VIXX's new concept discussion!

Some K-Starlights have been discussing possible concepts for VIXX’s 2nd mini album. We came to the conclusion that mirror (from the date 10.01)stars/space (from the special teaser)future (from the special teaser) are all key words to clue us in. Using these hints, K-Starlights have come up with the following potential concepts:

  1. Doppelganger because of the mirror keyword, where they split up 3:3 like in hyde but half ends up dying (because that’s apparently the fate of a doppelganger, and the definition of the word can also be an ‘apparition’)
  2. Parallel Universe because the stars in the special teaser were spinning clockwise when in reality stars spin counter-clockwise
  3. (Within #2) Cyborg vs. Police because of the future and potential, and ‘sides they have never shown before’ can be interpreted to mean they couldn’t show it because cyborgs have not been developed but in this parallel universe they have, and Jekyll and Hyde is said to be the representative piece of work of cyborgs (tying previous concepts together)

We’ve never had discussions before, but it’s something we want to foster in this community… So, what do you think their new concept will be?

One of the more mystical (and thus less believeable) teachings of Buddhism is that of Reincarnation.

The monks say that depending on how close to enlightenment we are at the moment of our death, we will be reborn as something (or someone) fitting.

Some say that this belief is only a metaphor for the ebb and flow of thoughts and feelings in our minds.

Others say it is just a tradition brought over from the Hindu culture the Buddha was raised in, and that it isnt truly part of his enlightenment.

But the vast majority of Buddhists say that it makes sense for literal reincarnation to occur, and growing up I was one of them, before I began to drift away from my faith.

Today I have reason to wonder what happens after death. I would like to discuss it with you, though we probably won’t come to any final conclusion about it. Please share your thoughts!

Stressed to Death

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Stress is an all-too unpleasant reality of our lives. From work stress to college admissions stress, it seems like all of us are constantly anxious about one thing or another. One of the most stressful time periods for teens across the world is high school. According to an NPR poll, almost 40 percent of parents say their high-schooler is experiencing a lot of stress from school. Many teenagers exhibit traits such as irritation and anger as a result of stress, primarily academic. But can stress lead to much more serious issues? According to research, too much stress can leave you with memory loss, obesity, heart disease and even depression.

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Chubby girl group ‘la BIG 3’ promote their debut single

Sacchan (21), Ruby (22), and Ui Ando (21) appeared at Sankei Sports on the 18th to promote their debut single. The girls currently model for chubby girl fashion magazine “la farfa”. Together the three girls weigh 210kg (around 463lbs) and they’ve formed a new unit called “la BIG 3”. Their debut s…

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when i was twelve one of my family members told me i “almost look white” and i took that as a compliment

i was already keenly aware that white was something to strive for and that, as a biracial person, i could only hope to “pass” as white

it’s taken me the majority of my life to understand that there’s nothing wrong with being asian

i’ve been called “exotic” by random women at the grocery store and had ex-boyfriends say to my face that it was because of me that they have “an asian fetish”

in high school i would wonder if certain boys found me cute or if they only liked white women

i’ve watched white people tell my father that “we speak english in america” and “go back to your fucking country”

so to be told now that i’m “a white girl” and “not really asian” feels like a slap in the face

don’t fucking erase half of my identity, especially when i’ve spent my whole life trying to accept it

People Who Are More Anxious And Neurotic Are Better At Telling Different Smells Apart

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Have you ever been super nervous or anxious for something and realized that while you were in this state of neuroticism you tended to have a better sense of smell? Like you were freaking out about this quiz you had in thirty minutes and while you were pacing around in your room, you were suddenly hit by the smell of coffee and beard mixed with the scent of the garbage your roommate forgot to throw out. No, well me neither. But it would seem that there is a correlation between sense of smell and level of anxiety.

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anonymous said:

is bi tumblr dedicated on proving themselves to be one of the most homophobic fuckers on this planet

Well, bi tumblr isn’t dedicated to proving itself to be “one of the most” anything…because bi tumblr isn’t singular. Bi tumblr is a diverse collection of blogs. So there’s that.

But also, and more importantly, if you think that me declaring a bisexual identity for characters whose identities are left ambiguous by writers is “one of the most homophobic” things on this planet…well, I’ve got news for you.

sophrosynic said:

That last ask you got is such a good example of how people completely disregard EVERYTHING you write/research in favour of preserving their own narrow little world view of how things "should" be. If that person had even bothered to go and read the damn link you provided (which I doubt they did), they would have gotten a fabulous commentary about what sources do and do not dispute the myth and WHY some sources are actively discounted even though they offer proof of her existence.

Also, to add to my previous ask—-LOL @ “ALL THE DATA BEING DISCOUNTED”. I mean, nevermind the fact that even in the link THEY provided, it states quite clearly that the Uyghur people insist that her and her legend were real. This has so much to do with what you mentioned about different sources being weighted differently, in that non-White sources are discounted due to colonialism and colonial history. They just shot themselves in the foot, basically, with providing that “proof”.

It’s not about “The Truth!!!”

It’s about making sure that the only sources that matter are the same ones that banned Ethnic Studies in Arizona for fomenting “anti-white” sentiment in the youth or some such nonsense.

So even when these histories survive in solid, material, “acceptable” forms, they’re banned. And I’m not even going to go into how much of that banned curricula was the fragments put together of knowledge left after the Spanish deliberately burned the Libraries of the Mexica peoples….

I use  lot of sources that are openly biased against women, people of color, and a host of other unsavory stuff because a lot of the time they’re the only ones that exist SO FAR, and I’m trying to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and common knowledge, and the histories of the people. Which is why I’m doing it HERE.

It also holds up in an academic environment. Use these resources. It’s why they are here.

Calling me “intellectually dishonest” for using this methodology is like….so ridiculous I can’t really put it into words. How do you think progress in any history-related discipline happens? You cite the fact that something exists, you show the writing that’s been done on it so far, and then you add your own interpretation and research.

In this context, no one can be “objective”.

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Opening Our Closed Minds: In conversation sometimes we can get stuck in our own ideas. I think it’s important to ask “Why [do you feel that way]?” before we bark, “No [that’s not so]!” One should be willing to listen to both sides, allow the conversation to continue, allow room for discussion, allow your eyes to be open to different perspectives, and make conclusions from there. Listen to the voices that are not often heard.

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anonymous said:

I think the problem with going off of Willow saying she's gay as being the end of the discussion is the fact that after she says she is and dates Tara she still gets attracted to guys and only sees a problem with this when somebody reminds her she's gay. Also one episode after Buffy reminded her she was gay and therefore couldn't want a male character she said she could just change him into a woman which raises a whole host of other issues

Nope. Look, I totally get why you might want Willow to be bi. I get that. But she isn’t.

A character saying they are gay/lesbian and/or a character saying they are only attracted to the same sex is all it takes for a character to be gay/lesbian.

And I’m not going to erase a gay/lesbian character’s identity.

So I just moved back into my dorm and..THERE’ S A PERSON INTO KINGDOM HEARTS RIGHT ACROSS THE HALL. SHE’S ONLY PLAYED ONE AND IS NOT QUITE FINISHED WITH IT BUT SHE SAYS SHE’S BEEN MEANING TO PLAY IT FOR A LONG TIME AND OMG I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS AAHHHHHA;LSDJFO;;OIdgbo;iING;ONSDVKNSXF;NSXFOJSDSO;IJFoija;oidgn;oISNCGOISDNFASDGASDG. AND SHE LIKES MY COM WALL SCROLL.

anonymous said:

I asked toward-tomorrow the same question, but could you please give your official, detailed and in-depth viewpoint on the question, "Who do you believe Inuyasha loves more, Kikyo or Kagome?" I seriously feel so torn between the two it hurts :°(

Kagome by far.

To explain why, let’s first look at Inuyasha and Kikyo’s relationship before Kikyo’s death. Contrary to popular fandom belief (as well as to what the anime would have you think), it wasn’t exactly a deep and loving romance.

On one hand, you have Inuyasha, fighting for his very life from a very young age. Ever since his mother’s death, and possibly even before that, he’s constantly been told that he’s not worth crap and ostracized by pretty much every other being he comes into contact with. Humans hate and/or fear him because he’s half youkai, and youkai think he’s weak or worthless because he’s half human. Living under those circumstances for around 7-10 years (depending on how old he was at his mother’s death, presumably 5-8) leads to a crap ton of heavy mental barriers. He can’t show weakness. He can’t trust anyone. It’s kill or be killed. There’s no place for him, so he has to make one for himself. But this place he’s made for himself is incredibly lonely, as he’s the only one in it. If he can’t have a place, he might as well at least have power. So he begins to seek the Shikon Jewel so that he can become a full youkai.

On the other hand, there’s Kikyo, local priestess of a small village tasked with the duty of protecting the Jewel. Over the years of preforming this duty, she becomes fairly closed-off emotionally. Like Inuyasha, she “can’t show weakness”, else the youkai will take advantage of that and attack her. She feels detached from normality. Though she continues her work, she wishes to be rid of the jewel and live as an ordinary woman.

Then the two meet. Kikyo takes pity on Inuyasha, in whom she sees a bit of herself, and though the thwarts his attempts to get the Jewel many times, she never kills or even wounds him. This behavior intrigues Inuyasha, and they talk a few times.

Kikyo begins to think that, perhaps, if she uses the Jewel to make Inuyasha human, perhaps it’ll be “purified” because it was used for “good” and disappear, thus freeing her of her duties. Would this plan actually work? Probably not, as we later learn that there is only one wish that will destroy the Jewel, which is literally wishing for the Jewel to disappear. However, Kikyo was desperate. She wanted to be rid of her duties and just be normal. It’s also important to note her perspective here: that “purifying” Inuyasha of his youkai side was an act of kindness. In other words, she didn’t love him for who he was. She only loved his human side, or in other words, she loved the idea of him, not necessarily him, himself. She wasn’t acting as much out of concern for him as for herself.

And Inuyasha? For the first time since his mother’s death, he’s being offered a place. Sure, it’s not what he’d been imagining, but it was something, and it was right there in front of him. So, in what he later admits to be a rather spur-of-the-moment decision, he agrees to Kikyo’s plan, not so much for her, but for himself, anything to end this life of loneliness and cruelty he’s been forced to live for so long. Once again, he’s a bit more interested in the idea of her than in her, herself.

Then Naraku steps in with his false betrayal trap. What’s interesting to note is that neither Inuyasha nor Kikyo doubt for a moment that it really was the other attacking. There’s not so much a “this can’t be; I trusted you!” moment as a “well, I knew it was too good to be true” moment. 

And therein lies the problem with their relationship. Neither of them really fully trusted the other. Very earlier on, in chapter 40, Inuyasha blatantly declares that he doesn’t trust anyone. He again asserts at the end of the series that, until meeting Kagome, he didn’t know how to trust. THIS INCLUDES BEING UNABLE TO TRUST KIKYO.

So here comes Naraku, destroys Inuyasha and Kikyo’s “relationship”, makes them hate each other, etc., etc., you know the story. Kikyo dies and Inuyasha is sealed to the tree.

Enter Kagome.

Kagome grew up in the modern era not believing in youkai and thus without the bias against them. When she meets Inuyasha (after the centipede business is taken care of), she doesn’t treat him like a lesser or a hanyou. She very clearly and openly treats him like just another person. She doesn’t see his white hair, claws, and dog ears as markers of an abomination, but just as characteristics of him. She pretty much accepts him as he is without a second thought. 

Of course, this throws Inuyasha, who now bears not only the scars of his rough upbringing, but also of the “betrayal” of Kikyo, for quite a loop. At first, he throws up his barriers around his heart. If there’s anything he’s learned from what he’s been through, it’s that opening up to people only makes you vulnerable. He doesn’t want to risk another Kikyo situation.

But slowly, over time, Kagome begins to melt these barriers. Even the resurrected Kikyo comments to Kaede on the change Kagome has invoked in Inuyasha in just 78 chapters, and I quote:

"His expression has become much kinder. Back then, that guy looked like he didn’t trust anyone…he had a peevish expression. That girl, Kagome…has changed Inuyasha?"

Going along with this, let’s not forget that this book explicitly states that "Kagome heals the deep loneliness in his soul". KAGOME. Not Kikyo.

(Granted, I’m not sure how canon that book is, but I do think that there’s ample manga evidence to support the claim.)

"But," you may ask, "what about his constant meetings with Kikyo?" For that, I’m going to direct you to this post. In short, Inuyasha did not visit Kikyo because he was “in love” with her (as Kagome assumes), but rather because Inuyasha either wants to be sure she’s safe or needs to discuss new developments in the Naraku situation.

Remember how Inuyasha was so desperate for his own place earlier? Kagome has become that place for him. He literally calls her his home. She is his inspiration. He feels at ease in her presence. Even as early on as chapter 64, he fears loosing her. He can be himself around her, and she accepts him and loves him for who he is, not for a fantasy of what he could be.

If you haven’t already, please read this chapter. It’s HUGELY important character/relationship development for these two that was entirely left out of the anime (the anime actually tones down their relationship a lot while simultaneously ramping up InuKik’s because LUV TRIANGUL DRAMA.)

InuKik was based on selfishness: two people trying to fix their own problems through the other.

InuKag was based on selflessness: two people genuinely concerned for each other’s well-being.

And lastly, you don’t claim that someone is born for you, and you for them, if there’s someone else you love more.

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