This is a picture of Klemens von Metternich , the an Austrian diplomat who engineered Napoleons marriage of the Austrian archduchess Marie Louise, signed the treaty that led to Napoleons exile and was crucial in the Bourbon Restoration after Napoleons fall.
A man came to Imam Malik رحمه الله and he was mentioning the faults of the Companions رضي الله عنهم to which Imam Malik then responded by reciting this Ayah;
“Muhammad is the messenger of Allaah, and those with him are stern against the disbelievers and merciful to one another. You see them bowing and prostrating, seeking bounties from Allaah and His pleasure. Their mark is on their faces as a result of prostration.This is the description in the Tawraat (torah). And their description in the Ingeel (last testament) is that of a seed that shoots forth its stalks, makes it strong and then becomes firm and stands upright on its stem, bringing delight to the farmers so that the disbelievers will be enrage at them (the Companions).”
So then Imam Malikرحمه اللهsaid:
“This verse applies to anyone who possesses any contempt in his heart towards any of the Companions of the messenger of Allaah”
1. Not having goals. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t know what they are.
2. Choosing goals that don’t inspire you. You won’t be able to keep on going if the prize at the end doesn’t really matter to you.
3. Expecting immediate results. Anything worthwhile is a battle and a struggle. It takes times and effort to bring about a change.
4. Lack of support. We all need someone to believe in us and to be our cheerleader when we start to feel discouraged.
5. Not believing in yourself. As Henry Ford so wisely said: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
6. Feeling bored. Most success involves a lot of humdrum work, and repeatedly doing the same kind of stuff. But each day brings you closer to achieving what you want.
7. Inaction and laziness. You have to work the plan before the plan will work … and dreams are only dream till you turn your thoughts to actions. Also, it’s crucially important that you manage your time well, and you don’t get distracted or procrastinate.
8. Being around negative people. There are plenty of people who only see the flaws, and whose eyes are on the problems, and the absence of solutions. If you hang out with them, you will lose your zest and passion, and your positive outlook will soon be undermined.
9. Comparing yourself to others. We each are individuals, and we start from different places; we all face our challenges, and work at different rates. Remember “it’s your journey”. Be patient with yourself.
10. Encountering setbacks. No matter how great your plans, or your level of commitment, you’re bound to face some setbacks and encounter obstacles. That’s a normal part of growth – just keep going when life’s tough.
Consideration of sexual color dimorphism in the Galrificus spacecatus
(Probably one among many such posts, rolling off the press :3)
So, now that we know what female Galra look like, I can’t
help but notice something
Here are a few male Galra
Here are a few female Galra
Notice a big difference? Yeah, COLOR With the kinda-exception of oddball Kolivan, male Galra are purple. K? They’re purple. Some are more lilac, some are more eggplant, some have markings that are *gasp* slightly paler shades of purple. Some are more violet, some are powdery bluish/lavender/whatever. But the theme? Purple Full stop
The ladies, however? We’ve got pink, blue, salmon, orange, teal, yellow. All sorts of markings in all sorts of colors
Make-up. All those face markings could be
cosmetic. Which. Yeah, would actually be a super-fun idea, because pretty ladies & swag. However, I don’t think it’s the case. Because
They’re on active military duty. Modern military and non-essential cosmetic alterations often don’t hang out together.
Well, if it’s cosmetic, then why aren’t any of the
guys wearing it? (Again, argument can be made for Kolivan)
All-natural skin pigmentation. This, I think, is the more
likely answer. AND it actually is more fun, because this means it could be an evolutionary holdover from Galra prehistory, perhaps even pre-sentience
Now. Take this journey with me,
folks. Think of birds. Earth birds. Specifically, think of passerines (the sparrows, the robins, the birds-of-paradise, the bluejays, the swallows, etc. They flutter. They perch on
stuff. They cheep, they sing, they squawk, they have a good time)
Remember their sexual dimorphisms? Remember
how (not always, but often) one sex tends to be dull-looking, and the other tends to be pretty & flashy?
There’s the courted, pursued, “stay at home/take
care of the kids” half of the species. Typically, they’re very well-camouflaged (wouldn’t want to attract predators to their nests),
and they look rather drab. They come in browns, grays… *whispers* perhaps purples?
And then, there’s the half that does the courting. And (once babies show up) they’re the ones who leave the nest more often, and who act (generally) as the breadwinners. THESE
are the ones that usually come in bright pretty colors. Reds, blues, greens… salmons, oranges, pinks??
If we go waaaaay back in time, to
their civilization’s beginnings- waaaaaaay back to when physical markings
would have most mattered- we could tentatively conclude a few things about this (perhaps matriarchal?? Idk, but just perhaps????) Galra society
Picture it with me: big, bright, strong,
eye-catching, courtship-performing females, who strut their stuff(!!) for smaller, drabber, homemaker males.
So, (at LEAST) in terms of their great-great ancestors, I guess what I’m trying to say is