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Why Frank Castle Doesn’t Just Deserve Love—He Needs It

This meta COMPLETELY got away from me and is seriously long, but at @76bloodytrombones’ request, here is why Frank Castle deserves love. Except that my conclusion is not that he deserves love, but that he must find it in himself to love again or he will be gone forever, and only the Punisher will remain. 

1. In the beginning, Frank’s grief and guilt have distorted his memories of his family.

In his fantastic book “Man’s Search for Meaning,” Auschwitz survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl talks about one of his patients, a man who had lost his wife, who was consumed with grief. This man stopped going to work, stopped seeing his friends, stopped taking care of himself. He could not move on, he missed his wife so desperately, and he didn’t understand why he lived while she had to die.

Dr. Frankl helped this man to recover from his grief by reminding him that, if one of them had to live and one had to die, this man should want to be the one who lived—because he is the one who must now suffer, who must go on without the person he loved. If their positions had been reversed, it would have been this man’s beloved wife who suffered grief from the loss of her husband. By seeing the truth—that the living bear the pain that the dead have been released from, and that to be the one who lives is not necessarily the winning hand in a game of “who lives, who dies”—the man was able to finally come to terms with his grief. 

Like Dr. Frankl’s patient, Frank Castle has lost his wife and his children whom he loved desperately, and he is so consumed by grief and guilt at their loss (while he alone survived), that he punishes HIMSELF first and foremost. For Frank, who is caught in the emotional aftermath of his loss by virtue of both head trauma and self-torture, his penance for living when his family did not is to deprive himself of love, of friendship, of any pleasure of enjoyment that life may have to offer. 

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diosia  asked:

hi! im glad someone out there also feels the same way about mike sandoval! ive been watching svu forever but have only just recently started watching from the beginning, and im disappointed to see that they focus less on characters like fin and munch as the series go on? and can i ask why people are annoyed with mariska? sorry if these are dumb but ive never been involved in the technical workings of svu and havent had a chance to speak to anyone else in the fandom

Hello! So yay to watching SVU from the beginning - I love those early seasons so much and they don’t seem to get enough love within the fandom these days (IMHO). I agree that it’s a real shame that they gradually focused less and less on Fin and Munch, and now there aren’t even any supporting/recurring characters we see semi-regularly except for certain defense attorneys.

As for the Mariska thing…well…I’m going to try to tread lightly here because I don’t necessarily agree with all of the criticism (hello, fat!Mariska troll, wherever you are lurking today) and some of it is pure speculation. 

For me personally, I am primarily annoyed with Olivia Benson, the character, as she’s become over I’d say the past three seasons (16 onward) and that it’s only gotten progressively worse. They aren’t writing her in a believable fashion as a commanding officer of SVU the way Cragen was (or Munch, or Murphy, etc): she’s constantly still out in the field, doing all of the investigative work instead of directing her detectives. She’s become this “Saint Benson the Holy Mother of Rape Victims” who dictates to Barba what cases to prosecute (even when there aren’t laws on the book to support her demands, like in Impostor), she acts like an expert in psychiatry instead of going to a real doctor like Huang for input, she just…does incredibly stupid things that in some cases has outright lead to characters DYING (RIP, Mike Dodds). And yet she’s supposed to be the heroine of the show we all cheer and still root for? IDK. To me she is not the same character she used to be. I know people change and grow, but other characters have done so realistically on this show; Benson is not one of them. They didn’t even deal realistically with the fact that she was clearly developing an alcohol dependency, which would have been very realistic for the character given her family history and some of the trauma she’s been through. Instead that was swept under the rug at the beginning of this season, with Mariska just flippantly commenting in an interview that Benson “self-corrected” at some nebulous point last season. Really?????

How this translates to Mariska annoyance: well, for me, a lot of it is her acting at this point. MH was never the best (let’s be realistic here), but I feel like she’s coasting on autopilot at this point, AND horribly OVERacting in certain scenes (especially any courtroom scene these days where we have to constantly cut to her “shocked” and “angry” or “confused” grimaces…which often just end up looking like she’s got a bad case of constipation.) You could put some of the blame on the directors for sure, of course, but…the other factor is that MH is now an executive producer of the show. So a lot of fans speculate that she’s dictating the heavy focus on her character before any of the others, the change in tone/focus of the show, the preachiness of it, etc. I’m not going to publicly add to that speculation here because none of us work behind the scenes to know these things for sure. For all we know it’s the network that feels that SVU = nothing but the Olivia Benson Happy Rape Hour and doesn’t care/understand that a lot of us have been fans for years of the OTHER characters (too), and we miss them.

(Oh and yay for Mike Sandoval! I admit the first time or two I watched “Haunted” I wasn’t sure how I felt about him - mainly because I selfishly wanted that episode to be more Munch/Fin centric what with Fin being shot and pushing himself to work no matter what, and who’s this guy anyway working with Fin instead? But the more I’ve rewatched, the more it worked for me, and I really liked Mike when he came back in “Ghost”. I kind of always wanted to head canon that he adopted little Antonioand maybe that’s why we didn’t see him again - the two of them had to disappear into WitSec. Hmm…plot bunny!)

I’m probably the only person in the history of forever to look forward to the beginning of the week. I just love feeling like I can start fresh and just live my life better. Man I could totally be a motivational speaker. That might be a plan B if this fashion thing doesn’t work out. 

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[TWITTER UPDATE] 160814 Hyyh on Stage : Epilogue in Tokyo (Day2)

Today marks the end of the BTS HYYH on Stage: Epilogue Tour
and…the  화양연화 era.

But as our boys said “Forever,we are young”
It is only the beginning of our most beautiful moments with bangtan <3

What lies ahead is uncertain, but what I AM sure of is that we, their ARMY, will be here supporting the boys forever and always.

Kim Namjoon, Kim Seokjin, Min Yoongi, Jung Hoseok, Park Jimin, Kim Taehyung & Jeon Jungkook,

You boys have worked so hard and are continuing to work towards your dreams. You have inspired so many people. You deserve all the love and praise coming your way.

Thank you BTS. <3  사랑해요.

So it’s silent…

And out of nowhere, Morty says: “You know, the only thing I find bad about being in this body is the fact that I’ll never have that testosterone-filled puberty that I should have in a male body. I might be a pre-pubescent teen forever.”

Several of us then begin to burst into laughter.


Only in this family…

-Jaz

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I could see how easy it would be to fall into loving Bella. It would be exactly like falling: effortless. Not letting myself love her was the opposite of falling—it was pulling myself up a cliff-face, hand over hand, the task as grueling as if I had no more than mortal strength.

Since The Clone War’s series was cut short with the news of cancellation on March 11, 2013, the fans were left without closure.

We were left with so many questions and regret that would only be left unanswered forever. However, with the beginning of this group, we hope to gather a support from the fanbase to inspire for the revival to finally Finish The Clone Wars.

I know there are so many of you out there that have been rediscovering (or even discovering for the first time!) your love for this series. 

We don’t want to let the series end where it did.

Together, we can be heard. We’re here to ask for Disney to give Dave Filoni a chance to return to the show he loved and give it the ending it deserved!

Support us. 

Like this post and reblog.

Spread the word.

We believe in this fandom and its ability to inspire the best things to happen.

Thank you…and may the force be with you.

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Now I am strong (now I am strong).
You gave me all.
You gave all you had, and now I am whole.

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My eyes locked for a small portion of a second with a pair of wide, chocolate-brown human eyes set in a pale, heart-shaped face. I knew the face, though I’d never seen it myself before this moment. It had been foremost in every human head today. The new student, Isabella Swan.

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Edward and Bella’s Best NightsThe day we went back home

“Tell me another favorite night.”

“Flying home from Italy.”

He frowned.

“Is that not one of yours?” I wondered.

“No, it is one of mine, actually, but I’m surprised it’s on your list. Weren’t you under the ludicrous impression I was just acting from a guilty conscience, and I was going to bolt as soon as the plane doors opened?”

“Yes.” I smiled. “But, still, you were there.”

He kissed my hair. “You love me more than I deserve.”

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                          And I’ve tried to wash you away but you just won’t leave
                                   So won’t you take a breath and dive in deep
                                    ‘Cause I came here so you’d come for me
                                     I’m begging you to keep on haunting me