I’ve gotten so used to my internet cutting off occasionally that I don’t even get upset about it anymore, what upsets me more is when it connects again and cuts off my fine run in Chrome’s dinosaur game…
“The pitiless agent of the Church, the fanatical persecutor of children, the inventor of hideous machines to slice them apart and look in their terrified little beings for any evidence of sin —and along comes a foul-mouthed, ignorant little brat with dirty fingernails, and you cluck and settle your feathers over her like a hen.”
Cultural pessimism is always fashionable, and, since we are human, there are always grounds for it. It has the negative consequence of depressing the level of aspiration, the sense of the possible. And from time to time it has the extremely negative consequence of encouraging a kind of somber panic, a collective dream-state in which recourse to terrible remedies is inspired by delusions of mortal threat. If there is anything in the life of any culture or period that gives good ground for alarm, it is the rise of cultural pessimism, whose major passion is bitter hostility toward many or most of the people within the very culture the pessimists always feel that they are intent on rescuing. When panic on one side is creating alarm on the other, it is easy to forget that there are always as good ground for optimism as for pessimism - exactly the same grounds, in fact - that is, because we are human. We still have every potential for good we have ever had, and the same presumptive claim to respect, our own respect and one another’s. We are still creatures of singular interest and value, agile of soul as we have always been and as we will continue to be even despite our errors and depredations, for as long as we abide on this earth. To value one another is our greatest safety, and to indulge in fear and contempt is our gravest error.
Marilynne Robinson, ‘Reformation’. From The Givenness of Things.
Just a random thought when I think about this week’s rewatch episode Melinda.
If Bahrain hadn’t happened then Melinda would have continued working with Phil and he wanted her in the Avengers Initiative and so she woud’ve said yes.
Sound wonderful till here doesn’t it ?
Now .. If Bahrain hadn’t happened Melinda May would’ve been there with the rest when New York happened and Loki wrecked havoc, she’s been fighting with Avengers and that seems great ..
this also means that she’d have been on the helicarrier when Loki would’ve ‘killed’ Coulson. She might have been able to try stop Loki when he attacked but she might’ve been there like the rest of the Avengers protecting the others and she would’ve been on the helicarrier when Coulson would’ve been killed.
She would have heard Fury saying *Coulson’s down* the way Maria or Nat heard. She would’ve been trying to save people when she’d hear this and she can’t halt or stop because she needs to protect the rest.
She would have been THERE when Coulson died. Maybe Coulson would’ve wanted to see May one last time before he breathed his last. Maybe if Bahrain hadn’t happened, THIS would be Melinda May’s Bahrain. Being there and not being able to save the guy who ‘means a lot to her, a lot’