I don’t understand why people feel their opinions on things are particularly valid. I see a lot of anti-feminists or anti-Xs giving their own little take-downs of some concepts. Or when people try to tell you that the world is fundamentally meaningless, and get into mopey nihilistic attitudes.
Folks. Follow this man. He so eloquently states what I frequently want to rage about and does so in a packaging that isn’t condescending. Why “Philosophy” isn’t a required course for high school or college baffles me. I’d argue it’s more beneficial than Calculus.
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It breaks my heart that people can’t understand that, more now than ever, we need thinkers and artists and lovers and passion more than thirty assholes making knock-offs of the newest Apple product.
That terrible thing that happened to you is always going to have happened to you. There’s no self help book that’s going to fix that. There is no fixing it. You can’t fix having been born human, either. And every day you have to eat. Every minute of that day, you have to keep breathing. No choice. But you can breathe and walk at the same time. You can breathe and make friends, and go to parties and fall in love. Once in a while, you can even take a quick break from breathing to eat all the cookies, oh my goodness! Pain is like that too.
You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation…and that is called loving. Well then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is only your aversion to it that hurts, nothing else.
Stick with me and you’ll never be hungry again!
Scar is an asshole
But I have to say I have a lot of sympathy for the hyenas, they have a pretty shitty life under the rule of King Mufasa
yeah so i feel like this line is pretty crucially connected to the INTENSE and IMO clearly purposeful triumph of the will vibe of the visuals for the song it precedes, for real watch that shit, it’s like they resurrected leni reifenstahl to guest direct a music video (sidebar: leni reifenstahl would have been really great at directing music videos if she’d been born 50 years later). i mean listen to scar, he’s speaking in this really grand terms of “a shining new era” and “a future littered with prizes” (“but you won’t get a cinch without me”). he’s writing their myth and setting himself up as the hero. and meanwhile, what are the hyenas saying? “we’ll have food/lots of food/we repeat/endless meat.” they don’t give a shit about scar except insofar as doing what he wants will end their starvation problem, which is like the hyena equivalent of the fact that german men in 1932 were unemployed at a rate of 33%, which is ABSURD. i dunno there’s some intense parallels going on, some of which i think are purposeful (the aesthetics), others, i’m not so sure — because the lion king conveniently ignores the fact that king mufasa who supposedly keeps his kingdom running all smooth has totally neglected the hyenas because… why? i mean also it ignores the fact that like, lions eat animals so it’s hard for them to be benevolent rulers of the jungle. sort of like history-makers from other powers such as the US like to ignore whatever culpability other countries might have had in so severely “punishing” germany for WWI that it wound up with a population fucked enough to go for… hitler. and this is not like, “poor germans, they clearly would have never been antisemitic without those other mean countries putting them in the corner.” it’s just a matter of pragmatism that leaving members of your community — your city, your jungle, your global network — starving and desperate sets the stage for some PRETTY FUCKED UP SHIT TO GO DOWN THAT WILL PROBABLY BITE YOU IN THE ASS.
also the quote is actually you’ll never GO hungry again which i wouldn’t mention except that i’m pretty sure that’s supposed to be a gone with the wind ref, which i’ve tried to puzzle out and failed at. scar is a white supremacist like scarlett o’hara? except that the hyenas are not the white people of this social hierarchy. WHO KNOWS.
This is a lot more political analysis than I ever thought could come out of The Lion King. I love tumblr.
The system reorganises itself so as to put pressure on those who do not fit in. Those who do not fit into the system are ‘sick’; to make them fit in is to ‘cure’. Thus, the power process aimed at attaining autonomy is broken and the individual is subsumed into the other-dependent power process enforced by the system. To pursue autonomy is seen as ‘disease’.
Keep your panties on. Yes, I’m an atheist. No, I don’t put babies in blenders or fuck satanic dildos. (Although, I’m now compelled to search “satanic dildos” just to see if they exist…)
I’m an ex-Catholic, or, recovering cathoholic. I don’t lack morals.
I believe in the greater good. I believe in trying to better oneself to serve the greater good. I believe in doing more good than harm. Try to help people. Try not to hurt people. When hurt happens, experience it, let it happen, feel it, acknowledge it, and let it slip away as you can. Try to love. Try to love people you don’t like. Try to remember that everyone just wants to be loved, happy, or different from what they are. I believe in balance.
And ya know what? I even believe in trying to live life like Christ. What’s the probably mis-attributed Gandhi quote? “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Do I believe he was the son of god? Not so much, seeing as I don’t believe in god. Do I think he walked on water? He had a jewish mother, he was probably just really good at ice skating… :) (That’s a joke. About Jewish mothers who love to exaggerate. A culture thing; not a racist thing. Like how Cubs fan will never be happy cuz the Cubs will never win the world series. Culture thing. And… Go Cubs!)
If pressed, I would say philosophically and morally, I land on “Buddhist by default.” I agree with a lot of Buddhist philosophy, I just choose not to follow it religiously, nor do I actively study it. But when it has come up, when I’ve had Buddhist friends, and when I’ve read about the Noble Truths and Sublime States, I’m hard pressed to disagree. Hence the… “by default.”
And I don’t think that another realm is necessarily impossible. Things have happened to me that I can’t explain.
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
And Shakespeare has a point. But I’m not about to believe in a “god” because of it.
Nor do I lack love. I am loved. I feel loved. And I love fiercely.
Haters gonna hate, but… if you think I’m going to hell (really? you believe hell exists? seriously?) aren’t you passing judgment that’s reserved by your almighty and therefore just sending yourself in that handbasket with me? Yeah. That’s what I thought.
Why did I feel the need to post this? It’s tumblr. The welcoming and safe environment. Not youtube comments. Anyway, hit up my ask if you want to calmly share viewpoints. If you just wanna hate on me or “save my soul,” kindly piss off; I’m fine and I want you to lead a happy life because someday we’ll all be dead. [hugs!]