the pillars of society

Halonic Faith

Hark, faithful child of Halone – if you still have courage to profess belief in Her:

This time in which you live is that of the greatest trials our beloved Ishgard has had ever to face, and She needs your courage more than ever before. For you have but to look around you to see, despite the promises of our new dictators to protect our ancestral faith and honor our Goddess, the Mother of Coerthas, that the destruction of our Church, the centermost of all pillars of our great culture and society, proceeds apace.

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While conservatism is often critiqued, Capricorn have a way of taking the best of tradition, of the established, of the pillars that have held up society for the better, and defending them in the face of often chaotic reactions for the sake of reacting in itself. Whether this is the best teachings of religion, morality, law or societal structures, they have a valuable talent for protecting the sacred. The older they get also, the better they understand the difference between repressive, where their younger days may encourage strictness and regime, and the sacred, where in their older days, when they have burst out of their old bones as a child again, they can clearly see the difference and can take flight in this.

Education, the pillar of society!  In my opinion, the U.S. is on a trajectory of decline as education has become for the rich.  It is now powered by an influx of immigrants from India, China, Canada, etc…  Hopefully by the next generation of educated immigrants they will turn the tides over and place value on healthcare and education!

The mobilization around the manifestations of sexist violence enlarged women’s awareness about the systematic connection between the apparently ‘private’ aggression of individual men and the main institutions and ‘pillars’ of ‘civilized society’: the family, the economy, education, law, the state, the media, politics. While starting with their personal experiences of various forms of male violence, women began to understand that rape, wife-beating, harassment, molestation of women, sexist jokes, etc., were not just expressions of deviant behaviour on the part of some men, but were part and parcel of a whole system of male, or rather patriarchal, dominance over women. In this system both direct physical violence and indirect or structural violence were still commonly used as a method to ‘keep women in their place’
—  Maria Mies, Patriarchy and Capital Accumulation

Director Katsura Hashino on Persona 5

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say in this day and age that there are a lot of people out there who feel like they aren’t moving forward, that they have no future, and carry a lot of weight on their shoulders every day. They’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, emotionally speaking; on the one hand, they might not be keen on living by the same rules and values that defined previous generations, while still lacking the will to go out and actually break those barriers down themselves. That dark side of society is a central pillar to the game we want to make with Persona 5.


In the midst of all that, though, you got these high school punks who are trying to bite back at a world that’s trying to pin them down. If our game can give people a little courage to keep going in their day to day lives, to face things head on and do something with themselves, then we’ll have done our jobs here.

Via: Famitsu

I really was prepared for the worst before I went into this episode but what they did to the Martells even exceeded my expectations. The fault probably lies with me for expecting the writers to react to the backlash the Sand Snakes have received and trying to correct the wrongs of season 6.

Are they honestly trying to portray Ellaria and the Sand Snakes of all people as strong women “rebelling against the patriarchy”? Did they really just make it about gender? When Dorne was supposed to be the one place where female succession was a common practice and equality was important pillar of society? Did they seriously just take this whole concept and twist it 180° to make it fit into their fucked up, one dimensional, out-dated idea of Strong Female Characters™ who need to be filled with hate and pain? 

Is this really what Arianne Martell was discarded for? I am honestly speechless. There was literally a huge sign saying “THIS WAY TO FEMALE EMPOWERMENT” pointing at Dorne and they managed to butcher it all.

Cosmic energy had been prohibited from forming any new spirit within her. Even with a concealed dream to see this decree change, the truth of her new predicament had shaken her temperament, tainting visions of the future. For inclusion within her immortal sect, she had struck off any reproductive rights. This had been for the sake of ancient peace, ending a long standing rift between the co-existence of mortal and immortal civilisations. She had existed for hundreds of years not only beneath such law, but as a pillar of the society which upheld it. She had been a figure of chastity and truth. Her most personal uprising had been rebel against this, in the comfort that it would harm nothing but her sanctity. Now, with new life forming, she had lost yet another fraction of her sacred integrity. This time, there was no ease for deception, and the rules which had governed her physical and spiritual existence were broken beyond return. Her divine, yet conquered life, as it had been for centuries, came to an inescapable end. It was about it begin again, upon the furthest outreaches of the universe. She would now walk in the midst an outdated society, which lost all sense of romance in the reality of its brutal zeitgeist.
—  Celestial Dynasty

Remember when All Might took photos of Izuku at the beginning of their ten-months-training, so that he could show him his progress later? Seeing that Toshinori is quite unsure about what to do as a teacher, I reckon that he copied that idea from Nana.

And now imagine Toshinori deciding to move to the dorms, and while he is packing his things, he stumbles across photos and / or videos Nana and Gran Torino took of his training. Back when he was still a teenager, back when Nana was alive. And he looks at the photos and watches the videos… probably hears Nana narrating his progress like:

“And here we see the future pillar of society, getting beaten up by Gran Torino himself! Toshi, say Hi to the camera!”

“Sensei, stop recording me, it’s embarrassing…”

“You will thank me later for it. Gran Torino, look over here! Smile for the camera!”

“Nana, don’t you have something better to do?”

“We need to practice your smile, Gran-Gran.”

“Gran-Gran?!”

“Stop calling me that in front of the boy!”

And Toshinori watches this, years later, and smiles and cries at the same time. He probably shows it to Izuku, and they watch it together, while Izuku leans into his mentor and holds his hand to comfort him through it.

Just… imagine that for a moment.

Of 10 major societal institutions, just two — the military and scientists — garnered majority support from millennials on the question of whom they trust to do the right thing most of the time. That's according to new polling by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics of this most-written-and-talked-about generation, which encompasses those ranging in age from 18 to 29.

The lack of trust in longtime pillars of society among millennials is striking both for its depth and its breadth. No one is spared their side-eyed looks.

Every revolutionist meets a number of spies and “agents provocateurs” in his way, and I have had my fair share of them. All governments spend considerable sums of money in maintaining this kind of reptile. However, they are mainly dangerous to young people only. One who has had some experience of life and men soon discovers that there is about these creatures something which puts him on his guard. They are recruited from the scum of society, amongst men of the lowest moral standard, and if one is watchful of the moral character of the men he meets with, he soon notices something in the manners of these “pillars of society” which shocks him, and then he asks himself the question: “What has brought this man to me? What in the world can he have in common with us?” In most cases this simple question is sufficient to put one on his guard.
—  Kropotkin