(n) the love of beauty
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Derrick Jensen, A Language Older Than Words
“A culture that values production over life values the wrong things, because it will produce things at the expense of living beings, human or otherwise.”
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Derrick Jensen, A Language Older Than Words
“What if the point of life has nothing to do with the creation of an ever-expanding region of control? What if the point is not to keep at bay all those people, beings, objects and emotions that we so needlessly fear? What if the point instead is to let go of that control? What if the point of life, the primary reason for existence, is to lie naked with your lover in a shady grove of trees? What if the point is to taste each other’s sweat and feel the delicate pressure of finger on chest, thigh on thigh, lip on cheek? What if the point is to stop, then, in your slow movements together, and listen to the birdsong, to watch the dragonflies hover, to look at your lover’s face, then up at the undersides of leaves moving together in the breeze? What if the point is to invite these others into your movement, to bring trees, wind, grass, dragonflies into your family and in so doing abandon any attempt to control them? What if the point all along has been to get along, to relate, to experience things on their own terms? What if the point is to feel joy when joyous, love when loving, anger when angry, thoughtful when full of thought? What if the point from the beginning has been to simply be?”
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Derrick Jensen, A Language Older Than Words 
“This is not political theory. It is not philosophy. It is not religion. It is remembering what it is to be a human being- an animal. It is remembering what it means to love, and to be alive. It is to learn the power of the word no. No more clearcuts. No more tumors on turtles. No more genocide. No more slavery, neither are own nor others.”
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Derrick Jensen, A Language Older Than Words
“Schooling as it presently exists, like science before it and religion before that, is necessary to the continuation of our culture and to the spawning of a new species of human, ever more submissive to authority, ever more pliant, prepared, by thirteen years of sitting and receiving, sitting and regurgitating, sitting and waiting for the end, prepared for the rest of their lives to toil, to propagate, to never make waves, and to live each day with never an original thought nor even a shred of hope.”
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