I watch a lot of documentaries. I think they are incredible tools for learning and increasing our awareness of important issues. The power of an interesting documentary is that it can open our minds to new possibilities and deepen our understanding of the world.
On this list of mind expanding documentaries you will find different viewpoints, controversial opinions and even contradictory ideas. Critical thinking is recommended. I’m not a big fan of conspiracy documentaries but I do like films that challenge consensus reality and provoke us to question the everyday ideas, opinions and practices we usually take for granted.
Watching documentaries is one of my favorite methods of self-education. If I find a documentary inspiring, I usually spend more time researching the different ideas and interesting people interviewed in the film. I hope you find these documentaries as enlightening as I did!
 Life In The Biosphere
Explore the wonder and interconnectedness of the biosphere through the magic of technology.
Home How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth The Magical Forest Ants: Nature’s Secret Power Mt. Everest: How It Was Made Mariana’s Trench: The Deepest Spot On Earth Natural World: The Andes Shining Mountains: The Rockies Grand Canyon: How It Was Made The Intelligence of Plants
 Creativity and Design:Advertisements
Learn about all the amazing things that people create with their imaginations.
Everything Is A Remix The Creative Brain: How Insight Works Design: The New Business PressPausePlay: Art and Creativity in the Digital Age Infamy: A Graffiti Documentary Influencers: How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious RIP: A Remix Manifesto Design: e² – Sustainable Architecture The Genius Of Design
 The Education Industrial Complex:
The modern school where young minds are moulded into standardized citizens by the state.
The College Conspiracy Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk The Forbidden Education Default: The Student Loan Documentary College Inc. Education For A Sustainable Future Networked Society: The Future of Learning The Ultimate History Lesson With John Taylor Gatto The Education System in Communist China The War On Kids
 The Digital Revolution:
The Internet is now the driving force behind change and innovation in the world.
The Age of Big Data Resonance: Beings of Frequency Life In A Day Networked Society: On The Brink Us Now: Social Media and Mass Collaboration WikiRebels: The WikiLeaks Story The Virtual Revolution: The Cost of Free How Hackers Changed the World
 A New Civilization:
We are at the dawn of a new golden age of human inventiveness.
THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take? Zeitgeist III: Moving Forward Paradise or Oblivion 2012: Time For Change The Crisis of Civilization The Collective Evolution II The Quickening: Awakening As One 2012 Crossing Over: A New Beginning Collapse The Awakening
Explore the politics of power and control and how it affects your life.
Owned and Operated UnGrip The Power Principle The True Story of Che Guevara Earth Days Capitalism Is The Crisis WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower The Putin System The War On Democracy Rise Like Lions: Occupy Wall Street and the Seeds of Revolution
 Biographies of Genius:
The biographies of modern geniuses who pushed humanity forward.
Isaac Newton: The Last Magician The Unlimited Energy of Nikola Tesla The Missing Secrets Of Nikola Tesla Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius How Albert Einstein’s Brain Worked The Extraordinary Genius of Albert Einstein Leonardo Da Vinci: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything
War is history’s oldest racket for stealing from the powerless and redistributing resources to the powerful.
Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is Your Mind The Secret History of 9/11 Robot Armies in the Future The Never Ending War in Afghanistan Shadow Company: Mercenaries In The Modern World Why We Fight The Fog Of War The Oil Factor: Behind The War On Terror
Learn about the financial system works and how people and societies are enslaved through debt.
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World The One Percent Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers The Four Horsemen Inside Job: The Biggest Robbery In Human History Capitalism A Love Story Money and Life
 Digital Entrepreneurship:
Profiles of the entrepreneurs who used technology to change the world.
The Life Of A Young Entrepreneur Profile: Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin Profile: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Starting-Up in America Steve Jobs: One Last Thing Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy Elon Musk: Risk Takers The Story of Twitter
Watch the inspiring stories of amazing athletes.
Fearless: The Jeb Corliss Story Carts of Darkness Usain Bolt: The World’s Fastest Man Wayne Gretzky: The Life and Times Mike Tyson: Beyond the Glory Birdmen The Legacy Of Michael Jordan We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding
Find out more about the impact of exponential growth and the approaching Singularity.
Ray Kurzweil: The Transcendent Man How Robots Will Change the World Human 2.0 Trance-Formation: The Future of Humanity The Venus Project: Future By Design Bionics, Transhumanism And The End Of Evolution The Singularity Is Near Car Technology Of The Future
 Origins of Religion:
Explore the original religious experience of mankind at the dawn of civilization.
Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman Ancient Egypt and The Alternative Story of Mankind’s Origins The Hidden Knowledge of the Supernatural Re-Awaken: Open Your Heart, Expand Your Mind Shamans of the Amazon The Root of All Evil: The God Delusion Ancient Knowledge The Naked Truth Before Babel: In Search of the First Language
 Western Religion:
The fascinating history of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Secret Quest: The Path of the Christian Gnostics The Secret Gate of Eden Forbidden Knowledge: Lost Secrets of the Bible Banned From The Bible: Secrets Of The Apostles The Road To Armageddon Muhammad: The Legacy of a Prophet A Complete History of God Gnosis: The Untold History of the Bible
 Eastern Religion:
Expand your mind by also studying the entirely different religious worldviews of the East.
Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds The Life Of The Buddha The Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World Mysteries of the Cosmic OM: Ancient Vedic Science Where Science and Buddhism Meet The Yogis of Tibet Taj Mahal: Secrets To Blow Your Mind Light at the Edge of the World: Tibetan Science of the Mind Myths of Mankind: The Mahabharata Ayurveda: The Art of Being
Learn about the basic unity of existence and the miracle of consciousness.
Athene’s Theory of Everything Theory of Everything: GOD, Devils, Dimensions, Dragons & The Illusion of Reality The God Within: Physics, Cosmology and Consciousness 5 Gateways: The Five Key Expansions of Consciousness Return to the Source: Philosophy and The Matrix The Holographic Universe DMT: The Spirit Molecule Kymatica Neuroplasticity: The Brain That Changes Itself
Indiana Jones-style explorations into the unsolved mysteries of the past.
Alchemy: Sacred Secrets Revealed The Day Before Disclosure The Pyramid Code The Secret Design of the Egyptian Pyramids Decoding the Past: Secrets of the Dollar Bill Origins of the Da Vinci Code Forbidden Knowledge: Ancient Medical Secrets Secret Mysteries of America’s Beginnings: The New Atlantis Secrets in Plain Sight
 Mass Culture:
Learn about how our thoughts and opinions are influenced by mass culture.
The Century of the Self All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace The Power Of Nightmares Starsuckers: A Culture Obsessed By Celebrity Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century Obey: The Death of the Liberal Class Motivational Guru: The Story of Tony Robbins Bob Marley: Freedom Road Radiant City
 Corporate Media:
Discover how the mass media and advertisers channel our irrational impulses.
Weapons of Mass Deceptions Secrets of the Superbrands Orwell Rolls in his Grave The Esoteric Agenda Propaganda The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media Symbolism in Logos: Subliminal Messages or Ancient Archetypes Edward Snowden: A Truth Unveiled Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism
 Art and Literature:
Explore the lives of famous artists and how art opens people’s minds.
Cosm: Alex Gray’s Visionary Art Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop New Art and the Young Artists Behind It Salvador Dali: A Master of the Modern Era The Day Pictures Were Born Off-Book: Digital Age Creativity This Is Modern Art
Explore issues in health, how our bodies work and the incredible power of our brains.
The Human Brain The Truth About Vitamins How To Live To 101 America’s Obesity Epidemic The War On Health The Beautiful Truth Food Inc. The Truth About Food The Living Matrix
Documentaries on the effect of drugs — legal and illegal — on the body and mind.
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High The Drugging Of Our Children How Marijuana Affects Your Health Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis LSD: The Beyond Within The War on Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex Are Illegal Drugs More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs? The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic Run From The Cure: The Rick Simpson Story
Thought-provoking documentaries on the environmental movement and the growing threats to our biosphere.
Earthlings Blue Gold: World Water Wars Shift: Beyond the Numbers of the Climate Crisis All Things Are Connected The Fight For Amazonia Flow: For Love Of Water Here Comes the Sun The World According To Monsanto The Story of Stuff
Expand your mind by exploring our indescribably large and beautiful Cosmos.
The Search for Planets Similar to Earth Cosmic Journeys : The Largest Black Holes in the Universe The Mystery of the Milky Way Fractals: The Hidden Dimension Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking: The Story of Everything Pioneer Science: Discovering Deep Space Carl Sagan’s Cosmos The Strangest Things In The Universe
The history of scientific discovery and how scientific instruments expand our perception.
The Complete History of Science Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time Quantum Mechanics: Fabric of the Cosmos The Light Fantastic DNA: The Secret of Life Parallel Universes, Alternative Timelines & Multiverse What Is The Higgs Boson? Infinity
The story of our evolution and the emergence of self-aware human beings.
The Origin of Life Homo Sapiens: The Birth of Humanity Beyond Me The Global Brain Metanoia: A New Vision of Nature Birth Of A New Humanity Samsara Ape Man: Adventures in Human Evolution The Incredible Human Journey The Human Family Tree
 Psychology and The Brain:
New research is shining a spotlight on how we can improve our brains.
How Smart Can We Get? The Science of Lust The Secret You What Are Dreams? A Virus Called Fear Beyond Thought (Awareness Itself) The Human Brain Superconscious Mind: How To Double Your Brain’s Performance How Does Your Memory Work? Secrets of the Mind
 Modern History:
The story of the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the modern world.
History of the World in Two Hours The Industrial Revolution The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich The French Revolution Big Sugar The American Revolution
 Pre-Modern History:
The story of the Americas and European history in the pre-modern world.
Socrates, Aristotle and Plato The Medici: The Most Influencial Family In The World A History of Celtic Britain The Crusades: Victory and Defeat The Vikings: Voyage To America Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution
 Current Events:
Become more informed about current events that are shaping the world.
Syria: The Reckoning Empire: Putin’s Russia The New Arms Race The Killing of Yasser Arafat Egypt In Crisis Inside Obama’s Presidency The Untouchables: How Obama Protected Wall Street Behind The Rhetoric: The Real Iran A History of the Middle East since WWII Climate Wars
 Ancient Civilizations:
Fascination explorations into the ancient civilizations of our past.
The Persian Empire : Most Mysterious Civilization in the Ancient World What The Ancients Did For Us What the Ancients Knew Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids Secrets of the Ancient Empires Graham Hancock’s Quest For The Lost Civilization Atlantis: The Lost Continent Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
I hope you enjoy watching some of these mind expanding documentaries! If you have a personal favorite, please share it with everyone in the comments.
So, ya’ll know how rough the last chapter of The Freshman was yesterday. Nearly everyone in the chapter was at their max level of craziness…particularly the love interests. In fact, I was so frustrated with some of their behaviors that I decided I had to get some things off my chest. Hence, this post came to be.
Forgive my snarkiness and general agitated tone here…I’m much less aggravated than I was last night. Let’s just be thankful I gave myself a day to relax before sharing these thoughts!
It’s World Diabetes Day, the anniversary of Frederick Banting’s birth. Banting discovered insulin, and without his discovery, I’d have died at the age of twelve. In the wake of the election my diabetes and chronic illness advocacy has been neglected to the point where I am only addressing Diabetes Day now, at ten at night. A weird part of me – the part that has normalized an existence wherein I am always one tiny miscalculation, one computer error, one missed test, or forgotten alarm clock setting away from death – has felt like this wasn’t as important anymore. In the face of Trump’s election, I felt compelled to tackle every social injustice I could find. Suddenly it was as if all I’d done for education, science literacy, women’s rights, and diabetes awareness weren’t enough. Why had I not also been more involved in politics? In racial justice? In environmental protection? I felt ineffectual. Flaccid.
But I’m not a super woman, and I don’t know how to fight every injustice (at least not yet!), and I can’t give up fighting the battles I’ve been fighting so long. And after all, my diabetes advocacy does intersect: for with Trump and his team’s threats to the ACA and the heath care social safety net in general, people like me are at very real risk.
Advocacy requires education, but don’t worry, if you don’t know the story of Banting’s discovery of insulin, it is anything but dull!
You must first imagine a time when diabetes wasn’t a punchline about fat, lazy Americans. Before it was a hashtag accompanying photos of greasy and sugar-filled treats. Before it was something anyone laughed about. It was 1920, and diabetes was a universally feared death sentence that almost always befell children.
Type 1 diabetes, the type I have, is an autoimmune disease. There is no prevention and there is no cure. It is not caused by diet or “lifestyle”, and it does not discriminate; it can emerge in anyone, from infancy through adulthood, of any level of physical fitness. A full understanding of the disease has not yet been reached, but what is known is that it is at least in part genetic, and is likely triggered by environmental factors such as viral infection. A person develops type 1 when their immune system starts attacking their body’s own insulin-producing beta cells. Without insulin, energy from food consumed cannot enter cells. Before the discovery of insulin, this meant certain death.
In the early 20th century, large hospitals would have entire diabetes death wards, usually filled with children, all slowly succumbing to the disease while their grieving families sat by, waiting for them to die. I can imagine what it would have been like to be a child in such a ward. I can tell you exactly what it feels like to die from diabetes, because I almost did. Twice.
The first time was when I was twelve. It started as malaise. I was a bit more tired than usual. I was somewhat nauseated a lot of the time. I started to become emotionally depressed. As the month preceding my diagnosis progressed, I became weaker. I did not know that my body was cannibalizing my fat and muscles for energy, that my blood was slowly turning acidic, and that my organs were beginning to fail. My weight dropped rapidly. I was winded walking up a flight of stairs. My vision got a bit blurry and my thinking muddled. And I was so, so, so thirsty. Like, unless you’ve spent three days in the Sahara with absolutely no water, you cannot imagine how thirsty.
Had I not been diagnosed I would have starved to death. The inability of my body to convert food into energy causing me to waste away, and eventually to die from heart attack, stroke, or systemic organ failure as a result of Diabetic Ketoacidocis (acidic blood), slipping mercifully into a coma first…maybe lingering for a few days. And so was the fate of every child before a young Canadian doctor, Frederick Banting, discovered insulin.
Now picture this in your head: the year is 1922. In a diabetes death ward in a children’s hospital in Toronto, a couple hundred children lie in metal-framed hospital beds. Their bodies are emaciated, some are in comas, all suffered as I suffered. The air is sweet with the smell of their breath and urine, for a diabetic’s breath is like fruit and their urine like honey. Their Gibson Girl mothers weeping, their besuited fathers trying to uphold the emotionless masculinity of their age, their siblings in petticoats and newsboy caps kneeling at their sides. Then a dashing young doctor, Banting, and his partner, Best, enter the ward, insulin syringes in hand. One by one, they begin injecting the children, and by the time they get to the last child, the first have already begun reviving from their comas.
Suddenly, diabetes is no longer a death sentence. It is a disease that could be managed. Children who were skeletal and comatose become plump and active once more. It is the epitome of the inspirational tale. But this is not a story of hope, because that is not where the story ends.
Managing type 1 is both difficult and expensive. Although insulin is nearly 100 years old, patent-loopholes allow drug companies to keep tight proprietary control over the most effective formulae. A lack of regulation of the pharmaceutical industry in the United States means that US patients often pay more than ten times the price for a bottle of insulin than our fellow diabetics in other countries. The insulin that keeps me alive, Apidra, costs between $280-$480 a vial depending on which US state you buy it in – and bear in mind, depending on the patient one month’s supply can be anywhere from 2 to 10 vials. In Canada, the country of insulin’s discovery, the same vial is about $30. Further, effective type1 management means testing one’s blood sugar 8-20 times daily (each of my test strips costs $2, so that’s up to $40 a day), delivering insulin via syringe or pump (a pump runs between three and seven thousand dollars), using a few other medical odds and ends like sterilization alcohol, medical adhesives, etc., and regular doctor visits. The total annual cost of my diabetes medication and supplies, without which I will die, is about $26,000 before insurance.
That cost is not prohibitive, it is impossible. And because of that, I almost died of diabetes a second time.
Before the ACA, I was uninsurable. My type 1 considered a pre-existing condition. After I was dropped from my dad’s insurance, I had to pay for everything out of pocket because of my uninsurable status. Even re-using single-use only insulin syringes to the point where each injection left a massive bruise on my abdomen, even reusing finger-prick lancets until they were literally too blunt to work anymore, even fasting every other day to take less insulin, I couldn’t afford the cost of my disease. In my mid-twenties I began insulin rationing. I would test my sugar only once a day and take the bare minimum of insulin to keep me alive, keep me working my three jobs.
Then one morning when I was 26, it caught up with me. I’d lost 20 pounds in a month – I woke up vomiting that morning: the Diabetic Ketoacidosis from not getting enough insulin was so extreme that I lost seven more pounds in one day. My roommate drove me to the emergency room where I had five IV lines put in, was put on oxygen, intravenous potassium, and spent three days in Intensive Care.
President-elect Trump is already waffling on his stance on the ACA, but that doesn’t stave off the real fear of me, other diabetics, and others who have pre-existing conditions for our lives. Literally, we fear for our lives because we know that people like us were left to die before the ACA. We are hoarding our medications and supplies and taking every step we can to hedge against loss of insurance.
I said this was not a story of hope, but neither is it a story of despair. For, like I said, there is a part of me that has normalized fighting for my life. I have done it, in a very literal sense, every minute of every day since I was twelve and a half years old. And so too have other type 1s fought. And so too have type2s fought. And so too have all those with chronic illness and disability fought. We fight because our lives are worth fighting for. Because an enlightened society recognizes our intrinsic value as human beings, despite the flukes in our physiology. We fight because we know that, despite the misconceptions and stereotypes society has about us, we have something to offer humanity: something immense, something those who’ve never had to fight for there lives cannot understand.
Our bodies may be damaged and weak, but we are strong. And we will take our fight to the steps of the White House, to the feet of the men who want to strip us of our means of survival. Who want to strip us of our Right to Life. We will use our damaged, sick, and broken bodies as blockade. We will use our clever and quick thinking minds. For if anyone knows how to fight, it is us.
Type 1 children, before and after insulin treatment:
Dr. Frederick Banting, Nobel Laureate for the discovery of insulin:
Banting and Best, with one of the diabetic dogs they successfully treated:
Why have I never seen any articles about a teacher-student relationship that is not sentenced to death immediately?
As a book-lover, reading maniac, which I am, as soon as I realized I was developing feelings for my teacher, I started looking for advice, swimming through thousands of writings about this topic, entering forums full of people who have claimed to have romantic thoughts about their lecturer. No matter where I stepped into, negative, judging, even shaming aricles popped up, and journalists who clearly never experienced anything like this before, tried to shove their so-called “small talk” into my face, with headlines like:
“10 Student-Teacher Relationships That Cross the Line” “Why Student-Teacher Relationships Are Never OK”
I was fifteen at that time. I was worried, anxious, desperate, and still just a little girl who had no idea how to keep her feelings in control, because they were too big. I was trying to reach out for help, at least for just a small ray of hope that would show I was not out of my mind, but instead I got virtual shaming, being told that I cannot love someone that is my teacher.
My dear companions in this madness. Girls who feel alone with this. Boys who can’t trust their friends when it comes to feelings. Everyone, who has no one to count on, you are not alone. You are normal. Your feelings are normal. You don’t have to fight what is pure, just because society tells you it’s wrong. Love has infinite faces, yours is just as perfect as anyone elses.
Teachers are not machines who can’t feel for their students. Their struggle is even worse, considering their jobs, they can even go to jail in certain countries and states. We have boundaires -logical, necessary boundaries - stood up by society and law, but that doesn’t mean what we feel isn’t true.
Those who are underage should wait indeed, but not because their feelings are less than a legal person’s, but because law is too strict on this one, and risking your own education and your teacher’s job is not something to play with. Selfishness in this topic is completely out of the question, so many factors are in the game, you have to be smarter than your environment. He might be playing with you, you never know.
I myself was fifteen, I had to hold on and hold back my love millions of times, and here I am still loving this incredible man with my nineteen-year-old self. He may be out of reach, or a dream forever, but I will never regret a moment of loving him. He developed my personality, my emotional quotient, and my perspective of life, and these are bigger than the fact that some people are sceptical and tell others to quit this, like it was a disease.
Love will never be a disorder. You should keep that in mind.
If you feel alone, don’t be afraid to reach out for me, or anyone that you trust. Teacher Crush Community will always have your back, many of us are extremely understanding, so let those words be spoken even anonimously. Let go of the shame. We understand you.
I’ve had my fair share of experience with drugs, I’m a “stoner” and use other drugs more often than I should. That being said, I educate myself on what I’m putting into my body. I am so tired of seeing people snort Xanax and muscle relaxers. I see people crushing pills when they clearly don’t even know what drug they even have.
If you’re going to do drugs, please at least educate yourself on the subject, you might learn a thing or two. Who knows, you might even realize that your method isn’t getting you as high as you could be. So please, if you’re inexperienced or doubting yourself, take a minute to Google it. Read forums, FAQs, learn risk reduction.
Risk reduction is key.
Education is key.
RISK REDUCTION IS KEY
You hate him in every single way — cliche and not.
You hate him because he cheated on you. He went and broke the connection you had — he broke every single vow you had made to each other. Broken promises, broken pieces, broken hearts.
“Everyone knows the concept of infinity, right?” He turned to you, his eyes twinkling with the light coming from your desk lamp.
“I guess so… why? You becoming a full on Peter Parker now?” You laughed at yourself — Tom could be such a nerd sometimes.
“Oh ha! Look at who’s got jokes now.” He smiled up at you from your bed. “Darling, I am Spider-Man, I don’t need to go around pretending to be something I already am."
You giggled while you put your book away, "So then what’s got the amazing Spider-Man all shook about the infinite?"
"I’m just thinking about us.” He blushed and turned to continue looking at your star-covered ceiling. “How everything we are is so small but so big at the same time. I don’t even think that makes sense."
Look at you. You’re young. And you’re scared. Why are you so scared? Stop being paralyzed. Stop swallowing your words. Stop caring what other people think. Wear what you want. Say what you want. Take risks. Educate yourself on shit that fascinates you so you can speak with knowledge. Go out for a drive at midnight and live for yourself. Stop waiting on others. Have dance parties on a Monday with just you and your coffee cooling in the morning sunlight. Be vulnerable. This life is yours, feel everything. When are you going to realize this isn’t forever?
jaemin scenario where you’re mark’s best friend from canada so he thinks you guys have feelings for each other and that you can’t speak korean so he confesses to you in korean ??
was bursting with excitement when she heard that her childhood friend
Mark was returning to Canada for a week. When she heard that he would
be bringing a few of his friends that also doubled as his group
members, that made everything more exciting. She had met them all
when she and Mark would facetime. They had made contact with each
other a regular thing, both vowing to not let the distance coming
between their friendship.
friends seemed like an interesting group of boys, always jumping into
the camera whenever the two would talk. Some even went as far as to
actually steal the phone and speak what English they knew. It was
always a fun time when they thought you couldn’t understand the
Korean they said.
hadn’t told Mark, but the week he left for Korea she started
learning the language herself, making sure if she could ever go visit
she wouldn’t be a confused tourist. She knew a lot and always
laughed when yelling came from somewhere in the dorm, Mark even lying
about what they said to make the boys seem somewhat normal.
personal favorite time was when she heard Hansol yelling at Johnny to
put his pants back on, not realizing the pair facetiming. When Y/N
asked what was going on Mark had told her that Hansol was
congratulating Johnny for learning a hard dance move or something.
The lie making the girl bite her tongue to hold back her laughter.
im really pissed that nash grier is on the same list as malala. She FOUGHT for equality of education and risked her LIFE for basic human rights. Nash goes on magcon tours and makes six second videos while being a homophobic and racist dick. That makes me soo mad. She won a nobel prize and he won a teen choice award. He has literally called actual people fags and aids infested. He’s trash and him even making the same list as Malala is incredibly offensive and shows what the actual human existence has come too.
i think the thing that strikes me most about bro strider is that he fights against the determinist philosophy espoused in homestuck.
as much as problem sleuth fucked with space and mass as its storytelling device, homestuck fucks with time. the entirety of the intermission is about that. the idea of scratched universes, alternate selves. the concept of a sole alpha timeline that must be adhered to or game over. what it all boils down to is that there is only one correct way to do things, only one way in which things have always been done, and there is no way to get away from this result.
according to all determinist principles, bro strider was destined to be a fucked-up person. also according to those principles, he was destined to raise a child. this is how it had will always been. (deliberate fucking up of verb tenses, time travel and determinism makes everything difficult.) somehow, bro had to work with what he was given and produce someone to play sburb who was not fucked up. and somehow, bro had to navigate around lil cal to do so.
hussie admits that what bro did to dave was child abuse. bro did this since dave was an infant. is it realistic that an irl baby could get thrown across a roof and the baby’s guardian would still catch the baby? no. that doesn’t make it not abuse just because it couldn’t physically happen irl. subjecting a twelve-year-old to swordfights for his life is not okay. neglecting your child to the point where he does not know how to use a refrigerator is not okay. exposing your child to erotica from a young age is not okay.
i think it’s a testament to the resiliency of human brains that dave came out of that as functional as he was, to do what he needed to do in sburb. maybe it was necessary in the deterministic view to make the dave we all know and love; it’s impossible to know as it stands right now what a non-survivor dave would look like, and i don’t want to speculate without worldbuilding fic to back up my theorizing.
but at the same time, even as bro was horrifically abusive, i think it’s important to acknowledge that bro gave “fate” and “destiny” and “determinism” the middle finger. he raised that kid. despite likely knowing every day that he was exposing the kid to danger just by existing. it takes a gargantuan amount of strength of will to do what needs to be done and mitigate harm as much as possible.
i don’t doubt that under this reading it’s not improbable that, under cal’s influence, bro might have submitted dave to csa. it still could have happened and we’ve just never heard about it. but as it stands right now, we don’t know for sure. and i’d say that if we don’t know, it hasn’t canonically happened. that bro did not sexually abuse dave is, to be understated about it, remarkable.
i believe it takes strength of will to mitigate damage and to make the kind of educated risk-utility analysis that bro had to do, every second of every day, to make sure that he, as a victim of abuse and mind control himself, did not repeat the cycle of abuse with dave. he failed. but he didn’t fail as hard as he could have. and i think that deserves some acknowledgement, because it only happened because of bro’s stubbornness. his unwillingness to do to others all that was done to him.
he could have been a mere puppet of the puppet. i’m sure that at some points, he didn’t have the strength to resist. but he made sure dave navigated his childhood without succumbing to the worst aspects of like twelve thousand of the worst people in homestuck. without dave being likely to repeat that cycle of abuse.
just goes to show you that abusers are people too. not good, but not all bad, either.
For all of you who don’t know, Caitlyn Jenner recently accepted the “Woman of the Year Award”. And for all who care, here is my opinion.
Many women who were listed as potential award winners were very deserving of that award. Caitlyn was not one of them. For example, Malala Yousafzai took a bullet for women’s education and survived only to be denied the award to a woman who thinks the hardest part about being a woman is finding out what to wear.
Let me ask you a simple set of questions.
Did Caitlyn take a bullet for her education, risk her life for the “crime” of having rights?
Did Caitlyn win a Nobel Peace Prize?
Did she fight for women and children without a voice in education?
“This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change. - This is where I will begin, but it is not where I will stop. I will continue this fight until I see every child, every child in school.” - Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech
Did Caitlyn ever worry about loosing her life in the home she loved so dearly? “And our beautiful dreams turned into nightmares. - I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed.” - Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech
Was Caitlyn accepted into the United Nations because “The hardest part of being a woman is choosing what to wear”?
“I speak – not for myself, but for all girls and boys.
I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” - Malala’s UN Speech
Yes the transgender community matters, yes it needs to be recognized publicly. No it should not have been given out to a woman who hasn’t experienced the sexual injustice and inequality of being a woman. No it should not have been given out as an act of pity for the transgender community, because now all it does it shame the community for one individual who doesn’t understand what it’s like to be a woman.
Compared to these other heroines Caitlyn is nothing.