So here's what I think...

Another perspective...

Beware of despairing about yourself; you are commanded to place your trust in God, and not in yourself.

- St. Augustine (via burning-lampstand)

(via radioteopoli)

My darling, you are allowed to fail without being a failure. You are allowed to make mistakes without becoming one. More opportunities will present themselves, you will find hope again.

The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.

- unknown

To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.

- E.E. Cummings

Just Another Night on Crack Street by Philippe Bourgois

This ethnography by Bourgois is quite deep. I’ve always heard about the underground drug-hustle and crack game, however, it is very grotesquely captured in this writing.

I couldn’t help but think of Kanye West’s “Crack Music” track as well as Jay Z’s pre-rapper hustles as a crack dealer.

Its hard to comprehend that such a social system exists, where violence is the currency & order of the day… but given my previous acquaintance with the notions of “ethnocentrism”, “cultural relativism” etc. It is much easier to begin to understand how this way of life can be a norm to people. As Bourgois mentions, everyone is in search for the attainment of the American dream, in their own contexts.


Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.

- Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Book of Hours  (via alaisiagae)

(via a-thousand-words)