Paul Newman movies
Oh my God this scene is great. FINALLY A CONTEXTUALIZATION OF LOKI’S LINE “IT WILL BE EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.”
This scene puts a whole new twist on Loki’s form of totalitarianism. He’s not just a neo-fascist, actually in a way some of the things he says contradict that very assertion and swing to the opposite pole of the political spectrum.
Do not get me started.
Never mind I can’t help myself….here we go.
So Loki believes (based on personal experience, based on scrambling to measure up to his brother in his father’s eyes resulting in nothing but further personal pain) that agency and ego are a lie created to console lesser beings. This we already know from his deranged rants in the actual final film. But there’s more here.
What is the false consolation, in Loki’s eyes? What is the lie, to the embittered master liesmith? It’s twofold. It’s a false construct connoting that a) the individual can obtain notoriety and therefore self-fulfillment, and b) the individual is noble and heroic, has “spirit,” when in reality individualism is merely a form of the truth: that all living things are inherently selfish.
Loki sees himself as a savior to these people not only because on some level they “crave” the safety of “subjugation,” but ALSO BECAUSE HUMANS ARE A “LOST PEOPLE” WHO GIVE IN TO THE BASEST URGE OF ALL: SELFISHNESS AND SELF-PRESERVATION, AND HE SOMEHOW IN SOME WARPED WAY THINKS HE WILL RESCUE THEM FROM THEIR SELFISHNESS WITH “UNMERCIFUL” CORRECTIONAL MEASURES, BY TURNING THEM INTO A COLLECTIVE, A CONGLOMERATE PSYCHE, A BUNCH OF DRONES, THAT HE CONTROLS!
Does this not FLOOR anyone else?!
Loki thinks he can MORALLY CORRECT the human race’s selfishness, that he an ERADICATE IT, by being the AUTHORITARIAN PARENT-KING of the human race. Not only does this show how Loki has internalized notions of Odin’s parenting (and also pathologized it as “unmerciful”) it also shows that Loki thinks of himself AS some kind of parent.
This is not unique in the most atrocious moments of human history, so to me it’s clever that it was infused into this character. Stalin thought of himself as the father of his communist regime, for instance. It’s fascinating that Loki falls into this category. He’s like the mother or father of the “lost” humans. He constantly refers to his enemies and would-be underlings as “lost creatures,” like he sees himself as some kind of Fagin from Oliver Twist taking in the ragamuffins and errant souls left behind by the “heroes.” He sees himself as a Byronic anti-hero or something (“Every villain is a hero in his own mind,” Tom Hiddleston).
It’s really fascinating to me because so often (I even saw it on my dash today) Loki fans write Loki off as a Machiavellian post-ideological character above the “banalities” of the dichotomy “good” vs. “evil,” and in MANY ways that’s VERY TRUE. But at moments like this, it’s clear Loki’s particular breed of insanity is that which equates him with a persecuted hero of the “lost” who will seek to enlighten and improve upon their ethical code.
Once again the only thing we can be sure about with Loki is that he’s self-contradictory.
It’s amazing to me how much comes out of these few cut lines! My GOD.
Does anyone get what I’m rambling about here? At all?
Want to know when the Anthropocene started exactly? It will only cost an entirely revamped scientific effort in archaeology, ecology and paleontology, among other disciplines, at an unprecedented planetary scale, according to a new paper calling for such a scheme. The putative start date for what scientists have begun to call the Anthropocene—a newly defined epoch in which humanity is the dominant force on the planet—ranges widely. Some argue that humans began changing the global environment about 50,000 years back, in the Pleistocene epoch, helping along if not outright causing the mass extinctions of megafauna, from mammoths to giant kangaroos, on most continents. Others date it to the emergence of agriculture some 7,000 years ago. The most definitive cases to be made coincide with the start of the industrial revolution and the dawn of the atomic age. The beginnings of burning fossil fuels to power machines in the 19th century initiated a change in the mix of atmospheric gases , and the first nuclear weapon test on July 16, 1945, spread unique isotopes across the globe.
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Also reblogging aggressively.
Nowhere am I so desperately needed as among a shipload of illogical humans
Water + Ink
Filippo Negroli (1510 - 1579)