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This simple tub full of albino African clawed frogs is so surreal and haunting

Like if souls exist somewhere before they’re born I bet it looks exactly like this. Including the plastic tote and dirty water.

…And even though you were in this pre-life form for the infinite span before you had an Earthly body, there actually isn’t any afterlife. Sorry.

“For a long time, I would have said that in a way my desire was to create these moments that are heightened but temporal, like a performance you go to at Carnegie Hall where fifty years later you remember that one performance. They belong to a certain moment, and the trace is whatever memory you have of them. Now I’m actually thinking quite often about the afterlife of conversation, and maybe not just leaving them untouched but doing something with them. I don’t yet know quite what.”

Paul Holdengräber talks to Full Stop on the art of the interview.

anonymous said:

Maybe when Maks goes back to LA Meryl will be the one to pour it on him and then boom we are all dead and we will all be joining Ghost Tricia

I will gladly join ghost Tricia in the afterlife.  She’s saving me a lounge chair and a cocktail ;)

anonymous said:

So, I was wondering... if rebirth after death is a thing in the avatarverse (see the Avatar) and you can choose a sort of afterlife by leaving your physical body behind to die and becoming a spirit in the spirit world (Uncle Iroh)... what would happen if the Avatar did what Iroh did? Would the Avatar cycle be done for? Maybe that's what the Red Lotus wants with Korra? "The Void" sounds like spirit stuff and it would fit with the Guru Laghima quotes, right? What do you think?

Within the Avatarverse, there are different levels of self that are important to distinguish in order to understand the concept of spirits and reincarnation cycle.

A soul is a being’s existential core, the unit that’s tied to life and the cycle of reincarnation. When Korra used spiritbending on UnaVaatu, she destroyed Unalaq’s soul, removing him from the reincarnation cycle for all time. A spirit is an individual’s very essence, a part that’s unique to themselves and can be sent to the Spirit World. Avatars are able to connect their spirit with the spirits of their past lives by using Raava as a conduit. Think of it as a single flame lighting multiple candles; the spirit is each individual fire, while the soul is fire itself. The flame on each candle is the same as every other fire, yet still separate and unique.

Iroh didn’t enter the Spirit World in the same way those stuck in the Fog of Lost Souls did; rather, he essentially reached the Avatar equivalent of Nirvana, becoming an enlightened being who transferred his essence into a spiritual form. The Painted Lady was another individual to achieve enlightenment, and she became a bodhisattva-esque figure for the village she watched over in life. Compare this to Avatar Kuruk, who entered the Spirit World to find Umi and defeat Koh, and supposedly stayed there for centuries even as the Avatar Cycle continued as usual.

The implication is that the Avatar cannot reach enlightenment, because their duty to the world means they must remain tied to the cycle of reincarnation. Yangchen has stated the Avatar has to give up their spiritual needs for the needs of the people they serve; they ultimately must remain attached to life, humanity, existence. This is both a noble sacrifice and a curse, depending on your point of view.

I don’t think you’re too far off about the meaning of the void. Buddhist concepts of “the void" (śūnyatā) hold it to be a meditative and philosophical view of detachment from existence. Quotes from Guru Laghima that Zaheer has dropped throughout the season reflect many of the ideas inherent to this concept. “Instinct is a lie, told by a fearful body hoping to be wrong,” is the recognition of a non-objective existence and reality; “let go your earthly tether, enter the void, empty, and become wind,” speaks of a state of spiritual detachment and separation from meaning; “new growth cannot exist without first the destruction of the old,” once more implies an ever-changing existence of both positives and negatives.

Voidness is often mistaken for a form of nihilism; I might be recalling this wrong, but I believe Nietzsche has been referred to as the European Buddha for this very reason. This, however, is a misread of the philosophy; nihilism draws from the idea nothing has meaning, while voidness states that meaning is entirely relative. Bobbityhobbity has written a fan-freaking-tastic post about Zaheer’s apparent adherence to nihilism, and I think this is generally consistent with what we know about Zaheer’s philosophies. He takes elements of Guru Laghima’s teachings and discards many of their applications in airbender life, revering traditional airbending as an art form yet disregarding the Air Nomad’s vow to pacifism.

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Immediately Afterlife

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Shay Mitchell as Marissa in Immediately Afterlife

We were manipulated Bennett! We were sedated! Okay? Admittedly often by our own hands. But don’t be naive enough to confuse ignorance with truth. You don’t create a utopia simply by damning the rest of the world! Okay, we made a mistake in thinking by simply escaping our shitty families and fucked up lives that we can somehow build a better one! And it’s fucking tragic that it came to this.

Why I liked 'Immediatly Afterlife'.

Because Troian’s acting was on point, as always. Her face as a crazy person is just wow. I found it hilarious, though.

Beacuse Shay’s acting was different, so badass. It was pretty good.

Because Shay cursed so much and it was so hot. And funny, and hot. So hot.

Because they looked hot and gay with only their sheets. That fighting scene…. It caused things.

I really can't

I went to that blog that was encouraging shoplifting and wow people are fucking retarded

yes retarded such ablesist boo hoo

Theyre showing off shit they stole, and even worse, it’s not even necessities. It’s like DVDs and shit. Not food, or toiletries. Just materialistic crap

AND THEN they say it’s a social justice movement

oh my god

if there was an afterlife baby the bleach is in my kitchen.

*breathes*

it’s gonna be funny when they get caught

scum :D

god i hope they dont do that with small businesses or people’s homes

wow

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