I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
As I created this post, I realized that several things I read this week had to do with giving and privilege. It’s a good topic to be talking about and mulling on, I think!
So, here are some of my discoveries this week…
From a TIME article: The current trend in top-hit music is the “dirty” sound of speakers crackling, distorted beats, and general ripping/tearing/crunching sounds. It’s in more top songs than I realized, including “Radioactive” and even Katy Perry’s “Firework.” The suggested reason for this trend is that it gives the effect of listening to music turned up really loud, even though you’re actually listening at low volume on little ear buds. Interesting!
An online New Yorker article introduced me to Peggy McIntosh and several interesting points in the discussion of privilege and racism. It had never occurred to me, for example, that as a white person “I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.” That’s true! Other enlightening points too were here: “The Origins of ‘Privilege’: The Woman Who Coined the Term ‘White Privilege'”
Some posts I especially liked:
Saturday Night Blog: Charitable Giving: The Case for Good Works
(Scroll down to the last paragraph of this post for the main important part.)
Nillu Nasser Stelter, Fiction & Freelance Writer: The Forgotten Joys of Longhand Writing
What Jessie Read: Book Review: The Three Musketeers
I’m loving The Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore. I can’t read it fast enough, but I also don’t want to go any faster because I need to absorb every word!
I liked this sentence in Don Quixote:
“The pleasure in possessing is not in hoarding one’s riches, but rather in sharing them, and not spending them in just any old way, but knowing how to spend them well.”
–Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part 2, Chapter 6
I started a new blog! My Post-God Life: Escaping the Cave and Adjusting to the Light
My “Sunday Short Quote” from last weekend, Tolstoy’s line about light and shadow, has permeated a lot of my writing and thinking this week.
Duolingo, the free language learning app and website: I am having so much fun doing French on it. Trés bon!