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Minho’s character description in Hwarang The Beautiful Knights.

To bring perfection and charms to his character Suho - as expected from the genuineness actor Choi Minho.

SHINee Minho plays the best representative of royal family in Silla dynasty. Born with gold spoon, appears as Suho - person with chivalrous spirit, the passionate hwarang. Also figures as a playboy, but no one dare to underrate him. Can be alone with a woman, who is passionately reverencing his genuine macho-character.                                                 trans:  polina_choi

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Reversed Music Icons Fandom Project by Butcher Billy

The story of band t-shirts started in the 60’s and 70’s when hard rock had its heyday. Die-hard fans, who religiously supported their favourite acts, showed it to the world by wearing the fittingly ugly merchandise.

That continued in the next decades spreading to all genres of pop music that could generate a fandom, and eventually even rockstars started using t-shirts featuring their own music heroes, proudly reverencing to the world the past influences to their creative process.

This is a series that reverses the natural course of pop culture hierarchy - the influencer will sport the shirt of the influenced - completely messing with space time continuum and raising the question:

Bands and musicians that became hugely influential in music history - would they, when alive or in an early stage of their careers, support the new acts that came decades after inspired by their own legacy?

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When André’s tale comes to be told, and present resentment is over, the refusing him the privilege of choosing [the] manner of death will be branded with too much obduracy. It was proposed to me to suggest to him the idea of an exchange for [Benedict] Arnold; but I knew I should have forfieted his esteem by doing it, and therefore declined it. As a man of honor he could not but reject it and I would not for the world have proposed to him a thing, which must have placed me in the unamiable light of supposing him capable of a meanness, or of not feeling myself the impropriety of the measure. I confess to you I had the weakness to value the esteem of a dying man; because I reverenced his merit.

I fear you will admire the picture so much as to forget the painter. I wished myself possessed of André’s accomplishments for your sake; for I would wish to charm you in every sense. You cannot conceive my avidity for every thing that would endear me more to you. I shall never be satisfied with giving you pleasure, and I am mortified that I do not unite in myself every valuable and agreeable qualification. I do not my love affect modesty. I am conscious of [the] advantages I possess. I know I have talents and a good heart; but why am I not handsome? Why have I not every acquirement that can embellish human nature? Why have I not fortune, that I might hereafter have more leisure than I shall have to cultivate those improvements for which I am not entirely unfit?

—  Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Schuyler, October 2, 1780

“With the shift to a patriarchal sky-god religion, and followed by the Judaeo-Christian monotheistic traditions, the nature-reverencing goddess religions of the archaic world were suppressed, desacralized and demonized. The sacred sexuality associated with the cult of Inanna and Ishtar was condemned as prostitution. Lilith, who represented female sexual autonomy and protection of childbirth and children, was turned into a seductive demoness who stole children. Male priests and theologians found it easy to play up the terrifying aspects of goddess worship, as in the cult of Cybele, whose priests symbolically, and at times literally, offered their genitals in sacrifice to the goddess. The Indian Kali became increasingly polarized as destructive only, although the original image is balanced between birth-giving and death-dealing. Diana became the goddess of the witches. The Black Goddess entered Christianity from below as it were, in both her healing and threatening aspect. She was strongly associated with the 12th century esoteric Christianity of the Cathars, the Troubadours and the Templars, all of whom tried to overcome the dissociative split between nature-eros and dogmatic ascetic spirituality, and all of whom were savagely destroyed by the Church.”

~ Ralph Metzner (from: Green Psychology)
At photo: Goddess Tara (Tarina, Taya, Tabitha, Nastia, Thais)

Dean sighing into the crook of Sam’s neck as he nuzzles closer into the warmth of his brother’s body, leaving behind a soft trail of kisses. He brushes his fingers over Sam’s golden skin, the touch so light it is almost as if he is scared he might break him. Each of his strokes are filled with reverenced awe as he feels Sam’s muscles shift and flex in his sleep. As he runs his hand down Sam’s side, stopping briefly to trace his freckles, before coming to rest on his wedding band Dean can’t help but think if this is a dream then he never wants to wake up. 

“What is sin?
It is the glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.
The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.
That is sin.” 
― John Piper

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha is one of the mantas of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is the master of wisdom and knowledge. He is the remover of obstacles, and guardian of beauty, prosperity, grace and compassion. Lord Ganesha is the first deity to be reverenced in Hindu rites. He is a guardian of doors of houses and temples. He is the God that removes the internal and external obstacles of our success, and he is the one that grants the opening of your spiritual gifts. He is also the protector of all beings.

His Maha mantra is Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Lord Ganesha’s Mantras can be chanted out loud or internally. They have been used throughout the centuries and it is believed that the sacred power of words and the accompanying sounds in mantra aid in spiritual progression (transcending into higher states of consciousness) and to effect healing in the physical and energetic bodies.

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Good Cops?

All cops are bad – by definition.

Harsh statement? Certainly. It does not make it less true – like an accurate terminal cancer diagnosis. Pretending otherwise doesn’t alter the reality. …

Most cops are probably not conscious sadists – though of course, many are.

They enforce the laws. It’s what they do. It does not matter what the law is. Merely that it is the law.  Many will tell you so themselves. The law is the law. I’m just doing my job. The same things were said in the Soviet Union, in Nazi Germany, everywhere that authority rather than right was reverenced.

Or where the two were confused and regarded as the same thing.

As has become the case in the U.S. today.

Most of the laws on the books (as in Nazi Germany, as in the Soviet Union, as in post-war East Germany) criminalize innumerable actions (and even non-actions, such as failing to buy now-mandatory health insurance) that involve no harm to other people or their property – but rather constitute “offenses” against the state and its statutes.

It is the job of cops to force people to submit and obey – period.

Cops are not expected to consider the rightness or wrongness of an action as such; only whether a given action (or non-action) is illegal. It is the same mentality expressed by a genuinely bewildered Adolf Eichmann at his trial in Israel for war crimes.

He was merely following orders.

Inevitably, as this corruption of the soul takes hold, any challenge to the state’s limitless authority becomes – in the minds of those charged with protecting the state’s authority  – the essence of wrongness.

And the response to any perceived threat to this authority grows ever more brutal and disproportionate.

Evildoers must be punished. A Manichean – but morally subjective – worldview takes hold. Ordnung muss sein.

It rapidly takes on the fervor of a crusade, becomes strident and militant, harsh – a sickening admixture of obeisance to and worshipfulness of the state.

There is talk of heroes. Not in reference to people to people who risk their own lives to try to help save another person’s life. But in reference to those who take other people’s lives (or merely ruin them) in order to enforce compliance with the state’s authority.

They talked about heroes in Soviet Russia, too.

And there was the cult of the soldat in National Socialist Germany – where the highest honor was to wear a uniform and to “serve.”

Does it sound familiar?

Echoes from the past, unheeded.

But there is this crucial difference between cops in the United State (singular, on purpose – in the interests of editorial accuracy) and the enforcer class in the Union of Soviet Soviet Socialist Republics, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik  or its nationalsozialist predecessor: Cops in the United State have opted to abuse their fellow human beings when they could just as easily opt not to abuse them.

But they choose – freely – to abuse others.

To get paid to do it.

That makes them very bad indeed.

Worse, in fact, than someone like Eichmann or a Soviet or Stasi goon – since those guys literally faced the choice of doing as ordered or being thrown into a camp (or much worse) if they did not.

It was them – and their families – or someone else and his family.

A much harder choice.

No American cop faces this choice.

Not yet.

They can still walk away.

But very few ever do.

Instead, they enforce the law. Any law – all laws. As relentlessly, as remorselessly as their historical counterparts. They kick in doors and frog march people out of their homes at gunpoint (as in Boston) and elsewhere. They subject minor traffic scofflaws and even those who have scoffed no laws at all to repeated anal-digital (and vaginal digital) rape. They beat up – and murder – 13-year-olds.  They summarily execute people’s pets (here and here). Always in the name of “doing their jobs.” And always without remorse. The prior linked-to items are not the exceptions. They are fast becoming the rule – the new normal. I’ve cataloged several hundred examples (see here).

And those who commit these atrocities do so by choice. …

You tell me: Does a good man choose – freely – under no coercion – to put on a special outfit and abuse his fellow man at gunpoint?

And if he does, what do we make of him? What shall we call him?

Yes, it’s harsh a verdict.

But hard truths must be faced.

Else the insanity will never be checked.

As I noted a few days ago in reference to the Kelly Thomas verdict:

“This needs to embarrass anyone who has ever said "but not all cops are bad.” Until you find me a cop who has (1) never collected a paycheck that was forcefully extracted from the populace through threats of violence (mostly taxes, though also through asset forfeiture) AND (2) never harassed, ticketed, arrested, or assaulted anyone allegedly violating some unjust legislation against peaceful behavior, AND (3) if not actually physically stopped bad cops committing bad behavior then at the very least spoken out vociferously against the “thin blue line” (that closes ranks around bad cops and enables bad behavior) by publicly shaming the demonstrably bad cops along with the unions and superiors who protect them or interfering (including restraining, arresting, tasing, or shooting fellow cops) when cops cause or threaten to cause aggressive harm, then I have no interest in that childish retort. There may be cops who are good people, but cops qua cops have been generally shown to be increasingly violent, corrupt, deplorable bullies who enforce disgracefully unjust laws.“

WHAT IS SIN?

What is sin? It is the glory of God not honored. The holiness of God not reverenced. The greatness of God not admired. The power of God not praised. The truth of God not sought. The wisdom of God not esteemed. The beauty of God not treasured. The goodness of God not savored. The faithfulness of God not trusted. The commandments of God not obeyed. The justice of God not respected. The wrath of God not feared. The grace of God not cherished. The presence of God not prized. The person of God not loved. That is sin.

 - John Piper

What is sin?
It is the glory of God not honored.
The holiness of God not reverenced.
The greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The truth of God not sought.
The wisdom of God not esteemed.
The beauty of God not treasured.
The goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The commandments of God not obeyed.
The justice of God not respected.
The wrath of God not feared.
The grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized.
The person of God not loved.
That is sin.
—  John Piper

outlawerofbeets  asked:

"Daenerys Targaryen's parents were brother and sister, and she is hailed as queen. Why are we condemned for being as she is?"

                “ ——— Because people are hypocrites. They’ll say one thing and act opposite, and judge others as is convenient. Now, they think it’s convenient to have us as the evil of the realm, and her as their savior. The moment she’s not convenient any longer, her ancestry will be a problem as much as ours.”

                “ The Faith, the people, even the other nobles; the Targaryens had their way and did not mind what any of those would say of them. ” ‘Twas why they built a dynasty, why they were reverenced as almost divine; unfair, that because of her house’s arrogance Daenerys was able to get away with what they were shunned for. Serious gaze meet brother’s own; they cannot give up claims as it’s all the allows them survival — odd thing, that the very reason they were ever at risk in the first place is also a shield of sorts. “ ——— And so must we, Tommen. It’s not easy, and it doesn’t mean disregarding the people completely as mother and Joff would have done. It means we are royalty and we are above them; it means we’re lions and we’ll have to teach the lesser beasts to fear us before we can expect the same respect Daenerys had delivered to her due to her ancestors’ doings.”