altering perspectives

A Few Thoughts on Who Killed Markiplier

It is safe to say the WKM project has taken the fanbase by storm, and can be written in the books as a grand success. The hard work, and dedication, of the Teamiplier crew shines brilliantly from start to finish. Indeed, I found myself bouncing theories off of closest friends (who had not even heard of Markiplier until this point), and even dreamed up possible solutions to the amazingly written whodunit. Never in my wildest dreams, however, could I have come up with a conclusion so heart wrenching and astounding as the one gifted to us in Chapter Four.

Yet I have witnessed an amazing transformation within the community. A love has been born that transcends the normal infatuation of a celebrity, and it is beautiful. What is it about this project that seems to have tipped the Markiplier community onto its emotional side?

Two two-dimensional characters that began as a joke, as an interesting concept, as meaningless characters, suddenly became very three-dimensional. They became very real, very relatable, more plausible… and terrifyingly enough, more human. The community has been forced to reexamine the world around them.

Wilford Warstache, a sociopathic killer with no regard for consequences, or for human life. He takes an almost flippant response to death, and feels no remorse for the people he kills. He claims it is not his fault when people die, that he was only doing what people ask him to do. Yet through WKM, we see a new perspective.

Though not entirely sane, we see a man who loves life and adventure. He is compassionate, though it is hard to tell at times. He’s made many mistakes, including an affair, but only begins to hate Mark after he felt he’d been betrayed. Even then, Damien describes his disregard for Mark’s death as a form of “shock”, indication he is familiar with the Colonel shutting down like this in response to tragedy. Speaking of which, if he is a Colonel, we can assume he is military. Chances are he has also been to war. This would explain his tendency to shut down in the face of death, as there is no telling how many brothers and sisters in arms he’s seen lay dying. War is hell, after all. He is a soldier, so he understands loyalty and trust better than anyone. His moves are calculated and filled with cunning. It would also explain his tendency to slip in and out of a room without anyone noticing. Military training. It’s also one of the reasons he is such a successful hunter. Clearly, however, he loves Damien, and he loves Celine, and he’s very loyal to them. Upon their death, and realizing that he’s also killed us, he loses the military stance. He loses his tightly wound composure, and we are left with…

…A man who is so lost, so confused, so scared that he clutches tightly to the cane of his friend. Until we return, he is completely alone. Everyone else has abandoned him, or has died. His guilt is crippling him, his sanity is cracking right before our eyes as he slowly descends into madness. This is a man who has been surrounded by tragedy his entire life.  When we wake up, he is relieved. Somehow we managed to come back from death, which means the others must have as well. This is all a joke, a prank, because the idea of his friends playing such a cruel joke on him is easier to comprehend than their death. His mind, after repeated trauma, is reduced to that of a broken child who is screaming and crying for answers he’ll never get. His sanity is shattered, and he’s driven mad. No doubt he is reliving all the terrible deaths he’s witnessed, and trapped in this hell, Wilford Warfstache is born. He is the broken soldier.

And then there’s this man:

This character was, initially, a joke within the community. When he first manifested, the community wrote him off as being an evil, power hungry, and manipulative man who only wanted to take control. He was jealous of mark’s fame, and wanted to use the love of his fans against him. Yet…

We learn in WKM that Damien is actually the most kind hearted person in the entire group. He feels Mark’s death deeply, but even in the face of his own sorrow, he delivers the news of Mark’s death to William himself. When William does not respond in a way Damien believes he should, he becomes angry. This is not anger borne of hatred, but borne of disappointment in his friend, and his own sadness and pain. He cares. He cares almost too much, as the events seem to constantly be tearing him apart. He carries the cane with him, and is seen constantly wringing it in his hands when he gets nervous, uncomfortable, or emotional. Not wanting to appear weak, he isolates himself, yet returns when something new occurs to make sure everyone is safe. As angry as he is at William, he checks up on him and keeps tabs on him to make sure he’s okay. He tries to protect Celine, even at the cost of his own life.

And what a loss of life that was. Betrayed by a man he’s known since childhood, cast aside into a broken shell and forgotten…

No…. This is not a man fueled by jealousy. This is not a man keen on stealing the attention away from Mark for his own selfish needs. This is a man who loved too much, cared too deeply, and now sports a shattered heart. We see him shift from kind, compassionate Damien to the man we now know as Darkiplier, and we see the raw emotions in his eyes.

He. Still. Cares.

He is still the protector. He is still the leader. He still loves, and cares, but he does not trust.

Perhaps this is why he acts the way he does, to keep people away from Mark to make sure no one meets a similar fate as those who loved Mark in the past.

The very last scene we are left staring into a broken mirror. It is shattered, the image distorted, the world still discolored. Even with Damien, now Dark, gone, the world has not shifted back to normal. We are left to reflect on our fate. Our world.

                                               Our new hell.

Our own humanity.

We relate to these characters so much because we understand them. We have experienced loss. We’ve experienced betrayal. We understand their pain. We feel for them so deeply because we understand their loss, and their feelings of being lost. Perhaps we even understand the feeling of sanity slipping through our fingertips, or the dark and enticing pull of revenge.

We watched them descend into madness, and realized how possible it is for us all to do the same. Anyone can. It forces us to question…. Those people that society has labeled “evil”, what did they experience to get them to that point? Did they love too much, and had their hearts broken? Were they cast aside, their shell’s broken, and forgotten? Those that society has marked insane who go on to commit terrible crimes, what traumas pushed them to that point? Were they sane before, and simply snapped?

We see the world differently now, our perspectives forever altered. Truthfully, I found the entire experience exciting, and humbling. I believe this is why the Who Killed Markiplier project struck a chord so deeply in all of us.

@markiplier thank you for bringing this into our lives.

The INTJ (NiTeFiSe)

Introverted Intuition (Ni):

  • Futuristic minded, often comfortable forming personal expectations of how situations will turn out
  • Prone to inaction until they have “foreseen” the outcome or negative consequences
  • Comfortable reading between the lines or “intuititing” the motives of others
  • Endlessly ponders perspectives and ideas until shaping them into a specific singular conclusion or viewpoint
  • Open to altering these perspectives or visions, but requires extensive time to do so (unable to improvise in the moment or respond quickly to environmental shifts)
  • Predominantly characterized by well-developed imaginative abilities and mental wanderings
  • Often spends a great deal of time simply thinking
  • Prone to reflection on scenarios, on pondering information, and forming individualized abstract concepts or revisiting concepts of interest
  • May be prone to excessive daydreaming, creating intricate inner worlds or universes, or mentally replaying elements of their own personal experience
  • Not always inclined to share their imaginative tendencies or thoughts with others
  • Develops complex mental inner landscapes, shaped and continually revised by new information
  • May find acquiring new knowledge to “complete” the details of their instinctual knowledge tiresome, and prefer to work off intuitive insight rather than detail-driven awareness
  • Sometimes slow or reluctant to adopt or update new information (if not eager to shift their worldview)
  • Confident about analyzing the implications of gathered information
  • May view others’ ideas with skepticism or scrutiny
  • Can perceive others’ intellectual contributions as limited in scope
  • Occasionally prone to fatalistic thinking or general self-doubt
  • May pay little attention to maintaining their sensory surroundings
  • Might prefer observance in order to gain understanding of a situation rather than active participation

Extroverted Thinking (Te):

  • Places great importance on factual accuracy and understanding how things work
  • Able to articulate factual reasons for many of their opinions and decisions
  • Can offer information to others that is accurate and contains “proof” (through medical studies, obvious logic, examples, etc)
  • Excels in accumulating factual and objective information in areas of personal interest
  • Good at rational problem-solving and striving to make their goals a reality
  • Tends to want something to show for their time and mental energy
  • Enjoys focusing on and seeing a task through to completion
  • Good at articulating their insights into frank advice for others
  • Is aware of the financial implications of their decisions, and inclined to factor that into the choices they make, personal and otherwise
  • Often respects others with a good work ethic, and strive for one themselves
  • May challenge the information being exchanged by others if it is inaccurate
  • Able to channel their energy toward creative criticism and improvement
  • Tends to evaluate others on terms of reliability and productivity in the workplace

Introverted Feeling (Fi):

  • Values others who keeps their commitments and doesn’t misplace the INTJ’s trust
  • Tends to deeply internalize their feelings, resisting outward displays of feeling
  • Prioritizes that which is most important to them in life
  • Has a strong sense of individuality
  • Dislikes anyone who ‘forces’ others into specific behaviors or removes choices from their life
  • Has a set of values by which they operate, distinct from social expectations
  • Often feels things more intensely than they let on
  • Sometimes prone to devaluing the human element in problem-solving, leading others to mistake their logic-driven solution with “coldness”
  • Forms a deep kinship to a few people who have earned their respect
  • Places a great deal of importance on ethical principles
  • Develops a strong sense of goodwill and loyalty toward others that have proven themselves trustworthy
  • Can be calm, attentive, and sympathetic listeners
  • When unhealthy or in a bad place emotionally, may be inclined to aggressively attack others’ intelligence, ideas, or character
  • Tends to make relationship decisions and stand by them
  • May appear overly polite, formal, or distant in social situations
  • Often reluctant to enlist the assistance of other people, desiring self-reliance instead

Extroverted Sensing (Se):

  • Prone to inaction in making their dreams a reality, or the temptation to “think” instead of “do”
  • Often finds interaction with the outside sensory world empty and unfulfilling
  • May fall into reproducing past experiences instead of finding new interests  
  • Often deals with sensory reality in clumsy or inexperienced ways
  • Under stress, may be prone to excessive sensory behaviors (too much drinking, casual flings, and reckless, hedonistic, or irresponsible actions)

Drawn from MBTI / Socionics descriptions. Compiled by Charity.

listen, cas

sunshine honeybee baby bird light of my life

i get where ur comin from on this, i do, honestly

i have no doubt that dean’s ween is a life-changing, perspective-altering, world-shifting experience

BUT 

if this is true

i feel bad for u 

u died a couple times

u were stuck in purgatory for a year

u exploded into goop, castiel

u were goop


u gotta love urself son

Avengers Preference- How The Avengers Feel About You; The Youngest Member Of Their Team

Natasha Romanoff:

At first Natasha would be weary of it. With everything that went on with her in the Red Room she wouldn’t want another teens life to be cut short and turned to assassination. Although after sometime and many training sessions later, she would grow close to you. Natasha took on the ‘motherly’ role when you were around. She was constantly scolding you and kept a close eye on you no matter what. Occasionally her protective side made you annoyed but it was nice to know she cared. Natasha, similar to Steve, also recommended to Shield HQ that you be kept out of missions that put you in a too risky battle state for her liking. Often times during fights where you were sent along, Nat would be finding herself distracted from her fight and glancing over at yours to make sure you were still alive. If anything bad happen to you under her watch she would never forgive herself.

Tony Stark:
You were his little prodigy. Tony saw himself in everything thing you did. He would offer to let you watch over him in the lab when you were forced to stay back and out of the action. Tony would teach you anything and everything you desired. Though he refused to admit it, Tony considered you as his daughter. You had shared experiences, your parents were killed when you were younger leaving you to be an orphan. But when Shield got a hold of your case and discovered your powers, you were immediately recruited and now were apart of The Avengers. Tony was the one to research your file. The moment he caught word that the team was getting a new member he dug every bit of information out on you that he could. He insisted that you studied at the Avengers Tower alongside Peter Parker and hired the best tutors possible to make sure you could reach your full potential. Tony Stark was determined to give you the childhood he never got which was the main reason he fought against allowing you in on missions, but he also understood why you were needed in the fight so in most cases he let you go. Despite this, you were the only person Tony cared about more than his work.

Thor Odinson:
Thor was absolutely amazed by you. He had never met a mortal your age with the powers and abilities you possessed. You taught him human terms and filled him in on all the references he didn’t understand. Being the youngest on the team, there still so much that you had yet to do. The farthest you had gone out of the country was to Russia for a mission with the team. That being said, Thor insisted on taking you to his home realm of Asgard for your birthday and as a reward for all your hard work on the team. Also, Thor was frequently visiting you and asking for advice on Jane. Thor held a whole universe of trust in you and found himself considering you to be one of his closest friends.

Clint Barton:
He avoided you when you first joined the team. In Clint’s opinion you were far too young and innocent to take on the role of an Avenger. He only shared short conversations with you during your training sessions with Steve and Natasha. Hawkeye didn’t take a liking to you until he caught you one early morning sneaking around in the vents listening in on a top secret conversation between Nick Fury and Tony Stark. That was when Clint took advantage of your small form and eager teenage mind and transformed you into his new found pranking partner. The two of you would wake at the crack of dawn and begin your prankster ways. Your main target of choice was Natasha and Tony. It was obvious neither of them would yell too much at you so when you were to get caught, you took the fall. Bucky had been your latest victim of harmful jokes. You and Hawkeye had returned late from a movie and when you found Bucky passed out on the couch with his metal arm dangling dangerously close to the ground, you couldn’t resist. By the time Steve had waltzed into the room, Clint and yourself had managed to stick thirty small magnets of various colors along Bucky’s bionic arm. Hawkeye took the blame for that one even though Steve knew both of you were in on it. Let’s just say Clint had a special place in his heart for you.

Bruce Banner:

Like Clint, he ignored you. Truthfully, Bruce Banner admired your young mind and the brilliance that you held, but he was fearful of bringing a kid your age onto the team. He was well aware that in most cases under his Hulk form he had close to no control over himself so he distanced himself as far from you as possible. The last thing he wanted was to injure you. You tried to coax him and form a friendship but every time you got even the least bit of personal with him like discussing your hometown, he grew silent. All that changed when you took on a fight side by side with the Avengers in Germany. The team had just invaded the main Hydra base of the region. Shots were coming from every which direction and when Bruce, in his Hulk form, saw you from the corner of his eye fighting off a parade of enemies, he couldn’t stand by and pretend you didn’t exist anymore. He wiped out the whole army that had attacked you and brought you safely back to base. Even in his green state of being, Bruce was able to control himself and save your life, and that was all that mattered. After that he hardly ever question you about joining in on missions with the team because he knew if something went wrong either himself or one of the other members of the team would be there to help you out.

Wanda Maximoff:

You quickly became best friends, practically sister. You two bonded over your abilities and coped with your loses. You and Wanda gossiped over juicy new that traveled through the Tower and shared secrets over the boys you took a liking to. Wanda was the only one you let in on regarding the crush you had on a certain spiderboy. She kept quiet on the subject but teased you subtly whenever a chance presented itself. You made her swear not to tell Steve or Tony whom you knew would have a cow, which she didn’t. Wanda encouraged you to fight because she believed in you and the outstanding potential you held. Wanda taught you the language of her home country and often times the two of you would communicate through Sokovian dialect when any of your other team members were around. Wanda was one of the only people on the team who truly understood you and didn’t look down upon you for your age.

Bucky Barnes:
Besides Steve, you were Bucky’s favorite member of the Avengers team. He opened up to you slowly about some of his experiences with Hydra. Like most of the team, Bucky had little to no faith and trust in you when you were first recruited to join the team but over time his perspective altered. Bucky started to view you as less than a child that needed to be watched over and more as a friend, that’s not to say he still didn’t watch over you. Bucky was hesitant and kept himself closed off around most but to you he couldn’t. You reminded James of pre-serum Steve, you were like his little sister and he loved you like family, although he tried not to show it.

Steve Rogers:

In Steve’s eye, you were practically his daughter. From the moment he met you, Steve swore he would do anything and everything to keep you out of harms way. So of course he was upset when he found Fury clearing you for multiple missions. All his attempts to talk you out of the fights failed and much like Steve himself, you refused to back down from a fight. That was one of the main traits of yours that Steve Rogers admired most. There weren’t many things that Tony and Steve agreed on but the importance of your schooling was definitely one of them. Tony hired the most high end tutors because he knew how bright minded you were and the capability you held. Steve on the other hand wanted you to go through schooling incase you ever decided to drop the Avenging and Shield gig and start and family, being the fatherly figure he was. This being said that didn’t mean Captain America didn’t believe in you because he did. He really did. Steve realized after his first mission with you that you would be on of the greatest gains the team has ever come by, but he cared about your safety and well-being more. Nonetheless, Steve always had people checking in on you during the fight and made sure you never strayed too far from him.

fandayo  asked:

Hi! I saw your small film and I was wondering if you could provide background information to it? I really loved the style and animation and the ending left me feeling so shocked bc I did not expect it to end the way it did. (It was p sad)

Hi! I hope you don’t mind if I post this publicly, I’ve had a few questions like this so I’ll give you guys some background on how it was made/my original intention. If you’re interested, I’ve put a lot of my development work in this tag.

From very early on in my development process I wanted to do some kind of fairytale. I wanted it to be kind of spooky, kind of sad, and kinda contemplative. I love the fluid nature of folk tales and myths and lore, in that they represent generations of fear and wonder being passed on and on and changed to represent the natures of the people telling them. I also love how environment-based they are. Some of my favourite stories growing up were stories those where the environment itself was a powerful narrative force. 

While looking for a fairytale to use as a baseline, I was recommended William Allingham’s ‘The Fairies’, which is where my title ended up coming from. I’d already been looking at stuff from Midsummer Night’s Dream and a favourite play of mine, ‘The Weir’, both of which alight on the topic of changelings, and it felt like a good place to start. Irish fairytales came up again and again, and it’s along those lines that I did the bulk of my research. Originally, my film was going to be majorly based on these lines:  

They stole little Bridget/For seven years long;/When she came down again/Her friends were all gone./They took her lightly back,/Between the night and morrow/They thought that she was fast asleep,/But she was dead with sorrow./They have kept her ever since/Deep within the lake,/On a bed of flag-leaves,/Watching till she wake.

The little girl in my film was referred to as Bridget throughout my production process, to my mind she is a changeling child taken long before the setting of the film. Originally the story was going to be about a traveller haunted by a ghostly girl, and who eventually discovers her body, kept preserved in the woods by fairies for years. Fairies are a chaotic, natural force, they’re a living embodiment of the environment they’re conjured out of. To my mind they’re completely amoral, they have no understanding nor interest in the consequences of their actions, which is also a trait I associate with young children. Combining those two forces to make Bridget my antagonist felt like a better way to upset my audience’s idea of right and wrong. Ultimately, Bridget is not ill intended, she’s not trying to trick the mother, she’s not trying to kill the baby. What she wants is a friend, and she just happens to have supernatural forces at her disposal to make that happen. 

I wanted the film to feel like a fairytale, but not disney. My style and mood references were Ivan Bilibin’s illustrations, Ghibli films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, Frederick McCubbin’s paintings, and Over the Garden Wall. I wanted it to address the pervasive nature of storytelling, and how it can alter our choices and perspective (the innkeeper turning the mother away at the beginning is both foreshadowing and a comment on those who turn away the weak out of exaggerated, ignorant fear), and the inalienable power of natural forces over human beings. The mother is distraught and grief-stricken, but Bridget, and the fairies, and the forest, don’t care. She is nothing to these greater forces; her loss is completely senseless and awful and yet there is no greater evil to rail against. I don’t know if I achieved it, but I wanted the only malicious choice made in the whole film to be the innkeeper’s. The mother is a victim of natural forces, but she is first and foremost the victim of human indifference to her suffering. You cannot hold the fairies responsible for the death of her child any more than you could hold a drought responsible for the deaths of environmental refugees. Those to blame are those who saw people in need and did nothing, or worse; turned them away. 

Anyway this has gotten too long. Ultimately: I love horror stories, and I love nature as a narrative force, and I love examining storytelling as a moral tool, and to me, old fairytales encompass all of that. I wanted to make a spooky film with spooky woods and a spooky ghost child and that’s what I DID.

I can’t stand when people dismiss young astrologers and numerologists because they aren’t “knowledgeable” enough. Knowledge doesn’t have an age limit. Your mind can expand as far and wide as it wants to. If anything, young astrologers and numerologists can bring up fresh and new ideas. They can be far more progressive thinkers, refusing to be limited to traditional beliefs. I’ve seen incredibly young astrologers alter the perspective of a certain placement. Discover and shine light on new asteroids that originally had little to no information on. I’ve seen young numerologists piece things together and rebel against old traditional rulers. Young numerologists whose minds work in incredible ways, enough to break down the complexity of Numerology itself.

For you to attempt to put a halt to it, is only putting a halt to the progression of modern astrology and modern numerology. It’s dumbing down and limiting the expansion of occult practices. Everyone’s opinion is valid and everyone’s theories are considered. The new generation is far from ignorant, the ignorant ones are the ones who fail to keep an open mind and consider the observation and research done by others.

#MondayMotivation

The 3 P’s of Motivation

1. Perspective - You may see small progress over time and - depending on your perspective - you will either be encouraged or discouraged to continue. Your ability to stay motivated depends on the way you see the world.

You may encounter challenges along the road and get demotivated because your perspective is limited to what you are experiencing. When we alter our perspective we see that these challenges or setbacks are minor in comparison to what the worst case scenario could be.

2. Positive self-talk - reinforcing positive affirmations such as “I’m heading in the right direction” along the journey will help you to stay focused on the task at hand instead of getting caught up in how much further you’ve got to go or whatever else is taking your attention away from the journey.

Your motivation will dwindle if you’re constantly being harsh on yourself for not having achieved your goals. Celebrate the small wins along the road, positive self-talk encourages more action - actions lead to progress, progress is the greatest motivator.

3. Perseverance - remind yourself that you are running a marathon, not a sprint. The key to completing your marathon is to keep in mind that the only way you can fail is if you give up. Although sometimes it can appear as though you’ve failed, there is no such thing as failure because you either win or you learn.

Rome was not built in a day - all great things take time. The only way to build your Rome is brick by brick, there are no shortcuts. Love the journey, embrace the process and in time you will succeed.

Perspective, positivity & perseverance will keep you motivated.

Peace & positive vibes.

into the unknown

caught on camera // transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Much of the world’s beauty lies in the tiny little details, the details we so often fail to notice. We marvel at the beauty that lies before us without taking the time to appreciate the infinite small wonders that exist to create it. But if we alter our perspective even in the slightest amount, we can turn the mundane into the exceptional. It can completely change the way we see the world.

here’s to transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

elendilcawdor  asked:

Hi Peaches!! I love your comics. I'm really sorry if this is a common question you get, though I just wanted to ask, have you ever felt hopeless during your transition? Not that you should have, you're cute as fuck; this is just something I've been having trouble getting over. I'm in my third month of hrt, and I'm just terrified of only ever looking like a man with boobs.

Aw, thank you! 
3 months, wow! Grats, grats, grats! 

And no! I said it before, I’ll say it again!

Transitions are built on hope!

There are times where I feel sad or dysphoric, sure, but I never lose hope.

I try and maintain an upbeat and positive attitude, and as I’ve stated in Strip #65 , I do my best to convert that gross energy into something positive and constructive to hopefully make others happy. 

I’m very fortunate to have my Self-Esteem Team, and I sure hope you have your own! Anytime I’m not feeling valid enough or upset, I’ve always got a cheerleader on the sidelines, be it my two partners, my dates, and of course, my friends.

There’s a character (well, at least when he’s written by the brilliant hand of Paul Dini) that I hold deeply in my heart, ever since I was a kid, who showed me that we can take the most negative of our circumstances and respond in a way that’s constructive and beneficial to others even though we may have our own demons we fight every single day. 

You all know him.

Originally posted by neogohann

THIS Batman is one of my biggest driving forces in life.

In childhood, I thought 

“Wow. Batman’s parents died right in front of him. He could be a bad guy just like Joker or Pengiun or Two-Face, but he fights for others, even though he’s very sad.” 

My therapist during my first year at college coined the phrase “Batman-ing.” Again, turning your negative circumstance into a pure energy and driving force for personal growth and to create. 

In terms of my transition, I’m doing what I can with the cards I’ve been dealt.

I’m doing my absolute best, and I’m trying to be the best person I can be despite all the obstacles thrown my way.

Whatever anger or fear or sadness that boils in my heart can turn into happiness, hope, and perseverance if I just alter the perspective a little bit and keep moving. 

My validity as a woman is defined by my confidence in how I identify. 

HRT and passing will be the icing on the cake, but I will never doubt myself. Never. 

Neither should you. We’re strong, you know?

Women are strong.

i had never thought………

i’m actually shocked i never thought of this….……

hamlet kills claudius half-way through the play but it’s actually polonius. he fully believes it’s claudius and really murders him right there and then. so….everything has changed

Privilege and Perspective in A Game of Thrones:
Jon Snow

I feel the need to start this analysis post with a huge disclaimer: I have only recently started reading A Game of Thrones. I have not watched the show, but through the wonder that is popular culture, I am aware of many of the bigger spoilers for both the books and show. 

So this bit of observation/analysis is pretty narrowly focused on just a small portion of the novel, specifically the two Jon sections as he is on the road toward and as he adjusts to life at The Wall. 

Jon’s identity as Ned Stark’s “bastard” son is established very quickly and very often. It’s clear that as a young teen, Jon is struggling with that aspect of his identity; the ways the rest of his family treat fall all over the spectrum from Arya’s blind adoration of the older brother who understands her best to Catelyn’s minimal tolerance. 

The arrival of the Lannisters and specifically, Tyrion, reinforce Jon’s awareness of his social station but also alter his perspective on that particular label: bastard. When Tyrion sees Jon struggling, he offers him advice:  

Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you. 

And then later:

Let them see that their words can cut you, and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name, take it, make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore. 

Tyrion encourages Jon not to hide or be ashamed of that label––bastard––because if he does, he is handing power over to others rather than keeping it for himself. In those immediate chapters, it is something Jon takes to heart and he demonstrates a bit more pride. 

When Jon has trouble with the other young men training for a life at The Wall, he is still working on incorporating Tyrion’s philosophy into his own. He takes offense less at being called bastard than at his unknown mother being referred to as a whore. And just as Tyrion offered Jon advice, the armorer offers Jon some insight of his own:

They hate you because you act like you’re better than they are. They look at you and see a castle-bred bastard who thinks he’s a lordling. […] You’re a bastard and a bully. […] You leave them nothing. You shame them. Does that make you proud? […] Now think on this, boy. None of these others have ever had a master-at-arms until Ser Alliser. Their fathers were farmers and wagonmen and poachers, smiths and miners and oars on a trading galley. What they know of fighting they learned between decks, in the alleys of Oldtown and Lannisport, in wayside brothels and taverns on the kingsroad. They may have clacked a few sticks together before they came here, but I promise you, not one in twenty was ever rich enough to own a real sword. […] So how do you like the taste of your victories now[?]

Despite the associations and limited position of being a bastard, Jon still enjoyed many privileges. 

Whether or not Jon as a character successfully incorporates both these perspectives/attitudes into himself to the point where they impact his behavior moving forward, I loved the way they were juxtaposed in these two chapters. It resonated with me, in part, because of the current political climate and discussions of intersectionality in the various minority rights movements. Take pride in what you are and don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed of it, but also don’t try to raise yourself up by knocking others down. You may be disenfranchised or discriminated against in one way but there still might be others in which you enjoy privilege. Recognize and acknowledge both so you can help others as well as yourself. 

flaviamfranco  asked:

What would be important characteristics in an INTP character?

Preference for logic, a tendency to try and explain reality through rational analysis or systems, paired with solid intuition (reading between the lines and forming accurate and inaccurate conclusions) that chases new ideas, alters its perspectives on a semi-frequent basis, and has a tendency toward idealistic thinking (wouldn’t reality be better if…?). Paired with a strong tendency to fall back on one’s personal sensory likes / dislikes / sentiment / sameness / personal biases and a tendency toward emotional overreactions, misunderstanding social cues or being slightly out of sync, and depending on the inferior Fe user, either a need to be liked and accepted (good Fe) or a tendency to prod other people to elicit emotional reactions (can be bad).

- ENFP Mod

The Vertex in Synastry and Transits (Part 2)

Jupiter/Vertex
Here the Jupiter person brings a lesson of expansion, luck, optimism, faith, spiritual and perhaps travel life lessons to the Vertex person. Upon first meeting the vertex person may find the Jupiter person quite jovial and very fun to be around. There may be an instant connection revolving around spirituality and philosophy. The relationship can also experience a rapid growth and expansion together not long after meeting. The Jupiter person may present themselves as a spiritual teacher to the Vertex person, teaching and showing them things that expands their perception of the world around them. The Vertex person may meet the Jupiter person overseas or may have to travel long distances to interact with them in person. The Vertex person may see the Jupiter person as a ‘stroke of luck’ by where they didn’t ever expect to meet someone like the Jupiter person, so the Vertex person holds them in very high regard. The Jupiter person may introduce something that feels 'foreign’ to the Vertex person, then altering their perspective and opening their mind to what else they can experience in the world. The Vertex person may find themselves traveling great distances with or for the Jupiter person. There is a mutual feeling of fun and optimism though other connections in the chart will be needed to show a romantic connection.

Transit: Jupiter conjunct or opposing may bring karmic lessons as the ones mentioned above. You may be confronted by a spiritual teacher or guru who opens up your perception to a spiritual practice and/or philosophy that changes your life course. You may suddenly take an overseas trip that expands your perception of life and what you can experience in the world. You may come into contact with someone from overseas that changes your life course. You may unexpectedly come into good fortune or have a sudden stroke of luck. Something may occur that enhances your faith and optimism.

Example: Vertex conjunct Jupiter in cancer. This may bring lessons of expansion and growth in the home and family life. You may unexpectedly buy a house overseas or move location. You may find out a family member is pregnant. You may have a new baby, expanding your family which certainly changes your life course. How does your beliefs resonate with the family? How does your families spiritual beliefs affect you? What can you learn from families overseas? What would it be like to live overseas and how would that change who you are?

Saturn/Vertex
Here we have the heavy karmic energies of Saturn fused with the life changing lessons of the Vertex. Here the Vertex has drawn a person that may make you mature at a rapid rate. Upon first meeting you may have felt like you needed to be an authority figure around this person, guide them and help them achieve their goals (and vice-versa). You may find that Saturn person rather intimidating or even fear them. They may make you feel restricted and/or try to control you and what you do. They may make you feel suppressed and like their word is the only word. They may on the other hand, guide you towards your goals and ambitions and show you how to build and structure things in a way that’s it’s built to last. You may feel restricted around them, but their stern guidance may feel beneficial if you to follow and proceed in your course of action. They could also feel like a natural authority figure over you and you may feel as you have no choice but to work under them. The Saturn person may come into your life completely blocking your life path, so much so you are forced to take a new direction. You may feel determined to evict the Saturn person from your life if you feel like they are holding you down, and their presence is stopping you from doing what you most desire. You may make a life long commitment to them in which completely paves you a new spiritual life path. People who’s Saturn conjuncts your Vertex brings huge karmic lessons that will completely block and/or redirect your life course for better or for worse. Their lessons may not be the most enjoyable but will definitely provoke you to mature and advance quite quickly.

Transit: Heavy karmic lessons for a rather long period of time is indicated with this transit, in the themes mentioned above. If Saturn turns Retrograde over the Vertex, the lessons will be much like the Saturn return, though the lessons will involve other people and will be more focused on redirecting the life path in what you are going to do and where to go in life. You original life plan may become completely blocked, forcing you to change what you are doing and where you are going. These lessons may make you become mature quite quickly. You may be forced to face your fears of something, and if you overdone it, the fear no longer blocks you, allowing you to advanced on your life path. You may be set a long term goal where your entire life is changed and set to work towards achieving this goal.

Example: Saturn Conjunct Vertex in the 7th house in synastry will bring karmic lessons around building a long lasting and stable relationship together. The Saturn person may establish them selves as a type of authority figure in the relationship. The Vertex person will feel strongly committed to the Vertex person and feel that they are who they wish to establish a long life relationship with through marriage. The Saturn person may also take authoritative role as a business leader in a partnership for work. What kind of long term goals does the Saturn person bring in a relationship with them? How solid is your relationship structure with them? Does this feel like a long lasting relationship? How does this person act as an older and wiser guide in the relationship for you?

* For the generational planets, please look at the natal connections in the chart of you have this aspect since all of those born in your generation will have this connection, neutralising the conjunction in synastry.

Uranus/Vertex (+ Transit)
Upon first meeting with the Uranus person, they may feel a sudden uneasiness around them. The Uranus person may seem quite eccentric and different to the Vertex person. They may suddenly arrive into the Vertex persons life, flipping it upside down and turning it inside out. Their suddenly encounter may destabilise the Vertex persons course in life.
In regards to transit, Uranus’ progression over the Vertex will be far more significant, as it will last for several years. The nature of Vertex events and manifestations themselves often feel like a Uranian encounter or transit, so Uranus to the Vertex may bring sudden and unexpected turns on the life path on a grand scale. Depending on the house location, the Vertex person may experience much switching and changing in the life path, which may very well be liberating, bringing new and innovative changes to the Vertex person’s life. Sudden insights of genius concepts and ideas may come rapidly, which may impulsively direct you and your course of action in life. Since Uranus and Vertex energies feel similar in their suddenness, you can expect sudden comings and outgoings faster than you can count or even be impossible to predict.

Neptune/Vertex (+Transit)
This connection in synastry can either cause an overriding sense of romantic connection and infatuation to the Vertex person OR it’s possible that the Neptune person may fly under the radar, not even being noticed by the Vertex person. The Neptune person may project chameleon like energies that allows them to blend into the background of others until they prominently make themselves known to the Vertex person.
The Vertex person may have a difficult time seeing the Neptune person as they truly are, idealising them on first interaction and compromising a fantasy of the two, and it may feel all too easy to lose themselves in the Neptune person. The Neptune person will bring lessons of empathy, spirituality, compassion, unconditional love, ecstasy and possibly addiction to them.
In transit, Neptune brings sudden life changing lessons that can bring great psychic insights and dreams, visions and strange psychic phenomena. It’s possible to reach high forms of enlightenment during this transit as long as the Vertex person doesn’t allow feelings of becoming a victim or martyr if things become difficult or challenging along the way. Themes of addiction and drug/alcohol use and abuse may arise, teaching the Vertex person the need to overcome self sabotaging tendencies and facing reality without fear.

Pluto/Vertex
Here the conjunction if not in the natal chart of the Vertex person will only manifest in large age gaps between the Pluto and the Vertex person. The Pluto person first interaction with the Vertex person may feel instantly transformative and eye opening or it could feel obsessive, possessive and all consuming. The Pluto person may bring drastic changes in the life of the Vertex person, destroying their foundations, forcing them to forge a new path. Lessons of intensity, merging, psychology and possible violence, extremes, abuse and power may manifest to change the Vertex person for better or for worse. The Pluto persons presence may affect the deep subconscious mind of the Vertex person, bringing to the surface self destructive tendencies and fears to be faced and eliminated. Themes of death and rebirth may also change the way the Vertex person feels and sees the manner of death, ether enhancing or eliminating their fears. The Pluto person may also teach the Vertex person about power struggles and dominance. This conjunction can also bring tremendous transformative healing.
(Personal story: My grandfathers Pluto conjunct my Anti-Vertex. He passed away when I was 9. I saw him have power struggles in his relationship with my grandmother and mother where he was always the dominant man. I always had a subtle underlying fear of him, however I was empathetic towards him and a month before his death, we bonded and our friendship managed to transform his hard interiors and allowed him to be more gentle towards my mother and grandmother. His death allowed me to be fearless for I saw his passing as a sense of relief once he had completed his lesson showing me that kindness and compassion can be transformative for both people involved.)
With the transit, all lesson above is a possible manifestation of the Pluto conjunct Vertex. Themes of elimination, transformation, destruction and reconstruction as well as healing, the occult and blind passion can suddenly come into the Vertex persons life to deeply regenerate their path in life.

(Link to Vertex conjunct the nodes and Anti-Vertex)

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The distortion of Bicorno

I think many would agree that of all Fiore’s poste Posta Bicorno is the least agreed upon when it comes to interpretation.
Which way do the thumbs point, what is the location of the sword to the body, the relationship of the hands relative to the arms, these are all versions of the same question.
Oh by the way I won’t be giving you any definitive answers one way or the other. Let’s be honest you’ve got to be receptive enough to read this article, and maybe enough to try different things out, but to use appropriate imagery the sword is in your hand.
We have three images that are clear, to my eye, as to the positions of all those delicate bits that make the poste work and we have one image that appears as though some details have faded to obscurity, some have endured and some have been modified which calls in to question it’s accuracy.
So the two that seem most alike to me are the Novati and Paris versions. Though of course you can immediately see that the rear hands are pointed in opposite directions. 

The Novati Version

The Paris Version

But the remainder of the pictures is pretty consistent. The hands are at about the same height and distance away from the face. The blade has a similar angle to the forearms. The elbows are close together. Pretty close. We’ll look at the Morgan next and see that while we can’t evaluate hand positions we can look at those other characteristics and see the similarities. 

The Morgan Version

But you can’t tell what’s going on with the hands in my opinion.

That makes the Getty our outlier.

The Getty Version

Very different.  The sword is pointed much higher, the rear hand is at about shoulder height and it seems as though the sword is almost in alignment with the right forearm, which makes it pretty hard to get the elbows close together. I tried it and I feel pretty foolish right now.  

So now it’s time to show you my attempts at these poste with my handy dandy indoor cheapo sword simulator. 8 )

So this looks pretty similar to the Getty right? I mean besides the gingeriness…gingeryness…? anyway they’re pretty close biomechanically.  Except for that back hand.  There is either a perspective problem, which is possible that the artist didn’t correctly account for relative body positioning or chose to alter the perspective of one location to communicate different information.  But basically you don’t see lines in the back of my hand.

Like you do in these two.  For the first of the two modified grips I’m just barely holding onto the end of that mallet and don’t have a firm grip.  In the second one I’ve kept my grip but rotated my hand around, so that those lines appear, but to do so my wrist is severely bent and is really uncomfortable.  Oh and I did those grip modifications from the Paris positioning because doing them from the Getty was practically agony.  So the Getty is pretty much nixed in my opinion because you can’t get the left hand to have any fingers without doing something stupid to your grip.

Which means the Paris version is also out of the running because of that same difficulty of producing finger lines.

But turn the hand so that both thumbs can point in the same direction and you’ve got something that well could resemble all of the manuscripts.  Though I suppose I should be holding my hands a bit higher.  Oh well no poste is ever perfect.

I apologize, I definitely presented the information in a way that shows my preference for Posta Bicorno to be performed.  But I feel as though my imagery makes sense.

But there is also the dynamic portion of the guard.  Comparing the thumb forward or backward grips of the back hand what are the effects on transitioning into and out of the guards, what ranges forward, backward, across the body and up and down do you have in each, what strikes can they perform?

Whell… The transitions to me feel that they take about the same amount of time, but the difference between them is that when reversing the hand you end up having only the thumb of your back hand in contact with the hilt for a moment.  Not a long one.  But it’s one I’m not comfortable with.  The range of motion for the two versions is pretty similar except that the reversed hand can go all the way up to a left finestra/ochs position without changing grips which is pretty cool.  Strikes are pretty different right off the bat though.  Both thrust straight forward without problem.  The reversed grip can do that upper left thrust way better.  And any cut that you feel like you can conceivably make feels about the same.  But that’s while I’m cutting air… Don’t ask me what my cut would look like through a slightly resistive medium as my left hand reverses.  It would not look pretty.  

All in all its up to you.  Look at the pictures.  Play with your Poste and have fun.

Cheers

PS I’m pretty certain the Edel Krieg is Posta Bicorno too.

Fan Theory: Perception of Time in VK/VKM

Hello VK/Zeki Fam, long time no see! *Hugs everybody*

Originally posted by zechs

I’ve been offline for a millennia due to a new job and family life stuffz but I I finally have some free time to go into the VK meta I’ve been dying to sink my teeth in to! (beware, there may be terrible puns ahead.  You’ve been warned.)

From what I’ve seen in the Vampire Knight meta-sphere, reactions towards the past two chapters are mixed, leaning towards the Hino-san, what the fruitcake are you doing to us now? end of the spectrum. 

@getoffthesoapbox​ @soulisthirsty@zerolover66​ and others before me have written some excellent analyses & theories, and I don’t plan on doing a full rehash.  Instead, I’d like to propose a different theory…

I’ll start this fan theory with a question:  
Do Yuuki and Zero perceive time differently?

This may seem like an odd question, so let me break it down.  

Do people perceive time differently?  

It can be argued that they do.  You often hear folks talk about “life changing experiences” or how a near death experience alters their perspective.  If you are diagnosed with a terminal illness, and know that you only have a few months left to live, your perception of time will likely be very different than that of a healthy teenager.  Even though both individuals could theoretically die in a freak accident at the same time, or the sick individual finds a miracle cure, the way they value their time, more likely than not, differs.  

You can also look at it this way: one year to a 3-year-old is 1/3 of their life, whereas one year to an 80-year-old is 1/80 of their life.  Time passes differently for children versus adults.

Which leads me to another question: 

In Vampire Knight, do mortals with finite time perceive time passing differently than immortals with infinite time?  

From what we’ve been shown canonically, I believe there’s a chance that the answer is yes.  

Let’s take a look at a scene from VKM chapter 10:

In this panel Yuuki comments that 60 months feels like 1 month.**

60 months = 5 years

That means 5 years feels like 1 month of “normal life” (basically 1 month to the rest of us.)

Take your age and divide it by 5. If you’re 20 years old, that’s the equivalent of 4 months.

(More under the cut!)

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LWYMMD Is Taylor Raging Against A World That Pushed Her To Beard: Supporting Evidence From The MV (part i)

I put out some lyric analysis on this before the video dropped, but the video kicked it up another gear. There is SO MUCH to dig into here that this post will need multiple parts.

If you missed it: my theory basically runs that LWYMMD, while it plays on the obvious imagery of her past “feuds” (and likely is also throwing shade in their direction) is PRIMARILY about Taylor’s rage at the industry, world, and audience that made PR relationships a necessary component of her success.

Lines like “I don’t like your kingdom keys, they once belonged to me”, and “locked me out and threw a feast” all allude to Taylor’s feeling of being used by this arrangement - of her happiness being sacrificed for other people’s profit, in a “perfect crime” it appears she chose to commit against herself. (“You said the gun was mine”.)

So how does this video support this interpretation?

Well, it opens with OOTW Taylor clawing her way out of the grave. Interestingly, the grave is not marked as being for Taylor herself, but for her reputation. There are many different interpretations of OOTW, but it is most generally assumed (in the Gaylor Swift fandom, who I’m addressing here) that the song is about Taylor’s relationship with Dianna Agron, and the PR relationships she had to engage in to obscure it. (Most notably with Harry Styles, though Conor Kennedy was also employed as a smokescreen.) The music video for OOTW features Taylor overcoming a number of obstacles and battling her way back to herself. It is interesting that this Taylor - the one who survived the bearding process and managed to reconnect with herself - should be the one shown to be dead.

Why is this Taylor a zombie? If she “found herself, and that was everything”, then why is she depicted as the living dead, still clawing her way back? Well, one could argue that the damage to her reputation she sustained during the fauxmances (the “cradle snatcher”, “man hungry”, public image) directly contributed to her ultimate downfall. She was still feeling the after effects of those blows, all those years later.

Another explanation is that Taylor found herself (as evinced by the angry, in-control Taylor singing direct to camera: she may be dead, but this girl is in complete possession of herself) BUT this didn’t prove to be “everything” - because she still couldn’t be this self openly. She remained in a halfway state - like a zombie.

The graveyard around her is also not what it appears. It’s skewed, but so subtly the viewer doesn’t immediately pick up on that fact. Angry zombie Taylor puts it to rights, staring into the camera as she does so in challenge to her audience, who didn’t notice there was anything wrong until she acted to alter their perspective. Do you begrudge me this, she seems to say. Do you dare?

What happens next? Well, we see the name “Nils Sjroberg” on a headstone nearby. Nils does not reanimate in any form - indicating that this alias is dead. Why is this relevant? “Nils” was an alias, under which Taylor wrote the song “This Is What You Came For”. The song is in second person perspective (already a lyrical distancing tactic) and was then given to somebody else to sing; but it is undoubtedly about the writer’s reciprocated desire for a woman. If Nils is dead, then the Taylor who felt the need to obscure this is also dead - and sure enough, we witnessed that Taylor’s demise when she publicly claimed the song, and then performed it at her 2016 Formula 1 show. (As a stripped-back piano number, sung in her own voice and with no lyrical alterations.)

We pan past the gravestones and focus on zombie Taylor again. What is she doing? Filling in the grave she just climbed out of. We jump cut (flash back? flash forward? flash down?) to the figure in the grave. It’s Met Gala Taylor.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for writing characters resisting mind control-aided indoctrination? I.e. The thought processes, mannerisms, means of resistance, etc. If it matters, the mind control takes the form of memory replacement.

Considering mind control doesn’t exist in real life (at least not the kind you seem to be referring to) you do have some creative freedom around this. True indoctrination doesn’t even allow for means of resistance, so that person is going to act perfectly normal but just hold certain beliefs. 

But since you said the characters are resisting, I can at least give you two ways I’ve seen authors handle it. To be honest though, the thought processes, mannerisms, means of resistance, etc. are all stuff that you should be coming up with as the writer as you exercise your creative mind. It’s different for every story, so I can give generalities, but the details are up to you to sort out.

Some authors give mind control its own voice, typically for the audience’s benefit so they can know it’s happening, or at least that the thought isn’t coming from the character.

You should kill her.

But my blade held steady.

Kill her.

Maybe the voice had a point. All she’d done was ruin everything we’d try to accomplish with her lies and sabotage. 

Sometimes characters can talk back, but most mind control that is purely internal (thought replacement) isn’t really going to affect mannerisms. Weird mannerisms typically come from someone actively resisting an order or having their body controlled, not a subtle thing like memory altering (unless the character can directly feel the altering. Then it’s kind of like writing confusion and loss.)

If you don’t want to make it a blatant conversation, you have the option of having characters question things as they think them. Indoctrination is weird because the point of it is to make you NOT question things, but early on you might have the chance. This works best if the reader has a sense of character before the “new thoughts” begin, so they can notice the change.

Readiness to swing the blade down flooded my muscles, but I held my arm steady and fought the growing sense to kill her. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d ever wanted to kill anything, but all she’d done was ruin all we tried to accomplish with her lies and sabotage.

My hand trembled.

Something wasn’t right. 

The question for both those methods is: how quick is the memory replacement occurring? Because if it’s instant, then the characters wouldn’t actually notice anything at all. Inconsistency of memory (like a logic issue) could lead them to suspect something, but memory replacement is a direct altering of perspective which actually changes a character. I think it might be considered the most dangerous form of “mind control” because it creates a new reality for a person and they often never notice. Thought processes and mannerisms simply adjust to the new memory, and means of resistance don’t exist. (There might be some confusion, but it’s very rare that people question their own memory without reason.)

If it happens over time then you’re just going to have some very confused characters that can show confusion through the examples I gave above.

You’ll need to be careful as the writer to actually set things up so they can resist, because like I said before, memory altering doesn’t really have any dramatic symptoms. It just forms a new reality. Maybe they can feel the old memories slipping away, which might be traumatic, but unless they know the cause it’s just going to be confusing. If they don’t know the cause, they’re likely to just think they’re tired or realized something new, which would show through mannerisms that match up with that thought process.

You have a lot of ways you could take a story like this, good luck with everything!