Zadie Smith on how our blind pursuit of self-actualization is robbing us of the very happiness we’re trying to attain – such an important read in our age of productivity-worship
"How would you feel, if you had no access to healthy food, if every time you walked out your door you saw the ill-effects of the present food system on society.”
"Growing one plant will give you a thousand, ten thousand seeds, $1 worth of green beans will give you like $75 worth of produce."
"I refuse be a part of the manufactured reality, that was manufactured for me by somebody else. I manufacture my own reality."
"You’d be surprised by what soil can do if you let it be your canvas."
"I have witnessed my garden become a tool for the education, a tool for the transformation of my neighborhood."
"To change the community you have to change the composition of the soil. We are the soil.”
"If they’re not shown how food affects the mind and the body, they blindly eat whatever the hell is in front of them.”
“I see kids of color where there on this track, to nowhere.”
"Don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about no free shit. Cause free is not sustainable.”
“What I’m talking about is putting people to work, and getting kids off the street, and letting them know the joy and honor of growing your own food.”
When black women share their pains about being ridiculed, objectified, limited and stereotyped, you should believe them. Even now in 2014, we are often left to defend ourselves and even women in the highest positions of power and prestige must compete with unnecessary criticism that other non-black women or men won’t face. Consider the constant criticism for Michelle Obama for everything — from the size of her body to her healthy eating initiatives for children. Was anyone ever this upset about Laura Bush? And how often do we criticize Beyonce for her feminist credentials when many young women (and celebs) are afraid to even utter the word?
I write about four times over the weekend for HelloGiggles. Just wanted to share this recent piece about the inaccuracies and problems of that infamous NYT piece on the lovely Shonda (my personal favorite lady).
“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In other words, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.” — Bruce Lee