fiftwheeltwin said:

I was just wondering; if I have studied this culture, feel like I know it and love it. Why am I not allowed to use candyscull makeup for a costume? Just curious.

It’s quite simple: IT’S NOT YOURS.

A thousand years of study cannot ever teach you what we in a single year experience. You learn facts, you learn dates, you learn names and places. I know because I am also a graduated student of Latin American and Latino Studies.

Because you see, culture is more than names and dates and places. It’s something that’s alive. Every time your professors laid it on the table, dissected it, analyzed and essentialized it, they killed it. It ceased being a living thing, and became nothing more than the sum of a few (biased) understandings of it. And you, the student consumed its carcass but not its spirit.

Study is perpetually two steps too late. Every book you may have read on Day of the Dead is already years behind, so what you think are its Universal Truths, in reality the truths may have already changed. You are consuming decayed decontextualized bits of a culture that’s presently still alive but exists outside of academia.

I think that’s the major fallacy that academia instills in us. It convinces us that KNOWING something we don’t experience is possible. It’s not.

Tag game!

I got tagged by skylions. Thank you sweetie, this is fun :) 

Always post the rules

Answer the questions from the person who tagged you

Write 11 new ones

Tag 11 people and link them to the post

Actually tell them you tagged them

1. Who is your role model?
My mum
2. Here’s £100,000,000: what would you do with it?
Save some to buy a house when I grow up, use some on charity, buy more horses and maybe buy a new pair of shoes
3. If you had a super power, what would it be? why?
I would like to see when people lied to my. And make people feel ashamed over bad actions they did by looking them in their eyes. Because it is really useful both in movies and in real life to know who to trust or not. And to make people be aware over their concience. It irritates me when people don’t have good morals like when they go around and murder, rape, cheating etc. So this super power is a way to make more people be good to each other.
4. What do you do when you can’t sleep at night?
Listen to music and make up a story in my head
5. What are you most proud of?
Be almost finish with one year in the military without quitting. And be from where I’m from
6. If you could have lunch with 5 people dead or alive who would it be?
- C.S. Lewis (I’ve lots of thoughts about Narnia)
- J.R.R. Tolkien (I want to know more about his dwarves)
- Benedict Cumberbatch (he’s nice I guess)
- Scarlett Johansson (awesome person)
- Lene Kaberbøl (author of one of my favorite books)
7. Biggest fear?
Heights, death, end of the world
If you could only have one talent (and you were amazing at it) what would it be?
9. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?
Wash my clothes. Most boring thing ever
10. Favourite book/tv/movie?
Book: The Chronicles of Narnia
Tv: Game of Thrones
Movie: The Hobbit auj
11. Have you/would you ever skydived or bungee jumped?
I’m afraid of heights but I would try if had the chance

My questions: 

1. Where are you right now?
2. Top 5 favorite animals?
3. Would you like to be a mermaid or an angel?
4. Religion? Your believes?
5. Are you/have you been in love?
6. If you could pick one place in the world to live, where would it be?
7. Sword or bow and arrow?
8. Your dream job?
9. How many kids to you want, and what would you name them? (Or if you don’t want any, why not?)
10. Worst blunder?
11. What’s the last song you listened too?


Also for everyone who knows me IRL and has tried reaching me lately; I’m sorry I’ve been distant and not answering and just been a shitty friend. The reason is that I feel like I’m drowning right now, and I just don’t have the mental capacity to deal with anyone except a few choice people. I promisse I’ll get better once this is over, and I’m just asking for a bit of time to get myself and my shit sorted out. So yeah. Out-of-character personal post from Iselin