the sum total of everything

I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’m gone which would not have happened if I had not come.
—  Salman Rushdie

I can’t even form a coherent sentence about how ridiculous that pro-cap-riddled post is. 

Let me rant for a sec though about Seaworld and the SRKW mmmmmmmmmkay

The SUM TOTAL of basically everything Seaworld has ever directly done to benefit the SRKW can be found in the $1.5mil they reportedly gave to the NFWF for the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program.

However, per their announcement it’s not even clear if that money came from Seaworld proper or the SWBGCF, which is not the same thing. It is possible that Seaworld donated earmarked money to SWBGCF for financial/tax/etc reasons, but for the purposes of discussion? Yes, the distinction really needs to be maintained.

The KWRCP was established in 2015. Last year. There has certainly been concern about the SRKW and their habitat for a lot longer than that.

The SRKW were officially declared endangered in 2004 (the process started in 2001), and the comprehensive, decade-later report detailing the research and efforts that went on for ten years literally contains no mention of Seaworld. (read: this seems to indicate, definitively, that they weren’t involved - they did nothing to help.) 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad there’s at least some trace of help from them now. Cool. Again, that literally started about a year and a half ago. I’ve been running this blog longer than Seaworld has actually been helping the SRKW. That’s pathetic. It will continue to be pathetic because they should have been doing this crap a long time ago.

I have also seen no indication that Seaworld itself - the park part, the public-face “Cares” part, is in any way encouraging the public (and the politicians) towards the needed actions to protect the SRKW and their habitat - which, while that’s mainly the Salish Sea, it’s realistically the whole damn west coast.

Seaworld NEEDS to use their reach to bring eyes and ears to the real issues facing wild orca. Salmon issues are central, and cover a spectrum (agriculture! fish farms! degraded habitat! stormwater runoff!) and the solution is not just “breaching the dams” (though that’s obviously really critical to helping the SRKW.) Maybe they have info about things like stormwater impact on fish-in-general, in the park. I don’t know. But to help orcas, specifically the SRKW, people need to know what the problems are, and most importantly what they can do to help rectify the situation(s).

(If the actionable topics are somehow too dismal for a Fun Day at the circus-rollercoaster-park, maybe said park should reconsider its attempts to own the whole ‘conservation + family fun’ angle.)

Even further: there have been serious concerns about salmon in California too - and that impacts the SRKW just as much. Remember when some folks in Cali tried to get the SRKW delisted from the ESA? Yhea, fun! If Seaworld has so much as raised a finger to do or say anything in their home state re: anything like this, I haven’t seen it. (If there’s info about them stepping in and doing or saying something, please do share it with me.) They are not active in these matters in WA either.

But they certainly do spend time and substantial money trying to sway the public and politics in their stupid parks’ favor.

If I make an extremely conservative estimate based on the numbers available on Wiki, the annual attendance of the 3 Seaworlds is about 11 million people. They have the opportunity to reach out and encourage millions upon millions of people to action - and yes, they may do so in some small ways. But not for orcas. In fact their materials actually come across as counterproductive, assuring people that the park, the bucket-orcas, and their visit, are helping. Anyone who leaves feeling that they’ve helped (positive feelings, good job, yay), is one person who is potentially no longer available to *actually help.* So if Seaworld is barely helping, and nobody’s being encouraged to help… things continue as they are. Meanwhile the real conservationists, environmentalists, researchers, and activists are desperately trying to shout loud enough to get people to PAY ATTENTION and DO SOMETHING.

I have vague hopes that their updated show will include information about the SRKW and teach the audience about something useful, rather than focusing on the parks’ anthropormophised collections of broken animals. I’m not optimistic, however.

tl;dr Seaworld only started actually helping orcas because the Blackfish-backlash forced it to. They are not solely responsible for the ongoing issues but they owe the SRKW a lot more.  

how are we still having the “is hannigram canon?” discussion

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these two are blatantly, obviously, deeply, unhealthily emotionally entwined, if not outright in love. it doesn’t have to be sexual – emotionally (perhaps even romantically) – they are a pair. they are a duality, a “we” by their own admittance (“we are a zero-sum game”).

these gifs are not even the sum total of everything, either. it’s more a sampler of “greatest hits”. 

hannigram is canon. period, the end. 

can we move on now?

Cas stared at the reflection in the mirror. He turned his head to the left, then to the right, and watched as the man in the mirror followed.

He touched his cheek and felt the rasp of stubble against his fingertips. He would need to shave in the morning.

He lowered his hand slowly.

Strange. Strange that a simple bathroom mirror could now reflect the sum total of everything he was. Strange that he needed to shave, and brush his teeth, and shower and eat and sleep and-

Cas looked down at the sink, where the water was still running from the tap. His eyes fixed on the water as it swirled down the drain and disappeared. The water was still clean, unused and purposeless, and Cas really should turn it off now if he wasn’t going to brush his teeth.

Instead, he imagined following the water as it fell down, down through the pipes and into the sewer system, dissipating into the sludge and muck until it was indistinguishable from all the rest.

His eyes stung. He drew in a shuddering breath and his hands clenched tightly on the rim of the sink.

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Who what am I? My answer: I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come.

What the soul is after is—the highest feeling of love you can imagine. This is the soul’s desire. This is its purpose. The soul is after the feeling. Not the knowledge, but the feeling. It already has the knowledge, but knowledge is conceptual. Feeling is experiential. The soul wants to feel itself, and thus to know itself in its own experience.

The highest feeling is the experience of unity with All That Is. This is the great return to Truth for which the soul yearns. This is the feeling of perfect love.

Perfect love is to feeling what perfect white is to color. Many think that white is the absence of color. It is not. It is the inclusion of all color. White is every other color that exists, combined.

So, too, is love not the absence of an emotion (hatred, anger, lust, jealousy, covetousness), but the summation of all feeling. It is the sum total. The aggregate amount. The everything.

Thus, for a soul to experience perfect love, it must experience every human feeling.

How can I have compassion on that which I don’t understand? How can I forgive in another that which I have never experienced in Myself? So we see both the simplicity and the awesome magnitude of the soul’s journey. We understand at last what it is up to:

The purpose of the human soul is to experience all of it—so that it can be all of it.

—  Neale Donald Walsch
You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
—  Maya Angelou