April 13th, 2011 - dogandcatsleepingO Love, Dione’s daughter, please, don’t tear me down. Why are you so ravenous for every kind of evil–fierce desires, deceptions, deadly potions? You would be the god that brings most pleasure to mankind, I must admit–if only you were temperate! –Euripides, Helen, lines 1165-1175 (excerpted; trans. Diane Arnson Svarlien)

924acae0459af6c622fed0cb79e9bb44“If language naturally evolves to serve the needs of tiny rodents with tiny rodent brains, then what’s unique about language isn’t the brilliant humans who invented it to communicate high-level abstract thoughts. What’s unique about language is that the creatures who develop it are highly vulnerable to being eaten.” — Temple Grandin

Woman texting and drinking cappuccino in cafe
Woman texting and drinking cappuccino in cafe

“What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.” — Temple Grandin

“Never in your life have you been helpless—under somebody’s heel. You never lived where your 140726illegalimmigrantkidsenemies held power over you, power to run your life or wipe it out. You can’t understand. That’s how come you stand there feeding me empty slogans!” Luciente bowed her head. “You crit me justly, Connie. Forgive me. I’ll try to see your situation more clearly and make less loud noises in your ears.” — Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time