slaves of the ordinary

To believe that one should be happy just to be alive, despite leading a hideous existence, is to think like a slave; to think that it is pleasant to have an ordinary and comfortable life…People squirm in agitation before a dark wall and dream about buying washing machines and television sets; they anxiously look to tomorrow, even though it will bring nothing.
—  Yukio Mishima
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
—  Cecil Beaton

anonymous asked:

I don't believe Nina is ignorant like you said. I think the best words to describe her would be "confused and conflicted." After all, she admitted that she liked Charioce while also acknowledging the fact that he did horrible things and is 'that' king. Her feelings were portrayed realistically in ep.14 because she isn't a shallow person who only sees black/white

It’s precisely bcs she doesn’t see black and white that I call her ‘ignorant’.

  • Nina doesn’t have an established sense of right and wrong; she’s a blank canvas ready to be painted over, and this is what the ppl around her are doing.
  • She’s kind, true, but in order to ‘help’, she *needs* to care about the person she’s going to help first.
  • It takes the glasses guy in ep1 hinting at her that Anatea is not all good, and Azazel literally screaming at her that demons slavery is bad in ep2 for her to notice that maybe not all is alright with the capital city.
  • But even then, her reaction is:
  • she doesn’t understand, so she can’t care, and she puts it out of her mind.
  • But then in the very next ep, she runs desperately to save Azazel, refusing to hear Rita and Kaisar’s warnings.
  • It makes me think that while at the end of ep2 she only thinks of Azazel as some ‘weird black demon’, she can’t not care about him bcs she already knows his face and his name; he has become her ‘acquaintance’, someone she knows, and bcs she’s kind, she rushes to save him.
  • in ep4, Azazel refuses to get saved bcs he needs to save the demons from being slaughtered by the king. She takes this in (king = bad, demons = need to be saved), and chooses the one route that would accomplish all three (save azazel, save demons, stop the king) and tries to turn into a dragon.
  • In ep5, she saves the abused demons on her own will. (continued on from ep4, demons = need to be saved)
  • I thought of that rescue scene in ep5 that way bcs she doesn’t seem to worry at all about the humans in that place. Other than the slave traders, there are also ordinary humans in that place who might be in danger once the demons are released. Yet both her and Mugaro go away without a single worry, which makes me think, again, in order to care, she needs to be told to care first.
  • And in ep8, she cares first and foremost for Mugaro, then Azazel (both ppl she knows) and once Azazel asks for her help, *then* her eyes go to the corpses of the demons strewn about.
  • She tries to transform then, but even that is after she stares at Azazel and sees his desperation; she is asked to help, thus she will try to help.
  • In order for her to act, 1) she needs to care/know about the ppl she’s going to help, 2) she needs to be given instruction on what to do.
  • By ‘ignorant’, I don’t mean shallow; I mean it more in the sense of doesn’t know or understand anything at all.
  • In ep8, the way she mouths off to Chari feels dictated and like she just repeats Azazel’s words about the horribleness of the king; this is esp also bcs just before that, she says this:
  • which just further convinced me she doesn’t understand the situation at all.
  • You mentioned about her conflicted feelings in ep14;
  • For me, I wish she has done this back in ep11 maybe, before Rita appears. I also wish she would look more troubled about the fact that when Rita says “what are you dancing for” the first thing she does is blush and think of the good Chari, without following it up with the thoughts of bad king chari.
  • It makes it hard to believe that she’s conflicted about it at all.
  • um… does she mention to jeanne that the guy she’s talking about is the king? bcs I don’t remember that.

tl;dr - I call her ignorant bcs she doesn’t have a fixed sense of right and wrong, and this is not necessarily a bad thing.

  • after all, this would be ground for her character development.
  • It’s clear that she’s being directed to develop her own way of thinking, her own sense of right and wrong, her own judgement;
  • so that even when ppl tell her something later, she could say “I choose this bcs I believe this is the right thing. This is my way of doing things.
  • (at least I hope so.)
  • the show’s tagline is about love and ruin.
  • Love is known to defy logic and reason anyway; so her acting on feelings is, again, not exactly a bad thing; after all, she’s still developing and finding herself.
  • (again, at least I hope so.)
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
—  Cecil Beaton

Do not ally yourself either in affection or interest with any one who is not an earnest student of the higher life, unless you can completely dominate him, and even then be sure that you either recompense or chastise him according to his deserts; for the profane person hears many truths, but understands none; his ears are large but have no discretion. The profane passes his life in giddy risks, deluded with vain desires, listening to imaginary promptings, and with his eyes fixed on fancied sights. You may think he is pleased with your aims, but the truth is that he is absorbed by his own follies; the profane has no appreciation of the truth, and feels no real affection. The profane is imprudent and shameless; he discloses things which should be kept concealed, and attracts to himself brute forces which may devour him. That which he most neglects is himself; he wears his vices as a blazon, but they are an ever−present burden to him, yet he does not recognise that they are a constant source of weakness. Make it a definite rule of life always to avoid:

- All men who show no courage, and all women who have not modesty.
- Those who do not maintain their friendships.
- Those who ask for advice, and then do not take it.
- Those who are never in the wrong.
- Those who are always seeking the impossible, and who are obstinately unjust to others.
- Those who, when danger is present, seek only their own safety.

All such persons are neither worthy of your confidence nor of your love. Fear contamination from them; avoid them. Yet even as you yourself must also avoid the follies of life, be careful not to put yourself in an attitude of superiority to the conditions of existence merely from a false pride, and never stoop to debase yourself to the level of the brute creation; rise above the common ways of life, and never become the slave of custom and conventionality. Treat the habits of ordinary life as others treat the weaknesses of childhood. Amuse the crowd to prevent personal injury, but never address it except in parables and enigmas; such has been the mode of conduct of all the great Masters of Magic, and in such an attitude there is wisdom.

—  Eliphas Levi

Laurent knows.

And I’ll tell you why. This is in the first chapter of Captive Prince when Laurent first sees Damen. Look at his reaction.

Now if Damen was just an ordinary Akielos ‘slave’ then why would Laurent stop dead, face turning white upon seeing him. Laurent being Laurent probably wouldn’t give this reaction if it was any other Akielon, but this is Damen, the man who killed Laurent’s brother so this reaction makes the most sense, especially because he covered it up straight away. Also a few pages later Laurent purposely gets a rise out of Damen as seen below.

“So the country will be ruled by a bastard and a whore.” Damen’s pretty crap at keeping his cool and I swear he gives himself away at least half a dozen times throughout the series, but yes, Laurent got the rise out of Damen, which is exactly what he wanted because he knows exactly who Damen is. I’ll eat my hat if he doesn’t. There’s like a billion other reasons that could prove this and when I finish re-reading the books, I’m going to make a dot point list of each incident that suggests Laurent knows!

This time I’m taking it slow, absorbing each and every detail unlike my previously rushed and excited binge on the trilogy. I guess all shall be revealed in just under two weeks with Kings Rising. I’m going to die.

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

Cecil Beaton.

anonymous asked:

I'm doing a series of novellas based off fairy tales. I was hoping to do Cinderella and make her a black girl. But I was going to make her a slave instead of her being in servitude to her step family. Is that a terrible idea? Her being a slave? I want an appropriate setting, I don't want it to be offensive

Black Cinderella in Historical Roles

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The answer to your question would be “This could be a terrible idea.” Why? First, you want an “appropriate” setting and you seem to think that by making Cinderella a Black girl, you automatically have to make her a slave. Cinderella wasn’t a slave in the original fairytale to start out with, so it implies that a Black girl isn’t good enough to be just an ordinary girl, she just has to start off as a slave from the start to make the setting “appropriate.” Black people didn’t just exist in times of slavery. Play around with the time periods, do some more research. You could still have your story set in the 1800s and your Black character doesn’t have to be a slave.

Think about the nature of the Cinderella fairytale. Cinderella was an ordinary girl (or a girl of status depending on the version) whose mother died and her evil stepmother made her a servant in her own house. If she’s starts off as a slave and is a slave in the beginning, what exactly does she have to aspire to other than being free? What kind of agency does she have while being a slave? Not to say that she can’t have agency, but consider what making her a slave does to the overall Cinderella narrative:

  • How is she going to be at the ball?
  • Is her fairy godmother going to make her White so she can attend the ball?
  • Is she going to be serving at the ball and the prince hits on her?
  • Is the prince even going to be White?
  • If the prince is Black, is he going to be an actual prince or is he going to be a slave as well?

By adding a slave narrative to the Cinderella, you have infinitely complicated your story to the point where the Cinderella element to your story is no longer relevant and the slave narrative takes over. At WWC, we never want to discourage people from writing their stories, but this has the potential to backfire on you. Not only could it be offensive, but it’s a complex narrative that requires extensive research to pull off. What’s wrong with making Cinderella an average ordinary Black girl? The movie listed above does a fantastic job of transcending race, while also allowing for real representation to take place without making the titular character a slave.

~Mod Najela 

anonymous asked:

I really like your post about humanity but sincerely the attributes you speak of are nothing foreign to a Christian. You act like one and love like one. The thing is society tells you it's nothing but a hateful and controlling God. That is not the case. He basically wants us to do what your doing. In fact your a great example of a good follower and ironically you don't believe. That's something. Now I must ask, why don't you believe in God?

As for the Christian thing, I personally like listening to inspirational music, some of which happen to be Christian songs because they are hopeful and uplifting.

However, I can remove myself from what I want to feel and what I know. I’ve read a couple books on evolution and I have seen some snippets of the bible. The books on evolution make sense to me because they make logical sense and are backed up by evidence. The bits I’ve read from the bible are sometimes illogical and immoral.

Like for instance, one of the ten commandments is ‘don’t work on Sunday’. While at the time there was gender inequality and slavery. Wouldn’t an all knowing being have the foresight or even ordinary sight see that how women and slaves are treated is wrong. But he decides that not working on Sunday is more important. Can you imagine a world where in the bible it actually said ‘don’t have slaves’ and ‘treat women equally’. It wouldn’t have taken over a millennium for women and slaves to be treated as people.

To me that points to an obvious manipulation of the bible by people of power to control those who believe with their ears and not their mind.

I don’t believe in God like I don’t believe that Superman exists. Because I have no proof of their existence. Would I like Superman to exist? Hell yeah. But will I ignore that multitude of evidence against an actual Superman to believe Superman exist? No that’s illogical.

I believe in being moral because as society we are better off together than as individual beings. That to do good for the people around you will result in good in your life.

I don’t need God to be a good moral person.