Q:I haven't been keeping score or anything, but I feel like you've written enough short stories since Fragile Things to warrant a new collection. Any chance of publishing one soon?
Are you OK?
She hung herself.
It’s a wicked chameleon of an illness that can perfectly hide itself away, by making the sufferer act with euphoria, or in plain sight for everyone to see and ignore either out of awkwardness or simply because we don’t understand its depths.
People feel low all the time - C’est la vie - but that’s not what depression is. There are some physical signs such as tiredness, aching pain, mood swings but it can get more abstract than that as the sufferer’s spirit is utterly shredded to the point you feel worthless and pointless. It makes the sufferer feel so very fragile and this is when Depression is at it’s most dangerous. All it takes is one bad day or moment and then all hope is lost. Unfortunately it’s this abstractness that makes Depression hard to understand and stigmatised.
There’s no real catch all solution. The real cure for depression is openness: the ability to talk about it. Sufferers need a forum to identify it within themselves whilst non-sufferers need to be the forum that listens. It’s frustrating and confusing for non-sufferers to deal with and you need a great deal of patience to draw a sufferer out of the darkness. When Depression can’t hide it’s much more manageable for both parties.
You’ll never see it coming (you know what I’m talking about) if it does come. It sucks and you’ll feel like a failure and wish you’d done something or said something. Don’t let it destroy you too - that’s the great contagion of Depression. All we can do is learn. Learn to read people and learn to listen because talking is the medicine not a pill.
I’ve rabbited on enough I think. Be happy, be a rock, be a guiding light or any other cliche metaphor. It takes three simple words to help cure Depression:
'Are you ok?'
Ps. And please, for the love of God, if you think someone might be suffering from Depression (capital D) don’t tell them to ‘pull yourself together’. You might as well be throwing rocks at a sheet of glass.
A Facebook friend of mine had the perfect thing to say about this creep:
This is why, despite being a nonbeliever and a scientifically minded person, I hesitate to identify as a member of the skeptic/atheist community- it is dominated by pompous white men who find doing things like categorizing rape into different “levels” of badness, and playing logical fallacy “gotcha” games with anyone hurt by this, to be a diverting intellectual exercise. In truth, they may act like this is nothing more than a fun little project, but this is to hide how much emotional validation and sexual enjoyment they derive from this game. Their intent is to do harm, and to assert power by the further gaslighting and violation of boundaries of those who protest. The more you ask them to stop, the more excited they get, and the more they will try to pull you into a “debate” and harm you further. This is not done in the spirit of true inquiry and debate; it is abuse disguised in the sterile wrapping of “discourse.”
Dawkins is such a moron. Largely because he seems to think women think of rape exclusively as a crime rather than as a traumatic experience.
Nobody cares how many years in jail you can get for a rape, Dickie, if they’re trying to put the pieces of their psyche back together and are fairly certain it’s not worth it to bother even telling the police. Your utilitarian calculations of badness don’t matter to someone who feels totally destroyed, and apparently evolution forgot to include the notion of human empathy and compassion in your general asshole program.
Also, just let’s clarify why this is stupid legally as well as stupid empathically: the justice system in most countries knows that a-crime-with-violence-added should be a charge of the base crime, plus the crime of using violence to commit a crime. That’s why you can have more than one charge. Here’s how it works:
1) Rape is a crime.
2) Threatening someone with a knife is a crime.
If you committed the crime in (2), you may deserve harsher punishment for (1), the way we do sentencing, but maybe not (up to the judge really); you get punished for two separate crimes, even if committed together, as separate charges.
In other words, even our justice system tries to keep these things separate so that you don’t dilute the badness of them.
You shouldn’t have to “compare” date rape and rape at knifepoint. Crime at knifepoint is wrong. Rape is wrong. Both are crimes, both can be committed independently of one another. Comparing them creates the even more awkward situation where you start comparing “knifepoint attack plus rape” to “knifepoint attack alone,” and then we really go down a shitty rabbit hole to a hell dominated by White Men who think rape victims give half a shit about everything I just mentioned.
This is basically why Richard Dawkins should just stop talking. He gives the rest of us evolutionists a bad name.
Well, let’s also not forget the fact that he’s kind of racist, extremely prejudiced, and all kinds of other horrible too.
He was never, and isn’t now, a very good scientist who made real contributions. He took other people’s stuff and rephrased it for popular audiences. That’s a job—that’s MY job in a lot of ways—BUT he shouldn’t be regarded as a real evolutionist.
He’s a writer. Of opinion. About evolution and atheism.
I don’t really get this hate. I mean, with date rape, you know their identity, so you can report them. When raped by a stranger at knife point, there’s a very real chance of dying if you fight back. I wouldn’t wish either on anybody, but I understand what he’s saying.
As for people attacking his character, idk who this guy even is, and I’ve got a headache.
Dawkins is getting hate because he’s turning a traumatic experience into a thought exercise and using that to make himself look smarter than other people.
So that’s not out of context or anything? I think the number of favorites there is interesting, but regardless, yeah, he should’ve worded it better.
You do realise Dawkins was giving examples of syllogism in which two statements that don’t verify each other verify a third ‘unseen’ statement i.e. All rape is bad.
Dawkins’ point is that people try to rationalise or grade the severity of an act when in fact the act in any form is terrible.
Six-Word Stories That Are Absolutely Heart-Breaking
OH MY GOD.
If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.
- DC: Wonder Woman is too difficult to find a movie audience for-
- Marvel: YO YOU LIKE BLACK WIDOW? HERE SHE IS IN THE NEXT CAPTAIN AMERICA MOVIE WITH A TON OF SCREENTIME AND MAJOR ASSKICKING SKILLS
- DC: We can't allow the lesbians in Batwoman to get married in the comic, sorry.
- Marvel: HEY GUESS WHAT WE'RE GONNA FEATURE A GAY WEDDING ON THE COVER OF AN X-MEN ISSUE
- DC: The new direction for storytelling needs to be dark, gritty, mature and cynical.
- Marvel: DUDE CHECK IT OUT LOKI GOES SPEED DATING IS THAT NOT THE BEST SHIT EVER
- DC: After years of rumors, the Superman/Batman movie is finally coming, but with a new actor and suit for Batman and MAYBE a cameo from Wonder Woman.
- Marvel: PHASE 2 MOTHERFUCKERS EVERYONE IS IN EVERYONE'S MOVIE AND THERE AIN'T NO STOPPIN US NOW
- DC: We can try to add maybe one or two 'people of color' to our lineup...maybe...
- Marvel: NEW MS MARVEL THAT'S MUSLIM AMERICAN, BITCHES.
- DC: We feel no problem with Batman's vengeful personality being like wet cardboard.
- Marvel: NEW LATINA GHOST RIDER WHO SEEKS VENGEANCE WHILE TAKING HIS SWEET LIL BRO FOR ICE CREAM
- DC: We can't mention any superhero titles in our movies, that's ridiculous.
- Marvel: FUCK YEAH YOU WANT A RACOON VOICED BY BRADLEY COOPER WITH A GIANT GUN? YOU WANT VIN DIESEL PLAYING A TREE? AMY FUCKING POND PLAYING A SEXY BALD SPACE PIRATE? HERE YOU FUCKERS GO
- DC: Our fanbase is mostly white males, I'm sure our focus is-
- Marvel: NEW SHE HULK LINE WHERE SHE GOES TO COURT THEN SAVES NEW YORK
- DC: Wait-
- Marvel: NEW FEMALE THOR
- DC: I didn't-
- Marvel: NEW BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA
- Marvel: TAKE ALL THIS COOL SHIT MARVEL BE OUTIE
- Marvel: PEACE
Some of the funniest book dedications ever.
New threat to anyone who’s being mean: “I’ll call you an assh*le on the dedication page of my next book.”
allow me to add A.Lee Martinez :Divine Misfortune and its dedication:
To Mom and the DFWWW, for all the usual reasons.
To Sally, just because I know she’ll be really, really excited to be mentioned in a dedication, and anyone who can put put with me for this long deserves some kind of acknownledge.
To World of Warcraft. For the Horde!
To me, because itś been a while since I´ve dedicated a book to myself, and damn it, I´ve earned it with this one.
And to Squirrel Girl, greatest superhero ever. And, yes, she did defeat Thanos single-handedly. It’s in continuity.
Deal with it.
What would Jesus not do?
Things Jesus would do:
- Flip tables
- Turn water into fine wine to save your wedding party
- Tell the weather outside to STOP
- Curse trees for producing shitty fruit
- Bring people back from the dead
- Go fishing
- Give you food
- Whatever the hell he wants to on the Sabbath
- Make furniture
- Walk across the ocean because you need to stop
This…is the best
As Stalkingstalkerthatstalks said: Canon Jesus is better than fanon Jesus.
Canon Jesus is better than fanon Jesus.
CAN I GET THAT ON A TSHIRT
Fanon Jesus is a white guy who hugs lambs
Canon Jesus is a sassy middle eastern guy who hung out with prostitudes and spread peace and acceptance of everyone
Never have I hit reblog so quickly.
All little girls should see this. Truly inspiring!