A fictional world with a hint of feminism.

“What is a woman’s place in this modern world? Jasnah Kholin’s words read. I rebel against this questions, though so many of my peers ask it. The inherent bias in the inquiry seems invisible to so many of them. They consider themselves progressive because they are wiling to challenge many of the assumptions of the past.

They ignore the greater assumption – that a “place” for women must be defined and set forth to begin with. Half of the population must somehow be reduced to the role arrived at by a simple conversation. No matter how broad that role is, it will be – by nature – a reduction from the infinite variety that is womanhood.

I say that there is no role for women – there is, instead, a role for each woman, and she must make it for herself. For some, it will be the role of a scholar; for others, it will be the role of wife. For others, it will be both. For yet others, it will be neither. 

Do not mistake me in assuming I value one woman’s role above another. My point is not to stratify our society – we have done that far too well already – my point is to diversify our discourse. 

A woman’s strength should be not in her role, whatever she chooses it to be, but in the power to choose that role. It is amazing to me that I even have to make this point, as I see it as the very foundation of our conversation.”

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Above is a quote from Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The #2) by Brandon Sanderson. Although this quote is based from a fictional world, I believe it can also apply directly to our own. It perfectly depicts a different view on feminism, one that I can relate very closely with my own view – there is no role for woman, nor is there a role for men. We are here to live! Why it is allowed that certain people are above and more deserving than others is beyond me. 

I long to live in a world where we have finally stopped belittling others and realize that we are all equal. This book and the first are fantastically written and I absolutely recommend it to everyone. It delves deep into the social standards of a fictional world, really emphasizing the inequality in place.

-misguidedsouls 

Fictional stories stating bluntly what should be reality.

I wanted to share a brief quote with you from the book I am reading, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. 

“Well they could name it what they wanted, but Nu Ralik knew that the boundaries of nature were far more important than the boundaries of nations.”

This sentence spoke volumes to me. It should be so in the real world, not just hidden away as inked words on paper. Most still not comprehending that the nature of our world is extremely important for our continued survival on this planet. Did Brandon Sanderson also think this as he wrote these words into his book? 

Wise words that should slap us all in the face.

It’s time for a change.

-misguidedsouls

The dreamy ramblings of a daydreamer.

La la la…

I have been stuck in daydream land all day. They say to ignore the present is unhealthy however I am just to excited to leave my current situation and go on to do important and wonderful things. I’m ready to start the next chapter of my life, even if this chapter is not quite over yet. I’m sure my fellow bibliophile’s can relate when I say that the suspense is killing me. You then proceed to skim/read extremely fast through pages and paragraphs that you don’t have the attention span for because you simply need to find out what happens.

Procrastination has been at its finest today, regarding my duties as an employee. I feel like today I am choosing between reading a local newspaper or The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks (which by the way I HIGHLY recommend if you enjoy fantasy/adventure books). Of course my obvious choice is the latter. Who doesn’t love a good book that allows you to delve into the mind of another person, to let the story and characters absorb you.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”  ― George R.R. MartinA Dance with Dragons

When I sleep at night I am one of those people who tend to dream a lot. Please hold the eye roll and the sarcastic “well everyone dreams at night”. Ahhhh yes, everyone does dream but everyone does not remember. You will always have that friend who says: “I never dream.” and I feel sad for them. Many people dream at night but their dreams never seem to leave an impact on them. When I dream it is vivid, it feels like reality. When I wake up from those dreams many tend to leave an impact on me. Not always, but a lot of the time. I might not remember the details and I might not be able to explain it to you but somehow I just know that what I dreamed about was magically important. Sometimes certain aspects of the dream never leave me and I will recall the way I felt and what I was thinking.

“And people who don’t dream, who don’t have any kind of imaginative life, they must… they must go nuts. I can’t imagine that.” ― Stephen King

Strangely enough I never seem to have nightmares. Never the type where you wake suddenly, eyes wide, sweating and it takes a moment for your heart to stop racing and accept that you are actually safe in your own bed. My dreams might get scary and perhaps to the point most people would consider a nightmare but not for me. Perhaps I realize that I am dreaming no matter how realistic and vivid it may feel at the time. Sometimes I even fight my fears in the dream (nightmare) as it is rare occurrence that my scary dreams do not have somewhat of a conclusion. And if they do not it is usually my 5:00AM alarm going off shouting at me to get my ass out of bed.

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”  ― John Lennon

Oh how I love dreaming. (I originally had this post named A day to daydream, a night to dream. but upon my outburst decided to change it)

Don’t quit your daydream 🙂

-misguidedsouls

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