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Remember Jack London's "The People of the Abyss" (1903), A first-hand account about life in the East End of London in 1902. More than a century later, never forget the wherever they are.

Dec 7th: With so much tasty food on offer over Christmas, Weber’s Rational Choice Theory might prove handy if you don’t want to turn into Augustus Gloop!

How much of of an individuals identity is based off of how they feel others perceive them? 🤔 Using the Characters of The Breakfast Club 🍳to explore perceptions of the Individual in 💭

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One day imma be rich and buy the rights to merlin and make the next seasons! They will be older which is perfect! The RISE OF AVALON! THE KNIGHTS WILL RISE!

#من_هو_محمد_صل_الله_عليه_وسلم 11

#Who_is_he #11 ❓❕❔❗️

■ His #mercy toward children

. The scope of his mercy and affection

embraced all children, and he showed the same interest and gentleness to other children.

Usamah ibn Zaid (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates:

◇ Allah’s Messenger used to put me on (one of) his thighs and put Al-Hasan ibn `Ali on his other thigh, and then embrace us and say,

■“O Allah! Please be merciful to them, as I am merciful to them.” (Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Qatadah

■ “The Messenger of Allah came towards us while carrying Umamah the daughter of Abi Al-As (Prophet’s granddaughter) over his shoulder. He prayed, and when he wanted to bow, he put her down, and when he stood up he lifted her up.” (Al-Bukhari)

In a another hadith, Narrated Umm Khalid:

I (the daughter of Khalid ibn Said) went to Allah’s Messenger with my father and I was wearing a yellow shirt. Allah’s Messenger said,

■ “Sanah, Sanah!” (Abdullah, the narrator, said that sanah meant “good” in the Ethiopian language). I then started playing with the seal of prophethood (between the Prophet’s shoulders) and my father rebuked me harshly for that. Allah’s Messenger said, “Leave her.” The Prophet, then, invoked Allah to grant her a long life thrice. (Al-Bukhari)

A companion, recalling his childhood, said,

■ “In my childhood I used to fell dates by throwing stones at palm trees. Somebody took me to the Prophet who advised me to pick up the dates lying on the ground but not to fell them with stones. He then patted me and blessed me.” (Abu Dawud)

Prophet #Mohammad (PBUH)

Is he a hateful person or a loving one ?! 🌿



#القرآن الكريم

#عربي #انجليزي


12/06/2019: Day 78 of #100DaysOfProductivity


Today was quite the pleasant day. Long and exhausting, but quite nice.

Today I…

• went to my empirical social research lecture

• attended a three and a half hours workshop

• revised my morning lecture which took SO long

• worked on my glossary

• had a lovely phone call in the evening which really opened my eyes💘

It is late and I gotta get up early again. I’ll visit my grandparents cause it was my grandmother’s birthday a few days ago. I also have to do some stuff in the morning🌻

Guys.. There is a light at the end of the tunnel (the tunnel is this semester.) My paper is done. All I have to do is read for my two exams, take them and I. Am. Done.

I literally can not believe I managed to finish the semester. I legitimately did not think it was going to happen. I’m starting to feel a lot less depressed now that I know I’m going to finish with good grades. And of course next semester I’m taking a much lighter course load. I’m STOKED to be writing my thesis. Now I just have to pick a topic.

I’m looking to write in the field of medical sociology/public health so if anyone has any suggestions please send them this way. ☺️

Our Neolithic ancestors fashioned their surroundings to mimic the phallus and the vulva, to consecrate not just loved ones, but to also honour the stars, the seasons and the tress. Simon Schama (1995) writes at length about our intimate relationship with the landscape and how it is revealed in our art and architecture. Skateparks can be seen as an expression of love for a more contemporary landscape, that of the city. Richard Sennett (2002, 18-22) speaks of the desensitised citizen in the modern city, sleepwalking through malls and passive in their automobiles, disconnected from the world they have created. The skatepark flips this scenario and provides a recreated site of reverence for all of the disregarded beauty of the city, not in its pomp and opulent architecture, but in its ludic potential. Skateparks are voluptuous sculptures of urban eros.
—  Skateboarding and Religion, pg 166

anonymous asked:

(1/3) In my fantasy world, I have humans, elves, and dwarves. I’m trying to give them all a wide variety of races and cultures, though we only meet a few of them. They all have pretty different approaches to gender. The humans in the area I’m focusing on have I guess pretty Western conceptions of gender, but I have multiple trans characters, including some nonbinary ones later one (one of the main characters is a human trans man).

(2/3) The dwarf cultures we encounter have pretty set gender roles but they don’t care who fulfills them/their ideas of gender aren’t tied to biology like humans’ often are, so there’s a really large percentage of trans dwarves. The elves don’t really have gender at all. They don’t have gendered pronouns. They can also change their appearance at will, and obviously sex and gender are different and also both socially constructed, but the elves as a whole don’t really think about either one.

A lot of elves do prefer a certain presentation, but the only ones who ever really gender themselves are the ones who live among humans or dwarves and have to choose pronouns in those languages. Some of them choose pronouns that “match” their presentation, some deliberately don’t, and some ask that people just change it up, the way that a lot of humans also do. Is there anything I should avoid or anything I need to think through better in all of this?

(I submitted that before saying so but the elf pronouns ask was 3/3)


Honestly, I have never come across an ask about fantasy gender stuff that was more evidently thought through or knowledgeable about gender and gender systems. You seem to have really gone through the work to make this a diverse and beautiful world. I think you’re doing great, but here’s some things I’m thinking.

I would keep in mind that the term ‘trans’ doesn’t necessarily translate across cultures. Using a different word or label doesn’t make it any less representation. It’s more in the portrayal and the way of getting across how different people relate to their own gender identity. Dwarves might be free to ID as trans in a translation, or maybe they have a similar or identical term but it just means something different. If there aren’t gender assignments the same way as in the cultures our contemporary definition of trans* had in mind, it might feel like a compromise for a dwarf who has grown up their entire life free of the same constraints to feel like trans (in our definition) is an accurate label. Or maybe not, or maybe it depends on the individual or the place they grew up or who they grew up around or their own specific culture.

In cases where terms/labels change, the key to making it actual representation is to focus on concepts of relatability. There’s no one way to be trans of course, but there are some things that I see in other cultures that I relate to because of my relationship with my gender. 

Another idea on something you could use to add more depth - gender is seldom just gender. For some people, their gender identity is tied in with their sense of kinship. Like, someone might really love being a mother, and that’s a large part of how that particular person relates to their gender identity. There are also a lot of cultures (including most of western-colonial gender systems as perceived through most of written history) (subcultures can have this too) where things like orientation might be a big part of how someone relates to their gender identity. For example, I know a lot of people who identify their gender as lesbian. These kinds of things exist in pretty much every culture (that I know of). I think more people feel this way too than most of us really think about - we have our gender identity label in its simplified form and then we have other terms and ideas associated that we relate to; ways of interpreting our relationship with other ideas and feelings and social and societal ties. Or whatever else.

I would also think a bit about the third culture folks and how nomadic people may develop identities. (Nomadic cultures exist on nearly every continent in our world. Some of these cultures did the whole ethnogenesis thing within the past 300 years, though most of the nomadic peoples I am familiar with go back at least a thousand. Some nomadic people aren’t part of nomadic ethnic groups but may have a subculture, like military families and carnies. I’m mainly thinking about how the subculture folks would develop identities and what that would be influenced by because otherwise folks just have their own regular cultures.)

I’d also think about maybe making up pronouns that are meant to refer to someone with a dwarf or elf etc gender identity. I know some folks who want the pronouns they use in their ancestral or native languages to be the ones used in English as well. Maybe instead of choosing an English (or Common, idk your world) pronoun, some folks opt to just keep using the same pronouns as always, regardless of the language they are using.

All in all, most of my advice and tips are just, “here’s how you can get even more creative with it if you want to, and add more depth.” There’s a lot to read on these topics but it can be hard to research because people don’t typically get to this level of depth. (I definitely don’t mean to knock at anybody - there is not a soul out there who is not learning and growing in some way.)

- mod nat

* The definition of trans I’m referencing here is identifying differently (either wholly or in part) with a gender (or lack thereof) than what was assigned to you at birth. That kind of hinges on the idea of birth assignments being a thing. I do have a feeling this definition will change a bit once people stop gendering infants based on genitalia shape. But y’know, that’s something to think about. Maybe have a lore-based definition. Maybe it varies in different cultures. I dunno - go with the flow! Get creative with it.

  Miraculous They’s 
 Mysterious Daze
Marvellous Days

 How found love disturbs lost lo’se consumed sold so’le from in-side-out feel;
Who haunt-taunt each 1 that seams 2 steal them free dream meal 4 real.

 Clowns now drown own crowns, sheer will might release true kind;
To the empathising, the ob-scene hurts to be-hold and re-mind.

 Regard protective powers, an in-trance transient sentient;
Universal being just refrain, at peace vacant adjacent.

 Original sin allow, got endow the arched fare bow;
Nature’s in a law, god bestow the archer fair bow.

 Awake-aware drive’s not enough though;
Here-now thrives through time it-Self.   

 No need illl-stray why slay or lay;
M’i sea still-stay thy sway o’ way.

I have a genuine question for anyone who can answer it.

If the reason we used pearls and various other precious stones in the past to make pretty sparkly things is because cheaper alternatives didn’t exist, why do we as a society see “real gems” as more desirable than “fake gems” (which aren’t fake, besides plastic ones, but are actually crystal forms of compounds that are more easily and cheaply found/made) even if they look exactly the same to the human eye? Like, if cubic zirconia looks exactly like a diamond to the human eye and can be loads of pretty colors and is easy to cut and set and lasts well, why do we buy diamond rings instead? Is there a value here I’m missing?

Idk about you but I don’t bust out a microscope to look at a cubic zirconia? I just want the sparkly thing and if it’s cheaper even better? Shouldn’t the only bit that matters be if the band or setting is made out of a metal that won’t lose its color/won’t set off allergies/last a long time?

Honestly, what are women? Sure, there are differences between males and females. But what about gender? Men have taken it upon themselves to become Subjects, whereby women have been presumed to be Others. In this world men and women are compared to each other according to standards built by men. Men are forcers of the upper hand they hold. But now what? Once we smash this subjugation asunder and create new standards for all Subjects, where will we go?

Simone de Beauvoir (pictured) conceded this in The Second Sex:

[T]he categories of “clitorid” and “vaginal”, like the categories of “bourgeois” or “proletarian”, are equally inadequate to encompass a concrete woman. Underlying all individual drama, as it underlies the economic history of mankind, there is an existentialist foundation that alone enables us to understand in its unity that particular form of being which we call a human life. The virtue of Freudianism derives from the fact that the existent is a body: what he experiences as a body confronted by other bodies expresses his existential situation concretely. Similarly, what is true in the Marxian thesis is that the ontological aspirations—the projects for becoming—of the existent take concrete form according to the material possibilities offered, especially those opened up by technological advances. But unless they are integrated into the totality of human reality, sexuality and technology alone can explain nothing … In our attempt to discover woman we shall not reject certain contributions of biology, of psychoanalysis, and of historical materialism; but we shall hold that the body, the sexual life, and the resources of technology exist concretely for man only in so far as he grasps them in the total perspective of his existence. The value of muscular strength, of the phallus, of the tool can be defined only in a world of values; it is determined by the basic project through which the existent seeks transcendence.

Thus we ask: ‘What should women grasp?’ And, again, we are left directionless.

Like, if I’m religious, I’m religious about skateboarding. And if I were to refer to a God I’m referring to like, the skate gods and they don’t really have a name, I consider them like preachers guiding me along my journey. And as far as all the other religions go, It doesn’t bother me if you’re religious, I just don’t want to be preached to. Skateboarding kind of showed me that religion is needed and that all those atheists telling people that religion is stupid are kind of wrong
—  Religion and Skateboarding - Respondent’s words, pg 254.

I am becoming increasingly aware of my impact on others, and my behaviors that are “infectious.”

For example: If I allow myself to vent and release frustration, others do so as well. However, this creates a lot more negativity. So then, I focus on expressing more positivity through compassion and light heartedness. Suddenly the overall mood changes and everyone seems to be catching on and following my lead, whether they realize it or not.

I reflect on how in the past, I was unawares of myself and this “gift” of mine. I feel guilt that others behaved poorly because of my influence. Becoming aware of this, I feel a sense of responsibility in how I compose myself.

People are responsible for themselves. I am not responsible for the choices others make. However, I am responsible for my influence.

I think we all impact people in some way or another. There has to be more accountability here.

I just finished watching Ghost In The Shell : Stand Alone Complex - Laughing Man.

There’s this scene that I feel is worth sharing as it is a valuable reflection on our impact on others, even when we move on.

I apologize for the poor quality but hope that can be overlooked for the message in this scene. Thanks.


Hey! I survived the hell week and I have to admit I’m fairly confident in how I managed!

My birthday and first final are coming up in a few days and I am equally nervous and excited.

My best friend got me tickets to see Said the Whale for my birthday and the next day I have my criminology final, I am so happy!!!

Will update eventually on how I do with my finals!

Happy studying


12/05/2019: Day 77 of #100DaysOfProductivity


Today was a really long day, I got home around 9 p.m. The things I got to learn throughout the past few hours made me seriously question my plans for the future.

Today I…

• went to my media analysis class

• practiced the presentation with my partner

• revised the class from yesterday

• cooked with the law clinic for refugees in the evening

Tomorrow is going to be another stressful day. First university and then a workshop about the causes of migration. I’m excited about the things I’ll learn tomorrow!🌻
You Are the Sum of Your Friends
Human evolution made social bonds more primal than personal identity
By Douglas Rushkoff

Ego dissolution goes mainstream.

“Our nervous systems learned to treat our social connections as existentially important — life or death. Threats to our relationships are processed by the same part of the brain that processes physical pain. Social losses, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or expulsion from a social group, are experienced as acutely as a broken leg.

…Unlike the relatively recent cultural changes that encouraged ideas of personal identity or achievement, our social adaptations occurred over hundreds of thousands of years of biological evolution.“

This article has a lot of great information for understanding how and why humans beings are more ‘units in a group’ than complete separate, individuals, and why isolation is a direct affront to our health.