pursuit of futility

anonymous asked:

Can you explain to me the difference between existentialism and nihilism?

There are many different schools of thought regarding both existentialism and nihilism. There’s metaphysical nihilism, epistemological nihilism, moral nihilism, even existential nihilism. But for the sake of this question, I will take the most broadly construed forms of nihilism and existentialism. Nihilism is simply the belief that life and the universe lack meaning and purpose. Existentialism agrees with these ideas, but it then goes one step further. Not only is the universe meaningless, says the existentialist, but we are also free and responsible for creating our own meaning. Nihilism, on the other hand, says that creating our own meaning is a futile pursuit; there’s nothing we can do to combat the inherent meaninglessness of the cosmos. Thus, existentialism is not necessarily nihilistic because it doesn’t deny that meaning exists, it simply requires that we craft our own meaning.

Dance Academy: it's time to rediscover this lovable, refreshing TV series for teens | Cassie Tongue
As the spin-off movie hits cinemas, we celebrate the series about ballet dancers coming of age that was really about showing compassion for misfits
By Cassie Tongue

“Tara might be the series lead, but Sammy is the soul of the show, even as the plot takes dramatic measures with his character. His love for his friends drives many of the plot points in the film – in many ways, he embodies the values the show stands for.

Dance Academy is about care and compassion for misfits. Just as Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned the pressures of growing up into actual monsters, Dance Academy dramatises the pain and pleasure of growing up by aligning it with the relentless, and ultimately futile, pursuit of perfection in ballet. By throwing these misfits into the heightened world of an elite academy for young dancers, teen audiences – and adults who might need a reminder of some human truths – can see that difference is a good thing. That no single path is right for everyone and success can have many definitions.”

(The article contains some description of the plot)


It is cold outside the convenience store.

Fuck,” Ukai hisses, hunching his shoulders up around his ears and crossing his arms tight over his chest. “It’s freezing out here.”

“It is cold!” Takeda agrees without any hesitation or indication of discomfort. The only concession to the cold he’s making is the pink flush high across his cheekbones from the bite of the wind that Ukai can feel go through the soft of his sweater as if it’s not even there; otherwise he looks as glowingly happy as he ever does, if with far more layers of clothing than he dons in the warmer months. “The forecast predicts snow tonight. We’ll have a white Christmas tomorrow morning!”

Ukai wants to growl about this. Snow is all well and good when he’s inside, preferably under a kotatsu and definitely wearing more than the one thin sweater he brought with him to work this morning when he left Takeda’s home to jog the few blocks in to the store, but under the current circumstances anything that so much as suggests colder weather than what they already have is painful even to contemplate. But Takeda is smiling up at him, his whole face bright with that happiness that has only become more pronounced the closer the holidays draw, and Ukai can’t find even token resistance to offer to the other’s cheer.

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okay so ive seen pride!ed and wrath!ed the most but i think in an 03 perspective no sin would fit ed better than sloth. so ignore plot complications and just consider someone attempting to resurrect ed and he becomes sloth instead.

-sloth who knows alchemy and knows he should love it and that it was a big part of eds identity but cant use it and already feels theres no point in trying to be him

-who knows that theres no bringing the dead back to life and that trying to become human is a futile pursuit

-he also has this nagging feeling of ambition and need to be doing something but he has nothing to channel that ambition into because all of eds goals arent his

-who is passive and doesnt do anything dante or envy tell him to do under the guise of it being too much work but really he doesnt want to confront al or winry or any of them because they wont accept him and even if they do he knows hed just be taking someone else’s place

-who doesnt seem to feel anything for anyone because its honestly pointless and just living a lie. He knows what he is. a soulless monster who will never be human

-sloths true personality is a desire for freedom and to be left alone by every one, with his edwardness challenging him to care about things and to do the right thing and to be around people, which only fuels more desire to just stop existing

-who is ultimately a good guy who wants to see al get his body back so that he can move on and try and become his own person

-the idea of just killing al came to mind but thats too much work and will make him FEEL things. And those feelings wont go away. He’ll always feel guilty so killing al is a short term solution that actually just gives ed more to care about in the long run.

INTP Falling for Someone

ENFP: Just follow your feelings! Listen to your heart!
INTP: That is ridiculously irrational. Emotions are just temporary chemicals! ENFP: So then just let them run their course.
INTP: There’s nothing to be gained from this situation! It isn’t going to work…it’s a futile pursuit….
ENFP: Love is never a futile pursuit.
INTP: It’s not love.
ENFP: Fine. Pursuing “temporary chemical processes” is not a futile pursuit.
INTP: Using a euphemism doesn’t change it’s falsity.
ENFP: Oh my god, whatever. I hope you’re happy when you become the lonely and crazy cat lady down the street because you were too afraid to be human!
INTP: I love cats.

anonymous asked:

Sesskag, unrequited love. With Sesshomaru being the one who's in love with Kagome :) please

Fandom: Inuyasha
Characters: Higurashi Kagome, Sesshoumaru
Setting: Post Canon
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 The flare of a familiar youki made Kagome pause in the middle of her chore. She abandoned her task, and walked to the doorway of her hut.

He was standing right outside, his face as indifferent as always. She leaned against the doorframe, and a smile touched her lips when his golden gaze fell on her.

He inclined his head, and Kagome brushed her hakama and stepped outside, shielding her eyes from the sun as she looked up at the daiyoukai.

“Hello Sesshoumaru,” she greeted him. “You’ve come for your visit at a bad time, Rin has gone with Kaede to help at a neighbouring village.”

“That is fine, I can see Rin later.”

“Do you want to come in? Have a cup of tea?”

Sesshoumaru didn’t reply, but after a moment started to walk towards the hut. Kagome smiled and went back in. She was lighting the fire in the cooking pit when Sesshoumaru stepped in. He stopped in the doorway.

“It’s a bit messy here,” Kagome said apologetically as she hung the water kettle over the fire. “I was just storing my herbs for the winter when you came.”

She brushed aside some of the carefully bound bundles of dried plants and patted at the wooden floor.

“Please have a seat.”

Sesshoumaru strolled into the hut and sat down next to the small fire, across from Kagome.

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Beyond the frame of the painting there is, no doubt, the tumult and boredom of everyday life—itself an unceasing and futile pursuit, consumed by projects; but within the frame lies the plenitude of a suspended moment, stolen from time, rescued from human longing. Human longing! We cannot cease desiring, and this is our glory, and our doom. Desire! It carries us and crucifies us, delivers us every new day to a battlefield where, on the eve, the battle was lost; but in sunlight does it not look like a territory ripe for conquest, a place where—even though tomorrow we will die—we can build empires doomed to fade to dust, as if the knowledge we have of their imminent fall had absolutely no effect on your eagerness to build them now?…Yet how exhausting it is to be constantly desiring…We soon aspire to pleasure without the quest, to a blissful state without beginning or end, where beauty would no longer be an aim or a project but the very proof of our nature. And that state is Art…For art is emotion without desire.
—  Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

the most counterproductive response possible to the Skittles analogy is “yes you are obligated to eat all of the Skittles people are dying you selfish asshole

there are lots and lots of ways to improve the lives of others without dying. there are lots and lots of ways to do it without even making significant sacrifices! and if you tell people that morality requires them to eat poison they will quite reasonably go “fuck your morality”.

Good responses to the Skittles analogy, imo, are “every person is a potential murderer, and yet we don’t lock them up/ expel them from the country/ take away their guns preemptively. we don’t want to take needless risks but we also don’t want to cripple ourselves in the futile pursuit of a human population that contains no one inclined to hurt anyone else. so let’s have a conversation about what risk level we are comfortable with, what the costs of various policies to reduce the murder rate are, and then do all of the policies with the best cost/benefit ratio. My guess is that this won’t include ‘don’t let in refugees’ and will include, like, ‘legalize drugs’ but I want to sit down and work it out with you and I will commit to supporting the policies with the best cost/benefit.’