“You consider yourself odd at times, you accuse yourself of taking a road different from most people. You have to unlearn that. Gaze into the fire, into the clouds, and as soon as the inner voices begin to speak, surrender to them, don’t ask first whether it’s permitted or would please your teachers or father, or some god. You will ruin yourself if you do that. That way you will become earthbound, a vegetable.”—Herman Hesse, Demian. (via sequentialassassin)
“We live in isolation from our fellows in small, climate-controlled boxes, little fishtanks complete with simulated foilage, called apartments. We too are fed on standardized, mass-produced food that appears as if out of nowhere, vastly different from the food our ancestors ate. We too cannot wander far from our kennels, leashed as we are by 9 to 5 jobs, apartment leases, fences and property lines … and just like our pets, we learn to behave.”—
“So what is the point of this reclamation and focus, this calling back of the hawk, this running with the wolves? It is to go for the jugular, to get right down to the seed and to the bones of everything and anything in your life, because that’s where your pleasure is, that’s where your joy is, that’s where a woman’s Eden lies, that place where there is time and freedom to be, wander, wonder, write, sing, create, and not be afraid.”—Clarissa Pinkola Estés (via riverbones)
“Tell me this: why does it happen that at the very, yes, at the very moments when I am most capable of feeling every refinement of all that is “sublime and beautiful,” as they used to say at one time, it would, as though of design, happen to me not only to feel but to do such ugly things, such that … Well, in short, actions that all, perhaps, commit; but which, as though purposely, occurred to me at the very time when I was most conscious that they ought not to be committed. The more conscious I was of goodness and of all that was “sublime and beautiful,” the more deeply I sank into my mire and the more ready I was to sink in it altogether.”—Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground (via goldenspiral)
Malalai Joya was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2010. An extraordinary young woman raised in the refugee camps of Iran and Pakistan, Joya became a teacher in secret girls’ schools, hiding her books under her burqa so the Taliban couldn’t find them; she helped establish a free medical clinic and orphanage in her impoverished home providence of Farah; and at a constitutional assembly in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country’s powerful NATO-backed warlords. She was twenty-five years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan’s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended from Parliament for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons and their cronies. She was survived four assassination attempts to date, is accompanied at all times by armed guards, and sleeps only in safe houses.
Joya takes us inside this massively important and insufficiently understood country, shows us the desperate day-to-day situations its remarkable people face at every turn, and recounts some of he many acts of rebellion that are helping to change it. A controversial political figure in one of the most dangerous places on earth, Malalai Joya is a hero of our times.
the description sounds pretty fluffy, but she really is amazing and an important person of our times. Also, this book gives incredible insight to what’s actually going on in Afghanistan. If you have a question of whether the US is actually doing any good there, if we’ve spread democracy and created any sort of peace, read this book!
Also, this book gives evidence that the US doesn’t have real interests in finding terrorists in Afghanistan, but instead is actively putting the Taliban and war criminals into high positions of power in order to back US economic interests and to oppress the Afghan people.