"Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.’"

Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook (via uhhleeese)

I think what I love most about this quote is that it recalls so many voices of educators throughout my lifetime that have, in one way or another, told me exactly this message. I was always taught to think for myself and to think critically, that our system is broken, but that doesn’t mean that we, as individuals have to be. 

(Source: cartographe, via uhhleeese)

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You know what’s fantastic?

missfeisty:

Owning your past. Claiming every single shitty thing that has ever happened to you as yours. Your shit.

And being okay with it. Being proud of who you are in this moment. Not for what you plan to do six months, two years, or three decades from now.

Not feeling the need to sugarcoat everything for the sake of appearances.

I’m me. It may not be pretty all the time, but it’s a fanfuckingtastic feeling.

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"I want to meet a woman that will make me stop and listen to what she has to say. I want a woman who will make my jaw drop in awe. A woman that has little time for me. One who does not throw herself at me. One who respects herself who has a sense of herself. Where is she?"

Henry Rollins (via caitbearpig)

I will never be this woman. I used to want to be. To have the cool confidence and the air of aloofness.

But that’s just not me.

I live passionately.

Emotionally.

When I love, I love with abandon.

And I have learned that shouldn’t be something to apologize for; it should be something to strive for. Because I do respect myself. I do have a sense of myself. And this woman he speaks of, who makes his jaw drop in awe, who has little time for him, this woman just isn’t me.

(via thelandlockedmariner-deactivate)

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Be true to your authentic self…

crookedindifference:

at the end of the day, it is you that has to look back at the person in the mirror.

yes. so much of this. 

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nakedbones:

I wish more people would acknowledge this.

(via deerandbunnies)
i have only ever put one bumper sticker on any car i have ever owned. it was small and black with white writing. it said simply “be who you are”

nakedbones:

I wish more people would acknowledge this.

(via deerandbunnies)

i have only ever put one bumper sticker on any car i have ever owned. it was small and black with white writing. it said simply “be who you are”

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