Histrionic Enlightenment

Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.

—Madonna

I think my biggest flaw is my insecurity. I’m terribly insecure. I’m plagued with insecurities 24/7.

—Madonna

I believe that we are at a very low level of consciousness, and we do not know how to treat each other as human beings. We are caught up in our own lives, our own needs, our own ego gratification. I feel a strong sense of responsibility in delivering that message.

—Madonna

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADONNA!

You will forever be an inspiration.

Will is Power.

Live on.

nubbsgalore:

Photos by Gerry Ellis from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park. Here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. The elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

When elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. Grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. But as Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

Approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. With an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of Africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

CBC’s The Nature of Things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. You can foster an elephant with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust online here. For more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

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The last words said by Black youth murdered by policemen. 

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Please, I want so badly for good things to happen.

Sylvia Plath, 10 January 1953, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (via lifeinpoetry)

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