the fact that american schools make kids recite that pledge to the government thing everyday fucking terrifies me
We don’t pledge allegiance to our government. We pledge allegiance to our country. There is a really big difference, for a country that was founded to have as small a federal government as possible.
it’s still pretty fucking weird
We pledge to the country, true. But also to “the republic for which it stands”. Also, no one has even mentioned the “one nation under god” bit yet, which might actually be the worst part of all.
Nowhere near as classy as it sounds, but definitely just as cool.
"Dear Diary, today I drank rat blood and Lestat was a prig."
A typical day on London Underground…
The only unrealistic part of this is that the Met is still running
The Whitest Kids U’ Know x
I really spent four years in the states thinking this couldn’t possibly be a real thing but then I graduated and everyone knew the pledge of allegiance PERFECTLY and then I realized how true this gifset really is. If you say something enough as a kid, it’ll never leave you. The thing tho, is that normally, kids know lullabies, and songs. Not a poem about mindless patriotism.
REBLOGGING FOR ALL THE FUCKING TIMES I GOT IN TROUBLE, MAINLY IN HIGH SCHOOL, FOR NOT SAYING THE WEAK ASS PLEDGE!
SAME! I used to “baaaaaaa” during the pledge in middle school lol
in high school one of my teachers told me that if i didnt say the pledge, i had to write him an essay to explain why. The next day i dropped 5 pages of fuck you on his desk in mla format and i never had to say the pledge in that class again
There were a lot of issues I had with the pledge. I was actually extremely uncomfortable saying it, even in elementary school and tended to just stand there awkwardly in the position without saying anything.
Incidentally, this is also how I get through meals at the houses of religious people when they want to say grace. I think it’s that specific parallel that made me the most uncomfortable.
…My highschool never had us say the pledge actually. And come to think of it I don’t remember having to say it in 7th or 8th grade either. Just every year before that. Hm.
I’ve been saying this about the pledge of allegiance since 1st grade, and although I got shit for it every year, I never said it.14 years later, people are finally coming around.
I think one of the reasons the Harry Potter Epilogue was so poorly received was because the audience was primarily made up of the Millennial generation.
We’ve walked with Harry, Ron and Hermione, through a world that we thought was great but…
Also from a literary standpoint, ending a story like Harry Potter with such a restricted, closed ending seems wrong. One of the most beautiful parts about the books is how personal they became to every reader. Everyone had their own connection to the plot and its characters, and within the pot perimeters given, everyone had their own take on how the story went in-between the written sections. But the ending severely limit’s the reader’s imagination, if not stopping it altogether. It took our personal wizardry worlds and forced them into a single, undesired conclusion.
I feel like the books should have ended in a way that maintained the reader’s ability to imagine for themselves. Ending it after the battle and the fall of Voldemort would have been perfect, because it would have provided just enough structure and closure to feel personal, yet it would have left the future open to interpretation and maintained the sense of wonder and possibility that the books consistently held.
In 4 hours I need to wake up
In 6 hours I need to leave for SFO
In 10 hours I’ll be on the place back to Heathrow
In 24 hours I’ll be moving into my new flat (and seeing it for the first time)
…so I suppose a good first step would be going to sleep
أنا جدا متحمس.
أَيْضا اللغة العربية جدا مـُمْتِع.