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It's Only the End if You Want it to Be

Sep 21 '14

Anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on the Young Justice TV show?

I never watched much of it, honestly! 

From what I’ve seen, there are some things I really like about it, others not so much. (The characterization of certain characters - like Dick and Clark - is so different from the versions I love in the comics that it’s a bit hard for me to adjust, for example.)

Sep 20 '14

avonleavignettes:

        When school was dismissed Anne marched out with her red head held high. Gilbert Blythe tried to intercept her at the porch door. “I’m awfully sorry I made fun of your hair, Anne,” he whispered contritely. “Honest I am. Don’t be mad for keeps, now.”
        Anne swept by disdainfully, without look or sign of hearing. “Oh how could you, Anne?” breathed Diana as they went down the road half reproachfully, half admiringly.
        "I shall never forgive Gilbert Blythe," said Anne firmly. "And Mr. Phillips spelled my name without an ‘e,’ too. The iron has entered into my soul, Diana."

Sep 20 '14
"The Hunger Games trilogy is dark and brutal but in the end, the books also offer hope—for a better world and a better people and for one woman, a better life for herself—a life she can share with a man who understands her strength and doesn’t expect her to compromise that strength, a man who can hold her weak places and love her through the darkest of her memories, the worst of her damage. Of course I love these books. The trilogy offers the kind of tempered hope everyone who survives something unendurable hungers for."
Sep 20 '14

huffingtonpost:

Know Your Veils: A Guide to Middle Eastern Head Coverings (PHOTOS)

Next time you are having dinner with a Bahraini dignitary, don’t embarrass yourself by confusing the Queen’s abaya with a burqa.

Simply read our full guide with the full explanations behind every Islamic veil here. 

Sep 19 '14
celestedoodles:

a beauxbatons student inspired by this post 

celestedoodles:

a beauxbatons student inspired by this post 

Sep 19 '14

herestoyoumsholly:

villainouslaughs:

damn this lady is awesome

She’s also in the running to be a third time Chopped Champion!

That is actually how I found out about her. ;-)

Sep 18 '14
Sep 18 '14
extremelystubbornandsuspicious:

"My good opinion, once lost-"
"Man, shut up."

extremelystubbornandsuspicious:

"My good opinion, once lost-"

"Man, shut up."

(Source: cripplethebitch)

Sep 18 '14

(Source: annakendrunks)

Sep 18 '14

villainouslaughs:

damn this lady is awesome

Sep 18 '14

Adventures of Superman #21

Sep 18 '14

hobbitkaiju:

vrabia:

I lost it at The Backstreet Boys

why have I never heard of this person before

Sep 18 '14

officialclarkkent:

trohleyjpg:

sure is hard work being the emo cousin AND the gay cousin

Sep 17 '14

bell-chan777:

Spoiler -Batman Eternal 024

Sep 17 '14

marvelingjoyous asked:

Can I ask a religious question to you? I know that Jews can have different belief systems (like, if I'm not mistaken, some Jews only go by the books of the Bible the Moses wrote, where some go by the entirety of the Hebrew Scriptures), but in general, what is the belief system for what happens after death?

As far as I know, there aren’t any Jews who only go by the books of the Bible that Moses wrote - there could be some small sect that I haven’t heard of, but it’s definitely not a majority opinion. At the very least, most accept the full Tanakh (the five books of Moses + Prophets + Writings) as true. Most of the disagreement I know about comes with regards books that aren’t officially considered part of the Tanakh, like Maccabees. (And, obviously, we don’t go by the New Testament.)

You’ll find a fair bit of variation about what Jews believe about the afterlife, but one basic difference between us and Christianity is we do NOT believe in eternal damnation. Our idea of hell (Gehinnom) is rather different than the Christian idea - it’s more about the soul being purified and repenting than about punishment. Because of that, it’s not permanent. The maximum anyone stays there is 12 months.

Ideas of heaven are vague and vary considerably, but the bottom line is that it’s a place where the soul connects with God. Who exactly goes to heaven is also a source of disagreement. The Mishnah in Tractate Sanhedrin states “All Israel has a share in the world to come”, but there is disagreement about whether this means that all Jews are definitely going to heaven, or just that there is a place reserved for them in heaven if they merit it but they can forfeit it by being bad people.

Likewise, there is disagreement over whether heaven is only for Jews or if it’s for anyone who’s a good person. Sanhedrin also contains a debate about this topic between Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Joshua, with Rabbi Joshua holding the opinion that “the righteous of all peoples have a share in the World to Come”. I can’t speak for all Jews but on a personal level, this is the opinion I hold with. 

Although we believe the soul moves on to heaven, we believe it is still in some sense connected to the body that once housed it, so visiting gravesites is considered meaningful and we have strict rules about not desecrating corpses.

Judaism also does include a concept of reincarnation, known as gilgul, so it’s not outside the realm of our beliefs to accept the idea that some souls don’t go straight to heaven or hell after they die, but are instead brought back to earth as a different person (or even an animal, according to some concepts of gilgul!)

Finally, there is the concept of Techiyat Hametim (Resurrection of the Dead), the idea that at some point in the future - generally considered to coincide with the coming of the Messiah - the dead souls will be brought back to life. While this is considered a fundamental belief in Judaism (it is one of Maimonides’ Thirteen Basic Principles of Jewish Faith), it’s a difficult concept to understand and it’s unclear exactly when or how this will happen, or how humanity will go forward from that point.

Beliefs about the afterlife are complicated and hard to understand sometimes, but I hope that helped!