and she doesn't understand why the human world is so bad

anonymous asked:

Hasn't there been enough of people calling Lenalee abusive? It's like everyone finds any reason they can to hate her. Allen, Kanda, and Lavi all act the same way she does and have the same amount of anger, if not more. Why is it okay for Lavi to break windows out of rage or for Kanda to hurt people but it's bad if Lenalee gets angry because a friend of hers basically tried to kill himself and she was worried about him?

I have never seen anyone call lenalee out for being abusive or just.. not being a good friend. She means good but she is not the kindest one all the time. I have indeed seen posts calling her out for crying too much only because she is a girl, in which I agree is just stupid because a girl can cry as much as guys can.

But if I have to be honest.. I have seen her (physically) lash out on the other 3 main guys much more, than the main 3 guys at the others in the whole series.

Lavi has indeed 1 time got very angry and smashed a window, but he did not hit her and immediately stopted yelling/calmed down when he noticed that everyone in the room looked at him. Other than that moment I don’t remember him getting angry or lashing out, most of the time when he does feel negative he stays silent.

Allen gets angry at times but doesn’t really lash out. For example he can be angry at Lavi for taking his food but doesn’t hit him or punches him so hard that Lavi can’t feel his body anymore. No he just pranks him back (like the wasabi scene in Gray Log). He does fight with Kanda, but that’s because he KNOWS that Kanda can take it, and Kanda doesn’t mind. Them fighting or sparring each other is the only real outlet they have without holding back. Yet they still respect each other and don’t cross each others boundaries.

Allen also NEVER gets angry at women, the only one time that he did was when he yelled at Lenalee for holding him back when the akuma was about to explode (their mission in Miranda’s town). Even after that Allen apologized for his behaviour yet Lenalee made such a big scene and said that his actions hurted her. She didn’t even brought him somewhere private to talk it out and even try asking him herself on WHY he wanted to save that exploding akuma? ‘’Why did you want to save it? We kill akuma’s so why trying to kill yourself for nothing?’’.. she never even tried to ask. She just made a whole scene in public and made Allen feel guilty for his action. 

Kanda is mostly all bark and barely bite. Which is a wonder because at the start of his life he always yelled at Alma and calls him out stuff but never punched him (except that one moment where they both fought each other until their limbs fell out). And later on he never hit/hurt or even yelled at Lenalee, from when she was a lil kid until now. Lenalee sees Kanda like his own brother. And you know how Lenalee handles her brother. She loves Komui but she doesn’t hold back kicking him so hard that he might get a concussion. And even though we have not seen her harm Kanda as much as Komui in the series, she does still hurt him, even if it is out of ‘’(sisterly) love’’.. and we know she doesn’t hold back against Kanda because she knows that Kanda is much stronger than Komui. He has accepted every punch and kick and yell from her but never harmed her himself. Kanda never really hurted people. Yes he pushed/shoved people away hard or yelled or even threaten them with Mugen. But he never hit or actually cut someone down. And he does fight with Allen, but just as I wrote above, he knows that Allen can take it and they both don’t have to hold back yet they still respect each other and give each other space when needed.

AND Lavi even calls Kanda ‘’Yuu’’ even though Kanda told him not to call him that a million times. Even then Kanda never really hurts Lavi for that, he only yells at him and threatens to cut him. And it’s a wonder that he never lashed out because of that, because his first name might even remember/trigger him too much of his past and he wants to leave his past behind. And speaking about his past, Kanda has also had a horrible one. Even worse than Lenalee. Yes she was kidnapped and taken by force. But she luckily has not been experimented on and she had protection of Jerry, the Matron, and probably even from other scientists and/or even finders, and got protection from Komui too when he joined the order. Kanda did not have someone to protect him. Yes Alma cared about him and tried to help as much as he could, and even some scientist cared about both Kanda and Alma.. but they also manipulated him and he was experimented on so horribly and so much. But even then. No one uses his past as an excuse for his bad behaviour. Even with all the horrible things Kanda went through, he still doesn’t hurt others. And he, and the fandom, never uses his horrible past as an excuse to hurt others or for it to be justified..

Yet for example down here we see canon material of how Lenalee is. Kanda did NOT want to model. If someone says no, it means no. Yet Lenalee is like a sister to Kanda and I know for sure that if she kept asking him to model a few times.. he would eventually say yes just so she will stop asking him. YET we see here that she obviously used such brute strength that it makes KANDA bleed from his mouth.. just to make Kanda do something he initially said no to. 

And I just don’t like this potrayel or ‘’girl power’’ or ‘’female empowerment’’ it’s not even ‘’cute’’.. it’s just horrible behaviour. There is a difference about comical relief and just straight up hurting someone so bad that they bleed and and have a hard time moving. And now imagine this. If Lenalee were a guy and Kanda a girl.. would this still be okay? Would this still be cute or ‘’sibling love’’? No people would lash out and say that male Lenalee is abusive to female Kanda. So why is the other way around fine? And also ask yourself this.. would you like or even accept to have a friend to hurt you so bad like this? Not really right..

And the other bad behaviour was when Allen was about to leave the order, Lenalee flew all the way to him and asked ‘’where are you going?’’ but when he said that he is going to leave .. she told him to stay? Like.. really? Did she really think that the order would accept him with open arms and be nice to him? No. They would call him out for treason and even tie and hold him in a much tighter and confined place where no one can ever reach him, or even (threaten to) kill him. She never really thought about that? She didn’t even say something like ‘’I respect you leaving and I understand.. but I can not follow you.. I can not leave my brother..’’. IF she atleast said something like that.. that’s just more realistic than begging him to stay for his death and then break down infront of him, in which he feels guilty about, and then ALLEN is comforting LENALEE. Allen is comforting Lenalee in a situation where Allen COULD DIE and tries to calm her down. And when he does leave she reaches for him and acts as if her whole world broke down. She didn’t even stand up and face him saying ‘’goodbye’’ and ‘’goodluck out there’’. No she just made Allen’s last memory of her a bad memory and this memory will fill Allen with guilt for leaving the order.

Even till now I have NEVER seen a posts about people calling Lenalee out for her bad behaviour or even called out her flaws. I have indeed seen people calling her a drama queen who cries waay too much (and even then you can see that they come from the kind of people who get annoyed at all female characters that cry) but even I find that stupid. Girls can cry as much as guys can and visa versa. 

But the whole fandom do call out all the male characters out on their flaws. Allen, Kanda, Lavi, Tyki, Link, Cross, Neah, Mana, and probably even more. And they STILL love them. They still love these characters and try to make content where they don’t ignore their flaws. They can bring out the best of them and also show their true flaws.

The only female character I have seen from the fandom calling out her flaws is Road, but even then they call her a sadistic demon who loves to hurt others, and even this is over the top. Indeed in the beginning of the series she seemed like that but over time you don’t see her like that anymore. The fan content has become much better of her WITH her flaws, yet some people still potray her as a sadistic demon who doesn’t care about others at all (in fics or art).

And even with Lenalee I have even seen people making fanart or even write fics normalizing Lenalee’s actual bad behaviour.. They accept her threatening her male friends (and never to her female friends) with kicks and hits or saying that if they don’t do as she says, that she will tell Komui that they did something to her or touched her inappropriately and that Komui WILL hurt them. AND EVEN THIS is not canon!? I don’t remember Lenalee saying something like this in canon yet some people make her worse by making her like this.

There are only a few rare fics that actually potrays Lenalee as a good character without making her lash out or threatening the guys with either her kicks/fists or with Komui.. but still show her flaws. I have seen content where Lenalee is more like a human being with actual flaws and not some kind of goddess. And that’s the Lenalee I like more. A girl who is nice but does have flaws but still tries to be a good friend and does NOT hurt someone with her kicks or fists.

I just don’t like the Lenalee that threatens to hurt someone of they don’t do as she says, in canon or fanon, and don’t even call her out for it. (Or even threatens the guys with Komui.. by saying that she will tell him that they touched her inappropriately?? Again.. I have never seen her do that in canon yet so many potray Lenalee like this) You can call out a characters flaws and still love them. So many people in our fandom love all the male characters and accept their flaws. They still make content of them in their best but also show their flaws and sometimes even portay them better than canon in a realistic way.

Why can’t people do the same with Lenalee? Don’t make her the softest and sweetest out of all of them, and then also make her the mother hen, and make her only cry and hurt the guys with her fists and call it ‘’though love’’ or even threaten them with Komui. But make her a realistic person who can be kind but can also make mistakes. Someone who might get angry too fast but then apologies after she noticed her behaviour AND that she was actually in the fault. Let her become angry and let her fight. But don’t make her genuinly hurt her own friends with her fists/kicks, and make them feel guilty by her tears, and say that she does that out of love.. There are a few rare Lenalee’s that fan artists/writers shows her more humanly and real without hurting her own friends and is even better than canon.

I understand that you might have gotten upset and thought that my reply on that question was hate.. but this was something that bothered me so much that it was ignored by both canon and the fandom. But sadly this is with a lot of main female characters. I have seen so many female characters who get angry so fast and hurt their own friends so bad.. yet media shows this as ‘’girl power’’ and ‘’female empowerment’’. This kind of behaviour has been added for comical relief and has been normalized in media with many other series and fandoms that I might not even know of. You can still call out a characters flaw and still love them and sometimes even make better fanon version of them than canon.

But I wish that canon would potray Lenalee much better instead of someone who gets angry too easily and hurts others too extremely. For either plot or comical relief. But I also wished that the fandom didn’t ignore her flaws and call her non-problematic. Lenalee does have much potentional. Yet we never seen any good plot or actual improvements of her. The only badass moment we got of her was when she was fighting the level3 akuma.. but after that she just.. mellowed down.. she promised that she will train and become stronger but we still haven’t seen any of that. And I don’t like it that Gray Log is trying to prove that she is actually doing something, when they don’t even show her trying to improve herself in canon/the manga. Show her actually training. Show her trying to find her way. Show her trying to do something for herself. Show her trying to get better and stronger. Show her as someone who tries to get better and notices her own mistakes and tries to fix them on her own.

Megamind sentence pack
  • "Went to jail, lost the girl of my dreams and got my butt kicked pretty good."
  • "Things could be a lot worse."
  • "Oh, that's right. I'm falling to my death."
  • "My end starts at the beginning."
  • "I was eight days old and still living with my parents. How sad is that?"
  • "I set out to find my destiny!"
  • "And our glorious rivalry was born!"
  • "A much different fate awaited me."
  • "A baby! How thoughtful!"
  • "I was given an opportunity to better myself through learning."
  • "Evil is sent to quiet time in the corner."
  • "Being bad is the one thing I'm good at!"
  • "I was destined to be a super villain."
  • "(he/she) would win some, I would almost win others."
  • "You're fun."
  • "To count every second of you 87 life sentences."
  • "Looks like you're going to miss it, by several thousand years."
  • "I'd be watching you like a dingo watches a human baby."
  • "Hey, I love you, whatever!"
  • "The city doesn't pay you to loaf."
  • "You were right. I'll always be a villain."
  • "You got it, boss!"
  • "Who's your man?"
  • [shoots gun in the air repetitively in celebration]
  • "Who would I be without you?"
  • "And I love you, random citizen!"
  • "I kept it cold and damp, just for you."
  • "Would it kill you to wash the bag?"
  • "Actually, most of it comes from an outlet store in Romania."
  • "Please talk slower."
  • "Should've known you'd try to crash the party."
  • "We all know how this ends - with you, behind bars."
  • "Yeah, not panicking."
  • "You've fallen right into my trap."
  • "Still warming up, sir."
  • "The sun is warming up?!"
  • "Who's side are you on?"
  • "Could someone stamp my frequent kidnapping card?"
  • "Your weakness is copper?"
  • "First off, what a turn out!"
  • "All I did was eliminate the most powerful man in the universe."
  • "Let's just have fun with this, c'mon!"
  • "I understand you, little well-dressed bird."
  • "Is something wrong, sir?"
  • "Just think about it. We have it all...yet, we have nothing."
  • "Without him, what's the point...?"
  • "Perhaps we took him for granted."
  • "Are you happy now?"
  • "Are you ready to be a slave army? What do you need to know."
  • "Chicks don't like bouncy houses, they like clowns!"
  • "I made a horrible mistake."
  • "I'm not allowed to insult guests directly."
  • "If only the world had a reset button."
  • "I didn't know you had...feelings, are you okay?"
  • "I think we should run. Bye!"
  • "Oh, I'm too close! I'm genuinely scared right now!"
  • "I'm a villain without a hero!"
  • "For the greater good of bad!"
  • "You don't know what's good for bad!"
  • "There's a doormat here saying secret entrance!"
  • "It's called formal speedwalking."
  • "Oh, what fun!"
  • "Or I'm gonna find out what this weird looking gun does!"
  • "You're so fit! And...strangely charismatic!"
  • "You were right about that door being exciting!"
  • "Daddy's sorry!"
  • "Wow, a brave one, isn't he?"
  • "I'll call you tomorrow...partner."
  • "That was awkward for everyone, because you hugged him instead of me."
  • "Who is this man we've infused with godlike powers?"
  • "Use the forget me stick!"
  • "Wow, you look fantastic."
  • "So you're like...my space dad?"
  • "I'm your space step-mom!"
  • "No frickin' way!"
  • "Can't wait, l-o-l, smiley face."
  • "We don't want to battle our new hero in a dump now, do we?"
  • "[name] and I...were never a couple."
  • "It was the only name I could trademark."
  • "Who wants churros!?"
  • "You've fallen in love with [him/her]!"
  • "The bad guy doesn't get the girl!"
  • "I'll just pack my thing and go!"
  • "I usually just hear villains, have you been naughty."
  • "Are you crazy!?"
  • "We're like an old married couple!"
  • "I am extremely boggled."
  • "Why are you so evil?"
  • "Did you really think that I would ever be with you?"
  • "I only took the gig to get the girl!"
  • "Evil returns with a backhand!"
  • "En garde!"
  • "Speak, apparition."
  • "We're gonna die!"
  • "I knew you'd come back!"
  • "Well, that makes one of us."
  • "It mostly involves not dying."
  • "My death was greatly exaggerated."
  • "Going somewhere, besides jail?"
  • "You're not gonna be laughing for long."
  • "There's a benefit to losing. You get to learn from your mistakes."
  • "I finally had a reason to win. You."
  • "He's just not used to positive feedback!"
  • "You know, you look pretty good in white."
  • "You know, I like the sound of that."

anonymous asked:

Oh wow, until you wrote it down couldn't put my finger on it, but Cercei does dislike being touched by anyone she doesn't regard as an extension of herself... A result of Tywin's weird take on sexuality I guess? It's one of the main differences between her and Jaime, I think. He seems to dislike this distance between him and most other human beings, and seems to really enjoy human contact when he gets it (ie Brienne, even when they weren't fond of each other).

It’s kind of hard to separate book and show Cersei here just like it’s always hard, they’re so different. But I will do so! 

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anonymous asked:

Why shouldn't women be able to get an abortion any time, for any reason that they want? Isn't being anti-fetal screening being anti-abortion? It's her body--she shouldn't have to carry a fetus that she doesn't want for any reason. dont women deserve the right to define the terms of their own pregnancy and motherhood, no matter what? a fetus has no rights, and is not a person, so aborting autistic fetuses has nothing to do with autistic people and can hardly be called eugenics :/

Ok, so, I’m going to do everything I possibly can to be kind and diplomatic here bc I respect that you’re likely coming from a well-intended place and at the same time I need for you to understand that this is an incredibly emotional topic and all of the incredibly strong emotions Autistic people feel when these kinds of things get brought up are incredibly valid bc we’re literally talking about our lives and our right to live here.

Getting rid of Autistic people is literally eugenics, it just is, Autism is without question genetic (it’s complex, it’s the result of many different genes interacting with each other in complex ways to create a specific neurotype that diverges from the neurotypes considered typical in our society, if Autism were more common then that would be the neurotype considered most typical and allistic ways of being would be considered divergent, there are also many other kinds of neurodivergences in the world, being dyslexic is a neurodivergence, for instance). So here’s the thing, when you’re talking about cleansing the world of certain aspects of the gene pool in terms of population wide heritability that’s eugenics, getting rid of Autism is eugenics, aborting Autistic fetuses is eugenics, the whole idea that certain ways of being human are more or less valuable or worthwhile than other ways of being human and that we as a society should all be spared those “problem” people existing is literally in no uncertain terms eugenics.

Calling it eugenics - which is exactly what it is - isn’t saying people can’t get abortions for whatever reasons they want. People can indeed do whatever they want with their bodies and if a person feels like they can’t handle having an Autistic child and they choose to abort an Autistic fetus that’s their call (and I’ll be perfectly frank, I don’t really want Autistic kids born to parents who don’t want them, I don’t want any kids born to parents who don’t want them, I want ALL kids to have the basic right of being chosen and wanted by their parents, I want absolutely zero kids to suffer from the abuses that come with having parents that don’t want them). That doesn’t make it not eugenics. If hearing that it’s eugenics makes a person not want to choose that choice that’s not the same as trying to control that choice by any means. Calling it eugenics is not anit-choice, it’s simply being realistic about what eugenics is and what Autism is. 

People choosing to do away with humans who are considered unfit by ableist social constructs just is eugenics, that’s what that word means. A person feeling bad bc they want to make a eugenic choice is NOT the same thing as telling them what they can or cannot do with their own bodies and making those feelings that a person has when confronted with the realities of eugenics the fault or responsibility of the disabled people being eliminated and denigrated by way of eugenics and eugenicist world views is seriously twisted and unbelievably not ok. Asking or expecting us to be ok with and supportive of a world that would prefer we didn’t exist is seriously twisted and unbelievably not ok. Asking or expecting us to tell you no no no it’s not eugenics, it’s totally fine to want a world where we don’t exist at all, asking or expecting us to do that kind of emotional labor and just keep quiet in the face of literal eugenics is seriously twisted and unbelievably not ok.

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anonymous asked:

When people say they want Mabel to have character development, we don't mean that she just glitters and sweaters, we just mean that it feels and seems like she doesn't have any character flaws, which is what generally makes a character more humane.

You know, I was about to go to bed but then this came up and I just had to step in and do some educating.

Mabel is a very flawed character. It is the characterization of the fandom that dehumanizes her.

Mabel is a very selfish person. She often puts what she wants in front of the needs and feelings of others. In fact, her mind can be so one-tracked at times that she often lashes out at other characters in response to not getting what she wants. 

In The Time Traveler’s Pig, she fights Dipper for Blendin’s time machine because she placed having Waddles over making her brother happy.

In Fight Fighters, we see Mabel subject Stan to his greatest fear because she wanted to be the hero. She placed her want to be someone’e helper over the actual person’s wishes.

In Not What He Seems, she betrays Dipper’s trust because she wanted Stan to be the good guy. She had more than enough proof that her Grunkle had been lying and cheating, but through out the last act of the episode she was caught in denial. And, when the fate of the world rested on her decision, she rather selfishly chose to believe Stan’s story because she did not want to believe in the alternative. 

Of course, there are more episodes in which this obviously happens (more than I feel awake enough to list) but my point is this: Mabel may have good intentions at times, but she has difficulty seeing beyond her own realm. She immediately presumes that she is always in the right no matter what she does. This issue is so rampant that she is can only tackle it little by little. For example, in Love God she learns not to meddle in other people’s relationships. That aspect of her selfishness has been solved, but it’s sure to re-arise in other forms in later episodes (see: Northwest Mansion Mystery).

On top of all that, she is very aggressive. We always talk about how Dipper is willing to sit on the sidelines and let bad things happen, but Mabel will make bad things happen to other people. She kicks decorations out of spite during Gideon Rises, she wrestles Dipper whenever she’s angry at him. She’s not a passive member of the team. Once she sees a physical issue, she’s the first person to lash out.

In many ways, her combined selfishness and aggressiveness makes her very similar to Gideon. The only difference I see between the two is that she has a moral compass that he lacks. Without her compassion for others, she would be as possessive and violent as Gideon. 

So the question remains: why do you, fair anon, believe that she is a character without flaws?

The answer: mischaracterization.

This is a very Dipper-centric fandom. Every work of fiction you see sprout from the fans of Gravity Falls typically utilize Mabel as Dipper’s soundboard. So many people are so intent on making Dipper the cool and dark anti-hero that they have to contrast him with an overly sweet Mabel Pines. They reduce her to match-maker or perfect angel because they are not willing to balance her optimism and compassion with her aggression and selfishness. 

When I placed that twitter screen shot on the post advertising my fanfiction, I meant to draw attention to this issue. I want people to know that I understand what Alex Hirsch meant when he said that she is more than just sweaters and glitter. And, instead of absently sitting on the sidelines and nodding my head, I am shouting demands for better characterizations of Mabel. It’s unfair to the fans and Alex Hirsch to have such an excellent character be used as Dipper’s prop in every AU and fanfiction ever invented. 

I intend to do my part to change things.

I hope that  once things do, you can see that. 

Thoughts on Jumin

Man, the 707 Reset Theory was depressing enough, but the Jumin Reset Theory? Oh, man… imagine all the implications…

I was really inspired by @imjamiejamz‘s art! And my love for Jumin

Disclaimer: Long post ahead!

I mean, let’s face it. Because of the environment he had growing up, he didn’t learn to properly process and express his emotions. He grew up in  a corporate world where everything had to be cold, rational, and efficient. Almost everything — his feelings, wishes, desires — had to be heavily repressed for the sake of efficiency (which I think triggers his Bad End 2, since MC basically coaxes him into unleashing his suppressed desires). He wasn’t really loved and didn’t know how to love in return. The women in his life either had ill intentions towards him or only went after him for his wealth. He struggled with a lot of issues internally, but had no outlet to vent. He basically dealt with everything alone.

Jumin, essentially, was (and still is) a lonely person. Though Rika and V were his two closest friends, they eventually had to leave his life. With Elizabeth 3rd, however, he finally had a means of projecting his suppressed feelings of loneliness.

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anonymous asked:

Say Gardienne had a bad life, wasn't close to her family, no real friends, etc. What would the boys do if she reacted to their little potion stunt with happiness instead of despair, since now she really doesn't need to return, with no one to miss her.

Well this is an interesting twist. 0_0 It makes me wonder if this should have been canon. Because it can instantly resolve the conflict on what to prioritize: a.) honoring the Guardian’s life in the human realm and avenging the injustice of her staying in Eldarya, or b.) leaving her to discover her destiny in the faery realm, mature as a person, and build a new life, persona, and relationship there with no qualms.  

Frankly, given that it’s a dating sim with episodic updates and not a visual novel with a plotline determined in advance, the logical solution would be to focus on Option B entirely. Apologies to the Earth First! party in the fandom. >_>

So I’ll be happy to experiment with this alternate plot-twist, Anon. ;)

Note: Below you’ll find a mixture of in-game facts picked up from Youtube walkthroughs of Episode 13, and some personal expansion (such as the way the potion works, laws governing its use, etc.) It’s headcanon, not canon. ;)

Note #2: For a full diatribe dissection on why I think an angsty Guardian accepting the potion willingly has a lot of potential for the game’s storyline, check out the analysis/extrapolation here. And feel free to leave your own thoughts. :) 


Ezarel

What does he know about the Guardian’s past?  

Only a little. From a few passing, deadpan references, he knows the Guardian has lost people close to them. Yet he never bothered to ask further: these days, who hasn’t lost loved ones? And from the way they carry themselves– straight-backed, matter-of-fact, and unfailingly considerate to others (very Valkyon-esque, now that he thinks about it)– Ezarel is inclined to believe that he doesn’t have to worry about them. They’re a smart character with excellent control of their own emotions, and no need for tranquilizers to get to sleep. So as far as he’s concerned, he has no reason to pry into their lives, professionally or personally. Let them keep their secrets.

How does he react to Miiko’s order to ensure the Guardian takes the potion?

It feels like a nzmabe’s hand has reached into his gut, and is throttling it for all its un-life. Miiko can’t be asking this from him. Though he was responsible for some pretty horrific concoctions– explosives, acid baths, and corrosive lime mixtures for El’s never-ending war against the wilder fey–, this potion violates an entirely new set of ethical principles. She wants him to turn an ally into a living ghost as opposed to a traditionally dead one, without their knowledge or consent; to sever the cognitive and emotional bonds of a living community, again sans knowledge or consent. This course of action violates the basic autonomy of a sentient mind and an individual identity; in a time of peace, it’s practically illegal.  

Only Miiko is now exploiting the pinpoint-sized loophole in the ancient laws of the land: if the drinker willingly participates in the creation of the potion, then they would have given their consent. Ezarel promptly corrects her: ignorant consent doesn’t count as willing consent. And it’s this principle– among others– that he’s prepared to defend with fire. In the back of his mind, he wonders what he once saw in his old colleague when he supported her ascent to leader of the Guard.

Then it dawns on him that Miiko is intent to see this through; if he declines to help, she’ll find someone else to goad the Guardian into preparing the spell. Perhaps even an amateur alchemist armed with just lethal resolution… who might have no experience with a volatile reagent like the Waters of Lethe. One misstep won’t lead to just the erasure of their memory from other humans, but faeries as well; a concentrated dose would even destroy their own memories. And that’s an accident that Ezarel can’t allow to happen in good conscience.  

So he accepts this unsavory task, with a bitter taste in his mouth. Never has he imagined applying his skills for this when he took the helm of the Absynthe Guard. He can only hope that there won’t be a reprise within his career. And that no one else will learn of the crime he’s committing to preempt a deeper tragedy.  

How will he react if the Guardian, on knowing the truth about the potion, actually accepts it?

Ezarel will actually splutter for a moment: don’t they understand the ramifications of this ritual? It’s beyond alchemy: a potent spell encapsulated in a bottle that effects human psyches in a vast cascade across the energy network of emotions, feelings, and memories that starts with them, and will permanently sever their sole link to the human world. They’ll become a living ghost. They need to understand that this is a horrible idea.  

But when they flatly tell him that yes, they’re sure, Ezarel– still flabbergasted– starts to get ticked off: how can they be so calm about this? There must be something critical they don’t understand. Hell, if he’s in their place and knows what’s about to happen, he’ll flat-out refuse. (And if he lost this fight, he’ll summon a lawman, and then call up a trial no matter what for this technically illegal procedure.)

He starts energetically explaining to them– again– why they should refuse, now going against Miiko’s orders. If it comes to it, he’ll even let them sue him for conspiring with that nutcase kitsune. But the Guardian cuts him off and tells him, with a wan expression, that he doesn’t know a thing about the life they left behind. Becoming a ghost won’t be a tremendous change.

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siriuslyjen  asked:

Hi, me again. Different question. I read somewhere that Ne "wants to be entertained by people" and Fi "doesn't want to feel bad". Is that true? If so, does not wanting to feel bad include avoiding to be sad or angry? What does "doesn't want to feel bad" mean? Egoistic? Against it's own value system? That I would get, but rejecting sadness or anger not so much.

I don’t think people are necessary to stimulate Ne, except in that those people create content for the Ne to absorb and ponder. A Ne can be entertained by a movie, a book, a poem, a philosophical bent, a video game, anything… and if that includes an actual human being beside them on the couch, or texting them, that’s great – but Ne just wants more intellectual property to think about, pull apart, and make part of their greater worldview, not necessarily more people. If the Ne finds a stimulating group of people, then by all means – the more the merrier, but it’s less about human interaction and more about sharing ideas.

INXPs as introverts have a richer internal world they can turn to for inspiration or entertainment; think about (the new, and book - INFP) Anne Shirley creating elaborate fantasies all on her own in her head to help her deal with and escape from reality, opposed to a Ne-dom like Claudia from Warehouse 13 who will scream, “I’m so BORED” if she has nothing to do. Extroverts like to be doing things, even if for a Ne-dom, “doing” something is pondering a philosophical truth or having an argument about… whatever.

“Fi doesn’t want to feel bad.”

This is a little misleading, but also strangely… correct; it implies a Fi won’t steal a stick of gum because the guilt of doing it might eat them up inside – and while that’s true, it goes deeper to the sense of ultimate inner betrayal a Fi has, that in doing something that goes against their core motives, they literally could not live with themselves. These are not superficial things, not every day things, but the things so deep within themselves that they cannot go against those things, even if society pressures them to do otherwise. It’s not about how they “feel” on a surface level (sad, angry, guilt, etc), but rather that this violates who I am.

I’m trying to think of a good example but I’m such a history buff (to the exclusion of all else) all I can come up with on the spur of the moment is Thomas More, a Fi-user, and his refusal to go against his conscience even when it might have saved his life and cost his family less inconvenience. Henry VIII had divorced Katharine of Aragon, and in doing so, made himself the head of a new Church of England, which rejected Papal (the Pope’s) authority and said Henry was the highest moral religious authority in the land (despite him having rampant sexual immorality in his life). He ordered most of his nobility to sign a document saying this was true, he was who he said he he was (practically God), and that they accepted the new Church (among other political statements); it was an “oath.”

At this time, the people who were devout had been taught that rejecting the Catholic Church and the Pope’s moral authority was like rejecting God; the three things (God, the Catholic Church, and the Pope) had become one in the minds of the people. Swearing an oath otherwise would damn your soul. More, an intelligent, ingenious man (a lawyer, statesman, politician, author, etc) used every trick in the book to get out of it, find loopholes, etc., but ultimately refused to sign, because to do so would be a betrayal of his core self, and his central beliefs. His integrity and sense of self (Fi) mattered to him more than his life, and he was “glad to die” upon “his principles” (he even made two jokes walking up to the scaffold).

Now, that isn’t to say Fi’s didn’t sign that oath without remorse, guilt, etc., or even out of self-preservation, fear, or a desire to stay in favor, but to them, it wasn’t a clear an distinct betrayal of who they are, like it was for More. You can look at him and say, “Gosh, why would anyone do that? That’s stupid!” – but that is the nature of Fi. It decides what is right, what is absolute, in the Fi-user’s life; others need not understand or even respect it, but this is something that the Fi cares so much about, it cannot violate it, under any circumstances; and it matters so much that it may even die for it.

As for the rest of the question, anyone can want to avoid sadness, anger, or negative emotions for any reason – but that isn’t type specific so much as related to the individual. Some people do reject sadness, in an attempt to “skip” over it and put some distance between them and the event, in order to better process it, but while that works fine for some people, it doesn’t work for everyone and can cause serious problems of “repression” (which can manifest in undealt with depression in some) if they don’t realize they’re doing it.

Enneagram 9′s reject anger – or rather, downplay or are unaware of how much anger they actually feel, thus not dealing with it.

- ENFP Mod

The PTA Human Parents from My Perspective
  • Linda: The snooty older mom version of Regina George (basically everyone in PTA has been victimized by this woman); has the “can I speak to a manager” haircut and posts those dumb minion memes and wine jokes on Facebook; wants to be the alpha mom but she sucks at being a mom; has an adorable kid who is somehow not an asshole like her, but she doesn't deserve this kid because she's rude and always puts too much pressure on the kiddo; wears mom jeans and tacky shirts God Linda your fashion is a crime; she dresses her kid in dumb outfits too leave that poor cinnamon roll alone; tries too hard to be a leader; overall bully which is why Sans butts heads with her a lot; she is a shit talker tho but as soon as you say something back to her she plays the victim and acts all booty hurt; you're so fake Linda lmao this is why asgore doesn't even like you and he's the one who's the nicest out of the crew; she's the only person to quiet hand frisk and Jamal and she thinks she's being helpful like fuck you Linda; basically Linda thinks she's in charge of everything lmao okay Linda keep playing pretend leader
  • Helen: Is actually not much of an asshole, but she follows whatever Linda does because she has no opinions or free will of her own; brunette with that mom hair cut; her husband is one of the guys Sans actually likes cuz the dude is chill and doesn't take David's bullshit; isn't a sucky cook but Sans would never admit that bc Helen can be annoying; literally is a racist and doesn't even realize it wtf Hellen shut your mouth stop talking shit about Keisha; her kids aren't vaccinated bc she believes vaccines give kids autism; don't you just want to fight her; puts her kids on dog leashes bc she's a lazy parent; has two sons and a daughter
  • Diana: literally nobody likes her she tries to force the kids to eat her gluten free vegan baking crap and it's awful go away Diana you can't cook; brunette; is the shade queen; constantly misgenders frisk on purpose bc she is a vampire who feeds off drama; is the first person to make rude comments about papyrus's cooking which is why undyne wants to fight her; homophobic prick; literally was the first person to try to pick a fight with toriel which is why she got dunked on lmao eat that Diana; has two kids both girls; one time frisk beat her kid in the spelling bee and Diana never got over it; she still holds that grudge to this day; you're so petty Diana this is why nobody wants to invite you anywhere; thinks it's funny to be an ableist asshole; she once quiet handed frisk but Keisha went off on her and she never did it again
  • Becky: Becky is a mess; get your life together Becky; she's not even a bad person she is just a wreck; get it together girl; a red head who is trying to get her life together; nobody really knows much about her except for the fact that her husband died while serving in the military and that kind of messed her up; Keisha likes her though and the two of them tend to sit beside each other; Becky doesn't really talk tho; but hey Becky can sew and is really talented with making scarves; lost a kid so she understands toriel's pain and the one time she went off on Diana was because Diana brought up how toriel has lost a child and that frisk wasn't her real kid; Becky fucking dragged Diana through the mud lmao Diana deserved it; protect Becky she is just a mom trying to raise her kid and also get over the trauma of losing her husband
  • Keisha: one of the few black parents in this white dominated school; tries to fit in with the other parents but Linda constantly tries to embarrass her bc she is a young mom; pretty chill and tries to ignore what the other moms say but sometimes she just loses her cool and goes off; has those quick comebacks tho; when she is on the offensive she is merciless and goes for blood lmao don't think she won't bring up the fact that Linda can't keep a husband Keisha don't give a fuck; she is pretty helpful; her and Becky are good fiend; her son is autistic which is why she get really pissed when she sees anyone quiet hand Frisk or her son Jamal; pretty good cook and on good terms with Sans; moved to this school so her kid could have a better life than she did; toriel and her are good friends they share cooking recipes and Keisha's kid just adores toriel; protect Keisha from Linda's wrath 2kforever
  • David: Fucking asshat who supports Donald trump and is a sexist, racist jerk; homophobic too; you know what think of a Texan and how shitty they are; that's David right there; cowboy boots and everything; he acts like he's a big shot but really he isn't; his hair is a disaster; kinda looks likes Donald trump's shitty toupee; said shit about mettaton and almost got killed by everyone lmao don't talk shit David you're just mad that nobody loves you the way everybody loves mettaton; sans would fight him but toriel's promise still binds him bc she said the promise applies to the outside world too; dangit goat mom why must you be nice even to this buttplug like David deserves to get falcon punched in the throat; actually David kinda reminds people of that one gym teacher they all hated; makes fun of kids bc he's a douche bag just fuck off David; nobody likes him but they can't get rid of him; he literally never does shit to help; fucking contribute you wanker; his kid is a bully too; good job David way to parent your kid you useless potato
  • Pete: a fuckin tool; basically only backs up whatever David says bc he's a tool; stop being a tool Pete it's getting annoying; did i mention he's a tool literally Pete stop kissing David's ass; Pete wouldn't be bad if he wasn't a tool; fucking stop agreeing with David you tool
  • Andy: Eyyyyy everybody fucking loves Andy; he has those cool lame dad jokes; he wears bow ties cuz he thinks they make him look snazzy; he can actually barbecue unlike David who just burns the shit outta the food and calls it barbecue; he doesn't misgender Frisk; how the fuck is he married to Helen he's a cinnamon roll too pure for this PTA from hell; he wears glasses and isn't a dick holy shit this man is perfect; keeps sans somewhat sane; he's quiet tho and doesn't really like being confrontational; but don't think that means he's complacent nope he'll speak up when the situation calls for it; has a really hearty laugh man you wanna laugh with him cuz it's so great; loves san's pun; often times will contribute a dramatic whispered “oooooooooooohhhhhh” whenever sans says something funny or if sans tells a good pun; certified cool dad

anonymous asked:

Can you please STOP saying the Lunarians aren't racist? Even if humans are impure it doesn't mean that the hatred towards them is justified, theres a class of people in japan known the "Burakumin" who are oppressed because they are considered "Impure", same reasons for why lunarians hate humans. Its a real thing. Also comparing impurity to a "contagious disease" is weird. There arent any actual side effect shown from being impure in canon. So please stop isn't it isn't bigoted. It's problematic.

Burakumin are the descendants of people who worked in “impure” professions like corpse-handling (for funerals, etc), and have long been believed to be unclean. Even in modern times, they can have trouble finding jobs and whatnot. Employers aren’t necessarily going to say it’s the reason they’re not being hired (or whatever), but statistically it is. It’s a shameful fact of our society that we let superstition and religious beliefs hurt people.

However, in Touhou, kegare (”impurity”, although I think that word puts the emphasis on its opposite in a misleading way) is a real thing with real effects. No one has ever denied that, even the enemies of the moon. It’s another word for “lifeforce”, the stuff fairies are made of, which was the whole point of LoLK. In other words, kegare is the source of all life… and therefore the source of all death. If you’re never alive, you can’t die. Ghosts lack kegare, and the Netherworld is a Pure Land. It’s a shortcut to immortality, or at least eternal existence.

The Lunarians try to simulate this by existing in a world free of kegare, and by doing so they aren’t quite alive. Making them live would simply allow them to die. It’s not a “side effect”, it’s simply the most fundamental property of all life. Everything that lives will eventually die. The smartest person in the universe, the deification of knowledge itself, Eirin Yagokoro-no-Omoikane, has confirmed this and used it in her design of a false paradise for immortals. Why would she be wrong? It’s worth noting of course that the Lunarians are Shinto gods, and the Shinto gods themselves despise kegare. The belief that this is true is the source of discrimination in the real world. ZUN’s point in all of this is that the gods are kind of assholes if you think about it.

Does that distort the analogy with real-life burakamin, who are presumably not contaminated with the source of all life and death? Yes, of course it does. But so does the whole human-youkai conflict in Gensokyo, which also naturally resembles racial or cultural tensions. ZUN, just now, did a spoof where Miko (or rather, Aya) talked about youkai using Trump’s words about Mexicans. Which is all very funny and topical, but Mexicans don’t eat people. Muslims don’t require the belief/fear of other religions to survive. As soon as you start introducing fantasy elements to anything, metaphors will almost immediately fall apart. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, exactly, it’s just how fantasy works.

And ZUN is perfectly aware of that in his writing. Even though he clearly hates how Lunarian society functions, and is an all-around stand-up guy who hates discrimination in all forms, he still introduces semi-sympathetic Lunarian characters, and steps extremely carefully around the topic of human-youkai relationships (as seen in recent chapters of Forbidden Scrollery). Unlike, say, Harry Potter where the villains are always shouting things like “mudblood” or generally being assholes, ZUN makes his “racists” into otherwise sympathetic characters like Akyu and frankly even the main character, Reimu.

Why? Because while racism is obviously, fundamentally bad, racists are not. By which I mean they are fundamentally people, who have reasons to believe what they do. They might be flat-out wrong reasons, or maybe even technically-correct reasons that they misuse, but for the most part people aren’t just “evil”. In order to change people’s opinions you have to understand where they’re coming from. Labeling them as evil, full stop, and not even trying to see their perspective is frankly no better than what they do. That’s just demonizing “the Other”, turning them into something inhuman and unworthy of empathy. I don’t think that’s a good thing, even if I’m often guilty of it myself.

anonymous asked:

That shows how stupid you are. It's not just because of louis and harry, It's because of louis girlfriend, and his son (family, friends) Shipping is nothing bad: But when people saying mean things about louis girlfriend, and much worse about his little son. Then shipping is something bad. It doesn't matter what louis says, for you everything is fake. You have no respect for louis and harry. You blame everyone, except yourself. You have ruined a friendship, and now you have to live with this

Sweetheart, I have been here since before One Direction even existed. I was watching the X Factor that year rooting for Harry and Mary Byrne. I have seen so much hell from this fandom. And I haven’t been too vocal about things but after seven years of this bullshit, I am fed up. I want to start by saying that I never once stated that it was okay to send Eleanor hate. I have spoken out in defense of that girl many times which ended up getting me asks just like this sent my way by larries themselves. I don’t think it’s right to send anybody, regardless of who they are, death threats, insults, or anything else of the sort. I have defended every “girlfriend” that has received any of that shit. Because they’re human beings. And no one fucking deserves that shit. And I know you lot like clumping us all together as having the same opinions on everything, but I can assure you that most larries don’t promote bullying.

In seven fucking years, Louis Tomlinson has never voiced his supposed hatred of us out loud. In seven fucking years it has always been quotes from different magazines claiming they interviewed either Harry or Louis on the topic. From their actual mouths, we’ve gotten:

“They genuinely think we’re together”

“It’s photo-shopped”

“Fans can believe whatever they want.”

“It’s up to interpretation.”

And that’s only what I can remember off the top of my head.

Let me tell you something. When I was 16 and became a fan of One Direction in 2010 I was opening myself up to a lot of bullshit. Because as I started seeing things about Larry Stylinson and how maybe there really was something there other than friendship, I started thinking to myself “If people go through such great lengths to hide a relationship within a boy band, what else do people lie about?” And so, thanks to these kids, I started questioning everything. The government, the news, grown ups. Everything. Because people fucking lie all the damn time. Everyone has secrets. Considering all the bs happening with the world, two boys in the same band being in love didn’t sound so far fetched. And the only reason that I’m bringing this up is because I have to ask you. Do you seriously believe everything you’re told? If Louis was quoted to say “I only have two siblings.”

Would you believe that? Even if there was evidence proving otherwise? What I’m trying to get you to understand is that the printed word means shit. I can easily tell you that the actress who played Regina on The G*t Do*n once told me that she hates dancing and singing. I knew her. I went to school with her. We were in drama club together. Do you believe me when I tell you that she said that to me. “I really hate dancing and singing.” We know that’s not true based on the show she was on and the fact that she was in drama club and the choir. But would you believe me if I wrote a whole article on that? My guess is yes. Because despite the fact that Louis has never said anything negative about the fans on camera, you people still choose to believe his written words. Why? Why don’t you question any of this shit?

Do you genuinely believe everything the tabloids tell you? And if Louis and Harry were so angered and bothered with larries, why don’t they just sit down in front of a camera and finally say “No, we have never been in a romantic relationship.” It’s been seven years and they’ve never vocally talked about this topic.

And the whole baby shit? I’m sorry but what’s worse, larries saying he’s not the father or you guys making fucking fan pages for the child? That is disgusting. It is a baby, not his, but a baby nonetheless. Why the fuck are y’all making fan blogs and twitters dedicated to a child? How is that in any way okay? And I get that some larries were fucking disgusting towards the child. And again, I have never said that was okay. Stop clumping all of us together.

And we have no respect for Louis and Harry??? Did you see what just happened with Harry? These fucking girls trying to be groupies because they want to have sex and do drugs with him? They’re fucking harassing him but that okay. Thinking he and Louis are romantically involved is so much worse. You’re right. And I know not all of you are the same. Just like us larries aren’t all the same. But in comparison to what antis have done and said to the boys, we aren’t that bad.

Another thing I want to bring up is the disgusting image they’ve given Louis. In seven years that I’ve been a fan, I’ve never know Louis to be a shit person. A person who doesn’t give a shit about his son. A person who’s never with his kid. A person who hates being clumped with the LGBT+ community so much that his twitter handle had to spout fucking hurtful shit over an article saying that he supported the community. Nothing else. Not that he himself way gay. It was just stating that he was supporting the community with his rainbow apple shirt.

Do you really believe that’s him? This makes me so genuinely sad. Louis is non of these horrible things they’re making him out to be. He has always been so supportive of us fans and of Rainbow Direction, which has nothing to do with larry. Is this really the person you think he is? Because it’s not. And he fights so hard against this image. He tries so hard to prove that he’s not like this at all. And you’re refuting that?

I don’t know what else to say. We haven’t ruined a friendship. And I am going to live with myself knowing that I never once disrespected these boys or those tied to them. I don’t know if you can say the same.

Luke Garroway+ Support Systems 

Jocelyn Fray

  • Sometimes Luke has bad days, reminders of what Valentine did to him. On those days he gets quiet and withdrawn- so she just pulls him close and hugs him while he cries softly. 
  • Then she makes him his favorite meal. He’s supported her through everything, and she loves him. Of course she would do anything to make him smile. 
  • Especially when that beautiful smile is missing (s2g that thing could outshine the sun), his eyebrows drawn and back hunched. She can’t possibly understand what he feels, she loved Valentine but he was a part of Luke. A literal half of his soul. So she doesn’t try to understand or tell him she knows better. 
  • She just holds him, sings softly and cooks him a nice meal. He deserves it. 

Alaric Rodriguez 

  • When Luke first turned he had no idea how to control his powers 
  • AND he had been betrayed by his best friend/Parabatai 
  • He was filled with self-loathing. He thought that he was less human because he was a downworlder. 
  • So Alaric, for months, just talked to him. Reminded him that he’s still the man he was, reminded him that Downworlders are just as human as Shadowhunters. 
  • Sometimes Luke would get so mad- mad about Valentine, mad that he’s a Werewolf, mad at himself for letting Valentine get this far. So mad he couldn’t control his powers. On those days Alaric stayed with him and helped him. Supported him. Reminded him his emotions are totally valid and that he still has support and love, even if it feels like the world turned its back on him. 
  • Luke never thought he would feel what he felt with Valentine again, but Alaric changed his mind. 

Clary Fray 

  • As a child, she had no idea why Luke would sometimes get quiet and sad. Why he would sometimes gaze into the distance as if he couldn’t see her. 
  • BUT she did love him like a father, and she would do anything to have him smile again 
  • So she would ask him to sit down in front of her and she would draw funny cartoons of him while she pretended she was drawing a portrait 
  • That always made him laugh SO hard
  • Then she would cuddle on the couch with him and watch jeopardy (Luke is weirdly good)
  • Now Clary does know. But that doesn’t change their relationship, he’s still her dad. So she draws him funny pictures, cuddles with him and reminds him that he is the best man she’s ever known and that she loves him so much. 
  • He’s her father in every important way, she loves him. He was there when she cried, so she is there when he’s sad. That is what family is for. 

Simon Lewis 

  • Luke is like a father to him, especially since his own father didn’t stick around. Luke would play catch with him. Luke was the one who taught him how to shave. 
  • Eventually, Luke is the one who teaches him to love himself in the Downworld 
  • But Simon notices that sometimes Luke’s smiles seem forced. He notices that Luke is putting his emotions to the side so that he can focus on someone else. 
  • On those days, Simon pulls Luke out and insists on a “guy’s night”- just the two of them 
  • So they binge watch Lord of the Rings while drinking shitty beer. Simon always makes sure to remind Luke that he is Simon’s hero and that Simon loves him like family. 
  • He never pushes the issue, they just sit next to each other and drink and make dumb nerdy jokes 
  • But Simon always ends the night with a hug and an“I love you” because frankly, Luke deserves to hear it. 

ANYWAY: Luke is so incredibly loved by his family and friends because they know he’s a great man with an amazing heart and that he deserves the world. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. 

anonymous asked:

reading through some of the replies on the ask about whether or not matt is autistic and one of them says that matt is hyper empathetic as a symptom of autism (i tink this one got lost in the notes)? but this actually makes me curious because i was wondering how much you think matt empathizes/where he draws the line? he doesn't seem to know when to stop

I can’t speak to this as a symptom or aspect of autism because I have absolutely no authority to do so, but yeah, from a strict character analysis point of view, I think Matt is simultaneously hyper-empathetic and not very empathetic at all. The problem is that “empathy” can be defined in three different ways:

1. caring about other people (which if we’re splitting hairs is technically sympathy)

2. feeling other people’s pain as if it were your own

3. understanding other people and what they want and need.

I don’t think anyone would argue that Matt doesn’t care about people. He loves fiercely (Foggy, Jack, Claire, Karen, the people of Hell’s Kitchen) and often long after he should stop (Stick, arguably Elektra). He hates injustice and suffering and risked his life as a child to save a stranger. Matt is absolutely empathetic in the first sense.

As far as feeling other people’s pain goes, this is where I think the hyper-empathy kicks in. He repeatedly talks about hearing people suffering and being unable to turn a deaf ear to it - when he hears someone screaming or crying, he needs to intervene. There’s no conscious decision-making step in between - he hears the scream and he’s in action. His reaction is as instinctive as if he were the one being hurt. He also overidentifies with Frank - who, as much as the show humanizes him, is a mass murderer - to the point that he tanks their case. You said that he doesn’t know where to stop and I think that’s exactly right. He doesn’t have clear boundaries between the other person’s pain and his own, which isn’t that surprising when you think of how invasive other people’s suffering must be to him. I keep coming back to the way he says “You’re afraid” to Claire after he throws the guy off her roof in 102. He says it so plainly, like he’s describing an observable fact, and to him he is, because they’re both intimately aware that she’s afraid. The sounds and smells of other people’s emotions are pushing on his walls all the time, so how can he separate himself from them? And would he even want to? Because if he shuts himself off, doesn’t he just become Stick?

On the other hand, we have understanding other people, and that’s where I think he really falls down on the job. It’s very easy for Matt to know, clinically, what someone else is feeling, but very difficult for him to know how to fix it when the problem isn’t something he can punch. He stands guard on the roof of Foggy’s hospital and hypersenses him when what Foggy actually wants is a visit from his best friend. (He also frequently acts like he and Foggy are the same person - when leaving N&M, when negotiating with the broker, when talking to Wesley and taking Healy’s case - and then Foggy has to be like “No, actually, I have a different opinion because I’m a separate human, remember?”) He tries to convince Frank and Elektra to operate by his values and can’t seem to figure out why his arguments are falling on deaf ears, especially with Frank, when the problem is that his priorities and goals and ethics simply aren’t theirs. I think it’s noteworthy that aside from one hug, he offers Claire very little comfort after she’s been beaten (and rather thoughtlessly asks her to save the life of the man who did it a few episodes later). He’s incapable of predicting how Fisk will behave and his attempt to “get inside his head” by visiting Vanessa is laughably incompetent. He has NO IDEA that Karen isn’t the person he’s imagined she is. It’s actually remarkable that he’s so good at both arguing before a jury and flirting, because he’s really bad at reading people beyond their physical reactions. (Or, rather, he operates so instinctually that he’s good at figuring out what people will do based on their own instincts, but doesn’t know how to allow for interventions from ego and super-ego.)

I have to mention Foggy here, of course, because Foggy is the CHAMP at this last category of empathy. (Claire is the champ at the first category - sympathy - which makes sense given her job. But she’s very good at caring about others and behaving accordingly without utterly destroying herself in the process, even when the people she’s caring about and for are dangerous or potential emotional vortexes.) Foggy is the Murdock-whisperer. He gives Karen a safe place to be vulnerable without prying, and is the first one to notice that she’s acting strangely. (It’s worth noting that she turns to him for a hug and not Matt within hours of knowing them.) He coaxes Brett via Bess and their shared history, and charms Claire when she is in NO mood. He talks down gang members by figuring out their priorities instead of appealing to their moral fiber. Even something as basic as “Elena needs clean water, I will provide clean water” comes from a place of being able to figure out other people and what they need from him.

So while Matt has these deep, emotional connections to the world around him and would die for a stranger…well, they usually are strangers. Unlike Foggy, who can reel off the bio of everyone in Josie’s and has random people greet him by name on the street, Matt doesn’t seem to have those personal ties. His intense feelings are often one-sided because he doesn’t know how to make them reciprocal. It’s part of why Foggy was such a boon to him, because he gets swept up in Foggy’s genuine relationships with other people and actually talks to humans, and it’s a big part of why I’m looking forward to Defenders, where he’ll presumably make interesting connections without Foggy there to ease the way.

And because he’s so strong on the second type of empathy and so weak on the third, it interferes with a lot of his interpersonal relationships, especially with Foggy and Claire. They say “okay but be more rational about this” and he’s like “but people are SCREAMING” and they’re like “right but still” and he’s like “…but people are SCREAMING.” They can’t hear what he can, and he can’t explain to them what it’s like for him and the compulsion he feels in a way they can understand, because to him, “But I heard sirens and it’s bad” says it all. Even with Foggy, who he knows better than anyone (“You want to say something. Your breathing changes when you’re about to.”) he can’t provide any better explanation after a year of trying than “But I gotta” and “You’re not my real mom!” which is…unhelpful, let’s say? (Foggy isn’t listening here either, to be fair, and being the Murdock-whisperer, he should really be better at this.) But yeah, that’s part of the not knowing when to stop thing - other people’s concepts of what would be a rational degree to immerse himself in this mean nothing to him.

ANYWAY tl;dr, yes, Matt is very empathetic but only by certain definitions, and he really needs a little Foggy voice in his ear helping him navigate social situations. Also, Claire is the best one.

anonymous asked:

Saying that 'Shizaya will never be canon' is not 'erasing possibility'. What it's doing is following the canon plot. Narita himself says that he 'doesn't understand Shizaya'. Also, official art means very little canonly. I'm sure you're aware of how marketing works yes? So Durarara wants to make money, what's popular in the fandom, what should they market? Shizaya, yes, the most popular ship. And it works, they make money. Marketing genius and canon is not the same thing.

Canon plot?

This is a twisted story.

A twisted love story.

With the neigh of an urban legend,

with the tears of a boy,

with the return of the ordinary,

with the disappearance of the mastermind,

and with the hints of a new story beginning -

the story of twisted love now closes its curtains.

 

For their love is no longer twisted.

-Durarara Volume 13, Epilogue


What is the plot of Durarara? It’s a story of twisted love. That story of twisted love ended after Izaya left Ikebukuro.

So it wouldn’t be far fetched to assume the story of twisted story of love is Izaya’s yes? So he leaves, the story ends. So the story must be his. 

Either that or, since he’s the mastermind, he is in charge of the story in Ikebukuro. 

So this is my interpretation -

And if the twisted story of love closes its curtains after the mastermind leaves, wouldn’t it mean all along the twisted story was his doing? Like without Izaya there wouldn’t be a ‘twisted story’ right? He’s the one in charge of the story in Ikebukuro after all.

And if that ‘twisted story’ he creates is one of twisted love, and the story of twisted love closes its curtains ‘for their love is no longer twisted’ then well, I think ‘their’ would be referring to the mastermind, Izaya - and his twisted love for Shizuo no longer being twisted once he accepts Shizuo as human because Izaya loves humans, and Shizuo has the greatest human potential of all.

Just that.

Narita says ‘he doesn’t understand Shizaya’? Hey, show me the source. As far as I know, he never said that. The exact words he said were -

The name “Izaya” was also the brainchild of a friend of mine. When I first designed this character, I was like “It would be kinda boring if he’s just the know-it-all and unbeatable type. Why not I also make him a natural enemy of sorts” and that’s how Shizuo came into being. However…it turned out that they’re received as the “actually these two are really close!” and even bacon lettuce (BL) combination. As for why, that’s something I have yet to reflect upon…….

-Narita Ryohgo talks about Durarara!! Vol.1.

‘As for why, that’s something I have yet to reflect upon…’ -Narita said this. Not that he doesn’t understand Shizaya. He never said he didn’t understand Shizaya. He only said he hasn’t thought about it…yet. And he said it in the interview for Durarara volume 1 where Shizuo and Izaya basically only had one meeting (where they met in front of Mikado). There’s been 12 volumes since then. What’s to say he hasn’t thought about it since then? For Durarara’s story of twisted love? Shizuo and Izaya’s relationship is clearly a twisted one.

Sure. I won’t deny that official Shizaya art is to make money. I’m totally fine with that, everyone needs to earn an income. But you missed my point. My point is that even official art has Shizuo and Izaya getting closer throughout the years. My point is that Nartia himself wrote a story of Shizuo stalking Izaya and that Izaya can do good things (helping Akane with her homework, buying uniforms for his sisters). So what is that for? Fanservice? To make money? Does Narita look the type? From his interview, he seems like kind of a serious person? Kind of a bit awkward but honest? I honestly don’t think he’s the ‘fanservice’ type.

Look at Karisawa Erika. She’s a BL fangirl. In what other show, is there a BL fangirl as a significant character? Erika is no weak girl. She freaking tortures people, has tortured people before, and takes great joy in it. She was involved in criminal organizations with Yumasaki in the past. She’s clearly a significant character. And she showed her belief in Shizuo’s and Izaya’s love in volume 2. What’s to say Narita hasn’t thought about it since then? It’s a possibility. 

For what is Erika’s trademark? It’s not her BL fangirl-ness, though we like to think it’s that. It’s the fact that she considers her fantasy her reality. 

“Reality is such a pain. Those of us who were fed up with that kind of reality decided to remake it. We’d set up a wall, separate what’s important to us from what was trash, put only the things we loved on our side, and got rid of the rest.”

“It wasn’t that bad once we started! We found that we could make a world completely of moe, tsundere and boys’ love!”

*Cue BL manga of two guys who look like Shizuo and Izaya, but with red and blue hair*

-Durarara! Episode 20

BL isn’t the only thing Erika thinks about. It just happens to be one of the major things. She is primarily a fantasy viewer who sees life as her fantasy. She once fantasized about Dennis (who threw a knife at them in Russia Sushi) about him having such skills of precision because he’s a soldier running away from his past in Russia -

And if you’ve watched season 2 or read the novels, he actually is. 

I get your interpretation, really. And I respect that you didn’t resort to insults. Thank you for that. But I have my own interpretation and reasons behind it with being a Durarara fan for years. So I’d appreciate it if you would respect my interpretation as well.

Not the Best Plan: Chapter One

Submitted by: redstring-around-ourhearts

Description: It’s been months since Lydia realized how much she loves Stiles, but it’s too late he has now Malia. Lydia gets angry because she misses spending time with him and he’s always with the werecoyote. So she comes up with a plan, but is it going to work?

Rating: K

Genre: Fluff, Angst, Jealous!Lydia

Author’s Note: English is not my first language so there might be a few mistakes. Sorry about that.

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anonymous asked:

Oh, those tender Olicity moments! So beautiful. Loved how he didn't burst in saying "You'll be okay", "you'll get through this", "you're so strong" etc. Phrases we use to give strength and motivation to people struggling. Because he knows she is more than strong enough, she's the strongest person he knows - she doesn't need it. (PS. I couldn't spot the engagement ring in the last (very painful, might I add) scene. Either I'm mistaken, or we're getting the expected break-up!)

So many Olicity feelings tonight, anon, so many. Gah.

(I mean, am I supposed to be okay while watching those awesome opening scenes? Really?)

I was admittedly surprised when we found out Oliver wasn’t at Felicity’s bedside, but at the same time, it makes so much sense. If there is one thing we’ve learned about Oliver, it’s that he’s a survivor, and a lot of the time surviving includes compartmentalizing. That is exactly what he did in this episode - he put Darhk in one box and Felicity in another. One is far easier to deal with, and it includes beating the shit out of people, which also feels nice when so much of your world is spinning out of control. It also gave him a reason to not go see her, to not face her without having something (even though logically he knows he doesn’t need anything, he still has to have something to show he’s doing everything he can to get Darhk).

But then, when he did… 

(Really, when Donna took a moment and chastised him, can we all agree that was perfection? Her baby’s in the hospital and Oliver is off doing who the fuck knows what… *beating the shit out of people for her daughter, but she can’t know that*)

Such perfection.

God, these two love each other, don’t they? I mean, they love each other, and they know each other so well. Felicity knows what Oliver is doing, and why, just as he knows that Felicity would understand his need to do what he’s doing… but there are limits, as they touch on…

(Are those tears in his eyes? Oh dear god, this scene hurt enough. How beautiful, I’m crying. Oliver is on the edge here, people, he is on the edge and he’s teetering and that he’s recognizing it shows how much he’s grown, character-wise, as well as showing us how much Felicity’s helped him to this point - both her and Diggle.)

The best part of this was that Oliver conceded - yeah, he might have gone a little overboard, and it leads to a beautifully heartfelt conversation that Oliver desperately needed to have with the one person he had to tell: what if he’s failing - failing her - because he hasn’t gone far enough? What if he needs to lose the humanity to get Darhk, be the Oliver from Season 1?

Felicity has none of that though, and that’s something he needed to hear, from her specifically: 

“What’s the point of doing it if you lose yourself in the process?”

It’s also at this point that Felicity reveals her fears, that maybe it wasn’t just Darhk keeping Oliver away from her, that it was more, and Oliver squashes that so hard and fast we barely have a chance to catch our breaths:

He’s carrying it with him, help me…

*ugly sobbing*

And you know why this was so important, because it’s a reminder that while Felicity is strong, so, so strong, and that she is the light in Oliver’s life he simply cannot live without, she also needs him, needs him to be there, and the fact that he turns around and puts the ring back on her finger, that he says…

Means that he’s there, and that he might have relapsed a little bit earlier by disappearing, he’s recognizing it and he’s going to rectify it.

And then we see how far Oliver’s willing to go, because he needs to get to Darhk, so he lets Anarky go, which leads to a whole trundle of fun trouble, after which he has a little meltdown because holy shit why can’t he just get the fucking bad guy. But instead of slipping further, falling into the darkness that will always live inside him… he chooses the light.

He goes to Felicity… where they proceed to rip my heart to shreds with feels:

This was so important. This isn’t physical strength, this is emotional and mental strength. This is looking into the void when everything is falling apart and saying, “Hell no, I’m going to stand strong,” which is everything Oliver has always done, he just can’t see it. But Felicity can, and she does, and she tells him so. He’s marveling not at her strength, but that someone so strong and amazing loves him, is in his life and is by his side - forever - and she’s saying, “Because that’s you too.”

The Olicity scenes in this episode were so on-point.

But then…

The difference is so incredibly stark.

One, she’s definitely not wearing her ring, and two, there is so much distance between them now, indicating that yeah, some serious shit goes down in the next four months.

(The most heartbreaking part of this though, is the way he puts his hand down - there is anger and tension and pain and uncertainty all over this scene, and the way he puts his hand down, it’s almost like he wants to reach over and take hers. He wants to comfort her just as much as he wants to seek comfort from her… but he can’t, and that was the most telling thing for me, it was what made me look at her hand because I knew something was wrong when he did that.)

Is it a breakup? Eh. I doubt it. A break? Perhaps! Calling off the engagement? Surely! (akaeverythingi’vewantedforolicitysincedayone)

What I love about this though is that they foreshadowed the shit out of Olicity this entire episode, and then ended with this… because they know just as much as we do that Olicity is endgame. It won’t be easy, they will have such a long and hard road ahead of them, there is so much weight to these words:

“For better or for worse.”

We’ve seen the better… now we’re going to see the worse part.

Such a great episode, I thoroughly enjoyed it!