the shunning truth

there’s something so primal about arya’s storyline. its the smell of rain and blood. the sound of wind and wolves howling in the night. the feel of the earth beneath bare feet. the taste of summer in a lake. its being completely exposed to the elements. its nature. and what is nature if not life and death? civilization shuns the scary truth of mortality but the wild does not. 

sometimes life is violent and ugly. and theres only one way it ever ends. death is scary so people lie to themselves and each other.  

but not arya. her house words are winter is coming and her own side mantra valar morghulis teaches the very same lesson. everyone and everything will die. the most fundamental of truths. of life and stories as grrm has said. and thats terribly important to portraying this war story with her. arya has to see things crystal clear so that the reader will understand: this is what war looks and feels like. no rose colored glasses like every other fantasy novel. this is not pretty. its a crying little girl with her face in the mud and screams and terror and death. i think thats why grrm has arya be the one who’s given, early on, the lesson about the true seeing from syrio. she absorbs everything through her senses very earnestly. theres little romanticizing in that regard from arya. but i think thats refreshing. arya is telling her story as truthfully as she can. and i love her for that. 

There’s this post going around that says “somewhere between self-centered and self-loathing there’s Erik” (if anyone finds the original, please add a link to my post, thank you!) I couldn’t agree more, and seeing it made me think about Erik’s character development in Kay.

The problem obviously starts developing during Erik’s childhood, and mostly due to his mother’s behaviour. She denied her son affection, but more importantly, she also made him believe that he was unworthy of it, and I believe this plays a major part in his transformation into the bitter, violent man he eventually becomes.

When he’s a captive of Javert’s, he’s scared and hurt, and in the beginning, he reacts as any lost little boy would: he pleads for mercy, asks to be let go. But he is only shown cruelty. Then he realizes that people fear him as well as hate him, and if Javert has taught him anything, then it is that you can use fear to make people do what you want, and that’s exactly what Erik does from that point on. 

His own mother would not kiss him and told him that it was wrong of him to want these things. The world named him a monster, so that’s what he becomes.(I could write an entire essay on Erik’s time in Persia and how this contributed to his “if I can’t be loved/accepted, I’ll be feared and powerful” mindset) Both in the Leroux novel as well as in Kay’s book, there are several instances where Erik distances himself from the rest of mankind, says he’s not human and so on and so forth, because that makes being an outcast easier - convincing yourself you’re better than the ones who shun you. 

But the truth is, he never stopped being the sad little boy that asked his mother for two kisses, no matter how he tries to hide behind cruelty and cold commands  or how many personas he creates for himself - be it angel of death, angel of music, ghost or phantom. Ultimately, he’s just Erik, and he is a lonely, deeply broken man who was called an unlovable monster so many times he started believeing it himself.

To Love a Shadow

This is what it’s like to love a shadow:

A cluster of beauty,

A shell of a person,

A casing of personality traits

Woven specifically to fit your heart.

To see the mask shift as you leave

Or slip while she’s in your arms.

The phone lights up and she’s gone,

To another source to feed that void,

To dance and sing her praises.

You’re never enough,

Because it’s not you–

An unfillable heart

Against a finite supply of love.

No one wins;

And everything’s a game.

Bring any amount of light,

It’ll be snuffed out or shunned.

Truth is judgement;

Judgement is shame.

No matter how you phrase it,

It stings.

How do you love a shadow with no skin?

Gently, my dear, gently…

But even cotton soft is tossed aside

For sandpaper phrases

Or honeyed promises of better days

With less work, less trying…

Less love.

When you love a shadow,

Embrace your light,

Embrace your right to shine.

For when she’s long gone,

That’s what you’ll have left.

Keep walking towards the Sun,

Feel the warmth again.

How do you love a shadow?

You let her find her own way,

Her own strength,

Her own life,

As you move on.

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm a Christian and I know a lot of Christians who swear, or say "oh my god," and other similar phrases like JFC, etc. Is this actually considered a sin, even if it's just in text and not said out loud? It bothers me personally but I'd just like some Biblical perspective on this. Thanks!

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

Exodus 20:7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lordwill not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

What is sin? Sin is anything we say, think, or do that is contrary to the will of God. Even if you don’t audibly say the words, even if you use acronyms or abbreviations, even if you score out a few letters with asterisks or dashes, everyone knows what you mean. Even if you just say it in your head, God still knows. The purpose of the Christian life is not to see how close we can get to the barrier of sin, it’s to go above and beyond to avoid any presence of sin in our lives - we are to strive to be blameless.

2 Timothy 2:14-17 says, “Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer.”

This verse is telling us that being careless with what we say not only causes us to become increasingly more ungodly, it destroys our testimony. It poisons everything we say about God, and infects every part of us like a disease. We are supposed to be representatives of Christ, but if we are living in sin that renders our word worthless.

Since we are to shun profanity because it mars our good standing, that certainly means rejecting it in all forms. You see, if you yourself don’t swear or use course jest, but you appear to show approval of such, it ruins your testimony just the same. I’m not judging because God knows I’ve got my own faults and weaknesses and my discernment lapses, but I see far too many Christians reblogging posts with all manner of foul language, crude jokes, sexual references, and things that, not only are they not glorifying to God, but is a very misleading show of how Christians are called to live. If something doesn’t honour God, why are you furthering it? Is a joke really worth the compromise? Endorsing corrupt talk, laughing at crude jokes, simply repeating it reflects on both you and Christ. We are called to be set apart from the world, we are held to a higher standard. Live like it.

This doesn’t just apply to profanity. Note that the verse heeds a warning against “idle babblings” and “words without profit”. We are not to be flippant with our words. Something might not seem all that bad on the surface, but if it detracts from God, if it’s not encouraging to others, if there is no value in it, then there is no point in saying it. We are not careful enough to consider the things we say. In fact, in James 3 it says that although every creature ever made can be tamed (I’m casually going to throw in the reminder that that includes Leviathan and Behemoth), no human can tame the tongue.

Our words are an immeasurably powerful force, that is why indulging profanity is such a dangerous thing. It eats away at us like acid. But when you take your words and use them for good, there is no telling what astounding feats you could accomplish for the kingdom of God.

Titus 2:6-8 says, “Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”

We rise far above any worldly expectations so that when people attack our conduct, it is they who will look the fools for their accusations have no foundation on which to rest. When we reflect God’s goodness, that, my friends, is the difference which points others to God.

If Islam is Evil then Why.....

If the religion of islam is so evil why does it tell us to:

Why does the Quran tell us to be Kind to eachother?

Why does the Quran tell us to Forgive those who have wronged you?

Why does the Quran tell us not to backbite, defame, and hurt one another?

Why does the Quran tell us that we need to look after our neighbours ?

Why does the Quran tell us we need to give 2.5 % of our income to charity? - The largest population who gives charity is the Muslims

Why does the Quran tell us to accept invitations?

Why does the Quran tell us to avoid being jealous of other people?

Why does the Quran tell us to keep ourselves clean and in a pure state?

Why does the Quran tell us to fulfill our promises?

Why does the Quran tell us to avoid lieing and cheating and bribary?

Why does the Quran tell us to avoid suspicion and avoid spying on others?

Why does the Quran tell us to Lower our gaze? So that we may be happy with our spouses and not look elsewhere..

Why does The Quran tell us to be obedient to parents? To be Gentle to our parents and take care of them when they’re old? - instead of puting them in an old age home

If the Quran and Religion of Islam is so Evil Why does it tell us to rather remain silent if we have nothing good to say?

Why does it tell us to not commit fornication and adultery? - do you think that if everybody only had sex with their spouse that there would be SO many sexual transmitted diseases? That there would be abortions?

Why does it tell us to stay away from intoxicants? - look how many families drugs and alcohol have broken up

Why does the Quran tell us to Greet people?

Why does the Quran tell us to be united?

Why does the Quran tell us that we should never oppress anyone

Why does Islam teach us to be KIND to every living thing? The animals, and even the plants

Why does the Quran teach us to not fight anybody unless they fight us first and take our homes and property?

Why does islam teach us to let go of our ego and become humble?

Don’t you see? Islam teaches us to be the best kind of person..

Don’t you see? If everybody abided by these laws, there would be no corruption and chaos?

If you don’t believe me, below are the verses of the Qur'an, you can look them up on your own :)

1. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion, colour, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on- Quran [17/70]

2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception - Quran [33/70]

3. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way - Quran [17/53, 2/83]

4. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low. Quran [31/19]

5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious - Quran [22/30]

6. Do not confound truth with falsehood - Quran [2/42]

7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart - Quran [3/167]

8. Speak in a civilised manner in a language that is recognised by the society and is commonly used - Quran [4/5]

9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative - Quran [6/152]

10. Do not be a bragging boaster - Quran[31/18]

11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain - Quran [23/3, 28/55]

12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play, then pass by with dignity - Quran [25/72]

13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious or overt - Quran [6/151].

14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correct yourself expeditiously Quran [3/134].

15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people - Quran [31/18]

16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit - Quran [17/37, 31/18]

17. Be moderate in thy pace - Quran [31/19]

18. Walk with humility and sedateness - Quran [25/63]

19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and salacious stares - Quran [24/30-31, 40/19].

20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keep your mouth shut. You might think that speaking about something without full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences - Quran [24/15-16]

21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favourable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence - Quran [24/12-13]

22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did - Quran [49/6]

23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and conception) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning - Quran [17/36].

24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76]. Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, “O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge.”- Quran [20:114]

25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of one family, brothers and sisters unto one another - Quran [49/10].

26. Do not make mockery of others or ridicule others -Quran [49/11]

27. Do not defame others - Quran [49/11]

28. Do not insult others by nicknames- Quran [49/11]

29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might deplete your communal energy -Quran [49/12]

30. Spy not upon one another - Quran [49/12]

31. Do not backbite one another Quran [49/12]

32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings forbsafety. One who conveys to you a message of safety and security and also when a courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with a
greeting still more courteous or (at least) of equal courtesy - Quran [4/86]

33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else, compliment the inmates - Quran [24/61]

34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission; and then greet the inmates and wish them a life of blessing, purity and pleasure - Quran [24/27]

35. Treat kindly
“ Your parents
” Relatives
“ The orphans
” And those who have been left alone in the society - Quran [4/36]

36. Take care of
“ The needy,
” The disabled
“ Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs
” And those whose businesses have stalled
“ And those who have lost their jobs. - Quran [4/36]

37. Treat kindly
” Your related neighbours, and unrelated neighbours
“ Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public
transportation. - Quran [4/36]

38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street, and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition - Quran [4/36]

39. Be nice to people who work under your care. - Quran [4/36]

40. Do not follow up what you have given to others to afflict them with reminders of your generosity - Quran [2/262].

41. Do not expect a return for your good behaviour, not even thanks - Quran [76/9]

42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with others in evil and bad matters - Quran [5/2]

43. Do no try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues - Quran [53/32]

44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways first. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good deeds yourself, then preach - Quran [2/44]

45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct others] - Quran [66/6]

46. Pardon gracefully if anyone among you who commits a bad deed out of ignorance, and then repents and amends - Quran [6/54, 3/134]

47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy, and become a source of tranquillity and comfort to people- Quran [3/134]

48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful exhortation. Reason with them most decently - Quran [16/125]

49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and amusement - Quran [6/70]

50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless they engage in some other conversation - Quran [4/140]

51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed - Quran [4/54]

52. In your collective life, make rooms for others - Quran [58/11]

53. When invited to dine, Go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to engage in bootless babble. Such things may cause inconvenience to the host - Quran [33/53]

54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation - Quran [7/31].

55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly - Quran [17/26]

56. Fulfil your promises and commitments- Quran [17/34]

57. Keep yourself clean, pure _ Quran [9/108, 4/43, 5/6].

58. Dress-up in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite character from inside out - Quran [7/26]

59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavour -Quran [29/17, 2/188]

60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, nor bribe the officials or the judges to deprive others of their possessions - Quran [2/188]

How can these PERFECT Laws be written by anyone else Except God?

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved
—  As the world accepts wrong for right, loves darkness over light, and truth is shunned, remember Matthew 10:22
Inconvenient truth

We cover up our women in designer makeup, in photoshop, in suburban sweaters, in aprons, in posing pictures on facebook in sun dresses and designer jeans.

In some places the women are covered up in veils and sprawling black middle eastern shawls.

In some places the women must keep their eyes down at all times.

All these layers, pile upon the surface, covering up the underlying reality, masking the abuse, shades of black and purple, marks of the macabre and hidden reality within the flesh, buried in the mind and soul.

We cover up our woman so we don’t have to think about the ugliness of the underlying truths.

We prefer our woman skinny and well dressed, blush over their bruises, lipstick over their bloody lips.

Seduction is a much lighter burden to bare than sex traffick, black eyes, and commonplace rape.

Make up is a much prettier mask than violence and abuse.

Perhaps strong women who wear black when proper mourning, who bare their scars confidently on the outside as marks of perseverence, of hope that cannot be defeated, of force that’s outlived the tyranny that’s lurked in passing, should be celebrated and not shunned.

Perhaps the truth is worth facing and not wincing away from.

Perhaps the truth is worth changing,

worth reshaping for the future,

worth reshaping from the past,

worth reshaping of the present.

-Jerry Harris III

Since Maximilien Robespierre has never been accused of having a surplus of Christmas spirit, it should come as no surprise that the Incorruptible spent his last Christmas on earth giving a speech, dubbed “On Revolutionary Government,” to the National Convention. This was three weeks after the Revolutionary Government was constituted by the Law of 14 Frimaire. 

Happy Holidays, let’s talk about beheadings. 

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