normalizing judgment

Flocke has an eye for assessing the situation and the courage to speak his views aloud. I’m glad Flocke wasn’t simply used as an ardent defender of Levi in opposition to EM. Instead he brings forth judgments a normal soldier not in a position of power should be able to make.

He plays an important part in providing an alternative view of the audience’s favorite characters. Both EM and Levi acted out of personal attachments rather than for the good of humanity. Jean and Connie were mere spectators—they mostly avoided being criticized because they weren’t part of the serum bowl situation, but Flocke brings that out as a fault. Flocke’s motto that “somebody has to tell the truth” is making other characters uncomfortable, but it brings in an interesting dimension to how the people could be characterized, both to the audience and to the characters themselves.

It’s kind of funny how EM keeps telling Flocke to shut up because they can’t think of good rebuttals to his assessments. He’s such an interesting character…I hope he finds people who love him.

The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.
—  Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Hannah Arendt
Exposer-Chapter 1-DarkRoom

“Oh, I didn’t know anyone was in here …” “Well you could have knocked.” Jared interrupted with annoyance lacing his voice.
“I…I’m sorry.” (Y/N) said as she looked down at the dark floor, silently wishing it would open up and swallow her. She didn’t like confrontation and with Jared it seemed to always be an unknown battle. At least from an innocent bystanders view it did. She had never actually talked to the dejected boy hunched over at the table.
“The light wasn’t on outside the door so I assumed it was empty.”
“The light wasn’t on for a reason.” Jared said a little calmer as he looked over his shoulder at (Y/N). She could see half his face bathed in the red light of the room. It made him look even more dark and mysterious than he seemed. She had to admit that he did look great in black and red and the room enhanced those qualities.

“I don’t turn the light on because I don’t want people to know I’m in here.” Jared explained as he turned his attention back to the bin filled with developer liquid.(Y/N) thought before she responded. Should she even respond or just apologize again and make a bee line for the door? She wanted to leave, for so many reasons. But she couldn’t. It was like the jet black floor was made of tar sticking her feet to where they stood, never to move again. But she did move however…and that was forward to see just what Jared was up to. Let’s be honest, the curiosity was getting the best of her and she wanted..no , she needed to see what he was developing in here on his own.
I bet it’s pictures of some half naked girl. She thought with a pang of jealousy. Or pictures of the band at practice. Yep, it’s definitely going to be girl, cars, or guitars considering who we’re talking about here. She thought to herself. She shouldn’t be so judgmental and normally she’s a very accepting and understanding individual. It’s just with Jared she didn’t really have much to go on. Those three things seemed to be his main interests.
Jared finally sensed her approaching him from behind timidly and spun around in a flash looking defensive.

He put himself between (Y/N) and the bins blocking her line of sight. (Y/N) tried to peek over his shoulder but with her luck they hadn’t developed all the way.

(Y/N) internally groaned. All she could make out was a shadow figure that appeared to be a silhouette of a person. Well that didn’t answer many questions. She thought, slightly aggravated. She couldn’t get a glimpse into what Jared would deem a worthy subject of his time and attention. I was probably close with the hot girl guess though.
“What are you doing?!” Jared said alarmed with wide eyes and then tightened his lips into a firm line.

(Y/N) furrowed her brows and looked at him before darting her eyes over his shoulder and back to his questioning face.Geez he must of just put those pictures in there. She thought disappointed like a child who didn’t get their way. “I…I was wondering what you were developing ,that’s all.” She said in a careful tone. “Why are you so afraid I’d see them?”
Well for starters he didn’t want anyone in here in the first place (Y/N)! That should be your first clue. Her conscience argued in her head before Jared could answer the now stupid but obvious question.
“Because it’s private and none of your business, that’s why.” He countered. “Plus … I was in here alone ,if you don’t recall five minutes ago when you rudely barged in here uninvited.”

Ouch, that hurt a little. (Y/N) thought looking back down to the hard floor again as if it could save her. Told you so! Her conscience chimed in. Gahhhhh! Shut.Up. You’re not helping.
(Y/N) defended back battling with her inner thoughts. Jared just narrowed his blue eyes that seemed to glow in the red light of the room and stared at her awaiting a response, an apology, anything really.

She always does that. He thought to himself curiously. It’s like she’s a million miles away when she’s in fact standing right in front of you. (Y/N) finally spoke breaking Jared from his thoughts. “I wasn’t trying to be rude…Jared…I just came in to grab something for Mrs. Fletcher.” (Y/N) said crossing her arms and looking up at him hopeful his foul mood would change.“ And when I saw you were working on something my curiosity got the best of me. Sorry if I overstepped.” (Y/N) stated sadly as she walked across the room in quick strides to grab the folder of completed photos she originally came in to retrieve. Honestly when she saw Jared she completely forgot what she even came in here for. He seems to do that whenever he’s in close proximity, make her forget.
Jared’s eyes traveled from her face out to her hand clutching that folder like it’s a life line.
Maybe she wasn’t just being nosey after all.
Before he could say anything (Y/N) turned on her heal and walked away from him as fast as her Adidas sneakers would carry her.
Leaving Jared in the dark room, alone with his secrets.

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anonymous asked:

I just read your Sans not remembering past timelines theory (I love hearing about other people's theories and headcanon's, and it's certainly one I can get behind), but I had a question. According to someone on an UT Wiki, if Papyrus' kill file is in your ini file, Sans will tell you "Let me give you some advice about fighting my brother… Don't. Capiche?" instead of how to avoid his attacks. Where would this fall in your theory? To where he can just see your expression, or by seeing the code?

(undertale spoilers)

This is an easily missed but very interesting dialogue. It requires reloading to a save point before the gauntlet of fire after killing Papyrus. Upon doing so, Sans will say the following when Frisk speaks to him.

Considering Sans starts with “here, i’ll give you some advice about fighting my brother,” it’s possible that he was tipped off that something happened by Frisk’s expression. He may not know exactly what considering he isn’t as aggressive as he normally is during his judgment dialogue when Papyrus is killed or when there is threat of Papyrus being killed (such as in genocide). 

However, it is possible Sans does have an idea that Papyrus was killed and simply isn’t being hostile to not tip off the anomaly that he can tell when they kill. As mentioned in the theory post, Sans is able to tell when Frisk has killed a monster just to increase their LOVE.

SANS - JUDGMENT (GAIN 1 LOVE):
…huh?
what’s with that look in your eye?
did you go through and kill someone…
just to see what i’d say about it?
wow.
you’re a pretty gross person, huh?

It’s unknown what kind of look Frisk had for killing Papyrus, but it wouldn’t be the first time they have a certain look after killing a boss and reloading. Even Toriel is able to pick up on this.

TORIEL (WHEN PREVIOUSLY KILLED):
…wait.
…why are you looking at me like that?
Like you have seen a ghost.
Do you know something that I do not?
No… That is impossible.

It’s interesting that Frisk’s expression on their sprite is rather flat, yet apparently they give looks that can be quite telling to those observant enough.

YES THIS because I feel all your judgmental stares, normal people, and I see that you’re seeing that I’m fat, and you’re thinking “gee she should exercise more” well guess what… what you don’t know is that it’s taking all of my will power to stand, walk around, and function like a semi-normal human being, commute 2 hours each day, work 7.5 hours a day at a normal office job.  After all that ‘normal’, I don’t have time or energy to exercise.  I just sleep.  I don’t even see friends.  I don’t go out, I don’t do anything.

Welcome to my chronic illness life.  Leave your judgment at the door.

Just my personal experience, but the best way to come out to anybody (besides your parents/guardians, maybe), is to just act like they know already and not censor yourself with gender pronouns.

Like if a friend/coworker starts saying something about their boyfriend/girlfriend, join right in and just be like “Oh yeah my girlfriend/boyfriend does the same thing.” and most of the time they will just accept it and move on. Depending on who you’re talking to this might not ALWAYS be the reaction, but in general people want to avoid awkward conversations as much as you do and if you act cool and comfortable with yourself they will follow in suit.

There were so many DIFFERENT bodies at Wednesday’s @fullbeautystyle yoga class- different shapes, heights, ages, weights, colors. All of those diverse bodies were at wildly different (yet equally beautiful to witness) places in the asana journey. I always try to avoid making any presumptions about the ability or experience level of anyone in my classes. I do this because that’s the exact same courtesy I always hope to receive from my own teachers. However, I am all too aware that this isn’t a courtesy often granted to most of my fellow practitioners, especially if she/he/they vary AT ALL from the traditional “yoga body.” Many of us carry our preconceived notions about physical ability into the yoga studio and it makes us judge our fellow students or, worse, it filters into our teaching practices. I don’t hold myself above these totally normal judgments, but I feel like we have to move beyond judging books by their covers. In my mind, everyone who walks on to their mat in my presence is in recovery from the emotionally confusing experience of living. It’s the thread that ties us all together. That great similarity is so much more important than the minor differences that separate us. I hope everyone gets on that page soon- not to belabor the point, but I think that’s how we can actually start making ALL modern asana classes #bodypositive. Anyway, if you want to practice along with us, you can find the livestream from this class on the @fullbeautystyle facebook page! #beplayFULL #fullbeauty #partner #fullbeautySPORT #honoryourcurves

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“I had a four-bedroom house. I was making $75,000 a year. But the economy collapsed in 2009. Then, I developed medical problems, especially with my vision. I also have arthritis. I’ve almost been hit by a car four times. I have to apply for disability. That can take years. Most people are denied and have to apply again and again.
Being out here is humbling enough. It’s humiliating. It’s very shameful. But it can happen to anyone. I know a lot of talented artists and musicians who are homeless. I know a lot of really good people who’ve just had bad luck and that’s why they’re homeless. I write songs. My bag was stolen with my songs in it, so I have to rewrite them. It’s a difficult lifestyle. For people to think that we are taking the easy way out, it’s insane. I would rather be in my own place, making good money, doing different things.”
“What would you like to do?”
“I have some small business ideas, but I’m most interested in writing songs. It’s funny because I never would’ve started writing songs if I wasn’t in this situation. I was never into poetry or writing, but songs just started popping into my head. It’s inspiration or something else. I’m not sure. I wake up and I hear them. I’ve written 16 songs. I think that keeps my sanity. I write the lyrics, the words. I hear the music; I just don’t know how to write music.”
“Do you ever stay at shelters?”
“I do, but they can be very difficult situations as well. Sometimes there’s no room. There’s a lot of ignorance and noise and chaos in shelters. A lot of the people who work there don’t truly have compassion. I don’t think they’re in it because they feel it in their hearts. It’s a state job with retirement and benefits. It’s also a power trip.  When you hold a position of authority, it can get to your head. They’re in control and they like that feeling. People get high on that feeling. That’s why I’m one of those people who stay outside. Sometimes I just can’t abide.
Out here, I don’t ask people for money. I think my situation is pretty obvious. I don’t even bother with the cup anymore. Some people like that touch, that personal contact. I used to have a sign, but it just kept getting blown away. It said, ‘Yes, I’m homeless now, but I’m still very hopeful and grateful.’ People appreciate that.
I try to be a productive member of society. I write songs. I just recently had my bag stolen with my songs. That’s been really difficult for me to deal with. I think I could sell them. I need to speak to an agent or an advisor from a musical school on how to go about copyright and so on. I love my songs.”
“You seem hopeful.”
“I go through periods when I feel very depressed, but you just have to let it pass and pick yourself up again. You can’t just lie in the gutter and die. I’m just so overwhelmed by everything I need to do. I need to see new doctors. My bag was stolen, so now I have to start all over getting identification and birth certificate. I try to prioritize, but there’s just so much on the plate that it’s overwhelming. They have found that when you take people off the street, they accomplish a lot more.  When you’re on the street, just getting by is a 24/7 effort.”
“Where are you going to sleep tonight?”
“I stay outside with friends. I have some blankets. We sleep on a grate with the heat underneath. Last night, I was sitting outside with a blanket, and someone walked out of the store and gave me an umbrella! You know, this is very humbling, but it’s also very healing. It opens up your eyes to aspects of humanity that maybe you weren’t aware of.  Everyone, including me, is caught up in their own lives and perspectives. It’s hard to see or reach out to someone else when you’re so preoccupied with your own situation. I’m computer illiterate, but I was actually going to go on Facebook and put a message out there, you know, ‘Try it. Sit on my crate. See what it’s like.’ Maybe there’s, let’s say, a man who makes six figures, but he’s so disillusioned. And he decides, OK, I’ll sit down for 5-10 minutes to see what it’s like for that person.
There are people who walk by me, and I might as well be an empty coffee cup lying on the ground. But there are also people who approach me or turn around and look at my eyes and smile, and I can see that they do care. They realize that I’m not just an old piece of gum on the sidewalk. I’m very grateful when someone helps me, but I’m just as happy when someone turns around and smiles at me. It fills my heart. It fills my heart that they would not be judgmental.”

 

The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal.

From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together, for it implied—as had been said at Nuremberg over and over again by the defendants and their counsels—that this new type of criminal, who is in actual fact hostis generis humani, commits his crimes under circumstances that make it well-nigh impossible for him to know or to feel that he is doing wrong.
—  Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, Hannah Arendt

UNDERSTANDING OUR EMOTIONS

Emotions, or feelings, are part of our soulish realm. We are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. Our soul is the intangible area between our spirit–the place where God lives–and our physical body. It is made up of our mind, will and emotions–it tells us what we think, what we want and how we feel. Of these three areas of the soul, it’s our feelings that get stirred up the fastest and can lead us into temptation the quickest.

Once our emotions get stirred up, they can quickly deceive our mind. After this happens, the voice of our conscience, which operates out of our spirit, is denied its normal standard of judgment. In other words, our God-given inner voice of insight and understanding becomes drowned out by the cries of our emotions.

In this unstable state, we don’t know God’s will for our lives. We become confused about what we should and shouldn’t do. As a result, we commit to things that God doesn’t want us to commit to, we quit doing things that God wants us to remain a part of, and we say things that damage our relationships.

When we follow our feelings instead of following God’s Spirit, we are living the life of the flesh, and it keeps us out of God’s will. Romans 8:8 says that “those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him” (The Amplified Bible). This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us. What it does mean is that He is not satisfied with nor will He accept fleshly behavior.

It is imperative that we learn how to walk in the Spirit. When we “walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then [we] will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God)” (Gal. 5:16).

How do we learn to walk in the Spirit? I believe one of the best ways is to understand the differences between the natural man, the carnal man and the spiritual man.

THE NATURAL MAN AND THE CARNAL MAN In 1 Corinthians 2 and 3, the apostle Paul talks about two types of people that are led by their fleshly desires–the natural man and the carnal man. The natural man is the person who is not saved–his spirit is dead and totally devoid of God’s Spirit. He “does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them (of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them) because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated” (1 Cor. 2:14).

Since God is a Spirit and the things about Him are spiritually discerned, the natural man cannot understand anything about God. Why? Because his spirit is dead in sin (see Eph. 2:1).

The carnal man, on the other hand, has experienced new birth in Christ. But although his spirit has been made alive through his faith in Jesus, his life is dominated by the desires of the flesh–the combined cravings of his body and soul. He does what he wants and is aimlessly led around by his feelings.

The carnal man is a people-pleaser who cares more about what people think than about obeying God. This was the case with many of the Corinthians. It is also the way many Christians are living today.

Look at what Paul says: “For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?” (1 Cor. 3:3). In other words, Paul is saying that these carnal Christians were immature and operating out of their emotions–whatever they felt like saying and whatever they felt like doing, they did.

Carnal Christians are easy to identify. They are usually in strife, discontent, easily offended and lacking peace.

For many years of my early walk with God I had very little peace with myself or others, even though I was a Spirit-filled Christian. If I didn’t get my way, I would argue, pout, throw a fit, have a pity party or not talk to people for weeks at a time. Basically, I acted like a child.

At the time, I had no idea my behavior was wrong or that I was being led by my fleshly desires. I went to church regularly and heard Bible doctrine, but I wasn’t hearing any practical teaching on how to get along with others and exercise self-control over my emotions.

When I finally got fed up with not having peace in my life, I made a decision to do whatever I needed to do to get it. I went to God and asked Him what was wrong, and He responded, “Joyce, you’re shallow. You need to begin living on a deeper level.”

Over time, God made it clear to me that the deeper level I needed to live on was the level of the Spirit. In order for us to truly enjoy the abundant life Jesus died to give us, we need to stop living by what we want, think, and feel and start following the promptings of His Spirit. This is the level that the spiritual man lives on.

THE SPIRITUAL MAN The spiritual man is the mature Christian who follows diligently after the desires of the Spirit. He is not someone who just prays the sinner’s prayer and then never feeds his spirit with the Word. Nor is he someone who keeps God in a “box” and lets Him out only on Sunday mornings.

The spiritual man has a full-time commitment to follow Christ, and he lets the Lord into every area of his life. He walks in integrity, humility and peace. He knows how to get along with others. His life displays the fruit of the Spirit, and he enjoys the favor of God.

First Corinthians 2:15 says, “But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].” What Paul is saying here is that the spiritual man doesn’t live his life on a whim–impulsively following his fleshly desires for what he wants, thinks and feels. Instead he lives by discernment.

What is the difference between feelings and discernment? Feelings are of the flesh–they are shallow and constantly subject to change. Discernment, on the other hand, is a knowing in the spirit–something that comes from deep inside and is given to us by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus lived His life by discernment. Isaiah 11:2-3 says, “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him…and shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears.” So Jesus’ discernment was not based on the superficial senses of His flesh–it was the result of a knowing deep within His spirit. And this same gift of discernment is available to you and me.

How does it work? Before the spiritual man does anything, he quickly checks with his spirit to see if the thing he is about to do is OK. If he has peace, he proceeds. But if he is uncomfortable, confused or frustrated, he remains still. For instance, there have been times when I had a strong desire to give a word of correction to one of our employees. But before I opened my mouth, I checked with my spirit to confirm that it was what God wanted. If I felt a peace and a release to do it, I did it.

There have also been situations when I’ve been at the mall getting ready to purchase something, but before I could get to the checkout counter, I sensed an irritation, frustration and pressure in my spirit. In this case, my spirit was not bearing witness with the Holy Spirit that what I wanted to do was of God. So I didn’t buy anything.

You see, every time you and I choose to listen to and follow the Holy Spirit’s promptings, our spirits grow stronger, and a little bit more of our flesh dies. As a result, more and more of God’s power is released in our lives to operate in the fruit of the Spirit. By yielding to the Holy Spirit rather than being controlled by our emotions, we honor God and put ourselves in a position to be radically blessed.

Developing discernment and being led by the Spirit is not something that happens overnight–it is a learning process that takes time. Little by little, one experience after another, God tries, or tests, our hearts, emotions and thinking (see Ps. 7:9, The Amplified Bible).

How does He do it? He allows us to go through difficult situations that stir up our emotions. In this way, you and I are able to see for ourselves how emotionally unstable we can become and how desperately we need His help.

Psalm 94:12-13 says, “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, that You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity.” This Scripture lets us know that God allows things in our lives to affect us emotionally so that we can learn how not to be led by our feelings. His ultimate goal is to get us to the point that, no matter what is going on, we remain calm.

Who’s going to keep us calm? We are going to keep ourselves calm. How? By the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us.

All God wants us to do is to get in the habit of running to Him for grace (supernatural inner strength) to exercise self-control over our emotions. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].”

I encourage you to stop bowing down to your feelings–stop depending on and placing more value on how you feel than on the Word of God. Exalt the Word over your feelings–believe what the Bible says.

Instead of saying, “I don’t feel as if God loves me,” “I don’t feel as if I’m forgiven,” or “I don’t feel as if I have a future,” say, “God does love me, and nothing can separate me from His love. He has heard my confession of sin, and He has forgiven me and cleansed me. And God has a positive plan for my future because His Word says so” (see Jer. 29:11; Rom. 8:38-39; 1 John 1:9).

Every time feelings come up to try and steal your righteousness, peace, and joy, find out what the Word of God says, and then open your mouth and speak the Word. Eventually the truth will override and change your feelings.

—  Joyce Meyer

esterix  asked:

Hey. Listen to me. You can be whatever you want. Don't believe me? Well, i can understand. Its clear some pretty opaque stuff has been drilled into that little head from an early age. But you know what? Being Gay is normal. Being Transgender is Normal. Being Straight or heterosexual is normal. Being judgmental of people because of their uniqueness. Now that, is truly abominable. Don't hide yourself, your wonderful x