THATS FUCKED UP MAN
D: Is it sad that I find this funny?
November 4, 1961
Our Russian guards are anxious. Kargin interrupted me today: “If war, everything kaputt! Wife kaputt, houses kaputt, Kargin kaputt!" Spitefully, he added, "Kennedy kaputt too, Khrushchev kaputt. Ha, ha, ha!” I laughed along with him. Turning suddenly serious, he asked, “Why you laugh?”
I said: “Prison kaputt too.”
- Albert Speer, Spandau: The Secret Diaries
Northern Gannet’s dance in the sunlight in Heligoland, Germany.
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Photograph by Robert Sommer
Seconds that. “Honey, I don’t care if you think your ass is huge and you have a hard time buying pants that fit… I LIKE YOUR BUTT!” *ahem* That’s how I get through my day without crying over my weight.
1 | German: Waldeinsamkeit
A feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods and a connectedness to nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson even wrote a whole poem about it.
"Here in America we are very apt to say to ourselves, ‘We are much too civilized for such a situation to develop. We could not possibly regress to the point where a small group could seize total power’…Are we then, so very different from these people on whom totalitarianism has been painfully and brutally imposed? The answer is that, so far as I can determine, there is no real difference between the individual German and the individual American…It is a deeply disturbing experience to return from Nuremberg to America and find the same racial prejudice that the Nazis preached being roused here in the same words that rang through the corridors of the Nuremberg jail."
- Dr. Douglas Kelley, Nuremberg Psychiatrist
An evolved man, understands the feminine, because he is in touch with the feminine energy of his own being. It brings to him a sense of being alive, that can come from no where else. A man in touch with his feminine qualities is then able to understand women, to a point where he can be there for her, with complete understanding and trust. He has a heightened sense of intimacy and no longer sees his desire, but he sees her beauty instead. This opens up a space for her to be able to trust, and surrender to him in ways she never thought possible. He moves from taking in lust, to giving in love, giving of himself, because he knows that is all that truly matters. When two people are giving in love, there is no bottom, no depth too deep, it is an endless ocean of connection. It is where all passion, all joy, all love, all bliss, all peace, and all happiness comes from. We do not need a partner to experience this, however, to share this part of yourself with another, is a magical and beautiful experience of the human condition.
When we share ourselves, in this way, we are able to become one with our partner and merge back into the source of all that is, together, and create a bond so strong, it can never be broken. It’s whats known as soul mating, and it is possible only by being who you really are. By never proving yourself to anyone, by never expecting anyone to prove anything to you. By being open about what you want, and never settling for less than that. By being completely honest with yourself, you will attract those that see the real you, and love the real you. Instead of a false impression the majority of us put on to make people fall for us. When people fall for this false impression, the relationship will eventually stagnate as the real you comes out, because that person, discovers they’re not really compatible with you, and disharmony occurs. Many times, both partners have put on false impressions, and only stay together because they fear there is no one else, or because its familiar, or easy. This only leads to unhappiness and suffering, and you both intuitively know that it’s not what either of you truly want, even if neither admits it. We must be true to ourselves, no matter what it is, be unique, go against society if you feel drawn to something that society thinks is weird or crazy. Don’t be afraid to explore, and experiment, do interesting things, meet interesting people. The one for you will emerge, as if they were looking for you their entire life.
Starting on Christmas Eve—24 December 1914—many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across No Man’s Land; some Allied soldiers would swear they even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing.
At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines, cautiously calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their own trenches and shook hands. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings, sang carols and their own native songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of football. In a more somber manner, some soldiers used the short-lived ceasefire: to retrieve the bodies of their fallen comrades who had been left between the lines.
The Christmas Truce of 1914, as it would be known, came only five months after the outbreak of the Great War in Europe. It would become one of the last examples of an outdated notion of war chivalry, something that would die quickly to the modern warfare that was emerging. It was an event that was never repeated—future attempts to recreate the holiday ceasefire were quashed by officers’ threat of being put up against the wall—but it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutality of war, a soldier’s essential humanity could endure.