"In general, I think we need to move away from the premise that being a good person is a fixed immutable characteristic and shift towards seeing being good as a practice. And it is a practice that we carry out by engaging with our imperfections. We need to shift towards thinking that being a good person is like being a clean person. Being a clean person is something you maintain and work on every day.We don’t assume ‘I am a clean person therefore I don’t need to brush my teeth.’ When someone suggests to us that we have something stuck in our teeth we don’t say to them ‘What do you mean I have something stuck in my teeth—but I’m a clean person?!’"

Jay Smooth in his TED speech “how I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race” (via tropicanastasia)

Jay Smooth almost always a reblog

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Dude nailed it. We all need to work at being good. Even if we think we are.

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"Right now, we’re getting a lot wrong. Force-feedings at Guantanamo, religious exemptions for corporations and universities. Prisons and health care institutions that are rapidly corporatizing—look at the boom of for-profit hospices and for-profit prison health care providers. I’d like to see a broader, more substantive public discussion about, well, the meaning of death, and by extension, the meaning of health."
- Guernica contributing editor Ann Neumann interviewed in Cosmologics Magazine

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Why do writers speak incessantly of mentors? I don’t think that most writers have mentors. My so-called mentors have been my bosses at various copywriting roles and magazine jobs who critiqued my writing and helped clarify my vision. In my experience, the best mentors are the ones who hire you.

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