"The First Men named us children," the little woman said. "The giants called us wok dak nag gran, the squirrel people, because we were small and quick and fond of trees, but we are no squirrels, no children. Our name in the True Tongue means those who sing the song of the earth. Before your Old Tongue was ever spoken, we had sung our songs ten thousand years.”
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.
#this is so important #they’re both learning what it’s like in the cracks of society that people fall through; but coming at it from different ends #jon is encompassing the wildlings in his sense of home/belonging; he’s de-otherizing them in the face of the greater other #while learning how to use his power towards that #and sansa’s unlearning her privilege and learning all the ways people who don’t have it have to survive #all those techniques and understandings of struggle and prejudice; she’s learning to look at humans underneath #instead of the status/privilege/song #they’re both unlearning old westerosi concepts #and it’s so important for breaking down to oppressive exclusive violent system of westeros that the entire books are angling towards #i’m okay with the niece thing in the sense that she’s still put in the place of a bastard #i guess we have to see what happens on the show #just think how awesome an episode where sansa becomes alayne stone and jon becomes lord commander snow would have been #it’s things like this that make the show lesser; not being able to have coherent and elegantly themed individual episodes within the whole #and that speaks to their fundamental inability to understand character/theme arcs #and their priority on plot/spectacle (via okayophelia)
literally sansa is the most prejudiced against bastards. like of all of the stark children she’s the the one who is the most like cat; she’s the one who holds jon snow at an arm’s length; she’s the one who most values propriety and being ladylike and doing what’s courteous and right and so she never openly judges jon, but she’s cool to him; she doesn’t treat him like a brother. and so it’s really important that she’s the one who has to become a bastard, to the point where she starts thinking of herself as alayne stone, and at the same time that she becomes a bastard, jon snow becomes a lord. she loses her good name, which is the last thing she has left, at the same time as jon becomes what she once was, only he’s lord snow, a name that’s cruel mockery of what nobility is supposed to be. she’s alayne, he’s lord snow, it’s only really fucking important to both of their arcs
The strength of [Orange is the New Black] isn’t that it’s universal and isn’t even that it’s women-specific, but that it tells the stories of the types of women who don’t get their stories told in our culture: black women, Hispanic women, fat women, butch women, bi women, old women, immigrant women, uneducated women – and even a trans woman’s story. When the season is done, you will be astonished at the vast range of women you’ve been exposed to and if you reflect on it, will probably be a little depressed that such stories are so rare in our culture.
A beautifully done interpretation of the Slytherin dorms.
The pool of water/ceiling light is based on the idea of an aristocratic Roman impluvium/compluvium. Gryffindor has a furnace in the center of the dorm rooms, so it seemed like an nice yin-yang effect as Gryffindor=fire and Slytherin=water. I’m not sure if the compluvium would magically let rainwater (and snow, and hail!?) in from the lake above, or not. I think it should.