Tuesday, June 4, 2013

LFPM #4 Salvation comes from others

Lessons From Popular Media #4

This is more of an obscure media than a popular one, but it's one of my all time favorite Anime.

Salvation comes from other people in this world, not from god in the next world. Never give up on yourself, never give up on others.

"What if I ask for help from the bottom of my heart and nobody answers?"

That line haunted me for a long time after I finished watching this anime. There may not be anyone to answer your call for help, but you're much more likely to get help if you ask others than if you ask god.

This article goes into detail about this much more eloquently than I could, and it talks about how the story is similar to the story of Ruth.

http://knowledgeproblems.blogspot.jp/2006/06/moral-lessons-from-haibane-renmei-and.html

Monday, June 3, 2013

LFPM #3 Live in the present

Lessons From Popular Media #3

I got this idea from a youtube video, but I can't find it anymore >_<
In MLP:FiM in the episode "It's about time" Twilight Sparkle worries about the future too much and Spike worries about it too little, which can lead to being over stressed and having a tummy ache. The most level headed character is Pinky Pie, who mostly concerned with the present. She thinks about things in the future that she can predict, like what she will get for Twilight's birthday, and prepares for things that she can't predict, like ball emergencies and eye-patch emergencies.

LFPM #2 How to confront someone

Lessons From Popular Media #2

One more from Tyrion, because this is my favorite moment in the series so far.

"Game of Thrones: Garden of Bones (#2.4)" (2012)
Tyrion Lannister: What kind of knight beats a helpless girl?
Meryn Trant: The kind who serves his king, Imp!
Bronn: Careful now. We don't want to get blood all over your pretty white cloak.
Tyrion Lannister: Someone get the girl something to cover herself with.
[Sandor Clegane gives Sansa his cloak]
Tyrion Lannister: [to Joffrey] She's to be your queen. Have you no regard for her honor?
Joffrey Baratheon: I'm punishing her.
Tyrion Lannister: For what crimes? She's not fighting her brother's battle, you halfwit.
Joffrey Baratheon: You can't talk to me like that. The king can do as he likes!
Tyrion Lannister: The mad king did as he like. Has your uncle Jaime ever told you what happened to him?
Meryn Trant: No one threatens his grace in the presence of the Kingsguard!
Tyrion Lannister: I'm not threatening the king, Ser, I'm educating my nephew.
[to Bronn]
Tyrion Lannister: Bronn, the next time the Ser Meryn speaks, kill him.
[Back to Ser Meryn]
Tyrion Lannister: THAT was a threat. See the difference?

Joffrey really needed to be taught a lesson a lesson in this scene. Guilt tripping him wouldn't have worked, he's a spoiled brat with no conscience. Threatening wouldn't work either, he's the all powerful king. Instead Tyrion simply tells him the truth, that his actions are out of line and could lead to some dire consequences.

The lesson I take away from this scene is, don't be timid or apologetic when confronting someone, but don't make threats or try to guilt trip them either. Calmly inform them of the consequences of their actions and encourage them to act properly.

LFPM#1 Ignore insults

Lessons From Popular Media #1

Tyrion Lannister is the most inspirational bad-ass character I've come across in a long time. There is a lot to be learned from him, but I'll focus on this for now.

“Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”

“Don’t call me Lord Snow.”
The dwarf lifted an eyebrow. “Would you rather be called the Imp? Let them see that their words can cut you and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name take it make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore.”

Whenever anyone calls him an imp or a dwarf he either has a witty comeback or just completely ignores them.