Question about the consequences of the events in Deep Wizardry. Will the Master Shark be replaced by another shark like the Silent Lord is replaced, or on a more permanent basis? Or was his power simply lost, and there will never be a Master Shark again?
This may sound odd, but this is a matter to which I think I’ve given absolutely no thought whatsoever. …Which is unusual for me.
And now that it comes up: Mere replacement of Ed’rashtekaresket – either qua Ed, or as regards his particular unique developmental, historical and spiritual positioning – seems impossible. I rather think that there will be (meaning “almost certainly already is”) a shark now holding the Master-Shark position in lieu of the original office-holder. Except that shark will be holding it, as it were, by vicariate. (And I’m invoking “vicar*” here not in the Home-Counties-C-of-E mode that means “your [cozy] local clergyman who invites you round for tea”, but rather in the sense in which Catholics use the word when they speak of the Pope as “the Vicar of God on Earth”: of someone acting as a stand-in or deputy for someone of much greater inherent power.)
I think that should there be need for the attriibutes we think of as the Master-Shark’s to be exercised, then this vicariate Master would do so, enabled by (and channeling) the power still embodied in the original… who, as we know, appears to be Not All That Dead, Not Really Dead Anyway. (But then that would be somewhat in his nature, and shark-nature generally, so no surprises there.)
That make sense? Hope so. :)
*In passing, I coudn’t not link to the dictionary.com definition of vicar because of the quotes about Obama and soccer riots. Tea, meet keyboard…
What is the purpose of rioting? I mean how is destroying property and acting worse than animals(even animals know better than to trash it's own habitat) supposed to make life better for anyone or put a stop to ebil rayciss cops?
Actual rioting and not just protests that are called riots?
In my experience they are one of two things. People coming from an outside area from where the protest is occurring to take advantage of the chaos and cause mayhem or loot.
The other, if it’s genuinely from in area, is to cause that chaos because that’s what can motivate people. When you’ve tried being polite and peaceful and it doesn’t work them sometimes you want to strike out, cause fiscal damage, make people pay attention.
Animals may not do it, I’m not an expert in animal behaviour, but I would assume that those that do not don’t feel they have to in order to force change, to draw attention, and to vent anger.
When you can have actual footage of police beating a man on the ground, not subduing him, but BEATING him and nothing happens it can feel like the only way to express how wrong it all is is to act out.
Riots have a long historical presence, they HAVE actually forced change many times in history so it’s not like there is no precedent for this thought..
The problem is that we tend to try and paint rioters with a cause as animals instead of asking ourselves what we did to push people to that point.
Soccer fans riot and tear apart a stadium because of a single call in a game but we don’t give them the same, fierce scrutiny that we give to those who riot because they can’t be silent and peaceful anymore.
I don’t personally know if it’s the most effective way, but I know a lot of coverage of these events tends to miss the point entirely.
Anarchists in São Paulo Rioted Against the World Cup This Weekend
About 2,500 people marched through the streets to the center of São Paulo, Brazil on Saturday to protest against the cost of hosting the World Cup. The sun was beating down and the temperature was hitting 29 degrees as people gathered on Avenida Paulista with flags, drums and, in many cases, black bloc gear. The march was billed as the first action against the World Cup in São Paulo in 2014, on the day that the city celebrated its 460th anniversary.
People have been irritated by the idea of hosting the World Cup for some time. I guess the thought of tens of thousands of football fans crowding the streets, pissing the official tournament beer up against the wall of your house for a month isn’t an appealing one, but the main complaint is the huge expense of building the infrastructure to accommodate them when local social projects are in such dire need of investment. To try to cool things down, the government set up three websites where citizens could track their spending. Unfortunately, this attempt at transparency was let down by a site that is difficult to use andwhich frequently gives contradictory, wrong or misleading information.
And so, on Saturday, the anarchists advanced, arms linked, chanting an animalistic “Uh, uh, uh, uh” as they went. It was kind of scary. Shopkeepers and bar owners shuttered their premises and police were everywhere. The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, was the target of one chant. “Hey, Dilma, can you hear me?” screamed protesters. “There will be fighting in the World Cup!” Unsurprisingly, the country’s riot cops are said to be as well rehearsed as the Samba dancers ahead of the opening ceremony on the 12th of June.