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I've been told by a few of my friends that I'm authentic.

Authenticity is such a mailable idea. What does it mean exactly? That I live up to the ideals I believe in (hardly) or that I live up to the idea that I have of myself.
Or the idea that others have of me.

I don't know.

But it's a hell of a compliment.

[livejournal.com profile] aesiron had a meme: Comment to this post and I will give you five things I associate you with. Then either elaborate in a reply or in an entry in your journal.

Generally, I'd write a little spiel of my love of those things.
But everybody does that.
So I'm going a different route.
Batman )
Sinead O'Connor )
V For Vendetta )
Gender Politics )
Buffy the Vampire Slayer )

Enjoy!
Comment away!
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"V For Vendetta" has for a while now been my fave movie and (graphic)novel.

One of the things that made V so pleasurable to watch, was the fact that he had been played by the wonderful Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith? Mitzi?) and the Speech where he introduces himself to Evey (Natalie Portman), which doesn't appear in the Novel (then again, the beautiful scene where V calls Justice a whore isn't in the movie, so *shrug*).

Embedded is the Speech, which is very difficult to understand (and learn) so someone carefully subtitled V so that we can understand him better.



Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mistressindi for linking this.
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I know, I know, not my holiday, but I feel a special something towards it mainly because of the graphic novel (and to a lesser extent the movie), not because of the "blowing stuff up", but because of opposing Fascism thing.

And thus, as they say...

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,
'twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow

The rest is about how he failed and particularly insulting towards Catholics and thus has no place in this celebration of subversiveness *grin*.
The complete (and non-PC) poem you can find here, the actual wording and rhyming is actually entertaining, but like many things it has fallen out of favour and perhaps it's better that way... so long as we can always find them when we want to.

Even Neil advocates the Fifth.

And now for something completely different! )

Integirity

Oct. 18th, 2007 11:28 am
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I am a deeply flawed person.
I have weaknesses and traits I'm not particularly proud of.
I am, however, human and these flaws, weaknesses and less-than-positive traits make up the whole person that I am.

At the end of the day, I think I'm a decent person; I don't steal, I straight talk as much as I can, I try to be as honest as I possibly can at all times, I spend time with my family, my friends and by myself, I'm polite and try to improve my character, and so on.

The most important thing we have in this life is our integrity, our wholeness of being.

Alan Moore wrote one of the best speeches about integrity, here's a small bit if it:
"...My mother said I broke her heart. But it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it's all we have left in this place.
It is the very last inch of us.
But in that inch we are free."


-Valerie, V for Vendetta p. 156, by Alan Moore

A bit dramatic, but what would Alan Moore be if not dramatic.

The point is, in order to be free and true and honest with ourselves we will most likely hurt other people, because who we are doesn't always live up to the expectations of other people, in order to do that we'd have to pretend to be something we are not and in the end that causes only more pain.
Putting myself ahead of other people, doesn't make me a bad person, though if that's the moniker that would be given me for my integrity and the decision not to compromise for the sake of something that wasn't doing anyone any good.

So be it.

I know exactly who I am and what I'm worth.

I'm insanely joyful to any other who possesses that knowledge. Gaining that knowledge can be difficult and is often painful and one is likely to lose people over it, but in the end... it is more important to be honest and whole, than give a piece of yourself away one inch at a time.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.
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Yes, I saw "V for Vendetta".
And I very much enjoyed it.
Hugo Weaving is a master.
Natalie Portman is her usual pretty, charming, self.
And we must all -
Remember remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason Should ever be forgot... )

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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