Derrick Jensen

A Quote by Derrick Jensen

Hope is a longing for a future condition over which you have no agency; it means you are essentially powerless.

Derrick Jensen


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A Quote by Derrick Jensen on nonhuman, intelligence, and arrogance

The pretense that humans are superior to nonhumans is entirely unsupportable.  I have seen no compelling evidence that humans are particularly more "intelligent" than any other creature.  I have had long and fruitful relationshis with many nonhuman animals, both domesticated and wild, and have reveled in the bouquet of radically different intelligences - different forms, not different "quantities" that they have introduced to me, each in his or her own time, in his or her own way.
Similarly, I have seen no evidence that animals do not plan, do not remember, do not hold grudges, do not squabble, do not have communities, do not grieve, do not feel joy, do not play games, do not make jokes, do not enjoy challenges, do not have fun, do not have morals, do not feel or think so many of the things that are so arrogantly deemed to be human traits.  Indeed, I have seen all of these "human" traits in nonhuman animals.

Derrick Jensen

Source: Thought to Exist in the Wild: Awakening from the Nightmare of Zoos

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A Quote by Derrick Jensen on creativity, spiritual, joy, understanding, negative experience, rejecting life, celebrate life, and community

“Negative experiences can lead to joy and understanding. Life is
untidy. When we reject this messiness - & in so doing reject life -
we risk perceiving the world through the lens of our economics or our
sciences. But if we celebrate life with all its contradictions, embrace
it, experience it, and ultimately live with it, there is a chance for a
spiritual life filled not only with pain and untidiness, but also with
joy, community, and creativity.”
Derrick Jensen
A language Older Than Words

Derrick Jensen

Source: A language Older Than Words

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A Quote by Derrick Jensen on violence, aggression, environment, sex, and intimacy

But violence does not equal aggression, and our sex need not follow our mistaken model of violence. There are, after all, different kinds of violence. There is the necessary violence of survival, of the killing of one's food, whether that food is lettuce, onion, duck, or deer. Then there are senseless forms of violence so often perpetuated by our culture: child abuse, rape, military or economic genocide, factory farms, industrial forestry, commercial fishing. But violence also can be like sex: a sacramental, beautiful,  and sometimes bittersweet interaction.

Derrick Jensen

Source: A Language Older Than Words, Pages: 35

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