And while we’re on the subject, I’d like to say a few words about escapism. I hear the term bandied about as if it’s a bad thing. As if “escapist” fiction is a cheap opiate used by the muddled and the foolish and the deluded, and the only fiction that is worthy, for adults or for children, is mimetic fiction, mirroring the worst of the world the reader finds herself in.
If you were trapped in an impossible situation, in an unpleasant place, with people who meant you ill, and someone offered you a temporary escape, why wouldn’t you take it? And escapist fiction is just that: fiction that opens a door, shows the sunlight outside, gives you a place to go where you are in control, are with people you want to be with (and books are real places, make no mistake about that); and more importantly, during your escape, books can also give you knowledge about the world and your predicament, give you weapons, give you armour: real things you can take back into your prison. Skills and knowledge and tools you can use to escape for real.
As JRR Tolkien reminded us, the only people who inveigh against escape are jailers.
"I often wonder if I should’ve been born in another time."
#okay i need a minute here #i LOVED this scene #because at first i thought all it was was a cheeky nod to canon #oh har har what if he’d lived 200 years ago isn’t that funny #but it’s not JUST that #this is something that seems to have genuinely kept him up at night #something he almost seems to long for; something he wishes he could know for certain #and it’s something deeply personal. he doesn’t just brush it off as bullshit like he did his anders reveal in 1x03 #(that we later learned was partially the truth in 2x04) #listen to how upset he gets when he says he never would’ve spoken up if he knew the meeting had been compromised by mycroft #this is such a difference from sherlock using his NA meetings to practice going into a trance state #such a difference from regaling everyone with the story of the blue carbuncle rather than talking about his addiction #and you know what broke my heart the most? #200 years ago? … he was still the same addict he is here.
"It always seems impossible until its done."
, a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected President, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela went on to serve 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to the establishment of democracy in 1994. As President, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation, while introducing policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa.
R.I.P Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013)
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we rule the world | cancel your plans for tonight and put on your superhero costume. us ladies are going butt kicking.
no one’s an atheist 30 seconds before an orgasm
my celebrity crushes always start with “who the hell is this” and always turn into “that’s his right nostril I can tell”