A truly Oscar winning performance.
…the use of the term Mary-Sue comes with an obvious assumption attached: if characters like this are simply unacceptable by definition, then there must be other types of characters out there that are OK. After all, not every single female character ever written can possibly be a Mary-Sue. Even the people who cling to the term Mary-Sue as if it was their long-lost twin would not dispute that.
The Mary-Sue is a ‘fake girl’. A plastic girl, an unrealistic girl, a perfect girl. Her opposite number in that case must be a real girl. A human girl. A realistic girl. An imperfect girl. Fictional ladies whose failures and flaws are right there on the page. Ladies who cannot be dismissed as ‘too perfect’ or ‘wish fulfilment’. Let’s call this type of character a Sarah-Jane.
Now, because Sarah-Janes are in total contrast to the Mary-Sue, defying all the traits that are supposed to make a Mary-Sue unacceptable, then the Sarah-Jane, by definition, must be acceptable. I mean, obviously they’re not as tightly defined as the Mary-Sue type, and because their major trait is that they’re realistic, they’re going to vary a lot. But they must be the kind of character that readers want to see. The kind that readers will embrace. The kind that they will at least give a chance.
Yeah. No. It turns out the vast majority of talk about Sarah-Janes - realistic, flawed, prominent female characters in fiction - *still* centres on what is wrong with them, and all the reasons they are SO ANNOYING for… not being perfect?
I am completely respectful of everyone’s beliefs even if they don’t agree with mine, but here are some ways of approaching the after-life from an academic perspective.
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
So before we delve into if the mind survives death, we first need to establish that the mind is a powerful entity. It’s not just a product of the brain but instead something that it’s own thing, and can even influence the brain itself.
Take the classical placebo effect for example. That’s one way to prove it. Other ways include the existence of psychic powers, hypnosis, and mind over matter interactions.
Here are a bunch of experiments that scientifically approach the mind-body connection. Also have a couple of case studies here.
- CASE OF MR.WRIGHT
- GANZFELD EXPERIMENTS
- SENSE OF BEING STARED AT
- POWER OF HYPNOSIS
- U.S GOVERNMENT USING PSYCHIC POWERS
- PSYCHIC COLOR EXPERIMENT
- DREAM TELEPATHY EXPERIMENTS
- PHANTOM PREGNANCIES
- POWER OF MEDITATION
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES (NDE)
An NDE is when someone is clinically dead for a long period of time. Thanks to recent medical innovations however, they can be brought back to life. In that “clinically dead” stage, their brain completely shuts down.
They should hence report back no perception. However, a large number of people do report seeing things such as a bright white light, a life review, deceased family members, and another world.
The AWARE study is a current on-going research project that decided to study this phenomenon. They will also be testing the validity of NDE through the use of randomly generated hidden images.
These images are not visible unless viewed from specific vantage points above. A patient will be put under cardiac arrest. Once the patient is resuscitated, they will be asked if they had an NDE and if so can they describe the image?
You can visit their official website here: X
Also in case you doubt the amazing phenomena of an NDE, read about the case of Pam Reynolds: X
While this is a topic that may not agree with many people religions, there has been fascinating case studies of reincarnation. Most reincarnation cases have been involved in Indian, China yes, where reincarnation is a huge religious ideal.
HOWEVER, there have been plenty of reincarnation cases in the USA and Europe. You may be wondering what a reincarnation case even is. It’s when a small child, usually around the age of 2-5, starts to recall past life events.
They say things like “I want to back to my real mom, you’re not my real mom”. They start to behave like how their “past life” person behaved, so if the past life was a shoemaker, they’d start to play around with shoes a lot. And sometimes they even give out factual evidence, like “I used to be a carpenter that lived on the yellow house in 1098 St.” Researchers go to the exact spot and find that yes, not to long ago someone did died there who was a carpenter.
READ MORE INTERESTING CASES OF REINCARNATION HERE: X
If you are really, really interested I recommend the book Life Before Life by Raymond Moody. The book can be read from google books: X
There have even been experiments, where an old, dying person was given a mark on his/her body and told to reincarnate themselves. A couple months later, a baby was born with the same exact mark on the same exact part of the body. You can read more about those cases in Life Before Life.
There have been millions and millions cases of ghostly sightings, dating as far back as prehistoric eras.
If someone is going to ask for repeatable scientific evidence of “ghosts” and “proof of a soul after death” well the answer is no one can really give you that. Atleast not yet.
A ghost is a fleeting concept. You can’t predict it. It comes and it goes.
But you know what that sounds like?
Imagine being a person 100,000 years back, seeing a flaming rock in the sky. You go and tell all your friends, and they probably will tell you “you’re crazy” or that you “imagined it”.
But it’s there. It exists. You just can’t go and show them.
The different thing about meteorites, is that our technology improved and we can track them in outer space now. They’ve become a scientific fact. They exist. With ghosts, and the non-material world, we have yet to do that.
Well anyway, that’s my academic and almost philosophical (the last part) take on the after-life. As you can see the points shown here do favor the existence of an after-life.
Edit: added a bunch of stuff esp in the mind/body connection
This is literally one of my favorite topics to read about, this is what keeps me up at night.
THANK YOU. I WORKED SUPER HARD ON THIS POST :’)
Ahhhhhh this is a wonderful thing on my dash!
Supernatural episode where Leonardo DiCaprio wins an Oscar
Possibly the best thing that I’ve ever gotten in my ask box
#LEONARDO DON’T DO IT #CROSSROAD DEMON DEALS AREN’T WORTH IT
The longer he goes without an oscar the better this post gets.
He’s just mad because he can’t acquire all the apple juice that I’m acquiring. (x)
Born without the use of her hind legs, Lola learned to walk just fine.
Lola don’t give a shit. Lola got places to be.
Ellen on how the Oscars are like the Hunger Games
She always turned to her dad.
ARGH LET ME TELL YOU A THING.
I saw this little article about “10 Reasons Why Frozen is the most modern disney movie” or something blahblahblah, and reason number one was that Elsa’s parents were abusive.
noooooooooo. no no no no no.
FROLLO was abusive. MOTHER GOTHEL WAS ABUSIVE.
Elsa’s parents did their darn best to make sure none of their daughters got hurt. Her dad didn’t know how to handle ice powers! He didn’t have ice powers! Nobody else had ice powers! No! All he knew was that Elsa had to learn to control her powers, and he did his darn best to help her. Maybe he didn’t go about it correctly. Maybe he accidentally contributed to her anxiety issues. MAYBE HE MESSED HER UP.
But it wasn’t on purpose.
Look at this man. Look how much he cares for his daughter. He’s not afraid to touch her. He’s not afraid to hold her. He gave her the gloves FOR HER OWN PROTECTION, and Elsa turned them into a prison because she was afraid of herself.
This movie is fascinating, not because it showed abusive parents, but because it showed LOVING, WELL MEANING, ADORABLE parents trying to help their daughter in the best way they could. Even if they did it wrong. Even if they didn’t have all the answers. They TRIED.
And that’s the saddest part. Because sometimes, even when parents try their best, they can still mess their kids up. It’s reality. But I don’t think Elsa ever blamed him for trying.
when art suddenly emerges.
When drivers are pissed off for having paint all over their cars emerges.
The one yellow line showing an illegal ass move.
my favourite thing ever
Science side of tumblr, I demand an explanation
Simple. What you see there is not wine, but blood. The four sacred glass mages are merely raising it up with their magic to present it to the Dark Lord in a feeble attempt to keep him from decimating their homeland
Thanks science side *tosses a biscuit*
Lupita Nyong’o accepting her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress
that was beautiful, honestly
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