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santosha65: This incredible photo marks the end of Matador Torero Alvaro Munera’s career. He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights. Even grievously wounded by picadors, he did not attack this man. Torrero Munera is quoted as saying of this moment: “And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.” I am not a believer in animal rights- if there are no rights in the world for humans, why should animals get them?- but I am a collector of moments when a person has a completely groundshaking revelation that drastically alters the course of their lives. In this sense I extend the definition of the phrase theophany to include any encounter with oneness in the universe. The example of the bullfighter is a nice and tidy package to conceive, its a heartwarmer, but these moments happen on a more complex and subtle scale, such as the circuit board designer who visits children poisoned by an electronics dump in India and returns to advocate radical changes of circuit board design.
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Faces of emancipation: 1860 to 1880
Please don't walk under the waterfall and get my dress wet. Mother thinks I'm upstairs doing needlepoint.
Union officer with "contraband", 1862...two months after this photo was taken President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Found Souvenir photo in Ohio.. Back reads "Don't let anyone see this Cora."
What the hell is this animal it was spotted in New Jersey-I wonder if this is a hairless raccoon?
I find it so sad that so many priceless things are left behind. I would LOVE to have pictures of my ancestors-they're very hard to come by.
Outdoor trapeze show at the Dunn County Fair, c.1910s.
Amazing interview with Alvaro Munera: An ex-bullfighter tells why he became an animal rights activist
standing by that fence, thinking about good 'ol Mary Jane.