Posted 8 hours ago

elventhespian:

bobbityhobbity:

ikkinthekitsune:

theozilla:

ikkinthekitsune:

I find it interesting that Zaheer’s detachment from worldly desires seems more like a way for him to escape suffering than an actual sacrifice.

He couldn’t give up his desire for P’li when she was alive because he actually wanted to remain attached to her. But, as soon as she died and that attachment felt painful rather than pleasurable, he gave it up without hesitation.

That kind of seems like a jerk move to me (though I suspect P’li herself wouldn’t mind).

This is actually something that’s sorta perturbed me about both ATLA and TLOK, that it kinda (probably unintentionally) misrepresents the idea of “detachment” (in the Buddhist sense) as being equivalent to apathy and/or not caring/loving people; the way detachment has been discussed both with Aang and Zaheer makes it out to seem that becoming detached means no longer holding/experiencing love for people. When the reality (from my limited understanding) is that detachment in Buddhism means that one stills feels compassion and love for people and the world but through an unbiased and not obsessive lens.

I think it’s important to remember that we’re dealing with characters who don’t always understand the concepts, because a lot of what you’re seeing could just be the result of Aang and Zaheer not really knowing what they’re talking about.

With Aang, his interpretation of Guru Pathik’s teachings was very much the interpretation of a twelve-year-old boy who was in love and didn’t know the difference between that and unbiased compassion.  His frustration at the apparent inconsistency between the Air Chakra and the final chakra strongly implied that he was missing something, and his attempt to open his final chakra ended up resulting in tragedy, which probably wouldn’t have happened if he were meant to have done it right.

With Zaheer, his interpretation of Guru Laghima’s teachings was very much the interpretation of a zealot who saw those teachings as justification for whatever he wanted to do anyway.  It’s plausible that detaching himself from concern for others was not what Laghima intended, but functioned as a dark workaround for someone like Zaheer who could actually pull it off.

The most questionable thing said by a character who actually knew what she was talking about was Yangchen’s speech to Aang about why the Avatar can never truly detach themselves:

Many great and wise Air Nomads have detached themselves and achieved spiritual enlightenment, but the Avatar can never do it, because your sole duty is to the world. Here is my wisdom for you: Selfless duty calls you to sacrifice your own spiritual needs, and do whatever it takes to protect the world.

That doesn’t necessarily imply that detachment equals apathy, though — she might just be talking about the Avatar’s need to reincarnate and remain part of the world.

On that last point: yes. The Buddhist notion of nirvana is that the enlightened person is freed from the cycle of samsara and no longer reincarnates once s/he physically dies. The Avatar can not become truly enlightened because s/he must always be reincarnated in order to serve the world. And as such, the Avatar is always bound to worldly suffering and will never achieve freedom from it.

Well and I’d like to throw out there that while Avatar is heavily influenced by religions, philosophies and cultures from the Asian continent, that’s not the same thing as being a teaching vehicle necessarily. It’s inspired, influenced and informed by those, and so there are there are liberties taken for artistic license. It’s not necessarily intended to be consumed as Jain-, Tao-, Buddhism etc. 101., although it makes a good point to begin developing an interest.

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Posted 10 hours ago

Remember the best. My friends have always been the best of me.

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Posted 1 day ago

angelclark:

99-Year-Old Lady Sews A Dress A Day For Children In Need 

Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.

Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.

Posted 1 day ago

penguintim:

Today was a good day (I also got my picture taken with her, but there’s no way I’m posting my face on here).

Posted 1 day ago

Avatar Villains Philosophies and Politics

espanolbot:

So,

Ozai/Azula - Fascism/totalitarianism with absolute monarchy trappings (divine right to rule, nationalism,cultural supremacism, indoctrination from a young age etc.)

Amon - Some kind of communist-ish doctrine of absolute equality, we didn’t see much outside of bending-related issues were, so we probably don’t know what his economic policy was meant to be.

The Red Lotus - anarchism, probably closer to actual anarchism than a lot of interpretations of the political stance (wants to abolish all nations and governments, doesn’t have a stated alternative in place for what to replace them with though).

Unalaq - religious fundamentalism with some cultural imperialism bolted onto it.

Tarrlok - abuses crisis to grant himself more power at the expense of others, wouldn’t necessary say that he’s proponent of Fascism like Zuko’s family. More an opportunist than someone trying to make an actual point.

Long Feng and the Dai Li - sustains an Orwellian police state through use of brainwashing, the secret police etc. Based on a combination of imperial China with elements of modern day states such as the Republic of China, North Korea etc. I’d say that they lean towards fascism, except that they’re nominally doing it in someone else’s name. Hm.

the Legend of Korra Earth Queen -  combines elements of Ozai with those of Long Feng, creating an absolute monarchy with a heavy dose of cult of personality in there as well.

Varrick - capitialism, possible objectivist trappings, maybe? Motivated mostly by profit, willing to use illegal means to get it if necessary… is willing to do things that won’t immediately benefit himself in the short term though if they’re in the common good, though that doesn’t really detract from him, say, organising political assassinations or bankrupting his rivals while in the pursuit of making a quick buck.

Posted 1 day ago

tastefullyoffensive:

"I nominate Mona Lisa and the Girl with the Pearl Earring." [via]

Posted 1 day ago

thexlostxgirlx:

I want to do an AU where the Doctor is a writer….but that’s the only idea I have. I have no idea idea what the actual STORY would be. But I want to do SOMETHING.

He could write Doctor Who, I guess. Maybe not with this title but basically the adventures of the Doctor in time and space, like the Journal of Impossible Things. And he could think about giving his hero a companion but he wouldn’t know how to write her character until he meets Rose and bases it on her (well, if you want Rose in the story, I just figured you would).

Posted 1 day ago
‘Men get raped and molested,’ should be a whole sentence. If you have to tack on the word ‘too,’ then you’re using the experience of male victims to silence females instead of giving them their own space.

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Not sure if I’ve reblogged this before but it always bears repeating.

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thesoulzofhades:

The most important OTP’s! ^_^