I am one of the few women in the USA diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease). It was in April 2010 and I was 39. My daughter was 5. After the shock wore off, I decided either I could let the illness beat me down or I could make the best of it. It gave me my voice! Odd that such a debilitating terminal illness could open such freedom. I am more free now! I live in the present. I don’t take my loved ones for granted. I’m still a mom. I still work. I still try to live my life while my body fails. When the time comes, I hope to also have the freedom to end it on my own terms.
For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society. The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless. The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly. We rush home to get away from work to begin the real business of life, to enjoy ourselves. For the vast many of Americans, what they get home to is to watch a reproduction of life. You can’t touch it nor taste it. It turns out to be a purely passive contemplation of a flickering screen. Mile after mile of isolated rooms filling towers. This isolation is the creation of a mindless crowd. A culture based on this mindset leads itself to destruction. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Live outside the box.
You must realize, that fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.
I Can Hear Christmas
Ebi and Liel Kolet
“This is what I call revolutionary.” —Madonna
Ebi an Iranian superstar was born Muslim and Liel an international star, Jewish, was born on a kibbutz in Israel. Two different faiths and two generations have come together to sing a song for Christian people and for all people, a Christmas song with a simple message of peace.
Madonna Love Frida
Madonna Art Vision
tumblr submission chosen by Madonna for Art For Freedom