i don't care for this much

anonymous asked:

The gems seems to protect the earth but don't care too much for its inhabitants. When do you think Steven's patience over this will wear out and call them out on that?

er, well, that’s not really my assessment of it. I know that’s how a lot of people view them though, but that’s not really how I see them. Like, I know they don’t relate well to humanity and can be kind of rude and dismissive about it but I think that comes down to a lack of understanding not a lack of caring. I think its easy to forget that the Gems are aliens and that despite their humanoid appearance they’re really VERY alien, they’re not even organic beings or technically ‘living’ and what little we’ve seen of their culture implies they’re naturally a utilitarian and pragmatic species that are extremely literal. There’s a lot of road blocks between them and us that hinder their understanding, there’s a world between us and our culture is so foreign and different. But they’re trying, their primary focus is just to protect people from physical danger but, especially with Steven now, they do try a bit to understand human things (when they’re not overwhelmed with Gem stuff, like in “Political Power” where their dismissal of the power outage was rude but they kind of had the more pressing matter of ‘preventing the homeworld from coming which they could do any day now and killing us and then destroying the Earth and killing everyone who lives on it’). Greg mentions this both in “The Return” (”All they do is try to make up for it but they just can’t forgive themselves”) and this in-character interview (”They sure do, they’re really exceptional Gems. They’re really thoughtful, you know… they really try their best to understand people.”)

In any case, in general I’m not actually a fan of this sort of “call them out” or “tell them off” sort of swatting them with a newspaper sort of thing. Mainly because, again, I feel its a lack of understanding due to being an alien species, not a deliberate act of malice. I’ve never found shaming people or yelling at them telling them how bad they’re being to be particularly helpful in many instances, especially when it comes down to a lack of understanding. I feel its more beneficial to give them a way to understand humanity, something that allows them to connect, so that they can come to an understanding themselves rather than just being told they should understand. Y’know? The problem isn’t that they don’t care, they absolutely do care they sacrificed absolutely everything they’ve ever known (regardless if this was done due to their loyalty to Rose, they still had to choose to do it and choose to continue to do it), the problem is they have a hard time understanding what human lives mean because its such a different existence from their own. I feel like they’re finally getting to be introduced and come to understand humanity through Steven and connect with human culture in a way they didn’t get to before, what we’re seeing is their first contact, so to speak, previously they were just on the sidelines deliberately staying out of things as to not impede on natural human development. It’s baby steps, of course they’re going to be screwing up left and right. Tell them when they’re wrong, certainly, but I don’t see it as this big “Steven needs to tell them off” sort of thing that I see people suggest a lot.

but I dunno, that’s just how I see it. I know a lot of people disagree and that’s cool. Like, I do agree they need to make progress and come to understand humans and human culture better, and I believe they’re doing that. But its a process and not an easy one and I don’t think its something solved by running out of patience and snapping at them as though they’re not trying. Push them towards understanding human, point out problematic behaviors, sure

my friend is studying for the mcat and was just trying to explain to me about heat transfer and she said ‘you know, like the reason you get cold when you go outside on a freezing day is that your tiny human body is trying to warm up the entire universe’ and i think that’s the best thing i have ever heard

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I’ve… been saved by you countless times, right?

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Hello there, dear writerly friends!

Over the last year I’ve gotten hundreds (if not thousands :0) of writers sending me their story-ideas and asking me if they’re ‘good.’ Now, instead of continuously copy-pasting the same response, or worse ignoring them, I decided to format my thoughts into a nice-and-simple test c;

Now, since I have a feeling some of you still have questions, let me post here my answers to the responses I’ve gotten from this test:

Is this seriously the test?

Yes. Just 3 questions. Not more. Not less.

You’re saying that if I find the story-idea 'fun’ to write, then I’m good to go?

Yes.

Even though you know nothing about my story-idea?

Nope. I don’t care what your story is actually about. All I care about is that you have fun. Seriously. If you have fun writing it, the reader will be able to tell. It’s easier to be passionate about something you enjoy. On the flip-side, have you ever read anything that was written by someone who clearly was not having ANY fun? Ask your English teacher if they can tell when someone actually enjoyed writing an essay. You may be able to half-ass a cake and make something edible, but you can’t half-ass a book and expect people to like it.

Even though I think this story idea is similar to that of another book?

Jorge Luis Borges said that there are only 4 types of stories: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power, and the journey. The truth is that, really, the idea for the story does not matter. It’s not what you say, but how you it say that matters. And, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s easier to get your voice across when you’re actually enjoying the process of writing c;

How do I make my story-idea more 'fun’?

Be honest with yourself. Write about what excites you. You don’t have to write about anything you don’t care about, or meet some sort of imaginary guidelines. Writing is art. Write about anything you want. Additionally, you may want to checkout my (Strange) Guide to Planning Your Novel, it’s built on this entire philosophy.

I hope this helps! I have gotten this question so many times, I thought it would be best to just put my answer out there for all of you  c;

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have you even been in a group of friends but you’re not actually in that group of friends and you’re just

there

seriously if I just vanished I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t make a difference at all

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OK PEOPLE.

my trans girlfriend and her friends made a video for a contest for school. she asked me to share it in chances of winning since the price is more than 2500 euros, that would help us fund her transition in the future and get us a safe home maybe, cause Mexico is not a safe place for people like us. 

we’re all Mexican so they chose Frida Kahlo as their theme for the video. and we all know how rad Frida was. 

it’s pretty simple and well done and it would mean a lot to us (or her at least) if you could help her out. 

please ignore any drama for a second since this is more important to me than the MOaMT deal for now, my girlfriend trusts me to help her. i love her too much to dissapoint her so please vote for the video ok? thank you and have a great day. 

vote here.