These are some of the terms and definitions that I personally use. They change a lot as I get new info and I didn’t create any of the words lol. Other people have other definitions and I’m not trying to insinuate that mine are the “right” meanings. They’re simply just my thoughts on things.
Spirits: Funny enough, the hardest thing for me to define. I want to say anything that doesn’t exist in the physical realm, aka anything without matter. But there’s a difference between spirits and simply energy and that’s where things get fuzzy. Also, there’s a lot of things that don’t have matter that I wouldn’t consider spirits just because of that such as concepts like justice or things like heat (aka a non woo energy).
Etheric Copy: Also known as the “energy body”.
This is actually more so a type of energy that makes up a spirit than the spirit itself but I felt it was worth mentioning. It applies to the spirit that lies within physical beings, living and nonliving and is the energetic form and feeling that their spirit takes. Sometimes the etheric copy isn’t an exact copy of the physical form where one’s etheric copy can have aspects of their astral form, such as wings on a human’s copy.
Entities: Living spirits that are still going about their lives. They can grow, have families, withdraw money from the bank, die, etc. They can be super complex beings or just simple, mindless creatures. The important things are that they can still age and that they don’t have physical bodies.
Ghosts: The spirits of the dead, whether they were originally physical or not. These are the spirits that you’d meet from the bones and remains of earthly organisms but you can also meet ghosts from entities that have passed. Usually hang out in graveyards, places that they used to live, or the respective netherworld of their culture. If you kill an entity, you might still need to deal with their ghost.
[Name] Guardian: A spirit that encompasses many other spirits. For example, a “species spirit” which is a spirit of an entire species of organism, not just an individual, would fall under this. (They aren’t literally made of the individuals that fall under them). I also just sometimes write the name in all caps like COFFEE for Coffee Guardian.
Nonliving Spirits: The spirits of objects. These can have an etheric copy if working with physical objects but it also applies to objects in the nonphysical worlds. Usually are dormant and need an energy input to be “awakened”. They usually like to do what they were made for, examples being hammer spirits that like to hammer, lamps that like to be turned on, etc. On the other hand, some nonliving spirits have the strength of gods but their nonliving nature means that they’re not actively looking for worshipers or to strengthen their power like most true gods (Ex- the Sun and the Moon).
Demons: A “catch-all” term for the diverse group of spirits that usually live in the lower realms of the astral. They also usually work in “darker” magics but there’s some who are “lighter” and others who don’t do any magic. A lot of spirits with different names, appearances, cultures, personalities etc. fit under this broad classification. Think about how we use Kingdom Animalia to describe thousands of species that share only a few characteristics.
Gods: Strong entities with access to power levels and areas of the universe that are inaccessible to humans and other spirits. For example, humans can create life by using their personal will and energy (and perhaps that of spirit allies too) to make thoughtforms and the like whereas gods can create life (and free will from the get go) simply by using the energy from a life-creating domain of the universe. The more connections they have to these domains, the stronger they become. A lot of their strength also comes from worship and its many forms though not all gods are a part of a religion and not all gods interact with humans. They can also form different “aspects” which are like different versions of themselves that are usually influenced by the way their followers worship and work with them. They can create these without influence though it’s not as easy.
Servitors: Simple, mindless spirits that are created from a human’s (can be an entity’s too probably) will and energy. Programmed for one certain task and are fed through the creator’s energy aka their creator giving them attention. The creator can dismantle them and incorporate their energy into new servitors, back into themselves (not recommended), release their energy into the universe, or forget about them so that they disappear into the universe on their own. They lack a mind, free will, personality, emotions, etc. unless they’ve gone rogue. A rogue servitor is one that their creator no longer has full control over and no, that’s not a good thing.
Thoughtforms: Essentially the same thing as a servitor but they’re usually more complex with thoughts, feelings, minds and potentially more than one task programmed into them. Just like servitors, they’re dependent on their creator for food but a properly made thoughtform would have another food source that they can rely on. Initially, they lack knowledge beyond what their creator already knows and free will, however, through experience and interactions with others they can gain both of those things. The only way to know if a TF truly has free will is if they go against the task they were programmed for (a companion TF no longer wants to be a companion, a guardian TF no longer feels the need to guard what they were instructed to, etc.). When they have completed their task, they can be “put to rest” and released into the universe or released as an independent being since they do have the other food source. They can also go rogue if they become independent without their creator’s “permission” and can be dangerous to the creator and others depending on how they gained their independence (*cough* abused/neglected TFs ).
Egregores: Spirits that are created from the will and energy of multiple people. Pop-Culture spirits are the most obvious example but egregores can be created by a small group of people like a coven or just a bunch of friends too. Like thoughtforms and servitors, they are fed by attention and smaller egregores can die if they aren’t given enough attention and don’t have an alternative food source. I find that similar to gods, these usually have “aspects” with different facets depending on how many people were involved in their creation (the more people, the more aspects). They’re more powerful than thoughtforms.
Godforms: Human-created gods. Usually come from extremely successful egregores that obtained the attention and energy of many, many people. I’d say characters like Pikachu or Harry Potter have reached this level or perhaps even the spirit of the USA or McDonald’s. They can also be intentionally created gods like if a group of people began worshiping a being as if they were a god. While egregores are usually controlled in some form by the people that created them, godforms are completely independent and no longer require their attention just to exist. But just like gods, more attention means more power so they probably seek out more “followers” by trying to expand their influence. I don’t know for sure if they have connections to the exclusive domains of the universe that regular gods have but I can see things like the USA godform gaining access to the same domains that war gods have or Pikachu being connected to an electricity domain like Zeus is.
Some would argue that all gods are actually godforms but I don’t know enough about the nature and origins of gods to make that judgement. (I’ve seen “megregore” used as a term for a godform that isn’t “religiously” worshiped but I personally don’t differentiate the two).
“The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.” ~ Carl Jung
Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.
ESTP Shadow: ISTJ. Can become stubborn about their perception of the past and fixated on its relation to the present (Si). Can become critical, disgruntled with disorder, illogical, or inefficiency (Te). Rigidly following a belief system or what they personally think is important, with accompanying childish and/or selfish behaviour (Fi). Over-reading between the lines, often misinterpreting someone’s actions and seeing negative intentions where there are none (Ne).
Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.
ISTP Shadow: ESTJ Can become stubborn about organising things and insist on a systematic approach (Te). Prefer not to focus on the past but can be quite critical of past performances and overuse negative experiences to inform decisions (Si). Interpret situations in a naive way, inferring malice where none exists (Ne). Spend money and time on things that are unimportant and care little about the value of things (Fi).
Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.
ESFP Shadow: ISFJ Can become stubborn about their perception of the past and fixated on its relation to the present (Si). Can be quite critical and disgruntled about the expectations of the group to the point of rebellion and disengaging (Fe). May make statements or believe in ideas that are contradictory and illogical (Ti). Over-reading between the lines, often misinterpreting someone’s actions and seeing negative intentions where there are none (Ne).
Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what’s going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, do not force their opinions or values on others.
ISFP Shadow: ESFJ Stubborn about how others affect them and resist being pulled into being responsible for others feelings and choices (Fe). Prefer not to focus on the past but can be quite critical of past performances and overuse negative experiences to inform decisions (Si). Interpret situations in a naive way, inferring malice where none exists (Ne). Caught up in pointing out others’ inconsistencies, with a dogmatic tendency to adhere to one principle rather than seeing its distinctions (Ti).
Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.
ESTJ Shadow: ISTP Can be stubborn about the models and principles they’ve adopted, categorising everything simplistically and robotically following the principles (Ti). Go on about “facts,” blocking others’ proposed actions, or get caught up in the moment and engage in impulsive behaviour (Se). Envision how something will play out and ignore signs that it won’t work out, foreseeing disaster or nothing at all (Ni). Convinced others don’t like, appreciate, or need them, and over-accommodate others needs (Fe)
Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.
ISTJ Shadow: ESTP Stubborn about going on impulse and insist that they have an accurate read of the situation (Se). Prefer not to articulate operating principles and can get stuck in models and frameworks they have learned or adapted (Ti). Over-address others’ concerns and feel disappointment over a false sense of closeness (Fe). Make dire predictions with certainty and mistake deep symbolism as a guidepost for life (Ni).
Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.
ESFJ Shadow: ISFP Be stubborn about values as they crusade for a particular cause, turning off people instead of mobilising them (Fi). Go on about “facts,” blocking others’ proposed actions, or get caught up in the moment and engage in impulsive behaviour (Se). Envision how something will play out and ignore signs that it won’t work out, foreseeing disaster or nothing at all (Ni). analyse, lash out if others criticise their logic with emotional arguments, and make subjective arguments (Te).
Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.
ISFJ Shadow: ESFP Stubborn about going on impulse and insist that they have an accurate read of the situation (Se). Dwell on conflicts in beliefs, being critical, and locking into their desires by bulldozing others (Fi). Spend unnecessary time establishing order, planning, and misguide themselves and others in the process (Te). Make dire predictions with certainty and mistake deep symbolism as a guidepost for life (Ni)
Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.
ENTJ Shadow: INTP Can be stubborn about the models and principles they’ve adopted, categorising everything simplistically and robotically following the principles (Ti). Oblivious to unspoken potentials and get off track with inferences and interconnections (Ne). Cling to what they are used to; repeat themselves in ritualistic fashion (Si). Convinced others don’t like, appreciate, or need them, and over-accommodate others’ needs (Fe).
Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance – for themselves and others.
INTJ Shadow: ENTP Be stubborn about responding to emerging information and locking on to a hidden meaning (Ne). Prefer not to articulate operating principles and can get stuck in models and frameworks they have learned or adapted (Ti). Over-address others’ concerns and feel disappointment over a false sense of closeness (Fe). Get stuck in impressions of how things were and resist change; waste time reviewing the impact of the past (Si).
Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.
ENTP Shadow: INTJ Be stubborn about perceptions of how the future will be, and lock onto a vision that won’t happen (Ni). Can become critical, disgruntled with disorder, illogic, or inefficiency (Te). Rigidly following a belief system or what they personally think is important, with accompanying childish and/or selfish behaviour (Fi). Excessively seek physical stimulation or following the urge to do nothing; zero in on isolated details, acting impulsively on them (Se).
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.
INTP Shadow: ENTJ Can become stubborn about organising things and insist on a systematic approach (Te). Indulge negative thoughts of how events will unfold (Ni). Dwell on the perceived “realities” of a situation; act highly impulsively (Se). Spend money and time on things that are unimportant and care little about the value of things (Fi).
Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.
ENFJ Shadow: INFP Be stubborn about values as they crusade for a particular cause, turning off people instead of mobilising them (Fi). Oblivious to unspoken potentials and get off track with inferences and interconnections (Ne). Cling to what they are used to; repeat themselves in ritualistic fashion (Si). analyse, lash out if others criticise their logic with emotional arguments, and make subjective arguments (Te).
Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.
INFJ Shadow: ENFP Be stubborn about responding to emerging information and locking on to a hidden meaning (Ne). Dwell on conflicts in beliefs, being critical, and locking into their desires by bulldozing others (Fi). Spend unnecessary time establishing order, planning, and misguide themselves and others in the process (Te). Get stuck in impressions of how things were and resist change; waste time reviewing the impact of the past (Si)
Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.
ENFP Shadow: INFJ Be stubborn about perceptions of how the future will be, and lock onto a vision that won’t happen (Ni). Can be quite critical and disgruntled about the expectations of the group to the point of rebellion and disengaging (Fe). May make statements or believe in ideas that are contradictory and illogical (Ti). Excessively seek physical stimulation or following the urge to do nothing; zero in on isolated details, acting impulsively on them (Se)
Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.
INFP Shadow: ENFJ Stubborn about how others affect them and resist being pulled into being responsible for others feelings and choices (Fe). Indulge negative thoughts of how events will unfold (Ni). Dwell on the perceived “realities” of a situation; act highly impulsively (Se). Caught up in pointing out others’ inconsistencies, with a dogmatic tendency to adhere to one principle rather than seeing its distinctions (Ti).
The people who appealed to the BBC Trust about the elaborate and offensive queerbaiting on BBC Sherlock, after having remained unsatisfied with the previous derogatory responses from the BBC Complaints Team on the matter (x and x), received this rather stupefying reply today in the mail.
The most baffling sentence in this long letter is perhaps this one:
“It was not about fact and although the issue mattered a great deal to those who complained it was not serious - it was fiction.”
The BBC Trust almost seems to suggest that the BBC’s editorial guidelines do not apply to fiction, while the BBC’s own introduction to those very guidelines states the following: “We seek to uphold the BBC’s Editorial Values in all we do. They embody our freedoms and responsibilities and, like the Editorial Guidelines, apply to all our content, whether it is made by the BBC itself or by an independent company working for the BBC.”
So how can this be an argument not to put the appeal before the Trustees?
Also, the Trust gave this puzzling statement:
“[The subject matter] was not a matter of intense debate or importance in a particular nation, region or discrete area likely to comprise a significant part of the audience.”
Apparently, a particular but significant group of the audience not centred in one geographical location doesn’t count when it’s negatively affected?!
OpNorbury would love to hear your thoughts on this!
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
Exodus 20:4 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven Image, or any likenesse of any thing that is in heaven aboue, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
John 4:22-24 “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
The image is “Cesare Borgia” 2nd son of Pope Alexander the 6th. Roman Catholic Church painted his image as “Jesus” to deceive the masses, and keep the true children of the promise (12 tribes of Israel((Jacob))) from the truth. The so called “negroes”, “Native American" , and “Mexicans” in America are the true children of the promises found in the Bible. Repent and follow the commandments. Walk in Christ brothers and sisters 🙏🏾
I wasn’t gonna comment about this on tumblr, but I changed my mind so… person asking if everything needs a gay ship on one of my drawings, I’m so sorry I’m contributing to the lack of representation of heterosexual couples :(((
*whipsers* im new in the voltron fandom and im really confused. who is Mothman?
Alrighty Anon, so this is a question I see asked/reflected in
a LOT of the tags whenever I post Meithman, and as a result, I’ve actually been
meaning to make a post to explain it as best I can for those folks! SO I GUESS
THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY DO IT!
The “who” is just as important, however, as the
“why,” and to be frank, the “why” isn’t super clear to me,
and when I go digging deeper, I feel like Tumblr isn’t actually showing all the
results when I search for the truth! (CONSPIRACY!) So my information is a) not 100% certain, and
b) I can’t back it up to give credit where credit is due to whoever made the
first, shall we say, “connections” in building this piece of fandom
lore, such as it is. I’d love to know as much as anyone!
AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE, no longer with deep-digging stripes required, by semi-popular demand!
So first off, is the answer to your ACTUAL question: WHO IS
Essentially, Mothman can perhaps best be summed up as an
urban legend/cryptid with no actual canon
connection to the Voltron show. That’s right, you’re not crazy, you didn’t
miss something glaringly obvious! (OR DID YOU.)
[An artist’s interpretation.]
From the Wikipedia article on Mothman, “In West Virginia folklore,
the Mothman is a legendary creature
reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from
November 12, 1966, to December 15, 1967. The first newspaper report was
published in the Point
Pleasant Register dated November 16, 1966, titled
“Couples See Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something”. The
national press soon picked up the reports and helped spread the story across
[What a fantastic
There were various Mothman
sightings back around ‘66-’67 or so, etc, etc, and
while many of those sightings are suspected of being hoaxes or misattributions
of perfectly normal phenomena (as well as tricksters), the sightings were also sometimes
said to precede catastrophic events, etc., leading to the additional conspiracy
theory of the of a prophetic element, popularized in John A. Keel’s 1975 book,
“The Mothman Prophecies,” made into a movie in 2002. (One such “linked” disaster being
the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which included the very real, very tragic loss
of many lives.) IIRC some conspiracy theory-type TV shows postulated that
Mothman kind of “came” to the town and revealed itself as something
of a warning that something bad was about to happen, while others believed
Mothman somehow caused the disasters. (Ah, good old conspiracy theory TV…)
Now, with all this unrelated-to-Voltron
stuff in mind, the next logical question you might be asking would, of course,
be: WHY MOTHMAN?
And it’s a great one! And
I’ll be honest, I probably know about as well as you do - my own assumptions
are merely that: assumptions. Like most people, I saw the art/tags/head-canons
and went, “…What…?” I kind of pieced together what I assume is the
reasoning for how it came to be on my own - so my explanation could be spot on,
or it could be way off - but I’ve seen similar opinions reflected elsewhere, so
I’m fairly confident that my best guess is at least somewhat relevant to why
this all came together.
[Keith reveals his chef d’oeuvre at Gallery Desert Shack, June 10th, 2016.]
Honestly, it largely comes
down to Keith’s S1E1 living situation and preoccupations. Living alone in a
shack in the desert, tracking conspiracies on a cork board, linked
together with COLOURED FLIPPIN’ YARN FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! (And tied in
weensy bows! uwu)
So, from there, if you narrow down conspiracy theorist!Keith a bit and you come to him searching, specifically, for the Blue Lion, which, on its own, basically sounds like a cryptid (cryptids, of course, being creatures who cannot be/have not been proven or disproven by science. Well-known examples include the Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch, Yeti, etc.). After all, a
blue lion sounds about as likely as Bigfoot, right?
theorist!Keith, not too surprisingly, is often paired with conspiracy theorist!Pidge, who similarly
was preoccupied with the conviction that there were aliens puttering about, having a good old chin-wag about something called
Voltron, and that said aliens were, in some way, possibly connected to the disappearance
of the Kerberos crew, etc.
So. Conspiracy Theorist!Keith begets General Cryptid-Seeking!Keith. You follow?
(Somewhat unrelated, but
while you’re here - along a similar vein, Lance, whilst skeptical of all of
this, latches on later to the idea that the Castle-Ship is haunted, which, when
you float them all together, makes for a really fun paranormal investigation
team AU! I like to think Hunk would be really into gemology, Allura would have
some possible psychic ability, and Coran would be in charge of setting up the
technical experiments & baseline tests, while Shiro would
be the resident skeptic with a dark past/experience he refuses to admit was real.
GOOD TIMES! But nobody asked about my random AU head-canons…)
[Honestly, THAT LIL’ BOW IS CANON. I DIDN’T ADD IT. CHECK FOR YOURSELF! KEEF TIED WEE BOWS!]
So then, why exactly did
anyone arrive at focusing on Mothman specifically? I’m… not really sure. D:
It’s something I’d lovet to know; I’ve tried to look into it, but, as I
said, Tumblr doesn’t want me to know. Maybe because Mothman toes the line
between being considered a cryptid and an alien? (There are UFO theories as well as cryptid theories regarding Mothy.) Idk. I’m pretty
sure someone (I don’t know who, I’d source if I knew for certain) just kind of latched onto
cryptid-seeking Keith, it evolved specifically towards a fascination with
Mothman in particular, and then before you know it, other people followed suit,
and then there were posts and art about Mothman’s fantastic abs, and it escalated.
(Or maybe it didn’t really escalate. I don’t actually see a lot of Meithman
content these days… What a loss…)
There is this line: “It’s like something… some energy was telling me to search. […] Each [carving] tells a slightly different story about a blue lion… but they all share clues, leading to some event, some arrival happening last night.”
This could be a reason as to why Mothman might have been the cryptid of focus - the prophecy connection. But I feel like this is perhaps grasping…? It could have been that someone just kinda said, “Mothman,” and it stuck. (Or, as with the Meithman valentine I posted the other day, MAYBE IT’S A MOTH-TO-A-FLAME ATTRACTION JOKE? A+ if so. If not, I feel blessed anyway. What a perfect OTP.)
I also like to think this lil’ carving of Voltron’s silhouette could be said to vaaaaguely resemble Mothman. At least in so far as it also does not really resemble Voltron either. Let’s be real though; it could also be a very distinguished looking Kaltenecker.
Anyway, fast-forward a bit through the random conception of this, and Keith pining for Mothman is suddenly a… thing… understood and accepted (well, accepted, anyway) by a large segment of the fandom, VERY MUCH NOT
UNDERSTOOD by another segment, and for other people, whichever side of it they’re on, it just confuses them anyway. The fandom, therefore, is suddenly left with the pairing that, by and
large, seems to be colloquially accepted as “Meithman” (though I have
also seen “Meith,” “Keithman,” and “help how tf do I
AND THERE YOU HAVE IT. My
BEST-GUESS NOT-SO-DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO HOW MEITHMAN MAY HAVE COME TO BE, UNSOURCED AND
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, so thanks for
asking, Anon! I hope this has been enlightening and entertaining, if not precisely helpful!
Does islamqa site provide wrong answers?Is that what you meant in recent post about abonoor promoting salih Al munajjad? What are the sources of learning for a layman on internet?
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
may Allah reward you for your question and seeking clarity. Please accept my apology due to the delay in response but I wanted to compile a list of websites before I could respond.
yes you are correct, islamqa provides wrong answers. here is one simple example out of the many.
in case you are confused about the answer, there is a unanimous agreement from the times of the Sahaabah, to their students, to the students of their students, to all the scholars who have followed them in guidance on the impermissibility of political demonstrations, speaking out against the rulers, etc for social injustice. The Prophet ﷺ taught us how to deal with every single affair in the religion, and no one from the Salaf have allowed demonstrations and rallies. yet the author of that website gives the incorrect fatwa and misguides his audience with this.
without spending more time in going through more of his posts, but perhaps the more serious issue with him (Saalih al-Munajjid), is his defence of an individual who denies things from the basic beliefs of a Muslim, such as the Scales on the Day of Judgment, makes takfeer of the entire Ummah by mentioning that there are no Muslim countries left in the world and declares all the Muslim rulers to be kuffar (disbelievers), assigns hypocrisy to some of the Companions of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ (those who Allah عز و جل said He is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him), and belittles the Prophets, with foul statements in regards to them. if an individual was to say some of the above about one of our close companions or family members, i am quite sure we would be very quick to abandon this person and not associate with them in any way. yet…this author of the website not only continues to promote his work but rather continues to defend him. and this is why the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah have warned against the individual and the website.
so may Allah bless you, i advise you and all those who have jealousy for your religion, to be careful where you take your knowledge from. as for some of the good websites for laymen like myself to seek knowledge from. the following is not a complete list, but إن شاء الله it is a good starting point [i am assuming since you said for the ‘layman’ that you do not know arabic, if you are looking for arabic then let me know and بإذن الله i will provide some]:
When someone seeks,“ said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.
This is the second series of visual notes from Sunni Brown’s Visual Notetaking 101 - Modules 2-3. If you would like to learn more about visual thinking and visual note-taking, I suggest you seek out the following professionals: Sunni Brown, Dan Roam, Mike Rohde, Dave Gray, Brandy Agerbeck, Austin Kleon and David Sibbet. Other great resources include the following sites: Sketchnote Army and The Doodle Revolution.
Sakura might have quelled at least some of Sasuke’s fears, but she isn’t as confident as she pretends. The idea that the fetus inside her is connected to as dark and tragic a past as Indra Ōtsutsuki is worrisome, but at the same time…
She has to admit she’s curious.
That doesn’t stop her being relieved when the dreams inexplicably stop bringing her to the strange beach. Her nightly visions become vague again, bursts of colour and emotion, occasionally faces that are familiar to her but inconsequential. She still experiences the frustrating moments of abuse, attacks from a faceless father and sister; these encounters paralyse her as she sleeps, and leave her irritated upon waking. But overall, there is such a vague and hurried quality to these that she suspects she is experiencing time passing.
This pattern continues long enough that it’s almost a shock when she falls asleep one night and finds herself once more in a completely lucid, detailed dream.
She is sitting uncomfortably at a table in a richly decorated room, and the dim memories Sakura can access suggest that her attendance here is rare, perhaps even only occasionally required. Sitting across from her are two people whose presence not only disheartens her – the small, curious part of her had been hoping to meet Indra again – but also fills her with overwhelming wariness.
“There’s talk among the court of a newcomer,” Father says as the servants place their meals before them. “A man of great talent, said to be the son of a wise sage from the East. They say he can call lightning from the sky and breathe fire like the dragons of old.”