might fuck around and become disillusioned with the entire concept of villainy

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hot take rambling, villainy 

the concept of villainy implies that all injustice is perpetrated, knowingly, by a select few selfish or sadistic individuals and that killing/incarcerating/otherwise destroying their power, society (or whatever smaller group or systemic is experiencing the injustice) will autocorrect. when in fact, injustices are almost Always systemic and cannot be overcome without attacking the system itself

hot take rambling, villainy 

villainy as a concept in fiction/media teaches people, not intentionally i don't think but for sure effectively, to stop attempting systemic overhaul and instead search for individual villains to be the targets of our anger. a solution that is not, on its own, effective, bc individual harmful ppl gain their power by abusing harmful or ineffective systems

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hot take rambling, villainy, pol 

this is like, the fundamental problem with the liberal/left leaning centrist concept that voting out trump will be of major benefit. trump is an incredibly harmful person, but it's the system itself that allowed him power, and the system itself which has to be overturned. liberals think he, and individual men like him, are the problem when in fact they're just symptoms of it

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hot take rambling, villainy 

villainy plays heavily into our westernized concepts of heroism, individualism, and our destructive ideas of crime and how to prevent it. it allows to shift responsibility from ourselves to others and encourages incredibly toxic ideas about individualistic heroism. for ex; cops & the military. it facilitates the idea that society needs a class of "heroes" to stave off villainy, the root cause of all our problems,

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hot take rambling, villainy 

when in fact, what societies need is for all of us as a group to participate in the destruction of toxic systems and the creation and maintenance of healthy ones, which have no systemic injustices and do not permit the ascention of dangerous and harmful people

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hot take rambling, villainy 

ok thank u for coming to my ted talk u_u

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re: hot take rambling, villainy 

@myconidiosyncrasy this, i think, is why a lot of people like ghibli movies. because a lot of them dont have villains in the traditional sense

hot take rambling, villainy 

@myconidiosyncrasy I half agree. My main point of disagreement is the existence of Peter Thiel. But like, that kind of evil is a lot about creating the systemic injustices.

hot take rambling, villainy 

@myconidiosyncrasy at least it encourages individualism :')

@myconidiosyncrasy this is playing nice with "ur-facism" in my head rn

@myconidiosyncrasy an essay by Umberto Eco exploring the central seeds of cultural eternally recurring facism. The whole essay is good, but
if you want to start with a snippet he lists 14 characteristics (search for "But in spite of this fuzziness"). nybooks.com/articles/1995/06/2

hot take rambling, villainy 

@myconidiosyncrasy This shift in responsibilty, both what we look for outside ourselves and how we comport ourselves within society, is a really fundamental difference between the US and most of the rest of the world. And toxic individuality is one of the the US' major exports now, in our media like you observed. :/

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