No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human racke is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
(Dead Poets Society, 1989)
When I made this screen capture set, I never thought it would gain about half a million notes across the Tumblr universe. I only felt like I had to post it to remind me of the many reasons I love Dead Poets Society, one of which is that driving force that has woken the uninspired self in me. It is the beauty of this film: a subtle yet persuasive delivery wrapped in romance that is not cheesy. I became obsessed with this movie after seeing it last year, and since then I have scrawled the phrase Latin “Carpe Diem” on the pages of my notebook and in the deepest corners of my hungry heart.
Williams’ acting in this film, as in many others, resonated so much that when he died, I felt like I lost a favorite mentor.
Rest in peace.
Study Estimates 100,000 Elephants Killed in Last 3 Years
The continued demand for ivory from China and elsewhere in Asia has led to a dramatic decline in Africa’s elephant populations in the last decade, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Extrapolating from local population estimates, the authors estimated that 100,000 elephants have been killed in the last three years and that, in central Africa, the regional population has declined by 64 percent in the last decade. Read more about this study on National Geographic’s website.
Reportage photographer Brent Stirton documented the illicit ivory trade, and efforts to combat poachers, in 2011 and 2012. In his resulting story, “God’s Ivory,” Brent vividly illustrated the connection between poaching in Africa and demand for religious and cultural icons made from ivory in Asia.
Top: The largest mass killing of elephants in recent history took place at Bouba Ndjida National Park in North Cameroon close to the Chad and Central African Republic Borders from January through March 2012.
Middle: The preparation for the burning of 5 tons of trafficked Ivory recovered from a seizure in Singapore in 2002, Manyani, Tsavo, Kenya, July 20, 2011.
Bottom: Ivory on sale at government registered White Peacock Arts World, Beijing, China, November 15, 2011.