unenlightened

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It’s outrageous to me when I see people hate on someone because of their sexuality. I hate the intolerance. I hate the judgment. I hate it so much. Most of my favorite people in my life are gay. It’s something I’m super passionate about, because whenever I would see my friends get bullied, or my brother get hurt for his sexuality, I would become a raging lunatic. I would literally become a raging lunatic because I just can’t take it. When you see someone you love hurting, for such a superficial, bullshit reason, it’s like, how small and spiritually unenlightened and dumb as fuck can a person be? How much further can your head get up your ass that you’re actually judging someone as a person based on their sexuality before you even have a conversation with them?

Happy Pride Month!

Even if we’re devastated
and our shoulders heavy-weighted,
even if we’re on the ground
and all hope seems to be drowned,
although the sun is already down
in this unenlightened town;
stars are illuminating our paths
and we’ll drive to the seafront
for moonlight baths,
knowing that the sun rising again
is what we’ll see
and so will we.
—  // there’s no time to surrender
j.d.m.

sufjan stevens whenever he feels like emerging from the ethereal plane: Here is my gentle face. Use it well

us, the trapped and fleshy unenlightened: oh he has givén us a gift ! the man of our hearts has returned !

Fandom Discourse

I’m going to say one thing about all of this, and then I’m never speaking of it again unless directly asked. And maybe this will damage opinions of me or lose me followers, but at this point it doesn’t matter. How many followers I have—how many followers any of us has—does not matter in the slightest. It won’t gain you anything at the end of your life. What matters is how you treat other people.

This goes for every single person in this fandom and in others. The general viciousness with which Tumblrians tend to treat each other in general is frankly horrific. We have such a capacity for love and acceptance and we parade it around as much as we can. We claim to be better than the unenlightened people we work with or go to school with. But for whatever reason, be it because we are safe behind our screens and keyboards or otherwise, we have an incredible capacity for cruelness, carelessness, and thoughtlessness. More than most people I’ve ever come into contact with.

I have tragically seen this escalate this year in particular. And what’s even worse is that not only are the fandoms at each other’s throats, the authors are setting poor examples for their fans. You know this more so if you are on Twitter but there have already been too many episodes of social media fights between figures that hold a lot of influence over a lot of people. And these influential people aren’t setting the best examples.

But here’s the deal. It’s good to make jokes and have fun and make memes. That’s what fandom is for. It’s to find solidarity and enjoyment in a subject with like-minded people. What is not okay is making those jokes and making those memes at the expense of other people—especially when those people are part of demographics heavily struggling and being discriminated against. What is especially not okay is people seriously hurt by such posts calling the posts out and asking for a redaction or apology in the very least, and the fandom hardly gives them the time of day. We turn around and hurt even more to try and defend ourselves, and while that’s understandable, while that’s a natural human reaction, it’s also wrong.

Hate breeds hate. Anger breeds anger. Impulsive reactions hurt people, and the longer we ignore this fact, the more people get hurt. The more we hurt ourselves and allow ourselves to become embittered and cynical and jaded.

If you hurt someone, apologize. Own up to your actions. But most importantly, change your behavior. That’s where true regret and humility comes in. When your behavior is changed. Always think before you speak. Think about how someone is always watching, and what you say affects others whether you know it or not. You can never un hurt someone. Once it’s off your lips, you cannot take those words back no matter how hard you try.

If you see a post that very clearly hurts other people, my goodness, at the very least, do not reblog it. Do not give it more attention than it has already received. And if you did—just apologize! Apologize, delete it, and don’t reblog anything like that again.

Be respectful. Honestly, that’s what it comes down to. Treat each other like the beautiful human beings each of you are. And we shouldn’t have any problems.

BTS SPRING DAY THEORY

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, to me, is analogous to the human condition. Wherein we realize that the human mind is capable of being this blissfully idyllic place but seldom is. Most, if not all, humans know suffering. Most humans do nothing about this suffering, they let it brood in the dark recesses of their mind and front that they’re happy (idyllic). This is in line with The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas because, if you haven’t read or listened to the short story yet, it is about the utopian society that derives its prosperity and happiness from the suffering of one abused, starved and neglected child who is locked away in some forgotten alley of the city of Omelas.

So how does this tie into the Spring Day music video? Well it’s clear that all of BTS in this music video know suffering, they are all seen at various points in time looking somber. They were children in Omelas, the peaceful city where people know no suffering yet they do. In Omelas each child around the age of 14 learns of the suffering child. When BTS each learn of this child individually, unlike the rest of the Omelasians who are able to prioritize their happiness over the suffering of the child, BTS can’t they sympathize with it rather. They understand its pain as they too have suffered for some reason (individual to each member and probably related to I NEED U). This sympathy is what makes them different. That is what makes them the ones who walk away from Omelas. There is no room in Omelas for them (no vacancy).

The shoes in this case. Symbolize ascension. Those who live in Omelas are unenlightened without the idea of what pain, suffering or struggle are. The shoes, high about the ground where the people of Omelas walk, represent enlightenment, something the ones who walk away from Omelas obtain. That is because these people understand both happiness and pain. The duality of life. The good and the bad.

Also, as many have pointed out with the shoes. Jimin introduces us to them by the ocean. This is a connection to the Sewol Ferry sinking. For those who don’t know or need a refresher, the Sewol Ferry tragedy happened April 16th, 2014, wherein 304 passengers, mainly secondary school students, died. This event is deeply ingrained in the collective memory of South Korea and effected much of their daily life, even going so far as to effect governmental policies. We know that this music video is a nod to this tragedy as BTS said so themselves. The shoes that are found at the ocean by Jimin are probably the shoes of one of the passengers who died that day. These shoes then, that are hanging above the earth and represent enlightenment, represent the Sewol ferry victims and how they are too enlightened above us as they understand the good and tragic in life in ways we will never. They are like the ones who walk away from Omelas because they knew great happiness from out life but also great tragedy.

I would like to talk about the train as well. Mainly in that Jungkook sees himself of the train. I believe this to be a reference to Schrödinger’s cat. Schrödinger’s cat is a thought exercise in quantum mechanics where in a cat, a radioactive source, a Geiger counter (thing that measures radioactivity) and a flask of poison are in a box. When the Geiger counter registers even just one atom decaying (a small amount of radioactivity) a hammer breaks the flask, effectively killing the cat. What Schrödinger hypothesized was then at any given point in time the cat is both alive and dead in the box. The radioactive element may or may not decay, this means the cat may or may not die. Of course when you look in the box you will either see and alive cat, or a dead cat but not both but you don’t know which you will see till you look.

In the case of the train, it goes a little something like this: for a Jungkook to see himself on the train, the him on the train must be dead. In the music video a Jungkook leaves the train, runs through some of the other MV sets, including the laundry room, and then sees the train again. This is the alive Jungkook leaving the train then seeing the dead Jungkook on the train. Further, after alive Jungkook see’s dead Jungkook, they camera pans to the Jungkook on the train whose lips are very blue and corpse like and who closes his eyes and does the same. Namjoon, who they show next also on the train, does the same. I think that then this train is a symbol for the afterlife. There are many literary cases of a train being a symbol as a transportation system to the afterlife, perhaps a good example of this is in Harry Potter when dead Harry meets Albus at a train station before being resurrected.  However, in this particular context, they are not so much dead as they are releasing the pain they feel. They are releasing their pain and struggles, that is why the Jimin from the train hangs up the shoes because they are releasing some of the pain they all feel in the aftermath of the Sewol tragedy. This is also why the ‘alive’ Jungkook is seen smiling.

I think this is in line with a photo that circulated from the teasers where there was a ‘map’ of the BTS music videos that were branching. This is due to a multiple universe theory, commonly refered to as the many-universes interpretation or simply as many worlds. On this map there were multiple timelines where different music videos were connected and some were not at all. This leads me to believe that the multiple universe theory is cannon and in this particular timeline they actually live!

Anyways, that’s just what I think is going on in this mv. I hope I phrased it all well for you so you can make sense of it too! It is a very beautiful music video and BTS once again has used many literary devices to make us armys think!

AND THAT’S JUST A THEORY A BTS THEORY

The Four Reminders

Today I have been contemplating the Four Reminders of the Buddhist path. These are useful contemplations for anyone, especially those endeavoring on a spiritual path. 

The Four Reminders are intended to generate a kind of attitude. This attitude is the basis for sincere and authentic spiritual practice. 

The Four Reminders:

  1. Contemplate the preciousness of human life and the good fortune entailed therein. Every other species of living being on this planet is caught in the animal cycles of existence: consuming and reproducing. Only humans have been afforded the opportunity to be more than our animal needs. We are lucky to have such access to profound spiritual teachings. We are privileged and should be grateful. 
  2. Recognize the certainty and suddenness of death. This body, this mind, this story, and this individuality will 100% absolutely end. Nothing it can do, experience, or attain will last. Us and everything we know are impermanent. We cannot take for granted that anything will last, especially ourselves. 
  3. Understand that we are always surrounded by our momentum. Call it karma, call it intention, call it whatever you want. Our decisions, beliefs, and perspectives create varying forms of momentum in our lives and the lives of others. Some of it is positive, some of it is negative, all of it binds us to levels of cause and effect. When death comes for us, all we have left is the momentum we have created in this life. 
  4. Acknowledge the intensity and inevitability of suffering for yourself and all sentient beings. So long as we are unawakened, unenlightened, and living in illusion, suffering will be a part of our experience of existence. So long as we are attached to our small pleasures we call “happiness,” we will also have to accept the subsequent experiences of suffering as well. 

With these contemplations in mind, there comes a natural response from within us. We wish to utilize our time and energies while we are still alive to do our best in creating beneficial momentum for all while liberating ourselves from the tangle of suffering called illusion. 

This is a good daily contemplation. It is an excellent way to start your day and also end it. It keeps everything that goes on throughout the day in perspective while opening your heart-mind to a much larger reality. 

And, most importantly, it will motivate you to take up spiritual practices with enthusiasm. 

Namaste

Pell Street In Chinatown, New York City, circa 1960.  I wouldn’t want to parallel-park that huge station wagon on a narrow city street.  Caption on the back is somewhat unenlightened (and ungrammatical), reading:  “Chinatown New York City - An interesting experience for the visitor is a walk along Chinatown’s winding streets with its variety of curio shops, restaurants, Joss houses and Oriental inhabitants.”  Image is a scan of a picture postcard from ForwardLock at Panoramio.

The unenlightened person does not understand his own true nature, does not realize the Pure Land in his own body, and thus petitions all over. The enlightened person never differs no matter where he is. For this reason the Buddha says, “Wherever I may be I am always in comfort and bliss…If only your mind is pure, your own nature is itself the Pure Land of the West.
—  Platform Sutra

“you wouldn’t hate radical feminism if you just understood it!!!”

actually your ideology isnt some flawless perfect angelic thing

some people have different morals, one of mine being “let people do what makes them happy and meets their needs”

most radical feminist ideology in my field of experience advocates against many things that make people happy or meet their needs (transitioning, bdsm, sex work, femininity, sometimes bisexuality, asexuality or polyamory depending on the person- all being one or the other) and believes that there is one correct way to exist as a person (cis and vanilla, preferably GNC and being gay is a plus). Terfs often believe that people who don’t agree with them on things, for example a sex worker who prefers their job over other choices or a masochist or a traditionally feminine woman, are simply “brainwashed” or somehow otherwise Not Smart Enough to know what they really want and they don’t ACTUALLY think that deep down. They believe trans people can be cured of being trans by simply choosing “not to be” (going back in the closet), quite similar to the conversion therapy happening to many trans kids to make them cis. Many of them falsely claim to be dysphoric or detransitioned, which has the side effect of nobody knowing who actually IS either of those things (when you have 15yos claiming to be detrans and people claiming disliking catcalling is dysphoria, who csn tell?), a great example of the lies used to push their ideology.

The other thing that’s strongly against my moral code is demonisation of minorities. Terfs generally resist the idea that maybe, just maybe, trans women are humans like them, and the presence of a penis does not make someone a rape machine. They are unable to comprehend that men are usually commiting the assaults in women’s bathrooms, not trans women, although they may pretend. They can’t comprehend the idea that maybe, just maybe, some people are attracted to aspects of a person othr than genitals (to oversimplify) and that for many, genitals are not the basis of attraction, and because of this, TERFs are quick to tell gay men and lesbians they’re straight or bisexual and try to have them kicked out of safe spaces, which is, you guessed it, homophobic. Not only that, but Muslims are a common target, with a point towards sexist Muslim countries as if that makes it okay to discriminate against Muslims on the basis of being Muslim alone (forgetting that almost all religions have crap teachings that nobody follows. Christianity has just as horrible shit in the Bible, but I’ve only seen Muslims as targets, correct me if I’m wrong). Did I mention the racism that is invalidating the nonbinary genders of other cultures? No? Do I need to go on?


So yeah, contrary to popular belief, most people are against the popular radical feminist movements because of their beliefs being absolutely shit, not because we’re all stupid and unenlightened by your mighty Terf Gods. (That’s cult rhetoric, thinking you’re the only Enlightened OnesTM. Maybe that’s why terfs are so insecure and can’t go 10 seconds without calling trans people a cult.)

To the casual or unenlightened observer, it could seem that Messrs Sprouse and Apa have very little interest in each other of late. Meanwhile Mr. Sprouse and Ms. Reinhart appear have been gleefully sharing dressing rooms, each other’s company, and, perhaps, apparel. 

It’s almost as if Coffeettea isn’t the apotheosis of True Love and almost like there there could be more to Sprousehart than merely PR. 

But be not faint of heart!

Word in The Industry has it that, when questioned one too many times about why she appeared to be sharing clothing with Cole, Lili was overheard exploding forth with the following diatribe: 

“In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a beard. I’m a beard-ho.
I don’t fit in the boy-hunk shaped hole in his heart. And I don’t want to fit in.
Have you seen me lately with this stupid hat on? That’s PR.”

Pray for Lili, who is surely now suffering the consequences of breaking her Contract, to the full extent of PR. 

Anakin and marginalized groups (p.1)

In Star Wars universe there is many groups seen as inferior by majority of people and who were opressed in various ways (lack of civil rights, harmful stereotypes or outright abuse and so on). The discrimination & marginalization touched especially Aliens during Empire’s regime, Clone Troopers during Clone Wars or droids, slaves & female Twi’lek in general.

I know that Anakin’s portrayal varied from one story to another (and no matter what, he is going to fall to Dark Side so his good nature will be twisted in awful way) but most of time he - especially as a boy / teenager - was mindful of those oppressed and marginalized by society, what I think comes from his personal life experiences (being born in slavery) and Shmi Skywalker’s influence (”Mom, you said that the biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other”).

So let’s talk a bit about young Anakin’s attitude towards marginalized groups and how his point of view humanized some characters (what I already mentioned in context of Jango Fett)

side note: I’m not trying to write a complete analysis; I’m simply focusing on what caught my attenion while reading books & comics.


CLONES*


*I’m going to write soon more detailed analysis about Anakin’s relationship with clone troopers so right now I’m just talking about basic details I noticed in various sources:


The Great Army of Republic was made from clone troopers; a loyal, obiedent group of men who were created with simple purporse: to destroy Jedi to fight & save Republic. Despite their sacrifices, clones never had any civil right. No one asked them if they want fight at all and when clones deserted - or rebelled - they were punished (at best imprisonment or at worst, hunt down and killed).

The first weeks / months of cooperation between Jedi and the clone troopers weren’t really easy. Clones grew up with stories about great, powerful Jedi - their future generals and commanders, yet the first Battle of Geonosis (and following battles) proved that Jedi aren’t infallible. On other side, Jedi were, I guess, confused about “their” clone army. It took some time, before mutual trust and friendship among Jedi and clones was born. Anakin’s view of clone troopers evolved too.

During Clone Wars, Anakin was disturbed that clones have numbers instead of names. He started the whole “naming clones” thing. Anakin respected his subordinates and kept calling clone troopers by names/nicknames. Remember “Darkness on Umbara”? “Master Krell, this is Rex, my first in command. You won’t find a finer or more loyal trooper anywhere”. This is Rex, a man, not numbers. Not just a clone, but trooper in full meaning of the word. What contrasts with Pong Krell or Legends!Vos or vastness of “normal” people who saw clones more as equipment than soldiers, as imitation rather human beings. And clone troopers were quite aware of such dehumanized view; because of such treatment (and “education” from youth) they saw themselves like that too.

Looking how TCW!clone troopers liked to mark their armors & bodies - thus creating a visible diversity between themselves - I guess it’s fair to say that Anakin supported growing sense of individuality between clones. He encouraged them by using their names, by being respectful for them and treating clones like they should be treated - as real people whose life matters. Because of that Anakin gained not only respect but trust of his soldiers as well.

(I think it’s worth to mention that even as Vader, he was still fond of clone troopers from Clone Wars era  what doesn’t mean he wouldn’t kill them if there was a reason for doing so)


DROIDS

Droids were treated differently in various parts of galaxy. On many - if not on most planets, people used and exploited them without any second thought:

Droids are intelligent mechanical contraptions that are vital to the smooth operation of galactic society. Every day, millions of subservient automatons negotiate treaties, repair hyperdrives, cure plagues, incinerate garbage, nurse children, haul cargo, deliver messages, cook meals, and kill enemies. At the same time, droids are often ignored and unappraciated, treated as chattel by many owners and looked at with outright hostility by others (by The Essential Guide to Droids)


However droids may be intelligent, they were still just machines. There were places where droids weren’t welcome at all (like cantine in Mos Espa) or were seen as nothing more than just equipment; since Separatist used army of droids against Republic during Clone Wars, the common distrust & bias toward them only grew stronger. Even some of the positive characters weren’t immune to prejudice toward droids. Some didn’t consider them as equal of living beings while others made biased comments e.g.:

  • ”Shmi assured the droid. She placed a comforting hand on his shoulder, then quickly pulled it away, thinking that a perfectly silly gesture to offer to a walking box of wires.” or
  • “The droid ganged into the socket on his starflghter’s left wing whistled something that sounded suspiciously like a human apology. Obi-Wan’s frown deepened. R4-P17 had been spending too much time with Anakin’s eccentric astromech; it was picking up R2-D2’s bad habits.

There were also societies who shamed people with cybernetic prostheses, making them feel like they were less human because of their disability & need of use the cybernetic parts (and remember Obi-Wan? He’s more machine now than man. Twisted and evil. Yeah, like Anakin’s lost of limbs was the problem here…).

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Quotes from INFJ Characters

INTJ | ISFJ | ENTP | ISTJ | ENFP | ISTP | ESTJ | INTP | ESFPESFJ | ISFP | ESTP | ENFJ | INFP | ENTJ

You offer me a normal life… Why do you think I want that anymore? I know what I am, do you?
Vanessa Ives from Penny Dreadful

I have to think of everyone. I know you don’t want to hear this, but you have to sacrifice the few to save the many. Like I said, good can come out of even the darkest acts.
Thelonius Jaha, The 100

As much as she wanted to be, she wasn’t in love. As I was listening to her, I realized what she was saying. She had let go of the possibility of being in love, of finding love, and I could see myself in her and I didn’t like who I was. All of these memories and feelings I’m experiencing, they are from a better version of me, and I’ve decided to let things run their course.
Olivia Dunham from Fringe

The world’s in trouble … I have to go help.
Jinora from Legend of Korra

When you base your expectations only on what you see, you blind yourself to the possibilities of a new reality.
Zaheer from Legend of Korra

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it; don’t wait for it; just let it happen. It could be a new shirt in a men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black, coffee.
Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks

In the gentle fall of rain from Heaven I hear my God. But in thunder I still hear Thor.
Athelstan from Vikings

It’s not the final judgement of “good” and “evil” that’s important. What matters is that you come to that decision yourself. That you agonize over it and eventually accept it.
Akane Tsunemori from Psycho-Pass

I’m not giving up on you. You don’t understand this yet, but people need you. So let’s get back to work.
Tadashi from Big Hero 6

Do. Or do not. There is no try.
Yoda from Star Wars

Sometimes you’ve got to do what you think is right and damn the consequences.
Morgana from BBC’s Merlin

They have not forgotten the Mysteries, they have found them too difficult. They want a God who will care for them, who will not demand that they struggle for enlightenment, but who will accept them just as they are, with all their sins, and take away their sins with repentance. It is not so, it will never be so, but perhaps it is the only way the unenlightened can bear to think of their Gods.
Morgaine from The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

I fear not knowing who I am.
Will Graham from Hannibal

Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
John Luther, Luther

The Monster Inside of My Head (Part 13)

Bucky x Reader Drabble Series

Summary – As a young child, you see your parents murdered in front of you. What happens when the monster from your nightmares comes back into your life?

Warnings – Alcohol consumption, a few curse words

Word Count – 917

Notes – Bucky and the Reader finally have a conversation! It’s really short, but I promise that they will eventually talk it all out!  As always, I appreciate all of your feedback and questions!!!

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 Previously:

Bucky’s POV

He’d noticed her the second she’d walked into the kitchen.  He watched as she warily assessed the room, her gaze locking on his for just a moment.  She was trying to look calm, but he could see the fear and anger swirling in her eyes. Those eyes had haunted him for years. He’d only caught a glimpse of them between the slats of the closet door, but he would have recognized them anywhere. He had told Steve a lot about that night, but he hadn’t told him how much he’d admired the little girl in the closet.  She’d met his eyes that night, and although there had been fear, there was also a fierce determination that hadn’t allowed her to look away from him.

He strained to hear her conversation with Stark, and he wasn’t surprised that she only wanted to talk to him about that night.  He knew that she’d eventually want answers, answers he wasn’t prepared to give her. He admired her strength, her ability to put the horror of that night behind her and make a life for herself. He wouldn’t be the one to tear all that away from her again.



 

You waited a few days before you approached him.  You’d gone about your normal routines, eager to observe him and isolate his weaknesses. He was a true soldier, always wary of unknown threats, and constantly scanning his surroundings looking for anything out of the ordinary.  

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Rest, weary one.
Lay your head down.
You have travelled far.
I have no clever words for you.
No system to teach.
No image to maintain.
You’ll find no philosophy here.
No answers to your many questions.
I offer only presence.
Sanctuary.
A bed. A meal.
A small kindness to repay yours.
I am no better than you.
My guru is life.
My lineage is love.
I do not separate
the enlightened from the unenlightened.
I teach nothing I do not live.
I quote not from books but from the cracks in the heart.
I see your fragility yet I see your immense power.
You are not broken.
Don’t let them tell you
that you are broken.
We met long ago when dust settled to form worlds.
I think I saw your courage then.
Close your eyes; I will keep watch tonight.
— 

​ Jeff Foster 

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