Esperanto! A proposition

Hey Chum. Remember how Cat Stevens wanted us to jump aboard the Peace Train? That is a good song! Lets try!
Lets learn Esperanto! A non-political, easy to learn universal language, for hope and peace.
Esperanto was created by L.L. Zamenhof, a dapper looking fellow alive in the 1800s.
Zamenhof was born in a town in what is now part of Poland. He lived in a city that had a Jewish majority and diverse ethnic origins (German, Belarusians and Poles). Zamenhof was upset that, because of their different ethnicities, there was a great deal of squabbling amongst different groups. During his lifetime he also experienced pogroms – riots against the Jews.
In order to combat these tensions he created a neutral language for communication between cultures. His motivations are especially wonderful, because not only did he want to create a non-political language, he wanted to make a language that would foster peace!
And from a young age! At secondary school, he started attempts to create this universal language. He understood many languages: Russian, Yiddish, Polish, greek, English, Italian, Greek, Hebru, french, Latin! With such a good grasp on language, he knew what an easy to learn, easy to communicate form would be.
I can’t speak Esperanto, I’ve only really heard of it. Lets learn together! The link above has a great number of resources for learning. Here are some translation lessons. People also go to conferences about the language, they sound like a blast!
Have you heard of Esperanto? Can you speak any? Will you try this word press esperanto translator?

Amanda Palmer Articulates Words of Wisdom.

Hiya, Honcho.

There was a risk here, of insulting what some me like to call generic platitudes. But then, who are we to judge as not worthy what another may actually find helpful and motivating?

Exactly. Lets get supportive!

Sometimes we all need a little pep, a little encouragement, a verbal hug. It turns out that we all feel worthless or wrong or fake, or just plain off kilter at some point. Some of us feel like this weekly, or when we are hungry, or when we have arts degrees.

That is what Amanda Palmer talks about so well in a speech she made mid-year for a graduating calss. The speech is titled ‘The Fraud Police’ and she talks about this imaginary police force everyone carries around with them just waiting to prove to everyone you know that you are a fake. The worst thing about the Fraud Police, or just feeling fake, is that it isolates you from people, and you feel obvious and not worthy.

The speech is appealing beacuse its real, she is relating from her experience. She is showing her flaws to us, and telling us to do the same and use them to make us stronger.

Self assurance will get you and everybody else further than angst

Its a nice speech, and a comforting thought. The best part might be when she asks everyone who has ever worried about the Fraud Police to put up thair hands. Everyone in the video does, and we can imagine everyone in the audience does too.

No body is alone in feeling anything. Knowing this helps. In case you were wondering, you aren’t a faker, your friends like you for who you are. And you’re pretty cool, as cool as the people you compare yourself to. And they want you to be happy. Group hug!

Do you know what Amanda Palmer is sharing? How do you get out of Funks?Unfunking yourself is not easily done.

Libraries Of Sorts

Greetings, bookworms.

Books, right? Can’t stack ’em for fear of damage. Can arrange them autobiographically. Can also build shrines to them and have them taken very seriously at Beautiful Libraries. Libraries can be wonderful places. The very sight of books evokes a feeling of awe and respect, while also being a great deal of fun!

Well worth a look, both the words and pictures, this site has a great selection of photos for your inspiration. My Nook has a great review of the site itself, with some prime quotes to pique your interest even more. Credit where credit is due, the link to Beautiful libraries comes from My Nook.

Books are wonderfully effective in that they can be taken places and take up solid space. Sure we have vast virtual knowledge, but thats fairly incomprehensible, books are a literal wall of stories and adventure anywhere. Physically showing you potential and multiple worlds in parks, for example, or even at Occupations (the good kind).

Yeah, thats right. Occupy Wall Street has a library.

The People’s Library is the collective, public, open library of the Occupy Wall Street leaderless resistance movement.  Free, open and unrestricted access to our collection of books, magazines, newspapers, ‘zines, pamphlets and other materials that have been donated, collected, gathered and discovered during the occupation.

Libraries have the effect of physically showing a person the amount of knowledge in in the world. Actually seeing a mount of books in front of you is quite a feeling.

How do you organize your books? How do you share them with other people? How do you feel in libraries?