I really need y'all to understand that your freedom of speech does not allow you to make baseless hate speech, threats, or intimidation. Your freedom of speech has an asterisk and it comes with consequences. I don’t condone the acts taken against Charlie Hebdo, but if you are hashtagging ‘I am Charlie Hebdo,’ you’re saying you’re racist, islamophobic, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, and just about every kind of bigot you can think of. Just FYI.
from sunday, march 8//finally got my act together and finished crime and punishment–and burned through a ton of sticky tabs in the process. well worth it though as they are wicked helpful for comprehension and during discussion!!
Raskolnikov goes up to the counter of the Starbucks on S– street and orders a chocolate chai. He pays with copecks, which infuriates the barista, and goes to sit by the window. He notices a man sitting at a table across from him with an empty to-go cup in his hands; he is crumpling the cup, tearing it to pieces with manic energy. He catches Raskolnikov staring and shouts across the Starbucks: “It belongs to me! I’ll do as I like with it!” Raskolnikov looks down, and the man turns back to the cup, which he continues to beat and rend though it has long since been destroyed. Raskolnikov feels ill, and his chai is no longer appetizing. Revulsion swells up in his chest.
I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances, smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank, interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my attempts ‘to be like the rest’ –and suddenly, in the midst of my laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous despondency and once again start the whole process all over again – in short, I went round and round like a squirrel on a wheel.