These leafdogs soothe my soul
Sometime ago I bought my wife a beautiful piece of jewellery… We admired it and talked about it, described each stone and set it aside. Next morning, I woke up early to do some writing… All of a sudden, I heard a crunching sound. I looked over toward where my daughter’s puppy was lying and suddenly realized she had the necklace in her mouth and was delightedly chewing on it like a juicy bone… When I saw what she had done with it, I could only stand and feel the tears well up within me. What was there to be said?… You see, there is a difference between the puppy’s view of value and mine. As a dog, she could only look at the jewellery. She couldn’t look through it. She could only look at my tears; she couldn’t look through them. She only knew it was not what I had wanted done with it. She couldn’t understand why. She had no clue of the beauty and the worth of what had been mangled. That is the way human beings look at holiness. We have no idea what it is we have violated. Morality suggests to us it’s ours or God’s. The disenchantment we sense is that it was a "no-no". We can look at the idea of holiness but we cannot look through it. Looking through it points to the essence of what life was designed for and strains to catch a glimpse of the one who himself is the essence of all that is true and good and beautiful.
— Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias (via chewyclouds)
Does the language you speak influence how you think?
Studies show that our language affects how we experience the world, playing a role in everything from how we save for retirement to the colors we see.
*on a date*
so haha tell me more about your dog
you know how when you go to a concert or show of some sort and the person on stage is like “HOW’S EVERYONE DOING TONIGHT?!?!?!?!” and the audience cheers back? why? you’re not answering the question, you’re just yelling. imagine if we did that in daily conversation. “hey jeff, how are ya?” and jeff just starts screaming and clapping in your face
Anonymous said: What is 50 shades of grey about? And what's so bad about it?
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
Panda baby with her mama (x)
So, I was in the car today and saw someone with the license plate “X0DUS3 5”, so I thought it was like Exodus 3:5 and I looked it up, and do you know what it said?
"Do not come any closer."