Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.
One day, when he was filming the trucks that transported animals to slaughter, his gaze encountered that of a pig. “Our eyes locked together. And it was like he was asking, why are you doing this to me? And I kept thinking, I don’t know. I don’t know why we do these things to you. I started asking, is the slaughterhouse the problem, or is who is getting killed in the slaughterhouse the problem? Because if it were Jews who were getting killed, people would be screaming bloody murder. If dogs and cats were being treated this way, most people would be screaming bloody murder. But if it’s cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys − that’s okay. That’s the way it’s meant to be. Well, it’s not okay. It’s a horrible, vicious world that humans made.
— Gary Yourofsky (via hippiehearts)
- Klaus: There is a word in German: Lebenslangerschicksalsschatz. And the closest translation would be…’Lifelong Treasure of destiny’ Victoria is wunderbar, but she is not my Lebenslangerschicksalsschatz. She is my Beinaheleidenschaftsgegenstand you know? It means “the thing that is almost the thing that you want but is not quite.” That is Victoria to me.
- Ted: How do you know she’s not Lebenslangerschicksalsschatz? I mean, maybe as the years go by, she’ll get Lebenslangerschicksalsschatz-ier.
- Klaus: Lebenslangerschicksalsschatz is not something that develops over time. It is something that happens instantaneously. It courses through you like the water of a river after a storm, filling you and emptying you all at once. You feel it throughout your body, in your hands, in your heart, in your stomach, in your skin. Have you ever felt this way about someone?
- Ted: Yeah, I think so.
- Klaus: If you have to think about it, you have not felt it.
- Ted: And you’re absolutely sure you’ll find that someday?
- Klaus: Of course. Everyone does eventually. You just don’t know when or where.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.