I took the Polaroid down in my room I’m pretty sure you have a new girlfriend It’s not as if I don’t like you It just makes me sad whenever I see it 'cause I like to be gone most of the time And you like to be home most of the time If I stay in one place I lose my mind I’m a pretty impossible lady to be with
I just experienced my worst (most plausible) nightmare, I was literally SURROUNDED by children on an airplane.
Children in the seats next to me, children across the aisle, children filling both the rows in front of and behind me.
Who the fuck brought all the children
"It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.
Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.
Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.)
But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.
a lot of ppl seem confused on what cultural appropriation is so lemme break it down
IT IS NOT: enjoying food from another culture, enjoying music from another culture, learning about another culture, or learning another language
IT IS: using another culture as a costume, wearing religious articles as accessories when you are not a follower of that religion, using a race as a mascot, disrespecting religious or cultural practices.
“Palestine has never been a land of Muslims, or Jews, or Christians. Palestine has always been a land of the people. Of the Palestinian people. It has never been a land of Muslims, and it should never be the land of Jews. It is the land of religious significance to so many. It should house Muslims, Christians, Jews, Baha’i, even Taoists and Buddhists. It should be a place of joy and prayer. A person who respects it as holy land would never call for blood to be shed.”—My palestinian friend in response to the third intifada (via queenhijab)