anonymous asked:

But you don't know Benedict.

Ah, now this is a topic I’ve been lucky enough to discuss with some dear mutuals over the years, so let me see if I can do an answer justice.

Of course, we can never know the man, not truly; that is only for the very lucky few that are a part of his life, his world.  But there is so much we can deduce of him, based upon his work, his words, his public deeds and behavior.  

If you look at his work alone, you see incredible natural talent that he has refined through dedication & physical and mental discipline; you see a love of the written & spoken word; and most especially you see a keen & compassionate understanding of the human condition–for how else could he bring such breathtaking truth to all of his characters?  Even the wicked ones, like Khan & Richard III–he makes us feel that even they have reasons for the things they do, often rooted in emotional/psychological pain.  Though the evil they do is no less evil, we can sympathize to some degree, with what brought them to that place.  In my lifetime I have seen no player more truly & more lovingly—in Shakespeare’s words—hold the mirror up to nature.

In interviews & public appearances, you find a humble, self-effacing man, a bright wit, & sense of humor generous enough to make himself as likely a target of jesting as anyone or anything else.  He values home, hearth, family, the environment, although he could easily give over to hedonism on his bank account. How many times do we see him wearing the same clothes, carrying that same blue water bottle on set, even brown bagging his lunches at times?Choices, I’m sure, that reflect his commitment to simplicity and to reduce his carbon footprint. Benedict’s charitable works have been well-recorded on this site, so I’m not going to research it, but when I run across a post about it, I’ll be sure to reblog for info’s sake.

I won’t speak at length about his personal relationships, except to say that’s a man who loves his wife thoroughly. It would frankly break my heart to learn he had the same feet of clay of so many other public figures & celebrities in this regard—what I see tells me he and Sophie have the real thing. And that he guards his little family’s privacy so jealously is further testament to that.

In short, (though this runs long) I trust my eyes & ears, and they tell me to trust in the public image that is clearly on view.  I see a man who gives as much positive energy to the world as he can, and embraces life with complete joie de vivre.  And as I believe in the human soul, I see a most spectacular one that shines luminously, not only enhancing his unique physical beauty, but reminding me that true good is possible in a world that is often quite selfish & mean.

I could probably go on with dozens of more examples, but let me just finish with one of my favorite photos of him, which for me reflects (I hope) a bit of what I’ve written here.

Thank you for your ask–it was a delight to answer! ❤❤❤

7 Super Awesome Vegan Products for your pet (click bolded titles for links)

1. V-Dog Vegan Breathbones Dog Treats 

Top Review: “My dogs love these. They really remind me of the dentastix but VEGAN! My younger dog gobbles them up but my older one has no teeth so this keeps him well occupied for 15 mins or so. Will purchase again. I bought in medium, my dogs are 10-12 lb shih tzus.”

2. V-Dog Vegan Kibble Dry Dog Food

Top Review: “Of course we were concerned when our dog told us he wanted to be Vegan. Where would he get his protein? Would he get enough calcium? Would other dogs think he was strange if he was not eating body parts of other animals?

Well, we were so pleased to see that he is thriving on this diet. And you know what? Other dogs accept him just fine. And he seems so pleased that he is reducing his carbon footprint and living a life that is consistent with his highest values.”

3. KONG Squeezz Dumbbell Dog Toy

Top Review: “This is my dog’s absolute favorite squeak toy. Durable, long-lasting, addictive.”

4. OurPets 100% Filled Cosmic Catnip Cat Toy (Pictured)

Top Review: “This carrot toy really gets my older cat (15.5 yrs) going! He plays with them so much, he is on his third one now because he wears them out. As you can see from the picture, he even sleeps with the carrot! Sometimes he uses it like a pillow…it’s really precious. Plus he likes that it is filled with catnip. Very reasonably priced and well worth it to see him happy and active!”

5. AmazonBasics Cat Tree with Scratching Posts

Top Review: “This is a nice, basic cat tree. It was fairly easy to put together- it took me about 10 minutes. You do not need any extra tools as it comes with everything you need. The instructions could be a little better- they were out of order and not especially clear- but I managed just fine. It does seem sturdy enough.

This cat tree is about 3 ½ feet tall and has 3 levels. The top level is a bit small for my kitty to curl up in- she’s a big girl so this might be better suited for smaller cats but larger cats can still enjoy it.

My kitty took to the tree right away and had no problem jumping up on it and down from it. I would recommend this tree for your kitty!

6. Meowijuana Catnip Spray

Top Review: “Using it to bait our older cat into the enclosed litter box. he’s a tough old boy, and is getting better now. thank you. will buy again.”

7. Pink Bandana Pet Chicken Diaper

Top Review: “Fits my Companion Chicken very well. Thanks it’s great.”