we are not tragedies

Eleanor

Here at this edge of time
We pose recumbent on blackened sand,
And sing to each other Byronic rhyme
Conducted and such by waving hand,

The days are humid and sun aglare
While we fall asleep and dream in love,
Then along a breeze - that sweeps your hair
As some small mercy falls from above,

And so it is, romance we keep
While we tell the other our wants and hopes,
But deep inside I groan and weep
For I best spill my heart in similes and tropes,

Soon it is that our blood is warmed
Summers by rivers make lyrical prose,
For Eros and Tragedy we therefore hummed
And mourned for Beauty - that dying rose,

So now we kiss and end the day
For night is hinted and dark leads astray,
Up we rise from Nature’s bed
And Shelley haunts your pretty head.

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“They lived for these happy moments, in each others arms.” They’re not perfect but these set of pictures demonstrate such a beautiful moment in this relationship. Laughing and Splashing in a lush bath bomb fun. Photographer// heartbreakaddicted // Model on left death-of-s0crates // Model on right we-write-sins-not-tragedies

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The Tragedy of the Commons

Common resources are non-excludable but rival. For instance, no one can be excluded from fishing for tuna, but they are rival — for every tuna caught, there is one less for everyone else. Nonexcludable but rival resources often lead to what we call a “tragedy of the commons.” In the case of tuna, this means the collapse of the fishing stock. Under a tragedy of the commons, a resource is often overused and under-maintained. Why does this happen? And how can we solve this problem? Like we’ve done so many times throughout this course, let’s take a look at the incentives at play. We also discuss Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom’s contributions to this topic.

The saddest bloody thing:

We know that over 1,000 tragedies were written in the 5th century BCE. We have 32 left.
Aeschylus 7 out of 82-90 plays +
Sophocles 7 out of 123 plays +
Euripides 18 out of 92 plays +
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Total — — 32

And the only one true trilogy, the Oresteia, doesn’t have its satyr play. The Oedipus ones don’t count - they were each parts of different trilogies and entered in different years, in an order that may surprise you (Antigone, Rex, Colonus) with 12 and 28 years between the plays respectively.

President Obama on the tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, I spoke with, and Vice President Biden spoke with, Mayor Joe Riley and other leaders of Charleston to express our deep sorrow over the senseless murders that took place last night.

Michelle and I know several members of Emanuel AME Church. We knew their pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others, gathered in prayer and fellowship and was murdered last night. And to say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families, and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel.

Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy. There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace, in a place of worship.

Mother Emanuel is, in fact, more than a church. This is a place of worship that was founded by African Americans seeking liberty. This is a church that was burned to the ground because its worshipers worked to end slavery. When there were laws banning all-black church gatherings, they conducted services in secret. When there was a nonviolent movement to bring our country closer in line with our highest ideals, some of our brightest leaders spoke and led marches from this church’s steps. This is a sacred place in the history of Charleston and in the history of America.

The FBI is now on the scene with local police, and more of the Bureau’s best are on the way to join them. The Attorney General has announced plans for the FBI to open a hate crime investigation. We understand that the suspect is in custody. And I’ll let the best of law enforcement do its work to make sure that justice is served.

Until the investigation is complete, I’m necessarily constrained in terms of talking about the details of the case. But I don’t need to be constrained about the emotions that tragedies like this raise. I’ve had to make statements like this too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. Now is the time for mourning and for healing.

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the signs as out of context bandom quotes

Aries: “If he doesn’t retreat… game on.”    -Alex Gaskarth

Taurus: “I’m really good at getting tied up.”    -Patrick Stump

Gemini: “For some reason, all I do is just sit in the back lounge of our bus and play with my nipples.”    -Jack Barakat

Cancer: “I’m super pissed. You’re fired. Give me this cookie.”    -Joe Trohman

Leo: “I fell asleep in a whale’s vagina.”    -Jack Barakat

Virgo: “Look at that face. You look like a fetus.”    -Dan Howell

Libra: “Tragedy has struck, we’re out of peanut butter.”    -Alex Gaskarth

Scorpio: “BEASTIALITY.”    -Jack Barakat

Sagittarius: “Whoa, whoa, whoa. I am not gay. But I will suck a dick. I’m a little bit gay….”    -Brendon Urie

Capricorn: “When the fuck are you going to shave, you look like Emo Jesus.”    -Alex Gaskarth

Aquarius: “I was young, dumb, and full of cum.”    -Brendon Urie

Pisces: “So, in conclusion, I would rather be anally sodomized by a cactus than go through U.S. Airways again.”-Dan Howell

Fury Road and It’s Amazing Grannies

Guys, It’s 3am and I wanna talk about old ladies.

I’m on the later side of 20. I’m still young. But I’m starting to realize I won’t be forever. I’m getting grey hairs. Wrinkles. And even though I’ve never considered myself vain, it started to scare me.

Because really any woman can tell you, society is fucking EAGER to tell you what an atrocity an older woman is. And sadly, older women, women who should be role models, tend to further this narrative even more. Asking a woman her age is treated like a sin. We treat getting carded at the liquor store like a tragedy. Any woman on her birthday will joke that she’s “turning 29 again”. After years and years the message gets pretty clear. A woman becoming old is shameful and sad.

So it started to get to me. Before my beau and I went to see Mad Max, I was honestly venting about how disappointed I was in myself for fearing aging, but how I felt like I was becoming more irrelevant by the day. After all, there’s no stories for old women. No role models.

THEN I SAW THESE BAD BITCHES.


GUYS YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THESE OLD BIRDS MEAN TO ME.

Because HOLY SHIT.

  • Old Women who look badass.
  • Old Women who are important.
  • Old Women who are not a joke.
  • Old Women who are fighters.
  • Old Women who are survivors.
  • Old Women who keep old knowledge alive.
  • Old Women who protect other women.
  • Old Women who are respected.
  • OLD WOMEN
  • OLD WOMEN
  • OLD WOMEN


We have so much representation for young, beautiful women kicking ass. Even so much representation of tired old men kicking ass. But to see a grizzled, leathery, tough, wise old woman on screen, as a hero? As a role model?

Mad Max was an absolute masterpiece, but that was the part that made me want to weep with joy the most.

We live in an age where mass shootings are so common that there is now a template for politicians to plug in the victim’s names, the date and location of the massacre, and synonyms for words like “tragedy” and “horror.” In the last 36 hours, we’ve heard ersatz condolences filled with hollow words, anodyne phrases about “unimaginable” horrors.
 
But the Charleston church shooting that left nine African-Americans dead while they prayed is not an inexplicable tragedy. It simply took white rage and racism and conservative political race-baiting to their logical conclusions. It echoes a disturbing trend in right-wing media inflaming fringe factions, encouraging maximum armament, and then turning around after a tragedy and saying “we had no idea this would happen.”
Sometimes we wait for others and think that Martin Luther should raise among us, Nelson Mandela should raise up among us and speak up for us, but we never realize they are normal humans like us – and if we step forward we can also bring change just like them.
— 

Malala Yousafzai

Everyone’s talking about Jon Stewart’s heartfelt, respectful comments on Charleston, just as each time a tragedy like this happens his response is thoughtful and moving, but something even better to take away is the interview with Malala Yousafzai, whose actions and words are the kind of inspiration we should be striving for, in times of tragedy or otherwise.

Today, I fucked up... by being an insensitive ass

I took spanish my first 2 years of high school and had the same teacher both years. I was never very good at spanish so I would kinda joke around and be the class clown while the teacher would always tell me to calm down. Well my sophomore year, about 2 days before this occurred, a senior in the school passed away. He was a very well liked kid, although I never really knew him. So, 2 days pass and the principal goes on the intercom during 1st period, and discusses the tragedy and support systems we have yada yada. The bell rings and I go to my next class, spanish. We go in, sit down and the class begins. The teacher is obviously distraught and is being quiet and all that. Then me, being the smart person I am, blurt out loud “Whats wrong with you?”. I’ll never forget her face. Its that look that you just did something so hurtful that they can’t even react to what you did. She stared at me, tears swelled up, and she stormed out of the room crying. Turns out, not only was she close with the kid who passed, but he was in her 1st period until 2 days ago when he…. you get the point. I felt super shitty, tried talking to her after class but she stormed out before I could get to her, obviously avoiding me. I sent her an email, but she never responded. Pretty much I sat quietly in class for the rest of the year and just learned my subjunctives.

Everything that Kuwait has done right.

As many of you may know, 3 terrorist attacks happened in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait. Dozens of lives have been lost and the tragedy shook a lot of people within those regions. However, as we mourn for the ones lost in those tragedies, I just want to highlight that those actions deflate some peoples’ hopes in a better future, hundreds of others have shown that there is hope for humanity. I’ll be specifying Kuwait’s responses because it’s the country closest to my own and the mosque bombing that happened really hit close to home. 

The people of Kuwait are known to have a large Shi’a minority, with about a third of its population to be Shi’a. Though they are the minority, they are still treated by the majority as equals. The things that highlight that are their compassion and love for one another - the solidarity of one country is exemplified with the peoples and the leader’s actions. 

The Kuwaiti Sheikh immediately visited the bombing scene. 

In a world full of frightful leaders and neglectful ones, it is so so so rare to see the leader of a nation drop everything to immediately inspect the ruins and mourn with his own people. Pictures and videos of the Kuwaiti leader hurrying to survey the wreckage was both heartbreaking yet filled us with hope that there are people out there who aren’t ruling a country for its power, but for its own good. The sheikh was seen among his people and though security forces urged him to stay back for his own safety, the sheikh cried “But those are my children there”. 

Blood donations skyrocketed.

Prior to the bombing of Kuwait, blood banks were always asking for donors. However, as more and more people heard about the dead and injured, hundreds more rushed to donate their blood to the point where hospitals were turning down donations after the mass influx of volunteers. The fact that people immediately rushed without a second thought to help people they probably didn’t know. 

The tragedy only made the sunni-shi’a bond stronger. (A point I really wanna highlight)

In Kuwait, there are little conflicts between these two Muslim sects. If anyone has visited Kuwait they’d know the fact that the people there value their national identity with high regard. An attack on a sunni Kuwaiti is like an attack on a shi’a Kuwaiti and vice versa. The bomb that was meant to cause strife brought two sects together. All over the streets and over social media, Kuwaitis showed their support of one another - cartoons of sunni-shia people hugging, hands depicting those of sunni/shia ripping the DAESH flag or choking a snake that’s representative of such a cult were continuously circulated among Kuwaitis and even other GCC members. 

This video just shows a snippet of people together, where the shi’a do not put the blame on sunni people for the murder of their innocent, but nip it right in the bud and chant that both sunni and shi’a believers are brothers. Many of you may not understand arabic, but many of the comments have been more than supportive - with people of both sects mourning with each and speaking of growing stronger together. 

A big conformation for this would be the fact that the prayers after the tragedy found itself filled with mixed sunni/shi’a people prayer together. Those with their arms folded being sunni and those with their arms done shi’a. To further the bonding was holding the funeral prayer in the biggest sunni mosque for the deceased, while burying them in shi’a cemeteries and flying the bodies of those who weren’t Kuwaiti to Najf, Iran. These acts of solidarity just show the willingness of the people to stand by each other, and to keep each other one unit. This is what Islam is to many people, and when it happens that we unite like this, it’s touchingly beauty even though it had to be brought by with such a tragedy that spanned 3 continents. 

Finally, Kuwait mourned for others as well as their own. 

Kuwaiti people didn’t just mourn for themselves, they’ve mourned the loss and injuries of the other countries that have been faced with such terror that day. If that doesn’t show you how empathy and sympathy doesn’t exist nowadays, I don’t know what shows you that.

I mostly wrote this for myself as a means to keep my faith and hope in my people strong. When I first heard the news of the bombing, I cried out of sheer frustration that my beliefs are getting the likes of me killed. I cried because I thought that hope is gone for us Shi’a people and that we will always be the target of someone’s blade. But this is just a huge heartfelt thank you to you people who have restored my hope. A big thank you to my Sunni brothers and sisters who have defended us with the ferocity of lions. I do hope that my prayers for all those who continue to support us are accepted on this Holy Month, and that we continue to unite for better days. I beg of you to keep this kindness in your heart, and continue to keep your hand in ours so we may progress together. Thank you.

-Blossom 

We have every reason to be optimistic in this world. Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. … You can’t, you don’t, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen.
—  Gordon B. Hinckley

A colored version, sure, why not. 

Bye Tumblr. Hiryuu’ing out again, the heavens call me back (as in, I’m taking a trip home for a few weeks). Might pop in sporadically, but my time will be monopolized by friends and family. 

But fear not, I shall make a return for 108. 

‘There is something indigenous about the Irish in tragedies; a solidarity for those we don’t know, but we know are our own.’

My heart goes out to the loved ones of the J1 students in the tragedy in Berkeley, California. Ireland is mourning alongside you. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamnacha

For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.

- Psalm 26:3

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it’s not hard to look on facebook or instagram or tumblr to find another Christian praising God for their accomplishments. everyday it’s “Got a new car/job/house. God is good!” and white it’s important to celebrate the blessings in our lives, it is important not to limit the blessings we have to when things are going well. God is good, even when we’re down on our luck and broke. God is good even when we’re failing school or just got fired. God is good even when we lose someone we love or we face tragedy. God is good because God loves us regardless of who we are and what we do. it’s a love we don’t deserve but a love we receive whether we ask for it or not.

knowing God’s love pushes us to walk by faith, not by sight. we walk by faith, in knowing of God’s goodness, even in those darkest moments where we feel like we can’t see or feel God. because there will be times when you feel alone but you must know you’re not alone. and there will be times you feel empty but you must know God is always inside you. and there will be times when you have nothing left but you must know that in God you have all you need.

so do not measure your faith or trust in God by the things you can brag about on social media or that you can quantify when things are going well in your life. God’s love is steadfast and right before our eyes. it’s important to walk in that faith, knowing God’s love, whether things are going well or not.

Nico Rosberg is the man who just won’t go away… This is a driver who never knows when he is beaten.
—  Sky perfecting the art of the complisult in their race review (x)