The ever-changing Fish sees life through rose-colored glasses and often from a vastly different perspective than the rest of us. One year they might volunteer for a day at a homeless shelter and be thankful they could give something back. The next year they could be thankful for the new Harry Potter installment. The real joy in Pisces’ life is that life changes and as long as they have people to share it with, Pisces is blessed in every way
“I think the “Just say no” mentality is so crazed. I saw a thing in a women’s magazine the other day. “He smokes cannabis, what am I to do? He laughs it off when I try to tell him, he says it’s not really harmful…” Of course you’re half hoping the advice will be, “Well, you know it’s not that harmful; if you love him, if you talk to him about it, tell him maybe keep it in the garden shed or something,” you know, a reasonable point of view. But of course it was, “No, no, all drugs are bad. All drugs are bad. Librium’s good, Valium’s good, ciggies are good, vodka’s good. But cannabis, ooooh!” I hate that unreasoned attitude. I really can’t believe it’s 30 years since the ’60s. I find it staggering. It’s like the future, the ’60s to me, it’s like it hasn’t happened. I feel the ’60s are about to arrive. And we’re in some sort of time warp and it’s still going to happen.”—Paul McCartney
“I think of going to the grave without having a psychedelic experience like going to the grave without ever having sex. It means that you never figured out what it is all about. The mystery is in the body and the way the body works itself into nature.”—Terence McKenna (via slychedelic)
“Human sexuality includes more than hormones, organs, and orgasms; it runs through the psychic and spiritual ranges of our lives. We experience our sexuality on the spiritual level as a yearning for another person. We want to reach out and stretch ourselves into the depths of another. We want to bring the other person into the orbit of our deepest selves. We want to probe into the mystery of the other.”—Lewis B. Smedes (via lysergicacidiethylamide)
Obviously, you know me in real life. No, I didn’t because I dropped out of Confirmation a long time ago. My mother (who is a very strong Catholic) still wants me to receive it next year. I don’t think that I want to because I don’t really go by Catholicism. But I am very happy because my some of my best friends do go by Catholicism, and they got confirmed today! So congratulations and I love you guys!
Holism. Nature is seen holistically, as an integrated system, rather than as a collection of individual things. The “oneness” of nature, however, is not monistic, denying the reality of individuals and difference. Rather, the natural world consists of an organic wholeness, a dynamic field of interaction of diverse species and their habitats. In fact, that diversity is essential to the health of the natural world.
No ontological divide. Humans are fully a part of nature, and there is no ontological separation between our species and other ones.
Self. Individually, each person is not an autonomous individual but rather a self-in-Self, a distinct node in the web of nature.
Biocentric egalitarianism. Nature has unqualified intrinsic value, with humans having no privileged place in nature’s web. Emphasis is placed on value at holistic levels, such as populations, ecosystems, and the Earth as a whole, rather than individual entities.
Intuition. A sensuous, intuitive communion with the Earth is possible, and it gives us needed insight into nature and our relationship to it. Scientific knowledge is necessary and useful, but we need a holistic science that recognizes the intrinsic value of the Earth and our interdependence with it.
Environmental devastation. Nature is undergoing a cataclysmic degradation, an ecological holocaust, at the hands of human societies.
Anti-anthropocentrism. This destructiveness is rooted in anthropocentrism, an arrogant view that we are separate from and superior to nature, which exists to serve our needs.
An ecocentric society. The goal at a social level is a society that is based on an ecocentric view of nature and that lives in harmony with the natural tendencies and the limits of natural world.
Self-realization. The goal at an individual level is to fully realize one’s identification with nature. This involves neither a sense of an independent self nor the loss of the self in the oneness of nature. Self-realization is the full awareness of the self-in-Self.
Intuitive morality. The moral ideal, then, does not involve ethics in the traditional sense of a separate self rationally deriving principles of how we ought to behave. Rather, it is a realization of our identification with nature which yields a spontaneous, intuitive tendency to avoid harm and to flourish. As John Seed has said of his work on the rainforest, “I am the rainforest defending itself.”
“You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter.”—Nicholas Sparks (via timedoesnotexisthere)