"The English bourgeoisie is charitable out of self-interest; it gives nothing outright, but regards its gifts as a business matter, makes a bargain with the poor, saying: ‘If I spend this much upon benevolent institutions, I thereby purchase the right not to be troubled any further,..’"

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

The exact meaning of this film isn’t entirely clear: is it an anti-war statement? An existential depiction of human action in the face of struggle? A tale of love between siblings? A tragedy about rebellion against one’s family? Being based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, it’s not surprising that the film is open to many interpretations, as life events tend to be. There is one sure thing, though: it will deeply affect you in feeling and thought, and that’s reason enough to watch it, whatever your particular interpretation.

You can watch Grave of the Fireflies here.


O Egypt, Egypt, of thy religion nothing will remain but an empty tale, which thine own children in time to come will not believe; nothing will be left but graven words, and only the stones will tell of thy piety. And in that day men will be weary of life, and they will cease to think the universe worthy of reverent wonder and of worship. And so religion… men will think it a burden, and will come to scorn it. They will no longer love this world around us, this incomparable work of God, this glorious structure which he has built, this sum of good made up of things of many diverse forms, this instrument whereby the will of God operates in that which be has made, ungrudgingly favouring man’s welfare, this combination and accumulation of all the manifold things that can call forth the veneration, praise, and love of the beholder.

Darkness will be preferred to light, and death will be thought more profitable than life; no one will raise his eyes to heaven; the pious will be deemed insane, and the impious wise; the madman will be thought a brave man, and the wicked will be esteemed as good.

Hermes Trismegistus, Asclepius  (via sisyphean-revolt)
Samus’s official amiibo toy has the figure of a ballet dancer.
I wonder if it’ll be used in an upcoming Metroid x Barbie Girls’ Fun crossover.

Samus’s official amiibo toy has the figure of a ballet dancer.

I wonder if it’ll be used in an upcoming Metroid x Barbie Girls’ Fun crossover.

Lady Meyneth was one of the few characters that I genuinely liked from Xenoblade. Her love for her people, as well as the people of Bionis, together with her faith in all life… Yeap, that’s a goddess I’d be willing to revere.

"Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice."
Theological-Political treatise (1670) - Baruch Spinoza (via esotericsage)
  • Me: Gah why is there so much medicine-related vocabulary in my German course, I don't care about it.
  • Me: *realizes it might be useful when reading Freud later*
  • Me: *studies medicine-related vocabulary ferociously*
"[Aschenbach] too had served, he too had been a soldier and a warrior, like many of them: for art was a war, an exhausting struggle, it was hard these days to remain fit for it for long. A life of self-conquest and defiant resolve, an astringent, steadfast and frugal life which he had turned into the symbol of that heroism for delicate constitutions, that heroism so much in keeping with the times – surely he might call this honorable, call it courageous?"
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice
"Cupid, indeed, does as mathematicians do, when they show dull-witted children tangible images of the pure Forms: so too the Love-god, in order to make spiritual things visible, loves to use the shapes and colours of young men, turning them into instruments of Recollection by adorning them with all the reflected splendour of Beauty, so that the sight of them truly sets us on fire with pain and hope."
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice

I woke up at 5 today, went to German, related sweetly to my crush, bonded very naturally with another classmate, walked a bit, baked a pie for class tomorrow because why not, learnt some German vocabulary, read some of Death in Venice, went to a movie event by the language school, chatted up an unknown student a bit, and did some soul-searching about how I overcommit to people sometimes.

… Remind me how this is supposed to be my summer break where I relax rather than exhausting myself like that.