corrupted morals

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Destiny week Day 6: Grimoire 

part 1 of ??

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📚 Author Themed Asks 📚

Because I love books and I CANNOT find an ask-prompt that satisfies my literary sensibilities AND my insatiable desire to troll. (Feel free to reblog). 

F. Scott Fitzgerald: How would you describe your ‘ideal’ brunch attire?

J.K. Rowling: What is your Hogwarts house? 

Donna Tartt: Which of the seven deadly sins are you most guilty of? 

Sylvia Plath: What is your favorite artistic medium?

Dostoevsky: Do you sleep feverishly or perhaps not at all? 

George R.R. Martin: Would you rather marry for wealth/power or murder for it?

J.R. Tolkien: What is your favorite magical creature? 

Jane Austen: What social faux-pas annoys you the most? 

Leo Tolstoy: Do you feel honor-bound to betray aspects of your formally bleak and morally corrupt life?

Hans Christian Anderson: What is your favorite fairytale?

Lord Byron: Are you narcissistic? 

JD Salinger: What is/was your worst subject in school?

Stephen King: What kind of curse would most effectively punish you for disrespecting the sanctity of some Native American burial grounds?

Oscar Wilde:  Would you sweep your rival a magnificently lethal leg at the top of a long flight of stairs? 

Charles Dickens:  How do you really feel about children? 

Edith Wharton: Do you love someone with every fiber of your being but respect them too much to touch them?  

saturn in aries- audacity, self-analysis, distressing quest for self-evolvement
saturn in taurus- passive power, continuous effort.. long lasting stamina
saturn in gemini- tendency to think abstractly, emphasis on the cerebral plane
saturn in cancer- solitary retreat, depersonalization, emotional awareness
saturn in leo- insaciable nature, on the quest for the ultimate sacrifice
saturn in virgo- depression of the instinct, the epitome of control
saturn in libra- universal contemplation, dissociating from the self
saturn in scorpio- fanaticism, obsessive instincts, “corrupted” mind
saturn in sagittarius- moral efforts, self-awareness at its fullest, ethical wisdom
saturn in capricorn- concentration, further reach, all or nothing
saturn in aquarius- deadly fight for a cause, attachment to the impersonal 
saturn in pisces- romanticization of captivity, masochism, glamorous loss of the self

Listen. This is a terrible outlook on your work-life choices.

Your job and ultimately your career are important choices that should not be dictated by woo-woo bullshit like a “calling”. Should you have an affinity for what you do? Sure, yeah, whatever. At the end the day, though? Your job and career are about providing for yourself and your dependents. Your “personal values” are not lesser just because you took a job that gives you food security and lets you live in a nicer part of town. 

The system is designed to take advantage of people who buy into this having a “calling” bullshit. They’ll eat you alive if you think like that. They’ll pay you $36k/year to work 50 hours a week and still expect more from you. They won’t give you any professional development or training and then they’ll force you to retire early because you can’t keep up with the new, even cheaper hires. And at the end the day, they’ll make sure you’re still saying that old line, “Oh yeah, the pay is terrible, but it’s so rewarding.”

And don’t forget that it’s almost always women who are encouraged into these rewarding jobs for shit pay. Pink-collar jobs are full of professions that have been re-packaged to sell as “callings” instead of bona fide careers: teachers, librarians, nurses, etc. Highly educated women talked into taking bad jobs with worse pay because it’s their calling

I could go on. 

What I really want to do though is encourage you to always think of your career as your career. It is quite literally the thing that keeps you clothed, fed and housed. Career is not a dirty word!  👀 You career should not be dictated by what job gives you the moral high ground or the fuzziest feelings; it should be dictated by the what job gives you the best compensation* for your skills. (*Compensation here does not always equal pure salary, of course.)

Chiron

The little asteroid in your chart that represents healing. Take note Chiron is hard to draw up, some sites and charts don’t always pick it up. The one I like to use is through astrotheme.com. Chiron can talk about healing from “past lives” and other times it is considered where you are naturally wounded in life. I am going to concentrate on the “wounds” in life and issues one might have to overcome, as well as how one can heal. 

Aries Chiron: The wound is in the ego. They may have low self-esteem, shy away from conflict and individualism. Healing comes from concentrating on the self. Finding assertiveness and confidence. Once healing starts they can push others into action, encourages confidence, challenges others identity.

Taurus Chiron: Wound in security. Might feel uprooted and unstable throughout life. Insecure in their own strength. Healing is all about finding inner security. They help others by being strong and stable for them.

Gemini Chiron: All about wounds in communication. Finds it hard to express themselves, connect, and can never seem to find the right words. Can easily be misunderstood, prefers to observe and worries their intellect will be judged. Healing comes from expressing themselves, they must find their voice and not fear wounding words or misunderstandings. Helps others speak their mind and find their voice.

Cancer Chiron: Wound is emotional, especially with facing abandonment, coldness, or unhealthy attachment in life. Associated with having stress directly linked to the body, an unhealthy mind/heart will produce physical sickness. Healing comes from finding their inner mother, learn self-nurturing, compassion, healing, and protection. Healing comes from learning healthy detachment. Helps to nurture and protect others. Encourages others.

Leo Chiron: Struggles with self-expression, wound is in the ego, can lack confidence and empowerment. Associated with head vs. heart issues. Healing comes by finding outlets and tools of empowerment, must develop their confidence. Then they can help empower others.

Virgo Chiron: Associated with pushing oneself too hard, nervous energy, anxiety, harsh self-criticism, easily used by others. Healing comes from self-acceptance, helping others on their own terms, and by learning tolerance. Has the ability to serve others in a meaningful way and shows others balance between judgment and tolerance.

Libra Chiron: Wound is centered on self love and loving others. Gives into self-hate, losing identity, selfishness, jealousy, insecurity. Is prone to giving in, being manipulated, and abused for the sake of a relationship or approval from another. Healing comes through self-love, putting their needs first, learning what others need. Teaches others how to love.

Scorpio Chiron: Has a huge association with trauma-driven wounds. Their dark side takes over subconsciously. Fear of the world and themselves. Associated with sexual abuse. Has a connection with past life trauma. Associated with family spread or community trauma. Healing comes from accepting the past and facing their dark side. Helps others to face their inner darkness and trauma. Could help a community overcome their darkness. 

Sagittarius Chiron: Wound is in their belief system and mind. Might be discouraged or suppressed by a belief system. Loses their morals. Could be closed-minded, associated with corrupt morals, might have hatred towards a belief system.  Healing comes from learning a new perspective. By exploring their own and others beliefs. Helps to open others’ minds.

Capricorn Chiron: Wound has to do with authority and quiet suffering. Struggles with authority figures, finds it hard to gain their own authority. Might be apathetic or cold to others but more cold to themselves, too much control in their life, struggles with power.  Healing comes by finding their inner authority and/or learning to sympathize with others and themselves. Shows others how to take charge of their destiny, shows a different way to sympathize with others.

Aquarius Chiron: Wound is based on not being accepted into society. Easily feels outcasted, rejected, alienated, maybe even a scapegoat. Healing comes by accepting their individualism, learns to feed their needs first before society. Helps others essentially say forget society. Pushes individualism.

Pisces Chiron: Wound is spiritual. Lose their own imagination/creativity, finds it hard to set firm beliefs, inner conflict with beliefs. Heals by integrating their beliefs into their daily life. Helps others to accept and learn their own divine system.

  • How Noragami advertises itself: a fun, relatively lighthearted fantasy series with a lovable main trio. the arcs might get a little heavy but they always have heartwarming conclusions.
  • What Noragami really is: SURPRISE! Horrible Deaths! Tragic Backstories! CHILD ABUSE!! The goofy main character was a habitual murderer in his past and the other two almost turned into demons on different occasions due to their own moral corruption! HAVE FUN!

::: The scales of justice reside in Libra and her 7th house. Signs or planets positioned in the 7th house show the individual’s interpersonal skills and how they are inclined to implement social fairness, equilibrium and moral principles among the given public ::: 

Aries/mars in the 7th is a lawful fighting spirit; mars show what one fights for, where one’s energy is directed to with passion. These positions may battle and forcefully advocate for justice, protecting the weak-willed and dispirited. Could be found directly confronting and policing the wrongdoings of members of society.

Taurus/Venus in the 7th publicly supports preservation of aesthetic principles and may resist wrongful social injustices with forms of art or music. Conveys messages of appreciating all forms of beauty to the public, such as art, nature or encouraging self-love. Stresses the importance of values and resources, motivating the people to become smart about their money as to build stable foundations for themselves and the public.

Gemini/Mercury in the 7th  will urge people to speak up, because they are passionate about equal communication. Will be found as spokespersons for public causes, having primary concerns for education, literature, media, neighborhood well-being and other social exchanges that promote cultivation of the mind and connectivity with others.

Cancer/Moon in the 7th is inclined to serve as the protector of the masses. They are especially emotional about children, feminine, elderly and family ideologies and vow preservation of their rights. Can promote education about feminine principles such as through women studies, female sexuality, women psychology or pregnancy/motherhood. The mother of society.

Leo/Sun in the 7th believes everyone has a given birthright to make themselves known and validated, and so can battle for social justice of individuals in front of cameras or through public performance. This generates a charismatic spokesperson, journalist/writer or news reporter type of trend, where they use their creativity and inviting charm to engage and inform people on important issues. Advocates for self-expression of all forms as to validate identities of the public.  

Virgo/Mercury in the 7th believes in social purification and refinement and will critically question, analyze, and digest the flaws of the public in order to fix them. They are well-versed in organization through discriminating and picking apart facets of the public and then bringing them together in synthesization, a constant restructure. Believes society should always continue to improve itself. May also advocate for healthcare and mental/physical wellness. 

Libra/Venus in the 7th wants to bring attention to the importance of Union; the skill of relating to others as to view them impartially, and promoting equitable relationships/marriage. They appreciate and advocate any form of social awareness that emphasizes fairness and justice. The mediator of society. 

Scorpio/Pluto in the 7th holds severe convictions that can tear apart any corruption of morals that the public tries to keep secret. They become the social surgeon, dissecting and forcefully questioning the public as to bring attention to illicit and unlawful concepts and to reform social structure & punish accordingly. Also ones to advocate for sexual liberation and crime control. Wants to break society and build it up from the ashes. 

Sagittarius, Jupiter and the 9th house govern over spiritual & universal law referring to fundamental ethics and morals and so Jupiter/Sagittarius in the 7th makes for an individual who has strong intuition on “what is right and what is wrong.” They have an acute eye for justice on a cosmic scale and advocate for tolerance and acceptance, especially of culture, spirituality and religion. Could also advocate for nature and animal protection as well as promote college education and traveling as to expand the mind & learn the ways of other societies through experience.

Capricorn, Saturn and the 10th house govern legal law and authority, so Capricorn/Saturn in the 7th here could lay down karmic law with the totality of their firm, disciplined and severe influence, providing protection and structure of moral principles. They implement the importance of rules, respect, responsibility and Order and could serve the public as established mentors to convey these concepts. The backbone of society.

Aquarius/Uranus in the 7th urges justice and liberation of corrupt laws to build a progressive and equal future, conveying change as a good thing. Will often be found questioning authority and rules that don’t seem to make sense. Advocates Union with the universal collective; emphasizing community involvement & the importance of working together. Could advocate for technology and scientific advancement, as well as normalization and equal-rights for the “unconventional” and “outcasted” parts of the public. Brings awareness to the masses, genuinely believing everyone should be enlightened on social problems. The shock factor of society. 

Pisces/Neptune in the 7th is horrified by social injustices concerning the unfortunate, suffering, ill and forgotten parts of the public, creating a sensitive and universally empathetic soul that gives themselves emotionally to the collective. They resonate with others and genuinely have a dream to “save” society from adversities. Inclined to advocate for the protection and renewal of hospitals, prisons and asylums. 

Idk why people always portray Alfred as such a righteous and selfless guy like guys I need a fic where he is willing to sell out his friends just because someone gave him a shit load of money. I NEED A FIC WHERE AT FIRST HE SEEM LIKE SUCH A GOOD GUY BUT THEM THIS HANDSOME BUT VERY BAD PERSON COMES UP AND SEDUCES HIM and not with his good looks but WITH MONEY

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Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.

On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.

—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

like if you’re writing a film or a book or anything and your way of making someone seem threatening in a scene is to emphasise that they’re disabled (a prominent facial scar, a prosthetic leg or cane clanging of the floor, the slow breathing of an assistive machine etc)

then you are just continuing to associate fear, evil and moral corruption with disabled people which leads to violence against us both at interpersonal and societal levels

so maybe reconsider it thanksss

gravegh0st  asked:

can you talk some more about Dishonoured? (is that the game?) I'm so confused but everyone seems very excited(?) about something? Sorry, my autistic ass is so confused lmao

Oh boy can I. 

Hello friend, welcome to the collective freakout that is the Dishonored fandom going “wait WHAT, OH MY GOD YES!!”

Dishonored is a stealth sneaky sneaky magic/stabby game which came out back in 2012. The premise is, without giving too much away, thatyou are the personal bodyguard to Empress Jessamine who is murdered in front of you by a man named Daud. Princess Emily is also kidnapped and they vanish into literal thin air, and you’re left behind to hold Jessamine in your arms as she dies. You are then framed for her murder and spend the rest of game trying to regain your honor, find Emily and restore balance to the Empire. How you do that is all on you. 

You can either ghost through the world on silent sneaky feet without shedding a single drop of blood and show mercy (sort of) to those who have wronged you, or you can finish what others have started and watch the world burn.

The Outsider everyone is talking about, is an ancient god entity from the Void who chooses to give you supernatural powers to aide you in your endeavors, how much you use them or how little, is up to you. It’s sort of like the immortal eldritch equivalent of binge watching a new show on Netflix. Everyone else he previously Marked is boring and predictable, but you, oh you with grief and murder and love in your heart, you could be fun. 

If you do the predicted “kill everything in your path” outcome, he’s unsurprised but still moderately entertained and thanks you for the show. If you opt not to kill anyone, he’s somewhat wryly amused that you proved him wrong, and tells you he’s enjoyed watching, and I cannot stress enough how much I LOVE the moral functioning code in Dishonored (the Chaos ranking). It is to my mind one of the only few games that boasts a truly nuanced approach to morality and how we interact with the world around us by showing us the subtle and not to subtle ways in which our actions affect the world we live in. The literal difference between a childs drawings and the fall of an Empire.

It is worth pointing out that Corvo’s actions, despite non chaotic, are not always good. He is adhering to a personal code of morality which is acted out by you the player. Mercy and honor are not synonymous with Good, just like revenge and justice are not the same thing but often mistaken for two sides of the same coin. 

There is instead a kind of poetic justice to a lot of the things he does, making them satisfying to watch, but without actually crossing the line into being “just as bad as them”. You can of course also be, just as bad as them. There are a million and one ways to make someone die in this game, and you can do it with as much or as little finesse as you like. 

If you are low chaos, ie you sneak around and find ways to complete your goals without killing anyone, the world will be…it will still be bad, but things will be a little kinder. People will be softer, they will strive to do better. More people will survive. There is less fear in the streets, people will know about a masked man, but they’ll hear the stories, yea, the whole garrison, the whole garrison put to sleep with some kind of dart—and did you hear about what the High Overseer was actually doing though??? What a monster…

If however you opt for stabby stabby murder central, the game becomes collectively harder. There will be more rats, there will be more guards who are more hostile and alert. But the good people in the game, the people who are truly good, will become afraid of you, will become twisted and cynical. And it’s fucking chilling. Like, it’s just…hhnnngh, it’s so subtle right up until it’s not it’s like a punch to the gut. I love it.

I still remember the first time I played the game and Samuel called me a bad person and that he hated me, I was like “but, but…I didn’t…I chose to be merciful! those people did awful things and I was merciful!” and then it hit me…I wasn’t. I wasn’t merciful, I wasn’t good. I still stood on the precipice over Hell and I chose to spare some people under the guise of morality and my own righteousness, while slaughtering countless others who got in my path. What made those people any less important to me than a main NPC? They weren’t. They were still People in the world I was in. And I killed them. I didn’t even try to find a way not to. I just treated them like the result of a world gone mad around me and waded through blood, like my survival meant the inevitability of their death. I treated them with the same non-thought with which the blatantly morally corrupt NPcharacters had treated me and countless others like me.

And that is some Avatar The Last Airbender shit right there. That’s Aang on the mountain and giant lion sea turtles right there. It’s Pratchett with Sam Vimes in the deep down dark holding and axe and Granny Weatherwax who stares into the depths of her soul and comes up swinging for the light. It’s wonderful and it gives me chills just remembering the first time it happened and I had paused the game to go “what…no!” and the enormity of it hit me. It completely changed the way I play the game, most games, actually. And I get frustrated with other sneaky games with supposed moral coding that don’t hold me to that same level of accountability, or don’t even allow me to try.

And then the DLC comes out and you’re playing as Daud, the assassin who killed the empress and he’s having a fucking moral melt down. He’s having nightmares about it, battling against the clock to make amends and set things right before Corvo catches up with him and kills him, and you can either play with the same ruthless disregard for life that lead you to these circumstances or…or you can tread a little lighter, a little softer. All the while knowing your life ultimately hangs in the balance. And as you the player, knowing how his fate ends depending on how you played as Corvo.

Dishonored 2 operates on the same pretenses, except it’s some years later, and you have the choice to play as either Corvo or Emily. Ousted from your home, you have to make your way to Karnaca to restore order, and defeat the people who planned the coup before returning home to reclaim the throne. How you do that? Again, that’s up to you. You can either rage and lash out in a world where cruelty thrives—you can be ruthless and merciless—or you can find another way.

I’ll be really interested to see what goes on with this new Daud and Billie (Daud’s right hand in the first game) expansion of the universe. What choices are canon and which ones are not, and how they will affect the world of Dunwall as we know it. I already have a theory about why they want to kill the Outsider, but I wont say just yet. All I know is it looks like we get to play as Billie, and I am 100% here for That.

i’m reading waaay too much into this again but i literally can’t stand how much rowling completely stans for severus snape who was arguably the most morally corrupt “good guy” in the entire series and yet completely turns her nose up at fans of draco malfoy even when he’s been shown to be a redeemable character that showed more growth throughout the last few books then snape went through his entire adult life