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Anaconda, Bad, and Love: GOOD INTENTIONS GOOD IMPACT < ON OTHERS BAD IMPACT ON OTHERS BAD INTENTIONS thedreadvampy: egyptiann: exigencelost: closet-keys: why none of them got into The Good Place What I love about this is its acknowledgment that Jason had no intentions at all this is all 100% true but it always made me really mad that Chidi’s “crime” was having a severe anxiety disorder like he needed understanding and therapy, sending him to the Bad Place for something he had literally no control over was incredibly fucked up I feel like a less-surface theme of the show is that they’re all in a situation where they have been forced into bad patterns by forces outside their control - Chidi has SEVERE anxiety; Eleanor was forced by abuse and neglect to adopt a self-centered attitude from early childhood and, like many people with traumatic pasts, responds by not dealing with difficult emotions; Jason was very overtly raised in an environment where he got no education and all his models for behaviour were criminal and/or self-destructive; and Tahani has been raised in an environment where everything is performative and she is shot down for any genuine expression of unhappiness or non-material want. Just as Michael and Janet are made one way but changed by their experiences, the moral of the story is that things outside your control shape you but you can move away from them. That could easily be really insulting, in a sort of ‘just get over it’ way, but the idea isn’t that they change solely because they decide to be better - all six of them change because their circumstances change and give them the OPPORTUNITY to be better, because they’re finally given the support system they lack. I like The Good Place because the whole show has since day 1 been predicated on the idea that black and white moral judgements made in a vacuum are bullshit, and that moral choices are informed by things outside our control, whether that be education, behaviour modelling, unfair treatment or mental health issues. That doesn’t mean we aren’t responsible for our actions but it DOES mean we have to understand morality in the context of people’s varied experiences AND asks for the possibility that if their environment is improved, their ability to function as moral agents also improves.
Anaconda, Bad, and Love: GOOD INTENTIONS GOOD IMPACT < ON OTHERS BAD IMPACT ON OTHERS BAD INTENTIONS thedreadvampy: egyptiann: exigencelost: closet-keys: why none of them got into The Good Place What I love about this is its acknowledgment that Jason had no intentions at all this is all 100% true but it always made me really mad that Chidi’s “crime” was having a severe anxiety disorder like he needed understanding and therapy, sending him to the Bad Place for something he had literally no control over was incredibly fucked up I feel like a less-surface theme of the show is that they’re all in a situation where they have been forced into bad patterns by forces outside their control - Chidi has SEVERE anxiety; Eleanor was forced by abuse and neglect to adopt a self-centered attitude from early childhood and, like many people with traumatic pasts, responds by not dealing with difficult emotions; Jason was very overtly raised in an environment where he got no education and all his models for behaviour were criminal and/or self-destructive; and Tahani has been raised in an environment where everything is performative and she is shot down for any genuine expression of unhappiness or non-material want. Just as Michael and Janet are made one way but changed by their experiences, the moral of the story is that things outside your control shape you but you can move away from them. That could easily be really insulting, in a sort of ‘just get over it’ way, but the idea isn’t that they change solely because they decide to be better - all six of them change because their circumstances change and give them the OPPORTUNITY to be better, because they’re finally given the support system they lack. I like The Good Place because the whole show has since day 1 been predicated on the idea that black and white moral judgements made in a vacuum are bullshit, and that moral choices are informed by things outside our control, whether that be education, behaviour modelling, unfair treatment or mental health issues. That doesn’t mean we aren’t responsible for our actions but it DOES mean we have to understand morality in the context of people’s varied experiences AND asks for the possibility that if their environment is improved, their ability to function as moral agents also improves.
Africa, America, and Bailey Jay: <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://thecrankyconservative.tumblr.com/post/127743367050">thecrankyconservative</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p><a class="tumblr_blog" href="http://madworldnews.tumblr.com/post/127737645097">madworldnews</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>Muslims Arrested For Keeping Slave, Here’s Why Judge May Let Them Keep Her: <a href="http://bit.ly/1MY9Nkz">http://bit.ly/1MY9Nkz</a></p> </blockquote> <p>&gt;Muslim family in the UK<br/>&gt;Kept and abused an African woman as a slave for years<br/>&gt;Got off on bail<br/>&gt;May not be charged at all </p> <p>So I searched high and low for #BlackLivesMatter activists who had taken this up, but couldn’t really find any… Suppose because there’s no white people around to blame. </p> <p>Please also note that the article does  mention another case in the United States where a Muslim Princess was keeping 5 foreigners as a slave in her villa in California and was let off without any charges on a small technicality. Namely, that she paid them…. Less than $2 per day, that is. </p> <p><a class="tumblelog" href="http://tmblr.co/mKuMF1F89cM5JN6kxv8--8A">madworldnews</a> makes a good point in the column, and that is <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/17/world/la-fg-wn-slavery-africa-20131017">that tens of millions of Africans are slaves in both Africa and Islamic Nation</a>s. Once again, that is not a historical figure – That is at the present time. </p> <p>While afrocentric and SJW racists are able to spew vitriol against white people at will because a minute fraction of the American population owned slaves almost 200 years ago, they are totally ignoring that slavery still persists in most of the world, and Africans are both the primary slaves and slave dealers in these transactions, while Muslims tend to be the ones purchasing the human chattel. </p> <p>This was not a slave trade that started in the wake of that <i>evil, western heteropatriarchal white oppressive colonization</i> – No, this has existed for as long as people in that region have had mobility. </p> <p>I hate to state the obvious, but I am happy to put money on that the reason why progressives are ignoring this sort of thing, not just this particular case but the international slave trade in general, is because it would put them in a very awkward position to continue to defend their core belief that slavery was invented by white people who kidnapped and forcibly enslaved Africans (<i>as opposed to buying pre-bonded slaves from other Africans</i>). It’s the same reason why they pretend the Barbary slave trade never happened. It’s the same reason why they pretend like the majority of slaves transported from Africa during the Atlantic slave trade didn’t go to South America where the black population is still marginalized and heavily discriminated against. </p> <p>Who’s going to break the news to this woman that she just doesn’t fit the narrative right now?</p> <p>All I can do is roll my eyes into the back of my head. There will be no justice. That much is certain. <br/></p> <p>She’ll be tossed into the public welfare system with no education or understanding of her surroundings because she was at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and her attackers were of the wrong race.</p> <p>#Blacklivestotallymatterthough. <br/></p> </blockquote>

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