You know what I’m still going to watch all 40 entries and critique them online. No virus can stop me from judging the rest of Europe.
i just think his backside is really hot
a preview i made for my piece in the tgcf tarot zine! im happy so many people were excited for it, preorders sold out so quickly yesterday ^^;
lol no worries!! its a little confusing after all
oh its usually just a y (for yes) or n (for no) to confirm whether you’re over 18 or not! also thank u!
So really it is the mole that is holding you￼
I’m not “holding” the mole.
The mole bit the stick as I was saving it from a dog. When they bite down, they do not readily let go, and you are able to transport them to safety.
PSA: Please don’t hold moles like that
that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me
you sound like a starship’s central computer that has little grasp on what humans find enjoyable
Can I offer you a nice mole in these trying times?
hualian on the altar
can you just shut up and enjoy the fact that all of our icons are yellow for a second
i go into a tumblr hiatus every few months and every time i come back i see this dumb shit immediately
i would love to study you
did you mean horny
bubble wrap but theres terrified faces printed on the bubbles so you feel morally challenged popping them
“i won’t forget anything about you” is 1 of my fav lines phos has said to shinsha..
in that moment when phos found that broken notebook… i want to believe that phos had faint traces of their old promise echoing in the back of their head, hence why they looked so sad!!!
farming arc farming arc
for hua cheng weekend
ice pack fafa
Thanks for the question, anon!
So I think an important thing to remember here is that it’s not really Xie Lian’s line that started everything; it was the destruction of Wuyong, and the Wuyong prince’s fall and subsequent torture over the centuries.
Let’s talk about the Yi Nian ghost:
According to the legends, on the south side of the Yellow River existed a bridge called the Yi Nian Bridge, where a famous ghost wandered for many years.
This ghost was utterly terrifying—dressed in ruined armor with flames from hell following its footsteps. Its whole body was also covered in blood and pierced by numerous blades and arrows. Every step he took left behind the traces of both blood and fire. (Ch.1, Sakhyulations)
Knowing what we know about Jun Wu, this ghost certainly represents his state shortly after the fall of Wuyong, when his bridge had fallen, and when the people burned his temples and stabbed his heart into mush. This ghost, in turn, is the result of Jun Wu purging all that suffering; the ghost itself is in a state of confusion, and has made its way to another bridge, one whose name means ‘One Thought/Memory/Yearning’. This name further reflects the mental state of both ‘Jun Wu’ and that ghost:
Having been utterly destroyed by suffering, both beings have constructed themselves around that single kernel of torture.
That one memory lies at the core of both their beings (where by ‘Jun Wu’, I mean the shell of that identity; he, of course, has more beyond that, but it is too painful for him to access beyond the ‘one memory’).
And in that memory is also a yearning:
It would wander about at the foot of the bridge and stop travelers to ask them three questions:
“Where is this?”
“Who am I?”
“What will you do now?”
If one did not answer correctly, they would be completely swallowed up by the ghost in one bite.
This ghost is a crown prince who has lost all his bearings: he doesn’t know where he is, he doesn’t know who he is, and he doesn’t know what he’ll do. But he craves for all of those things: a home, an identity, and a path. When he swallows people up, it’s not necessarily because they’ve answered wrong; perhaps it is just that they have answers to those questions, and the ghost wants what they have.
Enter Xie Lian.
The golden boy of Xian Le, how smug must his face have seemed when he told that ghost that he was not in the abyss, but the human realm. And afterwards, not only did he defeat this ghost which Jun Wu had used to purge his suffering, not only did he destroy this part of him, not only did he successfully defend a bridge–
(and ah, how that must have stung, with how comparatively easy it was to protect the Yi Nian bridge, as though that could amount to anything next to the heaven-crossing bridge)
–but Xie Lian even had the bare-faced audacity to say those words:
“Body in the abyss, but heart in paradise.”
As though he knew! As though he knew anything about suffering! Anything that could happen to a heart!
Well, Jun Wu would make sure he’d know; he’d make sure Xian Le would understand that there were abysses impossible for a heart to escape, even with a body in paradise.
(Who knew that, as he attempted to do with the ghost, Xie Lian would indeed help the Wuyong prince back from his abyss, back to his own humanity. “This is the human realm,” indeed…)
I certainly can for you!
Essentially, what this phrase means is maintaining a virtuous heart (“heart in paradise”) even when experiencing overwhelming hardships (“body in abyss”). It’s a stance that’s very much inspired by Taoism and also Stoic philosophy, which both promote living in accordance to nature in all its unpredictability (go with the flow) while holding onto basic values such as compassion and modesty. In the face of overwhelming suffering where all your attempts to do good end up meaningless, holding onto hope and morals can be incredibly difficult. It would be so much easier to give up and simply externalize that pain by lashing out at the unfair world around us. That’s exactly what happened with Jun Wu, whose despair led him to become the first Supreme Demon. And it nearly happened with Xie Lian as well.
But Xie Lian was able to recover from his downward spiral because he was reminded that human kindness still exists. While he was in the “abyss” (figurative and literal since he stayed down in that self-made hole), he had someone pull him out. That simple act of compassion was enough to uplift his whole attitude towards his banished life, and let him break free of White No-Face’s corruption.
What’s highlighted from this is that your suffering doesn’t define you, and no matter how bleak your circumstances seem, it is possible to rise above despair if you have so much as one meaningful connection to support you. Life can be chaotic, and the topic of luck is explored repeatedly to illustrate the reality that some things are beyond one’s control in life. However, what is always within an individual’s control is how they decide to face whatever life throws at them. Jun Wu was unable to move on from his past suffering, and grew monstrous from his resentment and loneliness. That’s why he could not stand to hear Xie Lian’s vow to stay moral no matter how tough life gets.
Xie Lian’s life during his second banishment wasn’t physically easier than his life during his first banishment in any way. But he still lived in a way that embodied “body in abyss, heart in paradise” because he learned to accept hardships as an inevitable part of life without losing sight of the simple kindness and connections that still makes life meaningful. Maturing in his worldview is what enabled him to let go of his past grievances and go forth cheerfully in life with compassion, frugality and humility, AKA the three fundamental values of Taoism.
One more point I wanna touch on is that while this phrase is understood to be Xie Lian’s life motto, the two people who imo best exemplify this notion are actually Yu Shi Huang and Xiao Ying, two ladies who are distinct Xie Lian parallels.
Both Yu Shi Huang and Xiao Ying have had their share of misfortunes and died untimely deaths as mortals, but neither have ever been embittered by that. They never thought to have revenge against those who’ve wronged them, only wanting to help those they care for. Particularly in Xiao Ying’s case, even though she never accomplished anything, Xie Lian still shows great deference towards her as someone he sees as much stronger than him due to how kind and caring she managed to stay no matter what.
Moreover, Yin Yu, as another, even more striking Xie Lian parallel, would be another person who can be said to embody “body in abyss, heart in paradise” because he also managed to hold onto his principles even though he was filled with resentment against Quan Yi Zhen. But even so, the connection that remained between Yin Yu and Quan Yi Zhen still proved to be meaningful enough that it let Yin Yu recover the pride and glory of his youth during a decisive moment and deliver one hell of a “F*ck you” speech to Jun Wu for trying to drag him down to his level.
I honestly think Yin Yu said it best here: “I DO RESENT HIM! I DO HATE HIM!!! BUT, SO WHAT?”
It’s quite reminiscent of Xie Lian when he said “I haven’t forgotten! But–IT’S NONE OF YOUR SHITTY BUSINESS!!!”
Both of them have experienced the pain and humiliation of failure, just like Jun Wu. But unlike the latter, they both pulled themselves out of despair and regained their pride by no longer letting past suffering define them. And it’s noteworthy that Jun Wu, who stayed stuck to his past, is always noticeably perplexed by Xie Lian and Yin Yu being like “who cares?” when he tries to corrupt them by bringing up their past hardships.
What happened in the past can’t change, but it is possible to gain a new outlook and move on from that ✌
these were for valentines day!! happy mxtx couples
oh sorry it was a chinese fic that a friend shared with me!! i dont have the link for it :(
beginning and ending :’)
remember when linguini brought a rat he found back to his apartment and got all embarrassed and was like it’s not much. to the rat
Me bringing back my Grindr hookups 😔
there’s rats on Grindr now?
Yeah they’re called men
IM LATE BUT HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR!!