Distractions

Political Philosophy

I had gotten a gift card to a nail spa a week or two ago so I went and got a pedicure. The people grabbed me some tabloid magazines even though I had asked for the NStyle (I know, so much better, yes, I know People owns NStyle). I hate tabloid magazines – I cannot even remember the last time I read one. However, getting my toes done is a good excuse to waste some time and not be productive and just relax so I read them. One of the magazines was old, actually both were. So I’m reading them and I was thinking this isn’t even news. These aren’t real problems. These are distractions.

This past week I went to see The Hunger Games twice. Once with my hubby and once with my little sister. I’m not going to summarize what The Hunger Games is about so bear with me if you haven’t read them or seen the movies, but just know that The Hunger Games isn’t about romance or something like that. It is about the dangers of a totalitarian society a.k.a socialism, communism, fascism. There is this lovely scene in the movie where President Snow and game maker Plutarch are talking after watching footage about Katniss…

President Snow: She’s not who they think she is. She just wants to save her skin. It’s as simple as that. She has become a beacon of hope for them. She has to be eliminated. What do you think?
Plutarch Heavensbee: I agree she should die but in the right way. At the right time. Katniss Everdeen is a symbol. We don’t have to destroy her, just her image. Show them that she’s one of us now. Let them rally behind that. They’re gonna hate her so much they just might kill her for you.
Plutarch (who is apart of the rebellion (spoiler!)) then goes on to tell the President, because he is worried about rebellion, that to maintain control they should overrun the districts with fear. Floggings, executions. President Snow presses him because the problem, as he sees it, is that fear is pointless when they have hope – hope that Katniss is embodying. Plutarch explains that because Katniss is getting married make everything about that
Plutarch – “what does her dress look like? Floggings. Why type of cake are they having? Executions.” The government controls the media and all other forms of expression that they can pull that off. The point is floggings and executions are happening but the only thing on tv is wedding dresses and cake. Not real news.Distractions.

Earlier in the movie, when Peeta and Katniss are in district 11 on their tour, Katniss speaks to the crowd about Rue and Thrash – tributes from that district that were killed. She tells the crowd that she only met Thrash once, he could have killed her but instead he showed her mercy. Rue was her ally and friend in the arena but Rue got hurt and Katniss brokenly says, “I couldn’t save her.” Then, a man raises his hand and gives a symbol of camaraderie. Within a millisecond the Capitol guards that look like snow troopers from Star Wars (coincidence?) open their whips or bats or swords or whatever that black weapon was and flog the man that made the symbol of camaraderie. Katniss and Peeta are dragged by Capital guards back into the building behind them and as Katniss fights being dragged back, the doors are closed, the man in the crowd is thrown on the ground and a gun is pointed at his head. Just as the door shuts a gunshot is heard. Haymitch, Peeta and Katniss’ friend and mentor takes them upstairs yelling at them. Katniss, traumatized and in shock from seeing the man murdered and the crowd subjected to beatings begs to Haymitch,
Katniss Everdeen: Haymitch, please. Please, just help me get through this trip.
Haymitch Abernathy: This trip doesn’t end when you get back home.
Peeta Mellark: So what do we do?
Haymitch Abernathy: From now on, your job is to be a distraction so people forget what the real problems are.

There it is again! Distractions. That’s what celebrities are. In The Hunger Games the real problem is a totalitarian government. The people that are living in the capital are stuffing themselves with food, only to drink things that make them throw up so that they can eat more and the people in the districts are starving. Hunger – now there is a real problem. The government is the real problem. Everything else is a distraction from the real problem. Later in the movie, right before Katniss is in the arena, Haymitch tells her to, “Remember who the real enemy is.” The point of The Hunger Games being subjected on the districts, besides fear, is to keep the districts fighting with one another. Or not uniting and fighting the Capital. The Hunger Games are a distraction also. The real enemy is the Capital. So that’s what I thought about as I got a pedicure.

Stay fierce,
Fieceness

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Take What You Need

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Check out this fabulous photo! I found this while surfing through some page on Facebook a few weeks ago. How fierce is this? Take what you need: love, (I’m thinking hope would be the second one), faith, patience, courage, understanding, peace, passion, healing, strength, beauty, freedom, forgiveness, kindness, service, motivation. Many of these are virtues and character traits that we should all seek to demonstrate. After all what good would it be to have a fierce life but be a selfish, ungrateful waste of space? Part of being fierce is to be respected by your friends and enemies. It’s hard to hate someone when they only show you kindness or any of the above traits mentioned in the photo. I’m going to make this paper myself and put it on my fridge. I think I will go ahead and make a few and tape them on the doors of my hubby’s and mines apartment. Maybe a few other places.

Here’s the thing though, why are these things being offered to pull off a piece of paper? Why aren’t we expressing this toward each other? I just turned in a paper on how cell phones have ruined face to face communication. I will be posting that soon. Because I think this photo shows that virtue is being reduced to a piece of paper on a board where you can also find roommates and local events and posters for lost dogs. That’s not fierce. What do you need from this list? What do the people around you on this list need? Do you even know? Do you know people? Perhaps if these expressions were being communicated we wouldn’t have to pull one off a piece of paper. Maybe we could just exude theses things on a daily, minute and moment by moment basis. Food for thought.

Be fierce!
Alexandria πŸ™‚

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” ~Winston Churchill

Hello World,

I have contemplated writing a blog, seriously, for a long time. I started one when I was 14 and I think I posted about 5 or 6 things. Haha, they are out there in the “cloud” somewhere. But, alas, I am older and hopefully wiser now. My writing skills have improved, I believe. I am obsessed with all things fierce, so naturally I named my blog fierce. Upon setting up my blog WordPress asked me what I wanted my tagline to be so I said “Fierce Ideas. Fierce Life.” and I realized a trinity was neccessary and it occurred to me that my ideas and my life are a product of my beliefs, hence what you see on zee front page.

Also, naturally, the only appropriate way to open a blog is with Mr. Fierce himself, THE Sir Winston Churchill. Through a series of events a year or so again, I gained a lab/golden mix puppy whom I named Winston due to my love of Churchill. But, through a series of events, I was not able to keep said puppy (not really a “series of events” just mother’s fault). Therefore! I decided that I shall name my son Winston whenever hubby decides to knock me up.

Let’s be all offical with the blog now…Fierce Beliefs shall refer to of course my beliefs and Who I worship. Fierce Ideas shall refer to all my concepts, analogies, metaphores, books I enjoyed, philosophies, thoughts, etc. Lastly, Fierce Life shall be about my Green marriage, moments of melancholy and delight and it shall share/showΒ how fierce I am. Hehe. The thesis is “Let’s be Fierce with our beliefs, ideas and life.” Tadah. Proper writing complete.

I leave you with a few more favortie Winston quotes…

“Success in not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”

“A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.”

“History will …

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