MIND: Conformity

Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other.

We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that musty old cheese that we are. We have had to agree on a certain set of rules, called etiquette and politeness, to make this frequent meeting tolerable and that we need not come to open war.

We meet at the post office, and at the sociable, and at the fireside every night; we live thick and are in each other’s way, and stumble over one another, and I think that we thus lose some respect for one another.

Walden // Henry David Thoreau

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MIND: Free

A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.

// Gloria Steinem

MIND: Femininity

Fifty years ago I was born a female human animal. This, I was told, meant that I was a “Woman.” But I never knew what they meant.

Am I that which I observe or that which observes me?

What is a Woman? // Leonora Carrington

MIND: Contact

The importance of touch is that it places you. It is the medium of the articulation of a relationship. Touch yields two different senses–that of connection and that of separateness. It makes for a sense of oneness … as well as for a sense of difference. One thing is sure: if we are not touched, we might begin to suspect that we are not here.

Aging and its Discontents // Kathleen Woodword