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There are varying degrees of grief (the end of a movie or show is obviously not the same as the death of a person), but many people do experience feelings of loss around different forms o...
We are genuinely invested in the outcome of a story and the state of the various characters.
These connections to fictional stories and characters are why many people share their opini...
For many people, watching a show regularly can be a form of temporarily checking out of what’s going on in the real world.
It’s a way we detach from our own issues, our own problems.&n...
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Hobbes, an English philosopher, believes mankind's nature to be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short as described in his book, The Leviathan.
This is why people adhere to social c...
The 'Show, don't tell' rule is especially pertinent when it comes to immoral acts.
Until a book becomes moving pictures, any moral issue with it doesn't seem to reach national press levels, because it shows these contentious issues to a wider audience. If you show the act, but don't tell anyone what to think about it, the fact that an author or film-maker hasn't clanged down a big sign saying 'And this is bad' is tantamount to advocation.
A Song of Ice and Fire might very well deliberately echo Leviathan. The notion that, without protection from the Iron Throne, the land falls into an every-man-for-himself struggle does echo the ideas laid down in Leviathan.
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Machiavelli ends his treatise The Prince invoking a "redeemer" who shall save enslaved Italy from the domination of foreign powers that have left her gravely wounded and "almost without...
Her character development throughout the seasons unfolds within a dynamic that probes fundamental questions of politics and leadership.
Machiavelli examined the same questions in the 16th century in his treatise, The Prince. Daenerys may be a version of the redeemer he talk about in his treaty.
First instruction to maintain power and preserve order: The prince does not have free range to conduct evil, but must strive for goodness as the primary measure of actions.
Daenerys gives conquered soldiers a choice: "Bend the knee and join me. Together, we will leave the world a better place than we found it. Or refuse and die."
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They are a powerful human mechanism for managing extreme emotions and stress, and we should be leaning on them now.
The utility of the ritual isn’t related to its practicality. Absurd rituals ca...
They are not “elaborate religious ceremonies”, but more often just private and idiosyncratic activities.
Repeated rituals seem to gain in strength, but even one-time rituals can be effective (for example, burning pictures in the place where you met your ex).
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