is it supposed to be multiple objects

anonymous asked:

there is a youtuber called swagkage and he made a video awhile ago on why people hate sakura so much (you should watch it!) , he's not very bias and explains well and although i LOVE sakura i think its healthy to point out character criticism because every good character has flaws.

Okay Anon, I’m about to go on a little rant here, because I refrained from talking about this topic before, but now I’ve been given an excuse. I saw the video you’re referring to shortly after he released it, and it was in fact that very video that made me remember why I was always so sceptical to try out new Naruto reviewers on YouTube in the first place.

He prefaced the discussion by saying how he apparently didn’t hate her, and that the video wasn’t meant to attack or defend her, and yet he spent the majority of the video attacking her and talking about her in a very hateful manner. You can very easily explain why you think a character may be hated without using language such as calling her ”pretty worthless”, which he did just a little over a minute into the video. He didn’t say how “some people” thought that she was pretty worthless, he actually said that she is pretty worthless. Now, in a video where you said that you don’t hate her, how it’s not meant to attack her, and how you’ll try and look at things objectively, how can the very first thing you say about her be that she’s pretty worthless? That is not looking at it objectively.

He then went on to completely misunderstand her “Now it’s your turn to watch my back” quote by insinuating that she wanted to walk in front of Naruto and Sasuke, as in catching up with them skill and power wise, and then he actually mocks her for it by saying how “she was never at any point even close to being half of the shinobi they were”. That entire criticism is null and void when you realise that quote was never about catching up with them skill wise in the first place, she simply wanted to stand alongside them in the battlefield and be the one to protect them for a change. But this guy’s unbiased right? This guy’s indifferent to Sakura right? Of course he is…

He then went on to throw shade at her “negligible” accomplishments relative to the amount of screen/panel time that she received in comparison to the support characters. And just from this, I can not only tell that he has a very limited definition of what can be considered an “accomplishment”, but I can also tell that on this point, he again doesn’t know what he’s talking about. If he were to make a list of the “accomplishments” of each of the other members of the Konoha 11, and compare them with Sakura’s, he’d see what an ignorant comment that was.

He then throws more shade at her by saying how apparently the sound ninja in the Forest of Death made Sakura look “pathetic”, and would then have to be saved by Sasuke who took care of them with no effort, despite the fact that Sasuke was awakening with a Curse Seal activated, despite the fact that these sound ninjas took out Lee, who beat a normal Sasuke with minimal effort at the time - he went on to mock Sakura for having to be saved against those guys? You see, if this was an impartial video, like he said it was going to be, he could have at the very least given Sakura the credit she deserved for trying her hardest to protect her friends who were knocked out. Did he do any of that? No. 

And if all of that wasn’t bad enough, he then went on to say how her “worthlessness” was truly put into perspective during the Sasuke Retrieval arc, and you know what his reason was? The ridiculous justification he gave can basically be summarised as “because she didn’t get to go on the mission, whereas the others did and they got to shine”. How can you be so short sighted as to actually bash a character because they weren’t able to participate?

I’ll put things into perspective for you Anon. I’ll reiterate that at the very beginning of the video, he said:

  • That he didn’t hate Sakura
  • That he was indifferent to her
  • That the video wasn’t meant to attack her
  • And that he’d look at things objectively.

And yet, the following juvenile nonsense where he paints Sakura as nothing but a stuttering fangirl, is what he put as the friggin’ description to the video. You know, the thing that tells you what the entire video is going to be about, a video which apparently wasn’t supposed to attack her:

And he wants to lie and make himself seem impartial, when as I said and have proved above, he spends the majority of the video doing the complete opposite - he used hateful terms, he definitely wasn’t being indifferent to her, the video attacked her at every opportunity, and he wasn’t looking at things objectively at all. I gave an example of how he could have, but not once did he ever in that video try and look at things from multiple angles. That’s how you look at things objectively, something which is a foreign concept to this person.

All of the above didn’t even cover half of the things he said about Sakura, and I could have easily gone on and on debunking each one of his points and giving him a lesson on “impartiality”, but honestly it’s not worth it. I really wanted to though, because the levels of stupidity and hypocrisy only increases as the video goes on. Case in point - he calls her “stupid and selfish” at the 10:10 mark because she apparently tried to take on Madara, the Juubi and Obito by herself “to satisfy her own ego”, despite the fact that she never tried to take on the Juubi or Obito, and she wanted to act as a distraction against Madara so that Naruto and Sasuke would be able to catch him off guard - Sakura had no intention of taking him on by herself. And he’s meant to be objective? Sure. You’re right that it’s healthy to highlight character criticisms Anon, but you’re wrong about this person; he is not unbiased, at least not with regards to Sakura.


A/N: This was requested by anon so here it is! Hope you like it! Send me more requests and prompts

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Pairing: Stiles x Reader

Originally posted by admireforever

You and Stiles have been dating for a good while now, two years to say the least. You’ve known him since forever, like there wasn’t a time where Stiles wasn’t in your memory. You had always had a crush on him and you found out he had crush on you as well. So, you two had started dating. But lately you were a bit worried.

Stiles had been hanging around Lydia a lot more recently and you couldn’t help but feel a twig of jealousy. Lydia and you were best friends and you knew she’d never do anything to hurt you guys’ friendship. But you couldn’t help but fill like Stiles isn’t over her. Like there was something there between them still.

What if it was just my imagination though? I could just be blinded by jealousy. But my doubting thoughts kept repeating on and on in my head, making more uneasy. Today really didn’t help, I asked Stiles for help with my homework but he ditched me to help Lydia because she found another dead body. I know that’s important and I probably sound selfish but this happened more than once. He’s done this a bunch of times and at first I thought nothing of it.

Then it happened again and again. He’d tell me he’d make it up to me later which I didn’t doubt. Yet again, I feel like I’m second choice when it comes to Lydia.

I sat in my living room, staring hard at the wall in front of me, deep in the pit of my thoughts. The little fan was spinning making it the only sound in the quiet room, casting a small wind towards me. Only one light was on, the rest of the room was dark.

I was holding my phone in my hands, having just gotten done with texting Stiles to come over. Now I was contemplating. Should I really ask Stiles if he’s still in love with his old crush? What if it wasn’t anything to worry about. That’s what Scott’s been telling me. Yes, I had told Scott about my current dilemma, him being my other best friend. He told me Stiles wouldn’t do that to me, he loves me no matter what.

I hope he’s right about that.


I turned my head to the direction of the front door, seeing a figure standing behind the curtain covered window door. I placed my phone down on the coffee table and got up, gingerly walking towards the front door.

I opened the door to find my exhausted looking boyfriend standing behind it, giving me a tired smile. “Hey, Y/N.”

I returned the smile with my own, “Hey.” He entered and gave me a peck on the forehead before heading for the living room.

I followed him in there finding him already sprawled out on the couch, just looking tired. It had been a long day for all of us. Dealing with the supernatural on a daily basis can really drain you out. I walked over towards the couch and plopped on top of him, he grunted softly but didn’t move me. I lied my head on his chest, wrapping my arms around his torso.

He strong arms wrapped around me also, I could feel him breathing into my hair, probably taking in my scent like he always did when we cuddled like this.

We just lied there in silence for what seemed like a long while, I would’ve fallen asleep by listening to his heart beat, but my plague of doubts kept my eyes from drooping. My own heart rate picked up as I was trying to decided whether or not if I should ask him about it. He was sitting here right now with me and all I had to do was open my mouth.

“Stiles.” I spoke, trying hard to not waver my voice. He hummed in response, something he always did when he was half awake and half asleep. I sat up from his chest and looked back at him, pressing my lips into a thin line, “Do you…” I hesitated, closing my eyes for a moment, that way I wouldn’t have to look at him when I asked this, “Do you still have feelings for Lydia?”

There was silence and this is why I was glad I kept my eyes closed. I didn’t want to see his reaction, because I could read him well, and when I read him I might find something I don’t want to see. “Why would you ask me that?” I heard him say. I felt shifting next to me, my eyes never opening. I felt something slip under my chin and turn my head towards him, “Hey, look at me.” The way his voice was so soft made me open my eyes and meet his beautiful dark honey ones. “Why would you think that?”

I moved my chin away from his finger and look forward, elbows on my knees, “Just…lately, you’ve been around her more.” I didn’t meet his eyes as I kept them straight. “I’ve seen the way you look at her, Stiles and it’s different than the way you look at me.”

I felt his fingers intertwined with mines, giving them a soft squeeze. Our hands fitting perfectly with each other. “Y/N,” I took a risk and looked him in the eyes as he continued, “Do you know why I fell for you?”

“Enlighten me.”

His thumb rubbed small circled on my hand as he spoke, “Because you’re the one that noticed me.” My eyebrows rose but before I could say anything he continued, “You’re the one that gave me the time of day while Lydia was with her past boyfriends. You’re the first girl I ever danced with. You saved my life, multiple times, and you’ve always been this safe place.” I saw his eyes glance down at my lips before meeting my eyes again, “I love you, Y/N, and only you. Always. And that’s never going to change.”

He then dug into his pocket and took out a small object. My eyes widened once I saw it was a silver ring. I mean, we’re only eighteen. How are we supposed to…? A million thoughts rushed through my head, almost forgetting that Stiles was sitting right next to me. I pulled out of my spinning thoughts when he grabbed my hand and place the ring on my finger, “What’s it for?” I blurted, while staring at the plain silver ring.

“It’s a promise ring.” He answered, my cheeks were burning now as I looked down trying to hide it. “I’ve wanted to give that to you for a while now,” I found his eyes again, just staring into his eyes made me drown in them all the time. Because they were so beautiful. “Didn’t find the right time until now.”

I held my hand up, “What’s the promise?”

Next thing I know, his lips were on mines. Soft, gentle, and warm like always, in sync with mines. The butterflies would rekindle every time. I shivered at the break of contact, but his face was still inches from mines.

“It’s a promise that one day I’m going to marry you.” He replied huskily, “And that I’ll never make you doubt us again.”

I couldn’t help but smile, while tears glistened down my cheek. I pulled him in for another kiss which he gladly excepted. My hands cupped his cheeks, touching the roots of his hair. We broke apart, a smile still on my face, “I love you.” He whispered.

“I love you more.” I smiled.

“I love you always.”

| Stranger | Older! Chat Noir

Adrien frowned, yet again.

“Dude,” Nino raised an eyebrow, interrupting the blonde’s deep thought. “Are you planning on consuming that pencil whole?”

Adrien paused red-handed at the question. He’d been chewing on the end of said mistreated pencil for unnaturally long and flushed red, lowering it from his lips.

Nino chuckled. “What’s got you so twisted dude?”

Adrien tilted his head and Nino followed his line of vision, pushing up his glasses.

There you were.

Not too far from them, close up against the wall and almost blending into it. Your head was down in a book as usual, fingers absentmindedly twisting the strands of your hair into a mess. All that was known about you was that you were a new foreign exchange student and that your name was Y/N. Besides that, it was like you had faded into the background without so much as a trace.

Adrien found it…intriguing.

As if feeling the stare on your person you glanced up. Your eyes met Adrien’s for a split second before you purposely glanced away, your lips tugging down.

Nino whistled slowly, amused. “Well that was intentional.”

Adrien groaned, leaning back into his chair and boring holes into the ceiling. “I know. She’s been acting that way around me since she got here, and I don’t know why. Anytime I even try and start up a conversation she bolts.”

“Technically she’s like that around everyone; some chicks just can’t be fazed man,” Nino shrugged, patting his friend’s shoulder in a consoling motion. “Let it go.”

Adrien furrowed his eyebrows. He wished it was that simple, as he’d been telling himself the same thing for the past two weeks. But no matter how he tried to push you out of his head you had taken up permanent residence there with a mortgage and everything. No, there had to be something he could do.

In the middle of his contemplation someone passed by your desk, laughing at a pun they had shouted across the room. You visibly bit the inside of your cheek and giggled, before coughing into your hand.

Adrien’s eyes widened. “She likes jokes.”

“I guess,” Nino blinked, scratching the back of his neck. “So what? Are you gonna start cracking up like a clown to get her attention?”

Adrien shoved him in the side and Nino retaliated with a contagious grin, ruffling his hair.

No I’m not,” Adrien rolled his eyes. “And I can’t anyway, because, like you said, she is uncomfortable around everyone.”

Light came to his jeweled eyes as he turned to look outside the window with a concealed smile.


“But I do know someone who can.”

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how Roadhog’s ult is supposed to be used: knock enemies off ledges, scatter the enemy team off the objective, push the payload through choke points,

how I use it: enemy Roadhog hooked me, he’s about to wish he didn’t

anonymous asked:

So I have a bit of an issue regarding spirit communication. I can't tell whether I'm talking to my own mental chatter or an actual spirit. I have a bad self esteem, so sometimes my head impersonates trusted spirits in a negative light, and I get many conflicting answers. I know reality/imagination is a blurred line but with some spirits their intentions are confirmed to be positive, and my head still messes with their answers, so I can't really brush it off and take the words as they are. Help?

I’m not entirely sure how helpful I can be with this, honestly. And that’s because I still have problems taking words as they are. To this day, I still question if I’m not making everything up, or if I’ve managed to fabricate some sort of fake existence and I’m just delusional.

So I think the moral of the story is that no matter how good you become at spirit work, odds are, you’re still going to have doubts. I don’t know a single spirit worker worth their salt that doesn’t still question and feel like they are possibly making things up- even if they’ve been at it for years. I know that’s probably not helpful, but I think it’s just the reality of doing this sort of work.

Ofc, you can always try to work on discernment to make it easier for you to figure out when it’s your brain and when it’s something else. Finding a way to get a more objective input may be helpful- whether through the use of divination or something else that you can’t easily manipulate may be another option.

I personally have found that my mental chatter is a bit different than most of the beings I work with over there. Similarly, I’ve found that medicated brain barf feels different than tripping balls over there as well. The only way to really figure out the difference btwn the two, sadly, is to usually document everything that you experience, and slowly figure out what similarities and differences each experience has. For example, when it’s my own mental chatter, I will notice that everything will basically give into my own self-hatred. However, if I sit there and start thinking that stuff around my menz or gods, they’ll both fwap me upside the head and tell me I’m being a twat.

When it comes to medication, I’ve learned that what I’m seeing is way more non-nonsensical than what I’d normally have- even for the astral. I’ve also found that I have way less control over myself when my medication is wooshing me away to lala land. But again, both of these things require you to experience them multiple times, and then take notes about what is different and similar btwn the two- and then draw your own conclusions about what is specific to you.

In that same vein, you can always ask your spirits to tell you when you’re having to much of your own input. They may be able to shake you out of whatever your brain is pushing you into. And it may help to add another layer of objectivity to the situation. In those situations, you could always try to probe the spirit for feedback, and if the don’t give anything, assume its brain weasels, and if they do what they’re supposed to (tell you you’re fine, it’s really them), then assume it’s legit. I have various tests and things like this for verifying authenticity of spirits over there as well, so there are multiple applications for this.

So the TL;DR is basically: everyone has doubts about their spirit work. That’s just the unfortunate nature of things. However, you can work on discernment skills to see if you can get better at telling the difference btwn brain and spirits. The best way to do that is to make a more objective litmus test for experiences, and to take copious notes during your trial and error while working with the Unseen, and then use those notes to see if you can find differences btwn brain and spirits and use that to discern.

Hopefully that helps a little bit >.>;;

Once I got into this, I churned it out so quickly because I enjoyed it that much. As a result, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Thank you to @goldstarxd​ for the request. It’s been so long since I’ve done a Bruce fic! Hopefully, everyone else will like it as well. Enjoy, my darlings!

Prompt: Can you continue ‘Doctors Orders?’

‘Doctor’s Orders’ (Part 2)

Part 1

Bruce’s eyelids fluttered apart when he felt you stirring next to him. He looked around groggily and cleared his throat a couple of times. He doesn’t remember ever having slept so well…

Looking to his left, he spotted you rolling away and kicking your legs over the bedside.
“Good morning,” he murmured, shielding his eyes as a flash of the outside world spilled through your window. You responded, however, with a sneeze and Bruce smiled.
“I’d ask how you’re feeling but apparently you’re no better.”

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Okay, so I’m pretty sure that I’ve made something like this before, but I still want to write on this, because fuck dude, I love talking about stuff like this.

With all the Anti hype building up, I’ve noticed a lot of different ideas of what Anti’s goals could be - taking out Jack for good (or taking him over for good), killing Chase and the other egos, taking over the doctor, etc. But I’m not really sure it’s any of that specifically.

I think what Anti wants - is power. And not just power to survive, power to control his own fate.

I’m gonna stick the rest under a read more, because I’m gonna get into some info here.

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Growing Up Duggar: Chapter 5

This is what we’re all here for, let’s grip it and rip it.  I’m going to split this chapter review into parts because this chapter is bloody huge.  Deep breaths everyone, let’s get into it.

  • It’s starts off in the best way the girls know how - let’s talk about Jim Bob and Michelle!! The greatest example!  I know it’s very sweet and nice to look up to your parents but to sell a book in which you keep banging on about it… c’mon guys
  • Now, we get to hear another story that Jim Bob used to brainwash his kids - the story of the teen girl who had a lot of boyfriends during high school.  Imagine!  The shame of it!  The moral of that story is that when the girl did get married, the marriage failed.  You heard it here first - if you have multiple relationships, you will be doomed to a failed marriage!!!
  • Apparently girls loving the idea of love is the same as boys who watch porn… having unrealistic expectations I suppose, but this feels a bit hypocritical when I don’t see how you can truly love someone through only knowing them on a courtship level.
  • Also has anyone told the girls that females can access porn too?  You don’t have to provide photographic evidence of your penis to gain access…
  • Apparently men who watch porn view women solely as sex objects which, I agree, is a possible result of porn.  But I feel like consciously covering up in the way Duggar women do in order not to ‘defraud’ men feels like admitting all men see women that way regardless of porn habits.  
  • I hate how smug the married girls are!! Telling the single girls to be ‘content with where god has them’ is good advice if you believe in god, but it just feels so smug and condescending coming from them.
  • basically enjoy your time as a single girl, because it is very likely your husband will be a pain in the arse, and you are stuck with him for eternity.
  • Jessa said Ben really utilised his single years to serve god - I’m sorry? What single years? He was 19 when he got married, he jumped from high school to marriage..
  • being horny is a godly blessing 

This is already quite long, so I’ll end this bit here. But stick around, the next bit goes into physical boundaries - aka how to control your horniess

The Last Time

A Spencer x Reader where the Reader gets sick of Spencer being gone all the time and threatens to leave.


You were in the kitchen when he got the call. You could hear the dreaded sound throughout the entire apartment. Spencer’s phone was going off meaning that he was getting called into work, again. It felt like he saw his colleagues more than he saw you. You were so sick of it. You stayed because you love Spencer but your patience was running thin.

He walked down the short hallway out of your bedroom to the kitchen. You could hear his light footsteps getting painfully closer and closer. “(Y/N)” He said as your heart dropped into your stomach knowing what he would say next. You were done. 

“You have to leave again don’t you?” You said sharply interrupting what he was going to say. When he didn’t answer you asked again raising your voice, “Don’t you?” He looked down at his feet. “There have been four murders in the last week in Huntsville Alabama. Four women have gone missing from their homes and found dead on the side of the road within twelve hours.”

“Why do you have to go? You could be just as much help from here Spencer. Don’t interrupt me.” You shout as he opens his mouth. He closes it right away.”I have seen you nine days in the last four weeks Spencer. Nine days! And don’t tell me you have to or its your duty. Screw that you can help from here just as well. They don’t need you Spencer Reid. I need you. Your duty is here with me I’m your girlfriend.”

“I have to go (Y/N). It’s my job why don’t you get that. If i didn’t go we wouldn’t be able to afford our apartment or food. Let alone all the clothes you have that you don’t need for a job you don’t have.” He spit back.

“Oh and who’s fault is it that I don’t have a job. if you hadn’t punched my boss multiple times I wouldn’t have been fired. And might i remind you that i am looking for a job and have another interview today.”You yelled.

“What else was I supposed to do (Y/N)? He was looking at you like an object and trust me I’m a guy I know exactly what he was thinking.”

“I don’t know Spencer, trust me maybe? I was going to quit but I was waiting for another job opportunity first so I wouldn’t be stuck in a situation like this. It’s so hard for me to get a job now because that guy tells everyone what happened when they call and ask about me.”

“I don’t have time have time for this I have to go. I’ll see you when I get back.” He said picking his phone up and walking out of the kitchen. You heard the door open, shut, and lock behind him. You and Spencer had argued and fought before but never this bad. Even then he still kissed you goodbye, at least on the cheek. But this time was different.

“We’ll see about that.” You said in response to what he had last said. You went and got some boxes and started packing. You and Spencer had lived together for so long it was hard to tell what was who’s. It took a few days to pack up all of your things the whole time without even a text from Spencer.

When you were ready to go you picked up your phone and called your best friend asking if you could stay with her for a couple of weeks. She of course said yes so you took one last look around the apartment and put your key on the counter knowing that this would most likely be the last time you were here.

The Love Triangle of Naruto

This analysis will evaluate the ways in which Naruto supports Sedgwick’s theory of love triangles between two men and a woman. Naruto shows us an example of Sedgwick’s idea that love triangles can have homosexual undertones. Her idea that the two male rivals actually want each other, not the woman. In Naruto, Sakura is the girl between Sasuke and Naruto. Naruto says he’s upset because Sakura likes Sasuke. However, throughout the show Sakura is largely just there. Naruto’s main focus is always on Sasuke. He constantly makes eye contact with him, follows him and tries to annoy him into conversation. This violent tension between Sasuke and Naruto seems to be the way their desires manifest themselves. As is important in Sedgwick’s theory, sexual desire can be expressed in many different ways. One way she mentioned of sexual desire being expressed was aggression and violence. Naruto and Sasuke are incredibly violent and aggressive with each other. They are constantly sparing and staring heatedly at each other. This would seem under Sedgwick’s theory to be the way they cope with their underlying desires.

Also, even though Sakura is supposed to be the focus of interest for the rivalry, she is pushed to the side. Sakura is a source to be utilized by both men to bond on, not as much a person. As, Sedgwick quoted a, “pair of eyes and a vagina”. Women are objects for the rivalry, not important as individuals. When men who fear being seen as gay hit on the same women they find a way to express their homosexual desires. Naruto says he is saving Sasuke for Sakura. However, even when Sakura gives up, Naruto does not.  Naruto almost dies multiple times because of Sasuke but he still chases him. Naruto even becomes depressed when Sasuke leaves and is determined to bring him back. This focus is never on Sakura. In fact, when Sasuke leaves Naruto seems to lose all his focus on Sakura. Clearly, she was just a means of Naruto bonding with Sasuke in patriarchy, power and masculinity. The real bond was between Sasuke and Naruto, not Sakura.

In totality, Sasuke and Naruto have a homosocial bromance, as Sedgwick suggests. Their erotic triangle with Sakura, is just a means to express their bond. We see this in how when Sasuke leaves, Naruto loses all his interest in Sakura. In this way we see over fighting for Sakura, Sasuke and Naruto showcase their connection and their respect for each other. Clearly, Naruto shows how an erotic triangle can really be about an underlying homosexuality between the two rivals.

-Shannon Ryan

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“how do you get a pikachu on a train? you poke-him-on” is a flawed joke because pokemon are referred to with object pronouns. if there were multiple pikachu you could say poke-em-on. i suppose if the joke were worded “how do you get pikachu on a train” it could be implied that there are plural pikachu, I guess that would work. why did I write a tumblr post about this

My Favorite Part of ACOMAF

My favorite part, or one of them, was how at the beginning, Tamlin told Feyre how there was no such thing as a High Lady and she would never be one. When she tells Rhysand, he lets her know immediately that’s not true.

And at the end, after they’ve built up their relationship in trust and communication and respect and let the love come afterwards, Rhys crowns her High Lady, not a consort or wife, but his “equal in every way”.

it’s so beautiful throughout the book to see Feyre recognize her self worth, come back from the brink of depression, and realize how poorly she’d been treated. And then once she’s healing and spent time talking about her feelings, she’s able to enter a relationship with Rhys, who treats her like an equal, not an object to be protected.

This was supposed to be like two sentence but it turned into multiple paragraphs because I loved this book so much and it just had such GREAT MESSAGES

anonymous asked:

Hello, what do you think is the error of Ayn Rand? please i expect an intelligent answer not a fanatic answer because i think you are an intelligent person and all the answers i get refering Rand are so straw man or they simply give me links to other people´s opinion.Hope you don´t mind my english lacks.

i’ll try and deal with this as comprehensively as i can. obviously my own worldview is so far removed from that of liberalism and in particular “libertarianism”/objectivism that i could write an entire book’s worth of arguing with it, but i’ll try and keep it as brief as possible here. i’ll deal with objectivist metaphysics first, from there move onto rand’s epistemology and then by way of ethics, discuss the political dimension of objectivism. i’ll leave aside aesthetics because it’s not as relevant to the discussion and my own views are less well defined in that area.

before i launch into this, i want to clarify some things beforehand in case this gets notes; i am a marxist-leninist but i used to be an anarcho-capitalist and a libertarian. i was never an objectivist but i was friends with people who were, and my views aligned with theirs on most occasions. i have read atlas shrugged plus numerous other libertarian works before. this isn’t something i’m approaching without previous knowledge.

anyway, to start with, objectivist metaphysics. ayn rand basically posited that there’s three “axioms” which are irrefutable - existence, consciousness and identity. what’s basically said is that “a=a”; something is what it is, and not part of a wider framework. from this one obviously derives that the individual is the smallest part of society, the “atom” which forms part of the body politic. anything transcendent and immaterial is false, so objectivism largely requires atheism.

at first this metaphysical model appears all very well, but it in fact forgets two important things; first of all that the “ego” or “individual” isn’t something which comes about through some deterministic self-formation but instead via contact with what is radically Other. one can only know what one is if one can distinguish oneself in “contradiction” to other objects around you, and this isn’t something inherent at all; it only becomes clearly expressed as we enter the “Symbolic Order”, in which language defines relations in firm though unconscious terms. the only relation whereby we aren’t in ego-based contradiction to something is when this consciousness does not exist at all; i.e. in death

an approach which sees relations, rather than objects as the core is what’s required. all things exist dialectically, in contradictions. life is opposed by death, capitalism by socialism, positivity by negativity, cause by effect and so on ad infinitum. everything is, as heraclitus said, in flux and stable essential “identities” are a fiction - uneven dialectical relations constantly shape and change the objects in those relations

this fantasy of a sovereign, self-determining atomistic subject is in fact the core of objectivism, and once blown apart the entire structure of objectivism crumbles with it. nevertheless, i’ll continue to show how this underlying weakness (plus others) manifest themselves in other aspects of objectivism.

objectivist epistemology is based on an “objective” view of “logic” which is similarily pinned to the idea of identity - rand claims that consciousness is identity, yet fails to make clear how this relation neccesarily is and doesn’t elaborate on how identity forms from consciousness, because that would require her to admit the idea of the atomistic identity unaffected by outside forces is idealist and immaterial; in direct contradiction to her claimed materialism. 

what follows on from this is objectivist ethics, which are notorious for their worship of selfishness and greed. every ego is only “rational” in acting in their own self interest, since they have no obligations to any kind of other outside them. everything is phrased in terms of “rationality” and in particular on the liberal myth of “homo economicus” who is a rational actor and always acts in their own interest. the fact this homo economicus is based in an idealist, anti-scientific fantasy about a univeral, fixed “human nature” is something many of them don’t realize, or do but don’t acknowledge.

finally we come to rand’s politics and when we look at it in the light of what we’ve discussed before, and with regards to rand’s writings, we’re left with a concluson: the entire system is built on ahistorical presumptions; objectivism would proclaim that all modes of production prior to capitalism were inherently “immoral” since “laissez-faire capitalism” is the only moral system. seen in this light, objectivism is guilty of the same kind of historicism and teleology that many of them fault marxism with (the fact marxism doesn’t live up to the hegelian distortion of it perpetuated by many is a subject for another ask). this isn’t even something rand tried to hide - she openly engaged in racist diatribes about how native americans and arabs were “primitive” and stood in the way of “progress” (progress being defined in terms of Western liberal Enlightenment terms of course). rand also saw any arab objections to zionism as being “jealousy”, and not of course based in the oppression of palestinians.

rand was also a notorious homophobe and anti-feminist; she claimed that homosexuality was “immoral” and that the essence of femininity was to worship men and to want to be dominated by men. objectivism is very much a deeply patriarchal ideology.

finally, even rand’s vision of “laissez-faire” capitalism is ridiculously contradictory. ayn rand wasn’t an anarcho-capitalist; she supported a state, and in particular state courts which meant she inherently favoured the state regulating the market, even if only through prosecuting fraud and the like. even then, her vision has never existed, because the “minarchist” state always expands to help reproduce the relations of production and stave off revolt by the lower classes, as well as to ensure domination in other matters; “laissez-faire” britain’s wealth was built on colonization, protectionism and multiple other violations of what “laissez-faire capitalism” is supposed to be (in theory). clearly, this means that since “laissez-faire capitalism” is the only moral system, we’re living immorally and always have been. and since “laissez-faire capitalism” is an impossibility, we always will be.

all of this taken together, we then realize that objectivism isn’t “scientific” at all, as it would like to claim; it is in fact a fallacious ideology created for the purpose of justifying the evils of capitalism. it claims its very narrow, enlightenment view of the world is “objective”, when in fact it simply expresses all the typical shibboleths of liberal ideology; idealism, humanism, historicism, eurocentrism and justification for capitalism.

Fitz has a lot of blood on his hands as well. What are we seeing for him moving forward?

That’s what we love about the look between them at the end, it feels like a victory, but neither of them feel it was. I don’t think that Fitz had as much of a choice that Coulson did, but he’s certainly not happy about it. That’s why we love that last moment. Everyone is greeting them, it’s a triumph, but for them — and partially, of course, for Simmons — it doesn’t feel like a victory.

How will Simmons deal with Will’s death, especially knowing that he died saving her?

She’s a good person, so she’ll have the appropriate reaction. To say that [Fitz and Simmons’] relationship got complicated this year would be a little bit of an understatement. It’s a huge loss for her, but it’s more of a question of how it’ll affect her and Fitz moving forward when there are so many conflicting feelings between them at all times, and now there’s even more.

Can Simmons let Will go?

We’ll see. She sure did like him. He was a nice fella.

Even though Fitz didn’t kill Will per se, he did kill the Will that was inhabited by It. Will he be forthcoming to Simmons about that?

It is a little bit of a technicality. He did get to shoot his rival with multiple objects, but I don’t think he had a choice. He wishes it could’ve gone another way, but I don’t think he sees another way that it could’ve gone. Hopefully Simmons will be understanding of that, but we’ll see. (x)

Jed Whedon twisting the knife. 

Why would this or even should this complicate things for Fitz and Jemma? Sure, Jemma will have a grieving period, but after that, where’s the problem? 

Maybe Fitz technically has blood on his hands, but what in the world was he supposed to do? He wasn’t shooting space boyfriend; space boyfriend was long dead by that point. Fitz was shooting an evil Inhuman space monster – which had just tried to cave in his head with a big rock lest we forget – to stop it from escaping and laying waste to the earth, which was the whole reason why Jemma didn’t want to reopen the portal to begin with. Who in their right mind would hold that against him? If anything, Fitz is a fucking hero! If I’m Jemma Simmons, I’m certainly not going to blame him for doing what he had to do when he literally had no choice and the fate of the world was at stake.