it's the dawn of a new age

  • Psychic: *reads my mind*
  • My mind: I like ❤️ black tea ☕️, I like 💖 black D 🍆👅 I never ❌ touched Tina 💉, and that's ‼️ the T 💁 I know on ‘what's the T’ 📻, I said that I don't 🙅 drink 🍸 So you 👇 bitches 🐶 probably don't even know 😮 what❓ to think 💭 When you see 👁 me 👸 in the club 💃 gettin' crunk 😜 Acting stupid 🤡, getting drunk 🍺 I got a hundred 💯 problems, drinkin' ain't one ❌1️⃣ I tried to quit ⛔️ drinking 🍾 but it's too much fun 🤣😜💥 I keep it cute 💅🏻 and I act my age 👩‍🎓 And you're never ever 🚫 gonna see 👀 me drunk on stage 🎹🎤 It's a new dawn 🌝 it's a new age ☀️ Metallica ⚡️ turn the page 📖
  • Psychic: what the fuck
Dissecting the Magic/Sacred circle

In many forms of witchcraft and throughout a majority of the mystery religions Sacred and Magic circles are an integral part of the meditation, rituals and general spiritual and energy workings involved in them. What makes them so sacred? What makes them so magical? It is because simply put, they can represent almost everything to do with our world and our lives. 

Why is that and what do the circle and its parts all represent? To answer these questions the easiest and simplest answer can be found in nature. 

It is common knowledge that we, as humans, tend to view things like life and time in a linear fashion (yet we represent our linear time with a circular, infinite shape *clock* but… that’s philosophy and I digress!) We see life as a line, beginning at birth and ending at death. And anything that happens thereafter is simply a continuation of that line on into infinity. 

In more religions around the world, however, a circle is a better representation of life and the world in general. Some view life as infinite, spiraling on and on through different cycles (reincarnation is one of these points of view but there are many others.) 

How does the circle relate to nature?

  • Age/ Stages of life
  • Day
  • Year/ Seasons
  • Elements

Age

It’s rather simple to correlate the aging of a person to the circle, as Pythagoras used a circle to split the aging of people into four equal quarters of twenty years. In “Magic Mirror” Cornelius Agrippa also broke the life cycle into four quarters, though he set each quarter at twenty one years. 

Now given circles with numbers representing ages on them, we can exchange those numbers for stages of life rather simply.

In non-linear thinking, the circle begins and ends at Birth (the top of the circle.) Instead of ending at death, like a line would in linear thinking. Instead, the top of the circle is not only represented but birth and death, but also by rebirth. This is the key to linear thinking. As the physical life ends, our spirit, our soul, the divine within us carries on and is (in some spheres of belief) thrown back into the physical world in some way or another. 

We go around the circle clockwise (the same way we tell time on a clock) and move from birth/ rebirth into youth and infancy, into childhood and development. Where we begin our journey of learning. 

At the bottom of the circle is middle age, where we begin the culminating of our lives and planting the seeds of future generations. This is the point in our lives when we (by most standards) reach the point of parenthood, and true adulthood. Being in the depth of our careers and some say the ‘prime’ of our lives. (Though I’m rather sure we all view the prime of our life at different stages, depending on our own experiences.)

On the left side of the circle is where we become elderly and begin looking toward the horizon of our lives. We’ve grown wise and wrinkled and pass on knowledge and look back over our lives and all things we have done and on toward the next stage.

Day

With the circle now connected to the life cycle of a person, let us turn to the cycles of the Earth, and let us start with a single day compared to the circle. Imagine the Sun at the center of the circle and the circle is the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. In doing so, the circle will now look like this. To make things easier, we now will use Cardinal Directions to help in the continuity of the circles. 

As we compare the circle to our lives, so we have to keep the correlation the same when we compare the circle to a single day. The North, where death, rebirth and birth are at now becomes midnight, the turning point in every night where the Sun begins its return to the horizon. 

Following the movement of the sun, we come into Dawn in the East, where our youth and childhood is. When compared to the single day, this is where the day is still new, it is the morning, the rise of the sun into the sky. As we grow around the circle, so too does the day grow around the circle.

And so we move into Noon, the middle of the day, in the South. As our lives are in their prime, at their peak, the day is also at its peak here.

From there we move into Dusk, as in our lives when age catches up to us and the light in us begins to fade, so too in this circle does the Sun begin to set. 

The circle continues into the depth of midnight and is reborn after midnight as the Sun begins to appear again the following day. Endless, continuous, infinite.

Year/ Seasons

From comparing the circle of a day to the circle of our own lives, it is easy to see how the comparisons will continue and how essential the sacred and magic circle is to almost everything to do with our lives. Now we will look at the circle in comparison to the seasons. 

In continuing the same themes, as the Sacred circle does, we can compare the North to death/rebirth/birth, Midnight, and also to Winter. They all share the same theme. Winter is the dark part of the year, and so like our lives, we begin in darkness and emerge into growing light. Winter is a time of death leading into Spring, the time of birth and rebirth for the for the world. 

Spring, (East) in full bloom, is the youth of the year. Everything is new and pretty, we are growing and learning. This is where our lives grow and where the day grows with the rising sun into Dawn.

To the South is Summer, which is the prime of the year, the brightness of Noon and the prime of our lives. We find hear the great joys of life, 

And so like our lives age, Summer turns to Fall in the West and we can see the world changing. Leaves begin to fade from green to brown and red, trees begin to ‘die’ and the world grows slowly colder and darker. As in our lives, the signs of an aging year and the seasons begin to become apparent. 

Again into the North and Winter where the world dies and slumbers waiting to be reborn once again. So the circle is once again, the center of the year and of the seasons. 

Elements

In many religions and in witchcraft the four directions are typically related to the four elements with Spirit at the center. In comparing this schism to the aforementioned day and year circles, we can clearly see the relationship they have. A circle representing the Earth’s path around the Sun and given the cardinal directions can overlay one where those same cardinal directions are given to the four elements.

With the Sun at the center, representing Spirit (as the Sun so often does in many religions around the world) we can then find the four elements around that circle. 

The four cardinal directions are most often associated with the four elements in this fashion

North-Earth

East-Air

South-Fire

West-Water

Understanding the Center

In the center of the circle is the Sun, Spirit, our essential self. If the circle represents us, then the center represents the divine within us. In comparing the circle to ourselves, to a single day, to the world, and to the elements, we can find connection between all these things. And this, this continuous and ever flowing circle that represents all things, we find the Sacredness and the Magic of the circle. 

When creating a magic circle or sacred circle, the space within represents the unity of all things and can be represented by you, by a candle, by an altar or any other thing that you feel holds that symbolism. We often thank the elements, acknowledge them and their associations in ritual and or rites. 

In most mystery religions we use sacred circles as opposed to temples or churches because, let’s face it, we don’t have them and often don’t even need them. It’s stereotypical and often misunderstood and misinterpreted, but nature, the world around us, truly is our church. 


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Galaxy alignments traced back 10 billion years

A new study led by Michael West of Lowell Observatory and Roberto De Propris of the University of Turku, Finland, reveals that the most massive galaxies in the universe have been aligned with their surroundings for at least ten billion years. This discovery shows that galaxies, like people, are influenced by their environment from a young age.

Astronomers have long known that galaxies cluster together into enormous systems – the urban centers of the cosmos – and that the largest galaxies tend to ‘point’ towards their neighbors. But how and when these alignments occur remains a mystery.

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There are goods the market cannot price. We forget that, in the oh-so-capitalist West. We treat the market as a godlike force, perfectly reflecting the needs and desires of the society it governs, and we act as though trying to redress its ill effects is as futile a pastime as arguing with the weather. Well, the market isn’t God, it isn’t the weather, it’s just one way of measuring what has value in our society, and it’s up to us to point out that there are errors in its seemingly unassailable logic of supply and demand. And that, too, is work that has historically been done by women. As Joshua Clover notes in his recent book Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings, women were at the forefront of the bread riots that regularly punctuated English history from the Middle Ages through to the dawning of the Industrial Revolution, and it’s not hard to fathom why: Women, after all, did the grocery shopping for their families, and they were the ones to notice when the price of a loaf of bread got too high. Not “too high” according to the logic of the market, which was responding to the onset of a globalization in the trade of wheat, but too high according to the logic of feeding children.
—  Vogue
Lost and Found

Happy SteelAtom Week everyone! Here’s your admin’s entry for Day 1: Soulmates 

Inspired by this post: Imagine whenever you lose something, your soulmate winds up finding it.

Ao3 link: [here]


Nate is pretty sure his soulmate is the most forgetful person on the planet.

He starts finding his soulmate’s lost things around the age of five. His soulmate loses things every child at that age loses; candies, pencils, the occasional sock. Nate doesn’t think much of the items, but his mother coos every time he brings her something new that he’s “found”. Every time, Nate listens to his mother go on and on about when she “received” his grandfather’s dog tags from his father, and the excitement she felt when she was finally able to give them back to him.

Nate thinks that if something was really that important, his father, or anyone else for that matter, wouldn’t have lost it in the first place, but he doesn’t tell his mother this. Nate on the other hand, is very careful of his possessions and rarely loses anything. He has to be, their family isn’t exactly the most well off, and most of his possessions are medically necessary to keep him alive anyway.


Nate is eight years old when his grandmother gives him one of his most prized treasures. It’s a crest in the shape of a metal star, too big for his childish hands, but it’s bold and sharp and heavy in his hands.

“Your grandfather wore this during the war,” she tells Nate once he’s done admiring it over and over again. “I was a welder back then. Can you believe after all the men went away, us ladies had to pick up the slack?” Her voice is wistful, the way it always gets when she speaks of his grandfather.

“It just so happened one late night I misplaced one of my projects and it ended up saving your grandfather’s life. We hadn’t even met yet at that point, but he searched high and low for me once he got back.”

Nate stares at the metal crest, all shiny and smooth, and wonders where exactly the bullet would have dented it. He knows the dog tags his father gave to him just last year have a signature dent from a bullet meant for the President.

“Nana, where…?” he begins to ask but his grandmother only laughs and shakes her head.

“Oh honey, this thing wasn’t always in the shape of a star. Your grandfather had me melt it down and reshape it after your father was born. It was meant to be a gift to him when he was old enough but, well…” She trails off but Nate already knows the end of this story. His father had told him it enough times to know. Commander Henry Heywood had died in the line of duty for the JSA, and the only thing that came back were his dog tags. His Nana had known her husband’s fate when she woke up one morning and found them on the nightstand.

Nate clutches the star in his hand and promises his Nana that he’ll keep it safe, just like he’s been keeping the dog tags safe for his father. His grandfather’s legacy is in his hands now.

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ratri

i have wasted so much time in this ugliness,
torn myself into a million shreds searching
for an easier existence. so maybe i have not lived.
so maybe the garden was sleeping in me all
along. took these knives out of my hair,
took the rest of the white flags and made
a bed for my tired gods to sleep on. still
as the night air, i have known love, oh
rippling and tender and quieter than light.
what i have had and not recognized,
bhagwan, i hope you will forgive. but what i
have coveted does not bring me shame.
chord of belonging struck like absolution
into me, like the wives’ singing i hear each dawn
even three seas away. i have not left you
behind no you would not let me–you blood
of my fist, you dark to my crescent. no
need to force it into her mouth, ma, she
takes the sacrament willingly. and ma. she
wants to look like her grandmother now.
dons the saffron devotee’s cloth wears the lotus
upon her lips. but that was then and this is a
new age, a grand becoming. i wake, i know,
i have nothing and yet everything gives
itself to me. i love the tree & all its roots. ardent as
the sun–i’ll heal.

Amrita C.

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“The amulet is shattered, Dagon is defeated. With the Dragon’s Blood and the Amulet of Kings, we have sealed the gates of Oblivion…forever. The last of the Septims passes now into history. I go gladly, for I know my sacrifice is not in vain. I take my place with my father, and my father’s fathers. The Third Age has ended, and a new age dawns. When the next Elder Scroll is written, you shall be its scribe. The shape of the future, the fate of the Empire - these things now belong to you.”

Happy 10th Anniversary, Oblivion! - March 20th, 2006

*loud screeching 90s documentary intro*

And now return to Truth From Myth.

      The CORE, a powerful geothermal energy plant that uses arcane science and magic to produce nearly unlimited amounts of magic and electricity for public use. A massive device that exists at the very bottom of Hotland, CORE city built into its many catwalks high above, more leveled with the rest of the Kingdom.
      But no one seems to remember how, or who built it. Rather, its grand architect. As far as anyone knows, it simply has existed. Perhaps since the dawn of New Home itself, maybe. Historians are unable to determine its age, its magically dense nature makes it new and old at the same time. Findings radically changes between a few years to several thousands, almost as if the CORE is timeless by nature.
      Plans for the device is unable to be found, and turning it off even for a day can cause debilitating problems in everyday life. People who attempt to climb into its innerworkings often return non the wiser, sometimes in a dazed trance of forgetfulness, as if the CORE itself is preventing us from learning anything about it.
      What is it about the CORE that makes it so enigmatic? Why is no one able to remember its grand architect? And why can’t anyone study this device? No one knows, but eventually we’ll find out the Truth, From Myth.

*heavily compressed synthwave as outro.*

WOMEN

You are not the holy earth giving and providing. Are you?


Women over ages have been told to be weak,while they were taking care of kids,providing lazy and abusive males with food and psychological shelter,taking care of the future and timelines that will change the world.
Men have not given a break in beating us,abusing us and putting us down.
Abuse is a big sign of feeling helpless and not being in charge.

So listen women,this is the new dawn!

Its time to stand up and realize the power that lives within us!
You cant provide a person,while you are weak!
You provide your child and these males with your energy and power. Without you, they are nothing.
Children need our care,men do not!

Dont ever let yourself down,dont let them tell you to be weak or not capable to do it on your own.
Because you are managing it already!
You are in charge!

These are the only chains which will keep you down. The judgement of those who fear you.
The words of men who are scared by your energy.
Free yourself from abusive relations,root yourself into the here and now and KNOW that the Goddess is in all of us!

You dont have to believe in a pagan goddess or stop to believe in a omnipotent god.

But KNOW one thing,a creature that gives birth and knows the cycle of life and death (which we women often painfully do) is the closest form to godhood.
And if you believe in a christian god,know he has built you this way.
If you are an atheist,pagan,buddhist or you follow any other philosophy,you will find in all the history the women who have changed this world,with their energy.
You are them!
And you will find in their history your own.

We reflect the Goddesses in many of our daily tasks. Provide yourself with information about the Goddesses of ancient times and You will find yourself.

Women are here to rule this earth,to be conscious of their becoming and to bring knowledge into the here and now.
Our children will be raised by our hand…Teach them to respect women !

We have power,we are strong,we rule!

Women shall stand united and no mather what colour,social status and religion you believe in..We are one and we live the same things in many different places of this world.
Stand together,become one.
Know your power!

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Here’s the Nickelodeon schedule from Monday, July 10th to Sunday, July 16th.

Again, weekdays are the same, except Wednesday will be airing Ice Age on Nick @ Nite.

Saturday has another movie in the morning, with the Nickelodeon premiere of Yogi Bear. It aired on Nick @ Nite last week.

Saturday night has premieres of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and School of Rock, with an airing of Sponge Out of Water at 9.

Sunday is full of sport-themed episdoes of its sitcoms in the afternoon, followed by a Loud House marathon and Sponge Out of Water. At 7:30 two brand new Spongebob episodes air, leading up to the 4th Annual Kids’ Choice Sports, leading into a special preview of Nick’s newest series, The Dude Perfect Show. (Well, new to Nick at least, since the show’s first season was on CMT)

Game Shakers and TMNT are off the schedule again.

NEW EPISODES THIS WEEK:

Yogi Bear (Nick Premiere): Sat. 10 AM

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn: Sat. 8 PM

School of Rock: Sat. 8:30 PM

Kids’ Choice Sports 2017: Sun. 8 PM

The Dude Perfect Show: Sun. 9:30 PM

TOP THREE SHOWS:

1. Spongebob: 109 - 49%

2. The Loud House: 65 - 29%

3. Henry Danger: 15 - 7%

The top three shows make up 85% of the schedule.

Rolls-Royce unleashed a menacing new convertible for younger buyers

(Rolls-Royce Dawn Black BadgeRolls-Royce)
Over the past decade, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has made a concerted to reach a younger and more trendy group of buyers. 

These efforts include the introduction of the entry-level Ghost sedan in 2010 followed by the Wraith coupe in 2013 and the Dawn convertible in 2015. 

And the company’s efforts seem to be working quite well. 

In fact, since 2010, the average age of Rolls-Royce customers has fallen from 56 years of age down to just 45, Bloomberg reported.

Now Rolls is pushing even further into its “youth” revolution with a menacingly stylish line-up of bespoke Black Badge models.

On Wednesday, Rolls-Royce unveiled the Black Badge edition of the Dawn — joining the similar versions of the Wraith and Ghost that were introduced last year. 

(Rolls-Royce)
“Standing as a truly Bespoke response to the desires of a new breed of entrepreneur, Black Badge has already distinctly amplified the characters’ of Ghost and Wraith motor cars, placing them into consciousness of those that seek a commanding presence in the objects they commission,” Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said in a statement. “Overwhelming demand from new patrons of luxury tells us the time is now right to apply this assertive, confident and powerful attitude to Dawn and open this truly transformative presence to the world.”

Each Black Badge Dawn will be individually commissioned and optioned to the specific wishes of the customer. So in theory, no two Black badge cars will be identical.

Under the hood, the Black Badge Dawn will get a little extra oomph to back up its sinister looks. The 6.6 liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine remains. However, horsepower is up 30 to 593 ponies. The Dawn’s suspension and eight-speed ZF satellite-assisted automatic transmission have been adjusted to create a more “dynamic” driving experience.

(Rolls-Royce)
According to Rolls-Royce, the Dawn Black Badge can make the sprint from 0 to 60mph in just 4.9 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. 

The Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge will make its official world debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month. Rolls-Royce has not disclosed the official pricing for the Black Badge. However, the standard Dawn starts at a lofty $335,000. 

NOW WATCH: This $13M Rolls-Royce could be the most expensive new car ever built



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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2009, The Age of Aquarius dawns anew at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre when the tribal rock musical Hair opens in a new revival directed by Diane Paulus. The production began its life at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park — first as a 40th anniversary concert in September 2007, and then as a full production as part of Shakespeare in the Park in summer 2008. The cast includes Gavin Creel as Claude, Will Swenson as Berger, Caissie Levy as Sheila and Sasha Allen as Dionne.

For more on the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair, including photos, videos, and a look inside the show’s opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.

anonymous asked:

how is Lucy racist? I wanted to watch it and now im sad :(

anonymous asked: What is Lucy and why is it racist?

lucy is a movie, coming out this summer in 2014. here’s the trailer for it.

anonymous asked: can you please explain how lucy is racist - i’m not saying it isn’t, i just havent seen the film yet or heard anything about it being racist. I was really excited to see it because it’s an action film with a female lead without an unnecessary love interest motivation…

lovely anon, i was so excited about the movie too. i love scarlet and it looked really amazing (apart from that stupid 10% brain thing, i don’t really like that trope) but then i started to realize how racist this movie is. we’ve only seen a trailer, couple of minutes and there are so many racist undertones.

this really says it.

people really see this movie “Lucy”  as a step in the right direction to more representation because somehow it’s revolutionary to have a white person as the (anti)hero killing people of color? People really think that one has to see the whole movie in it’s entirety to say that it’s shit? Other than swapping a white man for a white woman, it’s the same shit of invoking negative tropes and cliches against Asian men in modern movies that we’ve been seeing in the past couple of years since the Red Dawn remake. (source)

because, lets be honest, it’s true. i am all in for female lead in super heroes, and i am not the one who is angry because she’s not a POC. the way everyone else is portrayed, the way how it still hold onto those stupid tropes of asian/POCs as villains just disgusts me. maybe its even worse for me because i’m asian i dont even know.

the upcoming movie lucy will feature the age-old racist narrative of pure white woman (scarlet johansson) being violated by scary, brown men. and the new white feminist trope of women gaining their power by violently eliminating brown men. who needs the white male savior when we now have white female saviors, taking it into their own hands to save their whiteness from all that non-whiteness. so radical. (source)

feminism, hell yes. only white feminism? no. i am not here to see white female saviors kicking POCs ass, who look like they’re really poorly written. did someone who was involved with this movie even made effort? 

let’s have a look in this picture. we see the white female lead and the asian antagonist. we see chinese writing in the background. 

I just asked a family member to translate this. They came back with “Keep Clean. Apple, scallop & ginger, orange, tomato, grape” (source)

can this be even more ridiculous? just make your fucking research guys. do they think it looks fancy to have chinese writing on the wall? because its not??? its stupid and it makes me angry and/or wants to laugh. 

Okay but why the fuck is this movie set in Asia, filled with Asian villains, with a white female protag? Yes, wow, the lead’s a woman, fantastic, but apart from that it’s not really any different from the other movies made in a long history of having white people kicking the shit out of exclusively Asian villains.

Really, seriously. I just want to know why they had to set it in Asia with a white woman lead. Why not set the damn movie in the US if they want a big name yt actress that badly? Or, why not just cast a Taiwanese actress if they want it to be set in Asia that bad? 

Or maybe not do those things to avoid another Orientalist shitshow because those are exactly the thematic cues they’re going for with a vulnerable white woman being abused by morally corrupt Asian men. OH BUT FEMINIST SUBVERSION! THE VULNERABLE WHITE WOMAN KILLS THEM ALL INSTEAD, YEAHHHH GO FEMINISM! 

Meanwhile Asian cultures continue to be portrayed as backwards, Asian men continue to be portrayed as vile predators, but hey go feminism right? Nevermind that Asian women get thrown under the bus with this too. (source) 

i agree on this so much. just dont motherfucking make that movie in taiwan? and then we have all those white “feminist” who are like: “okay, this movie is amazing, has a female lead in a action/superhero movie and u all still find something to complain about, just shut up”

no. i dont care that she’s a woman if it’s racist. just because you have a female lead doesn’t make the movie amazing. and it sure doesn’t excuse the fact how racist it is. if you really are a feminist, you should know, that feminism not only includes white women. it includes POC women. feminism includes so many more than just that. don’t call yourself a feminist if you can ignore all these things and still watch this movie because *yay female lead*. 

what is even worse is this scene: 

 (source)

white woman literally kills an asian guy because he can’t speak english. LITERALLY. how should i feel as an asian woman? this guy could be so many other people i know in real life who can’t speak english. i could imagine it be my father or other people i know. but no, it’s okay, because she’s a woman. because it looks badass.

she isn’t even in the USA or any other english- speaking state. bUt nO OF COURSE YOU ALL HAVE TO SPEAK ENGLISH. not everything revolves about you. SHE’S the one who is in a foreign country, she should be the one adapting to it and not the other way round. i dont go to USA and shoot people because they can’t speak vietnamese. 

that’s just fucking stupid why even.

for once i’d like to be able to post a trailer for a movie i’m interested in because of the female lead without feeling like a sack of shit afterward because someone needed to take a minute and really dissect every scene in the trailer just to outline how offensive it is. (…) we’re taking baby steps here, people. (…) so can’t we just take a minute to sit back and support an actress we like while enjoying an action film? /not sourcing this one because i am not an ass/

how can i enjoy a movie when i am offended.

how do you suppose to want me enjoy a movie when my people are thrown back down so you all can have your female lead

people say that this might take a step. that having this movie will open the doors for WOC. are you serious? do you want us to always be on the second array? do we have to sit quietly back and be all happy that you finally have a movie so we “might have one later too”?

also watch this video, because i dont really think i’m a great explainer.

"It's the dawning of a New Age. The end of the White Lotus, and soon, the end of the Avatar"

So, let’s look at Zaheer’s motivations for a moment.

He claims his goal is “the end of the Avatar,” which is something that’s true of most of the villains in this franchise.  However, it’s interesting to note that each villain had a different take on that goal.

Sozin wanted to kill the Avatar, and was willing to commit multiple genocides to make that happen.

Ozai’s regime wanted to capture the Avatar, so they could imprison him for long periods of time and avoid the reincarnation problem.

Amon wanted to equalize the Avatar, removing her powers and making her like everyone else.

Unalaq wanted to replace the Avatar, destroying the spirit that she was fused with and fusing with that spirit’s opposite.

Considering that, it’s likely that Zaheer has his own take on the whole “end of the Avatar” thing.  He doesn’t want to kill her; he wants something else.

How about this – he wants to control the Avatar.  Or, at the very least, he wants to inculcate her with his values and remove other people’s influence over her.

That he wants to end the White Lotus seems relevant – the White Lotus is responsible for the Avatar’s training, and removing them would remove the vast majority of pressure on the Avatar to conform to their vision of the Avatar as a bringer of balance.

The timeline also seems relevant – P'li said she hadn’t had any visitors in 13 years, which suggests that the Fearsome Foursome was imprisoned just after Korra’s Avatar status was discovered.  A kidnapping attempt would be perfectly consistent with what we know.

Basically, what I think happened is this:

Zaheer and his friends believe that the institution of the Avatar as a means to bring about balance by force is unnatural.  His philosophy is influenced by airbending gone too far – he believes that the world will naturally balance itself, and the Avatar should not interfere.

As such, he tries to kidnap Korra so he can raise her to believe the same thing as he does – she is no different than anyone else, and she should not interfere in the balance of the world.  Change is natural; force is unnatural.

Zaheer’s kidnapping attempt is foiled, and the Fearsome Foursome are all locked up as tightly as humanly possible.  But that’s not enough; the danger’s too great. The White Lotus, intent on doing everything possible to ensure Zaheer never gets his way, imprisons Korra too and begins her initiation into her Avatar duties years early to ensure both that he’ll never be able to access her and that even if he does, she’ll never go along with his anti-Avatar philosophy.

Korra, of course, is Korra, and ends up with serious issues as a result.  By the time Tonraq has the opportunity and the need to tell her the truth, he can’t, because she’s so upset with him (and, presumably, the White Lotus) that she’d probably take Zaheer’s side if she ever had a chance to speak to him.  Tonraq and Senna have to double down on their lies, saying that they just wanted her to have a “normal childhood” (locked up in a compound with no friends?!), and Korra never finds out about her potential kidnappers until they’re already after her.

Much tears. Very injustice. So internet. 2014: The Fanfic

[ Semi-continuation of my Fanfic of 2013 ]

~1,700 words

Prologue

And an Apocalypse there was.  But it wasn’t the Mishapocalypse that would bring the world to its knees. After the swift and baffling reign of Misha, the real Apocalypse took hold.

It came like one falls asleep, slowly and then all at once. It was like bleeding out from 1 million paper cuts. A small death, but a death nonetheless.

Yep, it was the end of the world. And by world of course I mean America. Surprisingly enough, so many people couldn’t see it. As the world burned around them, the most privileged doused themselves and buckets of ice and denied the existence of any such problems.

Those who were burning were not about to stick around and wait for the ashes to settle. Their world was beyond saving, and the ROTC people knew that. So they set forth on their mission: Running off to Canada.

Laurel

She hit the snooze button on her Apple watch. Ugh. It was too early. She rolled back over, burying her head into the pillow, and drifted off to finish dreaming of a better ending to “How I Met Your Mother”.

“Get up!” her mother Holly shouted, “they are going to be here soon.”

Laurel rolled out of bed, and shimmied into her ripped jeans.  As she trudged over to the kitchen part of their small motel room, she flipped on the TV to be greeted with the latest season of "Sherlock”.

Her mom had made them a modest breakfast of kale smoothies much to Laurel’s dismay. Holly was a fanatic though. If need be, she would walk in 90° weather just to obtain kale; she craved that leafy green.

They finished up their breakfast and packed up all their belongings. By the time the cleaning lady would arrive, there would be no trace that they had ever snuck into the room.

Laurel took their items out to the curb before noticing a small robin bird tweeting, poor thing, he was trapped under an overturned wire trashcan. With a sad smile of understanding, she approached the little one, “I know why the caged bird sings”. She tipped the bin back over and lifted the bird in her hands. He ruffled his feathers before flying away. She decided to name him William.

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