The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space. ~Italo Calvino
Commonplace book of a teacher, poet, and counselor.
A member of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition plays the bagpipe for an indifferent penguin, 1904
That poor man’s balls
this just reminds me of that “penguins think they’re so fucking great” post that went around
I did not realize how much I needed this picture in my life until today.