“People want the rugged authenticity of being different without actually being punished for it — and I understand why they do it. I recognize the insecurity. Just a decade ago, my peers were flinging words like “terrorist” and “faggot” to me in the halls of our high school. Now I’m “trendy” and “fierce.” Either assessment rings lonely and desperate. How they are tremendously afraid of being insignificant. How the fantasy of race that they have projected on my body makes me have some mystic power they are jealous of. They are afraid of boring. They are afraid of being nothing. They are in a constant state of falling — grasping for all of the bindis, beards, dashikis, gauges that they hold on to to feel relevant. And what hurts the most is that when they do it, it magically becomes beautiful. It becomes a beard worth $8,500 and not a beard worth five bullets. When the white body wears our scars, they finally become beautiful.
“I think the single biggest problem that exists with schooling is that it ends up convincing most people that they’re mediocre, and then the talented people get regrouped and are forced to compete with each other, and then most of them get convinced that they’re mediocre as well, and you sort of rinse and repeat until people’s dreams and aspirations are badly beaten out of them.”—
Peter Thiel, Stanford B.A. Philosophy, Stanford Law School J.D.
(This is interesting because I thought Peter Thiel believed in the opposite. I’ve heard Peter Thiel speak, and, for someone trained at law school, he’s not at all clear with his arguments.)
“People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in—told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more. Remind each other of this.”—Stacey Jean Speer (via endangerment)
“I think a person needs to learn from childhood to find himself alone. It means to not be bored when you’re by yourself, because a person who finds himself bored when alone –as it seems to me– is in danger.”—Andrei Tarkovsky - A Poet in the Cinema (via armix)