what have we gained

Gem Resources and a Brave New World

Warning: long theory post ahead

I have this theory that Homeworld isn’t actually lacking for resources, but they purposefully make lower quality gems as a way to keep their population docile and out of revolution. Gems are told they are not made to the standard of prerevolutionary gems, and that it’s the revolution’s fault. We know status is everything to Homeworld gems. So by depriving gems of their status and telling them it’s the revolution’s fault, the Diamonds can be sure the gems will hate and resent the very idea of revolting again the Diamonds.

Ok so how did I get here?

Peridot was told that dwindling resources are the reason she has no powers. Peridot is only her brain and her knowledge, nothing else. She is physically weak and has to rely on on Homeworld tech just to function. What other newly made gems have we met? The Rubies. We’ve gained the impression that rubies are not smart gems, they’re soldiers, and frankly, their lack of wit is used as comic relief. But when you look at our Ruby, and Eyeball, another pre-revolution Ruby, they aren’t dumb! They’re not smart like Peridot or Pearl, but they are way more conscious and self-actualized than the other Rubies. So for a Ruby, “dwindling resources” means no smarts. The band of new Rubies we met lack the critical thought to understand why they’re fighting, but they fight because that is their purpose. Because Rubies are foot soldiers, and don’t need to be anything else.

All this got me thinking about a Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. In this book, we are introduced to a perfect utopia – aka totally terrifying and creepy Dystopia. Like the gems, humans in the book are created, not born. Status is determined before humans are born, by manipulating them in utero. Alpha status humans are tall, beautiful and intelligent, and get to enjoy all the wonderful things in life. They spend their lives lounging around, going to parties and having orgies. Similar to how Bismuth described that the spires she built were for important philosophers to think in. It seems that high status gems don’t need to work, they have nobel jobs like philosopher, or Sapphire, the fortune telling princess. Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons in the book, have less and less from the moment they’re born. With each class, humans are further disabled, and given jobs and lives that fit their abilities. An Epsilon has hardly any higher functioning, and operates an elevator for their entire life. They will be content there because they are mentally incapable of doing more or imagining more. This is how you keep people happy. Each person is a cog that fits perfectly in the machine and the whole world runs smoothly. Except of course, that isn’t the case. Like Homeworld, it is a perfectly oiled machine without any love or emotion. Without chaos, you lack passion. The world is sad and monochrome. Similarly, from what we’ve heard from Peridot, she only started living when she came to earth. Nobody lived on Homeworld. You had your place and that was your entire purpose. Gems are not made extraneously, they are made to serve. Anyways, It’s a really fucked up book, but also a very important one.

SO, how do you keep a gem out of revolution? You take away theyre ability to do so. Bismuth showed us that the foundation of Rose’s philosophy was that you can be what you want to be. Bismuth could make swords and Pearl could swordfight. Beautiful. The Diamond’s prevent the gems from coming up with these revolutionary ideas by disabling them. A Ruby will not be upset with being a foot soldier if she doesn’t have the cognition to form the thought. A Peridot will not be upset by only being a Kindergardener if she lacks the strength or powers to do anything else. And to top it all off, it isn’t the Diamonds fault that gems are one dimensional. By saying the revolution was the cause of no resources, every gem who wishes they were stronger or smarter or capable of more, has the revolution to blame. Not their evil overlords. It’s genius.

end rant.

….. why did the rebels writers think it would be a good idea to show the soldier - who is struggling to work through his trauma and has trust issues as a result - torture another living being literally in front of everyone?

What could we honestly have to gain from yet another lazy ableist portrayal of paranoia and ptsd?? Why was this considered good storytelling?? Why was this considered even necessary???

Today is hard.

The hardest part of recovery isn’t when you’re not sure whether or not you want to stay clean and sober. It’s when you’ve been fighting your hardest, and gone through so much shit, and yet you still feel like you’re not getting anywhere in recovery. It feels like the whole world is against you trying to take away the clarity and sober time you’ve gained. No matter what, we have to gather our courage and face everything head on.

I feel like the last while this has been my situation; facing challenges both mentally and physically and handling it with grace and courage. Today was a write off day. I had a horribly upset stomach all last night and spent the majority of the night running back and forth to the toilet. I’m worn out. My body is still recovering from blood loss and I’m fighting fatigue. I’ve noticed lately that pain triggers my PTSD. I get hyper-vigilant and anxious. It’s something I’ve brought up in therapy and we are setting out the groundwork to deal with it.

Right now as dramatic as it sounds I feel like my body is screaming. My chest hurt’s, my head, neck, back and stomach are sore and aching. When I breathe in the air hurts my sinuses and lungs so I’m feeling a little breathless. I want to sleep but as soon as I lay down my mind is swamped with overwhelming thoughts and I get anxious and restless. I know this will pass but for today recovery is hard.

March 15, 2017

As we go forward in this WE Circle...

It’s important for us, as your moderators, to have an understanding of what you’re hoping to achieve out of being a part of this book club circle/community that WE have created. WE are all a part of this, and no one opinion matters more than another, but if WE have an idea of what you want, hoping to gain, or even any ideas you might have, it would be helpful for us moderators/contributors as WE go through and create lesson plans in preparation for chapters ahead.

In the REPLY (or on anon), please tell us this:

Thank you!

*Meanwhile in the Underworld*

Scorpio: Okay Gemini. You have to promise me that you will not leak anything I am about to tell you.

Gemini: Just stop now. I will shamelessly tell the world. Even if I didn’t Cancer would sniff it out of me while trying to act like she cares about my day.

Scorpio: ……..it’s honestly getting much easier to hate you and for that….I appreciate you…..well I don’t care who you tell….we ha-

Gemini: Okay I’m gonna cut you short there. Capricorn tried to cut a deal with me too and my rule is if there are no cookies….then no deal….

Scorpio: Please stop giving me more reasons to kill you……we have to gain insight on what Capricorn is up to. I want you to spy on her.

Gemini: Um yea….last time I tried to do that she had a trained assasin ready to blow my sweet brain to bits….

Scorpio: Don’t worry. With my psychic protection even Cancer won’t be able to detect you.

Gemini: …….and will there be cookies?…..

Scorpio: …………………..

Gemini: …..cuz if not then I’m gonna leave now….

Scorpio: ………..*sigh*……come back with great intel and I will have cookies waiting for you…

Gemini: *devilish grin* I think we have a deal. Peace…*vanishes*

Scorpio: ………I swear…..I will make sure every single last cookie is poisoned…..*facepalm*

*In Heaven*

Sagittarius: Hey Pisces!

Pisces: zzzzzzzzz…….yea what’s up…..

Sagittarius: What’s up with you and Libra…like for real?

Pisces: …..I didn’t wanna tell you while Gemini was around to be honest….Libra…..Libra is afraid to love again.

Sagittarius: Libra is fearless. I don’t see what you mean…

Pisces: Not like in a I am afraid of getting hurt kind of way….it’s almost as if he can’t trust himself. As if he can’t control the force of his heart.

Sagittarius: …….I totally feel where he is coming from…we love hard…and some people can’t handle the force…

Pisces: Well see….I kinda thought we could just be friends…with benefits….and well…

Sagittarius: You both caught feelings for each other?….

Pisces: Oh hell naw….I mean the sex is amazing it’s just…..well….

Sagittarius: …….oh goodness this is worse than I thought…

Pisces: Just promise you won’t tell Gemini!

Sagittarius: I promise….I’ll be back…gotta talk to Virgo….

*To Be Continued*

cuchillo-m-7  asked:

What do we have to do to gain your attention ❤️

That sounds like I’m stuck up or something I’m really not!!
I just get easily distracted and I’m so bad at replying and I don’t mean it! 🙈
I’m more active online at weekends because I don’t leave my house? If that helps? 😂

Will You Listen To Me?

I don’t want you to think;
those neurons firing
nervous thoughts
looking for crevices to infiltrate.
Thinking, thinking, overthinking
what good has that done?
What have we gained? What
have we become?
Thinkers? Philosophers?
Have we solved any problems yet?
Have we saved the world?
Forget the world, have we saved ourselves?
Don’t interrupt me.
Don’t argue that thoughts feed
the mind as food feeds the body.
You’re not meditating,
there’s nothing purposeful
nor positive about those thoughts.
You do not seek to examine
the thoughts you have.
You’re simply multiplying them
like rapscallion rabbits
overrun a moor of mulling
stripping the green
and shitting it out.
You’re doing that thing again–
interrupting with nothing but arguments.
I just want you to stop
thinking those nervous thoughts:
What if? What if not?
What what what and how how how -
It doesn’t matter
until it does
sometime in the future
but we aren’t there yet.
We’re here, in the present,
wasting it for a tomorrow
we have no guarantee will come.
That’s like building a raft
in the desert
in preparation for a river
to flow past.
Don’t think; just feel.
Put your fingers
to your pulse and feel.
Just feel.

What I find amazing about Amedot is that we have gained this sense of strong friendship, even though Peridot has only been part of the team for a short amount of episodes. 8 or 9, if you count Catch and Release. Heck, she wasn’t even in a few of them—the Answer and she was only in Steven’s Birthday for… a few moments. She’s clearly become great friends with Steven, and she’s gotten along with Garnet and Pearl, but her friendship with Amethyst already feels so different and separate from the others.

Peridot gained a sense of guilt by hurting Amethyst personally. She felt bad, even if she didn’t understand the feeling. All she knew was that it hurt her when Amethyst didn’t laugh at her jokes. Making Amethyst laugh meant a lot to her. She went out of her way to apologize, another thing she likely had not done sincerely before. All this because she wanted Amethyst happy again. And don’t even get me started on her breaking the leash and risking her safety for Amethyst’s! The power of friendship is strong in this one! 

Even Amethyst felt a connection in a short amount of time. Out of all of them—besides Steven, obviously—Amethyst’s reaction was more out there for when they believed Peridot betrayed them. She felt anger because she was upset, hurt. Hurt. She was sure Peridot and her had been getting along so well. Once she found out the truth, though, and saw Peridot own her Diamond, she was delighted! Her friend never meant to hurt her or the others, and she probably felt a huge wave of relief, knowing that her insecurities of her new friend leaving her were not something to worry about.

We have seen this legitimate friendship form. They were enemies, and then Peridot joined. We didn’t get this friendship until ‘Too Far.’ The it was as if that episode put everything in a new light. Now we see these two gems of vastly different personalities, types, and even homes getting along and bonding. You can get this vibe, and it doesn’t take a desperate shipper search to find it. They have had moments that showed something special between them. 

All of this from only several episodes. I could count those number of episodes on two hands.

And that’s pretty awesome.

DAY 2705

Jalsa, Mumbai               Sep 5, 2015              Sat  11:28 pm

Birthday - EF Renate Deuring , EF Santosini Tripathy .. be in blessing and in life’s happiness always .. to you from us all ..

My friend my fellow traveller, my companion .. we have to separate ! We lift the burdens of life on our own strength .. sympathy is a mere routine an elaboration of a recognised practice .. we all have to bear the weight of our joys happinesses and our grief and sadness, but .. we shall have to lift them separately ..

My friend my fellow traveller, my companion .. we have to separate ..!!

You and me we were together for a short while .. our paths and our places of living remained one .. but .. what ever we have acquired, gained, received, one day at one time, we shall all have to lose it ..

My friend my fellow traveller, my companion .. we have to separate ..!!

Let us meet and sing a song you and me .. meet and shed a few tears together .. for now in life we shall have to sing and weep in separation ..

My friend my fellow traveller, my companion .. we have to separate ..!!

Amitabh Bachchan

“You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord . “Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’ ” Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
—  Malachi 3:13-18
Open Marvel RP

Thor entered into the room, exhaling a large breath and locking eyes with the person across from him. “What a battle, they will be telling tales of it for ages to come.” He commented chuckling lightly slowly approaching. “But what have we gained from it?”

((Open Marvel based RP! Please be kind!))

> ford canonically feels remorse for what happened to fiddleford

> fiddleford is slowly gaining his memories

> we have no idea how fiddlefords going to react when he remembers ford

> theres only one episode left

> at least a portion of the last episode will be dedicated to everyone saving ford from his golden prison

> there is absolutely no telling as to what ford and fiddlefords reunion will be like