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An old grandfather is teaching his grandson about life.

"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

"Which wolf will win?" asks the grandson.

The old grandfather simply replied, "The one you feed."
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"Nothing more need be said. I'm sure you have all discovered, by now, your true selves. The smiles you wear are no longer false masks. You may find yourselves troubled or suffering or lost in the future, but there is nothing to fear - look to your soul for your true self. No matter what trials you may face, that will be enough for you to weather the storm.

Now, go forth, into your bright futures!" ~ Philemon, Persona PSP
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PokeMon Black Version's 'dex entries were finally translated, and reading one of them in particular really made me smile - Urgamoth's. Its White version dex entry was pretty bog standard PokeDex-Entry, something about it releasing flaming scales from its wings, bathing the area around it in a sea of flames. But its Black 'dex entry serves in part to explain why there is one in a shrine in the middle of no where...

"It is said that when the surface was blackened by volcanic ash, Urgamoth’s flame became a substitute for the sun."

Reading this 'dex entry evoked a very powerful mental image in my head - an image of an age of darkness and cold where the sky was choked by dust and hope was dim. Then, as if by magic, the normally elusive Urgamoth emerged from their hiding places with a glow like thousands of small suns, bringing light and warmth back to wherever they were needed - saving life from extinction.

Again with PokeMon protecting the balance of nature. God damnit, I love this series. I also find myself wondering if this is part of what they meant when they said that the region of Isshu could not have been what it is if not for People and Pokemon working together.
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"Indifference is the strongest force in the universe. It makes everything it touches meaningless. Love and hate don’t stand a chance against it. It lets neglect and decay and monstrous injustice go unchecked. It doesn’t act, it allows. And that’s what gives it so much power." ~ Joan D. Vinge.

A couple of days ago, a conversation with a friend reminded me of some of the concepts from a favorite novel of mine, a sci-fi novel called "The Snow Queen", by Joan D. Vinge - and that made me want to re-read it, in the original English this time (as opposed to the Hebrew translation I own - or rather the family owns.)

My deities. Re-reading this thing made me realize again how much I love it. Now that i read it in English, a lot of the subtle dialect quirks on the different human cultures - especially on the Kharemoughi, who seemed to speak a lot more poetically in the Hebrew version and that's because they speak like god damn YODA in the original. XD

I find it amusing, the way that the novel focuses a lot more on the human cultures than anything else. Don't get me wrong, the story is pretty damn gripping on its own right, a lot of the characters - the main in particular - are exceptionally vivid - and has much to it that is fucking awesome - but Joan D. Vinge's forte is anthropology - and it shows. It certainly made the differences between the different human cultures more pronounced, which made the humans rather interesting from a civilization perspective - in many ways, they are the same old typical humans, only they find new ways of showing it - ways that certainly make them feel more real - I could SEE Humanity having civilizations like this. Made the worlds feel more alive.

One vague issue that I have with the novel is the descriptions of alien creatures - they are very scattered and though you can get images that are rather vague. While this gives my mind a good exercise, I would still love to know what the author pictured her own creations as looking... Hn. I'm weird that way.

I love this book, anyway. XD Need to pick the sequels up...
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"If I take a lamp and shine it toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth... for understanding. Too often, we assume that the light on the wall is God, but the light is not the goal of the search, it is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the sense of revelation upon seeing it. Similarly, someone who does not search - who does not bring a lantern - sees nothing. What we perceive as God is the by-product of our search for God. It may simply be an appreciation of the light... pure and unblemished... not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes we stand in front of the light and assume that we are the center of the universe - God looks astonishingly like we do - or we turn to look at our shadow and assume that all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose, which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all its beauty and in all its flaws; and in so doing, better understand the world around us." ~ G'kar.
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Lyrics for a REALLY pretty song I ran into today... Approximate transcript because I couldn't find the real lyrics on the internet anywhere, or even the real name of the song. The random Youtube video I found it on said its name was "Where You Are" and attributed it to an Unknown Artist.

If any of you have a damn clue what it might be from, Please tell me.

Just relax, you're exactly where you are supposed to be...
But stay awake, the signs are all around for you to see...
You can make each moment count,
But first let go of what you think you know...
Words are meaningless in times like these,
They point the way but they can't make you see
There's nothing else that you're supposed to be but who you are...

Look around, you're part of everything you touch and see
You and I, connected by the very air we breathe
We can tear these walls right down,
But they're not even really there at all
Our only choice is to surrender now
To the utter beauty of it all
When you let go, there's no way to fall from where you are...

Sometimes the light comes pouring through
I look in your eyes and I know the truth
I see my reflection looking back at me...
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This is a particular snippet from Avantasia's Metal Opera - specifically from Part II, when Gabriel, the protagonist, comes face to face with the Tree of Knowledge.

Tree of Knowledge:

Coming from the wastelands, full of reason, common sense
Where their principles are blocking minds and you don't understand
Giving you belief, you never touch, you never see
But if you dare to try to grip it you're accused for heresy...

Gabriel:

Here I stand to find the truth, and for all I know
You're the one to show me, you can tell my spirit how to grow...

No, the more I try the more confusion on my mind
And no matter how I try, I feel my eyes seem to stay blind...

Tree of Knowledge:

No use in analyzing, forget about alchemy
'cause the secret of all truth is the quest for - and you'll feel...

When you knock right on the door "forever locked", they say,
A little man will let you in, for you have always tried... To get inside...

You're in quest for more to find the core,
Your journey still ain't over
Your quest is your purpose, go on...
You're in quest for more to find the core,
It will be -never- over
Your quest is your purpose, go on...
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Seas invite in the evening sun
to light the somber abyss...
Clouds dance up with the heavens' stars,
chanting an air of joyous bliss.

Water fades back from blue to jade,
guiding young rainbows high...
Flowers bloom into red and white,
quenching our hearts when they run dry.

... Angels chained by a beast locked in slumber ...
... Sin washed away by the swift flow of time...

I may know the answers, journeys over snow and sand...
What twist in fate has brought us to tread upon this land?

Blessed by light and the burden of shadow...
Souls abide to an endless desire...

I may know the answers, though one question I still hear...
What twist in fate has brought us to roads that run so near?

Distant worlds together.... Miracles from realms beyond...
The lifelight burns inside me to sing to you this song.
To sing with you this song.
To sing to you your song.
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Through the night to the day
When everything is gone
Carry this soul away from the dry lands

In the sun we see fighting over lines
All our dreams and wishes we send home for safe keeping
Fighting for what’s right

Calling to the night
To dream again in the light
Waiting for a storm to rise and
Feel the isolation fleeting
Calling to the night
To be or not to be fighting here
Leaving without you, leaving my soul behind
Calling to the night
Colors of Kodachrome fade with time...

Calling to the night
For us, for every single life
All the ashes of men remain as a perfect memory
Calling to the night...

But the heart will remain
As a silhouette of time
Hear the ringing echos in the splitting horizon...

Calling to the night...

...

May. 21st, 2009 11:42 pm
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Look into my eyes and you'll see I'm the only one
You've captured my love, stolen my heart, changed my life...
Every time you make a move you destroy my mind,
And the way you touch...
I lose control and shiver deep inside...
You take my breath away.

You can reduce me to tears with a single sigh
(Please don't cry anymore)
Ev'ry breath that you take, any sound that you make is a whisper in my ear...
I could give up all my life for just one kiss,
I would surely die if you dismiss me from your love...
You take my breath away.

So please don't go,
Don't leave me here all by myself,
I get ever so lonely from time to time...
I will find you anywhere you go
I'll be right behind you,
Right until the ends of the Earth
I'll get no sleep 'til I find you
To tell you that you just... take my breath away.

I will find you anywhere you go
Right until the ends of the Earth
I'll get no sleep 'til I find you
To tell you when I've found you...
I love you.


~ "You Take My Breath Away", by Queen.
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We All Need Some Light by Transatlantic

Some people think
Think they have none
They might as well stay down
Running in circles
Like bulls in a ring
'Til the sword finds its way down

While the creep beats the rap on appeal
And the cop who can't stop
Shows the kids how to steal

And we all need some light now
We all need some light now
Yes, we all need some light now
Turn on your light
And wash the darkness away

Hey you on the brink
Waiting to fall
To become human surplus
The movie's still shooting
You might still get the roll
And man it's all just a circus

But the clown left town long ago
Maybe he'll come back and give us a show

And we all need some light now
We all need some light now
Yes, we all need some light now
Turn on your light and wash the darkness away




Lawl, this thing makes me update semi-regularily.
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Furimuite goran kimi no tsuketa michi ga
Kao agete goran mirai wo tsukuru yo

Turn and look at the road you've followed
Lift up your head and look at the future you're creating!


Ganbaru koto ni tsukareta toki ni wa
Sora wo miagete namida wo nagasou

When you've become tired from trying so hard
Look to the sky as you shed your tears


Hohonaderu kaze ga kitto iu kara
"Koronde mo ii sa kimi wa kimi ga suteki sa"

The wind will brush your cheeks; I'm sure it'll say,
"It's ok to fall. You are you, and that makes you wonderful,"


Kizutsukanu mono ni aozora wa mienai
Mayoi ayumu tabi inochi wa kagayaku

Those that haven't been hurt cannot see the blue sky
On a journey where you hesitate to walk on, your life will shine


Donna egao de tsutsunde agetara
Kimi no kanashimi iyaseru darou

No matter how you've concealed your smile
It will be able to heal your sorrow


Kumo no sukimakara mieru taiyou
Terashi hajimeru yo massugu na sono hitomi

You'll see the sun shining from a crack in the clouds
It'll begin shining into your eyes


Mitsumete goran mukai kaze no mukou ni
Egaki tsuduketeru mirai ga matteru

Look at the other side of the wind
And continue to draw the future that is waiting for you!


Aruite yukou soko ni sora ga aru kara

Continue to walk, because the sky is there...

Kizutsukanu mono ni aozora wa mienai
Mayoi ayumu tabi inochi wa kagayaku

Those that haven't been hurt cannot see the blue sky
On a journey where you hesitate to walk on, your life will shine


Furimuite goran kimi no tsuketa michi ga
Kao agete goran mirai wo tsukuru yo

Turn and look at the road you've followed
Lift up your head and look at the future you're creating!
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Never seen a bluer sky...
Yeah, I can feel it reaching out and moving closer...
There's something about blue...

Ask myself what it's all for
You know the funny thing about it? I couldn't answer...
No, I couldn't answer...

Things are turning deeper shade of blue
And images that might be real, may be illusion
Keep flashing off and on...

...Free...
...I wanna be free...
...I'm gonna be free...

And move among the stars
You know, they really aren't so far.

... Feels so free...
... I gotta know free...
...Please...
Don't wake me from the dream
It's really everything that seemed...

...I'm so free...
No black and white in the blue.

...

Everything is clearer now
Life is just a dream, you know? It's never ending...
I'm ascending...
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Or rather translationspam. This game is too damn inspiring.

Holding my fingertips in the air
and trusting myself to the western winds
I prepare to cross the arching horizon

If there's any meaning
in fighting there and then,
I can take flight without fearing to lose something

As I embrace sad memories with these arms
that have slashed at thousands of red shadows,
I can feel the heartbeat of the beginning of the future

I don't think anybody really
wants to hurt anyone else,
but if you have something important you want to protect
you may end up resisting even yourself
I'm living now, bearing it all

There are places I want to return to
and people who I love
They are the only reason
why I won't fall into despair

If the dream you searched for
at this culmination of times
is a fragile dream,
trust your own wings as the future begins

I understand that anyone
hides pain in his heart
but if you have something important you want to protect,
you may lose even your gentleness
and brandish only your fury

I don't think anybody really
wants to hurt anyone else,
but if you have something important you want to protect
you may end up resisting even yourself

I'm living now, bearing it all.
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They say that if you gaze into the abyss for long enough, the abyss gazes back into you. There, tumbling in the inky void of CHAOS, fact and fiction melt away... And only one thing remains.

Shattered Realities.

Mrow. o-o

Apr. 11th, 2008 11:22 am
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I thoroughly disregard the existence of Final Fantasy XI. That game does not exist, to me. However, I must admit one thing.

This song is frelling gorgeous.

Seas invite in the evening sun
To light the somber abyss
Clouds dance up with the heavens' stars
Chanting an air of joyous bliss

Water fades back from blue to jade
Guiding young rainbows high
Flowers bloom into red and whites
Quenching our hearts as they run dry

Angels chained by a beast locked in slumber
Sin washed away by the swift flow of time

I may know the answers
Journeys over snow and sand
What twist of fate has brought us
To tread upon this land?

Blessed by light and the burden of shadows
Souls abide to an endless desire

I may know the answers
Though one question I still hear
What twist of fate has brought us
To roads that run so near?

Distant worlds together
Miracles from realms beyond
The lifelight burns inside me
To sing to you this song
To sing with you this song
To sing to you your song
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So
So you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
Blue sky from pain?
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

How I wish
How I wish you were here
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here...
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Heaven's not enough
If when you get there, it's just another blue...
And heaven's not enough...
You think you've found it and it loses you...

You've thought of all there is
But not enough...
And it loses you in a cloud...

There most everything is nothing that it seems...
Where you see the things you only wanna see...

I'd fly away
To a higher plane
To say words I resist
...To float away...
...To sigh...
...To breathe...
...Forget...

And heaven's not enough
If when I'm there I don't remember you...
And heaven does enough,
You think you know it and it uses you...

I saw so many things,
But like a dream...
Always losing me in a cloud...

'cause I couldn't cry, 'cause I turned away, couldn't see the score...

...Didn't know the pain of leaving yesterday really far behind...

... In another life, in another dream, by a different name...

... Gave it all away for a memory and a quiet lie...

... And I felt the face of a cold tonight, still don't know the score...

... But I know the pain of leaving everything really far behind...

... And if I could cry,
And if I could live
What truth I did, then take me there...

Heaven, goodbye.
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Been a long road to follow
Been there and gone tomorrow
Without saying goodbye to yesterday..
Are the memories I hold still valid,
Or have the tears deluded them?

Maybe this time tomorrow
The rain will cease to follow
And the mist shall fade into one more today?
Something somewhere out there keeps calling...

Am I going home?
Will I hear someone
Singing solace to the silent moon?

Zero gravity... What's it like?

Am I alone?
Is somebody there behind these heavy, aching feet?
Still, the road keeps on telling me to go on...

Something is pulling me...
I feel the gravity... of it all.

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