Albert Brisbane (1809-1890), the man Walt Whitman once described as “somehow or other [always looking] as if he were attempting to think out some problem a little too hard for him.” But come on, Walt, he *was* trying to figure out how to solve *all* the evils of the industrializing world.
While he was trying to work it all out, Brisbane witnessed the 1830 revolution in France, travelled Europe during the revolutions of 1848, and was present when Napoleon III established the Second Empire in France in 1852. He also met some pretty cool cats along the way: G.W.F. Hegel, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Pierre Joseph Proudhon, and Karl Marx.
Starting in 1840, America’s first socialist popularized the ideas of Charles Fourier. The French reformer believed he had discovered the laws of human nature, that twelve “passions” dictated human behaviour, that the combinations of passions produced 801 possible personality types, and that if 1602 people lived communally and did only the work to which they were most attracted, everything would work out right. Poverty, misery, and exploitation would all be gone. Under the new system, evolution would grant humans great height, we would grow tails, and the ocean would transform into “a not unpleasant lemonade.” Sounds like an ideology you can get behind, right?
“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”
~ Andrews Boyd
Artist: Sarah Meech
f is for friends who do stuff together
- Sister: Oh you found them
- Me: What?
- Sister: You found them.
- Me: Oh, for a second there I thought you said "euphonium"
- Sister: What's a euphonium?
- Me: *wants to say baby tuba*
- Me: *doesn't want to say baby tuba*
- Me: *sitting in silent agony of how to describe a euphonium to a musically ignorant person*
Conan O’Brien, 1981
If you find a guy who loves cats… MARRY HIM.
When I try to behave at a black tie event
When I try to make dinner on a college budget
I want a tree tattoo on my back soo badly.
Chris Person fixed TIME’s new magazine cover. Now it’s accurate. (TIME version #1, Person edit #2)
Update: And here’s another stellar contribution from @direlog