“External reality has a way of being not so external after all.”
— John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley

My manifest destiny is a row to myself on an airplane.

“To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life!”
— James Joyce
“Then try, like the first human being, to say what you see and experience and love and lose.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke


After Trade is not just about coffee. As we’ve emphasized countless times, it is foremost about people. For non-coffee drinkers, it may seem especially odd to invest in such a work as After Trade, whose concern is primarily for justice in the coffee industry. You may not care about coffee, which is understandable. But when such matters affect the lives and survival of millions of people, I think we can all agree: they are worth the fight for justice. 

And beyond people, we can’t personally concern ourselves with coffee and not also concern ourselves with the very real issue of the role of women in this industry, the lack of opportunities for the education of children in this industry, issues pertaining to water — because coffee is 98.5 to 99% water, how the climate change is effecting crops, the improper care of the land being harvested, and how shade grown coffee effects bird habitats and migrations. The list, of course, goes on… 

All to say, the work of After Trade as well as the implications of justice within this industry is perhaps far more vast than we could imagine. The reality is that people are barely surviving. Without being able to afford education for their children, generations of families have no choice but to remain in abject poverty. The land is being depleted. In Tanzania, and around the world, water is either unavailable, unsafe to drink, or being privatized. And many bird species are on the verge of extinction due to the large scale destruction of coffee forests. 

Indeed, this work is important. 

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One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of my dad and my granddad is their glasses. They have each had the same pair for my whole life. The way they see the world is often the way that I see them. These are my dad’s. 

“Memorial Day should be a day for putting flowers on graves and planting trees. Also, for destroying the weapons of death that endanger us more than they protect us, that waste our resources and threaten our children and grandchildren.”
Howard Zinn (via azspot)

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“What is the nature of the search? you ask.
Really it is very simple, at least for a fellow like me; so simple that it is easily overlooked.
The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. This morning, for example, I felt as if I had come to myself on a strange island. And what does such a cast away do? Why he pokes around the neighborhood and he doesn’t miss a trick.
To become aware of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.”

Walker Percy - The Moviegoer


Watch this live video feed from the International Space Station on fullscreen while listening to this (or any other relaxing music you prefer).

h/t kateoplis

It’s amazing how much I feel like is happening here on Tumblr when I’m writing a paper. I wrote three words, surely someone has posted something that I must see at this instant.