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"You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." - a line from the Dark Knight movie and one which, for me, has insanely personal significance. A YouTube comment by Brock Barber explained this quote perfectly. It is long, so it’s shown below the dashes. While I’ve been a fan of Batman since the 1970’s, over the last 10 months, I’ve realized that my connection to the Dark Knight is a lot more personal and deeper than I ever realized.

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The quote describes the way in which a man, through his actions, is perceived by the world and how he ultimately faces the conundrum that he can never be truly regarded as a hero in life, only in death. The great feats he accomplishes and the righteous morals he adheres to can be appreciated by the people, but nobody is perfect (every man has his critics) and over time the mistakes and difficult choices he is bound to face will cause the people to distrust him, even loathe him. But if he dies in his crusade, the people will remember him as a hero. This is because people, in witnessing the ultimate sacrifice, can come to trust the man if he dies because now it becomes apparent that his personal agenda or desires meant nothing in comparison to how important his crusade was to him. But if the hero lives, some people will pessimistically view the man’s crusade as a reflection of his personal agenda (i.e. “Why is he saving people? Is he trying to hide something? Is he looking for fame or power?”), and as the man meets continually mounting odds in his actions, he makes more mistakes. This leads to the people ultimately vilifying him, because he has proven time and again that he is more powerful beyond measure: his actions can affect the lives of all the people (which defines power) and that scares the people because they do not trust this power in one man’s hands, especially if the know nothing about him. Even if this power is used to better the lives of the people. But if the man dies, it reaffirms to the people that maybe he wasn’t so powerful and they can remember him for all the good he did because now he is gone, and the threat of the man abusing his power dies with him.

People fear what they cannot understand, that which stands outside of the realm of normalcy and our understanding. And even if that unknown (i.e. the man) stands to help us, we are critical of him over time because we just don’t understand him, his role and his power to change our lives (i.e. helping us, saving us). But we understand death, and the mortality of the hero comforts us. That we never fell to the judgement of a man who may have been a god. 

The happens in the Dark Knight trilogy. He is vilified and ostracized because we do not understand him and because if the people were to know that the evil plagued Dent, THE MAN THE PEOPLE CAME TO ELECT AND TRUST THEIR OWN JUDGEMENT, chaos would have ensued because they would have felt lost and unable to trust anything. 

We see it in the Dark Knight Rises though. Batman, after having been rejected for so long, saves the people and fakes his own death and now they come to realize he was just a man (Wayne) and had their best interests at heart. And they revere him. But in doing this, Batman now paves the way for a new hero (John Blake) because now Wayne hopes that the people can trust Blake after making them see how wrong they were in their treatment of Batman. 

- Brock Barber
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Sometimes, the truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes, the people deserve more.

neekosuave:

Sometimes, the truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes, the people deserve more.

My #fitbit broke last night. :( Apparently I fell asleep finally and broke it during my sleep. Between this and the burns that the FitBit Force gave me, I think I’m done with this company.

My #fitbit broke last night. :( Apparently I fell asleep finally and broke it during my sleep. Between this and the burns that the FitBit Force gave me, I think I’m done with this company.

"And it’s breakin’ my heart in two
Because I never wanna see you a sad, girl…”

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i fucking hate how i get attached so easily like i don’t understand. i meet someone new, find interest and BAM it’s like i can’t stop thinking about it. this needs to fucking stop

One: Buy condoms. Buy them and keep them with you at all times, and use them before you are asked to use them. And use them every time. The peace of mind you allow your partner will free her to be vulnerable with you, and that, my son, is exactly what sex is about. Condoms are sexy. In fact, call buying condoms foreplay.
(Footnote: If you are too embarrassed to buy condoms, you are not ready to have sex.)

Two: Kissing is not merely foreplay. Spend entire evenings making out on the couch while fully clothed. Believe me, dry-humping rocks.

Three: Sex is not just about friction. It’s about emotion. Stop trying to find her clitoris and find her heart. Because then she’ll help you find her clitoris.

Four: If you really wanna know how to please a woman, ask her how she masturbates. Then do that. A lot. If she claims she doesn’t masturbate, offer to take her shopping for a vibrator so you can both learn the vocabulary of her body together.

Five: Don’t put anything in her butthole you wouldn’t want in your own.
(Footnote: Try a pinky finger, it’s kinda awesome.)

Six: When you go down on her—and you will go down on her, and if you are my son, you will be amazing at it—tell her how good she tastes. Stop in the middle and kiss her deeply so she knows how good she tastes. Do the same when she goes down on you.

Seven: A simple Google search will yield 1,327 euphemisms for male masturbation, yet only 23 for female masturbation. If guys spent less time jacking off and more time jilling off, this world would be a happier place.

Eight: Everything you need to know about the importance of the clitoris is in the movie Star Wars. You are Luke Skywalker piloting your penis-shaped X-Wing Fighter deep inside her trench. Remember: seventy percent of all Death Stars cannot be blown up through penetration of the trench alone. It must be through focused contact with that little exhaust port at the top of the trench. Otherwise, any explosions you experience will be merely Hollywood special effects.

Nine: Just because you come doesn’t mean she has, so don’t you dare come before her. Focus completely on your partner. Don’t worry about gettin’ yours, you’re a guy. You always get yours. Your job is to make sure she’s gettin’ hers.

Ten: If sex with your partner lasts no longer than this poem, you are not making love. You are masturbating with her body instead of your hand. Shame on you. Go back to step one. You’ve got a lot of learning to do.
Love, Dad.

Big Poppa E., “How To Make Love” (via littlegirlinwaiting)

This is some great advice right here.

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BEST THING I have ever read right there

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This is awesome.

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Thanks satan.

This week on You Didn’t Know You Were a Satanist

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Thanks satan.

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My fortune tonight. It’s never been in my character to give up. 

But I have many character flaws. This, perhaps, being my worst.

My fortune tonight. It’s never been in my character to give up.

But I have many character flaws. This, perhaps, being my worst.