Jubalrahl's Cracked Mirror

thempress:

People look down on McDonald’s employees but fail to realize that if all these folks left McDonald’s and pursued “better careers”  your ass wouldn’t be able to get a McDouble with an Oreo McFlurry at 3am. 

You can’t demand a service while simultaneously degrading those who provide it for you. 

lord-kitschener:

bigfudge238:

towritecomicsonherarms:

What if? #34

what if everyone at marvel was on drugs?

Answer: it would be the best damn marvel universe ever

Particularly feeling Moon Knight’s actions

titytwochainz:

white people cry reverse racism about comic book characters being colored black but they finna make an entire movie about egyptians starring all white people. 

i’m petitioning for a george washington biopic starring samuel l jackson.

When someone asks you for a pencil

bankuei:

potofsoup:

fyeahsnowpiercer:

jonomancer:

fyeahsnowpiercer:

inherentvicecity:

I watched Snow Piercer. I was thinking, shouldn’t the third class passengers just be grateful that the first class passengers haven’t killed them. They serve no purpose, they don’t even work. Am I a bad person?

Well, that just makes you a capitalist who thinks people should be useful to society…

You can interpret the movie however you want, and that includes sympathizing with the villains, but…

you know who else did no work and served no purpose? THE FIRST CLASS PASSENGERS. All they do is take drugs and go to saunas and raves. And who was using up more resources per person, the first class or the tail? So if you wanted to be ruthlessly efficient with your resources for the sake of survival, wouldn’t it make more sense to kill the first class passengers first?

Wonder why Wilford didn’t think of that? Why wouldn’t this obvious fact occur to a person? Maybe because they were blinded by the ideology that says people who are born rich get to play by a different set of rules than everybody else. Had that idea so ingrained in them that they couldn’t even think to question it. A blindness which is way too prevalent in the real world, and exactly what the movie is there to criticize.

Several other people have reblogged this post adding the exact same facts, and it’s a very valid point. Sadly, it just shows how we are brainwashed, in our capitalist societies, to think everyone’s gotta contribute to society, be useful or be erased. (Everybody struggling to get a job gets that kind of pressure, and I don’t even talk about housewives like me.)

Now, I think it also misses another important point of the movie. We need to destruct the toxic idea that “if people don’t work like prisoners they aren’t exploited”. I am not saying that people should be grateful when they have shitty jobs where they work hard only to be disrespected, but sadly, the idea that the ones who suffer the most are the ones with the bad jobs is so fifty years ago! Nowadays the real problem is unemployment. Nowadays, people who have a job consider themselves “lucky” because that could be worse, and it’s in the neighborhoods with the higher rates of unemployment that things go wrong.

When people feel useless, have no purpose in life, no money, no occupation, no way to feed their family, when they feel completely ignored by the system, this is when they revolt the most. This is where there are riots.

See for example all the mines closing in England in the 80’s. People started to protest, not when they were working their asses off in the mines, but when they were losing that opportunity. It wasn’t much but it was all that they had. Same nowadays in Europe when people fight to keep their jobs in factories. A few decades ago people wanted better jobs, now they just hold on to what they have, even if it’s not great, because the growing unemployment is worse.

Nothing to add here, except to say that on the train, the “valued work” is done by the middle in maintaining the train’s society — the security, the haircutting, the maids, the teachers, etc. This is very different from the work that is actually needed for survival outside the train. Not being “gainfully employed” within the system doesn’t mean you’re not capable outside of the system.

Let’s also consider what role the last cars actually DO provide the society as a whole:

1. Children to run the engine

Who else would STAND to have their children taken from them?  When you create an underclass everyone hates, they’re totally ok with exploiting and using those children, and keeping the system running.  No one is going to feel too much sympathy, they’ll justify it because those kids don’t deserve to be treated like kids.

(Think a bit about US adult sentencing for Black children.  Then prison labor… hmm.)

2. “At least I’m not at the bottom!” satisfaction

People will endure a lot based on fear and insecurity.  Fear of being sent to the back makes a lot of folks grateful for their lot - which means the middle cars aren’t going to be starting rebellions to get to the front.   Consider the guy making the protein bars - “this is my place, gotta stay here.”

3. A “reason” for the enforcers

Gotta have enforcers to keep anyone from taking the front, but what can you do to justify having them?  An oppressed underclass who “deserves” to be beaten at every step of the way allows you to maintain the squad of enforcers, keep them trained in causing harm, and, on top of all of that, keeps those same enforcers busy looking at the bottom rather than looking at the top…

The last cars technically do not have to be anything EXCEPT targets, and that alone allows the train to have someone to hate, someone to fear becoming, someone to justify terrible violent security measures, someone to exploit if ever needed.

"The back works with the front" tells you it was important enough to engineer your society around having a group to hate.

dymestl-stormfromtregaron:

zionites:

jubalrahl:

Someone has to make a meme thing of I Know Kung-Fu, but with I Know, Photoshop, I Know Calculus, I Know Fauvism, and so on for college courses and things. Starting with the download, then I Know “”, showing Neo looking at something, and finishing on whatever he would do/make.

Can you tell how much I just want to download the knowledge and spend the rest of my days relaxing? lol

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What if I told you this is photoshopped because I can tell from the pixels?

frenchoverture:

Those two comments made my day.

kelsium:

You can tell a girl she’s smart her whole life, encourage her in school, buy her a chemistry set, send her to math camp, help her apply for college scholarships in STEM fields, and she’s still eventually going to walk into a classroom, a lab, or a job interview and have some man dismiss her existence, deny her funding, pass her over for a promotion, or take credit for her work. How about you work on getting those assholes out of power and quit telling me not to call girls pretty.

kecky:

roachpatrol:

did you know you can read all the animorphs right now

i knew this but in case my followers did not know this

Someone has to make a meme thing of I Know Kung-Fu, but with I Know, Photoshop, I Know Calculus, I Know Fauvism, and so on for college courses and things. Starting with the download, then I Know “”, showing Neo looking at something, and finishing on whatever he would do/make.

Can you tell how much I just want to download the knowledge and spend the rest of my days relaxing? lol

reasonsmysoniscrying:

If corporations are people, can Amazon adopt me?

baegal:

When you’re almost dead in a game but somehow you managed to survive until the next level

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queen-of-sunspear:

This will blow your mind