Rotoscope of Sikozu’s delightful shark smile
If this song doesn’t define or inform how you understand Julian Bashir’s relationship to his mutant friends (Jack, Lauren, Patrick, and Sarina), then I regret to inform that you are doing it wrong.
you another thing: people living with chronic pain learn how to ignore a good deal of it. our nerves are so busy responding to everything at once that even when there is a great fucking deal of things hurting at once, sometimes, as a defense mechanism almost, the brain just stops letting you know it’s there.
i am not even explaining it right. because it’s there. it still hurts. it is still eating up energy, but somehow you’ve managed to not deal with it, even for a short time.
Reason #1,324,789 of why I love this show.
This was a casual side conversation between Bashir and Sisko about a fellow crew member, completely unrelated to the episode’s plot, and its just so sweet.
It’s nice to know that if you’re a pregnant father-to-be on DS9, your buddies Julian and Miles will build you a hatchling pond, buy you baby clothes, and throw you a shower eagerly attended by the station’s commanding officer (who was practically beaming with joy when he found out that you were expecting).
And they speak of it so casually with no judgement! Love this!
|90s Animal Planet:||Animals are cool, kids! They can be your friends! But watch out, some are dangerous! Ooh, watch Jeff Corwin handle the most venomous snake in Africa! Aw, look at the tiger babies! Oh, let's learn about conserving the environment! Remember kids, we must respect this planet, because it's the animals' home as well!|
|2013 Animal Planet:||ANIMALS WILL FUCKING KILL YOU. And guess what? PARASITES WILL TOO! Yes I know those aren't really animals, I guess. OH YEAH HERE'S SOME PSEUDO-SCIENCE ABOUT BIGFOOT. He's an animal too, right? WATCH THIS WOMAN GET EATEN BY HER PET CHIMPANZEE. ANIMALS ARE SCARY, KIDS. BE CAUTIOUS AROUND YOUR PET LIZARD OK. oh look kittens!||~~~~~|
|90s History Channel:||Here kids, we're gonna talk about this society today. History from all time periods and all countries. Isn't this stuff fascinating? Watch us dig up a tomb!|
|Early 2000's History Channel:||So there's this guy named Hitler. And he's pretty bad. Let us tell you how bad Hitler is. Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. Hitler. More Hiltler. Hey have you heard about this guy named Hitler?|
|2013 History Channel:||Aliens moonshiners aliens rednecks aliens pawnshops aliens aliens aliens hey have we mentioned aliens because aliens|
If we ask further what lies beyond the strict material positionality of an object, what the object may have been affectively invested with – in a sense, this is to acknowledge that vegetality may be defined as more than simply not being able to think, but a failure of lifeliness, of ability to act upon others – we find something like animacy. The question then becomes: Who are the proper mediums of affect? Are they humans? Humans and animals? Vegetables? Or inanimate entities, such as the incorporeal blend or a “dead” but warming and comforting piece of furniture?
“I just don’t want to be a vegetable,” while seemingly an imaginative fancy, also informs, microcosmically and iteratively, of what proper humanity resembles – nonvegetables - and, further, that humans could in some way become vegetables. Further, it describes what discredited human subjects are like: vegetables. Indeed, vegetables, believed to be living, are not at the bottom of the animacy hierarchy, as stones seem to be; for instance, when humans and nonhumans eat them, they have specific effects and can be either nourishing or toxic to bodily systems. As Jane Bennett cogently notes, food itself is an “actant.” Using a term like persistent vegetative state potentially, again microcosmically, informs us of how we should understand vegetables themselves: vegetables cannot think; they are passive; they merely survive; they are dependent, not freestanding plants, but partaking of plants’ nutrients. In this way, the “vegetality” (constructed between the medicalized language of “persistent vegetative state” and the lay expression “she’s a vegetable”) of Terri Schiavo, whose non-speaking body became the subject of contentious national, legal, and interfamilial debate for seven years, culminating in the court-ordered removal of her feeding tube in 2005, became a politicized linguistic event as well as a politicized discussion of life and death. Indeed, Lennard Davis has pointed out that had Terri Schiavo been considered a “severely disabled woman” rather than a “vegetable,” different politics – even different legal consequences – would have ensued. As many scholars and activists have made clear, disability politics is a consistently unacknowledged and erased partner to right-to-die bioethical considerations; everyone loses by not thinking deeply enough about their underlying connections.