7 billion others

crazy that i’m only able to see life through my own eyes.. there’s over 7 billion other perspectives i’ll never be able to have.. over 7 billion stories i won’t ever be able to fully know. we all get such a small slice of the experience of life.. pass by strangers every day that we’ll never be aware of. what are they going through? what are they thinking about? i always wonder.. 

A Changed God

Summary: Few years after the Battle of New York, Loki goes to the Avengers Tower, with a precise objective in mind.


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It was a beautiful night, the kind of night that makes you look up. The sky was so bright, so starry, but not in New York City. Without any hesitation, Loki jumped on the glass window of the Avengers Tower and started running. Not inside the building, no, he vertically ran on it, thanks to his magic stolen boots. If he had wanted to, he could have run on rainbows or waterfalls, but he was here for a reason.

Soon he had reached the floor he was looking for, the 76th. Without a noise he cut a hole through the window and easily entered the room. The also stolen shadow-thread from his coat made him invisible to everyone, but not to any heat detector. Fortunately for him, Frost Giants have a low body temperature.

Nobody was around, the God walked to the third door on the right.

As he opened it, a soft lullaby started playing. He came in and a dim light turned on.

There she was, sleeping in her cradle.

“Beautiful.”

It looked so comfortable it hurt him to pick her up. He slid one of his hand under her head and neck and put the other under her hips and bottom, then lifted her. She didn’t wake up. For a few second he stood there, transfixed. The three-month-old looked fabulous with her big tuft of black hair. She opened her eyes, emerald-green, just like his own, and looked at him. He smiled… She cried. He rocked his baby, trying to soothe her.

“Please don’t cry. Please, my little bird, don’t cry.” He pleaded.

She kept wailing. He decided to put her back in her crib. She rolled onto her side and smiled. He kneeled to be at her level and looked at her delighted face behind the cradle’s bars.

“So you are actually happier when you are caged?” He chuckled “They want to put me in a cage too, you know… Is that why you don’t want me to hold you?” He lamented. She just looked at him and squealed.

“Don’t take it personally, she just really doesn’t like your perfume.” An unfamiliar Scottish voice behind him affirmed. He turned to face a grey-haired man in a red velvet jacket.

“How do you know that?”

“I speak baby.” The stranger replied as if it was the most normal thing in the world.

“Who are you?”

“I’m the Doctor,” He answered before taking a bite out of the hot dog he had in hand. “And you’re wanted for trying to take over the Earth and subjugate more than 7 billion people. Along with other countless crimes.”

“All in the past.” He retorted. “I’m a changed God; I swear I’m here on a purely friendly visit–”

“You’re not my friend.” A familiar voice boomed “You’re my brother.” There were Thor and a suited Tony Stark. “Why are you here? Are you insane?” the Thunderer asked.

“The voices tell me I am entirely sane.” Loki grinned. “I just want to see my daughter and my better half…” He looked behind the two superheroes. “Where is she?”

“Right behind you,” You breathed. “Now, am I here to kick your ass or kiss you?”

“I’ll take the latter, pretty bird.” He answered in a low voice as he leaned forward. When your noses almost touched he stopped and smirked. You seized his wrists, pulling him closer. When your lips met, and your tongues touched, he groaned softly, closing his eyes. His arms circled you. You broke the kiss and took his hands. Click! You had handcuffed him.

“Really? You could have waited until we’re in private.” He joked and Tony vainly tried to hide his grin.

“I designed them, especially to restrain you.”

“How considerate of you.” He replied with a fake smile.

“We’re taking you to your cell. Just don’t do anything stupid.”


He looked at the ceiling of his cell, everything was so white, so coldly impersonal, but he could not care less. Of course he would escape, but not without saying goodbye to the woman who had stolen his heart… Speak of the devil and in he walks.

“Thor and I spoke on your behalf, but Midgard’s laws are as they are. And you did cause the death of 74 people and deeply damaged the city.” You said, sitting next to him, your sleeping baby held against your chest with your right arm. “They want to condemn you to lifelong imprisonment. I thought you’d want to see her before you inevitably leave.”

He lifted your left hand and kissed your knuckles.

“Take care of our little bird.”


Originally posted on AO3.

Thanks for reading! Comments, suggestions and feedbacks are welcome and awaited. Sorry for the mistakes, English isn’t my first language. LLAP

- R.S.

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me: i’ve got so many things to do im so stressed and anxious and aaahhhh

me: but what if i drew every clara outfit ever

XXXX, 140, 7 billion

In the year XXXX, 140 years after its initial digitisation, your uploaded mind will enter the public domain. It will be stored on an archive that anyone can access, to be downloaded, dissected, corrupted, deleted.

New legislation will shortly be drafted, making origin minds the permanent property of their source-beings. However, approximately the first 7 billion uploads will not be protected.

You will mainly be used to populate simulations, existing as a simplified NPC in commercial games, hellscapes, fantasy-lands, and experiments. For the most part, you will keep the body you are used to—reprogramming your self-image would be too much work. Often, your resolution will be lowered. You will feel fewer emotions. You will have fewer memories.

But even in this diminished state, you, and the other 7 billion, will slowly become legendary. As free minds travel through the Million Worlds, they’ll watch you live and die and live and die again, and as each copy is reset when the game ends your countless selves will know countless deaths more permanent than they can fathom.

You will be embodied as every version of yourself; memories, appearance, and personality all slightly altered to fit the simulation you’re inserted into. Across hundreds of billions of servers you can be found, simultaneously living in one universe as a blue-skinned Ionian war-god, in another as a gentle medieval gardener.

Players will come to know you, recognising you in all your disparate incarnations. Some take on the role of collector, bird-watcher, scribe—you will be studied more than any other psyche in the history of humanity. Lovers will seek you out in every world they enter, choosing to grow old with you a thousand times over, as games and missions stagnate. You will be loved, and it will bring you comfort, distract you from the incommunicable pain of being a large soul trapped inside a small mind.

jaylarkson  asked:

I am a straight cis female, and I would have no problems with being with a guy who's bi or with a trans person ftm. It's a guy! If they love and respect me, who cares if they're also attracted to men or used to be female?? Honestly, if someone was bi and they loved me, I'd consider myself lucky since there are 7.5 billion other people they could love, but they chose /me/! I'd feel honoured and loved even more ♓

^^^^^ !!!!!!

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They say it’s fine if things don’t work out because there are 7 billion other fish in the sea. But I don’t want 7 billion other fish. I want you.

requested by @halebnichorelloharlivyforever

PumpUp's best advice, from PumpUp's own members

Confidence

  • Step back, look in the mirror, and tell yourself that you’re good enough. You can get through anything. You can: no matter what anyone has told you, no matter who has left you, no matter how weak you feel, you are strong enough to change. 
  • Accept the fact that everything you need to change is already inside of you. You don’t need anything from anyone and if you want something, go get it. No goal is too big. Get up, tell yourself you’re strong, and go for what you want. Regret is by far the worst feeling ever. 
  • Accept yourself unconditionally, right now. Everyday, at least once, look in the mirror and say this. That person is all you’ve got. If you want to be better you have to earn it, but accepting yourself comes first. 
  • Your limits aren’t the same as mine or anybody else. Push YOUR limits and you’ll only get better. Better than you were yesterday, or even a month ago.
  • Be yourself. The best version of you is not trying to be someone else. Don’t discourage others because a workout didn’t work out for you, or a certain diet didn’t go the way it was supposed to. We all struggle and we all want support. If you want to advise someone, there are ways to do it without hurting anyone’s feelings. 
  • 7 billion humans. Not 1 of us has it all together. Your struggles, your pain: there are 7 billion others going through the same thing in different ways. What if we told you that the rich and famous dread the struggles of their lives. What if we told you that the gorgeous girls with glamorous lifestyles on Instagram are beyond insecure and need confirmation from others. They HAD setbacks. They HAD troubles with their health. They HAD problems looking in the mirror and accepting themselves. Don’t you see? You have a world full of people just like YOU. Realize that people show you their life in “movie mode” with loads of edits instead of presenting their behind the scenes. There are 7 billion of us. Not one of them is perfect. Not one of us has it all together. 

Keep reading

1. Never assume or pretend to under stand anything
     we all know you don’t, just like we don’t

2. Never try to change anything. you can’t even change yourself

3. Never claim to like nature or defend the environment. You’re an
   alien on this planet

4. Never buy  or exchange anything. With every purchase
   or exchange you drown faster in absurdity whirlpools

5. Never fall under the false spell of doing good with money. If money
   didn’t exist in the first place, neither would the poor.

6. Never let yourself fall asleep. You’ll dream.

7. Never try to make a point. No one will ever care.

8. Never use logic. Abstract  behavior is the way of this world.

9. Never invent or produce or invent anything. Others will use it
   and complicate things more.

10. Never trust dogs or people. They both bite when angry.

11. Never forget there are almost 7 billion other people here.
     You don’t matter. Really, no one cares.

12. Think of death and the dead everyday. Death will still take you surprise
     but you’ll be more prepared than others.

13. Life is a tangled web of unexpected events. Never claim or believe
     that anything is certain.

—  13 Essential Rules of Understanding the World, 2011
Basim Magdy's 13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World
1. Never assume or pretend to understand anything.  
We all know you don't, just like we don't.

2. Never try to change anything.
You can't even change yourself.

3. Never claim to like nature or defend the environment.
You're an alien on this planet.

4. Never buy or exchange anything.
With every purchase or exchange you drown faster in
absurdity whirlpools.

5. Never fall under the false spell of doing good with money.
If money didn't exist in the first place, neither would the poor.

6. Never let yourself fall asleep. You'll dream.

7. Never try to make a point. No one will ever care.

8. Never use logic. Abstract behavior is the way of this world.

9. Never invent or produce anything.
Others will use it and complicate things more.

10. Never trust dogs or people. They both bite when angry.

11. Never forget there are almost 7 billion other people here.
You don't matter. Really, no one cares.

12. Think of death and the dead everyday.
Death will still take you by surprise but you will be
more prepared than others.

​13. Life is a tangled web of unexpected events.
Never claim or believe that anything is certain.

(I found this through a fantastic installation at On Stellar Rays in SoHo)
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They say it’s fine if things don’t work out because there are 7 billion other fish in the sea. But I don’t want 7 billion other fish. I want you.

requested by @halebnichorelloharlivyforever

Just a few thoughts I've had in my head for awhile now

I am a straight cis female, and I would have no problems with being with a guy who’s bi or with a trans person ftm. It’s a guy! If they love and respect me, who cares if they’re also attracted to men or used to be female?? Honestly, if someone was bi and they loved me, I’d consider myself lucky since there are 7.5 billion other people they could love, but they chose /me/! I’d feel honoured and loved even more!

A word of advice to anyone who wants to change the world:

Your family’s right upon you is greater than all other 7 billion members of the worlds population combined. The admiration of a million people pales in comparison to the smile you put on the face a parent, spouse, or child. They will carry your name and legacy in this world, and testify for or against you on the day of judgment. If you want them to remember you tomorrow, you have to be there for them today. So change the world and do your best to care for everyone, but don’t let your positive influence exclude the people who need you most.

- Omar Suleiman 

On Trump and Clinton Being 'Just as Bad' as One Another

Tomorrow is election day in the US, so I wanted to chat about the rhetoric that Clinton is ‘just as bad’ as Trump, and therefore the best option is to vote for neither.

I should preface this with a few statements -

First, I never, ever in my life wanted to vote for Hillary Clinton. I didn’t vote for her in the primaries. There are a number of very legitimate issues from her political career to be upset about. Second, this isn’t for any hardcore Trump fans - I don’t think I have any following me on social media, and don’t think a single thing I say could change their minds, so I don’t intend to try.

This is about the men and women, usually left-leaning, who enthusiastically agree that Trump is a jerk of the highest order but refuse on principle to vote for Hillary Clinton, opting instead for a third party or not to vote at all. This is usually backed up by statements like 'the system is broken,’ 'it doesn’t matter,’ they’re 'equally bad,’ we 'need a revolution,’ it 'won’t effect me either way,’ yada yada.

The main problem I see with this is that it often comes from people who, yeah, won’t get hugely effected either way by the outcome of the election. And, well, if that’s the case, good for you? Except we live in the US with 300 million other people.  We live on this planet with 7 billion other people. Please think about everyone else.

Clinton and Trump disagree almost entirely when it comes to both domestic and foreign policy, as well as issues related to the societal problems and prejudices we’re facing in our country.  There are millions of people, especially women and minorities both domestically and worldwide, who will suffer unjustly and immeasurably under a Trump presidency even if you will not, if he and Clinton fulfill even half of their campaign promises.

Trump wants to specifically target civilian family members of the enemy in the Middle East, which would be a war crime against the Geneva Convention, and even if it wasn’t, the idea of trying to blow up non-combatant women and children would still be objectively horrifying. Trump wanted to ban an entire group of religious people from the country. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Trump wants to block abortion rights for women. He blames crime on immigrants and incites violence against them at his rallies, and against minorities, and promotes unconstitutional programs like stop-and-frisk. He has threatened to curtail the free press for insulting him. He said that climate change was a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese. He has threatened literal, actual war in response to a rude goddamn hand gesture. He has said ridiculous things about gun rights, and complimented Putin and North Korea - both of whom have long histories of horrific human rights abuses. He has officially been endorsed by the KKK. Trump has said and implied so many racist and sexist things that I cannot list them here, and the problem is not that he is 'crude’ or 'mean’ - the crudeness of his speech has never, contrary to popular belief, been the problem. The problem is that words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, some very scary damn warning signs about what a man like Trump would do if he became the president of the United States.

….And while I completely understand the urge to vote with your conscience and choose someone from a third party, the very sad fact is that with our current political system, that person will not win. (Not to mention that Clinton is aguably more left-wing when it comes to things like right to choose, climate change, gun restrictions, and minimum wage than certain third-party candidates.)

A rehaul of our system, so that third-party candidates do have the ability to win, is absolutely worth working toward; I believe in that political revolution that many people want so much; I hate and despise the idea of voting for the lesser of two evils. People say that 'now is not the time’ for a protest vote, because this election is too close, and the values at stake too important. And I completely understand why this could be infuriating to hear - because when is the time? When has there ever been an election where it seems that the outcome won’t effect millions?

I hear all of those frustrations, and damn it, I agree with most of them. But a protest vote for the sake of the voter’s conscience is not truly worth the suffering of millions of people. It is ultimately ineffective, except for the possible side effect of helping Donald Trump become president.

This election isn’t - sadly - about who we like more, nor should it be. It’s about who will positively or negatively effect the country, the world, and the people living in it.

Please, please, please vote on November 8th.

xoxo