this video was a religious experience

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV-3_nSFuqo)

This video is the closest thing to a religious experience I’ll ever have

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When Christian Rock musician Trey Pearson came out as gay one year ago, he was met with difficulties, according to his feature with Teen Vogue. He was uninvited from a Christian music event after members of the production team threatened to quit if the out musician participated (though he did end up joining another band for one of their songs at their invitation).

And yet, Pearson says since coming out, he is “the most free I’ve ever felt in my entire life.” He describes “almost every day, I have just received thousands and thousands of letters and continue to do so from people who have been impacted by my story.

Trey draws from his experiences with the Christian community in the music video for his first single as a solo artist, “Silver Horizon,” in which Trey enters a church, watching a young man singing at the front. Eventually, another boy, unable to contain his feelings any longer, rushes to the front and passionately kisses the singer. The churchgoers, at first shocked, burst into applause.

Through the video, Trey hopes to convey that the world is changing, and more and more religious spaces are becoming increasingly open and accepting. 


Kiwi Analysis

Watching Harry perform at The Tower in Philly left me with a lot of feelings, many of which I still haven’t found the words to express. I do want to try to express the impressions that I was left with after watching Kiwi (twice), hence the point of this post. As always, this is just my take on the song and what it might mean.  That obviously doesn’t make it fact, it makes it my own opinion. Putting this under the cut because it’s long.

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erinlyndalmartin  asked:

I'd love to see a post on writing Muslim characters. What sociocultural traits might they have that you wouldn't know if you weren't Muslim? I know there are many varieties of Muslim and I know not to make my character a terrorist, but I could use some help with the nuances. Thank you.

While this is a subject we all care about here at FYWH, this is something that falls outside our personal experiences in any way that would even scratch the surface of this topic. I hate to pass the buck, but … let’s get you started on some good starting places. 

[To any of our Muslim followers: See note at end.]

The Writing With Color blog has a lot of resources for you to start with your research. Here’s a list of just some of their resources for Muslim characters/Islam, and you can find more through the search function of the blog. 

It’s good that you recognize that “Muslim” is not a monolithic designation and that Islam has a rich and complex belief set and history. I hope you are able to find a more specific country/culture/generation to hone in on. Once you do that, you should be able to find plenty of reliable texts for the more factual knowledge and history you’ll need. 

To help combat religious illiteracy of all types, including about Islam, Harvard University has launched the Religious Literacy Project; other free resources are listed in this article (check out book rec slide show at the end of the article; more below). 

If contemporary society is your focus, Al-Jazeera has tons of stories, profiles, news, videos, etc… that can help round out your knowledge of the Middle East and the Muslim experience around the world. [They produce content on many topics, not just those relating to the Middle East or Islam, fyi.] 

Nothing will help more than finding a Muslim beta reader, too. Or just someone you can discuss things with as they come up in your writing. I haven’t gone through to see any specifics, but we’ve got links from our tags for beta/prepub help. Like this. This tumblr, tho on hiatus for new content. And help for giving and receiving criticism.

You might want to keep an eye on this project, too: Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor. There’s one video that’s been made and featured on NBC News, but another is in the works. Real people getting together and getting to know one another.

Here’s a list of not-YA novels that shows just a bit of the breadth of how Muslims live (and have lived in the past) around the globe – though it is one person’s choice of books, just be aware. And here are some YA novels

(Not So) Final Note: I’d be happy to collate suggestions from our Muslim followers, too, for a follow-up post. Resources, experiences with cultural ignorance, good websites, etc … 

– mod Aliya 

“Deconstructed” Assimilation Plot

My wife and I were thinking of writing a near-future (2030) sci-fi novel with utopian/dystopian themes, revolving around an viral video (produced by a team of researchers) that causes a profound quasi-religious experience in a receptive viewer. As a result, people who have watched it are generally happier and have a sense of shared purpose and trust of others who have watched. 

They also become more altruistic, tend to want to “convert” dissidents, and organize together to do so. Essentially an optimistic deconstruction of the Assimilation Plot, which maintains individuality, so most of the typical reasons why assimilation is bad aren’t such large factors. We thought this had some fascinating parallels with a lot of different issues about identity, religion and politics, as long as we present it as something not entirely good or bad. We figured that this would be a great opportunity to have a ethnically diverse cast of characters to discuss the moral issues posed by such a ideological group attempting to integrate/assimilate different communities and groups of people. Our main cast is fairly diverse, though we plan to use their families and friends to offer more varied viewpoints, and avoid tokenism.

Anyways, we’re concerned about crafting authentic and nuanced reactions to this event, particularly among our main characters, so if you have any suggestions about how their ethnic backgrounds might contribute to their viewpoints about the event (either as converts or dissidents), we’d love to hear them. Two of our characters we’re particularly concerned about are a 30 year old former Syrian refugee female software developer (non-practicing Muslim, married to a white agnostic ethicist), and a 23 year old Afro-Latino cyber-security expert/conspiracy theorist (middle child from a stable lower-middle class family).

[ask shortened due to exceeding length, reminder: aim for brevity, askers]

Deconstruction is not the word

I’m confused by this question.  Let’s look at what a “deconstruction” in literature actually is.  Quite literally, you take a common or established storyline and break it down into its component parts, then examine each of those parts closely and play them through to their (often painful) logical conclusions.  In a deconstruction, if some action has a consequence, the deconstruction of that plot point is to to play that consequence cruelly straight without handwaving things away, seeing in gruesome detail what effects that conceit has on the characters.

In brief, when you deconstruct high fantasy, what you get is Game of Thrones.  When you deconstruct space opera, what you get is Season 3 of Battlestar Galactica.  Deconstruction is an intentional reading of an established formula with an eye counter to that which was originally intended.  Deconstructing modernism gives you Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” wherein the protagonist becomes a giant freaking bug for no god damn reason.  When you consider that many of the things that often occur in narratives would actually be incredibly psychologically damaging in real life, balance and optimism are not really a thing in deconstruction.

What Deconstructed Assimilation Looks Like

So, with this knowledge, let’s look at what deconstructing assimilation would look like in this context.

Cultural assimilation is about subsuming the characteristics of one’s native culture to the larger society in which one lives.  Wholesale assimilation requires you giving up your native food, your native dress, often your native name, because its “easier” or “cooler” or whatever.  People actually do this a lot. Often we choose to do so because it kind of greases the wheels when we live in a place where people like us are the minority.  But there’s a price.  Even the most psychologically well-balanced individuals are going to be torn by the tightrope act required by assimilation.  

I often give my name as “Nick” at Starbucks even against the twinges of feeling like I’m selling out my family, because it makes my afternoon proceed just a little bit easier.  Sometimes I don’t.  It’s basically a coin flip depending on how I’m feeling that very second.  But each act is a choice that changes a person’s sense of being an individual in an culture that regard them as an outsider.  If we deconstruct this notion we’re going to be playing the consequences through to the gory logical ends—every choice a person makes to assimilate or not assimilate is going to be affecting their sense of what being “an individual” means on a very basic level.  

In this sense, I see the whole point of a deconstruction being that “individuality” isn’t a discrete, concrete concept.  Deconstructing assimilation means deconstructing individuality, particularly cultural individuality, and a storyline that deconstructs the concept of assimilation can’t do so while maintaining “individuality” because the two concepts are inextricably and contradictorily linked.

Subverting Assimilation may be the word

If you mean subverting the concept, that’s different, but I have a very hard time seeing how deconstructing and closely examining the notion of assimilation can be done “optimistically” if you’re coming at it from the perspective that assimilation is a bad thing.

~Mod Nikhil

I’ve discussed people ‘deconstructing’ assimilation plots with a more positive twist here: [Pagan Scandinavians and Colonialism]. I’d suggest reading that post to get my full thoughts.

Risks of Adding Optimism to Assimilation

Broadly speaking, attempting to create a “positive” spin on assimilation runs an extremely high risk of sanitizing cultural genocide. The core rooted belief of converting others is that all other beliefs are wrong, your way of life is the best, and you should do whatever it takes to convince people to jump into your way of life because they’ll eventually see it’s the best thing ever.

This has huge problems. If you think it’s okay just because the doctrine will adapt to individual culture, allow me to point you to the sheer number of places Christianity got mixed with the local beliefs in order to convert more people. That’s what made it such an insidious religion; they were willing to adapt to whatever culture in order to get more converts (usually destroying parts of the Indigenous culture in the process, using the mix as a stepping stone to slowly assimilate them and have them lose touch with their original beliefs).

While some of the mixes have been taken back by their individual peoples, that doesn’t stop the mixed reaction many many many Indigenous people have with any religion that tries to take over. Trying to spin tactics that directly lead to cultural destruction as positive “this time” doesn’t hold up, because you haven’t created a situation that has addressed the problem. You’ve just draped it in new decoration, with a video instead of a metaphysical being. Otherwise, this mirrors colonialism. 

This sort of scenario has happened all over the world, with dozens of faiths, hundreds of ethnicities, and it always follows the same method: a group of people believes everyone should be like them, and is willing to use whatever tactics to get there. I see nothing different, at its heart, with your plot.

If you want to try and avoid it, get rid of the need to convert others. You could still have some squicky parts, but at least without a need to convert others there is far less room for psychological manipulation and coercion. 

~ Mod Lesya 

DANGANRONPA ACTOR AU NO ONE ASKED FOR-

-Kyouko, Byakuya, Nagito, Peko, Makoto, and Sayaka were all scouted off Youtube. 

     -Kyouko and Sayaka ran a joint makeup channel, Byakuya ran a political channel with the occasional funny video and joke, Peko had a channel for cosplay (Her most favored Cosplay was Kotono Mitsuki, which is the character she ended up playing), Nagito had a skit channel, and Makoto was a famous gamer and Red actor.

-They’ve all appeared on Buzzfeed. Byakuya and Touko were kicked out because they just found Buzzfeed annoying

-Live Streams are the best time to ask them questions

-In an interview, Fuyuhiko and Peko were both asked about their character’s dynamic and relationship. As Peko was explaining her character Kotono’s love for Daisuke, Fuyuhiko’s character, a fan of the show screamed ‘I FUCKING SHIP IT’

-When Nagito met Makoto, he screamed and took many pictures. In an interview he states that it was a ‘religious experience’ to meet his idol

-On a live stream, Junko stated that when she met Mukuro for the first time, her first thought was ‘I can’t play this girl’s sister’

-Even though Mahiru’s character is a photographer, the real person that takes the most pictures on the set is Ibuki hands down

-One time Akane followed every cast member around the set and filmed herself sticking a random food item in their mouths

-Sayaka took a video of Byakuya suprirse kissing Makoto. After he did so, he turned to a giggling and filming Sayaka and said ‘Am I Dan Howell yet?’

-Teruteru hums Troye Sivan songs all the damn time. Now everyone who’s ever spent five second around him knows the lyrics to ‘for him’

-Nagito has tripped on camera a total of 105 times

-While Hajime was taking a break, Nagito jumped on his lap and screamed ‘HAJIME HINATA TRASH #1!’ Ibuki had replied that he was basically Dan with Phil, so Nagito kissed Hajime’s cheek and replied with 'Dan wishes’

-Fuyuhiko had starred in musicals before. The one he was scouted from, however, was a Japanese production of  ‘Jersey Boys’, where he played Tommy DeVito.

-As soon as Ibuki was casted, she put it on ALL of her social media and tagged all the actors

-Sayaka has stated that her biggest inspirations were Corey Monteith and Christima Grimmie

-While Byakuya was being filmed, Touko would crouch behind stuff in the background and make screechy bird noises. Byakuya has to fight not to lose it.

-Carpool Karaoke where Ibuki drives around and picks up various actors form the show and sings with them. The funniest videos were when she had Byakuya (He started rapping to Nicki Minaj’s verse in ‘Monster’), Teruteru (He tried to aggressively sing both parts in ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’), and Kiyotaka (Who knew he had a deathly heavy metal scream?)

    -Not to say that the others singing and dancing in Ibuki’s truck wasn’t hilarious as well 

-While Peko’s trying to be Sparkling Justice, Kazuichi and Sonia wouldn’t stop screaming the lyrics to Sailor Moon. She had to take off the mask and bust up laughing

-When OHSHC Season 2 was announced, Sayaka and Hifumi wouldn’t stop screaming and running around telling eVERYONE

-Glee is a cast favorite show. Sometimes, on Makoto and Kyouko’s snapchat story, they’ll all be at one of their houses and watching Glee with a bunch of junkfood (They have to skip ‘The Quarterback’, or it’s all over)

-Hifumi’s Instagram is the most popular

-Don’t mention Death Note Season 2 to Hifumi, or he’ll go on the hugest rant ever about how L Junior and Misa were useless and shouldn’t exist

-Kokichi started the ‘Dicks Out For Harambe’ and ‘White and Gold, Black and Blue’ memes don’t start with me

-Once Peko and Mikan got into a heated argument on Twitter. Why? Because Peko swears all Pasta tastes the same.

-No, Teruteru has never met Shane Dawson. No, he’s not copying him sHUT THE HELL UP MANDI_KOMAHINA59-

-While Juzo was being filmed talking to Makoto about his character’s jealousy, Kyousuke had ran at him and jumped on him, screaming at a laughing Makoto that Juzo was his

-Chisa screamed the lyrics to ‘Chandelier’ by Sia as she climbed onto the chandelier she was going to ‘die’ on. The others in the room busted up laughing.

AAAAAAAAAAnd that’s all I got! Hope my comeback is good!

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Anyway here’s me freaking out over Serendipity

anonymous asked:

for religious people who had a hard time distinguishing what their religion told them about not 'lusting after' people with their asexuality- there's a youtuber named youngblossom that did a video on asexuality and talked about his experiences with that aspect. just giving him a shoutout cause i think it could help many people (he also has videos on aromanticism and transness & is just A+, i recommend watching)

Oh fantastic! Thank you for letting us know about this.

-Dew

shinynaoto  asked:

thank you for recording and uploading those videos!! ^^ what was your favorite part of the concert?

NOT TO BE BIAS BUT…. HOSEOKS MAMA PERFORMANCE !!!!!! he was singing and dancing like the king he is and then ??? a choir came out and it was truly a religious experience imo n everyone sang a long obv

honestly tho wings outro… there was a slogan event which they gave us banners when we gave our tickets and before bts it said “ARMY TIME” on the screen and everyone had the blue banners that said “방타만의 날개가 될게” (we will be the wings of bangtan only) and there was also a blue ocean…the fans rly sang along to everything it was so nice ;;; also 둘셋 had me emotional but that was expected…honestly I could go on and on 💀

also yall…..jungkooks choreo for begin is….srsly amazing 11/10 do recommend find the fancam asap

The Eclipse

By: SassyShoulderAngel319

Fandom/Character(s): Avengers - Peter Parker/Spider-Man + Team

Rating: G

Original Idea: There was an ECLIPSE IN NORTH AMERICA YESTERDAY Y’ALL! I AM THE BIGGEST ASTRONOMY NERD (Okay not really but whatever)! I didn’t get to see the total eclipse, but I had 90% coverage where I live so that was cool too. (I was gonna out this up yesterday but OF COURSE my INTERNET BROKE last night.

Notes: (Masterlist)(About Me) I used a lot of Astronomy terms in this that I didn’t bother to explain, but if you’re interested in what they are, Google them or even send me an ask and I’d be happy to explain as best I can. I took an Honors Intro to Astronomy last semester and got a VERY high A—something my teacher told me is hard to do. I love space and I love this stuff so if you have a question, ask away!

“The Eclipse”

^^^^^

Peter and I held onto each other’s shirts in anticipation, paper glasses on over our eyes and heads craned towards the sky. I was biting my lip in excitement, watching as a dent appeared in the top right corner of the sun. “It’s starting!” I whispered excitedly, giving Peter a little shake.

“You see it too?” he replied. “I thought staring was just messing with my eyes.”

“Nah kid, it’s there,” Tony put in.

The eclipse progressed slowly, the sun slowly rising through the moon, but the difference became noticeable. As more and more of the sun was blocked by the moon, the temperature dropped and the air… oh the air. I grew up in one of the driest states in the country where wildfires were common. Mostly during August, the air would get dark and hazy—almost orange—due to all the smoke. The eclipse had a similar effect on shadows and the lighting. Except, instead of orange, the tint was black.

“This is incredible,” Bucky remarked.

“No kidding,” Steve agreed.

As the event neared totality, it got colder. I huddled closer to Peter, absorbing his warmth and watching raptly. It looked like someone had taken a massive bite out of a giant, glowing yellow cookie. Or the Cheshire Cat’s grin from Alice in Wonderland. Thank science for the eclipse glasses that let us watch it. Peter held onto me too, unconsciously unzipping his jacket and wrapping it around me.

“Look!” I exclaimed as I glanced down. “Look at the shadow bands!”

Everyone looked down and took their glasses off, watching the phenomenon for a moment. It looked a bit like watching light dancing on the bottom of a pool—if the light was absolute darkness and the pool was just the normal concrete we were standing on.

We put our glasses back on and looked back up quickly after making sure we got a picture or a video of the bands.

“What are the beads of light around the moon called again?” Peter asked.

“Baily’s beads,” I answered.

“Thank you, Astronomy Google,” Sam remarked sarcastically.

“Shhh!” I hissed.

“The diamond ring,” Peter murmured as a flare of light on the edge of the eclipse appeared. I smiled in giddiness, giving him a squeeze.

“This is super fantastic!” I squealed quietly.

I wasn’t sure why we were all being so quiet. There was just a sense of reverence to watching. A lot of the team wasn’t particularly religious, but I at least felt like this experience was spiritual and sacred—a testament, to me, of the beauty of the beauty of nature. I had my arms around Peter, both of us holding stock still, and just staring with awe at the diamond ring phenomenon. Until it faded.

Beep! Beep! A little notification went off on Tony’s phone.

“Totality reached!” he announced. “Glasses off! We have two-and-a-half minutes!”

I ripped my glasses off, looking straight up. The hot summer day had grown chill, but not completely cold.

“Wow!” I breathed.

I looked around at the horizon. A 360-degree sunset was wrapped around our area of privacy. The whole team expressed their amazement as the birds and bugs quieted. I gave Peter a little shake, a wide grin on my face. He returned the expression without taking his eyes off the event.

“Look!” Wanda exclaimed, pointing into the sky.

Stars. Just a few. The sky was dark enough for them.

Or, more specifically, planets. There were four.

Vision began to explain something about the planets. I ignored him in favor of looking back at the eclipse itself. “You see the light we can still see?” I whispered to Peter. He nodded. “That’s the corona—the upper layer of the sun’s atmosphere. Total eclipses are the only time we can see it since usually the brightness of the sun blocks it out.”

“That’s cool,” he replied quietly. He glanced down at me. “How ‘bout a kiss under the umbral shadow of the moon?”

“Absolutely.” I tilted up onto my tiptoes and we shared a deep but quick kiss.

“Hey, you two are missing out!” Steve pointed out.

“We’re in the umbral shadow!” I retorted. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance! Like kissing someone on top of the Eiffel Tower or something!”

“I’ve done that,” Tony remarked casually, not taking his eyes off the sky.

Bruce was off to the side with the camera—a special lens on it so it wouldn’t get fried. He was taking videos and pictures. Both for research, and for our own enjoyment. He didn’t say much, but he did chuckle at Tony’s comment and mutter, “Of course you have,” under his breath.

Peter and I ignored them. We ignored Vision explaining Mars and its position to Wanda with his arm around her shoulders. We ignored the fact that for the first time, Sam and Bucky weren’t bickering. We ignored Steve trying desperately to sketch out the eclipse before it was gone—he wanted to get the bones of the thing to fill in later. We ignored Rhodey sitting in the camp chair. We ignored Clint’s kids’ oohs and ahhs, and Natasha’s smiles.

We ignored everything, instead paying our full attention to the incredible eclipse above us. It wouldn’t last long.

“Hey, should we invade the Fire Nation while they’re Bending won’t work?” Peter asked quietly.

“Would everyone stop saying that?!” I hissed back angrily. “One of the themes of season three was the fact that not all Firebenders are evil! I’m a Firebender, for crying out loud!” I snorted. “Besides, an eight-minute eclipse is generous. The one coming in twenty-forty-five will be five minutes, but eight is super long.” I wasn’t actually a Firebender—I just knew that if I was part of that universe, I would be.

Peter chuckled and gave my shoulders a squeeze and my head an absentminded kiss. “I know. I’m just teasing you.”

I sighed. “Thanks.”

“I do love you, y’know.”

“Yeah I know. I love you too.”

Beep! Beep! “Totality ending! Glasses on!” Tony shouted. “I don’t want to be responsible for the Avengers damaging their eyesight. Come on people!”

Everyone looked down to find where they’d set down their glasses. I threaded mine back over my ears and tucked my hair down over them to keep them in place before sliding my hands between Peter’s jacket and his shirt again, seeking his warmth.

For being such an astronomy nerd, I hadn’t realized that the eclipse would make the air so cold. I should have expected it but didn’t. So while I beat myself up over forgetting my jacket, I was grateful Peter had his and was willing to share with me. He was a sweetheart.

We watched the diamond ring and shadow bands reappear—the diamond of the ring now on the opposite side. Somewhere behind me I heard Bruce reassuring Steve that he had taken a plethora of photos and videos he could use for reference to finish his eclipse drawing. The air gradually grew warmer and the sky returned to its light blue. The planets that looked like stars—but didn’t twinkle because planets didn’t while stars did—faded back into the pale blue and vanished. The hazy gray shade cast on everything from the moon’s penumbral shadow receded as the heat of the summer day returned. I retreated from where I’d been snuggled against Peter so that I wouldn’t be too hot. He shed his jacket and let it fall to the ground.

When it was all over, my neck was stiff and everyone had a bit of a headache, but none of us could stop talking about it. “That was beautiful,” I stated, breaking the reverent silence around us. Everyone else started talking too. The bugs and birds had resumed their noises, no longer confused about what time of day it was. They’d gone silent during the eclipse thinking it was night again.

Peter and I sat down in our camp chairs and started talking. I was explaining how the moon was created and its effects like procession and tidal forces while Peter stared at me.

“How do you know all this?” he asked.

I shrugged. “I took a college-level Astronomy course last year,” I answered. “That’s how I knew about this eclipse in the first place.”

“Incredible. It’s such a unique event. Wow.”

“I know. We’re so lucky that we got to see it like this.”

“Yes we are.”