Homeland is a picture of a Muslim woman (wearing a rainbow-flower headdress) and her three avocado children.
The truth that lives in the Muslim woman is that we can’t hide anything. Even though the internal self is invisible- it spills out constantly. If we cover it up with a hijab- it will make itself visible in ways that we cannot control- ways that are more extravagant and attention-grabbing than we could have ever imagined.
The avocado children seem like they might be second cousins of the Califorina Rasins. They stand together and mostly they don’t look particularly happy. But inside of them- there is light. Inside of them the collective stars represent their internal self, their soul, or their subconscious.
This excerpt starts around page 69:
Moderation is a generally misunderstood virtue. It is important to start by saying what it is not. Moderation is not just finding the mid-point between two opposing poles and opportunistically planting yourself there. Neither is moderation bland equanimity. It’s not just having a temperate disposition that doesn’t contain rival passions or completing ideas.
On the contrary, moderation is based on an awareness of the inevitability of conflict. If you think that the world can fit neatly together, then you don’t need to be moderate. If you think all your personal qualities can be brought together into simple harmony, you don’t need to hold back, you can just go whole hog for self-actualization and growth. If you think all moral values point in the same direction, or all political goals can be realized all at once by a straightforward march along one course, you don’t need to be moderate, either. You can just head in the direction of truth as quickly as possible.
Moderation is based on the idea that things do not fit neatly together.
There are never-ending tensions that pit equality against achievement, centralization against decentralization, order and community against liberty and individualism. The moderate doesn’t try to solve these arguments. There are no ultimate solutions. The moderate can only hope to achieve a balance that is consistent with the needs of the moment.
First there were trees.
The Russians showed up anonymously with an odd purple tinted snow.
Then the animals arrived with the Russian identities and passports.