Don’t let them fade.
A million seeds, a million more:
the boy-child sown and scattered.
The same big band, the same man’s voice.
I need to learn to look, to gaze, at the pitch
of the passing ‘tween the tunnel’s either end.
Time-warped scraps – the dream continues on,
unphased by the approaching of its limits.
Wearing, proud, the wind that weaves without,
and now within,
the wistless soul that falls out free across the shoulders.
And here I am in that moment,
leafing through the scattered others.
What does our relationship with lions need to become, if this ancient conflict is to come to dusk in such a way that an early morning air that’s charged with the roaring of the dawn chorus still greets the sunrise?
This piece is absolutely not at all a dismissal of video games; my saying video games are not sport is not derogatory. Chess is not a sport, either. These are skill-based games that, though they may involve some level of physical skill and exertion, are predominantly not centred on physicality. Something which a sport must be.
And so it begins again, the collection of dust.
Front page, and centre? Gender. The issue? Not gender.
Yes, it is flipping expectations in some way, but fundamentally not. Yes, it is a very creative way to re-hash, but it is still the same. The idea that The Last Jedi is making us question what Star Wars is, presenting us with something unfamiliar, simply isn’t true. The story, quite naturally, is fundamentally the very same.
People who fall outside of traditional gender norms and roles have always been profoundly vulnerable to the worst sides and faces of all societies. I think, in the West, among the dangers faced, there is something that is doing much insidious harm and is on track to do much more of it, down the line, and that is the current state and trend of the gender movement itself.
Slurs and unpleasant comments of a sexual nature are verbal harassment and assault with the potential to cause significant distress and upset and psychological harm, but they are not sexual assault. Words are not violence.
I want – nay, need – nay, don’t need… just want – to complain about two things in particular: relentless encroachment on the original trilogy (OT) by recent additions to what is now official canon, and the superficially fashionable fandom of much of it all at this point in time.