spent his whole life going to a church every day and prayed to the statue of a great saint begging “please, please, please, let me win the lottery.” Finally the exasperated statue comes to life and looks down at the begging man and says “my son, please, please, please, buy a ticket.”

My office manager sent out an email to the office last night asking if we wanted to pool our money to buy our chances at winning tonight’s megalotto (I think it’s $550 million?). I’ve never played the lottery (except if you count when I was 7 and used to convince the guys at 7-11 to sell me those scratch-off BINGO cards) and I think it’s usually a waste (and by usually, I mean always) and I hate wasting my money.

But how stupid would I feel if one of our (now) 108 chances won and I hadn’t put in my $10? Yeah, I’d feel like a jackass. So, as long as I’m one of 18 people who can feel either really, really, really happy, or like a wasteful dope, I’m mostly OK with putting my money down.

So, for this night, I feel the above quote from Eat, Pray, Love is highly relevant. You have to play to win. That being said: I’m expecting to wake up tomorrow and still be mostly-broke. 

Lastly: May the odds be ever in your favor.

We need inspired leaders. We need Love-based principles where people and our inalienable rights come before profit. We need leadership that understands that we are not only a United States, but rapidly becoming a united world. We need YOU to stand up and fight for this. Yes, fight. Because some things aren’t going to come easy.

Mastin Kipp, The Daily Love