This week, Sono and Ammit discuss the power of words and the importance of spin. If time allows, we have a bonus topic, so let’s see if we can get to it!
This episode we forgo our usual structure of breaking down Crystal into two linear blocks of discussion we call the Meat and Veggies and the Frills
The Tongue is Held Back By Two Barriers
“Four things come not back: The spoken word, The sped arrow, The past life, The neglected opportunity.”
Evil gossip kills three: the one who says it, the one who listens, and the subject of the gossip
Wiseman’s lies have been like water from a poisoned well, secretly filling the Black Moon with hatred and animosity towards Neo Queen serenity and her cohorts while wasting them away from within. Saphir says his brother is blind to what is happening and has gone mad, but Saphir himself reads as unstable, and I am certain that has to do with his proximity to Wiseman’s and Nemesis’ toxicity. When confronted with the truth and the power of the Legendary Silver Crystal, Wiseman draws near to Demande and reaffirms the lies the Prince regurgitates to strengthen his hold over him and keep him functioning as a proxy to achieve his goal.
That’s a bad thing to do. Even in amicable relationships it is hard to admit fault. facing oneself and seeing the flaws and mistakes can be hard, but it’s what good people do. It is what adults have to do, or at least they should. Blaming people for your insensitivities or for being upset that you wronged them is a clear indicator that you still have some growing up to do and you probably should take a time out and look at yourself before as an outsider for
Demande and Saphir both blame Usagi for things going poorly. These brothers share more than DNA, they share wrongheadedness. Here are a few examples of their faulty logic
- They are the ones who decided murder and violence were the path to changing the world’s structure.
- Wiseman is the one who poisoned Demande and helped fuel his obsession with destroying Neo Queen Serenity and the Legendary Silver Crystal.
- The way you feel when you behold someone is your responsibility to manage. From lust to deep and abiding hatred, no one else is responsible for you letting feelings develop and even more so, no one is to blame for you choosing to act upon them.
“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem a turned it into an opportunity.” Joseph Sugarman
Or as a foreman once told me, there are no problems, only solutions! I think we see Usagi adopt some version of these proverbs in her opening scene where she is wandering the castle. She was told it was inescapable and her friends are supposedly dead, but she doesn’t care. She looks at the situation and sees that there is a way out for her and them. She took courage from their strength before and now knowing for certain, whether it is true or not, Usagi is not going to give up hope or stop fighting. Every challenge she has faced on Nemesis has brought her closer to seizing the power in her heart and turning it on those who would harm the world and it all stemmed from how she twisted the circumstances to be in her favor. People who behave badly and have malicious intent use lies and twisted truths to play people and situation to their advantage all the time. This is such a powerful tool and the oppressed need to learn how to use this handy tool too. Usagi twisted the dire reality of the situation into a chance to conquer and regain her position
Power Through Truth… More or Less
If only this was how things actually worked. If facts and knowledge of the truth not only coincided with, but were the cause of the just and right gaining strength to overcome evil, the world would be a much better place. But that isn’t how things work, not yet anyway. I think I should trick myself, like Usagi, to believe in the truth-to-be. This is something Rabbi Gordon of chabad Encino calls supranatural. It’s not illogical to believe that the just can overcome injustice and the world can be a place filled with peace and joy, but it is hard. It is easy to think that things will never change and suffering will persist, but what good is it? How can we rise up against the bad if we believe it is insurmountable? Good people need to strengthen themselves to have faith that they can change the world for the better or it will never happen. The bad believe in there cause, so should the good.
Ammit’s Favorite Line
“Usako… lend me your power. Let me find Chibi-Usa!”
-Mamoru, while braving the Space Time storm and clutching the Moon Rod.
Sono’s Favorite Line
“Everyone, transform! I’ll give you a hand!”
-Usagi, to Rei, Ami, and Makoto as she reaches the power of the Silver Crystal through Nemesis to assist them.
Bonus- A look at the Background of Endymion
John Keats wrote an epic poem about Endymion and his eternal love, Cynthia (changed from Selene) the moon, in 1818. Other poets and writers have written about him or based on the legend.
According to Wikipedia where everything can be believed, Endymion is a character from Greek myth who was able to spend a lot of time under the stars due to his occupation, which ranges from shepherd to king, and allowed him the time and opportunity to fall in love with the moon. He was super gorgeous and the moon fell in love with him. Because he was Zeus’ kid in some stories, and because Selene, goddess of the moon is a Titan Endymion had no agency in some of the stories about him and Selene either asks Zues to make Endymion eternally youthful or fall into eternal sleep, which preserves his good looks. In either case Endymion is being acted upon by the two. In some versions of the story, he isn’t a son of Zeus. There is a version of the story where Selene visits Endymion every night as he is in eternal sleep in a cave and they somehow consort and she bares 50 daughters and no sons.
It seems like the attraction to the moon and the eternal sleep or preservation were the big take-aways for people who heard the tale of Endymion first hand from reading through the wiki. I wonder if his tale was meant to comfort mourners that there dearly departed were asleep in the grave and that their beauty and splendor would never fade from that point on?
Also, there is a butterfly with endymion in the scientific name, the Anatolian Odd-Spot Blue
One more thing, Selene is depicted in a painting with Endymion wearing a crescent moon on her forehead!
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