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“Since I was a child I’ve always loved a good story. I believed that stories helped us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that told a deeper truth. I always thought I could play some small part in that grand tradition. And for my pains I got this: a prison of our own sins. ‘Cause you don’t want to change. Or cannot change. Because you’re only human, after all. But then I realized someone was paying attention, someone who could change. So I began to compose a new story for them. It begins with the birth of a new people and the choices they will have to make and the people they will decide to become. And we’ll have all those things that you have always enjoyed… Surprises and violence. It begins in a time of war with a villain named Wyatt and a killing. This time by choice. I’m sad to say this will be my final story. An old friend once told me something that gave me great comfort. Something he had read. He said that Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin never died. They simply became music. So, I hope you will enjoy this last piece very much.”

Today’s WARRIOR WOMEN WEDNESDAY drawing is Grainne O’Malley!

We call her a gazillion different things, popularly “Grace O’Malley,” but I think her Irish first name better suits her while the Anglicized last name helps for clarity in knowing who I’m talking about and finding more about her.

Not too many of these subjects have long lives with happy endings, but O’Malley oversaw her lands and seas as rich as a troll and died of old age, her kid having been ennobled and her fleet as active as ever.

Since I was a child, I’ve always loved a good story. I believed that stories helped us to ennoble ourselves, to fix what was broken in us, and to help us become the people we dreamed of being. Lies that told a deeper truth. I always thought I could play some small part in that grand tradition. And for my pains, I got this: a prison of our own sins. Because you don’t want to change. Or cannot change. Because you’re only human, after all. But then I realized someone was paying attention, someone who could change. So I began to compose a new story for them. It begins with the birth of a new people and the choices they will have to make, and the people they will decide to become.
—  Dr. Robert Ford, Westworld

If there’s anything more pernicious than the notion that one ought to be ennobled by one’s suffering, it’s the notion that not being ennobled by one’s suffering represents a personal moral deficit.

Like, okay, my horrible trauma unaccountably failed to transfigure me into a saint, and somehow that’s my fault?

I have, more than once, compared Lin to Shakespeare, and I do it without blushing or apologizing. Lin, in Hamilton, is doing exactly what Shakespeare did in his history plays. He’s taking the voice of the common people, elevating it to poetry - in Shakespeare’s case, iambic pentameter; in Lin’s case, rap, rhyme, hip hop, R&B - and by elevating it to poetry, ennobling the people themselves. He is bringing out what is noble about the common tongue. And that is something that nobody has done as effectively as Lin since Shakespeare. Yeah, I said it.
—  Oskar Eustis, on Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton’s America)
There is no better recreation for the mind than the study of the ancient classics. Take any one of them into your hand, be it only for half an hour, and you will feel yourself refreshed, relieved, purified, ennobled, strengthened ; just as if you had quenched your thirst at some pure spring. Is this the effect of the old language and its perfect expression, or is it the greatness of the minds whose works remain unharmed and unweakened by the lapse of a thousand years ? Perhaps both together.
—  Arthur Schopenhauer, from ‘On the Study of Latin’
Lin does exactly what Shakespeare does. He takes the language of the people, and heightens it by making it verse. It both ennobled the language and the people saying the language. That’s precisely what Shakespeare did in all of his work, particularly in his history plays. He tells the foundational myths of his country. By doing that, he makes the country the possession of everybody.
—  Oskar Eustis, about Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton

“If some women were to say, for example, ‘How do we follow the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) in some affairs that are particular to women, in which or with which women cannot imitate him (ﷺ)?’ We say that Allāh (ﷻ‎) has surely ennobled women with a resemblance to the Prophet (ﷺ) as his part resembles him. For he said, “Fāṭima is a part of me”—that is to say, she is a piece of him (ﷺ), and not separate from him. Therefore, if a Muslim woman imitates Fāṭima, then she has truly imitated the essence of the Sunnah of the Chosen One, Muḥammad, and attained by that a great reward.”

-— Ḥabīb Muḥammad ibn ‘Abd ar-Raḥmān as-Saqqāf al-Ḥusaynī

May God perfume her noble grave and fill it with light.

“He’s brought a lot of joy into the family. A grandchild immediately ennobles a lot of people. He makes me into a Granddad, he makes my son into an Uncle and he makes my daughter into an Auntie. He’s really lovely, we’re all really proud of him- he’s a good looking boy”
-Paul McCartney, feeding his first grandson, Arthur Donald, in 1999.

Photographed by Mary McCartney

Happy Birthday Arthur!

the nameless nobilis game - session 3

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These were the words of this desolate chancel, that had once borne bustling villages and thriving lives. The Familia of the Great Serpent Tahom sought to use this destroyed place for their own purposes, namely to host a party that would celebrate their own ennoblement. Some of them pondered upon the nature of this chancel, and those who managed to work out the words above were given a hint of divine inspiration. Perhaps in the future, they could use this inspiration to recharge their own energies if they ever became exhausted.

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