"…people like Jesus and Paul were not executed for saying, “Love one another.” They were killed because their understanding of love meant more than being compassionate towards individuals, although it did include that. It also meant standing against the domination systems that rule their world, and collaborating with the Spirit in the creation of a new way of life that stood in contrast to the normalcy of the wisdom of this world. Love and justice go together. Justice without love can be brutal and love without justice can be banal. Love is the heart of justice and justice is the social form of love."
Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon p.205 (via scottxstephens)
Or as Cornel West says, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”
Don’t ever pretend that “just be nice to each other” is the message of Christianity, because that is not a message worth killing (or dying) for.
"Existentialism isn’t so atheistic that it wears itself out showing that God doesn’t exist. Rather, it declares that even if God did exist, that would change nothing."
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky (via cosmic-rebirth)
"Don’t let your white friends get you in trouble"
— African American Proverb: Black Parent Edition (via blackproverbs)
"Eggplant is an Indian crop, so [Monsanto does] genetic engineering of eggplant. They could have chosen 500 vegetables. Why don’t they choose potatoes for India? Why eggplant? Because it is native to India and we have 4,500 varieties. Why do they want to plant – by bullying – on six million acres – GM corn in Mexico? Because corn is the sacred crop of Mexico and the Andes. So basically, while the justification is, “We are doing science,” the reality is they are unleashing a war against our sacred cultures."
— Vandana Shiva on GMO issues, University of Hawai’i, Jan 2013 (via lgbtbahai)