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Why The Handmaid’s Tale is so freaking addictive…#offred #auntlydiasucks

Note: before I jump in and break down this awesome show, I want to remind everyone (or make everyone aware) of the fact that the handmaids’ tale that airs in Hulu is a remake/update of the 1980’s movie of the same name, which is a screen adaptation of the novel of the same name. A friend recommended that I read the novel, but i honestly don’t have the stomach to visualize all that stuff. The main protagonist of the 80’s film was Nastasha Richardson, who passed away as a result of skiing accident several years ago.

 

Please note also that this post may contain spoilers, depending on the number of episodes you’ve seen so far. You’ve been warned!

Natasha Richardson

This is a blog post I thought I’d never find myself writing. I never imagined that I would be chomping at the bit each week to find out what happens next… in a television series that is so weird and creepy like the handmaids’ tale. Never before have I found myself wanting a fictional character to die in gruesome ways, over and over again, until I got sucked into this dystopian view of the future (Mrs. Waterford, I’m looking at you, “lady”…)

Mrs. Waterford

Where do I begin? How bout we start with the fact that America has been infiltrated by its own soldiers, who decide that the solution to the six year baby drought smothering the progress of the nation is to take all the women that are fertile and force them to become concubines.

Don’t even get me started on that creepy ass “ritual”. So why is this show so addictive? Simple: because of the current state of affairs in the world, particularly in the United States, it FEELS as though the events happening in this fictional world could jump from the screen and manifest in the real world we inhabit.

Is it that much if a leap to imagine that the generals of our mililtary say “f@&$ it” and decide to take matters into their own hands in order to prevent the extinction of the United States? I don’t think it is. With all the instability pervading the world, it could definitely happen.

Another reason why this show is so hard to not watch is because like a car crash, it’s hard to look away: you just have to see what happens next and to whom it happens. Even if you have the worst attention span, you will be on the edge of your seat with anticipation one moment and cringing in disgust the next.

For me, the main draw is June aka “offred”. Watching her endure the torments she does inspiring ( there are some scene where you can literally see her kill mrs. Waterford and the commander million of times with her eyes as she forces a smile).

*Spoiler Alert!!!*

I was so relieved when I saw that June was being taken to an as of yet unknown location, much to the surprise of the waterfords. Serves those bastard right. Where she goes, we won’t know for weeks 😦

June aka “offred “

If you haven’t seen this show yet, what the hell are you waiting for? Jump on the bandwagon and see what everyone is heaving and wrenching about!

Best,

Amir Campbell

#gileadmustfall

 

Why the world will never be the same.. and this May be a good thing #hangintherehumanity

The world has Been going crazy for past few decades and it seems to be happening more and more each day. Generally, I don’t let the news into my head and affect my emotions; I’ve been pretty good at building a wall of “don’t give a f$&@” around my spirit. That wall is starting to crumble slowly and this May be a good thing.

With so many violent events ( most seem racially motivated) happening so frequently, I find the people around me becoming more and more impacted, which Iin turn is impacting me because I care about them. This ultimately means that i now have to step forward and do/say something about it.

If you know anything about me, then you know I’m that “woo woo” guy who believes “I am the universe and energy is all there is”, so naturally I have to look at the world through this lenses of energy, so pay attention while I break it down, Buddha-style:

The expression of violence is the result of the build up of fear and anger. Not everyone’s expresses these pent-up emotions like this; some people freeze and become even more scared. At any rate, when you look at the emotions of anger and fear from the viewpoint of the Chinese five rhythms model cosmological makeup of the universe, you will discover that anger and fear are connected with the elements of wood and water, respectively. The designation of fire can also be applied to any passionate emotional reactions, as in crimes of PASSION.

Right now,  it seems as if  this world is engulfed in fire on the energetic level and humanity is responding ( mostly unconsciously) by losing control of their rationality and acting as scared people do.

Another interesting observation is that in the Chinese cosmological model, the rhythm of wood corresponds to anger and Growth.

Now what am I reaching for? Speculation time!!! I feel that the energies of fire, water and wood are flooding the earth and is causing feelings of hatred to bubble up to the surface, to be expressed through violence.

Because fire cleanses, all of the hatred and fear that has been festering in the souls of  humanity is being burned away, unfortunately it seems to be manifesting in seemingly random acts of violence.

So how can we protect one another during this time of transition? Here’s a few suggestions:

1. Pray/mediate on/for peace of spirit and understanding of our fellow man. We all have the capacity to project positive feelings to those around us, but very few use it. By focusing on a time when you felt extremely peaceful in your spirit and carrying that feeling with you as you go about your day, you will have a positive, uplifting effect and most everyone you encounter, even if you never utter a word.

Daily meditation before you leave you home is excellent to still your mind and emotions so that you radiate peace instead of fear. Meditation will help to center your Self within your Self.

2. Notice the feelings of anger and hatred in yourself, if there be any there. By noticing these feelings, you take the first steps to evaporate them before they manifest is less than desirable ways.

3. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you can avoid situations and contexts where there are likely to be violent outbursts I.e. Any place where crowds of people can gather, then avoid them. While we as individuals may have control over our emotions, when a person becomes lost in the crowd, they take on the mind of that group and tend to follow blindly. This is not being fearful; this is taking stock of a situation and taking the safe route.

4. Avoid watching the news. Believe me, you’re not missing anything important whatsoever. Whatever is happening in the world will happen regardless of whether or not you hear about on CNN or MSNBC. While you’re trying to get your daily dose, your mind and body are undergoing a subtle shift and your emotional state changes in the short span of time that it takes to stay abreast of current events.

There will be an end to all of these violent outbursts, because all things have and beginning and an ending, so all we can do is be part of the solution by staying in touch with our God-nature and shining that light to the people we meet.

Best,

Amir Campbell

#bepeace #harmnonehelpall

 

 

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