Rampant Insomnia

I'm a pessimistic American who is stupid enough to try and change the world.


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“Pack up all my tears and woe, here I go. Bye, bye, Blackbird.”


Emma Watson represents the UN, in her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, in Uruguay where she was campaigning for a higher representation of women in politics.

Emma Watson - from child star to international representative. 

mothbug:

real talk does anyone ever just take a moment to appreciate the flawless combination that is cheese and tomatoes

cheese and tomatoes

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cheese and tomatoes

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cheese and tomatoes

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c h e e s e  a n d  t o m a t o e s

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The majesty of Italy.  :)

(via pika-bubblez)

Lets talk about the Constitution.

It’s the document that governs our lives.  Shouldn’t we be familiar with it?

BreakingNM

A subreddit for the American southwest. 

A lot of people want to avoid politics because it’s too complicated, they don’t want to start an argument, or they don’t want to judged for their ideas.  What those don’t realize is that doing nothing is also a political stance - it indirectly supports the status quo. 
Avoiding criticism may feel comfortable in the short-term, but do you really want to live without any passion? 

"You have enemies?  Good!  That means you stand for something." - Winston Churchill

Vote for a candidate, not a party. Don’t label people and have a discussion.

Political polarization has become such a problem in the United States that it seems like people are not even willing to attempt to try and reach a compromise.  What’s worse is that many people can’t even describe the specifics of what they want to do to improve their country, so they may not even even hold a tangible understanding of the problems that we face as a nation and a species.  Many Americans simply repeat generic talking points that are spoon-fed to them by mindless political think tanks whose only goal is to out-propagandize the other side.  I think that the key to overcoming political partisanship is to disregard divisive language that references political parties, to stop labeling people and judging them before a discussion is had, and to make an effort to reach out other people of a different culture or another way of thinking than yourself.

Empathy should be the basis for politics.

“In fairy tales, monsters exist to be a manifestation of something that we need to understand, not only a problem we need to overcome, but also they need to represent, much like angels represent the beautiful, pure, eternal side of the human spirit, monsters need to represent a more tangible, more mortal side of being human: aging, decay, darkness and so forth. And I believe that monsters originally, when we were cavemen and you know, sitting around a fire, we needed to explain the birth of the sun and the death of the moon and the phases of the moon and rain and thunder. And we invented creatures that made sense of the world: a serpent that ate the sun, a creature that ate the moon, a man in the moon living there, things like that. And as we became more and more sophisticated and created sort of a social structure, the real enigmas started not to be outside. The rain and the thunder were logical now. But the real enigmas became social. All those impulses that we were repressing: cannibalism, murder, these things needed an explanation. The sex drive, the need to hunt, the need to kill, these things then became personified in monsters. Werewolves, vampires, ogres, this and that. I feel that monsters are here in our world to help us understand it. They are an essential part of a fable.”

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Guillermo Del Toro (via iwearthecheeseyo)

Who are the real monsters in life? 

A good artist will make your question yourself, but a great artist will make you question the world.