The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, to me, is analogous to the human condition. Wherein we realize that the human mind is capable of being this blissfully idyllic place but seldom is. Most, if not all, humans know suffering. Most humans do nothing about this suffering, they let it brood in the dark recesses of their mind and front that they’re happy (idyllic). This is in line with The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas because, if you haven’t read or listened to the short story yet, it is about the utopian society that derives its prosperity and happiness from the suffering of one abused, starved and neglected child who is locked away in some forgotten alley of the city of Omelas.

So how does this tie into the Spring Day music video? Well it’s clear that all of BTS in this music video know suffering, they are all seen at various points in time looking somber. They were children in Omelas, the peaceful city where people know no suffering yet they do. In Omelas each child around the age of 14 learns of the suffering child. When BTS each learn of this child individually, unlike the rest of the Omelasians who are able to prioritize their happiness over the suffering of the child, BTS can’t they sympathize with it rather. They understand its pain as they too have suffered for some reason (individual to each member and probably related to I NEED U). This sympathy is what makes them different. That is what makes them the ones who walk away from Omelas. There is no room in Omelas for them (no vacancy).

The shoes in this case. Symbolize ascension. Those who live in Omelas are unenlightened without the idea of what pain, suffering or struggle are. The shoes, high about the ground where the people of Omelas walk, represent enlightenment, something the ones who walk away from Omelas obtain. That is because these people understand both happiness and pain. The duality of life. The good and the bad.

Also, as many have pointed out with the shoes. Jimin introduces us to them by the ocean. This is a connection to the Sewol Ferry sinking. For those who don’t know or need a refresher, the Sewol Ferry tragedy happened April 16th, 2014, wherein 304 passengers, mainly secondary school students, died. This event is deeply ingrained in the collective memory of South Korea and effected much of their daily life, even going so far as to effect governmental policies. We know that this music video is a nod to this tragedy as BTS said so themselves. The shoes that are found at the ocean by Jimin are probably the shoes of one of the passengers who died that day. These shoes then, that are hanging above the earth and represent enlightenment, represent the Sewol ferry victims and how they are too enlightened above us as they understand the good and tragic in life in ways we will never. They are like the ones who walk away from Omelas because they knew great happiness from out life but also great tragedy.

I would like to talk about the train as well. Mainly in that Jungkook sees himself of the train. I believe this to be a reference to Schrödinger’s cat. Schrödinger’s cat is a thought exercise in quantum mechanics where in a cat, a radioactive source, a Geiger counter (thing that measures radioactivity) and a flask of poison are in a box. When the Geiger counter registers even just one atom decaying (a small amount of radioactivity) a hammer breaks the flask, effectively killing the cat. What Schrödinger hypothesized was then at any given point in time the cat is both alive and dead in the box. The radioactive element may or may not decay, this means the cat may or may not die. Of course when you look in the box you will either see and alive cat, or a dead cat but not both but you don’t know which you will see till you look.

In the case of the train, it goes a little something like this: for a Jungkook to see himself on the train, the him on the train must be dead. In the music video a Jungkook leaves the train, runs through some of the other MV sets, including the laundry room, and then sees the train again. This is the alive Jungkook leaving the train then seeing the dead Jungkook on the train. Further, after alive Jungkook see’s dead Jungkook, they camera pans to the Jungkook on the train whose lips are very blue and corpse like and who closes his eyes and does the same. Namjoon, who they show next also on the train, does the same. I think that then this train is a symbol for the afterlife. There are many literary cases of a train being a symbol as a transportation system to the afterlife, perhaps a good example of this is in Harry Potter when dead Harry meets Albus at a train station before being resurrected.  However, in this particular context, they are not so much dead as they are releasing the pain they feel. They are releasing their pain and struggles, that is why the Jimin from the train hangs up the shoes because they are releasing some of the pain they all feel in the aftermath of the Sewol tragedy. This is also why the ‘alive’ Jungkook is seen smiling.

I think this is in line with a photo that circulated from the teasers where there was a ‘map’ of the BTS music videos that were branching. This is due to a multiple universe theory, commonly refered to as the many-universes interpretation or simply as many worlds. On this map there were multiple timelines where different music videos were connected and some were not at all. This leads me to believe that the multiple universe theory is cannon and in this particular timeline they actually live!

Anyways, that’s just what I think is going on in this mv. I hope I phrased it all well for you so you can make sense of it too! It is a very beautiful music video and BTS once again has used many literary devices to make us armys think!


Appeal for American Destroyers To Fight U-Boats

Admiral William Sims (1868-1936).

April 12 1917, London–American entry into the war was widely celebrated by the Allies.  At meetings in London on April 12, the American ambassador was feted while he announced the American war aim “to save the earth as a place worth living in.” Despite this public celebration, there was private concern.  As America had no peacetime conscription, the raising, training, and transporting of an army would probably prevent American troops from arriving in significant numbers until 1918.  The US Navy, on the other hand, was large, mobilized, and could start arriving in a matter of weeks.

Even before the US entry into the war, Admiral Sims, a noted Anglophile, had been sent to Britain to coordinate with the Royal Navy.  The declaration of war occurred while Sims was still en route.  The American passenger vessel on which he was travelling was struck by a submarine-laid mine in the approach to Liverpool on April 9, but the passengers (including Sims) were safely evacuated and made shore safely.

Over the next several days, Sims met with Jellicoe, the King, and Lloyd George.  Although the Prime Minister was sanguine as to Britain’s prospects, both Jellicoe and the King were very concerned about the submarine threat.  Jellicoe told him:

It is impossible for us to go on with the war if losses like this continue….The situation is very serious and we shall need all the assistance we can get…They will win unless we can stop these losses–and stop them soon….[There is] absolutely no solution that we can see now.

Jellicoe raised the prospect that Britain would have to surrender by November if nothing could be done about the submarines; if the British fleet were handed over to the Germans, the United States would then have to face both of them in the Atlantic.

Jellicoe asked Sims for “every available destroy, trawler, yacht, tug and other small craft of sufficient speed to deal with submarines.” Sims and the American ambassador agreed, and on April 12 asked Wilson to send destroyers immediately.  Two days later, the first six destroyers left Hampton Roads, bound for Europe.

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Sources include: Robert K. Massie, Castles of Steel.


It’s been 105 years… Here’s just a small piece of the tragic history of the ill-fated Ship of Dreams….

As an Irish businessman, Thomas Andrews was the managing director of Harland and Wolff, a shipbuilding company in Belfast. He was also the architect in charge of the plans for the Titanic. Andrews was on board and passed away when the ship sank.

Andrews is quoted to have said, “Let the Truth be known, no ship is unsinkable. The bigger the ship, the easier it is to sink her. I learned long ago that if you design how a ship’ll sink, you can keep her afloat. I proposed all the watertight compartments and the double hull to slow these ships from sinking. In that way, you get everyone off. There’s time for help to arrive, and the ship’s less likely to break apart and kill someone while she’s going down.”

Andrews was noted for his heroic actions during the two hours and forty minutes it took for the Titanic to completely sink below the ocean’s surface, going under at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912. Passengers said he moved constantly around the ship urging everyone to put on their life jackets and get into lifeboats immediately, knowing there wouldn’t be enough room in them to save everyone on board.

Then there’s Joseph Bruce Ismay, the chairman and managing director of White Star Line. 

Allegedly, Ismay told Andrews, “Control your Irish passions, Thomas. Your uncle here tells me you proposed 64 lifeboats and he had to pull your arm to get you down to 32. Now, I will remind you just as I reminded him these are my ships. And, according to our contract, I have final say on the design. I’ll not have so many little boats, as you call them, cluttering up my decks and putting fear into my passengers.”

In the end, the Titanic only carried 20 lifeboats with a capacity for almost 1,200. There were more than 2,200 on board. Only 706 survived.

Of those survivors, some later reported hearing Ismay say the ship would be speeding up despite ice warnings. Others said they heard him pressuring Captain Edward J. Smith to go faster. He allegedly wanted to make it across the Atlantic in record time to make headlines for the new liner. 

This portrayal of Ismay is seen in the film from 1997 (shown with the captain’s famous line after the Titanic strikes the iceberg, “Well, I believe you may get your headlines, Mr. Ismay.”); however, some historians do not believe Ismay had any motive to act in this manner. Ismay did make it into a lifeboat, later dying of a stroke in 1937 at age 74.


“Diving Bell ; The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol” (Director’s cut / free release)

The Sewol ferry with 476 passengers onboard sank on April 16th, 2014. The passengers waited still, believing the statement “Wait in the cabin” from the captain. However, at the same time the captain party boarded lifeboats in secret.

The ship finally sank, and 304 passengers died in total. Among them 250 were the students from Danwon Highschool, who were on their way to Jeju Island for the field trip. Even though there are 9 people in the wrecked ship still now, the Korean Government has postponed the salvage operation.

The Korean Park Geun-hye Administration is taking no responsibility on this disaster. The bereaved families of victims purport that the Government, in fact, slaughtered the passengers rather than they were not able to rescue them. How did the family come to make those horrifying arguments? This movie leads you to the sinking disaster then.  

Southern Rail counts cost of year’s rail disruption

Service has “stabilised” on the Southern Rail network where strikes have caused misery for thousands of commuters, franchise operator Go-Ahead Group insisted on Thursday.

But the firm, which runs Southern through its Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) business, counted the cost today as passenger revenue on the service fell 5% in the nine months to April 1, with passenger trips down 3.5%.

Hopes for an end to the long-running battle over driver-only operated trains were dampened earlier this month when union Aslef’s drivers rejected a deal. The RMT will mark the dispute’s anniversary with a protest in Parliament next week.

Go-Ahead, which warned on profits in February, said today: “Service levels have stabilised following the previous periods of industrial action, delivering more reliable rail services to customers. Discussions between GTR and the Aslef and the RMT unions continue with the aim of resolving the ongoing industrial disputes.”

Shares rose 88p or 5% to 1817p as the firm stuck to its full-year guidance. Shore Capital’s Martin Brown said: “Go-Ahead has sold off sharply in recent months, however… we believe the selloff is overdone.”

Here's how major airlines rank when it comes to customer satisfaction

Airlines are facing tougher scrutiny over their customer service practices after David Dao, a passenger on a United flight, was dragged off a plane by three Chicago Aviation police officers on April 9.

Passengers seem to have become more vigilant about recording inflammatory interactions between airline staff and customers after graphic images of Dao’s bloodied face circulated the internet. American Airlines and Delta have both faced public backlash in the last month as a result of viral videos that captured public altercations.

(Business Insider/ Mike Nudelman)

Despite these viral instances, a 2017 survey by research agency J.D. Power found that overall customer satisfaction with North American airlines has reached its highest level ever in the 13 years since the agency started the assessment.

J.D. Power collected responses from 11,015 passengers between April 2016 and March 2017. (It would be interesting, however, to see whether perceptions of customer service have changed since the United incident in April.)

Respondents were asked to assess airlines based on seven factors: cost and fees; in-flight services; aircraft; boarding/deplaning/baggage; flight crew; check-in; and reservation. Among the four major carriers (United, American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest), United ranked the lowest for customer satisfaction.

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JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 17: Relatives wait for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo gymnasium on April 17, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Six are dead, and 290 are missing as reported. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

2012's Best: Act I

It was such an amazing year of music: writers, producers, musicians, and singers were overwhelmingly creative and brilliance was everywhere. The Autumn Roses posted hundreds of songs and it really was heartbreaking to leave any off. Nonetheless the list numbers forty, and there’s so very much to love in each one. Off we go…

40. Julia Holter, “In the Same Room”

39. Twigs, “Ache”

38. Eight and a Half, Go Ego”

37. Advance Base, “Summer Music”

36. Gabriel Bruce, “Perfect Weather”

35. Sylver Tongue, “Hook You Up”

34. The Daydream Club, “On the Move (Part II)”

33. Rochelle Jordan, “Shotgun”

32. SOHN, “The Wheel”

31. Woodpecker Wooliams, “Sparrow”

30. April was a passenger, “Red Light Romance”

29. Meg Myers, “Curbstomp”

28. Garnets, “Misty’s Ocean”

27. Grimes, “Oblivion”

26. Mary Epworth, “Black Doe”

25. PINS, “Eleventh Hour”


The US Federal Aviation Administration defines a large aircraft as any aircraft with a certificated maximum takeoff weight of more than 12,500 pounds (5,700 kilograms).

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) defines a large aircraft as either “an aeroplane with a maximum take-off mass of more than 5,700 kilograms (12,500 pounds) or a multi-engined helicopter.”

Fixed-wing (civilian)

Antonov An-225 Mriya

1st Flight 21 December 1988. The An-225’s name, Mriya (Мрiя) means “Dream” (Inspiration) in Ukrainian. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian civil registration UR-82060. The airlifter holds the absolute world records for an airlifted single item payload of 189,980 kilograms (418,834 pounds), and an airlifted total payload of 253,820 kilograms (559,577 pounds). It has also transported a payload of 247,000 kilograms (545,000 pounds) on a commercial flight.

Airbus A380-800

1st Flight 27 April 2005. The largest passenger aircraft ever made.

Airbus A340-600

1st Flight 23 April 2001. The A340-600 was from 2001 to 2010 with a length of 75.30m the longest commercial aircraft

Antonov An-124

1st Flight 1982. Was the largest mass-produced aircraft in the world until the Airbus A380 was produced. Remains the world’s largest military aircraft currently in service.

Antonov An-222

1st Flight 7 February 1965. World’s largest turboprop-powered airplane

Boeing 747

1st Flight 9 February 1969. Highest-capacity passenger aircraft until surpassed by Airbus A380

Boeing 747-8

1st Flight 8 February 2010 (F variant). Lengthened version of 747 with increased span wing. World’s longest passenger aircraft at 76.4 m (0.9 m / 3 ft longer than Airbus A340)

Boeing 747 “Dreamlifter”

1st Flight 9 September 2006. 747 with enlarged fuselage for transporting Boeing 787 Dreamliner sub-assemblies (1,800 cubic metres (65,000 cu ft))

Tupolev Maxsim Gorki

1st Flight 19 May 1934. Physically the largest aircraft, and heaviest land-based aircraft of the 1930s era (63 meter/206.7 ft wingspan, 53 tonne MTOW), required eight 900 hp Mikulin V12 engines for flightDornier Do X12 July 1929  Largest successful flying boat and heaviest aircraft in the world from 1929 until 1942 when the Boeing B-29 Superfortress first flew.

Jonghyun and Key express their grief towards the recent Sewol Ferry tragedy
On the latest broadcast of MBC-R FM4U’s Blue Night, Jonghyun shared his regretful thoughts regarding the recent Sewol tragedy, where South Korean ferry MS Sewol capsized.
“Spring, the breeze, all of these things feel pointless lately. I don’t even know their names nor their faces, but I can’t help but miss them. It just feels like they would throw the door open and come in saying ‘We’re back home.’ Then I would say that they’ve gone through so much in a cold place while being hungry, and pat their shoulders like nothing ever happened.”
He then expressed his utmost grief towards the numbers of missing persons and the alarmingly high rate of deaths from the tragedy. And felt thankful for those people online who mourned with them.
Key also expressed his remorse for the tragic event through his instagram account and posted a photo with the caption: “I will be praying for everything to turn out well soon.” Furthermore, ToHeart’s promotional activities were all postponed due to the recent accident.
On the 16th of April, The Sewol ferry, carrying 476 passengers, most of them being high school students, went down off the southwest coast of South Korea. Officials say 29 people are confirmed dead, 273 people are still missing and 174 people were rescued.

Source: TV Report, Key’s Instagram
Written by: ibreatheparadox @ shineee.net
Translation by: pixiecloude @ shineee.net