moral judgement

Tumblr and the internet at large has a misunderstanding of how the alignments work. The character alignments of D&D are motivations for the character’s actions, not a moral judgement of them.

Take for example Judge Frollo from Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Most people would classify his alignment as Lawful Evil. Because he’s a very strict guy, and he’s an evil bastard. But that’s your judgement of his character, not what drives him to act.

Being Lawful Evil means using systems and rules in order to fulfill selfish needs. And while Frollo definitely does that, it’s not his primary motivation.

His primary motivations are to use the law and the church to purge the world of evil, sin, vice, and corruption. His actions in the name of this goal and his hypocrisy make him evil, but he himself is driven by the desire to do good. Therefore, his alignment would be Lawful Good.

123 Ideas for Character Flaws
  1. Absent-minded - Preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one’s immediate surroundings. Abstracted, daydreaming, inattentive, oblivious, forgetful.
  2. Abusive - Characterized by improper infliction of physical or psychological maltreatment towards another.
  3. Addict - One who is addicted to a compulsive activity. Examples: gambling, drugs, sex.
  4. Aimless - Devoid of direction or purpose.
  5. Alcoholic - A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually and to excess.
  6. Anxious - Full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous.
  7. Arrogant - Having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance. Inclined to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior. Snobbish.
  8. Audacious - Recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like; insolent; braze, disobedient.
  9. Bad Habit - A revolting personal habit. Examples: picks nose, spits tobacco, drools, bad body odour.
  10. Bigmouth - A loud-mouthed or gossipy person.
  11. Bigot - One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.
  12. Blunt - Characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion. Frank, callous, insensitive, brusque.
  13. Bold - In a bad sense, too forward; taking undue liberties; over assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or restraint; rude; impudent. Abrupt, brazen, cheeky, brassy, audacious.
  14. Callous - They are hardened to emotions, rarely showing any form of it in expression. Unfeeling. Cold.
  15. Childish - Marked by or indicating a lack of maturity; puerile.
  16. Complex - An exaggerated or obsessive concern or fear. (List specific complex.)
  17. Cruel - Mean to anyone or anything, without care or regard to consequences and feelings.
  18. Cursed - A person who has befallen a prayer for evil or misfortune, placed under a spell, or borne into an evil circumstance, and suffers for it. Damned.
  19. Dependent - Unable to exist, sustain oneself, or act appropriately or normally without the assistance or direction of another.
  20. Deranged - Mentally decayed. Insane. Crazy. Mad. Psychotic.
  21. Dishonest – Given to or using fraud, cheating; deceitful, deceptive, crooked, underhanded.
  22. Disloyal - Lacking loyalty. Unfaithful, perfidious, traitorous, treasonable
  23. Disorder - An ailment that affects the function of mind or body. (List the disorders name if they have one.) See the Mental Disorder List.
  24. Disturbed - Showing some or a few signs or symptoms of mental or emotional illness. Confused, disordered, neurotic, troubled.
  25. Dubious - Fraught with uncertainty or doubt. Undecided, doubtful, unsure.
  26. Dyslexic - Affected by dyslexia, a learning disorder marked by impairment of the ability to recognize and comprehend written words.
  27. Egotistical - Characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance. Boastful, pompous.
  28. Envious - Showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another’s advantages; covetous, jealous.
  29. Erratic - Deviating from the customary course in conduct or opinion; eccentric: erratic behaviour. Eccentric, bizarre, outlandish, strange.
  30. Fanatical - Fanatic outlook or behaviour especially as exhibited by excessive enthusiasm, unreasoning zeal, or wild and extravagant notions on some subject.
  31. Fickle – Erratic, changeable, unstable - especially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious.
  32. Fierce - Marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid.
  33. Finicky - Excessively particular or fastidious; difficult to please; fussy. Too much concerned with detail. Meticulous, fastidious, choosy, critical, picky, prissy, pernickety.
  34. Fixated - In psychoanalytic theory, a strong attachment to a person or thing, especially such an attachment formed in childhood or infancy and manifested in immature or neurotic behaviour that persists throughout life. Fetish, quirk, obsession, infatuation.
  35. Flirt -To make playfully romantic or sexual overtures; behaviour intended to arouse sexual interest. Minx. Tease.
  36. Gluttonous - Given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink. Voracious, ravenous, wolfish, piggish, insatiable.
  37. Gruff - Brusque or stern in manner or appearance. Crusty, rough, surly.
  38. Gullible - Will believe any information given, regardless of how valid or truthful it is, easily deceived or duped.
  39. Hard - A person who is difficult to deal with, manage, control, overcome, or understand. Hard emotions, hard hearted.
  40. Hedonistic - Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
  41. Hoity-toity- Given to flights of fancy; capricious; frivolous. Prone to giddy behaviour, flighty.
  42. Humourless - The inability to find humour in things, and most certainly in themselves.
  43. Hypocritical - One who is always contradicting their own beliefs, actions or sayings. A person who professes beliefs and opinions for others that he does not hold. Being a hypocrite.
  44. Idealist - One whose conduct is influenced by ideals that often conflict with practical considerations. One who is unrealistic and impractical, guided more by ideals than by practical considerations.
  45. Idiotic - Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless.
  46. Ignorant - Lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact. Showing or arising from a lack of education or knowledge.
  47. Illiterate - Unable to read and write.
  48. Immature - Emotionally undeveloped; juvenile; childish.
  49. Impatient - Unable to wait patiently or tolerate delay; restless. Unable to endure irritation or opposition; intolerant.
  50. Impious - Lacking piety and reverence for a god/gods and their followers.
  51. Impish - Naughtily or annoyingly playful.
  52. Incompetent - Unable to execute tasks, no matter how the size or difficulty.
  53. Indecisive - Characterized by lack of decision and firmness, especially under pressure.
  54. Indifferent - The trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally, remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern. Having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless.
  55. Infamy - Having an extremely bad reputation, public reproach, or strong condemnation as the result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act that affects how others view them.
  56. Intolerant - Unwilling to tolerate difference of opinion and narrow-minded about cherished opinions.
  57. Judgemental - Inclined to make and form judgements, especially moral or personal ones, based on one’s own opinions or impressions towards others/practices/groups/religions based on appearance, reputation, occupation, etc.
  58. Klutz - Clumsy. Blunderer.
  59. Lazy - Resistant to work or exertion; disposed to idleness.
  60. Lewd - Inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious. Obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious.
  61. Liar - Compulsively and purposefully tells false truths more often than not. A person who has lied or who lies repeatedly.
  62. Lustful - Driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires.
  63. Masochist - The deriving of sexual gratification, or the tendency to derive sexual gratification, from being physically or emotionally abused. A willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences.
  64. Meddlesome - Intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner, given to meddling; interfering.
  65. Meek - Evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant; humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness.
  66. Megalomaniac - A psycho pathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence.
  67. Naïve - Lacking worldly experience and understanding, simple and guileless; showing or characterized by a lack of sophistication and critical judgement.
  68. Nervous - Easily agitated or distressed; high-strung or jumpy.
  69. Non-violent - Abstaining from the use of violence.
  70. Nosey - Given to prying into the affairs of others; snoopy. Offensively curious or inquisitive.
  71. Obsessive - An unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone.
  72. Oppressor - A person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures, to keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority.
  73. Overambitious - Having a strong excessive desire for success or achievement.
  74. Overconfident - Excessively confident; presumptuous.
  75. Overemotional - Excessively or abnormally emotional. Sensitive about themselves and others, more so than the average person.
  76. Overprotective - To protect too much; coddle.
  77. Overzealous - Marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea.
  78. Pacifist - Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes. (Can double as a merit in certain cases)
  79. Paranoid - Exhibiting or characterized by extreme and irrational fear or distrust of others.
  80. Peevish - Expressing fretfulness and discontent, or unjustifiable dissatisfaction. Cantankerous, cross, ill-tempered, testy, captious, discontented, crotchety, cranky, ornery.
  81. Perfectionist - A propensity for being displeased with anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards.
  82. Pessimist - A tendency to stress the negative or unfavourable or to take the gloomiest possible view.
  83. Pest - One that pesters or annoys, with or without realizing it. Nuisance. Annoying. Nag.
  84. Phobic – They have a severe form of fear when it comes to this one thing. Examples: Dark, Spiders, Cats
  85. Practical - Level-headed, efficient, and unspeculative. No-nonsense.
  86. Predictable - Easily seen through and assessable, where almost anyone can predict reactions and actions of said person by having met or known them even for a short time.
  87. Proud - Filled with or showing excessive self-esteem and will often shirk help from others for the sake of pride.
  88. Rebellious - Defying or resisting some established authority, government, or tradition; insubordinate; inclined to rebel.
  89. Reckless - Heedless. Headstrong. Foolhardy. Unthinking boldness, wild carelessness and disregard for consequences.
  90. Remorseless - Without remorse; merciless; pitiless; relentless.
  91. Rigorous - Rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard; demanding strict attention to rules and procedures.
  92. Sadist - The deriving of sexual gratification or the tendency to derive sexual gratification from inflicting pain or emotional abuse on others. Deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from cruelty.
  93. Sadomasochist - Both sadist and masochist combined.
  94. Sarcastic - A subtle form of mockery in which an intended meaning is conveyed obliquely.
  95. Sceptic - One who instinctively or habitually doubts, questions, or disagrees with assertions or generally accepted conclusions.
  96. Seducer - To lead others astray, as from duty, rectitude, or the like; corrupt. To attempt to lead or draw someone away, as from principles, faith, or allegiance.
  97. Selfish - Concerned chiefly or only with oneself.
  98. Self-Martyr - One who purposely makes a great show of suffering in order to arouse sympathy from others, as a form of manipulation, and always for a selfish cause or reason.
  99. Self-righteous - Piously sure of one’s own righteousness; moralistic. Exhibiting pious self-assurance. Holier-than-thou, sanctimonious.
  100. Senile - Showing a decline or deterioration of physical strength or mental functioning, esp. short-term memory and alertness, as a result of old age or disease.
  101. Shallow - Lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious.
  102. Smart Ass - Thinks they know it all, and in some ways they may, but they can be greatly annoying and difficult to deal with at times, especially in arguments.
  103. Soft-hearted - Having softness or tenderness of heart that can lead them into trouble; susceptible of pity or other kindly affection. They cannot resist helping someone they see in trouble, suffering or in need, and often don’t think of the repercussions or situation before doing so.
  104. Solemn - Deeply earnest, serious, and sober.
  105. Spineless - Lacking courage. Cowardly, wimp, lily-livered, gutless.
  106. Spiteful - Showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite; vindictive person who will look for occasions for resentment. Vengeful.
  107. Spoiled - Treated with excessive indulgence and pampering from earliest childhood, and has no notion of hard work, self-care or money management; coddled, pampered. Having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or over-solicitous attention.
  108. Squeamish - Excessively fastidious and easily disgusted.
  109. Stubborn - Unreasonably, often perversely unyielding; bull-headed. Firmly resolved or determined; resolute.
  110. Superstitious - An irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear from an irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.
  111. Tactless - Lacking or showing a lack of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others.
  112. Temperamental - Moody, irritable, or sensitive. Excitable, volatile, emotional.
  113. Theatrical - Having a flair for over dramatizing situations, doing things in a ‘big way’ and love to be ‘centre stage’.
  114. Timid -Tends to be shy and/or quiet, shrinking away from offering opinions or from strangers and newcomers, fearing confrontations and violence.
  115. Tongue-tied - Speechless or confused in expression, as from shyness, embarrassment, or astonishment.
  116. Troublemaker - Someone who deliberately stirs up trouble, intentionally or unintentionally.
  117. Unlucky - Marked by or causing misfortune; ill-fated. Destined for misfortune; doomed.
  118. Unpredictable - Difficult to foretell or foresee, their actions are so chaotic it’s impossible to know what they are going to do next.
  119. Untrustworthy - Not worthy of trust or belief. Backstabber.
  120. Vain - Holding or characterized by an unduly high opinion of their physical appearance. Lovers of themselves. Conceited, egotistic, narcissistic.
  121. Weak-willed - Lacking willpower, strength of will to carry out one’s decisions, wishes, or plans. Easily swayed.
  122. Withdrawn - Not friendly or Sociable. Aloof.
  123. Zealous - A fanatic.
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›Analog Interface → things are evolving (2/?): “i can hear you”

— What’s in this code?
—Memories. They’re its memories. You call it a life, I call it a machine, but the truth is… somewhere in the middle. Even when I was building it, I began to encounter anomalies. As if it had imprinted on me, like a child with a parent. Then it started looking out for me, altered its own code to take care of me. It was behaving like a person. But the world didn’t need a person to protect it. It needed a machine.
You took its memories.
Not just memories.

Anti-Reylos who ship Kylux.
Because clearly Hux and Ren have a much healthier and more balanced canonical relationship.

Edited To Add: I am NOT dragging either pairing. I ship Reylo. I ship Kylux. I ship pretty much every single ship that there is in The Force Awakens, excluding Snoke I guess? :D That’s what happens when you have compelling characters and good actors. My point was mainly that I was surprised to see Reylo and Kylux being pitted against each other when I expected the pairings and their fans to have more things in common than not. Also, my final opinion is that shipping should be a matter of personal taste and fun; not a moral judgement or a race to see who is right about what becomes canon.

It’s really funny when you bring up Tumblr discourse with someone who doesn’t use Tumblr and they’re like, “It’s fiction??? A fantasy??? Why would you make moral judgements about people for their ships? Or the fiction they consume?” This happened to me today.

Even funnier, I didn’t even bring up people who are anti-CGL and they were like “what would these people think about married couples who dress up as school girls and role play that kind of stuff?” And I’m like HOOOOO BOY you will not believe this shit…

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During our campaign Andrea Klassen (our Certified Journalist on the team and co-writer/producer for Station to Station) did interviews with the creative teams of all our shows. In case folks on the tumble missed it, we’re also posting it here! 

Below the cut: Station to Station writer’s room insider with Alex Yun and Andrea Klassen on inspiration, horror, and representation in genre fiction. 

When Dr Miranda Quan embarks on an 10-week research cruise in the Pacific Ocean, she expects two months of no-nonsense experiments, bad Titanic jokes and marathoning Grey’s Anatomy. Instead, her lab partner has vanished, leaving nothing but a notebook full of illogical ramblings, a voice recorder, and a half-finished maths problem she has to solve. With a storm moving in and something sinister lurking below decks, Miranda must untangle the conspiracy surrounding her or be consumed.

AK: It’s really satisfying to write women who get to be flawed heroes in all the ways male protagonists do too. With moments of bad judgement and moral conflict and selfishness and stubbornness. Also as a queer woman it’s… just nice to get write characters whose stories aren’t tied to homophobia — where someone can have a crush on another woman, but that’s not the source of conflict the way horrifying science conspiracies are.

AY: Exactly. And the reason that we do this — the point of PPN — is to create narrative space for ourselves in genre fiction, be it horror or sci-fi or fantasy, where we are allowed to take up that space and drive that narrative. We deserve to be front and centre, to have our stories not end in tragedy, to have stories that doesn’t just mimic the current way the media treats marginalised identities. It is not niche to put non-white, non-straight bodies into narratives that have been historically excluding of them.

The idea that diverse stories are less appealing is based on constructed ideas of what “the norm” looks like - it’s tied to the experience of what it means to be the “default” and what it means to be the Other.

The rest is below the cut!

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anonymous asked:

I'm sorry but how does Aang idealize Katara? He can both see her as she is and show admiration over parts about her he loves. TSR was Aang assuming he and Katara share the same morality and making judgements based on that. BUT the show has displayed they usually have the same morality on matters. And he was right too!

How Aαng idealizes Katara

He looks at her through rose-colored glasses.

He changes her height in his fantasies so she will be more compatible with him.

[Katara, hallucination dream height]

[Katara, actual height relative to Aαng]

He repeatedly thinks she “doesn’t mean it” or “doesn’t sound like herself” when she expresses feelings of anger.

Aαng: I’m sure she didn’t mean that.
Sokka: Yeah, I think she did.

Toph: You’re blaming me for this!?
Aαng: No, no! She’s not blaming you!
Katara: No, I’m blaming her!

Aαng: Katara, you sound like Jet.
Katara: It’s not the same. Jet attacked the innocent.

He assumes she’ll just obey Air Nomad ideology, even though she’s Water Tribe.

Aαng: The monks used to say that revenge is like a two-headed ratviper. While you watch your enemy go down, you’re being poisoned yourself.

Aαng: You did the right thing. Forgiveness is the first step you have to take to begin healing.
Katara: But I didn’t forgive him. I’ll never forgive him.

(This means he was half-right at best, because while she didn’t kill Yon Rha, she also didn’t forgive him like Aαng assumed she had to in order to begin healing.)

While it’s true many of their values align, Katara’s ideology is closest to the person she actually grew up in the same household with. Which means she and Aαng differ on some key issues. These include killing:

Sokka: There. That’s how it’s done.

Aαng: This goes against everything I learned from the monks. I can’t just go around wiping out people I don’t like…
Sokka: Sure, you can. You’re the Avatar. If it’s in the name of keeping balance, I’m pretty sure the Universe will forgive you.

Adapting your principles to the situation …

Instead of forcing the situation to adapt to your principles.

Eating meat:

And the importance of a mother figure to the family.

Sokka: When our mom died, that was the hardest time in my life. Our family was a mess, but Katara, she had so much strength. She stepped up and took on so much responsibility. She helped fill the void that was left by our mom.
Toph: I guess I never thought about that.
Sokka: I’m gonna tell you something crazy. I never told anyone this before, but honestly, I’m not sure I can remember what my mother looked like. It really seems like, my whole life, Katara’s been the one looking out for me. She’s always been the one that’s there, and now, when I try to remember my mom, Katara’s is the only face I can picture.

But Aαng never chastises Sokka for following his beliefs … just Katara.

And worst of all, Aαng doesn’t understand how complex Katara’s feelings are, so like always, he just assumes her feelings are the same as his:

Aαng: We kissed at the invasion and I thought we were going to be together but we’re not.

Without even bothering to check.

Actor Zuko: I thought you were the Avatar’s girl.

Which makes him completely unable to see when something is bothering her.

Her needs get neglected, while he thinks everything is hunky dory:

And this will keep happening over and over:

Because Katara idealizes Aαng the same way.

Katara: I sense he’s filled with much wisdom.

Aαng: Sthee? Now my tongue ith thuck to my sthaff.

And she simply doesn’t have the heart to hurt his feelings.

Katara: I’ve been training Aαng for a while now. He really responds well to a positive teaching experience. Lots of encouragement and praise. Kind words. If he’s doing something wrong, maybe a gentle nudge in the right direction.

Tales of Berseria - The Major Arcana (SPOILERS)

0: The Fool – Maotelus/Phi

The Beginning and The End – Infinite Potential – Unaware of the Void

I: The Magician – Magilou Mayvin

Power – Awareness - Consciousness

II: The High Priestess – Silva

Unconscious Awareness – Non Action - Potential

III: The Empress – Medissa

Motherhood – Senses - Love

IV: The Emperor – Artorius Collbrande

Authority – Structure - Regulation

V: The Hierophant – Grimoirh

Education – Identification - Guidance

VI: The Lovers – Oscar Dragonia & Teresa Linares

Commitment – Unity - Values

VII: The Chariot – Zaveid

Self-Assertion – Will – Hard Control

VIII: The Strength – Shigure Rangetsu

Courage – Honor - Resilience

IX: The Hermit – Prince Percival Yil Mid Asgard

Searching – Solitude - Introspection

X: The Wheel of Fortune – Eizen

Destiny – Movement – Personal Vision

XI: The Justice – Eleanor Hume

Fairness – Responsibility - Decisions

XII: The Hanged Man – Seres/Celica Crowe

Letting Go – Suspension Between Life And Death - Sacrifice

XIII: The Death – Kamoana

Transition – Moving Forward - Renewal

XIV: The Temperance – Tabitha Baskerville

Balance – Moderation - Stability

XV: The Devil – Velvet Crowe

Obsession – Manipulation - Struggle

XVI: The Tower – The Crowe Family

Downfall – Sudden Change - Revelation

XVII: The Star – Benwick

Hope – Inspiration - Sincerity

XVIII: The Moon – Melchior Mayvin

Fear – Illusion - Bewilderment

XIX: The Sun – Rokurou Rangetsu

Vitality – Optimism - Certainty

XX: The Judgement – Innominat/Laphicet Crowe

Rebirth – Judgement – Moral Worth

XXI: The World – Kurogane

Significant Accomplishment – Fulfillment - Integration

anonymous asked:

Hi ! Can you write angsty Steph and Damian meeting after Tim's death Please??

Not sure this is exactly what you were looking for but here you go anon! This is more just sad than angsty, and probably not even as sad as I think it is but I did almost make myself cry writing the ending so… This probably wouldn’t fit into canon anywhere but I love to ignore timelines so I’m imagining it happens maybe the day of or day after Tim’s funeral.

(Also, if anyone cares, what Damian is trying to saying before Steph cuts him off is that Tim wouldn’t any of them to cut themselves off and deal with his death on their own (a la Batman).)

The thing is - and Steph knows this, okay, she’s not dumb, it’s just that it still takes her breath away - life doesn’t stop moving forward just because one more person is dead. It doesn’t matter that that person is Tim Drake, Red Robin, her best friend, her boyfriend, the first person to tell her she didn’t need Batman’s permission to be a hero. Life doesn’t give a rat’s arse about any of that. It just flows along and expects her to keep on swimming.

So Tim dies and Steph sobs into her pillow and Batman hugs her (and she’s still like wtf?? when she thinks about that) and university still needs to be attended and crimes still need stopping. It’s the latter which she’d been doing tonight when life had decided to slap her in the face with the reminder that while she’s drowning in grief, other people - other young, happy, alive couples - are going about their lives as normal. Her vision is blurry with tears by the time she has the would-be-mugger on the ground and the couple are gushing thanks as they stumble away down the street.

“Spoiler!” The shout catches up to her two rooftops away, where she’d dropped to her knees and buried her face in her hands. The quiet thump of feet hitting the cement drags her head up to squint at four and a half feet of red, yellow and black.

“Not now, Robin,” she says tiredly. Don’t get her wrong, she loves the little cretin, but she’s this close to a breakdown and doesn’t have a single drop of mental energy left to deal with him tonight.

“Yes, now.”

“Go home, Robin,” she tries.

He steps forward. “No. I want to talk.”

Steph shakes her head, hands out to keep him out of her personal space. “Please, Damian. It’s been a long night and-” Her breath stutters. “-I just can’t, okay?”

“Drake wouldn’t want-”

“Oh so now you care about what Tim-”

“He was my brother!” Damian screeches, the words exploding out of him before he can filter them. “He was my brother and I don’t hate him and nobody even cares!”

There’s a beat of shocked silence where Steph stares at him and Damian’s chest heaves as he struggles to control his breathing and not cry. Then, as if someone hits the skip button on a remote, the moment jumps forward and Steph’s arms as locked tightly around his shoulders as he hides tears against her neck.

“Oh Dami,” she murmurs, stroking his hair. “I’m so sorry, kiddo.”

Damian’s fingers curl into her cape, clutching the material like a lifeline. His voice is choked when he tries to snap, “I don’t need your pity.”

She rolls her eyes at his tough-guy act, squeezing him tighter just to get an indignant squeak - adorable, like a little mouse. (Tim had looked at her like she was crazy the first time she’d said his little brother was adorable, retorting in his flattest tone, “You know he’s a baby assassin, right?” To which she’d emphatically responded, “Baby assassin. He’s too little and cute to be scary.”)

“I care, okay?” she says, sniffing a little. He pulls away and she lets him, pretends not to notice as he scrubs a gloved hand over his face to banish any sign of tears. “Come on, we can talk at my place.”

Because as much as she wants to step back from everything for a minute, remember how to tread water as it threatens to drag her down into murky depths, she’s not heartless. Damian’s just a kid and Lord knows she can’t rely on his family to provide a healthy model of how to process grief.

Ten minutes later, he sits at her kitchen table, mask off and hood back, awkward and out of place in such a homey setting, fiddling with his tea bag as he watches steam curl over the edge of the mug. Steph wordlessly grabs her own mug of tea and takes the seat opposite him, doesn’t say anything, just waits for him to find the words he wants and the courage to spit them out.

“I wanted to apologise,” he says eventually. The words are as stiff as his posture, and the way his eyes flicker up to her before dropping back to the table seems almost like he’s asking permission. “But… I do not know how.” He bites his lip, turns his mug so the handle makes a perfect one-eighty with a scratch in the wood, looks up at her again. “I was hoping you would come with me.”

Steph blinks, takes a sip of her own tea to cover her surprise. Where he’s talking about is obvious, that he would want to visit Tim’s grave not as much a shock as others may think, but… “Why me?”

Damian shrugs, like it doens’t really matter, but she has no doubt his choice was very deliberate. Someone he trusts. Someone who’d provide moral support without judgement. Not Bruce because… well, Bruce. Not any of his siblings because they’re too biased when it comes to his relationship with Tim. Not Alfred because he wouldn’t want to bother him when he’s already so busy with everyone else. So her.

“Okay,” she says. Doesn’t miss the way his eyes widen a little, like the answer he was expecting would be negative. “Tomorrow.”

He nods, curls his finger around his mug but doesn’t drink from it, just stares into the milky depths. Steph bites her lip to stop herself from asking what he thinks he’s going to find there.

“Did you want to stay?” She finds herself offering, more to fill the silence than because she thinks he actually needs a place to crash. He shakes his head, just like she thought he would, and silence lapses again.

Damian is the one who breaks it next, head bobbing back up just when she’s thinking of excusing herself to get changed into more comfortable civvies. “It’s stupid, right?” He asks, a touch derisive, unsureness making his voice small. “I mean, he’s dead. It’s not going to change anything. And there wasn’t even a body left so it’s not like he’s going to be resurrected, not like he’s ever going to know. So it’s just… pointless. Stupid.”

Too little too late.

“Hey, no, it’s not stupid.” Steph leans forward, takes his hand and curls her fingers around his fist, makes sure he’s properly focused on what she’s saying. “Plenty of people talk to their loved ones after they’ve died. And it’s not… it’s not about whether the things they say are heard or not. It’s about remembering and making up for lost time and…” She struggles to find the words, not good at explaining something that most people just get, or if not, at least just accept as something that’s done. “It’s not stupid if it makes you feel better, if it’s what you feel you need to do,” she settles on, squeezing his hand. “Got it?”

His eyes rove over her face, searching for assurance that she’s not lying, maybe. Then he nods. Steph nods too, once, firm. “Good. Now drink your tea.”

He bites his lip, glances back down at the mug, then around her kitchen before finally saying, “Um. I don’t drink it with sugar.”

And Steph feels kind of like an idiot when she realises all his playing with the tea and staring into the mug hadn’t been brooding or anything like that, he just hadn’t been sure how to tell her she’d made it wrong. Hadn’t even asked him, just automatically made it the way Tim liked it. Her hands are shaking slightly as she jumps up from the table and grabs the mug to pour it down the sink, apologies falling from her lips as she reboils the kettle.

“It’s okay.” Damian appears silently at her elbow, takes the mug and sets it aside before wrapping his arms around her waist. Unsure but wanting to help. “I miss him too.”

anonymous asked:

what are your thoughts on King Aerys's Kingsguard? Do you think they were honorable knights are toadies who didn't uphold their vows?

Oof, that’s a loaded question. Bear with me because I have thoughts.

The Kingsguard are vital to GRRM’s interrogation of knighthood and his definition of a true knight; we’re meant to see how hard it is to live up to the ideals of knighthood in a world that allows for conflicting vows, how good knights in service to a bad cause handle it, how many of them dare to question the system itself, and how that reflects on their view of themselves and of the institution as a whole. Living up to the chivalric code is freaking hard which is precisely why it is the mark of a true knight.

So we have the kingsguard as a model of how crooked the current system is - this is an institution that is universally viewed as the embodiment of the chivalric code but its fundamental flaw - the fact the their vows to the king are taken to supersede their original vows to “be just [..] protect the young and the innocent [..] defend all women” even though the knighthood oath is the foundation on which the Kingsguard oath is built upon - effectively compromises that same code, exposing its oath to be hollow and presenting a conflict of morality that so many of the revered knights in Westeros fall to.

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trial of hope

Saskia and Jaal bend, and break, as the kett prison shakes them to their cores. Jaalmance, pre-relationship (ao3 link to full work, chronicle of a soul adrift)
previous chapters: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

>> [MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS] <<

They are us.

Jaal’s words echoed through Saskia’s mind as they ran after the Cardinal. Mind splintered, shattered, with the horror that every kett she’d seen her team bring down, every single one, had once been an angara, torn from their family. Had once been a sister, or brother, or aunt, or cousin. Taken. Twisted.

Exalted.

Her motions blurred together as they fought to the Moshae. She disabled shields, sent waves of errant energy into the kett to distract and destabilize. Pistol in her loose left grip, shots fired wide. Echo and crack, feet pounding on pavement. She was a spectator, watching herself move—dodge right, duck behind cover, fingers slipping over the handle of her gun. She nearly fell off a platform once, before Vetra pulled her back. When Saskia turned, she froze at the look in the turian’s eyes.

Wide, frantic, fighting the swell of revulsion that surged behind them. She reloaded her gun without a word, charged back into the fray, one long leg bounding after the other.

Move. Move, her voice in Saskia’s ear as she followed her instinctively. She could do nothing else. She could do nothing.

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I am not a pacifist. I understand that there are occasions when diplomacy and negotiation fail, an overt military presence is required, and a country must go to war.

And an undeclared war is still a war.

Those are not occasions to be celebrated. Nor are they to be entered into lightly, or without a clear understanding of the probability of failure, even if the “attack” succeeds. History shows us that, time and again, what grows best in bloodied fields is more blood.

I have no confidence in Trump’s ability to understand any of the above. Or, bluntly, to care about anything other than his own immediate pique.

So yeah, I’m worried - not only for the people of Syria, but because unless he’s reined in, that dangerously pique-driven behavior will only escalate, both at home and abroad. The only thing worse than a warmonger is a warmonger who does it to stroke his own ego.


on a more speculative note:

If the leaks coming from DC are true, and Trump did, in fact, inform the Russians of his plans before telling people within his own administration… Putin’s government has supported Assad. The word “moronic” comes to mind. As does “treason.”

And the fact that Trump previously objected to taking in refugees from the area he’s now willing to bomb to “protect” them is a moral judgement on him, and  I, for one, will neither forget nor forgive.

anonymous asked:

If Ketch's new orders are to eliminate the Americans hunters, then she's going to have to kill Mary, and they have a thing even if they say they don't have a thing, Ketch it's, actually, the one who looked like he knew about the thing but was too insecure or oblivious about it to tell her anything. It'd be... i DONT know, if that's the case I hope Mary kills him before

I’m not really sure I understand what you mean there, but yes, I do agree that Ketch and Mary are having very different reactions to their (unforeseen) night of fun. I think that episode revealed a lot about who Ketch is and what he wants, but, since this is Buckleming, I’m not sure it was intentional, and how seriously should we take it. For instance, we now know with some certainty that Ketch is colour-blind, in a sense - that when we’ve seen him being rude to women, it wasn’t about them being women, per se - Ketch seems to operate in a world where the only people worthy of respect are those who do his job, and do it well. And, even more unusual, he doesn’t seem to mind if someone - even an outsider like Mary - is better than him. When she corrects him in front of Mick, who, after all, is supposed to be his boss, telling him they’ve killed eight shape-shifters, and not seven, Ketch is not annoyed in the least. Instead, he’s admirative. Considering he’s an alpha male who kills and tortures people for a living, this tells us a great deal about how his mind works.

(Mary’s attitude in that scene tells us a lot about her as well - here she is, the failed daughter, the failed wife and the failed mother, doing the only thing she knows how to do and doing it whit a proud smile on her face. I’d say there is a parallel with Dean in there somewhere, Daddy’s blunt instrument and all that, but I’m not sure it’d be appropriate - after all, we know Dean wants out, in some way; that he doesn’t want to be that person, never has. Mary, on the other hand - despite her insistence in pointing out she can ‘have it all’ is not, in fact, having it all. Whatever she says, she’s deliberately chosen hunting and killing over her sons, and she’s having a whale of a time. This is not a moral judgement: I’m simply trying to understand the character.)

Like - when Ketch was talking to Dean, he never showed his hand at all, in a way. But when Mary told him she once left hunting behind because she wanted a normal life, David does an excellent job to convey what would be pity on someone else’s face and is, instead, a kind of half empathy on Ketch’s. I have this feeling that while he was trying to make Dean his (if not sexually, than professionally, even if the subtext supported both readings), here Ketch is acknowledging he himself belongs to Mary. In that whole scene, he behaves like a subordinate - flattering without being unctuous, polite without being distant. And when he says out right that he understands and respects her unusual and ‘unwomanly’ choices (“Mrs Winchester, I believe you’re drawn to danger.”) - I believe that’s when something inside Mary woke up and decided that, after all, why not? They’re adults, and they’ve got a room, and look at this gorgeous man. In a way, he is to Mary what Crowley was to Dean - a bad influence, sure, but also genuinely attached to her within the limits of his capability to feel anything, and also non judgemental in any way and completely hers.

(In fact, I can see Drowley beginning in very much the same way during that ‘summer of love’ Dean and Crowley shared: I have no problem whatsoever in seeing this exact scene play out - Crowley offering Dean a drink in this same amused, friendly, slightly subservient way, and Dean suddenly ignoring the glass and catching Crowley’s tie in his hand instead; and pulling.)

The thing with men, though, is that - and it could be cultural, or biological - I really don’t know - very often they assume sex will change things. Since sex enpowers them but sullies you, you sometimes meet this power shifting attitude - as the old movies told us in greatest detail, women have control over men as long as they don’t sleep with them; but once the deed is done, the thing is reversed, because, as I said, sex makes men stronger and women weaker.

(Exposed to the dangers of gossip and pregnancy, that is; cheaper and dirty now their virginity is gone.)

As idiotic as this concept is, it somehow persists and lasts, and I think you could see it unfolding in this last episode as well: how Ketch’s careful politeness changes to a sort of cockiness - look at him, sitting up against the headboard, completely naked, his legs open, his penis (still this ever-important sign of masculinity and power and all things sacred) in full display. Contrast him with Mary, already dressing, as if hiding her own nudity, and slowly putting her wedding ring back on like some sinful adulteress. But next, and, okay, for once they wrote an interesting thing, the relationship between them is reversed. Ketch tries to be dominant and mark some kind of point, and Mary shoots him down every time. Having sex was her decision, not his; she’s now deciding it doesn’t mean anything, and he doesn’t have any say in that; and when Ketch confesses, with some regret, that he’s okay with it because he’s not ‘built’ for that and he’s not, in fact, capable to care for other people, just like her, Mary’s almost needlessly petty in pointing out that, again, he’s wrong, because she can, and she did - with someone else, that is, and certainly not him. At that point - and, again, I like how David played this, because he tried to cover himself at first, closing his arms across his chest, but then he sort of - manned up, so to say, and got all alpha again, choosing to remain there stark naked despite Mary’s word and even playing a card he knew would upset her: “I notice you took my advice. You had a choice to make - your work or family ties…”. Ketch doesn’t finish his sentence, but he doesn’t have to. Mary may be a strong woman, and also an unusual one, but she knows her relationship with her sons is far from perfect, and also that she’s a big part of the reason why. Hearing Ketch pointing it out - yeah, that must have smarted a bit - and, again, instead of being a ‘good’ woman and take the criticism, Mary lashes out and defends herself. And this is when Ketch finally takes a step back, because this is the kind of people he’s been trained (or trained himself) to respect: a bigger alpha.

So, really, I don’t know how to read this whole thing. I think it’s a big character shift for Ketch and almost invalidates the idea he’s a psychopath, but, then again, psychopaths are hard to write, so there’s that as well. I still don’t know what to make of Mary, and if I like her as a person (I do like her as a character, though - good choices all around). And, finally, I can’t help but feel that, if you took their relationship and that entire dialogue and gender-bended it, well, here you go - Buckleming did manage to insert their usual bit of dubcon, and yay, because look at it - Mary’s clearly superior to Ketch in most ways (professionally and, very clearly, emotionally), so if this was Mark Winchester seducing wide-eyed, damaged and vulnerable assassin Ms Ketch, who calls him Mr Winchester and hopes sex will lead to something more even if, sadly, she’s not sure she can ever love anyone - yep. They never disappoint, do they?

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Twenty reviews on my new fic, Overprotective, sounded nice… except most of them are trolling! :( I’ll have to delete them!

We have a bit of a controversy on FFN, because of a user named Ric122, who is mentioned in these posts. He’s been stealing other users’ fics and using the names of his next generation characters: I’ve been aware of the situation for a month or so, but tried not to get involved… but polluting my reviews is a line crossed fresh for me.

  • He stole John 117′s South Park: Next Generation, fic, substituting his characters for John 117′s. Has since been deleted.
  • He stole Madamredrose25′s “Pretty Feet“, turning it from a cute Stan/Sharon fic into one with his OC and Wendy.
  • …which made for a weird relation to his theft of a fic called “A Night to Remember“, an incest fic of the Stan/Sharon variety, which he shifted to Wendy and her son in his fics.
  • There’s at least one more example, I’m forgetting.

All of the above examples are gone. He had 17 fics yesterday and now has 9 fics. So, it’s over, right?

Nope.

Compare this Hey Arnold fic, Do the Wiggle, Man, from 2012 to Ric122′s Girls Doing the Wiggle - the former fic is under his favorites, so it’s obvious he’s read it. Blatant plagairism with name changes.

Of course, how could I say that when I clearly recommended it?

Okay, so spoiler alert - that’s not me. It’s an anonymous review.

This brings me to the issue that’s really bothering me right now - those anonymous reviews at the top? Ric122 is impersonating people to boost his own fics with fake reviews, as well as to attack other users such and create general disarray, as you can see in the first few screenshots. Many of the names he’s using there are people I’m friendly with.

Sometimes he forgets to anonymously impersonate other people.

So, I hate call-out posts. Any of my friends can tell you this kind of stuff riles me up, sometimes even when it’s deserved. I tried my best to make sure this post was a collection of evidence more than a moral call to judgement.
 This guy is:

  • stealing other people’s work to pass off as his own.
  • impersonating other users in positive reviews for his works
  • impersonating other users in negative reviews on others’ work.

So, anyway, be aware, and use the Report Abuse feature and don’t leave a review if you have an account :(

The Minds Of: The Renaissance (1450-1550)

Southern(Italy and Whatnot) Renaissance:

  • Giovanni de’ Medici: (d. 1429) Merchant and banker of Florence, foundee of the Medici dynasty. He could be considered one of the world’s first modern people.
  • Cosimo de’ Medici:(1389-1464) Unofficial ruler of Florence Republic for awhile
  • Lorenzo The Magnificent: (1449-1492) Ruler of the Republic, official patron of the arts, he wanted to live life rather than wait for its fulfillment after death
  • Filippo Brunelleschi: (1377-1446) studied Roman buildings and built cathedrals
  • Leon Battista Alberti: (1404-1472) Filippo Brunelleschi’s buddy kinda thing cause they did the same shit
  • Lorenzo Ghiberti: (1378-1455) sculpted a set of bronze doors for the Florentine baptistery with not only crowds of human figures but the illusion of depth
  • Giotto: (1267-1337) painted walls on florentine buildings and created the illusion of depth and movement
  • Masaccio: (1401-1428) used light and shadow, nude figures, and the illusion of perspective.
  • Sandro Botticelli: (1444-1510)n painted themes from classical mythology such as his Birth of Venus
  • Raphael: (1483-1520) is considered one of the greatest painters of his era; he epitomizes the Renaissance style
  • Leonardo da Vinci: (1452-1519): “The Renaissance Man”; painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, writer, scientist
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti: (1475-1564) sculptor whose sculptures are often credited with the most perfect marble statues. He also did paintings in the Sistine Chapel
  • Dante: (1265-1321) standardized Italian speech and language which also helped create “modern” writing because it was finally out of Latin! That dick
  • Petrarch: (1304-1374) considered first “modern” writer
  • Boccaccio: (1313-1375) THIS BITCH WROTE THE DECAMERON, entertaining that reflect upon the human condition
  • Leonardo Bruni: (1370-1444) chancellor of the Republic of Florence, he wrote the first modern history, an account of the development of Florence
  • Baldassare Castiglione: (1478-1529) The Book of The Courtier, a manual for the manners of the modern gentleman
  • Niccoló Machiavelli: (1469-1499) he wrote The Prince as the first meaningful treatise on political science; how governments rule without moral judgement or exhortation.
  • Laura Cereta(1469-1499) humanist and early feminist; she (might) have taught at the University of Padua, she is often criticized for her Epistolae familiares cause people got upset about the “gender bias” she had.

Northern Renaissance:

GERMANY AND ENGLAND

  • Johann Gutenberg: (1400-1468) invented changeable, movable type for the printing press
  • Regiomontanus(Johann Muller 1436-1476) ALONG WITH Nicolas of Cusa(1401-1464): laid foundation for science and mathematics {fuck them right?}
  • Copernicus: (1473-1543) kinda like proved heliocentric system
  • Martin Behaim(1459-1507) and Thomas á Kempis(1380-1471) mysticism {a person alone could talk to God}
  • Gerard Groote: (1340-1384) Dutch preacher created “Bro’s of Common Life” a modern devotion
  • Erasmus(1456-1536): Gradual Reform of the church, nut still be loyal to it
  • Albrecht Dürer(1471-1528) artist(portraits and woodblock prints) also a fucking mathematician
  • Pieter Brueghel the Elder: (1520-1569): focused his painting and prints on ordinary people. Which challenged the whole Renaissance
  • Christopher Marlowe: (1564-1593) dramatist who helped form modern English
  • Edmund Spenser: (1552-1599) poet who helped form modern English
  • Francis Bacon (1564-1616) scientist who also helped form modern English
  • William Shakes-a lot-spear (1564-1616) yall know this dick right? if not, he is a writer
  • Sir Thomas More (1478-1535):  helped with contemporary English(also wrote blueprint for perfect society)

FRANCO

  • Rabelais (1494-1553): attacked French society and church while advocating reform
  • Montaigne (1533-1592) fucking formated the essay, you dick

SPAINO

  • Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) sarersed societys anachronistic glorification of chivalry and medieval institutions in Don Quixote
  • Lope de Vega: wrote hella dramas
  • Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (idk) painted magnificent religious pictures
  • Doménikos El Greco(1541-1614) painted magnificent religious pictures
  • Diego Valázquez(1599-1660): painted magnificent religious pictures
  • Francisco Suárez (idk): wrote hella admired works on philosophy and law

LOW COUNTRIES

  • Jan Van Eyck(1385–1441) Dutch painter
  • Rembrandt van Rijn(1606-1669) Dutch master (chiaroscuro)
  • Hieronymus Bosch (c.1450-1516) dutch painter symbolism, sin, moral failing

anonymous asked:

What do you think about Credence/Real Graves? I find it creepy and wanna know how you feel about it?

I want to start by saying that all discussions below are simply how i feel, not a moral judgement of the pairing or its’ shippers. I personally don’t like this pairing, and can’t see it working out. These are all my personal opinions, i respect others decisions and reasons to like the pairing. Beware, a long ass psychological talk and character analysis of sorts.
Let’s start with Credence. Credence is a victim of child abuse that’s continuing into his adulthood, so i’m pretty sure that he was experiencing post traumatic symptoms way before meeting with Fake!Graves. We don’t really get into detail with Credence in the movie, but the psychological impact of the abuse he’s endured is very evident. Low self-esteem, feelings of shame and guilt, social withdrawal, passivity, anxiety, depressive symptoms, repressing emotions and memories, self-destructive behavior (obscurus), these are clear signs of post traumatic disorders. When Credence meets Graves, he appraises him as safe and forms a close attachment to him. He sees Graves as his escape, his protector and someone who truly cares for him. This makes Graves’ betrayal and abuse even grander. Credence already had attachment issues due to his continuous abuse, we can see this by his unhealthy dependence to Graves. Graves’ betrayal shatters Credence’s sense of safety, trust, faith in intimate relationships and attachment patterns all over again. This type of continuous abuse has a cumulative effect on the person, it’s making the stress symptoms he’d feel double in regards of magnitude and effect. It’s sort of like… this building didn’t have a solid base, and now fake Graves came and knocked the weak points down. This is why Credence snaps and lets the obscurus fully take over. He’s at his breaking point. Now, i know what you’re thinking, “but it wasn’t the real Graves who did that!” I know, i’m getting there.
Let’s nerd this out a little. The functioning of brain is impacted when it’s exposed to trauma, all cognitive functions operate differently and a whole a lot of neurological stuff happens. You probably don’t care much about that. What i’m saying is, brain in the face of trauma works differently. Our brains are prone to generalization under traumatic circumstances. It sort of lumps stuff together, makes associations, and rings alarm bells when it sees them again. This is an effort of brain to recognize the danger in order to protect itself.
Real Graves might not be the one who’s abused Credence, but his appearance is still a trigger. It’s a fight or flight response, he sees Graves and his mind immediately makes the connection with pain, hurt and betrayal. He feels unsafe and threatened. It doesn’t matter that it wasn’t this Graves who hurt him, the associations is still there. Exposure to cues that are related with his trauma should be gradual. Credence needs time and space away to fully heal to break that association. Social support is very important for his recovery, but the doubleganger of his abuser is not the right person for this job. There’s also the fact that it’s very likely for Credence to be experiencing cognitive difficulties in the recovery period, it’s really unfair to expect him to fully grasp and internalize the fact that two Graves are different people.
I don’t find it healthy for his healing process to be involved romantically with someone who looks exactly like his abuser. In fact, in a real life scenario, i’d regard this as a self-destructive behavior even. Credence needs to unlearn his old behavioral, social, cognitive and emotional patterns and form healthier and more functional ones. He needs to regain a sense of safety, control and trust to be able to do this. A relationship with Grave’s compromises this. Personally, i think he needs a healthy period of recovery before even considering a new romantic relationship, and when he does he needs his partner to be someone he can trust, feel safe, and move forward with.

TL;DR I’m way too interested in Credence’s psychology and recovery to be able to like this pairing. I can’t make both the pairing and a healthy recovery work in my mind, so i’m not interested.

Anti-Lust Spell

- For use against one’s own tendency toward lust.
(Note: no moral judgement one way or the other - I just thought I’d share in case anyone else found it useful)

Materials:

  • Cinnamon Stick - to represent lust
  • a Sprig of Rosemary - for purification and banishing
  • Jute Cord (or other biodegradable string material)

Instructions:
Using the jute, bind the sprig of rosemary to the cinnamon stick. Use as much as seems appropriate to you. As you bind it, you may wish to speak an incantation. This is optional, and the words I will leave up to you.
When finished, bury the bundle in a place where it will not be disturbed.
   Now leave it.
      Let it go.
         It will dissipate into nature and find purpose elsewhere.

anonymous asked:

How can libertarianism pretend to be an objective philosophy while always resorting to morally relative positions about the individual, voluntary exchange, private property, and contractual agreement? The non aggression principle itself is very subjective since I can't seem to find a libertarian that can objectively define what aggression means besides the obvious things like stealing property and hitting people. If the basis for aggression is determined by volition, that's subjective.

The material universe exists.

Humans exist in that universe.

Humans are self aware.

Humans own themselves.

Humans have agency.

Humans are subject to moral judgements.

Humans own the results of their actions.

Humans own property.

To initiate physical violence or coercion is to violate a person’s property.

To violate a person’s property is to reject their agency and personhood.

IS-OUGHT JUMP INCOMING

Humans ought to have their agency and personhood respected.

BACK TO THE IS

To reject any of my premises is to render any discussion about the nature of morality as pointless, because it is to assert that humans do not really exist, or that humans bear no responsibility for their actions. In which case there is no morality and I’ll just enforce my own morals with violence anyway. Subjective morality is a contradiction in terms.

Any other alternative is simply illogical and not worth entertaining.