immolations

Our party was fighting a group of pirates at sea, and our wizard is very fond of firebolt and had already set the pirates’ ship on fire

GM: ok [wizard] avoids a piece of shrapnel from the burning ship 

and shoots a firebolt, immolating pirate 2 and killing him 

Bard: Oh hell, this ship better not catch fire too 

GM: he screams as he dies 

the ship catches fire 

Bard: Fuck me 

Wizard: Dammit [bard] 

6

i scream

you scream

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Yet another list of things that actually happen in the Kingdom Hearts series:

  • Ice cream is an important plot device on multiple, separate occasions
  • One of the villains makes it a personal mission to be as big of a homewrecker to the Beast of Beauty and the Beast fame as he possibly can be
  • A character is executed via immolation on-screen, in front of the horrified protagonist’s eyes
  • Another character has his life energy choked out of him by a clone of a fifteen year old boy
  • Danny Devito yells at you to get up on the hydra’s back
  • A fifteen year old boy is excited to meet Santa Claus
  • One good character consistently and repeatedly fails to recognize classic Disney villains as evil and offers assistance to them
  • The entire events of a whole game are completely forgotten by several characters that experienced them
  • Everyone memorized Axel’s name, much to Lea’s frustration
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4 Signs You’re Culturally Appropriating Buddhism – And Why It’s Important Not to
So you’re a fan of all things “zen” – but are you really hurting anyone by culturally appropriating Buddhism? Actually, yes – and here’s how.

Buddhism is a religion practiced by nearly 500 million people. There is worldwide reverence for the tradition and its beliefs, which include at the very most basic level: the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.

You can think of it very simply this way: “Suffering exists; it has a cause; it has an end; and it has a cause to bring about its end.”

Buddhism is complex, comprised of countless teachings and challenging practices.

However, it’s also been taken up as something that’s “cool,” marketable, and consumable. Just walking around my city, I see frequent examples of not only the cultural appropriation of Buddhism, but also uses of it that explicitly counter Buddhist beliefs.

The headless statue is but one of many instances that depict how Buddhism has become decorative and largely meaningless for many.

I can only imagine that the people who displayed it decided to adorn a place of work with a defiled spiritual symbol because it doesn’t indicate a relationship to suffering for them. There was no awareness, no connection, no depth.

After all, if they knew more about Buddhism, they might be aware of the disturbing history of decapitated Buddha statues – which includes invaders and colonizers trying to destroy people’s connection to their faith. Not exactly the most peaceful symbol to choose when you’re trying to create a tranquil atmosphere.

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I’m certain folks who are avowed Buddhists or believe in Buddhist tenets have good intentions or are entirely unaware of the implications of their actions. In either case, the next few steps are ways to shift your practice away from causing harm through cultural appropriation.

Weirdly enough, the more I think about Mad Max (and believe me, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Mad Max) the more I grow fond of Nux and his character arc. At first I, like most people probably, figured he was just a background character who was going to bite it in the sandstorm and never come up again. How wrong I was.

After some consideration, I think the most interesting moment he has is when they’re stuck in the bog and he tries to start driving the war rig and Capable defends him by shouting, “He just wants to help!” That’s his entire character summed up: he just wants to help. Except he’s been raised in a society that told him over and over again that the best way to “help” was by sprinting through the desert at 70 miles an hour and immolating himself for the Glorious Leader. Underneath the war paint he is, as it turns out, a genuinely sweet kid who wants to do the right thing, and yet he appears to be a bad guy because he’s grown up with a seriously warped idea of “the right thing.” It’s so sad when he’s talking to Capable for the first time and listing off the highlights of his life, which go something like “got to be on the front lines of a lethal conflict” and “encroaching terminal illness stopped hurting for a little while,” and you realize that that’s his entire world. That’s all it’s got in it: blood and fire and eagerly waiting for the moment he can die in an explosion. 

And yet the wives, even though they have so many reasons to hate anything connected to Immortan Joe’s hideous regime, manage to see how he’s been victimized too, how he’s just as much an object to Immortan as they are. They give him a chance, and it turns out when Nux makes his own decisions - when he’s allowed to make his own decisions - he really does just want to help, without reservation. To the very end.