Thursday Link DumpClever Manka, · Categories: Thursday Link Dump
It’s a small dump today because this week has been terrible.
Depression vs. Demoralization
The real task is somehow to treat a sick culture rather than its sick individuals. Erich Fromm sums up this challenge: ‘We can’t make people sane by making them adjust to this society. We need a society that is adjusted to the needs of people.’ Fromm’s solution included a Supreme Cultural Council that would serve as a cultural overseer and advise governments on corrective and preventive action. But that sort of solution is still a long way off, as is a science of culture change. Democracy in its present guise is a guardian of cultural insanity.
When relationships are worth fighting for and when they’re not. Related, this brilliant potato metaphor for emotional labor.
I think I’ve mentioned Ofra Haza in a Dump before (or perhaps it was just in a music rec thread on an OT somewhere). Medium recently ran a short piece on her that analyses her international hit “Im Nin’Alu.” Her 1984 album Yemenite Songs is still available for purchase (and I highly recommend it). Here’s her recording of “Im Nin’Alu” in the original form.
Women, Middle-Age, and Discernment
Ask a person in this stage of life, what is meaningful to them, and it might be an interesting experience to observe their reactions as they try to figure out what YOU mean, then try to figure out their answer. Ask a woman in the discernment phase, what is meaningful to her, and odds are good you may be the first person to have ever invited her to consider such esotericism. “My marriage, my kids.” Maybe, “My work.” Okay, so if we take away the ROLES of “Mom, Wife, Employee”, what’s left? Who is the person at the core of those roles, and what is meaningful to her? Marriages change into parallel lives rather than twined intimacy, kids grow up and (hopefully) move out, jobs may be less than satisfying. What, then, is left as our meaning in all of the space leftover?
Sometimes the science behind theories of multiverses is beyond me, but my desire to escape to a different one remains pretty constant.
Not all heroes wear capes, but they do carry menstrual supplies.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community. BHL also serves as the foundational literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life which offers access to knowledge about life on Earth.
In case you missed it on OT a couple weeks ago, and you’re interested in learning to embroider (like me), jenavira posted link to this list of video tutorials.
And finally, y’all, I love Queen but I’ve never enjoyed “Bohemian Rhapsody” to the ecstatic levels seemingly shared by almost everyone else (everyone who likes Queen, anyway). But this legit brought tears to my eyes.