he power of compassion

but really I don’t see enough people talking about how luke skywalker defies so many aspects of toxic masculinity and is a prime example of how kindness and compassion can be so powerful. he literally defeats darth vader by asserting again and again that vader is his father, that he doesn’t want to hurt him, that it’s not too late for him. this boy is facing death and yet he finds it in himself to understand and empathize with the man trying to kill him. he saves himself- and ultimately vader- by being forgiving, and compassionate, and kind. luke gets shitted on for being “whiny” when in reality he’s one of the few male protagonists I’ve ever seen act emotional and openly and unashamedly express his affection/feelings for others. it’s just so important to me that people realize that luke skywalker, perhaps the most iconic character to emerge over the past hundred years, is a hero BECAUSE he is kind, because he isn’t afraid to care about others, because he feels things deeply and is ultimately guided by his extraordinary heart.

Stephen Starr

Mahakala by Mukti Singh Thapa

This work by master artist Mukti Singh Thapa is of Mahakala, the Protector of the Dharma. Mahakala is considered to be the fierce and powerful emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. He defends the Dharma from hostile forces and protects the individual practitioner from deception and delusion, bestowing power to overcome life’s struggles. This stunning piece displays Thapa’s mastery of the 13th - 16th century Newar Design style through its rich color palette, precise lines, and use of traditional iconography.

tdm headcanons everyone needs

•literally the whole crew celebrating christmas together at cate’s, they give out the presents and jude is so freaking excited about this new compass liam offered him he causes a power outage and the fairy lights just explode
•they now have to put little candles zu found in every corner of cate’s room
•cole fires them off just to lighten the mood
•seeing as the heating isn’t working either, the only solution is to gather and press up against each other
•and vida yells and makes abundantly clear how dead they all are to her by now especially fucking judith
•ruby and liam don’t give a shit and stand there in each other’s arms like everything’s casual and they’re all happy even vida who starts to calm down and falls asleep with chubs

anonymous asked:

hi Aero, i'm rereading gintama, and currently on Mother arc, and i want to know your opinion on how sorachi made kanshichiro's grandpa be forgiven by ofusa so easily just because he shed tears over how he only had kanshichiro now as his blood relative and told his sob stories. And how ofusa instead of run the fuck away from the very man who; separated her from her dying husband, called her all kinds of names, took away her son, attempted to kill her multiple times, told her to abort the baby 1/2

I take it as a lesson. I believe Sorachi is trying to convey the power of compassion. He might not always go about it the right way, but his work stresses the importance of forgiveness and compassion in the face of mistreatment. Jiraia ((the ninja-spider, you referred to him as)) is by far the worst villain of the whole series, so I just kind of ignore him lol 

The point of the representation Sorachi gives villains like in the Infant Strife arc, to me, is that nothing can be gained from holding onto hate, anger, spite, and resentment. It’s better to forgive someone that hurts you than it is to carry all that negativity around with you. And it’s super important to know that just because you forgive someone, that doesn’t mean you have to keep them in your life. Like, with my abuser, I forgave them a couple years ago, but there’s no way in hell I’d ever let them come back into my life in any capacity, they’re just too toxic and not worth it. Sorachi is presenting life lessons and for me ((again, this is just me)) I think it’s a sign of something great if someone can look at their abuser and let go of the negativity toward them in order to move on with their life. 

You should never punish someone, even an abuser, for showing true contrition, otherwise, you’re no better than they are. So, I don’t mind how Sorachi represents different villains. It offers a new perspective and leaves something to consider every time.

It had all been too…good.  In a few short years, he, Sam Vimes, had gone up in the world like a balloon.  He was a Duke, he commanded the Watch, he was powerful, he was married to a woman whose compassion, love, and understanding he knew a man such as he did not deserve, and he was as rich as Creosote.  Fortune had rained its gravy, and he’d been the man with the big bowl.  And it had all happened so FAST.

And then Young Sam had come along.  At first it had been fine.  The baby was, well, a baby, all lolling head and burping and unfocused eyes, entirely the preserve of his mother.  And then, one evening, his son had turned and looked directly at Vimes, with eyes that for his father outshone the lamps of the world, and fear had poured into Sam Vimes’s life in a terrible wave.  All this good fortune, all this fierce joy…it was wrong.  Surely the universe could not allow this amount of happiness in one man, not without presenting a bill.  Somewhere a big wave was cresting, and when it broke over his head it would wash everything away.  Some days, he was sure he could hear its distant roar…
—  Terry Pratchett, “Thud!”
(This thought process sounds so familiar to me, and I’m willing to bet it does to a lot of the rest of you, too.  Remember, Vimes hates a lot of things about himself and is often blind to the good points others see in him, that definitely are there and that definitely mean he deserves to be happy.)

I say this as someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about Solas, but Solas would not fall in love with someone innocent, naive and weak-minded. It is his respect you would have to win, and winning Solas’ respect requires two things: strength and wisdom. 

Solas himself says to a romanced Lavellan, to anyone he respects really, that this is what has caught his attention. 

“You have show subtlety in your actions, a wisdom that goes against everything I expected.”

He admires her specifically because she is not “most people”, because her actions are not predictable. Lavellan could be kind, she could be logical, she could be any number of things, but what she is above all else is wise and discerning. Compassion and kindness are not a weakness in his eyes, in fact, Solas says to Cassandra that he needs no god to worship because he believes in/has people. To Solas, compassion could be a powerful strength, if applied with wisdom and grace. 

Thinking about the things that Solas approves of, it’s fairly obvious he approves of wit, curiosity, and an understanding that the world exists in varying shades of grey A morally rigid person will not impress him unless they also show themselves to be understanding of other points of view– an excellent example of this is his opinion of Vivienne versus his opinion of Cassandra. It is not the belief system that Solas judges someone by, and so a Dalish who believed in their gods fervently would not offend him as long as they showed curiosity and tolerance toward his ideas. This is why it is possible for Solas to fall in love with many kinds of Lavellan, simply not Lavellans who insist that they are right all the time and not Lavellans who he has to lead about by the nose and who have no opinions of their own. 

Solas likes to be told how smart he is when you flirt with him, but more than that he likes to be treated as though he has worth beyond what his outward body looks like. He wants to be valued as a person, not worshiped, and Solas desires an equal, someone who he could protect and be protected by in equal measures. 

The very first option a Lavellan has to flirt with him offers to protect him from the others in Haven. He finds the genuine offer to keep him safe and protect his right to exist and believe freely to be attractive and admirable. He falls in love with his mind and values first, and thinking about why what Lavellan says in her flirtations might be attractive to him is very important in determining the kind of woman he would love. 

The Dread Wolf does not want someone he can lead around. He has no desire for the weak-minded. Though he is certainly willing and eager to teach, he also seeks to be taught, and one of the reasons he most respects Lavellan is because she restructures his world view. 

“You are unique. In all of Thedas, I never expected to find someone who could draw my attention from the Fade." 

Solas values her because she shines so brightly, because she is someone he respects and who respects him. He is not a predator looking for someone to prey upon, and he ultimately comes so close to telling her the truth because he wants them to be on equal footing. He believes in her, her open-mindedness and ability to accept him, and was willing to show to her the one part of him that he holds most dear. 

Ultimately he leaves her because he is distracting her, and because she distracts him, but he still respects her and has every ounce of faith that she will be the one to defeat Corypheus and correct a mistake he very well owns as his. 

Naive, innocent, and sweet Lavellans, a woman he could take advantage of, would never capture his attention because he would never be drawn to someone with a weak personal will. To attract Solas, Lavellan has to be strong, either quietly so or loudly so. She must be the kind of woman who looks at a suspicious man she barely knows and respects his right to exist enough to say "I’ll protect you no matter the cost”. She must the kind of woman who hears him say “I have issues trusting others, and I’m not certain if this would be a good idea” and push on anyway.

Someone who wants to be romanced could never be with Solas simply because he would never pursue her on his own. He only responds to flirtations and ultimately must be stopped and pulled back in order for him to stay. A Lavellan for Solas is a proactive Lavellan, a Lavellan who romances as much as she is romanced. 

She isn’t a sheep or a halla. 

A few wild predictions for Killian over the next couple of eps based on thin air, potential plot holes, and some spoiler pics…

• Killian finds Henry’s book and helps everyone else with their unfinished business and allows them to move on. 

• He gives away his ring to the guy he took it from as part of said guy’s unfinished business. 

• Killian is able to reverse the river of lost souls and free those put there nefariously (*coughMilahcough*).

• Milah helps Killian get back to Emma the way she helped Emma find Killian (via the River of Lost Souls which is now just a river connecting realms?). Milah and Killian get their own closure. 


• Killian meets up with someone All Powerful who hands him the magical compass he and Emma found together on their first adventure (because it is a magical item that disappeared after Emma and Snow used it to get back to Storybrooke and I’m betting it landed in the UW), and he uses it to get back to Emma in Storybrooke. (All CS stuff goes back to Tallahassee.)