“I can’t believe I’ve said it out loud. The truth doesn’t set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenseless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable. But free? I don’t feel free. I feel like shit.”
– MELINA MARCHETTA, SAVING FRANCESCA
If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited — a building, a cultural institution, a common street food, etc. — and bring it back to your own hometown, what would it be?
I’m super excited to answer this one because, for once, I know exactly how to answer this prompt and exactly what I would want to bring back to my hometown.
Here’s a hint: It’s an iconic temple built during the height of the Golden Age in Ancient Greece and serves as a symbol of Athens’ power over the rest of the Ancient Western Civilization.
That’s right; if I could clone one element from another city that I’ve visited and bring back to my hometown, I would bring back The Parthenon.
Before I get into my own personal story, I thought I’d give a brief history about The Parthenon. It was built by Iktinos and Kallicrates, and after 15 long years of construction was finally completed in 438 BC. This temple was dedicated to Athena, who is the patron goddess of Athens and the goddess of wisdom, the arts, war, and strategy. The Parthenon was built on the highest point of the Acropolis, and was meant to serve as a symbol of Greece’s power and strength over the rest of the ancient world. However, much of the temple was damaged in the gunpowder explosion of 1687, and was further damaged through the various wars and raids of other enemy countries. Today, most of The Parthenon is in ruins or is structurally unstable, yet it still serves as an important landmark of the modern-day Athens and Greece.
Now the question is: Why, of all things, would I bring The Parthenon back to my hometown?
To start off, I am a huge classical civilizations fanatic, and especially in regards to the Ancient Greek civilization, mythology and Ancient Greece as a whole. This interest began in Grade 2, when I first learned about Greek gods and goddesses. I remember looking at a picture of Zeus with his lightning bolt, looking as if he were about to smite all his enemies and thinking, “Wow, this is actually pretty cool!” Later on, I became even more engrossed in Greek mythology when I read the Percy Jackson series. I was hooked in, and I actually ended up reading the entire series within the span of 3 days, and then rereading the books over and over for months afterwards. After that, I went onto my computer and spent weeks researching and reading more about classical civilizations, Greek myths, and the other Western Civilizations. This whole experience opened my eyes to a whole new world; or more correctly, a very different and old world that served as a home to some of the world’s greatest philosophers and scholars. These were the prodigies and geniuses who calculated the value of pi, constructed spheres, invented the lever and pulley, developed the concept of atoms, explored the meaning of life and happiness, and built the very foundations of the modern civilization that we now live in.
In Summer 2012 I was given the opportunity to visit Athens, and I can honestly say that it is one of the most memorable, enjoyable, and favourite vacations I’ve ever had. The walk up the Acropolis was quite an ordeal as I had to push through massive crowds of people and endure the scorching heat and sweat, but the moment I passed through the Propylaia and saw the white marble columns and ruins, I knew that it was completely worth it. I was completely memorized and drawn to the Parthenon, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Right in front of me, right here, was a testament to our ancestors’ power, victory, and absolute might. Here was a masterpiece; created and built by the greatest architects and craftsmen of Ancient for the glory of Athena and their country. Here, right in front of me, was a symbol of humanity; of mankind’s hard work, dedication, and a sign of our perseverance, strength, intelligence, and everything that defined us as human beings.
So to me, the Parthenon isn’t some washed-up boring pile of ruins; it means the world to me and encompasses what I feel about mankind and humanity. It was, and remains to this day, a masterpiece of Ancient Greece, and serves as a symbol of mankind’s perseverance and strength in the past, present, and future. It is a beacon of hope as to what we should ultimately strive towards; to think big, dream bigger, pursue your passions, and to use your talents and abilities to leave your own mark on the word and inspire others to greatness.
IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!
Just one day after that amazing fan-made trailer, Nickelodean has finally released the official trailer for Book 3: Change.
My inital reaction to this? My jaw was literally hanging open, my eyes just staring into the screen, and I had to physically restrain myself from immediately jump up and start squealing and fangirling at the top of my lungs.
So, let’s get into this shall we?
“You tend to distance yourself from others because you feel that they’re going to leave anyway.”
What’s the oldest thing you own? (Toys, clothing, twinkies, Grecian urns: anything’s fair game.) Recount its history — from the object’s point of view.
When I first read this prompt, I was honestly stumped. What is the oldest thing I own? I actually went home and rummaged around my room for a bit before I realized; the oldest thing that I owned was actually sitting in front of me all along. I’d only been so accustomed to seeing it every day that I never noticed how sentimental or important it was to me.
Here’s a bonus…the oldest thing that I actually own is actually 3 things! Hahaha, does that make sense? Let me clarify: the oldest thing(s) that I own are my two stuffed bears and the white cardigan that the bigger bear is wearing.
Before I completely dive into this prompt, let me give a small backstory to my stuffed bears and cardigan. My Mother bought the two stuffed bears when she was pregnant with me, and they were my first ever stuffed animals. They have literally been with me from the very first day that I was born, and I’ve always had them in my bedroom. Now, the cardigan is a little bit different as it was actually hand-knit for me by my Grandmother. Believe it or not, I actually did manage to fit into it for a few months, but I eventually outgrew it. Now we had a little problem; since I’m the youngest of my family, there was no one else to pass it on to. At the same time, however, it would be a real shame to just throw it out or store it away, so my Mother decided to give the cardigan to my big stuffed bear, and thus the big bear has been wearing it ever since then.
To keep it simple, I’ll be writing this prompt from the bigger stuffed bear’s point of view. Hope you enjoy!
I can’t believe this is fan-made; it looks so professional, and it’s absolutely amazing!
I actually got chills while watching this. The music and action were completely in sync, from the beginning where it started off all mellow and nostalgic, to the part where it slowly grows louder and louder as the action intensifies , and then finally to the climax and ending, with the final image of Korea and Aang’s statue.
WILD ZUKO SPOTTED! *fangirls*
Looks like there’s going to be quite a bit of focus on Lin this season, which I’m looking forward to. She’s such a great character, and I’m really interested in learning more about her and her backstory. It also seems like we might find out how she got her scar, so I’m super excited for that!
ASAMI = BADASS. Did you see her take out that guy in the motorcycle? By that point in the video, I was practically convulsing and fangirling from the sheer awesomeness of everything.
And it also looks like there are some new antagonists, such as the mysterious air and water benders, the Dai Li, and …Sparky Sparky Boom Woman? Combustion Woman?
On a side note, how can we have a mysterious antagonist air bender? I thought the only airbenders left were Tenzin, Korra, and Tenzin’s children….?
Argh so many questions!
Keep in mind this is only a FAN-MADE trailer made from clips/videos that Nickelodeon has released. Either way though, it’s still an AMAZING video, so go check it out!
Fingers crossed that Book 3 will be released soon!