This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
Sometimes, he becomes so overwhelmed that his legs give and his eyes leak. It’s no doubt a amalgamation of everything that happening to him—inside and out—but it’s unbearable. He clenches his jaw. His stomach twists. His chest aches.
Castiel usually ends up in the laundry room.
It’s the only place that reminds him of how he used to be–warm and buzzing from the constantly running industrial machines, like the light and cadence of Heaven.
He’s free to think and cry and rage, here; to obsess over his past mistakes and whatever new ones he’s sure will come to pass. Among the steady clunkclunkclunk of the dryer, he hears Metatron ask him who he is, and Ephraim tell him he’s pathetic, and Josiah say I look at you… and I don’t see an angel staring back at me. He hears that he is “not the hero of this masterpiece”, that he’s expendable, that… he doesn’t belong, anywhere. Not in Heaven. Not on Earth. That he is weak and hated and does nothing but make bad decisions with his good intentions.
But arms wrap around him, and calloused fingers thumb wetness from his cheeks, and the song changes:
You are good.
You are strong.
You learn from your mistakes, and that’s all anyone can do.
You are myfamily. My hero.
…You belong right here, Dean sings, holding his angel close; right in this laundry room, sitting here, with me.
And maybe it’s the hum of the machines or the warmth of the dryer or the way Dean whispers I love you, man, into his hair—but sitting there, in the laundry room, Castiel believes him.
Do you think that there will be a marvey scene, that they tell each other how they feel ? I WANT IT SO MUCHHH!!! 🙏🏻😭
If you’re asking me if I think there’ll be a scene where they say something like I love you, then no, I don’t. There’s no way on God’s Earth that Korsh does the smart thing and goes for it. If it ever happened I’d think I’d been transferred to a parallel universe. He’s a Straight White Man™, fam.
But, having said that, I personally believe Marvey the prime example of that quote with the “There are different ways of saying I love you”, with some of the shit they’ve said.
You’re going back where you belong. I miss working with you. I’m not giving you up. I’m not giving them you. He goes, I go. Because even knowing how it all turned out, I’d do it again. I never thought for even a second that you would even consider an idea so disgusting as turning on Harvey. I’m going with Mike. Mike’s my guy. I miss him. Welcome home. We did it. It’s time for you to take the reins. Watch your back in there, Mike. I am not letting you go to prison for a crime that I committed.
And the countless amount of times they’ve sung each others’ praises to other people, either in front of each other or not.
They might never say they love each other but the people who don’t believe they do are, honestly, stupid.
[Al-Mutakabbir/ The Superb/ All Great]
Allah has all pride and glory. He is beyond need and is without imperfection. He is beyond the qualities of what He has created. “And to Him belongs majesty in the heavens and the earth.” ﴾45.37﴿
Pride, an exclusively godly attribute, must never be claimed by human beings. Allah hates proud people who elevate themselves above others. “Allah does not love any man who is proud and boastful.” ﴾57.23﴿
Punishment for pride in this life is spiritual blindness. “I shall turn away from My signs the arrogant and unjust; so that even if they see every sign, they will not believe in it.” ﴾7:146﴿
And in the hereafter they will be thrown into Hell. “Shall I tell you about the people of Hell? Every harsh, niggardly and proud man.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)
The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “No one will enter Paradise in whose heart is an atom’s weight of arrogance and no one will enter Hell in whose heart is an atom’s weight of faith.” A man said: What if I like my clothes to look nice and my shoes to look nice? He said: “Verily Allah loves beauty; rather arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.” (Muslim)
Allah is All Great, for He excels over all and transcends everything. In view of His greatness, which is manifest around us, we must surrender ourselves wholly to Him and lead our lives marked by modesty and humility. We should realise our total obedience to Him and treat all of His creatures with love and affection.
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.
ISFP: Aragorn’s Crowning in Minas Tirith. “Now come the days of the King,” declares Gandalf as he places the crown upon Aragorn’s head. He is the last in the line of Isildur, the true heir to the throne. There are more than a few watery eyes in the crowd. He stands to his feet and faces the people. “This day does not belong to one man, but to all,” proclaims the new king. “Let us together rebuild this world, that we may share in the days of peace to come.” He reunites with his Elven love, Arwen, and honors his hobbit friends who helped save Middle Earth. This scene is filled with beauty and peace, two characteristics of an ISFP. All is put right again. Good triumphs over evil in Middle Earth, just as it does on ours.
I have debated over and over in my head what MBTI types the characters in LOTR. There are arguments all over Tumblr and Pinterest. My sister Maggie is an INTJ, my sister Abbey is an ISTP, and both claim Aragorn as their type. Considering how awesome all the characters are, there’s no wonder that all of the types want to claim them.
It’s practically impossible to type someone as cool as Legolas, Faramir, or Tom Bombadill! But I think that’s kind of the point. Tolkien created his characters to be iconic, almost flawless. Everyone should relate to them at least to some capacity. We all should claim Aragorn, because Tolkien wanted us all to aspire to the Rider’s redemption story. He is more of a parable than a personality.
So instead, I’m typing specific scenes in the Lord of the Rings that capture the essence of the personality types. I’m sure we can all relate to several scenes, but these are the ones that really stand out to me as a distinct type.
ISTJ: Galadriel Giving the Account of the Rings. In the very first scene of The Fellowship of the Ring, we are greeted with the lovely, wilting voice of the Loth Loríen elf queen. She tells the story of how the nine rings were forged in the depths of Mordor. “One ring to rule them all /One ring to find them/ One ring to bring them all/ And in the darkness, bind them/ In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.” The scene is rich with history and the power of recollection, which speaks to the traditional, observant ISTJ.
ESTP: Merry and Pippin Stealing Gandalf’s Fireworks. Ah yes, our two favorite troublemaking Hobbits. Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck. While Gandalf is enjoying Bilbo’s one-hundred-and-eleventy-eth birthday party, Merry and Pippin find the wizard’s fireworks and nab the largest one, a giant red dragon. The next thing you know, the tent is blown apart. A huge fiery dragon soars through the sky and just barely skims old Bilbo’s head before bursting into a beautiful array of light. Mischief, cleverness, a little bit of trouble–yeah, this is an ESTP scene in a nutshell.
INTP: Gandalf’s and Saruman’s Duel in Isengard. The battle of the wizards. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf goes to Isengard to seek counsel from Saruman, his old friend and confidante. However, after he explains how he has discovered the Ring, Saruman reveals that he has sided with the Dark Lord Sauron. Gandalf is astonished. They duel there in the center of Isengard, arguing for their convictions. The magic, intellectual insults, and epic battle capture the whimsical, brainy essence of the INTP.
ESFP: Merry and Pippin at the Tavern. Table dancing. Loud conversations. Accidentally giving away the secrets that the fate of Middle Earth depends on. Clinking mugs together. Merry sits down with a huge mug of ale and Pippin’s eyes grow wide. “This, my friend, is a pint,” says Merry. “They come in pints?” Pippin asks in wonder. These two are the cheeriest characters in the whole series and they never cease to bring smiles wherever they go. If you have an ESFP in your life, you probably laugh and smile just as much! They have the ability to change the atmosphere with their fun, upbeat attitude.
ISTP: The Assembling of the Fellowship. The council of Rivendell is in chaos. Who will take the ring to Mordor? An elf? A dwarf? Who can be trusted? Finally, Frodo the Hobbit volunteers to take the ring to Mount Doom. Warriors from all races step forward to help in whatever ways they know how. “You have my sword,” says Aragorn. “And my bowe,” says Legolas. “And my axe,” chimes in Gimli. Also remember that a couple minutes ago Gimli took that axe to the ring and destroyed his own weapon. Yes, if you need someone to step up and do something, ask an ISTP.
ENFJ: Gandalf Fends Off the Balrog Under the Mountains of Moria. This is the most heart wrenching scene in The Fellowship of the Ring. The small band of heroes is running through the mines of Moria, fighting their way through goblins and cave trolls. Then suddenly, the groans of that ancient demon thunder through the chamber. The goblins scatter, and the heroes run for their lives. You can see in Gandalf’s eyes that he already knows what he must do. They flee through a shower of goblin arrows and almost reach safety when–the Balrog. It rears its ugly head. Gandalf stands between his friends and the enemy. “You shall not pass!” He cries, and sends the demon spiraling into the pit below. But the demon’s whip wraps around Gandalf’s leg. “Fly, you fools!” The wizard breathes before falling. ENFJs are the adventure dads/moms of the world, the friends we can always count on, and the selfless leaders. If you have one on your team, you’re in good hands.
ENFP: Sam Almost Drowns for Frodo. It’s the end of the first movie. The fellowship is separated due to an orc attack. Frodo plans to take the ring to Mordor by himself, and so he slips into one of the boats and pushes off the shore. Sam comes running after his friend. “Go back, Sam!” Frodo calls, thinking of the dangers that lay ahead. “I’m going to Mordor alone!” But Sam is relentless. “Of course you are Mr. Frodo, and I’m coming with you!” He wades into the water, deeper and deeper until it is over his head. Finally Frodo reaches down into the water and brings him up into the boat with him. We ENFPs are kind of like puppies. If you show us affection once, we’ll be loyal to you forever. There’s nothing we won’t do for the people we love, even if that includes carrying you up Mount Doom whilst being attacked by Gollum. Dangerous, life-threatening journey through Mordor? We’re there! At least we’re with you and we have Lembas Bread.
INFP: Sam’s Benediction as the Towers of Isengard Fall. One of my favorite scenes in the whole series. Towards the end of Two Towers, Frodo and Sam are weary and frightened from their journey. They have been separated from their friends for a long time, and they are following a shady Gollum into the depths of Mordor. Yet Sam speaks light into a dark situation, and you can see even Gollum being touched by his words. “But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something….There’s good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” As he speaks, the Ents are tearing down the tower of Isengard. Good triumphs over evil. If you need to be reminded of this, talk to an INFP. They are 100% dedicated to what they believe in and they will convince you.
ISFJ: Legolas and Gimli Standing Side By Side Before the Battle of Helmsdeep. Right before the bloodiest battle in Two Towers, the woodland elf Legolas and Gimli son of Glóìn stand next to each other on the ramparts of Helmsdeep. “I’d never thought I’d die fighting side by side with an elf,” Gimili remarks gruffly. Legolas smiles and replies, “How about side by side with a friend?” The look in Gimli’s eyes shows how many barriers have been broken through these eight simple words. “Aye,” says Gimli. “I can do that.” This exchange captures the tradition that is dear to the ISFJ’s heart but also the warmth they give so generously. Not even all the armies of Isengard can overcome the kindness of an ISFJ.
ESFJ: Gondor Calling for Aid from Rohan. Picture it. A scenic view of a snowy mountain range. Everything is clothed in white, from the clear sky to the ground miles below. Then suddenly, you see a small orange flicker in the distance. Then another one. And another. Towers all along the mountain range are alight with fire, sending a message across the mountains. Who has sent the message? Gondor. Gondor.
“Gondor calls for aid!” shouts the Dunedain as he bursts into the palace of Rohan. The whole room holds its breath. How will the king respond?
“And Rohan will answer!” declares King Théoden. The Rohirrim prepare to aid Gondor. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, this scene also depicts Rohan giving much needed help. If there’s a type that’s always willing to lend a helping hand, it’s the ESFJ. Whether it’s baking cookies or preparing the Rohirrim to come to your aid, they always have your back. They also enjoy aesthetically pleasing scenery, so a cabin in those mountains might be a cool vacation spot for an ESFJ.
ENTP: Eowyn Defeating the Witch King of Angmar. How do you get an ENTP to do something for you? Tell her she shouldn’t do it. That’s exactly what happens when Eowyn, Princess of Rohan, dons her armor and sneaks into the Rohirrim army. Meriadoc Brandybuck, the feisty young Hobbit, also wants to fight but is turned away. So Eowyn brings him along as well. They charge into the Battle of Gondor, one of the bloodiest battles in the whole series. The Witch King of Angmar kills King Théoden, her beloved uncle. Bad move, Witch King. Eowyn runs to her uncle’s side, and in a furious rage attacks the Nazgul. She beheads the beast with a strike of her blade. The King, angry at the loss of his steed, turns to her. “No man can kill me,” he hisses through his mask.
Eowyn takes off her helmet with an epic hair flip and meets his gaze.
“I am no man!” she cries, and thrusts her sword into the Witch King’s face.
So yeah, that’s how you convince an ENTP. Tell her it’s impossible.
INFJ: Gandalf Speaking of White Shores. As Eowyn is defeating the Witch King of Angmar, the Battle of Minas Tirith rages on. Pippin and Gandalf rest for a few moments in the very center of the city, surrounded by the last of the palace guard. The blockaded doors tremble from the weight of Mordor’s warriors on the other side. “I didn’t think it would end this way,” Pippin says softly. “End?” Gandalf repeats. “No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey-rain curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it…White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.” This conversation is intimate and powerful. In the midst of chaos, we all need someone to keep us focused on the big picture, the ideals that really matter. If you’re losing hope, talk to an INFJ.
INTJ: Faramir’s Rescue. Picture an orc army stretching for miles, complete with huge catapults to take down the city’s walls and giant oliphants. Now picture a defenseless people whose best warriors have been already slain. The Battle for Minas Tirith would cause anyone to lose their heads. Denethor, the then Steward of Gondor, starts commanding his soldiers to abandon their posts and flee for their lives. He has long been going crazy. Luckily, Gandalf is there to (quite literally) beat Denethor into shape. But the wizard can’t leave the old steward alone for any amount of time, because a little later Denethor tries to burn his own son alive. Pippin and Gandalf burst into the room just in time to save Faramir flames. When everyone else falls into irrational turmoil, an INTJ will keep their head. This is probably why several of our presidents have been INTJs, and definitely why whenever anything goes wrong the first person I talk to is my INTJ sister. They’re not afraid to knock a couple heads with their staffs in order to save the kingdom.
ESTJ: Aragorn Calling the Dead Men of Dunharrow to Fulfill their Oaths to Isildur. Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas stand surrounded by legions of the undead, the ghosts of men who deserted Isildur, Aragorn’s ancestor. “I summon you to fulfill your oath,” Aragorn declares, marching forward to meet the phantom leader. “None but the king of Gondor may command me,” the ghost hisses in reply. He swings his blade, only to be blocked by Anduril. “That line was broken…” exclaims the ghost. Aragorn seizes him by the throat. “It has been remade.” In this scene, the quiet, lonesome Rider that we met in The Fellowship of the Ring steps forward and claims his heritage as the rightful heir of the throne of Gondor. He takes charge of the situation and builds a kick-butt team to fight with him. Natural leaders, ESTJs are known for their ability to step up and take charge. With Anduril in their hand or not.
ENTJ: Aragorn’s Speech Before Leading the Free Armies into the Battle of Mordor. After victory in the Battle of Minas Tirith, Aragorn could have insisted on being crowned king and enjoying his life in Gondor. Indeed, some men advised him to do so. But he knew that if he did not take action to help crush the darkness in Mordor, it would only be a matter of time until Sauron took over all of Middle Earth. So he lead the free armies of Middle Earth to the very gates of Mordor in order to distract Sauron from two young hobbits journeying up the mountainside. Riding back and forth before his men, he gives this speech: “A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!” ENTJs have the ability to find logical steps to accomplish their long term plans. The tactical move of bringing an army to the gates of Mordor was genius, and one that most likely saved all of Middle Earth.
During my rewatch, I’ve noticed something interesting. One of the points that the first series tried to demonstrate was that there is good and evil on every side in every war. There is no nation made entirely of evildoers or do-gooders.
But, I don’t want to talk about that. What I do want to talk about is the order in which this concept is presented.
Book 1 is particularly interesting because it’s the first time we’re exposed to this concept. Another thing that interests me is the order the writers chose to use when demonstrating this.
In order, we get:
The old man from “Imprisoned” who’s either an opportunist or a Fire Nation sympathizer, but an asshole nonetheless.
Shyu, the Fire Sage who wishes to serve the Avatar.
Jet, the Freedom Fighter, who would destroy a village just to rid a valley of firebenders–regardless of whether or not those people are civilians.
Jeong Jeong the Deserter who despises firebending and views it as being destructive.
Not only does Book 1 switch from Earth Kingdom to Fire Nation when it comes to demonstrating this phenomenon, but the fact that the the first time we see this play out is with someone belonging to the Earth Kingdom is particularly interesting. I would have suspected that a show like this would try to point out that not all Fire Nation citizens are bad first before delving into the other nations, but it looks like ATLA took a different route whose purpose I can’t quite explain.
Book 2 then focuses mostly on the Earth Kingdom with Racist Asshole Town from “Zuko Alone”exposing us to corrupt Earth Kingdom soldiers harassing a defenseless town (all the while teaching us and Zuko about prejudices and war) and later with Long Feng’s Ba Sing Se conspiracy.
In Book 3, we get our final examples of this this play out with:the kids from the Fire Nation School in “The Headband,” the villagers from “The Painted Lady,” Piandao, and finally Hama–a waterbender.
Although The Legend of Korra doesn’t really build on this theme, we are finally able to go full circle with the introduction our first and only airbender villain: Zaheer.
Some more small WA moments (I ran out of space). 2x06: The horror on Iris' face when Zoom brings a battered Barry to CCPN. 2x07: The look of exchange after Iris brings Henry to Barry. 2x09: From when Iris arrived at CCPD to when she finally broke down in front of Barry. 2x14: Barry's exchange with E2 WA after he was rescued. 2x18: Where Iris tended to a powerless Barry to him getting snatched by Zoom. 2x21: Barry taking Iris to lure Girder to the other room.
doesn’t care in this moment who might hear her, because all that
matters is that Barry is hurt. She legit is being drawn to him, like she
can’t look away or back away until she gets to him and makes sure he’s
going to take this as Barry’s “apology” for snapping at Iris earlier
this episode that, “You wouldn’t understand.” And Iris has such a pure
heart that she didn’t hold that against him because she understood Barry
was so dejected. Instead of giving him the silent treatment she goes
out of her way to reach out to Henry, because she figured if she and Joe
aren’t getting through to Barry, maybe his father is what he needs. So
this is Barry conveying his gratitude with a simple look.
Iris of course understands and forgives him. I like the affirmation of
her nod. It hints at, “My work here is done” or “You’re welcome, Bear.”
My issues with Tom being with Taylor have NOTHING to do with her being a “whore.”
For one, Tom deserves better. He’s the most unproblematic celebrity to walk the Earth and she’s… Well not.
They have nothing in common. Like nothing.
The fact that I’m already seeing “Taylor’s New Man” and “Taylor’s Man Candy” as headlines makes me so sick. He is far too talented and far too amazing to be reduced to such trashy labels. Tom was on the track to becoming Bond, BOND, and now he’s just “Taylor Swift dating Loki?!”
And most importantly, Tom does not belong in the negativity and drama that comes with all of this. Her fans saying he’s not good enough (HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA), paparazzi being on him all the time, being in some “high profile” couple that people stalk, and even worse, the way it’ll end (because I’m sorry, it’s not going to last)
“No one man is going to discover the secret of atomic power. But you can be fairly certain of this: the discoverer of the secret of atomic power is alive on Earth today. His papers are researches are appearing regularly; his name is known.”
- John W. Campbell, Astounding Science Fiction (1938)
“Science Fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.”
- Brian Aldiss (1973)
“Are you in such dire straits that you must print this drivel? This story does not belong in Astounding Stories, because there is no science in it at all.”
- Cleveland C. Soper, on H.P. Lovecraft’s one story to the scifi mag Astounding (1936)
“Science Fiction in the past was by robots, for robots, and about robots.”
- Michael Moorcock
“If science fiction did not exist, I would probably read detective stories. Both kinds of imaginative writing call for the same logical, problem-solving thought processes.”
- Forrest J. Ackerman
“Over 90% of stories submitted [to Galaxy Science Fiction] still nag away at atomic, hydrogen and bacteriological war, the post atomic world, reversion to barbarism, mutant children killed because they have only ten toes and fingers instead of twelve….the temptation is strong to write, ‘look, fellers, the end isn’t here yet.’”
- H.L. Gold, Galaxy Science (1952). I love to pull this quote out when people talk about how optimistic and gadget obsessed the scifi of the past was. Did you even read it?
“Logical science fiction inevitably points to the necessity of socialism, the advance of science, and the world-state. These aims can best be reached through adherence to the program of the Communist International.”
- Donald Wollheim in Novae Terrae (1938). If you want to read more about the association of east coast scifi writers with Communism and Communist politics, read Frederik Pohl’s memoir, The Early Pohl.
This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.