Anonymous asked: How do you exercise humility?
Humility is constructive, so long as it’s a result of being honest with oneself, it will yield the subtle, but rational insecurity, that compels an acute sensitivity to the various processes of environmental phenomena and social interactions, resulting in education. One might otherwise neglect considering essential factors in the arrogance of assumed security.
On the other hand, humility as a method of feigning ignorance and inadequacy due to the fear of disapproval, is deceptive, squanders potential for seizing opportunity, as well as denies us efficient coexistence in the resulting anti-communicative social persona’s it sustains.
WARNING - PLEASE READ IF YOU HAVE A PEANUT ALLERGY AND LIKE TO SHMEAR MAKEUP ON YOUR SKIN TO MAKE YOU LOOK AS FLAWLESS AS YOUR PERSONALITY
I am one such an individual, and last night I was super pumped to try this concealer. Out of curiosity I read the ingredients and saw something called arachidyl behenate.
Anything with the root “arachi” such as “arachis oil” is probably peanut related. And, sure enough, I did some research and arachidyl behenate is peanut-derived. Which is the story of how I nearly smushed a deadly food allergen into my skin.
There’s a report here from last year that seems to indicate that some food allergens are neutralized when processed for cosmetics, but I’m not sure that applies for peanuts. And at any rate, they did indicate there was still a risk of a reaction if such proteins weren’t processed properly.
Now, I’m gonna say it outright - I’m not one hundred percent sure that a heavily processed peanut-derived chemical such as arachidyl behenate will cause a reaction. I’ve worn a lot of makeup over the years without checking the ingredients, so I could have easily used a product containing it without knowing. Still, better safe than sorry.
Alternate names for peanut products (anything with the prefix “arachi-” should be considered suspect):
beer nuts, earth nuts, goobers, groundnuts, groundnut oil, hypogaeic acid, katchung oil, mandelonas
Here’s some articles on the subject:
Stay safe, guys, and please signal boost for any peanut-allergic followers you might have!
YES THIS IS ACTUALLY VERY IMPORTANT
Dragons are political, to some extent. Dany endures an arduous political process of justifying their existence and use, forging meaningful alliances that aren’t predicated on their existence (and thus likely to dissipate if/when they die or go rogue), establishing a power base as a ‘mother’ figure despite her identification with these dragons, and satisfying prospective allies who would prefer not to associate with the destruction they can cause. They’re a trump card with certain preconditions that can readily influence how readily she gains or loses power. Notice how dragons can destroy entire cities but alienate the small-folk whose sheep they roast. Despite acting as a nuclear deterrent of sorts they quickly complicate the associated political processes of becoming a real Queen, due to their destructive potential and the contradictions associated with forging an Empire by ultraviolent means. Dragons don’t win wars, employing them cleverly as both tactical and strategic weapons does.
In that capacity, the presence of dragons in the series is a political factor as it requires Danaerys to contemplate her acquisition of power (which is the essence of politics) in the context of how best to employ or not employ her dragons - they are not simply used without consideration.
White walkers and dragons are non-political if you take them literally, but they really aren’t non-political in how they affect the story. If you view dragons as super weapons (like nuclear bombs) that only Dany has been able to develop (once upon a time only one country owned an a-bomb), they suddenly are political. Some look at them as an awesome force that will help them achieve their goals, others see the mass destruction they can bring and want them destroyed. Their existence has set off an arms race. The white walkers are harder to place in a political paradigm, but it can be done. They are a negative force that is now only affecting a small amount of people, but will require unified action to defeat. The problem is that until more people believe they exist and the destruction they can bring, they will not want to do anything about it. You can’t defeat them politically, but who will do what, give what, and receive what credit is political.