We haven’t found a way to deal with the Kellyanne Conways or the Sean Spicers who deliberately are lying in behalf of their president. I wouldn’t have lasted. [JFK’s press secretary] Pierre Salinger wouldn’t have lasted. [Eisenhower’s press secretary] James Hagerty wouldn’t have lasted. We wouldn’t have lasted six weeks if we had said we were going to lie for the president that we served.
—  Bill Moyers, journalist and former press secretary for President Lyndon Johnson

If you care about the environment and the life therein (including you) , contact your senators to oppose this unqualified cabinet pick.

Bill Moyers: Scott Pruitt Will Make America Great Again for Polluters

President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency might put it on the endangered species list.

Bill Moyers takes on President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a track record of putting the business interests of the energy sector before the environmental and health interests of the public. He has spent his career fighting the rules and regulations of the agency he is now being nominated to lead. His expected confirmation threatens to make America great for polluters again.

lunalolita  asked:

are there any books similar to tsoa or even just books about ancient greece and mythology you would recommend?

yes!!! (sorry for the late response) I haven’t personally read any of these but I heard they’re pretty good. Also the descriptions are from Goodreads :)

  • The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault — Two young Athenians, Alexias and Lysis, compete in the palaestra, journey to the Olympic games, fight in the wars against Sparta, and study under Socrates. 
  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers — Campbell’s most impressive gift was his ability to take a contemporary situation, such as the murder & funeral of President John F. Kennedy, & help us understand its impact in the context of ancient mythology. 
  • The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons  — Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea.
  • Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella — Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert.

if anyone has any recs, please let us know!

I’m going to get Kennedy’s tax cut out of the Senate Finance Committee, and we’re going to get this economy humming again. Then I’m going to pass Kennedy’s civil rights bill, which has been hung up too long in the Congress. And I’m going to pass it without changing a single comma or a word. After that we’ll pass legislation that allows everyone in this country to vote, with all the barriers down. And that’s not all. We’re going to get a law that says every boy and girl in this country, no matter how poor, or the color of their skin, or the region they come from, is going to be able to get all the education they can take by loan, scholarship, or grant, right from the federal government. And I aim to pass Harry Truman’s medical insurance bill that got nowhere before.
—  Lyndon B. Johnson, to aides Jack Valenti, Bill Moyers, and Cliff Carter, as they sat with him in his bedroom before he went to sleep at 4:00 AM on November 23, 1963 – just hours after being sworn in as President following John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

PBS Bill Moyers interviews Pema Chödrön on Faith and Reason (one hour)

after the 100% perfect relationship-building slow burn of s1-s3, i will always feel like season 4 of gilmore girls brushed against rory/paris so excruciatingly closely that we could almost taste it. (they slept in the same bedroom! their lips met in a kiss! a random stranger called them girlfriends! rory was so upset about paris dating asher that ‘my friend is dating a creepy old man!’ almost veered into ‘my friend is dating a creepy old man and i’m jealous of that creepy old man!’. BILL MOYERS AND PIZZA!)

… and then both rory and paris got banished to hetero land for the rest of the series.

anonymous asked:

Since TFA, I've been puzzling over why it is that acts like Kylo's murder have less weight than they would if the story was set in the "real world." Yes, the characters are archetypes, their world is fantasy and they have magical powers, but that on its surface doesn't get to the mechanics of "why" for me, exactly. Is it because Han's death is symbolic in some way? Do you have any thoughts?

Hi anon,

This is a big question that I’m probably not smart enough to answer well. So I’ll defer to Joseph Campbell, who’s talked a fair bit about why Star Wars has such power as myth.

MOYERS: Is the adventurer who takes that kind of trip a hero in the mythological sense?

CAMPBELL: Yes, because he is always ready for it. In these stories, the adventure that the hero is ready for is the one he gets. The adventure is symbolically a manifestation of his character. Even the landscape and the conditions of the environment match his readiness.

MOYERS: In George Lucas’ Star Wars, Solo begins as a mercenary and ends up a hero, coming in at the last to save Luke Skywalker.

CAMPBELL: Yes. There Solo has done the hero act of sacrificing himself for another.

MOYERS: Do you think that a hero is created out of guilt? Was Solo guilty because he had abandoned Skywalker?

CAMPBELL: It depends on what system of ideas you want to apply. Solo was a very practical guy, at least as he thought of himself as a materialist. But he was a compassionate human being at the same time and didn’t know it. The adventure evoked a quality of his character that he hadn’t known he possessed.

MOYERS: So perhaps the hero lurks in each one of us when we don’t know it?

CAMPBELL: Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That’s why it’s good to be able to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower. “Lead us not into temptation.”

You can watch more of Campbell’s conversations with Bill Moyers on Youtube, or read The Power of Myth.

It’s not really because Star Wars isn’t set in ‘the real world’. Plenty of myths and fairytales are set on Earth. It’s that, as you say, the characters are archetypes, their experiences and choices are symbolic, the story is cathartic. I am not planning to kill my father, but when watching the bridge scene, I can relate to Kylo Ren’s emotional state. It’s written to speak to the audience about those common life experiences of rejection, isolation, self-imposed misery. Han chooses to put himself in danger because he loves his son and finally believes that he can somehow find his way home. Harrison Ford wanted that heroic, meaningful end for the character he’s been tied to for decades.

Kylo is rejecting the call to the light, but does killing his father silence that conflict? No. As JJ Abrams says in TFA’s blu-ray commentary:

“In Kylo’s mind, what he has just done seals the deal. It’s the ultimate proof to Snoke that he is to be trusted, that he will not be seduced by the light. And I think, the instant that he’s done it, he regrets it.”

There has been quite a bit of derision since TFA came out directed towards those fans who look at Kylo Ren and sympathize with him as a character. And I guess since we’re supposed to identify with the heroes of Rey and Finn, who are on the first leg of their journey and see Kylo as a ‘monster’, a ‘creature in a mask’, that’s understandable. It says something about the audience, and that is by design. Kylo is the shadow figure and animus, the ‘other’ to Rey’s heroine. The audience is rejecting him, just as Rey and Finn do. We don’t understand yet how he came to be the way he is, how he lost his way and how he can change.

When we get to the end of the original trilogy, do we still fear Vader? Or do we recognize him as a man, and understand why Luke loves him and believed in his goodness? Luke’s journey teaches us, it helps us grow. Mythology is a guide for our own lives and the characters all represent parts of ourselves, even the parts we aren’t quite ready to acknowledge or love.

If you want a vague idea of where things might be going for Kylo, I recommend listening to some Robert Bly. Rian Johnson has referenced A Little Book on the Human Shadow in his discussion on the inspiration for Episode VIII. Bly’s poetry uses Jung’s psychological theories to explore the desperate need for many modern young men to integrate the feminine aspect of self with the masculine. The need to acknowledge their emotions – that ‘call to the light’ that Kylo insists on rejecting – so as to temper the uncontrolled masculine, the violent and the fearsome. 

That integration of masculine and feminine brings us back to some of the very obvious symbolism in Rey and Kylo’s interactions. So, as always in Star Wars, there’s hope.


MBTI & Fiction writers (x)
Introverted intuition (Ni) in George Lucas’ (INFJ) Star Wars

“Ultimately, doesn’t it take, particularly in religion, a leap of faith? Kierkegaard’s leap of faith?

Yes, definitely. You’ll notice Luke uses that quite a bit through the films. Not to rely on his senses, not to rely on the computers, but to rely on faith. That is what ‘Use The Force’ is, a leap of faith.

That there are mysteries and powers larger than we are, and that you have to trust your feelings in order to access these things. (…)

I’m making intuitive decisions because I can see the picture in my head even though it’s foggy. And I know instantly whether this fits in there or doesn’t.”


Rest In Peace Lucille Désirée Ball // August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989 

“I was driving to work on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles during rush hour. Naturally, I had the radio on for company. When the disc jockey announced that Lucy had died, I slowed down and immediately began to cry. After about a minute, I realized that I had stopped completely on a very busy highway. I immediately looked around and saw that every car around me in both directions was stopped, and all of the passengers were shedding tears. We all sort of looked at one another, shared the moment, took a deep breath, and began to drive again.” -The Lucy Book

“It may be that during business hours God and the angels only sit around watching six-part documentaries and Bill Moyers. But back in the “family quarters” I bet they switch to I Love Lucy. And that’s how I know there is laughter in heaven. Because a God who would have created her would never let her laughter be far from home.” - Diane Sawyer delivering Lucille Ball’s eulogy

I think Jon Stewart is the most astute political analyst working today. He has more moments of “Eureka” in a single broadcast than a month of editorials. Who else sets off laughter and light bulbs in your head at the same time? If I believed in reincarnation, I would believe Mark Twain alive and well.
—  Bill Moyers