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“Every Good Lie Has At Least 80% of the Truth In It”
Why do you think politicians are so good at it? Lying. Why they are believed despite the fact most people know they are lying. Because there is a believable truth in that lie.
My father has been telling me about that 80% for as long as I can remember. But he also told me that lying destroyed trust.
All you have is your word. You break that, you’ve got nothing.
He was trying to prepare me for the real world by telling me about truth and lies.
I, in a sense, chose both.
Speak the truth, but study the lie. I like to know when someone is lying to me so that I know who to trust. It hasn’t always worked, but I’ve learned a lot along the way.
But, what some might not realize, there is entertainment in the 80%. A lie is a lie, sure, but then I think about the graphic novel AND the movie V for Vendetta. While as separate entities, they are forces that can stand alone, but looking at them as a whole is also valuable. They talk about truth, lies and, the most interesting topic, using a lie to tell the truth. They talk about revenge and payback, too, but the truth and lies is more important for this article.
My favorite quote from the movie, said by Evey Hammond, is:
My father was a writer. You would’ve liked him. He used to say that artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.
To those of you who have seen this movie, “A man after my own heart,” indeed. If you have not seen the movie OR read the graphic novel, you should. I do not think you will understand the rest of the article any less, but they are good references to have in the background as you read.
An 80% I would like to bring to your attention can be found in the form of a video game called Dragon Age: Origins. It has many parallels into reality, despite the game being a fantasy, that I would like to address. Looking at how a game, or any piece of artwork, is created gives you insight into the people who created it, whether they realize this or not.
I don’t know how many people actually pay attention to the history(ies) created for the games, but the history in Dragon Age: Origins is a projection of reality: 80% the truth.
To start, Dragon Age has the Chant of Light (20%), the equivalent of the Bible (80%). The game itself begins with a canticle, meaning the game begins with:
1. one of the non-metrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible (Chant of Light), used in church (chantry) services.
2. a song, poem, or hymn especially of praise.
It then goes on to explain more about the teachings of the chantry (church). To see the game’s opening scene, watch the video below.
To sum it up, it is the fault of the mages, who tried to usurp heaven, that darkspawn are in the world spreading their sin and their taint everywhere they go. A manifestation of the sins of man; hell on earth, which the dwarves have to deal with every day, allowing man to forget.
Until it blows up in their faces.
Kick ass metaphor.
And all of this is explained before you create your character for the game; either that of a human, an elf, or a dwarf.
But our sins was not the only thing I wanted to touch upon; there is more history in this game.
The game takes place in the country of Ferelden, but it wasn’t always called that. In fact, it didn’t really have a name before, except for place on the land called Arlathan, but the elves lived there in peace and tranquility all the same.
They had their own culture, language, and were immortal, but that all changed when the humans, Tevinter mages, came. And enslaved them for a millenia. They rose up and fought back, got their own land, again, but then it was taken by the humans… again. Before the fall of their second homeland, the Dales, a poet wrote:
Like dragons they fly, glory upon wings. Like dragons they savage, fearsome pretty things.
But doesn’t the story sound familiar?
Let’s expand it: the elves are living peacefully until they are enslaved by humans, but the Tevinter Mages raise Arlathan to the ground. During their enslavement, they lose their culture. They eventually rise up, with the help of the Prophetess Andraste (Jesus Christ) and gain their freedom. They get their own home again, the Dales, but when they refuse to build a chantry (church) to worship Andraste and the maker (g0d) the chantry sends forth the Exalted Marches and destroy the Dales. Now, the elves are either homeless. living in the forests trying to revive their lost culture by living away from the humans or they live in the slums of human cities being treated like second class citizens.
Doesn’t that sound like what happened the the “indians” before the United States came to be?
The “indians” were living peacefully, just like the elves, before they were enslaved. They rose up, only difference being the “indians” didn’t win their battles, but, like the elves, they are living in slums. I’m pretty sure I’m missing some details, but the basic information is there.
80%. The history of the United States is being portrayed by a fantasy: 20%.
That’s why I LOVE this game!
There are SO many parallels, not only between the game’s history and reality, but also between the characters of Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Origins- Awakening, and Dragon Age 2. If there are any parallels in Dragon Age Inquisition, we shall find out soon enough. (I CAN’T WAIT… but I don’t have a choice in the matter… :'()
These are some of the character parallels: Alistair=Aveline Vallen; Leliana=Sebastian Vael; Shale=Fenris and more.
I can’t WAIT to discuss them all!
What do you think about all of this? Comment your answer.
A Tribute To My Favorite Artists
I made this video not only to share my love of art, but also to thank those who contributed to my Dragon Age – Opinions and Truths FanArt page.
To see the art, click here.
To see my list of favorite artists, click here.
- My Favorite Artists (titansmonria21.wordpress.com)
LET IT OUT!
As long as you don’t dwell on it, one negative moment won’t kill you.
Everyone has doubts; everyone has fears; everyone has negative energy within them.
It’s when we let those doubts; those fears; the negativity run our lives that people start to have issues.
THAT’S WHY YOU TALK ABOUT IT!
That’s why some people write it down!
And that’s also why we have friends! Family! Some kind of support network!
If at any point in time you are feeling down, negative, you support network will help you back up.
It’s all in your head!
Letting that negativity out every so often is healthy for you as long as you don’t dwell on it. Throw a tangent. Write it down and then shred it. Because keeping that negativity trapped inside is only going to eat at you no matter how positively you think and behave.
I’m going to quote Yoda,
Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering.
LET THAT NEGATIVITY OUT!
Face your fears!
Don’t dwell on the mistakes of your past!
Do not let your dormant fears and doubts eat you alive.
LET IT OUT!
Do you have a tangent to throw? Comment.
Below is a song that embodies this message pretty well. In a way. That and I like the song a lot and want to share it with you. 😛
- 22 Things You Might Not Know About Yoda (buzzfeed.com)
“Become Empowered” Reading List (Short Video)
This is a video continuation of the post about the reading list: click here to see the post.
Writing about them is one thing, but showing them to you is another. I also plan on making videos addressing the specific books to give you an idea about what they are about for they are definitely worth the read.
- Reminder: This Is Your Life (welcometofamilylife.com)
- 20131005- Recommended Reading Updates (titansmonria21.wordpress.com)
- 20131005- Recommended Reading Update Continued (titansmonria21.wordpress.com)
- Books Recommendations for Programming Excellence (hilarymason.com)
- Banned books (mcmaffei55.wordpress.com)
I Don’t Want You To Think Like Me. I Just Want You To Think!
In my opinion, cults come to be because the leader is very good at telling their “followers” what to think to the point where they believe they feel the same way. I’m making that sound bad, but it doesn’t have to be if you think about it.
I wish the entire world was part of a cult under a leader that had everyone thinking they had to be kind, considerate, compassionate and against stabbing others in the back; would build a strong people that built other up instead of making a bunch of crabs in a buck that pull the strong ones down.
But I don’t see that happening in the near future. At least, not while I’m alive; unless I can make that happen and leave my mark on the world.
But I digress.
The point of this post is to alert people to the fact that our entire lives we are being told what to think and how to think; by our parents, teachers, friends, enemies, the media. Subliminal messages and double standards are everywhere and they run our lives. We are being fed fear and doubt instead of hope and confidence. We are fed one idea and we aren’t taught, at least some of us aren’t taught, to tolerate other perspectives.
I feel that needs to end.
For those who haven’t seen them yet, I have been posting things that have videos by the Nostalgic Critic. In those posts, I would give you my thoughts first and then you would hear his. I did that on purpose.
I encourage you to listen to the people around you and learn to value peoples’ perspectives. Get out of your bubble, you box, your comfort zone and learn to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes. Think.
I’m not saying think like me. I’m saying think.
There is more than one perspective. There is more than one think you can learn to be in this world. We live in an age of information, specializing when you can take advantage of that is hurting you.
I am learning to be a writer, poet, storyteller, artist, and internet marketer. I don’t have anything that defines me except for what I am, which is human, a woman, and a college graduate. But just because I graduated from school does not mean my education ends there.
I go to the library almost every day. I have at least 30 books check out right now that include topics like Tumblr/Wordpress for Dummies, to financial literacy, to new writing techniques.
My perspective on life keeps changing the more I read.
And it is still MY perspective.
What book will you be reading today?
Are Video Games Art?
I believe so.
Let’s look at the definition (which you will see again in the Nostalgic Critic video on the subject below):
- The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture
- Works produced by such skill and imagination
Being a gamer and an artist myself, I have great interest in this question. (For those of you who are curious, I do graphic design and I paint and I draw; if it’s artistic, I can do it. Except for ceramics. I suck. And glass blowing, which I would really like to try. *adds to to-do list*)
I have always thought of video games and game design to be art just by going off the graphics. LOOK AT THEM! The only way anything could look better than these new games coming out are 3D animation movies. I was just going off looks.
Then I started looking into learning game design myself and there are a LOT of artistic aspects that you need to learn. I’ll use The Art Institute of Pittsburgh as a good example since that was the school I was looking at.
Check out their First Academic Year:
We have drawing, fundamentals of design, color theory, digital storytelling, life drawing and gesture for game art & design, 2D animation; if you still think video games aren’t art after looking at what a person has to learn in order to MAKE a video game, you need to look at the list again.
Or have your head examined.
But, don’t just listen to me. Watch the Nostalgia Critic on the subject!
A Quick Romeo and Juliet Review
A lot of people groan at the mention of Romeo and Juliet. It is one of the top things to read in our English classes and one of the many plays William Shakespeare is most known for. We watch the different movies versions and we discuss the different aspects of the plays.
“Is there such a thing as love at first sight?” being a favorite topic of discussion. We also discuss the use of language. I don’t know about your teachers, but one of mine had us memorize some lines to present to the class. Believe it or not, that is actually quite easy because of how Shakespeare writes. Which is one reason as to why I love this play.
I love this play for its language use. Below are some of my favorite lines in the play:
I personally, had gotten tired of the story because of constant repetition. But it wasn’t until I heard the Nostalgia Critic talk about Romeo and Juliet that I began to appreciate the story a little more. I embedded his video below. Hopefully, you will be just as enlightened as I was.
A Quick Bridge To Terabithia Review
In this post, I shall touch upon the book Bridge to Terabithia.
It is not part of the reading list, but I value this book anyway. Who says you can’t read for fun? In fact, I encourage it!
I value this book because it does nothing but inspire the imaginations of others. It did for me. I am a HUGE fan of this book and also the movie. It is important that we keep an open mind at all times and not give in to the dullness and the sadness we find in the world. That is why I love this book and the movie; it shows us that no matter how sad the world is, you can free yourself if you just keep an open mind, use your imagination, and value different points of views.
Below is a video from someone who calls himself the Nostalgia Critic. He remembers things so you don’t have to. I put his video here to for the entertainment value and so you can see someone else’s perspective.
- Are Video Games Art? (titansmonria21.wordpress.com)
- When the Portal to a Fantasy World Never Opens: Bridge to Terabithia (tor.com)
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