“Try it sometime, if you think you are worthy - which you probably will you little shits - drop all your beliefs and views and ideas that have been burned into your head and try to think about why you’re here."
Look, I have had some people tell me today, “He is now the President of the United States. He is our President. He is your President. He deserves the respect.”
No, he does not deserve my respect. I’m sorry but respect is earned. Respect is not won. That added title before his name. That does not automatically warrant respect from me. That’s not how it works folks. I do not care if you are standing before me as the President of the United States or a regular citizen. If you did nothing to gain my respect, you will not have my respect. A title does not mean I will automatically drop all my beliefs and feelings at the drop of a hat and give you respect just because you are now the President. Trump has four years. He has four years to prove me otherwise and gain my respect. If he does, then he does.
But as of this moment, after everything he has said and done in the last year and a half…
No. Donald Trump does not have any respect from me. Winning the title of President of the United States does not change that for me. In my eyes he is still the same racist, misogynistic, sexist liar with no idea of how to run a country.
Ever since the Battle of Serenity Valley, Mal doesn’t believe in anything. He completely dropped his belief in God. Now he goes his own way and does what he wants. He values his own freedom over everything else.
Mal is a thief or a smuggler, sometimes both depending on the job. But he has a “Robin Hood” mentality in that he absolutely refuses to steal from the poor. In The Train Job he realizes the medicine he stole was on its way to people who desperately needed it or they would die. He angers Niska, the crime lord that he is doing the job for, by returning the medicine. He would rather have hit men constantly coming after him and be known as unreliable than be responsible for the horrible deaths of innocents. When he returns the medicine he has the following exchange with the sheriff.
Sheriff: You were truthful back in town. These are tough times. If a man can get a job, he might not look too close at what that job is. But a man learns all the details of a situation like ours, well, then he has a choice.
Mal: I don’t believe he does.
Mal may value freedom and still has morality, but it is his crew he loves most and would do anything for. In War Stories Niska captures and tortures Mal and Wash. Mal taunts Wash, saying he slept with Wash’s wife, to keep him from feeling the pain. At one point, he even rescues two crew members he doesn’t even like.
Simon: Captain, why did you come back for us?
Mal: You’re on my crew.
Simon: Yeah, but you don’t even like me. Why’d you come back?
Mal: You’re on my crew. Why are we still talking about this?
How do you deal with all the people who say magick isn't real?
Hello there friend.
Personally I don’t really ‘deal’ with them at all. People are entitled to their belief and opinions as much as you or I are.
However, if someone is making a point of trying to somehow convince me to drop my beliefs or some such thing, I will politely explain that they are free to disagree with what I believe in and add that I will not be convinced out of what I believe. If they continue, I would excuse myself and walk away. Someone of that nature is looking for a response, trying to earn a reaction from you. Do not give them that kind of satisfaction.