about language

I’ve read this essay by Audre Lorde – The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action.

Her perspective on the power of language is just so profound and empowering – may this be the driving force for me (and many others) to continue speaking up for what we believe in.

“We can learn to work and speak when we are afraid in the same way we have learned to work and speak when we are tired. For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us. The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence.

And there are so many silences to be broken.”

Read the full essay here.

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Metropolis

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“We are in this together, this accumulation of scars, this world of objects, this physical and temporary heaven that so often takes on the countenance of hell.

What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity. What matters is staying alert, staying open, because if we know anything from what has gone before us, it is that the time for feeling will not last.”

-The Lonely City, Olivia Laing

 

(Shinjuku, Tokyo)

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Coelho’s

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,”

the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”

-The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

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