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All Along the Watchtower - 12x23 (and 12x22) and Circular Narrative Structure

An entity with yellow eyes enters a nursery:

1x01(Azaezel Prince of Hell over Sam’s crib)

and 12x23 (Jack the Nephilim, son of Lucifer and Kelly)

A woman dies in a nursery:

1x01 (Mary Winchester burns on the ceiling)

and 12x23 (Kelly Kline dies in a blaze of light giving birth to Jack)

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God created everything that is… we cannot escape his creation, and he reveals himself to us in and through that creation. Everywhere we look, we see the handiwork of God. Everything we see, we see with eyes that declare the glory of God. Even if we shut our eyes to the world, we see the insides of eyelids that declare the glory and majesty of God. He is inescapable… 

Gattaca (1997 Film) : Sentence Starters
  • "I never saved anything for the swim back."
  • "For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it."
  • "Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home."
  • "Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star."
  • "Flight got you nervous?"
  • "_______ want's to apply here."
  • "For future reference, right-handed men don't hold it with their left."
  • "Just one of those things."
  • "You're gonna miss your flight, _______."
  • "I could've gone up and back and nobody would've been the wiser."
  • "I don't know how to thank you."
  • "I got the better end of the deal."
  • "I only lent you my body."
  • "You lent me your dream."
  • "We're closer to the other side."
  • "It's too late for that."
  • "You wanna drown us both?"
  • "There's no gene for fate."
  • "I can't hear any more of your lies, _______."
  • "I'm the same person I was yesterday."
  • "I am NOT a murderer!"
  • "They've got you looking for any flaw, that after a while that's all you see."
  • "For what it's worth, I'm here to tell you that it is possible."
  • "It's funny, you work so hard, you do everything you can to get away from a place, and when you finally get your chance to leave, you find a reason to stay."
  • "We have to get drunk immediately."
  • "They used to say that a child conceived in love has a greater chance of happiness."
  • "They don't say that anymore."
  • "I not only think that we will tamper with Mother Nature, I think Mother wants us to."
  • "No, we now have discrimination down to a science."
  • "I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of your skin."
  • "Consider God's handiwork; who can straighten what He hath made crooked?"
  • "How the hell did you get up here?"
  • "Oh, I could always walk... I've been faking it."
  • "I have this crazy idea you're more interested in the murder case than me."
  • "I was never more certain of how far away I was from my goal than when I was standing right beside it."
  • "There's more vodka in this piss than there is piss."
  • "There's still the matter of your height."
  • "That piece can only be played with twelve."
  • "We were just wondering if, if it is good to just leave a few things to, to chance?"
  • "Your child doesn't need any more additional burdens."
  • "You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result."
  • "If at first you don't succeed... try, try again."
  • "He had everything except desire."
  • "Blood has no nationality."
  • "What about the interview?"
  • "They found my eye lash."
  • "Ah well it could be worse. They could have found it in your eye."
  • "You keep your work station so clean, _______."
  • "Please don't leave the premises."
  • "Am I speaking in some kind of strange foreign language?"
  • "We shed 500 million cells a day."
  • "Is the only way you can succeed is to see me fail?"
  • "Do you want some of this?"
  • "What's your number, you fucking flat foot!"
  • "That's harassment."
  • "Please tell me you're the least bit excited."
  • "If you're going to pretend like you don't care, don't look up."
  • "Do you have any idea what it took to get IN here?"
  • "_______ was never meant to be one step down on the podium."
  • "_______, never shy, pisses on command."
  • "Beautiful piece of equipment you've got there, _______. I ever told you that?"
  • "Don't know why my folks didn't order one like that for me."
  • "Yours just happens to be an exceptional example."
  • "I can't go anywhere without seeing my own face."
  • "They'll recognize me."
  • "Don't clean the glass too well."
  • "Wanna go dancing?"
  • "I'm sorry, the wind caught it."
  • "My eyes are prettier."
  • "I think (s)he likes us."
  • "I hope you're not wasting my time."
  • "No, I... I'd give 100 percent."
  • "The only way you're going to see the inside of a spaceship is if you were cleaning it."
  • "Don't eat that, it's Pluto."
Final thoughts on the hiatus...

I see a lot of people discuss the relationship of Dean and Amara as though Amara was human – a person – which she naturally is not. @postmodernmulticoloredcloak was talking about how Amara is the Mark, which the character also confessed in text of the previous episode, but I don’t think that’s quite right. It’s not that Amara is the Mark, it’s that the Mark of Cain was Amara. This is a subtle but important distinction, and it is through the relationship of the Mark of Cain to Dean, to Cain, and to Lucifer that we may be able to frame what has been happening between her and Dean in previous episodes.

Because it seems as though they have been recreating the events of the ninth and tenth seasons regarding Dean with the Mark of Cain with Amara. The effects of her on Dean have been portrayed as similar to those of the Mark. There is a slow corruption. The effect of Amara on Dean is the same as that of the Mark of Cain: “ecstasy orgasm chocolate cake” when he fed the Mark lives, and “the least best better” when he didn’t.

Amara gives ecstasy, she drops her victims the ‘molly’, to get what she wants – remember the scene in which Jensen Ackles was told to drink whiskey while looking as though he were smelling freshly baked bread – and the price of her not getting what she wants is death. The Mark wanted to be fed living souls, and when we look upon Cain willing to cull his entire offspring, his poison issue, it is clear that she wished to be fed all the souls. The same was true of Lucifer, who wished to wipe out all traces of mankind from the planet, but whose issue was not with God’s creation, the last perfect handiwork of God. To consume all life has been the agenda of the Mark, and the Darkness bound by it, all along. She is the end.

In a recent interview, Jeremy Carver indicated that it is up to the viewer to decide what it was that happened between Dean and Amara in O Brother, and this is keeping in with their metafiction project. It is the viewer that gives the work meaning. In light of the parallels of Cain and Lucifer, I’m in the camp that believes she did try to suck out Dean’s soul but was unable. Because it all comes down to the souls.

Lucifer is an angel and does not possess a human soul. When Lucifer, the Lightbringer, was used by God to keep the Darkness at bay, there was nothing to protect him from its corrupting influence. In many ways, Lucifer became a vessel for the Darkness, so corrupted by it that he did its bidding. And then he passed it on to another. We don’t know whether Lucifer passed the Mark to Cain out of the will of the Darkness, but we do know that he did it under the influence of the Darkness.

And Cain did the bidding of the Darkness for a long time. For centuries, he brought chaos and darkness. He was corrupted, in spite of his human – although demonized – soul. Until, that is, he met Colette.

Although it was never explicated in text, it’s possible that Cain and Colette were soul mates. Regardless, after meeting her, Cain stopped. Even after losing her, his love of her protected him from the Darkness for 150 years. But only so long as he didn’t feed the Mark. The Mark lay dormant, I suspect, because love (“the other way”) is anathema to it. Love, that which conquers all, is something that the Darkness doesn’t understand.

And love is the reason Amara was unable to consume Dean’s soul. Because unlike Cain, Dean’s soul has two claims on it. His soul is tethered. His soul was protected in a way that Cain’s never was, which allowed him to survive the corruption of the Mark in human form, even though he was forced to feed the Mark. Although he was being corrupted, he defied its influence up to a point that he was willing to destroy it and himself to get rid of it. Amara is right to fear Dean. She may have turned Lucifer into her puppet, but she could not, will not control Dean.

Amara is not a person. She’s an ancient, horribly destructive amoral force – a direct quote from Death – who took on human form by hi-jacking a child and force-growing it through feeding it the life-force of several people, through murder.

She’s not a person, she’s a thing. Only bigger.

And this thing between them, between her and Dean? It’s the same thing that was between Dean and the Mark of Cain. It is an attempt to possess him in order to turn him into a tool for bringing on the end of everything that will never, ever come to pass. But we will see her try.

When I first started my journey to self-love, I consistently asked God to continually mold me into His image.

Well, on Thursday, a super sweet girl that I had talked to many times before came up to me and said, “Every time I see you, I just want to smile and laugh.”

and I said, “Oh really?”

Then she said,“Yeah! You’re always so happy! You’re such a bright light in this world.” 

And honestly I was so taken aback because I was not expecting that. It was one of the kindest compliments I’ve ever received. Although it’s nice to be complimented physically, the fact that she noticed my inner nature honestly brightened up my day.

This goes to show that when you allow God to transform you from the inside out, not only will your Spirit change, but you will begin to humbly love others just as He has so mercifully loved you. 

“Anytime you reject any part of yourself, you are rejecting God’s wisdom and sovereignty in creating you.” More often than not, I reject many parts, if not all, of myself and I needed to realize that rejecting myself ultimately rejects God. I am his handiwork, his perfect creation. He calls me his masterpiece. Who am I to tell him that his work is flawed?

The Art of Healing (and how Kubo doesn't forget, ever)

The newest chapter came out yesterday. And again, detractors have been coming out of their holes and screaming “Ichihimeh moment!”

Forthe longest time, haters have been saying that Kubo has already switched to Ichihimeh already, considering the apparent lack of IchiRuki the past months, or so.

Didn’t they say that a few years ago? At the HM arc which had Orihime as a main focus? But Kubo blasted that with the ending and at the short FB arc. I guess they didn’t learn their lesson.

Saying that Kubo has already forgotten IchiRuki is an insult to the author itself. Because that would also be akin to saying that those important poems Kubo has written, “The rain dried by white moon,” “A story of destiny” and “Sand/Rotator poems” are not important anymore.

But authors, especially good authors, don’t ever forget a point they make, especially if it’s an important symbolism/theme in their works. That’s why there’s a thing called “recurring theme.” Meaning, it’s a concept central to the work itself. It may not be there at all times, but the author will always return to it. An author who cannot employ a theme/metaphor is a bad author. And Kubo is a good author in his own right.

My point? Kubo chose the metaphors “rain” and “gears of fate/destiny,” as concepts in his work. And to emphasize these themes, he even used them in his poems, “Black Sun/White Moon” and “Sand/Rotator,” in addition to incorporating them in his manga panels, “thanks to you the rain has stopped,” and the most recent statement of Ywach, “…Has no need to curse his DESTINY,” and “You are to be crushed atop the gears of fate.

And now, he again employs these metaphors in the latest chapter: ”In the midst the pouring rain, it opens.“

Consider this:

The portal to the Royal Realm opens, bringing the shinigami with them (INCLUDING RUKIA) which COINCIDES with Ichigo FEELING DESPAIR AND GUILT AGAIN for alledgedly "fucking up.”

As history showed time and again, when Ichigo feels despair, who puts him back to shape? Rukia.

Is this just mere coincidence? That at almost the exact moment that Ichigo feels broken, Rukia is coming to the Royal Realm?

Really? Is it just coincidence? Or is it fate? Or is this just the handiwork of “God” AKA Kubo?

Because if you will ask me, it is the god of Bleach who has planned this all. Because Kubo knows best. And now, his wonderful plan is slowly unraveling before us.

THIS WOULD BE ANOTHER PICK-ME-UP MOMENT AGAIN.

KUBO IS RETURNING TO HIS ROOTS: THE RAIN DRIED BY WHITE MOON. BEYOND THE POWER OF THE MATCHING GEARS. A STORY OF DESTINY.

So dear haters:

Are you sure that all these chapters have been leading to Ichihimeh?

From what I can see, these are all heading to the direction of IchiRuki.

BECAUSE TRY AS YOU MIGHT, THERE WAS NEVER A METAPHOR MADE FOR ICHIGO AND ORIHIME. THE METAPHORS ARE ALL ABOUT ICHIGO AND RUKIA. AND METAPHORS ARE VERY IMPORTANT IN ANY PIECE OF LITERATURE.

The one metaphor Ori has, it is rain which is also despair. As for Renji, the one metaphor he had was the star dog. About that dog who cannot reach the moon. And those metaphors are not gonna do anything to pull the ships IH/RR up. Orihime was the recognized “Healer.” But she could never heal Ichigo’s depression. Only Rukia has done that. As for me, I honestly miss IchiRuki. But my trust never wavers,

because as what Kubo is showing us, this recent chapter, he has the best plans for my OTP.

Never will he forget.

Panel time is not an issue for IchiRuki, because time goes by, but their bond will NEVER break.

Whilst I am very much enjoying Misha’s portrayal of Lucifer, the body language, the snark, I wish the present writing team could deliver greater depth to the Devil.

When we met him, wearing Sam, in The End, whilst he despised humanity, he also admired the earth, and unlike the angelic followers of Michael, he did not want the apocalypse to come to pass, he just wanted to be free:

“Why would I want to destroy this stunning thing? Beautiful in a trillion different ways. The last perfect handiwork of God.”

So far, in S11, although he wants to be “the new God”, he hasn’t really shaken things up in Heaven. Hell’s Angel was such a gift of a title gone to waste - imagine him riding into Heaven motorbike gang style. Moreover, there used to be angels, like Uriel, who were Lucifer’s followers. It would be great if some of them slithered out of the woodwork. Heaven is so full of bland suits these days.

Sure, Amara is looming large, but the Devil, at one time God’s most beloved angel, once forged connections, had allies, caused a war in Heaven because many followed him. 

Then there’s his connection to Sam, the perfect vessel created for him by an angel breeding programme, which brought John and Mary together expressly for that purpose. Would he really so easily discard his designs on that vessel? I would expect him to continue to maintain a, twisted, relationship with Sam.

Basically, I want the Devil  to have layers…