There is a statue carved in to the mountain. You know this. Everyone knows this. You ask, once, who the statue is of. No one knows. There are whispers, hardly spoken. It is a temple. You ask who it is a temple to. No one knows.
A monster attacks the town. You have never seen anything like it. Protectors you have never met step forward and defeat it. They leave before you can thank them. You rebuild what has been destroyed. A monster attacks the town. You have never seen anything like it.
There is a boy. His name is Steven. You do not know how you met him. You ask when he came to the town. He has always lived here, someone says, he’s Greg’s son. You think that you have met Greg. You ask where Steven lives. No one knows. No one ever knows. You don’t know anything about Steven. You like him anyways.
There is no school. There is never any school. School is out for the summer, they say, but you continue to receive grades. You haven’t been to school. You have never been to school. They continue to send you grades. You’re getting worse.
You sit on the beach with your feet in the water. The tide pulls out. You worry that it will not return. The tide returns. It always returns. You don’t remember why you ever worried.
The cool kids drive past you. You don’t remember ever meeting them, but you know they are cool. You can’t remember a time when they weren’t the cool kids. You know their names. They do not know yours.
You don’t know your name.
They are holding the mayoral elections. Mayor Dewey is campaigning. You do not know who he is running against. You do not know if there is someone he is running against. He wins the elections by a landslide. He continues to campaign. He can not stop. There has always been a Mayor Dewey. There will always be a Mayor Dewey.
You can not name your parents, but you know that they mean well. They always mean well. You are certain you still live with them, but you don’t know where you live. You do not know your name. You are certain that your parents love you.
There are strangers on the pier. They do not look human. You greet them politely and treat them as if they are normal. They are normal. You don’t know why anyone would ever assume otherwise. You think that they are heroes, but you don’t know what they have saved. You treat them with respect anyways.
No one ever speaks of the war. You ask someone, once, and they can not remember. The world has always been this strange. There is nothing to fear. You do not ask again.
Every day the boats go out to fish. You have never seen them leave or return, only appear and disappear. They return with fish. They always return with fish. You have never seen anyone eat the fish. It is forbidden. You do not know where the fish go.
If you walk far enough you will find old places, ruined, full of artifacts. None of them have been blocked off, but you know not to enter. These places are dangerous. It is better to pretend that they don’t exist.
There are lights in the sky that are not stars. Sometimes they grow brighter and fade away. Other times they grow larger. Always larger. Approaching. You do not know when they will arrive.
Earthquakes shake the town. There are always Earthquakes.
Keep Beach City Weird, the boy says. Beach City has never been weird. Everyone dismisses what he has to say as nonsense. This is normal. Beach City is normal. He never talks to you about the fact you don’t have a name. You wouldn’t know what to say.
Steven does something. “Classic Steven”, you say, but you can not remember what makes you say that. You know him. Everyone knows him. He always looks the same. A part of you wonders how. The rest of you replies, “Classic Steven.”
One of the strangers is purple. If you look at her long enough, she will shift form. You are not certain she is real. You start to watch other things, waiting to see them shift forms. Most of the time, they do nothing.
Half of the games on the boardwalk are out of order. You wait for the repair crew. You are always waiting for the repair crew. You do not know if they can even be repaired, now.
There are some plants that you do not go near. You have not seen a Rose in a long time. One day, watermelons are added to the list. You do not know who added it, but no one has eaten watermelons since.
They hold a parade each year. You know this. You remember having watched the parade, but you do not know what it is for. You do not know when it is held. No one does. It seems uncertain the parade will ever come. You wait for the parade.
There is only one empty lot you have ever seen, and it sits behind the Big Donut. Nothing is ever built there. You do not know who owns the lot, but it is empty.
You miss your parents. You aren’t certain when they left, or if they are even gone. You miss them anyways.
You are always friendly. You have always been friendly. You accept all of the strangers. Except for the ones who have been run out of town. You do not talk about them, except in rude whispers. What a jerk, you say. You are friendly. You do not want to be run out of town.
There are storage units. They do not look large enough to hold much. You walk in to one and you walk. You keep walking. There is no end to the storage units. You could spend your entire life in the storage units. When you finally walk out, you are not to certain as to if you’ve actually left. You do not enter one again.
Do not go up to the lighthouse, they tell you. You would go up when you were young, in hordes, and not all of you would come back. You see children playing in the green. You want to warn them, but you are too afraid to get close.
The funland amusement park and the funland arcade sit on opposite sides of the town. You tried to walk between them, but you arrived before you started. You do not know where the switch occurs. You do not care.
At night you sleep easily. You do not remember the things that should keep you awake at night. Sometimes, in your dreams, you will see Steven. He is not a part of this dream. Classic Steven, you think. You don’t know what anything means.
I feel like 11/9 was the day Larries finally gave up and moved on to reality.
I’m gonna tell you what happened here.
You’re an anti and you’ve been stalking our corner of the fandom for quite some time. Right after Election Day, you logged in as normally as ever and were disappointed in finding out that there was nothing for you here, because all larries have been dedicating their blogs to was the tragic outcome of said elections. The same happened the day after that and the day after that, too. You know, sometimes things happen in life. Things that are so big, that are going to affect the future of millions of people around the world. I’m very proud to be part of a fandom who deals with reality, to find myself among people who are intelligent, informed, willing to think, cope, work and fight for solutions to improve our conditions; people who are not going to passively take everything they’re told to accept, but stand up for their right to BE.
What you found here is not larries giving up on Larry or anything. You found smart people putting aside everything else for a couple of days to come together and hug each other and find hope and motivation. I assume this is a very odd thing for you and for the place you come from. Honestly? I strongly suspected it, given the attitude your side has shown so far.
Hello I was looking through your blog & I read a post of yours that said "Allah is above the Heavens." This statement is incorrect. Muslims don't believe Allah is above the Heavens. It doesn't make any sense. Muslims believe Allah exists without being in a place or direction; Allah doesn't resemble His creations. Saying "Allah is above the Heavens" is saying that Allah has a body, & that He resembles His creations. Surat ash-Shuraa, 11: <<ليس كمثله شيء>> "There is absolutely nothing like Him."
I hope this message finds you in the best of imaan & health by the grace of Allaah. I ask you to kindly begin your message with the Salaams, as it is a right upon the believers and a greeting of peace.
Please excuse me as I do not normally respond to messages publicly, however in having a brief browse through your blog, I cannot determine whether you are a brother or sister and I refrain from responding to messages from brothers privately due to the ruling regarding gender etiquette/interactions in Islaam. BaarakAllaahu feekum for your understanding.
I appreciate your message, but I would like to inform you that the correct belief in Aqeedah (Creed) of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah in regard to this attribute of Allaah, based upon the understanding of Qur’an & Sunnah by our Pious Predecessors (Salaf-us-Saalih), is that Allaah is above His throne [in a manner that suits His majesty]. In the Creed of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah, we understand and accept this statement in the literal sense without distortion, likening Allaah to His creation, or defining His attributes metaphorically.
“It is Allah who created the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them in six days; then He established Himself above the Throne. You have not besides Him any protector or any intercessor; so will you not be reminded?”
“Indeed your Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days, and then He Istawa (rose over) the Throne (really in a manner that suits His Majesty). He brings the night as a cover over the day, seeking it rapidly, and (He created) the sun, the moon, the stars subjected to His Command. Surely, His is the Creation and Commandment. Blessed be Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)!”
“Do you feel secure that He, Who is Over the heaven (Allaah), will not cause the earth to sink with you, and then it should quake? Or do you feel secure that He Who is over the heaven (Allaah), will not send against you a violent whirlwind? Then you shall know how (terrible) has been My Warning.”
(Qur’an, Surah Al-Mulk, 67:16-17)
And mentioned in numerous other Suwar of the Qur’an.
Moreover, there are a number of statements by the Salaf-us-Saalih in support of the above, such as the ones below for example:
Abdullah Ibn Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) reported:
“When the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) passed away, Abu Bakr (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) ascended the minbar, praised Allah and said:
"O people! if Muhammad (ﷺ) was your god whom you worship then your god has died, and if your God is the one above the heaven (fis-sama’) then your God did not die. Then he recited: ‘Muhammad (ﷺ) is not but a messenger. (Other) messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels (to unbelief)?…’(3:144) until he completed the ayah.”
[Reference: Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah (20/560-562); Ar-Rad ‘Ala Al-Jahmiyyah by Ad-Darimi (p.44-45); Musnad Al-Bazzar (1/182-183)]
Abdullah Ibn Ma’sood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
“Between the lowest heaven and the one after it is the distance of five hundred years, and between every two heavens is the distance of five hundred years, and between the seventh heaven and the Kursi is the distance of five hundred years, and between the Kursi and the water is the distance of five hundred years, and the Throne (Arsh) is above the water, Allah the Almighty is above the Throne (fawqa Al-Arsh). And nothing is hidden from Allah of your deeds.” And in another narration “He knows what you are upon.”
[Reference: Graded Hasan. In Al’Adhamah by Abu Ash-Shaykh Al Asbahani (2/688-689); Al-Mujalasah wa Jawahir Al-‘Ilm by Ahmad Ad-Daynuri (6/406); An-Naqd by Ad-Darimi (1/422); Sharh I’tiqad Ahl AsSunnah wal Jama’ah by Al-Lalikai (3/395-396); Ithbat Sifat Al-‘Uluw by Ibn Qudamah (p.151-152) and others]
Malik ibn Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
“Allāh is above the heavens and His knowledge is everywhere.”
[Reference: al-’Arsh 2/180]
For more statements of the Salaf on the ‘Uluw (highness/elevation) of Allaah, I advise you to read the following:
As Muslims and adherents of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah (the people of the Sunnah united upon the truth) it’s upon us to understand the Qur’an & Sunnah as the earliest generation of Muslims understood it, and not through our fallible ‘logic’, ‘rational thinking’ or any other methodologies. Alhumdulillaah the guidelines, statements, and understanding of how we should understand our blessed deen has already been established, and it is our obligation to seek the correct knowledge regarding this methodology.
As Imam At Tirmidhi (rahimahullaah) said regarding the verses and Ahadith which concern the Attributes of Allaah:
“The madhhab in this issue from the people of knowledge from the imaams such as; Sufyaan At-Thawree, Malik Bin Anas, Sufyaan Bin Uyaynah, Ibn Mubaarak, Wakee’ and other than them is that they narrated these texts and said: ‘these ahadith are narrated and we believe in them and it is not to be said: ‘how’.’ And this is what the people of hadeeth have chosen, that these ahadith are narrated as they have come and are to be believed in, and it is not allowed to interpret them, nor is it allowed to try to conceive them (mental images) and it is not allowed to say: ‘how’. This is the affair of the people of knowledge which they have chosen and have gone towards.”
[Reference: Jaami At-Tirmidhi (4/97) Tahqeeq by Abdul Wahhaab Abdul Lateef, Daar Fikr.]
For a list of classical books by the Salaf and early scholars on the ‘Uluw (elevation/highness) of Allaah, I recommend reading the following:
Sharh As-Sunnah of Imam Barbahaari (d. 329H)
Radd Alaa Jahmiyyah of Imam Ahmed (d. 241H)
Radd Alaa Jayhmiyyah of Imam Daarimee (d. 280H)
Radd Alaa Jahmiyyah of Imam Ibn Mandah (d. 395H)
As-Sunnah of Imaam Ibn Abi Aasim (d. 287H)
As-Sunnah of Abdullaah Ibn Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal (d. 290H)
Ithbaat Hadd Lillaahi of Imam Dashty (d. 655H)
Kitaab Al-Arsh of Ibn Abi Shaybah (d. 297H)
Risaalah ilaa ahl-Aththagar of Imam Al-Ashari (d. 364H)
Al-Ibaanah of Imam Al-Ashari (d. 364H)
Maqaalaat Islaamiyyeen of Imam Al-Ashari (d. 364)
Al-Hujjah Alaa Taarik Al-Muhajjah of Ibn Taahir Al-Maqdisee (d. 507H)
Khalq Af’aal Al-‘Ibaad of Imam Bukhaari (d. 256H)
Al-Ibaanah of Ibn Battah (d. 387H)
Al-Hujjah fi Bayaan Al-Muhajjah of Isma’eel Al-Asbahaani (aka Qawaam As-Sunnah) (d. 535H)
As-Sunnah of Imam Al-Humaidi (d. 220H)
Usool As-Sunnah of Imam Ahmed (d. 241H)
Aqeedah Tahaawiyyah of Imam At-Tahaawi (d. 796H)
Naqd Alaa Bishr Al-Mareesee of Imam Ad-Daarimee (d. 280H)
Kitaab At-Tawheed of Imam Bukhaari (d. 256H)
Kitaab At-Tawheed of Imam Ibn Khuzaimah (d. 311H)
Kitaab Al-Eemaan of Imam Ibn Mandah (d. 395H)
Kitaab At-Tawheed of Imam Ibn Mandah (d. 395H)
As-Sunnah of Imam Khallaal (d. 311H)
Ash-Sharee’ah of Imam Aajurry (d. 360H)
Qaseedah Haaiyyah of Imam Ibn Abi Dawood (d. 316H)
Sareeh As-Sunnah of Imam Tabari (d. 310H)
I’tiqaad Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaah by Imam Laalikaaee (d. 418H)
I’tiqaad Ahlus-Sunnah of Imam Isma’eelee (d. 371H)
As-Sunnah of Imam Muzani (d. 264H)
Aqeedatu-Ar-Raazi’ain of Imam Abu Haatim Ar-Raazi and Imam Abu Zur’ah Ar-Raazi (d. 277H, d. 264H)
Kitaab As-Sunnah of Imam Harb Al-Karmaani (d. 280H)
Kitaab Al-Qadar of Imam Al-Farayaabi (d. 301H)
Mukhtasar Al-Hujjah Alaa Taarik Al-Muhajjah of Imam Nasr Al-Maqdisee (d. 490H)
Risaalah Al-Qairwaaniyyah of Imaam Ibn Abi Zaid Al-Qairwaani, also known as Imam Malik As-Saghir (d. 386H)
Stuck in a Place That Doesn't Exist. Here's a premise I'm sure you've never heard before: I'm a high schooler madly in love with a girl who doesn't reciprocate the feeling. The friend zone, I've been told, doesn't exist because its based around some weird, weezer influenced form of made up entitlement. But I legitimately value this girl as a friend, and I can feel my emotions creating a divide between us. How do I magically stop liking her and turn the "Friendzone" back into an actual friendship
You are so adorably woke and lovely for a high schooler! Well done you! Allow me to address the rest of the class for a minute and then we’ll come back to you. Also I wrote about how to handle crushing on a friend for Rookie that dives more into why we end up crushing on friends and how to let them know how we feel.
Listen, much ado has been made about the Friendzone, and how sexist it is, and how much entitlement is required to feel Friendzoned or to Friendzone someone or etc. It’s taking a thing that kinda has been happening for ages (liking someone romantically who doesn’t like you romantically) and applying all sorts of weird standards onto it. I’ve been infatuated with dude friends for much of my life, and as much as I wanted to put some complicated conspiracy of what I’m owed and what I deserve because I’m a nice girl onto it, the point is that I wanted to be with someone who didn’t want to be with me. And that hurts.
To me, liking a friend is a result of two things: proximity and potential.
Proximity: This girl is already in your life, you talk, you hang out, you have fun. It takes away the awkwardness of getting to know someone.
Potential: Because you’re not in a romantic relationship with her, a relationship with her could be ANYTHING! It could be perfect, where you connect all day long and make out and like the same kinds of ice cream. You just don’t know, because you aren’t in it.
What you need to do is fix those two things in order to take the relationship from crush to respectful friendship.
The first step is putting other girls in your proximity. For a little bit, to reset yourself, hang out with this female friend a bit less. Not to punish your friend, but so you can reset your relationship with her. Actively flirt with other girls, ask other girls out, get interested in other girls. Remember your friend isn’t the only one in the world. And don’t do it just to see if your pal would be interested in you once you got another girlfriend, buster. You don’t want a girl who only wants you when you’re with someone else, and the new girl doesn’t deserve that.
The second step is poking holes in the potential a little bit. Taking this female friend of yours from fantasy to reality. And I don’t mean figuring out what makes her awful, but I do mean coming to an understanding that she’s human. This has helped me when I have crushes (and it’s weird), but I take little mental notes of things about the crush that make them imperfect. Again, not to shame them, but to take them off the pedestal that I sometimes put crushes on and get them back onto my level. The friend level. The guys I’ve pedestalized didn’t elevate themselves up there, I was the one who did that, so it’s my job to take them off of it as well. People on pedestals are too far away for you to actually interact with.
Try these things, give yourself a bit of time, and then try hanging out again. If you’re still yearning for her, your friendship may not be long for this world. If she doesn’t want to hang out with someone who has/had a crush on her, your friendship may not be long for this world. Friendships, the older you get, are changeable, malleable negotiations between two people, rather than a pledge to be BFFs forever. Welcome to that.