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MBTI types as schools of philosophy

ISFJ: historicism, the belief that some event(s) or period(s) in history has/have had a pivotal role in the way humans have developed (e.g. believing that the fall of Rome was the turning point of human history)
ESFJ: antipositivism, the belief that human social life does not follow definite laws the way the natural world does
ISTJ: stoicism, the belief that bad and destructive emotions come from poor judgment and that one is most free when they are free from anger, jealousy, and envy
ESTJ: pragmaticism, the belief that practical topics (topics that have real-life applications) are the most relevant topics
ISFP: romanticism, part of which holds that intense emotions like apprehension, awe, horror, and fear are the most beautiful things that humans can experience
ESFP: empiricism, the belief that  knowledge either only or primarily comes from sensory experience
ISTP: objectivism, the belief that reality exists as purely as ever even without conscious creatures observing it but that humans have a connection to reality through their senses
ESTP: critical realism, the belief that some of the senses provide accurate versions of reality, while others do not
INFJ: neohumanist universalism, the belief that extending your love to all living and nonliving beings in the universe allows you to see the ultimate truth
ENFJ: epicureanism, part of which holds that making friends is essential to living a happy and satisfying life
INTJ: solipsism, the belief that the only thing that you can be absolutely sure exists is your own mind
ENTJ: transhumanism, the belief that advanced technology can and should be used to enhance humans’ physical and intellectual abilities
INFP: idealism, the belief that reality as we can know it is purely mental and does not exist outside of our minds
ENFP: ethical egoism, the belief that an ethical deed is, by definition, one done in self-interest, so long as you do not knowingly hurt others in the process
INTP: logical positivism, the belief that all of your decisions, conclusions, and beliefs should be rooted in scientific discovery and evidence
ENTP: structuralism, the belief that human social life functions as a large, overarching system or process


Finally got around to reading Agent of Asgard!

It’s fantastic how Ewing brings Loki back to his archetypal roots as a trickster, and how that plays out in the comic format. I’m such a sucker for metanarrative, and Loki, a self-conscious creature of story, becomes the god of stories? I’m sold.

Also, I love how the series is reminiscent of Aguirre-Sacasa’s (Trials of Loki) and Simonson’s Thor runs. It’s nice to see some continuity from the Ragnarok/Surtur saga.

I hope Loki continues to be handled well after this. Gillen and Ewing deconstructed his character so well and so uniquely, it’s hard to imagine a better follow-up.

(17) It also emits a light called “Buddha-wisdom”:
This light can awaken all conscious creatures,
Causing them to see innumerable, boundless Buddhas,
Each sitting on jewel lotus flowers.
Praising the Buddhas’ powers and liberation,
Telling of the Buddhas’ freedom without bound,
Manifesting Buddhas’ powers and mystic abilities,
Is how this light may be produced.

(18) It also emanates a light called “Fearlessness”:
This light shines on those in fear
And causes the speedy annihilation
Of all inhuman harmful things.
Being able to give beings freedom from fear,
Exhorting the ceasing of all afflictions and injury encountered,
Rescuing those in danger, the orphaned and the helpless,
Is how this light can be made.

(19) It also radiates a light called “Peace”:
This light can illumine those who are ill
And cause all pains to be relieved
So all can gain the bliss of right concentration.
Dispensing medicine to cure afflictions,
Anointing with precious life-prolonging perfume,
Giving butter, oil, honey, and milk for nourishment,
Is how this light can be made.

Avatamsaka Sutra - 350

Note on the image: Dhyani-buddha Amoghasiddhi bestowing fearlessness.