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10 Movies that could change your understanding about life

Every movie has the ability to affect its viewer differently. Some films evoke wonder and excitement, while others provoke fear or sorrow, but a commonality among all films is a prevailing message or theme.

Some films can summon such profound questions, that it changes the way you perceive life as you once knew it. The following list contains 10 unique movies that do just that.

10) Donnie Darko

Richard Kelly’s cult-classic Donnie Darko stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a troubled, sleep-walking teen who is insistent in challenging authority and who is often visited by Frank, a monstrous rabbit that urges Donnie to perform dangerous and destructive pranks.

A haunting work of loneliness, alienation and the universal desire for companionship and meaning that’s wrapped in a guise of understated ‘80s nostalgia and head-spinning science fiction mythology, Donnie Darko is a film you shouldn’t miss.

What makes Donnie Darko especially fascinating is its take on multiple realities and universes. The film explores concepts of imploding universes, black holes and alternate timelines. It leaves most scratching their heads and itching for an immediate second viewing. Richard Kelly stated that the film has varying interpretations, which is why the film is still analysed and debated about to this day.

9) The Matrix

A smartly crafted combination of stimulating action and mind-bending philosophy, The Matrix is a film that throws our perceived reality into question. The film’s premise finds Neo (Keanu Reeves), an office-worker by day, computer hacker by night, who is told about the grand illusion. That is, the reality as we know it is false, a simulated and constructed reality in which mankind is unknowingly imprisoned.

The film is an allegory for the concept of a spiritual awakening. Neo is woken up to the fact that he’s been enslaved to the system, the matrix, his entire life. He is re-taught about his unlimited potential as a creator-being, and stands up against the dark forces which impose humanity. Amazing in every sense, The Matrix has a lot to offer, with the potential to change the way you understand the world we live in.

8) Waking Life

Absurd, transporting, and strikingly original, Waking Life poses many life-changing questions, such as ‘What are dreams and what is reality?’ Within the animated film, the line between the dream-state and reality become blurred as the protagonist wanders through various scenarios and interacts with an eclectic cast of characters.

Each character throws science and philosophy into question, and as the main character continues to experience the extended dream, he begins to worry he will not awaken.

Humans and inanimate details are sometimes quite realistic, even recognizable (such as Ethan Hawke) but the computer “painting” can give subjects forms, movements and dimensions that are wildly exaggerated, limber and stylized in cartoon-like fashion. The movie looks like an LSD trip, and is a cult classic that could find a spot in everyone’s top ten list.

7) Cloud Atlas

Colossal in scale, Cloud Atlas follows 6 interwoven story lines that span hundreds of years. The official synopsis describes it as “an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.”

Cloud Atlas’s prevalent theme delves into the theory of reincarnation, which boasts that an eternal aspect of our self, the soul, experiences any number of lives incarnating here on Earth. The film also explores the concept of karma and the karmic cycle, suggesting that our actions in one lifetime may reverberate into the next.

Although the critic consensus is mixed for Cloud Atlas, one must applaud the film for tackling an unconventional theory such as reincarnation as well as a massively ambitious story line.

6) Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring is a Korean film that follows a Buddhist monk and his journey at a monastery that floats on a lake in a pristine forest. The story follows the monk as he passes through the seasons of his life, from childhood to old age.

Each changing season act as beautiful metaphors and lesson that the main character is experiencing. The film is very quiet, but the breathtaking imagery speaks for itself. Although the story has only a handful of characters and everything takes place in a small area, it encompasses a surprisingly large chunk of the human experience, including lust, love, jealousy, murder, suicide and redemption. It has important things to say about the difficulty of teaching and the elusiveness of wisdom.

This film is about learning from one’s mistakes and becoming a better person by seeking wisdom.

5) Samsara

In a number of Eastern faiths, samsara literally means “continuous flow,” referring obliquely to the ongoing cycle of life and death, decay and renewal.

Samsara, the film, turns that idea into a sprawling concept, a continuous flow of images of the natural world and the human tide that dominates it. The film envelops the audience with a barrage of diverse imagery that shifts rapidly from one locale and one theme to the next.

Through watching the continuous imagery, we are given the chance to truly observe our world with utmost presence, something we tend not do in our fast-paced culture. It’s a journey through life and death, and a film which may give you a new perspective on the human experience.

4) Detachment

Detachment is a chronicle of one month in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody).  Barthes’ method of imparting vital knowledge to his temporary students is interrupted by the arrival of three women in his life — the damaged and naïve prostitute Erica, a fellow teacher and a troubled teen named Meredith.

These women all have profound effects on Barthes’ life, forcing him to both re-discover aspects of his own personality, and to come to terms with both the tragic suicide of his mother and the impending death of his grandfather.

Henry impacts his students’ lives and makes them more focused and attentive, but he alone can only do so much. The film is a character study of one man, and a social commentary on the failing education and social systems.

3) Her

Her follows Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely introverted middle-aged man who  hears of the new OS1, the world’s first artificial intelligent operating system. When Theodore meets Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the charming female voice of his OS1, he soon finds himself drawn to  her romantically. As he becomes closer to Samantha, Theodore must decipher where his desire to be with her is really coming from.

There are many themes in Her that parallel the issues of our current technology-obsessed culture. We’ve become so attached to our phones, laptops and tablets that we’ve begun to lose touch with an essential aspect of life, authentic human interaction. Her reveals how technology is propelling isolation and loneliness to a scary degree, something we all should consider.

2) Fight Club

Fight Club teaches its viewer many things. A big lesson realized from watching the film is the emptiness that exists within consumerism and materialism. It’s also a film which questions our attachment to identity -are we really who we believe ourselves to be? The film shocks its viewer when we discover that the ‘revolution’ which has been building up is a mere satire constructed to teach the main character a massive lesson about the state of humanity.

1) Life Is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful reveals the power of optimism and perception during dark times. The story is simple: A father tries to shelter his son and family from the horrors of WWII. It teaches us how preserving our child-like innocence can protect us from the troubles life may throw at us. A simple concept that is beautifully crafted.

Obviously this list only skims the amount of life-changing films available today. I didn’t even mention documentaries, because there are too many to start listing. What are some movies or documentaries that have impacted your life?

signs as untranslatable foreign words

Aries: Schadenfreude. German – the feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune.

Taurus: Cafuné. Brazilian Portuguese – The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.

Gemini: Verschlimmbessern. German – to make something worse when trying to improve it.

Cancer: Mamihlapinatapei. Yagan/Tierra del Fuego – The wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start.

Leo: Kjæreste. Norwegian – A gender neutral term for girlfriend or boyfriend. It literally translates as “dearest”.

Virgo: Wabi-Sabi. Japanese – “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.”

Libra: L’ésprit d’escalier. French – is the feeling of finding the perfect retort too late, though it literally translates to “staircase wit.

Scorpio: La douleur exquise. French – the exquisite pain that comes from loving someone who will never love you back.

Sagittarius: Fremdschämen. German – Embarrassment you feel on behalf of someone who is too dumb to know they’ve done something they should be embarrassed by.

Capricorn: Geborgenheit. German – the feeling that, when with a certain person or in a certain place, that nothing could ever harm you.

Aquarius: Koev halev. Hebrew – Empathizing with someone else so deeply that it causes your heart to ache.

Pisces: Goya. Urdu – the transporting suspension of disbelief that can occur in a good storytelling.


Doctor Who’s Quinquagenary → Regeneration

“Cardinal Rassilon has been researching a method of regenerating diseased and decaying tissue. Via a series of permanently carried self-replicating biogenic molecules, the cells of a Gallifreyan body can be repaired, restored, and reorganized. This will result in a whole new physical form. The brain cells will similarly be rearranged, although to a lesser degree, thus ensuring the new incarnation will replicate the memories and personality of the former incarnation. Cardinal Rassilon intends for this method to only be used upon the Gallifreyan elite. He has also inputed a parameter of twelve regenerative cycles to avoid decaying biogenic molecules.” - The Recorder, Zagreus

“I can still die. If I’m killed before regeneration, then I’m dead. Even then, even if I change, it feels like dying. Everything I am dies. Some new man goes sauntering away… and I’m dead.” - Tenth Doctor, The End of Time

the signs as untranslatable words

Aries: Mamihlapinatapei, Yagan (indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego) - “The wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start.”

Taurus: Saudade, Portuguese - “the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost.”

Gemini: Won, Korean - “The reluctance of a persons part to let go of an illusion.”

Cancer: Iktsuarpok, Inuit - “The frustration or impatience of waiting for someone to turn up at an event or a meeting”

Leo: Cafuné, Brazilian Portuguese - “The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.”

Virgo: Hyggelig, Danish - “It’s literal translation into English gives connotations of a warm, friendly and cozy demeanor”

Libra: Ya’aburnee, Arabic - “Both morbid and beautiful at once, this incantatory word means ‘You bury me,’ a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them.”

Scorpio: Friolero, Spanish - “a person who is especially sensitive to cold weathers or temperatures.”

Sagittarius: Wabi-Sabi, Japanese - “A way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting, peacefully, the natural cycle of growth and decay.”

Capricorn: Toska, Russian - (Vladmir Nabokov describes it best) “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague relentlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

Aquarius: Uitwaaien, Dutch - “Literally it means to walk in the wind, but in a more figurative (and commonly used) sense, it means to take a brief break in the country side to clear one’s head.”

Pisces: Gökotta, Swedish - “To wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing.”

Send me a word and two characters

[So this is something I put together for the fanfiction workshop I taught last week. The concept is shamelessly ripped off that other prompt post with the unusual words, and the words themselves are shamelessly harvested from all those “words that are impossible to translate into English” lists. I just collected the ones I thought were cool.]

  • toska (Russian)  a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for
  • mamihlapinatapei (Yagan)  the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start
  • jayus (Indonesian)  a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh
  • fernweh (German)  being homesick for a place you’ve never been
  • tartle (Scottish)  the act of hestitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name
  • cafuné (Brazillian Portuguese)  the act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair
  • mokita (New Guinean)  the truth everyone knows but nobody says
  • wabi-sabi (Japanese)  finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay
  • dépaysement (French)  the feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country
  • schadenfreude (German)  the feeling of pleasure at seeing another’s misfortune
  • tingo (Pascuense)  the act of taking objects one desires from the house of a friend by gradually borrowing all of them
  • l'appel du vide (French)  the instinctive urge to jump from high places
  • embasan (Maguindanaoan)  to wear clothes while taking a bath
  • duende (Spanish)  the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person
  • saudade (Portuguese)  the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost
  • boketto (Japanese)  the act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking
  • hygge (Danish)  the pleasant, genial, and intimate feeling associated with sitting around a fire in the winter with close friends
  • pochemuchka (Russian)  a person who asks too many questions
  • packesel (German)  the person who’s stuck carrying everyone else’s bags on a trip
  • ayurnamat (Inuit)  the philosophy that there is no reason to worry about the things that can’t be changed
  • cavoli riscaldati (Italian)  the result of attempting to revive an unworkable relationship
Send one for a drabble:

Cafune: “The act of tenderly running one’s fingers through someone’s hair.”

Ayurnamat: a word describing the philosophy that there is no reason to worry about the things that can’t be changed.

Jayus:  a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but to laugh.

Depaysement: the feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country. 

Saudade: the feeling of longing for something or someone whom you love and which is lost.

Hyggelig: describes a feeling of openness, warmth and friendship often between friends. I love that feeling

Mamihlapinatapei: the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start.

Tartle:  the act of hesitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten his or her name.

Mokita:  describing the truth everyone knows but nobody says.

Gheegle: refers to something that is so ridiculously cute that you want to squeeze it!

Pochemuchka: “a person who asks too many questions.”

Toshka:  Vladmir Nabokov describes it best: “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

Wabi-sabi: “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.” 

Schadenfreude: feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune. 

l'appel du vide:  the instinctive urge to jump from high places

Ya'burnee: “You bury me,” a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them.

Duende: “the mysterious power that a work of art has to deeply move a person.” 

Attaccabottoni: A boring person who corners people and tells long, sad tales.

Gunnen: To allow someone to have a positive experience, especially if that means you won’t have it (always with an element of sympathy).

Sabsung: When you’re bored or have had a long day, it’s the thing that brings you back to life or livens up your day. Whatever it is that makes you happy to be alive.

Friolero: A person who is especially sensitive to cold weather and temperatures.

 Koi No Yokan: The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.

Waldeinsamkeit: The feeling of being alone in the woods

Backpfeifengesicht: A face badly in need of a fist

Meraki: Doing something with soul, creativity, or love. It’s when you put something of yourself into what you’re doing

Wei-wu-wei: means conscious nonaction. It’s a deliberate, and principled, decision to do nothing whatsoever, and to do it for a particular reason.

Kitsch: Refers to tacky, gaudy art or trinkets, the kind of thing purchased by people with bad taste.

Shemomedjamo: You know when you’re really full, but your meal is just so delicious, you can’t stop eating it?  This word means, “I accidentally ate the whole thing.”

Gezellig: This all-encompassing word is often translated as “cozy,” but it describes an atmosphere which is a whole bunch of warm fuzzy feelings all wrapped up in eight letters – cozy, pleasant, friendly, convivial, quaint, fun, sociable, delightful, togetherness, belonging…

Forelsket: The euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love

Orenda: Orenda is the invocation of the power of human will to change the world around us. It is set up to be the opposing force to fate or destiny.

Razbliuto:  It describes the feeling that a person (generally meant to be a man) has for the person who he once loved, but now no longer loves.

Uitwaaien: It means to take a brief break in the country side to clear one’s head.

  Qualunquismo: Means someone who does not care at all about about politics and issues in society.

Zalatwic: Refers to the use of friends, bribes, personal charm or connections to get something done

Yuputka: A word made for walking in the woods at night.

Luftmensch: It means an impractical dreamer with no business sense.

Gumusservi: It means moonlight shining on water

Glas wen: A smile that is insincere or mocking. Literally, a blue smile.

Boketto:The act of gazing vacantly into the distance without thinking.

 Manque: Having failed to become what one might have been.

Tsujigiri: To test a new sword casually on a passerby.

I saw these bugs all the time growing up but never knew what it actually was. Could you tell me? (It has 6 legs although not shown)

Well that there is an Earwig (Order: Dermaptera) my friend. The picture is pretty blurry but these insects have a very distinctive body plan starting with those heavily segmented antenna and ending with those characteristic forcep-like cerci. This insect is one of many that desperately needs a pokemon modeled after it!

Can’t you just imagine it firing electricity or some kind of shockwave out of those butt pincers?? 

Or maybe it could be a fighting type and use those to do bodyslam-esque moves. 

Here are a few attempts from like-minded DeviantArtists:

-by Pokeluka

oh and this is a cute baby version called the HearWig by Reallydarkandwindie:

Anyways, earwigs are remarkable insects even beyond their staggering Pokemon potential. They’re among very few non-social insects that raise their young:

(Photo credit: Tom Oates)

The females have distinctly potent instincts to protect round squishy things! They will even defend balls of wax or vaseline from predators and clean them to protect against fungal growth. The females stay with the young in their earlier stages of their lives, feeding them predigested food she regurgitates for them.

Earwigs have highly flexible abdomens that allow them to use those fully-functional pincers on their back end as defensive weapons against predators. (I saw one grab and body slam a would-be predatory jumping spider once! He wasn’t dead but perplexed, shaken up, and wholly unwilling to try again.) In addition, they can fire a pungent, gluey solution from the middle of their abdomen too. They’re not interested in making life easy for predators and parasites. Many wasp and fly species that would that attempt to land on their backs and lay eggs on or in them can be picked off easily. And if they ever bite off more than they can chew in a scuff, they’re also able to fly away with the extremely intricately folded wings that they keep stored like a little leathery jetpack on their backs. 

You’ve got nothing to fear from these creatures though. 

The name may make it seem as if these creatures are able to infiltrate your head through your hearing holes like something out of a b-list alien movie but that’s not at all apart of their life cycle! 

Earwigs feed on decaying plant matter and occasionally smaller insects but never the brain matter of sleeping mammals. Their common name turned up so long ago that we’re actually not sure where it came from. It’s quite possible though that they were named for the shape of their wings when unfolded (which sort of look like ears at the right angle) + the Old English word “wicga” which means beetle. The old wives tale about them crawling into the ears of sleeping humans potentially came from a misunderstanding of that name. They’re actually pretty friendly ^____^

Signs as untranslatable words
  • Aries: Komorebi ~Japanese~ the sort of scattered, dappled light effect that happens when sunlight shines through trees
  • Taurus: Gökotta ~Swedish~ to wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds sing
  • Gemini: Won ~Korean~ the reluctance on a person's part to let go of an illusion
  • Cancer: Aware ~Japanese~ the bittersweetness of a brief and fading moment of transcendent beauty
  • Leo: Utepils ~Norwegian~ to sit outside on a sunny day enjoying a beer
  • Virgo: Schadenfreude ~German~ enjoyment obtained from the misery of others
  • Libra: Iktsuarpok ~Inuit~ the frustration of waiting for someone to turn up
  • Scorpio: Wabi-Sabi ~Japanese~ accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay
  • Sagittarius: Fernweh ~German~ feeling homesick for a place you have never been to
  • Capricorn: Waldeinsamkeit ~German~ the feeling of being alone in the woods
  • Aquarius: Ilunga ~Tshiluba~ a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time
  • Pisces: Mamihlapinatapei ~Yagan~ a wordless meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start
The signs as untranslatable phrases

Aries: Hiraeth (welsh)- Refers to a particular type of longing for the homeland or the romanticised past. This word has many connections to nostalgia although rather than referring to a specific time, Hiraeth is mostly associated with a place.

Taurus: Waldeinsamkeit (German)- refers to “a feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods and a connectedness to nature.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote a poem about it by the same name)

Gemini: Mokita (Kivila)- spoken in Papua New Guinea, this word translates loosely as “the truth we all know but agree not to talk about.”

Cancer: Suadade (Portuguese)- Saudade refers to the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost. Saudade is not just a feeling but also something one can “have”.

Leo: Komorebi (Japanese)- Refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees.

Virgo: Cacimbo (Kimbundu)- Refers to a heavy mist or drizzle that occurs in the Congo basin area, often accompanied by onshore winds. It is synonymous for the cool season.

Libra: Aware (Japanese)- the bittersweet feeling of a brief and fading moment of beauty.

Scorpio: Mangata (Swedish)- the reflection of the moonlight on water

Sagittarius: Fernweh (German)- feeling homesick for a place you’ve never been.

Capricorn: Gokotta (Swedish)- to wake up early in the morning with the intention of going outside to hear the birds sing.

Aquarius: Jayus (Indonesian)- Refers to a friend with a bad sense of humor, who tells “a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but to laugh.”

Pisces: Wabi Sabi (Japanese)- accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.

Foreign words that capture notions and feelings the English language cannot.

Wabi-Sabi (Japanese)
Accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay, or having a mindful approach to everyday life, thus providing a notion of beauty in those things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

Yugen (Japanese)
References that which is simultaneously subtle and profound, valuing the power to evoke rather than state directly. “Yugen is to watch the sun sink behind a flower-clad hill, to wander on and on in a huge forest without thought of return, to stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands, to contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds.”

Saudade (Portuguese)
Melancholic longing or nostalgia for a person, place or thing that is far away from you; a vague and constant desire for something that does not and sometimes cannot exist.

Toska (Russian)
“No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”

Enso (Japanese)
Refers to the beginning and end of all things, the circle of life and the connectedness of existence - a form of enlightenment, as well as acceptance of that which may be misunderstood (such as “Mu,” another Japanese term meaning “The Void”).

Fernweh (German)
While often said to be the opposite of “homesickness,” it simultaneously means to feel homesick for a place that you have never been to; a desire to experience that which you have not and would be unable to where you currently are.

Han (Korean)
A collective feeling of oppression and isolation. “It’s as amorphous a notion as love or hate: intensely personal, yet carried around collectively, a national torch, a badge of suffering tempered by a sense of resiliency.”

Psithurism (Greek)
The sound of leaves rustling in the wind.

Mono no aware (Japanese)
Indicates the awareness of impermanence, or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life.

Forelsket (Norwegian)
The specific feeling experienced while falling in love, rather than simply being in love.

Dor (Romanian)
The longing for someone you love very much, combined with sadness, and implies the need to sing sad songs; its etymology relates it to “dorinta” which means wish.

Koi No Yokan (Japanese)
The feeling upon meeting someone that falling in love with him or her is inevitable.

Ennui (French)
A feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.

Shibui (Japanese)
Refers to a particular aesthetic or beauty of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. A balance of simplicity and complexity ensures that one does not tire, but constantly finds new meanings and enriched beauty that cause aesthetic value to grow over time.

Yuputka (Ulwa)
A word made for walking in the woods at night, portraying the phantom sensation of something crawling on your skin.

Shouganai (Japanese)
Connected to the idea of fate, this word means that something can’t be helped, so there is no need to worry about it.

Komorebi (Japanese)
The interplay between light and leaves when sunlight shines through trees.

Litost (Czech)
A feeling that synthesizes grief, sympathy, remorse and longing. “A state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.”

Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese)
Signifies the act of tenderly running your fingers through someone’s hair, but with connotations that are intended to imply a fondness and often love, as well as other forms of strong emotional undertones.

Ya’arburnee (Arabic)
The hopeful declaration that you will die before someone you love deeply, because you cannot stand to live without them.

Boketto (Japanese)
The act of gazing vacantly into the distance, often in deep thought, thus losing oneself from outward stimuli.

Pacalai (Tamil)
The pale complexion of one suffering the loss or separation from a lover.

Mångata (Swedish)
Describes a very specific sight experienced by one gazing upon the moons reflection on the sea, very nearly translated as the triangular path that seems to lead up to it when one looks from the shore off to the horizon.

Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan)
A wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start.

There is dead silence in my house...

It’s sincerely creepy.  An episode of TV has ended, and no one is getting up to fix it.
No one is putting music on.
No one is talking.
We’re just sitting here, in this silent shroud of outrage and disbelief.  And I am so, so tired.

Like, the thing is…  The thing is… There is no way to avoid the fact that this is exactly what we all know it is.  A cheap ploy to get attention that will, very really, very truly, be gone. Probably soon.  Maybe by the end of this arc.

But that is…  That does not fundamentally alter or reduce…  Anything about why this is a problem.  Not the willingness to do harm.  Not the ugliness of spirit.  Not the obliviousness to the power that popular literature has in people’s lives/the culture.  Not the violent appropriation of Steve as a symbol.  

Not the failure to recognize that we are locked in a progressive cycle of artistic decay centred around the publishing arm’s belief that being ‘shocking’ will boost numbers that are flagging because of a fundamental unwillingness to rise to the challenges of a new era in the existence of a complex medium.  That it’s not working.  At all.  We would not have reached ‘Captain America is a Nazi’ if any of your previous shock tactics had developed you a stable fan base that you actually understood how to produce for, how to motivate. 

 Fundamentally, this hatefulness, in addition to being rooted in all the things that racism and its vile compatriots are rooted in, is rooted in the same blindness that insists that relaunching every six months will address issues of profitability by keeping you constantly in the sweet spot of look-in numbers.  It’s a mind set of short-term profit-seeking with no sense to the long-term building of a fan base, or a universe, or… anything.

Look, this is anecdata, I get that, but I know more lapsed Marvel fans than I know any other sort of used-to-bes.  This doesn’t work.  You can’t drag them in, slap them around (not my language.  I actually would not have brought violence into this conversation.  Why am I not surprised that some people were comfortable with that, though?), and expect them to keep giving you money.  

Look, I get it, mixing commerce and art warps things.  It makes them difficult and dangerous and dirty. It’s right at the core of every tortured creative archetype, it’s in most writer’s nervous breakdowns.  This is a barrel I’m personally staring down.  There are no easy answers and nothing is sacred.  

Except…  Captain America is not a Nazi.  You and I and everybody at Marvel, we all know this.  Captain America was created not to be a Nazi.  Take everything else away and what remains is that Captain America fights Nazis. There is a very natural revulsion and fury that an audience who have known for 75 years that Captain America fights Nazis feels when you don’t just make it so that Captain America is now a Nazi, you employ a retcon to say that it was always true.  75 years ago, Captain America was a Nazi.

Captain America was a Nazi plant under the hands of his Jewish creators, who created him to fight Nazis.  Who created him in a country that wanted to refuse to fight Nazis, refuse to stand against their violence and their hatred and their corruptness.  Captain America was an aggressive appropriation of everything that was American (and arguably of everything in American iconology that was and is uncomfortably close to Nazi iconology) for the defense of people who most Americans refused to consider worthy of that ideal and that defense.  And at the same time, so canon now reads, he was a Nazi.

Marvel is counting on outrage as publicity, and it is short sighted.  Because publicity only matters if you have something to sell.  Because you may intend to fix this in six issues, but that’s three months of your comic having no core.  Of it being unmoored from the central fact of its existence.  Because, in the end, even when you “repair” your canon, your continuity, you will still have revealed yourselves as people who do not understand what you are selling.  Who do not understand your power, who do not understand your legacy, your heritage, your relationship to history or your readers.

Think about this, for a moment.  Marvel is counting on people to talk about the book because they’re angry.  Because they’re hurt.  Because they hate it. This is the problem, now, the over-arching problem that ties all the other problems together.  You’re supposed to write what you love.  Hell, you’re supposed to publish what you love (I’m not making this up. A publishing executive told me this.  He said no one goes into this field to make money, they do it because they love books.)  And that love of the content is what’s supposed to sanctify- yes, fine, some things do have to be sacred. I’m a naive idealist and I think it’s an article of faith for Captain America readers that he was not always secretly a Nazi - sanctify the pact between creator and consumer. You are supposed to buy and read and recommend things because you love them.

Somewhere along the the line, cape comics, at least, became about capitalizing on outrage, rather than building on a shared joy in the material*.  And nothing good has come of that.  And nothing good ever will.

I have written so many angry screeds at Marvel over the years.  Most of them never make it past my hard drive.  Because I’m self-conscious, because I’m uncertain I’m right.  Because whatever they’ve done now, they’ll just take it back next year.

Except… Comics in the age of the internet cannot survive the disposability of earlier eras.  Because everybody hears when you make Steve Rogers a Nazi, and nobody reads a retraction.  Nobody.  Except that whatever the plot resolution, this is still a very public act of violence - both to the property, and to the people who have loved and leaned on the property for what it is supposed to be.  Except that cape comics cannot thrive on making their audiences unhappy, and it’s corrosive, disrespectful, and morally reprehensible that they’re trying.  Except I’m through apologizing for loving the stories that come out of this company when it’s working right because of all the times its head is up its ass.  


*Do feel free to bring me back to the corporate nature of the enterprise.  To the fact that a huge amount of the creating and producing of mainstream comics was rooted in crass commercialism.  That’s all true and there’s some very valid arguments to be made about the inherent artistic corruption in the system, but none of it changes the fact that if the joy was not shared, then at least it was understood as a necessary element.  Bad stories used to be told to amuse, to please, to inspire happiness and brand loyalty.  Good stories were told for the same reason good stories are always told.

Trees have been revered as sacred monuments since the prehistoric era. Our ancestors may well have been inspired by their annual cycle of decay in the autumn followed by a luscious rebirth in the spring. To the primitive mind, these trees became symbols of life, death and rebirth. 

There was one tree in particular which achieved mythical status throughout all world cultures. It is known today as the ‘World Tree’ and according to our ancestors, it was truly epic in scale. Its branches were said to reach as high as the heavens, while its roots plunged deep into the abyss of the underworld. Because of their association with celestial realms, these trees were regarded by many priests as gateways to other dimensions.

• Yggdrasil was said to connect middle earth (Midgard) to eight other realms (some made of fire and ice, others of darkness and light)
• The World Tree of Mesoamerica was seen as a gateway (aka axis mundi) connecting the planes of the Underworld and the sky with the terrestrial world
• The 'Sky Tree’ from Hungarian mythology had a series of branches which reached out to seven worlds. Each branch was said to touch the sun, the moon, the clouds and other celestial spheres. 
• The Dawn Tree from Baltic mythology was depicted with a golden trunk, copper roots and silver leaves. The trunk represented life in the present, while the past was embodied in its roots (life that has passed). The branches, however, represented future choices yet to be made

It should be noted that in nearly all depictions of the ‘World Tree’, a great serpent is said to reside at its base. These serpents typically guard a forbidden knowledge which only a select number of mortals have ascertained:

• It was Adam and Eve who attained wisdom by eating fruit from the tree of Knowledge (Judaism/Christianity)
• It was under the Bodhi tree that the Buddha was said to have gained enlightenment (Buddhist mythology)
• The Kabbalah represents the tree of life (the other legendary tree of Christian mythology). Legend says that to learn the secrets of this mystic tree is to know the secrets of life itself
• The Druids were priests of the natural world whose name was said to mean 'knower’s of the oak’ (Celtic mythology)
• The Cosmic Tree of Latvia was a highly symbolic image. It was said to hold birds in its branches (enlightenment), mammals at its base (instinct) and serpents in its roots (wisdom)

The most common theme found in world mythology is the 'Tree of Life’ which is said to both create and prolong life. In many cases, our ancestors believed that these great trees gave birth to the Gods and even to to humanity itself. Many pilgrims have searched for this mythical tree throughout the ages, but only the most worthy have been able to find it:

• In Tengrinism, it is said that humans were descended from Trees, as well as other spirit entities and lesser gods who lived for hundreds of years.
• A tree of life belonged to the Goddess Iusaaset who was said to have conceived the lineage of Egyptian Gods through the trees life giving properties
• The Kalpavriksha tree from Vedic mythology was said to produce an abundance of life giving fruit for those who wished for it

anonymous asked:

I think it's a high concentration of RC cells the one Yomo and Hikari shot? Still you are right! I am happy their kagune have this ability and I think that if they keep training the siblings may also do something similar in the future. The way Narukami works by creating those giant balls of energy before shooting is really similar to the Kirishimas' kagune ball of lights (don't know if I am being clear here, sorry)

Ahh I do think Yomo is shooting bolts of energy or ‘lightning’ at Arima rather than concentrated RC cells. The way I see that works is based on the behaviour of RC cells in an Ukaku kagune.

Back in Chatper 82 [x] we’re told about kagune formation and how RC cells spew forth from the kakuhou, form connections between cells into a sort of lattice to make the kagune a solid structure and can hold shape for a fixed amount of time before those connects decay and break.

This RC cell cycle of form-hold-decay is quickest for Ukaku ghouls, meaning that their kagune is the type with the highest energy usage.

It’s one of the reasons why Ukaku ghouls have the lowest stamina- they run out of energy quickly.

 I think that’s what Yomo is doing there. Using the energy from the RC cell ‘cycle’ to create lightning. The principle is probably the same to the way lightning from clouds is formed. You can see his kagune breaking up and energy being built up into that ball of lightning.

But yes, I also wonder if Touka and Ayato could be taught to do this too! They inherited their kagune from their Mother so I don’t see why not! not gonna lie that would be badass and I hope it happens if Yomo tells them he’s their uncle :D

ANASTASIAOFRP makes a Masterlist - Words that have no English Translation - requested by anon

↳ As a native English speaker who speaks other languages, I find it difficult translating other languages to English, often finding that the word they use doesn’t quite exist in the English language.

Here is a list of (40) words in other languages that have no English Translation - but are explained to the best of an English speaker’s ability.

Labeled 1-40, includes the word, the native language of the word, and a description or translation of the word.

Enjoy under the cut.

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