kaku koimu mono to wa ware mo omoiniki kokoro no ura zo masashikarikeru
-Anonymous, Kokinshū #700
From the very start, I myself had felt quite sure of loving this way. The secret divination has proven all too correct.
-Helen Craig McCullough, trans.
This poem from the Konkinshū collection of poems has no recorded topic of composition and no author. The phrase “kokoro no ura” is written in classical Japanese as 心の占, the first character meaning “heart” and the last one being an olden pronunciation of the word for “fortunetelling” or “divination.”
Today is Lizzy and my one year anniversary from when we officially became official! So, it’s the anniversary we celebrate. I was reading through the love scrolls of the Kokinshū and this poem stuck out to me.
The Aquabats have a song that is entirely about how to deal with itchy balls in public.
The Aquabats have a song that is entirely about worms and dirt.
also, fun fact: The Aquabats will never again do a public performance of Pinch and Roll. Their last performance of the song occurred during summit ‘06 when they did a complete performance of The Return.
Today in science we learned that you can never gain cold, you can only have an absence of heat; and it made me think that maybe hatred doesn’t exist, and there’s only an absence of love.
this is the realist shit I’ve ever read
I think the op just naturally stumbled upon the privatio boni doctrine on their own, and that’s pretty cool.
Privatio Boni (privation of good) is a theological argument about the nature of evil, basically saying the same thing: evil doesn’t exist, it’s just the absence of good. I think it’s usually attributed to St. Augustine? (Just checked, and yes. He lived mid to late 4th century). Alongside the hot/cold analogy, they also use light/dark to explain the doctrine.
A lot of times this argument gets used to explain away the problem of evil associated with a Christian god that should be all good. The argument goes that if God is all good, and evil is the absence of good, then evil is the absence of God. Or sometimes it’s along the lines of God is love, hate is the absence of love, hate is the absence of God. Either way, it’s still privatio boni basically. There is frequently a story about Albert Einstein whipping out this argument to an “atheist teacher” that gets forwarded in spam e-mails and facebook posts, but that attribution is total bullshit. Still, privatio boni is a very interesting argument that can’t be dismissed lightly when debating about theological matters (I know how to poke the holes in the argument, but I want to let the OP bask in being as smart as St. Augustine for a while).
Whoa, what? This is a thing that still exists? Yeeeeeees it is! (You thought I forgot, didn’t you?)
Hey Cadets! Are you ready to submit your stories, art, photos, etc to The Aquabats! Awesome Anthology? Rad! Please do! But before ya do, please fill out our handy dandy submission form so we can…
Hey, everyone. Now that we’ve gotten all the administrative things figured out, you should go and submit stuff.
Just remember to keep the same e-mail/name for your submission, submission form, and if possible the paypal too (although if you use your parent’s paypal or credit card to donate, there’s a section for that in the submission form). We’re going to be doing all of the form-filling and book keeping by hand, so try to take it easy on us.
yknow when your teacher yells at your entire class for misbehaving even though not all the kids are misbehaving?? the kids who never misbehave realize that the lecture isnt about them and are not offended, while the kids who do misbehave realize it is about them and feel guilty. the lecture is given to the entire class though, because the majority was misbehaving. people should apply this same logic to “heterophobia/cisphobia/reverse racism”
This is a wonderful analogy. I really like it and can’t find any logical fallacies in it like I can with most over simplifications. I hope it helps other privileged people get over themselves.
I would just like to continue the analogy one step though. If you’re one of those kids who never misbehaves and the teacher is daily and aggressively yelling at the entire class, eventually you go, “geeze, this class really sucks. The teacher spends all their time yelling and we don’t get anything done. I wish I wasn’t in it.”
When a business is closing, they will play Auld Lang Syne to signal that it is the end of the business day. When you hear it, you should quickly make your final purchases.
Hey, all my followers. I know that most of you only follow me for The Aquabats, but I know some of you are also interested in Japan.
I recently started a sideblog where I teach people about Japan, one factoid at a time. Some are serious, some are funny, but 100% of them are true and based off my 15 years of study of the culture and nearly 4 years of living here. Check it out.