Looked at superficially, people appear to function well enough in economic and social life; yet it would be dangerous to overlook the deep-seated unhappiness behind that comforting veneer. If life loses its meaning because it is not lived, man becomes desperate. People do not die quietly from physical starvation; they do not die quietly from psychic starvation either. If we look only at the economic needs as far as the “normal” person is concerned, if we do not see the unconscious suffering of the average automatized person, then we fail to see the danger that threatens our culture from its human basis: the readiness to accept any ideology and any leader, if only he promises excitement and offers a political structure and symbols which allegedly give meaning and order to an individual’s life. The despair of the human automaton is fertile soil for the political purposes of Fascism.
For ancient and/or immortal muses, here are some questions to build your headcanons!
😇Do you think you’ll ever experience an afterlife? 😷Do you have any weaknesses that could challenge your lifespan? 👥Have you met others like you? 👨👨👦Are you part of a family of ancients/immortals? 🎈Do you remember the start of your life? How long ago was it? 💔Is there anyone from your past that you missed for a long time? 😢Do you still think about people you knew years, even centuries, ago? 👶Do you have children? If you don’t, do you think they would be like you? 🍼 Would you ever consider having offspring with a mortal? 📕Do you ever run out of things to be curious about? 📗What is one of the most valuable things you’ve learned? 📘In the remainder of your life, what else do you hope to learn? 💀What is your opinion on death and mortality in general? 🥀Do you create bonds with mortals or avoid getting attached? ☹ Talk about your memory of a tragedy you’ve witnessed. 🖤Do you believe immortality changes someone for the worst? 🕗In your time, what has been one of the most interesting time periods? ⏳Do you ever wish you had a mortal lifespan? 😿Is there any one person you would sacrifice your immortality for? 🎁Name one thing that never gets old or loses its charm for you. 🔮Have you ever considered (or looked for) ways to end your immortality? 🤡How do you deal with avoiding suspicion while living forever? ✨Other than immortality, do you have other supernatural abilities? 🌱What is one thing about the world you’ve come to appreciate? 🌼Have you traveled? If so, name one place that you love the most. 💾Do you ever have trouble with new technology? 💗Is there one mortal in your life you will never forget? 🎼What is your opinion on how music, art, and culture has changed? 💕Do you think two immortals could handle one another’s company forever? 🙄How do you handle boredom and monotony? 💿What is one (or more) inventions you’re thankful exist in your current time? 👿Would you ever use your power and knowledge to destroy? 🌋Do you think you will be alive to see the end of the world? 🗻Do you ever want to escape society altogether for a while? 🤠Have you ever disguised yourself or gone by different names?
Finally finished “Release”. A gouache and watercolour piece, done on bristol paper. Prints coming soon! 🌿✨ Thank you everyone for all of the support you’ve given me on this piece. It means a lot to me. It is about the desire to leave society, to escape the entrapment of a system we have no say in. It was born from me of imagining a feeling of pure freedom, a return to nature, openness and imagination.
You know, why is it that Japan seems to go waaaaaay weirder for monsters even in “serious” works than US authors do in the crowd pleasers?
Like, US creators go “Oh, nobody will take the monster in our popcorn blockbuster seriously if it’s not another Grey Bioluminescent Retromammal Product” whereas in Japan it’s like “In our serious meditation on paranoia and escapism in Japanese society, we decided to make the final monster a giant cartoon dog made of human hate.”
Or like how in American superhero film it’s like “Clearly to articulate the struggle of man-against-man we need some big dude painted grey,” whereas in Japanese fiction it’s like “The forces our fascist organization in our work about the struggle of Man Vs Society include Ant Capone, Starfish Hitler and Ambassador Hell who is also a rattlesnake-monster.”
Your opinions are so interesting… So I ask you, what you think about Furuta’s love for Rize? What was revealed recently with Mutsuki makes me think they are same in a some way, I mean a twisted love and unhealthy obsession in a one-sided.
Asked by Anonymous
An interesting question posed to me in an ask that I’ve decided to turn into a full meta because I think the asker is missing that Furuta and Mutsuki are not the only ones with unrequited love this arc. Luckily I’ve drawn up a chart.
Why all of this unrequited love all of a sudden? Is it because Ishida wishes to write a Shoujo manga with corpses, and has decided to convert the last arc into one? It goes deeper than that, so let’s analyze it under the cut.
New study finds that moving out of segregated neighborhoods lowers black people’s blood pressure
What if I told you that getting away from things like over-policing & police brutality, constant stop-and-frisks, concentrated poverty, bank redlining & blockbusting, food deserts, limited public transportation, environmental racism, higher unemployment rates, and all the stress those things bring, what if I told you getting away from all of that is going to lower anybody’s blood pressure? Getting away from the structural racism that specifically targets black neighborhoods is good for your health. Who knew? I mean, besides black people
Conversely, if you removed all of those things from black neighborhoods—and yes, that’s entirely possible to do—then black people’s blood pressure would also drop. I’m not knocking desegregation, because that has repeatedly been demonstrated to be the greatest equalizer of all (that NIMBY America still doesn’t fully embrace) but, yeah, black people can leave the hood to escape racism, or society and racist institutions could stop targeting black neighborhoods. That could work both ways
Funny how something as simple as equal opportunity and equal treatment can lower blood pressure, huh?
thank you everyone who replied and commented on the victim blaming post, it’s a real source of comfort to know that people are on my side.
I was thinking about it all day and I realized that there’s this insane mentality of society that if you don’t escape from abuse, it’s all your fault, every single thing done to you is perceived as something you wanted and deserved, until the moment you escape, and then escape is supposed to prove that maybe you didn’t want it, but even after you do escape, still nobody cares, nobody is there to congratulate you and let you know that now, you are officially relived of all the guilt and you have proven yourself to be a Good Survivor™ who didn’t deserve to be blamed after all, and even though they convince you that somehow everything will change after you escape, it doesn’t, you still feel the same guilt, you still feel the same shame and you can still feel the hatred of the world who told you over and over again that you don’t deserve help.
Society is abandoning and outcasting victims from the moment they become victims, to the ends of their life, it doesn’t matter if you’ve managed to escape or not, for society you are “that person” who must be stupid for getting themselves in that situation (yea even if you were born into it, how dare you get born), your take on your own life is rejected and you’re punished for saying it out loud, you’re not allowed to speak your perspective because people feeling comfortable is priority before solving the issue of abuse in society. We are casting life long shame and guilt on victims, instead of abusers. We live in a society of cowards.
The cultural and political crisis of our day is not due to the fact that there is too much individualism but that what we believe to be individualism has become an empty shell. The victory of freedom is possible only if democracy develops into a society in which the individual, his growth and happiness, is the aim and purpose of culture, in which life does not need any justification in success or anything else, and in which the individual is not subordinated to or manipulated by any power outside of himself, be it the State or the economic machine; finally, a society in which his conscience and ideals are not the internalization of external demands, but are really /his/ and express the aims that result from the peculiarity of his self.
So I recently got an anonymous message asking me this question and I was preparing myself to answer with the typical “because she’s supportive and he respects her and trusts her and blah blah blah” response which definitely isn’t WRONG, and are definitely reasons why I ship Bellarke, but I also feel like it goes a lot deeper than that.
I haven’t written a good, solid meta in awhile, I feel like, and this question hit me really hard for some reason, so I am going to answer it separate from the ask in more depth. And, since I’m feeling extra, I’m probably going to make another post answering why Clarke fell in love with Bellamy because - yes - this ship goes both ways and I am sure as hell going to take every opportunity I get to prove that.
To start off, I don’t really think that there is one particular reason why Bellamy fell in love with Clarke. You can’t really go about it by saying “well, Bellamy really likes this trait and this trait and this trait - therefore, he loves Clarke because she encompasses all three” because I don’t think that’s really how love works. I do think that she has traits that Bellamy really likes and respects, and I think that’s how they became friends. But then he fell in love with her and it wasn’t just about those traits anymore. Because love isn’t selective. He doesn’t just love some parts of her and not the others. He loves Clarke as a whole, as a person. He loves all of her pieces and parts and fragments. He just loves her.
…the person who is normal in terms of being well adapted is often less healthy than the neurotic person in terms of human values. Often he is well adapted only at the expense of having given up his self in order to become more or less the person he believes he is expected to be. All genuine individuality and spontaneity may have been lost. On the other hand, the neurotic person can be characterized as somebody who was not ready to surrender completely in the battle for his self. To be sure, his attempt to save his individual self was not successful, and instead of expressing his self productively he sought salvation through neurotic symptoms and by withdrawing into a phantasy life. Nevertheless, from the standpoint of human values, he is less crippled than the kind of normal person who has lost his individuality altogether.