"Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer
''In L.A., you have a lot of personal space compared to other cities. What’s challenging is that most of the action takes place in the world of your house, so I always admire when people say, “Oh, the city was a character in the story,” because I have no idea how one would go about that. I live in L.A. and mostly ignore it. With New York, it’s very hard to ignore that you’re there. It’s right there with you in your own home. So maybe in that sense, L.A. allows for this less interrupted internal world.'' - Miranda July
Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.
"The estranged friend you just walked by has infinite intelligence, and you don’t want to stop and say hello?" — AHMED SALMAN
“… I will never know how you see red and you will never know how I see it. / But this separation of consciousness / is recognized only after a failure of communication, and our first movement is / to believe in an undivided being between us …“”
— Anne Carson, from “XXXII. Kiss,” Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries, 1998)