Personal blog and game-related nerdery.
Contains large amounts of Draenei theorycraft and geeking for the Wyrmrest Accord and Moon Guard (US) servers
A QUICK UPDATE: After I finish the last commission I have decided to NOT open up commissions anymore, indefinitely, for personal reasons. I may follow up this with a more thorough explanation later, but for now I would like to extend my apologies to those that…
I think all of us just assumed that someone was being a dickmunch and you needed to take time or were perhaps just Done.
Glad to hear its for personal growth!
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you.
I can attest to the original poster’s comments. A few years back I took an intensive seminar on faith-based progressive activism, and we spent an entire unit discussing how many of Jesus’ instructions and stories were performative protests designed to shed light on and ridicule the oppressions of that time period as a way to emphasize the absurdity of the social hierarchy and give people the will and motivation to make changes for a more free and equal society.
For example, the next verse (Matthew 5:40) states “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” In that time period, men traditionally wore a shirt and a coat-like garment as their daily wear. To sue someone for their shirt was to put them in their place - suing was generally only performed to take care of outstanding debts, and to be sued for one’s shirt meant that the person was so destitute the only valuable thing they could repay with was their own clothing. However, many cultures at that time (including Hebrew peoples) had prohibitions bordering on taboo against public nudity, so for a sued man to surrender both his shirt and his coat was to turn the system on its head and symbolically state, in a very public forum, that “I have no money with which to repay this person, but they are so insistent on taking advantage of my poverty that I am leaving this hearing buck-ass naked. His greed is the cause of a shameful public spectacle.”
All of a sudden an action of power (suing someone for their shirt) becomes a powerful symbol of subversion and mockery, as the suing patron either accepts the coat (and therefore full responsibility as the cause of the other man’s shameful display) or desperately chases the protester around trying to return his clothes to him, making a fool of himself in front of his peers and the entire gathered community.
Additionally, the next verse (Matthew 5:41; “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”) was a big middle finger to the Romans who had taken over Judea and were not seen as legitimate authority by the majority of the population there. Roman law stated that a centurion on the march could require a Jew (and possibly other civilians as well, although I don’t remember explicitly) to carry his pack at any time and for any reason for one mile along the road (and because of the importance of the Roman highway system in maintaining rule over the expansive empire, the roads tended to be very well ordered and marked), however hecould not require any service beyond the next mile marker. For a Jewish civilian to carry a centurion’s pack for an entire second mile was a way to subvert the authority of the occupying forces. If the civilian wouldn’t give the pack back at the end of the first mile, the centurion would either have to forcibly take it back or report the civilian to his commanding officer (both of which would result in discipline being taken against the soldier for breaking Roman law) or wait until the civilian volunteered to return the pack, giving the Judean native implicit power over the occupying Roman and completely subverting the power structure of the Empire. Can you imagine how demoralizing that must have been for the highly ordered Roman armies that patrolled the region?
Jesus was a pacifist, but his teachings were in no way passive. There’s a reason he was practically considered a terrorist by the reigning powers, and it wasn’t because he healed the sick and fed the hungry.
Keia (Katee Sackhoff), answering the important questions.
Annnd Veri (Sandra Bullock). Classy as always. Fair warning, mcdraenei, if Mikkaelos wants to go drinking, she’ll pour.
I wonder sometimes if I am ever going to get over what they did. I happened to see one of their names ‘liking’ a Facebook post by another mutual friend. Knowing I shouldn’t, I went to their page, really just to… I don’t know. See how they were doing, what they were up to. And I started remembering…
I’ve tried going back, repairing shattered friendships. I think some… cups are just destined to stay broken. No amount of glue or effort or wanting can fix it.
I’ve had two friendships dissolve like yours did (I recall when you went through this, and I think I may have seen it happening through other eyes as well, but they may have been unrelated, not sure), and both times it left me feeling like I had been through a divorce; hurt beyond description.
I’ve mended the cup - sort of - with the first group of friends, but we lost the closeness we used to enjoy. The second… I just let go. And that was hard as hell.
But like you, every time I saw their names- whether it was on WoW or Facebook, I felt that rejection and pain again. It’s faded now; it’s been… three years? Four? So the old adage about time healing wounds is true, for what it’s worth.
In the meantime… you have friends that will hand you a cup of tea and the comfort food of your choice and be ready with a hug when you need it. <3
It'd be nice if you wanted to do more than ERP.
This has to apply to at least 75% of MG
You are 75% of MG, you fucking scumbag ERP monster.
RUINING THE SERVER.
Wait, 75% of the ERP on MG comes from avaruu?
I love how people rage about ERP yet I think everyone I have rp’d with has done it at least once on wow. As long as it isn’t in public chat, who cares. Seriously. Let people have fun how they wish to.
Honestly I could care less about ERP. Half the time normal roleplay is far more provocative.
I won’t rag on it, but as the anon suggests there are players that do nothing but.
So? Is it hurting you? I highly doubt it.
I have a couple of friends who are like that, and while it’s gotten a little old for me when it comes to playing with those specific people, I’m not gonna tell ‘em that they need to change. They’re having fun, it’s not hurting me, and they’re not forcing me to be a part of it if I don’t wanna be. So what’s the problem?
Just like everything it has its place the only thing I have to say about it is to be respectful of other peoples want to be around or not be around those things and then it is just fine. Also to be considerate of people who may want like in character relationships for their characters but don’t want to do to do that kind of stuff, that kind of degree of respect is lacking in most people
I think the original anon isn’t so much ragging on people that ERP as expressing disappointment that a friend wants to do nothing else. It’s like having a SO that only wants to see you for hookups.
Which if you’re just in the relationship for the nookie, that’s cool. But if you have an emotional investment in the person… maybe not so much.
Hey, why not. >_>
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Birthday: March 5
Favorite color: Blues, reds, and purples.
Lucky numbers: Uhhh… I don’t really ascribe to lucky numbers, but I like the number 42 cause of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?
Whelp, I will always remember your birthday, at least.
It’s the day before mine. :D