i think requiem for a dream goes under the category ‘amazing movie that i’ll never want to see ever again’

fuck me that was hard to get through

watching requiem for a dream

i’m very excited

I crave space. It charges my batteries. It helps me breathe. Being around people can be so exhausting, because most of them love to take and barely know how to give. Except for a rare few.
― Katie Kacvinsky, First Comes Love  (via japscene)
Anonymous: Don't you feel sad about the South Korean ferry that sunk?

afr0:

triller-park:

yeah it’s a tragedy that such a large amount of young people died, especially in a situation where a lot more could have survived.

but see here’s the thing, just because this is what the media is paying attention to doesn’t mean this is the only tragedy that’s happening.

let’s say that there was absolutely next to no media coverage about the sunken ferry, would you feel sad about it? no, you wouldn’t even know it happened.

so yes i do feel sad about it but it’s incredibly fucking biased that we should only care so much about deaths from developed countries.

i feel sad about the ferry incident but not any more than i feel sad about the bombing at abuja, deaths over fucking limes in mexico, deaths from the widespread famine in africa and southeast asia, drug and poverty induced deaths in east europe, or any other ‘unjust’ bullshit that’s sweeping the earth daily.

so don’t just #prayforsouthkorea, pray for fricking humanity you biased fucks.

What are you fucking going on about? Who are you addressing in your shitty little rant? 

triller-park, if you’re gonna get mad, get mad at the media, the news networks. Not at an anon, and not at this vague, undefined demographic you seem to be addressing when you say “you biased fucks.”

The media industry (as a whole) is the grand purveyor of information; they are the ones who control public perception, the people who “only focus on stories of deaths from developed countries." They are one of the many reasons that people don’t know more about global current events. If anybody is to blame, it’s the "mass media" and the topics they choose to cover. But even that is irrelevant right now, because that’s not what you’re talking about, are you?

You seem to be making a different argument: that the anon is a biased fuck because he cares about South Korea (which you seem to believe means that he does not care about the rest of the world). If that is not what you were implying, then ignore the rest of this post, dismiss me as some asshole on the internet, and simply learn how to phrase shit less misleadingly. But if that was what you were implying (and be honest to yourself), then read on and learn a fucking thing.

If I’m trying to learn Spanish, am I a biased fuck for not simultaneously learning French, Urdu, Gaelic, and Russian? No. If I want to learn all the languages of the world, I do it one language at a time. 

If I’m praying for South Korea, am I a biased fuck for not simultaneously praying for France, Pakistan, Ireland, and Russia? No.If i want to pray for “fricking humanity,” I do it one nation, one event, one group of people at a time. Otherwise my prayers would be just a lot of diffuse, unfocused noise. Kind of like your rant.

People ARE praying for the world, and right now, for just a few days, South Korea is the focus of our prayers. But you can’t expect every person to know the suffering of every other person. The world is simply too big. I don’t know much about what’s going on overseas. I admit my ignorance in that regard, and I’d like to keep learning more. But am I a biased fuck? I don’t know much about poverty in Guam, so that automatically makes me a gun-toting patriot that bleeds red white and blue? Does caring about South Korea necessitate that I don’t care about everybody else? If I pray for my sister’s health because she’s sick, am I a biased fuck for not also praying about all the sick people in the entire world? Are you getting the fucking pattern here?

There’s a term for people like you: SJW. Social Justice Warrior. Look it up, it’s an actual term. There are forums out there dedicated to making fun of you guys. You speak as if you’re this beacon of moral direction, a crusader for understanding, out to banish all ignorance from the world. But if I were to extrapolate from that shitty little rant you wrote, I’d think you’re just as misguided and uninformed as the people you criticize. Your argument is specious. You classily resorted to ad hominem and you set up a straw man argument. 

I might be wrong about you. I don’t think I am. 

"Pray for fricking humanity you biased fucks." Do you realize how pretentious that sounds? 

Human suffering is not a fucking competition. Being informed about all the different kinds of human suffering is not a fucking competition. And an uninformed person should not be shamed and ridiculed (as you have done to that anon), they should be taught. You want people to stop being “biased fucks?” Inform them. Don’t be a self-righteous twat.

People heard about the tragedy with the ferry, so we prayed for them. We heard about victims in the Boston bombings, so we prayed for them. We heard about suicide bombings in the Middle East, we prayed for them. We’re not sitting on our silk chaise lounges, maniacally stroking our curlicue mustaches while drinking smoothies made of blended hundred dollar bills, selectively choosing out which kind of suffering to empathize with. 

We heard about people hurting, we were hurt too, and we want the hurting to stop. That’s it. That’s the whole story. Should we stop other kinds of hurt? Yes. Absolutely. But don’t shame a person for caring.

Hey Kevin, let me preface this argument with that I think your argument is the biggest load of deluded and fluffy bullshit.

But you’re articulating your opinion and that’s fine. Hell, you probably think that way about what I wrote too right?

Before I even start, let’s bring down all the flashy bullshit that doesn’t make sense about your argument, which, by the way, conveniently makes you exempt from being a so-called pretentious and self-righteous twat of a “social justice warrior.”

Praying for your sister’s health has no relevance. Praying and hoping for a family member that you are close with and know personally is completely fucking different than praying for people whom you’ve never even met.

Drop all the bullshit rhetoric accusations. Straw-man argument? Ad-hominem? If you want to talk shitty rhetoric then let’s divert our attention to how your analogy has ABSOLUTELY no relevance. Praying due to tragedies and learning multiple languages aren’t even remotely related. In fact, it’s some of the dumbest rhetoric bullshit I’ve read especially coming from a person who takes every opportunity to make himself seem intelligent.

Also, you misconstrued what I meant when I said “you biased fucks.” It’s fine, I shouldn’t have written something so controversial in a half-assed manner. It was a jest, I usually get a lot of kpop obsessed fans (I have no idea why) in my inbox so it was more directed towards them. But still that comment was just a vague insult to everybody as an entity, still, it wasn’t entirely serious. But regardless, I feel the need to make YOU read on and maybe, I don’t know, teach you a fucking thing.

Your first point, I agree that the media is to blame, but not fully. The media is at fault for producing over sensationalized stories and then over saturating them. Other stories of importance don’t really get the spotlight they deserve when stuff like the missing plane and the sunken ferry are broadcasted non-stop.

But then again, the media giants only cares about earning money and ratings. To accomplish that, they only put out stories that the people want to hear. This creates for a fucked up priority of stories to broadcast and a fucked up method of changing stories when it’s outlived our attention span.

Want to argue about that? Don’t, because it’s fucking undisputable.

The media doesn’t care about integrity as long as the lack thereof doesn’t hurt them. Why do you think there’s always mistaken headlines that haven’t been verified but broadcasted anyway because nobody else has yet?

You want to see a prime and recent example of the media catering to the average short attention span audience? Where on our fucking TV, is there extensive coverage about Syria and it’s conflict that hasn’t stopped since the media stopped reporting on it? It’s even spread to fucking Libya inciting a bloody civil conflict and massive unrest.

Like I said the media only caters to serve what we WANT to see. Stuff in third-world Middle Eastern and African countries don’t fit this criteria unless there’s some type or possibility of US intervention. Nobody cares about Muslim insurgents in Abuja killing 72 people with a single bombing. No, people would rather get in a frenzy about missing airplanes and sunken ferries because those types of stories are actually relevant to the average first-world viewer.

How are they relevant? People’s own sense of security are threatened when incidents like that happen. Why do you think 9/11 was such a big frenzy? Sure, patriotism has a lot to do with it, but until 9/11 America had nearly a flawless sense of security.

After all, the Bush administration was fighting overseas in the Middle East against people who couldn’t even put up much of a resistance, let alone attack America. So when that sense of security that nobody thought could break actually broke, people were fucking utterly devastated and collectively called for a LOT of additional security regulations and increased defense spending.

In fact, fueled by the overly hyped media, people got so frenzied that have crimes against brown people were numerous on the days following 9/11. Hell, some of them were fucking Indian Americans, the very opposite of the Pakistani terrorists that performed the attack.

Face it, everybody’s selfish, maybe not you, but everybody else doesn’t give a flying shit about the plight of others if it doesn’t have direct relevance to them.

Maybe they’ll say “oh, how horrible!” but not much more than that.

Remember Kony 2012? The only reason that gained traction was because it was a popular social media movement. People forgot all about it after a few months, after all, the only thing that lured them in the first place was the well illustrated video.

Maybe you’re a lot less cynical about the media and people generally than I happen to be. But that doesn’t really make anything I said less true, be honest, most people aren’t what you claimed you were. They’re selfish and biased, hell, humans are selfish and biased, it’s engrained into our mental train of thought.

I’m not an exception, I’m as selfish as any other person out there but I refuse to seem to care about one specific incident because the media reports it. There’s no implications stopping you for praying for all the plights of humanity, both known and unknown to you.

At the end of it all, the ferry incident was an accident. It’s tragic but nobody intended to drown nearly 300 high schoolers. Accidents always happen and they can’t ever be prevented.

But what can be prevented is the stuff that aren’t accidents. By raising awareness for the stuff that can be solved, we all take the first step on remedying the problems of the world. You just don’t wish for tragedies to end when you have the power to do something about it. If awareness about a problem we can actually fix is spread far enough, charities sprout up and people are more motivated to take action because they don’t feel nearly as powerless when they have people at their side.

So call me a pretentious fuck, a self-righteous twat, and call my argument an unfocused rant. I’ll agree with you on all three accounts, but I’ll shame as many people as I can if that’s how I can change their views.