philosphi

anonymous asked:

hey ben. i need to VENT im so pissed off at that "say no" ad thats on for marriage equality where they're literally talking about kids being able to choose their gender and using that as an argument for saying no to maRRIAGE EQUALITY????? i TOOK ONE PHILOSPHY COURSE IN UNI AND EVEN I CAN SEE HOW FLAWED THAT ARGUMENT IS. IT HAS LITERALLY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ISSUE AND THEY'RE JUST TRYING TO RALLY ALL THE RIGHT-WINGERS BY USING ANY AND ALL ISSUE THAT ANGERS THEM REGARDLESS OF RELEVANCE. FUCK

I KNOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW WTFFFFFF DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED

100 questions to invade my personal life
  • 1. What's your middle name, and do you like it?
  • 2. are you artistic?
  • 3. Have you had your first kiss?
  • 4. What is your life goal?
  • 5. Do you have any expieriences with a famous person?
  • 6. Do you play any sports?
  • 7. What's your worst fear?
  • 8. Who's your biggest inspiration?
  • 9. Do you have any cool talents?
  • 10. are you a morning person?
  • 11. How do you feel about pet names?
  • 12. Do you like to read?
  • 13. Name a list of shows that have changed your life.
  • 14. Do you care about your follower count?
  • 15. What's the best dream you've had?
  • 16. Have you ever kissed someone of your same gender?
  • 17. Do you have any pets?
  • 18. Are you religious?
  • 19. Are you a people person?
  • 20. Are you considered popular?
  • 21. What is one of your bad habits?
  • 22. What's something that makes you feel vulnerable
  • 23. What would you name your children?
  • 24. Who's your celebrity crush?
  • 25. What's your best subject?
  • 26. Dogs or cats?
  • 27. most used social media besides tumblr?
  • 28. best friends name
  • 29. who does your main family consist of
  • 30. Chocolate or sugar
  • 31. have you ever been on a date?
  • 32. Do you like rollercosters?
  • 33. Can you swim?
  • 34. What would you do in the event of an apocolypse?
  • 35. Have you struggled with any kind of mental disorder
  • 36. Are your parents together?
  • 37. What's your favourite colour?
  • 38. What country are you from/do you live in?
  • 39. Favourite singer?
  • 40. Do you see yourself being famous some day?
  • 41. Do you like dresses?
  • 42. Favourite song right now?
  • 43. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?
  • 44. How old were you when you first got your period?
  • 45. Have you ever shot a gun?
  • 46. Have you ever done yoga?
  • 47. Are you a horror girl?
  • 48. Are you good at giving advice?
  • 49. Tell us a story about your childhood.
  • 50. How are you doing today?
  • 51. Were you a cute kid?
  • 52. Can you dance?
  • 53. Is there anything you do that you can't remember ever not doing?
  • 54. Have you ever dyed your hair?
  • 55. What colour are your eyes?
  • 56. What's your favourite animal?
  • 57. Have you ever made a huge fool of yourself?
  • 58. Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
  • 59. Do you have good friends?
  • 60. Are you close with anyone of the lgbtq+ group?
  • 61. What's your favourite class?
  • 62. List all the tv shows you are watching.
  • 63. Are you organized?
  • 64. What was the last movie you saw? Opinion?
  • 67. Which tv character do you relate to most?
  • 68. What are some things that stand between you and complete happiness?
  • 69. If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing?
  • 70. What would you change about your life if you knew you would never die?
  • 71. What would you do differently if you knew that no one was judging you?
  • 72. If you could start over, what would you do differently?
  • 73. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  • 74. When was the last time you travelled somewhere new?
  • 75. When you think of your home, what immediately comes to mind?
  • 76. What have you done to pursue your dreams lately? How about today?
  • 77. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
  • 78. If you dropped everything to pursue your dreams, what would you be risking?
  • 79.When did you not speak up, when you know you really should have?
  • 80. Describe the next five years of your life, and your plans, in a single sentence
  • 81. What would happen if you never wasted another minute of your life, what would that look like?
  • 82. If you could live forever, how would you spend eternity?
  • 83. How would you spend a billion dollars?
  • 84. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
  • 85. What motivates you to succeed?
  • 86. What dream that you’ve had has resonated with you the most?
  • 87. Would you rather live in the city or the woods? Why?
  • 88. Do you believe in life after death
  • 89. What teacher inspired you the most? How did they?
  • 90. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
  • 91. If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would they be and why?
  • 92. What would you have to see to cry tears of joy?
  • 93. What is the hardest lesson you had to learn in life?
  • 94. What do you think happens after we die?
  • 95. What would you do if you would be invisible?
  • 96. What's something you can't do no matter how hard you try?
  • 97. Would you want to choose the sex and appearance of your offspring?
  • 98. How did your first crush develop?
  • 99. Is there a feeling you are trying to ignore? What is it?
  • 100. Do you live or do you just exist?
5

Gene Demby explains the Overton Window

“[Trevor] Noah isn’t wrong that compromise and good-faith are necessary for functional politics. But. There’s this idea in media studies called the Overton Window. Basically, the MSM defines the universe of legitimacy in public discourse. The news media covers/gives voice to lay inside the realm of legitimacy; the stuff it downlplays/ignores is on the fringes/unacceptable.

People of all ideological stripes try to expand and move the Overton window; the Civil Rights Movement did this exceptionally well.
Illegitimate ideas–and noxious/dangerous ones–creep into the universe of legit via the language of controversy and debate. This is how a lot of the mainstreaming of the so-called “alt-right” is already happening: 

“Let’s put these noxious ideas up for discussion!”

“Let’s debate them and smack down those janky ideas with superior facts and logic!”

And those ideas up for debate tend to be things like whether Muslims are inherently violent or Black people possess lower native intelligence.
And slowly, the Overton Window shifts. And suddenly, the humanity of entire groups is a subject of legitimate, mainstream debate. And then so do the policy ideas that correct the “problems” presented by those groups. It doesn’t happen all at once. And it starts small, like having people on your show to debate whether Islam = terrorism or BLM = The KKK. This is the problem presented by treating Tomi Lahren as a person whose views are worth fighting about/engaging. And more broadly, it’s the danger presented by supposed “alt-right” thinking given official legitimacy by the White House. These notions will become just another set of seemingly partisan positions to be argued about, pro/con style on CNN.”

Thought is the Most Powerful Thing That Exists..

“Within the known limits of time… 

……..within the conceived boundaries of space… 

the average human thinks those are the settings of existence… 

     Yet The Ponderer, 

      The Outkast, 

                      The Believer, helps out the human.

   “Think not of 2 dimensions” says The Ponderer,
          “but of 3 -  as your world 
                                  is conceived of 3 dimensions, 
                                                        so is mine.”

“While you explore the immediate physical boundaries of your body, you see in your 3 dimensions -
                 - L (Length), W (Width) & H, (Height)

….yet I, who is more mentally open to anything, see
         My 3 dimensions - My realm of thought -
                               Time, Space & THOUGHT.”

“Thought is the most *powerful thing* that exists - anything  c o n c e i v a b l e  can be produced,
                       anything & everything is possible,
                                 even in YOUR  p h y s i c a l  world.”

After this so called “lecture”, the common man feels confused, empty, & unaware. Yet, those are the best emotions of a Ponderer

The real difference is,
                         a True Ponderer will explore these emotions
                                                                                      & what caused them.” 

     — Dylan Bennet Klebold, May 2, 1997, Age 15

10

Women In Science - The Ancients

Aglaonike, 1st-2nd century Greece, Astronomer

People believed she was a sorceress for her ability to “cause the moon to disappear” - to predict lunar eclipses. 

Mary The Jewess, 1st-3rd century Europe, Alchemist/Inventor

The first “true alchemist” of the Western world is credited with inventing various apparatuses to distill, collect, and refine chemicals. She may have discovered hydrochloric acid. 

Merit-Ptah, 2700 BcE Egypt, Physician

She may be the first named woman in science. In ancient Egypt, she held the title of “Chief Physician” and her likeness is painted in the Valley of Kings.

Hypatia, 3rd-4th century Byzantium, Mathematician/Astronomer 

The head of a Neoplatonic school at Alexandria, she “made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time.” She was caught between a feud between two prominent leaders and murdered by a Christian mob. 

Agnodice, 4th century BCE Athens, Physician/Midwife

Athenian leaders banned women from working in medicine after discovering midwives were being performing abortions. She cut her hair to continue her practice and later left for Egypt to continue her training. 

Planets in astrology and what they represent

Sun: 

  • your ego
  • your nature
  • not changing part of yourself
  • the dynamic expression of your will
  • what’s obvious about you for others
  • your actions

Moon:

  • what you see in yourself (not always)
  • your emotional nature
  • your (immediate) reactions
  • unconscious behavior patterns you developed
  • what satisfies you emotionally
  • how you treat/nurture others
  • usually only comes out when you’re in your comfort zone
  • how you feel
  • shows relationship with mother and women in general
  • why you feel the way you feel

Mercury:

  • communication
  • thoughts
  • way you analyze and understand
  • transportation
  • learning
  • what kind of learning and communication you prefer
  • “day-to-day” cleverness

Venus:

  • love
  • joy
  • beauty
  • harmony
  • represents female
  • how you express affection
  • what you feel attracted to
  • what you attract
  • the way you spend your money

Mars:

  • represents male
  • conflict, aggression/forcefulness
  • outright war
  • sex drive
  • physical energy
  • vitality, energy level, style of action
  • represents human will-initiative

Jupiter:

  • good luck, success
  • generosity/charity
  • optimism
  • knowledge, higher learning & breadth of vision
  • frankness/honesty
  • good-will
  • confidence
  • search for meaning and truth
  • represents law & justice, philosphy, religion & metaphysics, education
  • urge of self-improvement
  • ethical, religious, philosophical standars

Saturn:

  • limitation/boundaries
  • safety
  • practicality
  • reality
  • seriousness, structures
  • ambition
  • career & authority, hierarchy, conforming social structures
  • concerns sense of duty/responsibility, discipline
  • indicates the area in life in which you probably feel shame
  • shows areas where you have to learn specific lesson

Uranus:

  • unconscious urge to be aware of inner individuality (sun)
  • flashes of insight
  • revolution, change
  • shock, disruptions
  • forces sudden changes when necessary
  • encompasses technology, electronic devices

Neptune:

  • dissolves life’s patterns to teach new meanings
  • things that are different from their appearance
  • the illusive, unreal/unreality
  • receptivity 
  • imagination, cloudiness
  • confusion, delusion, illusion
  • associated with acting/movies, compassion
  • represents intangible (and makes it real)

Pluto: 

  • unconscious urge to live out your role in society’s evolution
  • sexuality (act itself)
  • obesssive desires
  • transformation
  • power
  • ingredients of great wealth (investments, banking, etc.)
  • drastic changes in civilization can be linked to Pluto since it’s the slowest planet and a whole generation is affected by it
  • recklessness
  • mental obsession, compulsion
  • emotional resistance
  • overall transcendence

Happy Monday, fam!!

A couple years ago I’ve noticed myself shift emotionally throughout the seasons. As it grows cold, I fall into a depression feeling like I’m lost, and As it becomes warm I climb out of my slump and rush into achieving the years goals.

Then the cycle continues.

Since acknowledging my roller coaster pattern of emotion, I’ve learned to beat it by making goals for myself, and keeping a constant check on whether I’m achieving those goals, or if those goals still matter enough in my life to pursue them.

Disney Villain Apologist

I like to explore ethics and the nature of good and evil. I love “origin of evil” stories, and retellings from the villain’s perspective. When I watch movies/read books, I generally empathize with the villain. 

I watch horror movies and cheer for the monster. Which, makes sense because I’m one of the creatures humans like to cast as the monster. I’m a proper faerie tale villain.

So, I’m gonna go down a list of well known Disney villains, and justify their actions.

Snow White:

So we start out of the gate with a tough one. Not because her actions are difficult to justify, but because we know nothing about Queen Grimhilde. The story starts in the middle.

Where did she come from? How did she come to be Snow White’s step mother? Is vanity really the only reason she hates Snow White? I doubt it.

She’s a two dimensional character who must have a story, and we have no right to judge her until we know what it is. 

Besides, Snow was kind of insufferable. This is a movie with eleven characters. Only two are women. One is a perennial victim with no agency over her own situation, and the other is painted as the villain. There’s something fishy here.

Cinderella:

Okay so Lady Tremaine was awful (and she dies in the original faerie tale) but the step sisters are just as much victims as Cinderella herself. Their mother was abusive to all three of them. She was just worse to Cinderella. That’s often the case with abusive parents. They are emotionally abusive and neglectful to all their children, but they pick one to be their preferred target.

The step sisters became awful out of self defense. In some other versions of the tale, one or both of them actually apologize to Cinderella, and mean it. It doesn’t get them out of well deserved punishment for being terrible to her, but it redeems them a little.

Alice in Wonderland:

The Queen of Hearts has some kind of undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. It’s illuminated in the book that the King quietly pardons people behind her back, they show back up at court the next day, and she doesn’t even notice, because she’s delusional and they’re doing their best to cope with it. As the Cheshire Cat said, everyone’s mad here. There are no therapists to take her to.

Peter Pan:

This one has some deep symbolism, and it’s kinda cool. Captain Hook represents old age and inevitable mortality. That’s what everyone’s afraid of, but it’s not something to be feared, it’s just part of the process. Peter’s refusal to grow up, and influencing others to follow in his footsteps, was holding them back from their potential. The protagonists went home because they realized it was actually a pretty toxic environment.

An alternate fan interpretation (which was not the intention of the original author) is that the Lost Boys are dead, and Peter is a spirit keeping them from moving on, and Hook is Death itself. Wendy and her brothers had a near death experience and went to Neverland.

Sleeping Beauty:

Ah, here’s my favorite Disney villain. This one requires some knowledge of politics. It wasn’t just a party. This was 14th century Europe. I think the tale is French, specifically. The Christening of a royal child was a major political event. It Mattered who was and was not invited.

If you had two neighbors, and they weren’t on the best of terms, and you invited one but not the other, you were picking sides in a potential war.

Which is what King Stephan did. He sided with the Seelie court over the Unseelie. The “good faeries” weren’t actually good. They were Seelie. Which means they look pretty, but they’re just as dangerous and just as unpredictable.

This was a slight that would have risked war if he’d done it to a human. Faeries take those things far more seriously, and he knew that. He should have known that failing to invite her was going to lead to trouble.

Maleficent even gave him an opportunity to apologize. She was prepared to pretend she thought it was a mistake and allow him to save face. He threw it back at her and insulted her. And she cursed the kid when she could have cursed them all and destroyed the entire kingdom, and by fae standards would have been totally justified.

Stephan was a moron. If he’d invited her, or even just apologized and moved on, the faeries would have given the most awesome gifts they could in an attempt to one up each other, as opposed to the party favors Aurora wound up with.

I find Maleficent very relatable. Fae witch with a corvid companion who has fun with curses, references infernal contacts, and is secretly a dragon. I like.

The Sword In The Stone:

Madam Mim was just playing a little game. Merlin was an insufferable pompous jerk to her. Clearly they have a history of him being that way. It’s no wonder she wanted to break his toys.

The Little Mermaid:


This one’s actually really really easy.

So, the bit about how Ursula has her little garden… She casts spells for people. Magic has a price, which someone has to pay. She has to give something up to work her magic for people, and they sign a contract about payment. It’s not her fault if they fail to fulfill their end and complete the contract. They are responsible for the consequences of their decisions, and blaming her is a cop out.

As for her specific arrangement with Ariel, which required Ariel to find something (true love’s kiss) to seal the spell and bind her to the human world, Ursula was totally justified. Her plan from the first moment was for Ariel to fail, and then trade her for her father.

She had good reason. She’s Triton’s sister. That’s canon, it’s in a scene they cut for time. She’s the rightful queen and he stole the throne. Of course she’s bitter.

Aladdin:

Jafar spent his entire life serving an incompetent boob who’s running the state into the ground. He went a little nuts, and went a little over the top, but if you think about it, he never actually hurt anyone but the abusive royal family and an apparent kidnapper turned imposter prince.

The Lion King:

There’s canon somewhere that Scar got the scar when he saved Mufasa from a wildebeest stampede when they were kids. He could have let Mufasa die then and he would have been king, but he was maimed in a selfless act, and they named him after the mark he got for his troubles. Mufasa was an arrogant jerk. Having saved the king’s life, Scar was relegated to a little alcove off by himself on the edge of the pride. No wonder he wound up bitter.

Also, The Lion King is Hamlet with animals and he can’t help that Shakespeare wrote him as a villain.

Hercules:

Ugh. They butchered my pantheon, and Hades is the only one who isn’t totally absurd.

STOP MAKING HAIDES THE BAD GUY!

Within the narrative of the story, the background is Zeus tricked and/or forced Hades into the Underworld while the other gods got to party it up on Olympus.

The fact that there’s no actual mythology for this and Haides isn’t unhappy with his kingdom not withstanding, the movie character has every right to be pissed.



There are a lot more of these I could do, but these are some of my favorite highlights, so I’ll leave it at that. Hope you enjoy, and I’d love to hear additions or counter arguments anyone wants to make.

I can literally cry during any movie if i allow myself to get involved enough in it lol. Being tough is about more than just being strong enough to kick peoples asses, its also about being in touch with ALL your emotions and knowing how to be able to feel any one or more of them at will. Don’t suppress your emotions people, that shit is not good. all I did for years… all right decades, was ignore and hide from them and all they did was tear me up inside. don’t do that to yourself. be in touch with all your emotions, this is how you know who you are. It it an important key to help you achieve true self actualization

@sweettsubaki asked about Lj!Tim. It led to… thoughts.

They were dark days. I mean, I look fondly on them with nostalgia bc the problems were DIFFERENT, but LJ fandom was not a safe space. Fandom was a place where adults who enjoyed media could exercise their id.  Subjecting characters to torture, incest, and pedo-shipping was the norm. But the silver lining was you had a community that was pretty free of judgement, and story-telling could get visceral so that a fic author’s ONLY concern was if they had successfully drawn people into their story.

But I digress… explicit dark end of fanon aside, here’s a look at what I remember of Lj’s version of Tim Drake.

He’s a well-meaning stalker who would pretty much die for Dick Grayson. (Keep in mind that Jason is less commonly in the picture, as Red Hood came about DURING the days of LJ. Damian isn’t around. And when he is, he’s new, and nobody likes him or thinks he’s gonna stick around for long.)

So he and Dick are all about the brother-bonding thing, but Tim still tries to keep his craving for attention in check, because Dick’s more of a social butterfly, and isn’t always in Gotham, and isn’t always aware of how starved for affection and approval Tim really is. And hey, it’s not like Tim’s analyzed his home life to the point where he’s aware of it himself.

Tim keeps himself unaware, but Lj Jack and Janet are BOTH epic asshats. (I don’t know how tumblr fanon Janet ended up being the better parent than Jack, but LJ fandom assumes that since Tim is royally emotionally effed up, and Jack seemed well-meaning but oblivious, that must mean Janet was a complete royal b*tch.)

Lj!Tim’s a genius with boss-level detective/hacker/infiltration skills, but a rock-bottom sense of self-worth. This busted sense of identity gives him a chameleon-like adaptability in which he attaches himself to people and then will *make* himself into whatever they require. (*)

He’s a detached professional of a detective because that’s what Batman *needs*, but he can be inserted into various AU’s and thrive bc he’ll learn from the best in the biz, (be it a pirate, a starfleet captain, or a jedi master) and soak up all they have to teach him with solemnly starry-eyed zeal.

(*)This also makes for a fabulous explanation of what was seen as writing inconsistencies between the Bat-books and Young Justice. He’s a scrappy if humble lil’ bro around Nightwing, bc that’s what Dick needs. He’s a solemn and focused partner bc that’s what Bruce needs. He’s a stuffy protective leader bc that’s what his friends in Young Justice/Titans need. He’s a philosophical geek bc that’s what his civilian friends need.

The idea of Tim being a smol bean™  has been around a very, very long time. Back to when he WAS the smallest member of the bat clan. So he’s sometimes depicted as needing to be protected, but for the most part, he’s shown as a strategist/cerebral fighter who can usually compensate for lack of muscle with a well-devised plan. A scarily expertly-devised plan.

@kiragecko, @bookishdea, @wonderlandleighleigh @odditycollector, @an-ime-goil

I am not going to type this in all caps but imagine me shouting it to the void anyway because it’s fundamentally important to me.

If you take the existence of god(s) as a given, a universal fact confirmable by divine blessings that regularly manifest as observable miracles via devoted followers, then it stands to reason that these gods must also hold or be held to some variation of the deistic watchmaker theory to ensure free will. They create the world, they create mortals, and then they leave it all to its own devices.

This goes both ways. The gods cannot interfere with the plans of mortals when they are good, and they cannot do so when they are evil. They may grant mortals their power to act in their steed – up to and including the exceedingly rare, exceedingly limited and exceedingly brief direct intervention granted only to their most faithful and powerful conduits – but they cannot act on their own.

Because divine interference on the mortal plane inherently undermines free will. And moreover, as Sarenrae told Vox Machina last night, it risks the entire system.

Remember, you have to break a watch in order to fix it. It must be opened and stopped and parts must be removed and rearranged to put them back in order and there is always, always a chance that you are going to fuck up and make the entire thing unusable forever. This is comparable to the “sparks” that Matt has talked about in the past: massive events that fundamentally change the world on a planar level with mortal existence being caught in the mess.

That sort of risk is not worth it for anything less than extraplanar interference that threatens the very fabric and function of reality.

The idea that the non-interference of god(s) is somehow a moral failing on the part of said gods or a viable argument against their existence or purpose is a hilariously self-centered flaw of human reasoning. The individual lives of mortals, even an entire city or country or continent of mortals, does not matter on a divine scale. 

Mortal fate is in mortal hands, and that’s exactly how it should be.

….

Matt’s gods make me so damn happy you guys, you have no idea how much I love them.

10 Should Reads

for Ladies into Ladies into Sci-fi/Fantasy


[You like Buffy, contemporary urban fantasy, witches, sisterhood, Young Adult]

[You like classic fantasy, epic fantasy, quests, magic, sole survivors]

[You like military fantasy, matriarchal societies, female warriors, slow-burn bow chicka-wow-wow]

[You like shapeshifters, secret societies, romance, star crossed lovers]

[You like super powered mutants, near future dystopias, underdogs, and orphans who like to box]

[You like Zombies, pop culture references, innuendos and sass]

[You like Norse mythology, urban fantasy, blacksmiths, dragons and Portland]

[You like classic Science Fiction, parallel universes, poetry and philosphy]

[You like gothic ghost stories, mind-fucks, atmospheric autumn novels in a New England setting]

[You like robots, space, science fiction, wit, scathing satire]


You really should read more lesbian books, so you’re perfectly free to see this as the kick in the ass that you need to do just that. Pick one and read it. Pick two, read both. Pick all. Just read more lesbian books.