It’s Time

It’s time to wake up, people.

It’s time to stop automatically listening to what we hear on television.

It’s time to start thinking for ourselves.

It’s time to question everything.

It’s time to consider the possibility that we have all been fooled into thinking that reality is actually real.

It’s time to let go of the notion of heroes and savoirs.

Because we’re the heroes.

We’re the savoirs.

We’re the ones that will finally put an end to the needless suffering we are all forced to witness or endure on a literal daily basis.

But we’ve got to wake up first.

And it’s time to wake up.

It’s time.

✌💜🌟

5

Kanye West: a useful mouthpiece—a tool—for white supremacy.

In this 2009 Reuters interview, Kanye stated he was a proud non-reader of books and said he wasn’t a fan of books. Never has this been more apparent than right now. Kanye West is making ignorant, uninformed, counter factual statements, and he needs to educate himself before trying to educate others.

Kanye, with his “free thinking” coonery, is one of the most cancelled celebs of 2018. So far, anyway.

‘What is the mediterranean? It is a thousand things at once. Not a landscape, but a series of landscapes. Not a sea, but seas flowing on other seas. To travel in the mediterranean […] means to encounter the most ancient things, still alive, alongside the ultramodern.’

Look, I don’t really care where you stand on fandom discourse but seriously—if you don’t think that reading published books, playing video games, or watching tv shows and movies that contain certain dark things means that a person wholeheartedly supports those things in realy life and is more likely to go out and actually do them but you think the total opposite when it comes to fanfiction, then that’s an obvious double standard and there’s a giant hole in your logic.

If you can happily enjoy watching a show like Hannibal without supporting cannibalism IRL and becoming a serial killer, but think people who read fanfic that contains content that’s just as dark means that they MUST support those things IRL and are likely to go out and do them, then that’s an obvious double standard and there’s a giant hole in your logic.

If you think that published authors like George RR Martin, Gillian Flynn, Stephen King, and countless others can write what they write without supporting it in real life or it meaning they’re out doing the things they write about, but think fanfic authors writing about the exact same things support those things IRL and are out doing them then that’s an obvious double standard and there’s a giant whole in your logic.

If you can consume media such as published books, video games, movies and shows that contain dark content without thinking that the things you read/see are okay to emulate IRL and thinking that they’re normal and acceptable outside of fiction but don’t think that people reading fanfic about the same dark content can do the same, then that’s an obvious double standard and there’s a giant hole in your logic.

If you don’t think that dark themes in published books, video games, tv shows and movies which have an audience of millions normalize the dark content that they contain and cause it to happen IRL but you think that fanfic that has an audience of only thousands does then that’s an obvious double standard and there’s a giant hole in your logic.

So many of y'all hold fanfic, fanfic writers and fanfic readers to a standard that you do not hold the creators and consumers of other media such as published books, video games, tv shows and movies which contains literally the exact same dark themes as the fanfic you’re going off over to and you never stop to ask yourself for a single moment WHY.

What’s the difference between a person checking a book out from the library that contains dark themes and them reading a fanfic which contains the exact same dark themes on ao3? What’s the difference between watching a movie with those themes rather than reading a fanfic with them? What about watching a tv show? Playing a video game?

What makes all of those things above reproach, safe to create and consume without it saying something about a person’s morality or ethics or IRL behavior and beliefs, but which makes fanfic that contains literally the exact same content some unending horror that needs to be destroyed before it corrupts everyone who touches it?

We need to talk about how families/parents/communities forcing religion upon people and how making them feel obligated to follow a religion through either:

  • Tradition
  • Emotional/mental abuse
  • Fear tactics 
  • Manipulation
  • The threat of physical violence
  • Threat being shunned 
  • Fear of disownment/homelessness
  • Pressure from bribery or blackmail
  • Pressure through guilt

 is really damaging and traumatic to peoples mental health.

And we need to talk about it now. 

With everyone getting their email from tumblr with a list of IRA blogs they’ve either followed or reblogged from, I highly encourage all of you to not just delete those emails and forget about them but to actually take the time to search for those usernames on your blogs, look at the posts you reblogged from them, and critically analyze each of them.

Examine what the posts had in common (did they use similar wording? similar appeals to emotion?), ask yourself why someone would want people to see that particular post (what was the motivation? what was the intended goal? what reaction did they hope to get? what did they want you to believe and why?), and ask yourself why you reblogged it in the first place (to share news? because you felt guilty? because the post made it sound like an urgent situation?).

Don’t just reblog a hundred jokes about “lol russian bots on tumblr” and forget about this and continue on to be manipulated some more, fed more false information, and play right into the hands of groups who want to spread propaganda, harm people, and stifle the flow of progress. Take this seriously. Look into it. Make an effort to think more critically, share information responsibly, and stay informed in the future.

Because the people who have been using social media in this way to spread propaganda and manipulate people into buying into their lies are banking on us not doing a damn thing to change our behavior and how we consume and share information online so that they can continue to use these same tactics in the future. Don’t prove them right. Treat this like a learning opportunity, not a joke.

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.
—  Jean Piaget

While it’s good to be critical of excessive overhead in charities and nonprofits, you’ve also gotta apply a little critical thinking to claims of high efficiency, not just low efficiency. All organisations cost money to operate; if a particular charity claims to be putting 99% of their donations toward the cause, that doesn’t mean they’re super-efficient: it means they’re playing semantic games with what counts as a “donation”, and there’s a technically-not-donations revenue stream somewhere that’s not being reflected in that figure.

hot take: people in discourse don’t have “bad reading comprehension”, what they have is a bad habit of purposefully misinterpreting the words of anyone who doesn’t agree with them to hell and back in order to con their way into “winning” arguments by making the people they’re debating look as irrational or monstrous as possible and making themselves and their own arguments look better by comparison.

there’s a major difference between someone who reads text and genuinely does not understand what is being said and someone who reads text with no intention of even trying to understand what is being said because it doesn’t subscribe to their already held world views, who then goes on to reduce the text to the worst possible interpretation of it they can imagine (no matter how much they have to reach to get there) and attack that interpretation rather than what’s actually being said. 

anonymous asked:

hi!! i know you said you were answering witchy asks so heres what ive got. im a really new witch, ive been interested in it for a few months now and have veeery slowly started trying to figure out what types of magic i can do / enjoy. i know research is the way to become more aware of magic and how to do it, but im never sure what good sources are or what are good articles to read for baby witches. if you have any, id be really thankful! thanks for considering even if you say no <3

Okay, so, instead of recommending you articles and stuff, I’m gonna talk a bit about critical thinking in magic, and using our discernment, because I don’t think it gets talked about a lot.

So the thing is, first off, there are a lot of sources out there, as we know. Some are awesome, some are hit and miss, and some are just…bad. But how can we tell them apart, and how can I know as a beginner what to avoid?

Well, the first thing you want to do is find your source of information. Pick an article. Read it all the way through. Now, how do you feel about what you read? Did it make sense, or were you left confused on a lot of points? Did it *seem* reasonable? Was there anything that didn’t sit right, or made you feel uncomfortable or unsure of yourself?

As magic users, we are taught our instincts are very important, and generally good to follow in regards to magic; I’d say the same can be said for researching magic as well. Of course, it’s not to be totally relied on every time, but it can definitely give you an idea of things you may want to stay away from if it doesn’t sit right with you. Not only is the information accuracy important, but whether you are comfortable utilizing it too! our boundaries in magic are just as important.

Paying attention to any sort of comments or reviews on sources is great too. There are some problematic sources out there, and we do talk about that sort of thing on Tumblr. There can still be useful things found in bad resources, however; you just need to know the problem areas to avoid so you can sift through it to find anything that may be useful to you.

Problem areas:

  • using the terms witchcraft / Wicca / pagan interchangeably
  • religious exclusion (saying one religion is better than another)
  • elitism (“real witches only do *this*” ; “you are only a real witch if you are *this*” ; etc.)
  • cultural appropriation
    • chakras
    • smudging
    • spirit animals
    • animal totems
    • Voodoo / voudou
  • racism
  • anti-LGBT
  • use of slurs
    • g*psy is a big one
  • claiming Wicca as an ancient religion / oldest religion
  • outdated information (can be a problem to some)

This is just what I can think of right now, and is by no means a complete list. If you find something that you wonder if that’s really okay, or gives you a bad gut feeling, stay away from it, or try to look into it a bit more and see what you can find.

[List of Closed Cultures]

Some find that a lack of sources can be a problem, and that is definitely the case with published authors. Online, however, you are more than likely going to find personal experiences, and we can’t really source our own experiences and methods besides to ourselves. Not everyone references the posts they used for herb correspondences, or what method they used for their sigils. Generally you will want to know sources for more about the information of the practice (its history and usage over time, magic users in the past, etc.), because that area is really fuzzy and there’s lots of misinformation on that.

In regards to telling information accuracy - this can be a bit harder nowadays, since we know that magic is unique to each that practices it, and so you may even sometimes see conflicting information on the same topics! Definitely very confusing from the start. I think it is important to keep in mind different views and methods are possible as you research. However, I still recommend that you cross reference.

If you are reading through something, and you wish to check its accuracy, Google it. For example, if someone mentions the properties of rue, and you want to see if that’s really how it’s used commonly, search it up. (This isn’t just applicable to Google, but any other reference materials you may have, Google is just the easiest for accessibility.) Check a few other resources, see what they have to say on the topic. Do they line up for the most part? Where are the differences? Do you have any personal feelings on the topic yet?

Sometimes just experience is enough to tell whether something is legit or bogus. Say you find a spell, and it looks kinda meh, but you don’t really know for sure if it’s any good for you - give it a test run. Learning and discovering for yourself can be just as important and have as big an impact on your craft as anything else. This may have a higher level of risk to it than other methods of research, but sometimes we gotta…

I think that’s really what witchcraft is all about - because all the research in the world isn’t really helpful if you don’t do anything about it. Your experiences may vary based on what you read, and that’s fine, but you’ll never know how it may really work for you unless you try it out for yourself. And I mean, of course you should be doing it in a safe way, but hopefully you know the importance of performing your actions safely in magic and the benefits of protective methods.

Honestly, discernment is something that is experienced and learned that way - trial and error do really help a lot for each of us to find out if this particular thing is any good for us - and just because it may be legit for one person, doesn’t mean it is for you. That is why it’s great to do the research, but you also need to back it up with the physical actions of trying it out too. 

Now, this is by not means extensive or complete, it’s just what I can think of at this time. 

I’m gonna give you some resources as well, just to be sure.

All of the posts I would recommend would be from Tumblr, since that is where my main arch of experience comes from. However, you can definitely Google your own articles and take a look-see through them, see what sounds feasible to you, if anything makes you feel weird, and cross reference it to a couple other references.

If you can do books, here are some that other have recommended.

I hope this helps you! If I can think of anything else to add in the future, I may do that, but off the top of my head, this is what I’ve got. I have a huge post on how to do witchy research in my drafts, but it is still gonna stay there for a bit, particularly because I have no time and energy for it right now, lol. But I hope this gives you some ideas! :D