Hmmm… You know what always struck me as weird?
How in cql the wen sect emblem isn’t very sun-like. They keep on saying the sun and sunshot, but their emblem actually looks like an eagle.
What if the cql crew did that on purpose. You know what country is represented by the eagle? USA. A little too perfect?
Awful leader. Check
Thinks they’re hot shit. Check
Assumes they’re in charge. Check
Not actually that great all things considered. Check.
Willing to use brute force to pick on people weaker than them? Check
I could go on. Seems like a good fit to me.
What’s in a name? CQL vs MDZS
I realize I have a tiny bit to add to this discussion.
hunxi mentioned that 令 means command and it can refer to the flute commanding all. But I think there’s another point to add! By changing the name from MDZS to CQL, the writers of the show indicated both major changes they made to the story.
If you haven’t watched the entire show, please stop reading because spoilers ahead.
Once the pandemic is over and I start leaving the house again, I’m gonna name some of my Pokemons A-Qing or Xue Yang so when I walk I’ll get periodic messages about A-Qing or Xue Yang finding candy.
I feel like all the times we get upset with wwx and jc for not telling the other how they really feel, JC should get some credit for kinda saying it that one time.
“If you insist on protecting [the Wens], then I cannot protect you!”
Like that was so honest and raw and good of him to try to tell wwx he is trying to help!
But wwx can’t take it then. He doesn’t think he deserves it. And he knows if he’s choosing between himself and a bunch of innocent people, he’ll choose these people.
So he tells JC to let him go.
I can’t get over how close they were to actually communicating and how quickly it fell apart. But JC said something true and honest and not awful! And I think he needs credit for it!
i’m sorry, i honestly have no clue… anyone? if you know please let us know !!
Twin Jades of Lan and Twin Heros of Yunmeng would be great names for circus duos.
Rival circus duos?
Maybe rival aerialist acts? (Because have you seen a silks or straps performance? They have so much strength, flexibility, and control!!)
Also, Lans can be the twin biceps as a pun. Yunmeng can be twin knots, also as a (fabrics) pun. (I put the Chinese characters in the tags)
From rivals to lovers? Wangxian slow burn?
Can someone write this please?
It’s so funny to me that Xiao Zhan’s like one of the oldest(?) and tallest main cast members in CQL, yet his character’s the one fainting all over the place and acting like an overgrown sunshine child.
Dragging JGY for NHS’s BDay
I decided to make a set of GIFs of JGY being kicked down Carp Tower. I feel like NHS would approve.
Set 1: NMJ booting JGY (ep 41)
Set 2: JGY booted on order of JGS (ep 49)
Also, because I found this version of gif 1 funny:
Ok. I’m done for tonight.
520 Tumblr friends! <3
Jin Guangyao’s Violation of 忠孝仁义
So I had written about WWX and his strong sense of 忠孝仁义 last week. While I was writing it, I kept on thinking about JGY and how he managed to violate all of these virtues. I wanted to go into this characterization of him because I find it so interesting how opposite he is to WWX in the decisions he made. (Warning: i’m not nice to JGY here so if you don’t want him dragged, don’t read?)
By no means does Lan Qiren like Wei Wuxian. Of course not. But yelling at Wei Wuxian is a pastime for him to enjoy alone and it is a grievous insult for Sect Leader Yao to take that joy away from him.
Aka: how Lan Qiren, of all people, ended up defending Wei Wuxian in front of everyone.
Tags: Wangxian, post-canon, canon compliant, fluffy humour
(On AO3) Word count: about 3100
These days, Lan Qiren has mostly retired from the day to day business of running a sect. For all his nephews’ past errors in judgement, they have been raised well and are leading a thriving Gusu. With the future of the Sect secure, Lan Qiren now spends his days terrorizing the junior disciples, having meditative teas with the Gusu Lan elders, and avoiding Wei Wuxian at all costs.
It is a fine way to live.
Avoiding Wei Wuxian is not difficult. He is wherever the noise is. Minor explosions in the Jingshi have become commonplace as Wei Wuxian tests new talismans and invents new tools for night hunting and releasing resentful spirits.
Yet for all his faults, of which there are a great many, Lan Qiren finds it increasingly difficult to retain his burning hatred of Wei Wuxian when he is just so useful.
Wei Wuxian: hey hand over your headband
Lan Wangji, after half a second of thought: yeah ok I’ll marry you
And this is where I realize how limited implicit knowledge is! So, the post I made was limited to how I interpreted wwx’s actions within the concept of virtues I was familiar with due to my chinese cultural background. I have not studied confucianism in detail. I can read some literary chinese but I don’t have any non-parental bestowed academic training in that regard. (Heck, I chose to drop my intro to literary chinese class in college during shopping period because I decided running off to a boy scout camp and fire spinning was what I actually wanted to do with my time and that meant i would have no classes on friday and i could spend fridays working in a lab. Oddly enough, i have zero regrets… but i digress!)
I love this question! Mostly because I’ve never thought to ask this question before, but let’s see what I can cobble together from myself and the interwebs. If anyone finds a mistake, PLEASE PLEASE CORRECT ME BECAUSE I AM NOT AN EXPERT!!!!
1) Confucian/Ruism thought is where these virtues stem from. If your country spends DYNASTIES following a school of thought, it becomes part of the culture (e.g. look at Europe and Christianity). Ruism believes that moral education is the foundation of governing. From the perspective of pure Ruism, 仁 is the most fundamental virtue. With humanity and benevolence, everything else if possible. However, assessing these virtues while remembering they were constructed for the sake of state/country stability would be wise.
2) There are SO MANY MORE virtues than the four I listed. Like I said, I chose those four to focus on because they’re basic and common. However, if you dig a little deeper, you see the four in a longer list, in a different order: 仁义礼智信忠孝悌节恕勇让. These concepts are considered the core of Ruism thinking. I’ve bolded where the four I discussed come up in the list.
仁 - humanity
义 - righteousness
礼 - decorum/etiquette
信 - honestly/truthfulness
忠 - loyalty
孝 - filial piety
悌 - respect of elder brother (like 孝 but for older people of your generation)
节 - integrity
恕 - forbearance (paired with 忠 as a ruler-subject relation and both point back to 仁)
勇 - bravery (but one that follows 仁义礼智)
让 - yield/deference (out of consideration for others)
You’ll notice a lot of these virtues are related to each other. Within the school of thought, many concepts are intertwined (孝悌, 忠恕, 勇 in the context of 仁义礼智, etc)
3) Classification and hierarchical order gets CONFUSING. I was overwhelmed by how many different ways thinking and traditions piece different virtues together. Let’s look at some examples (that i’m not going to translate because i’m lazy):
Per pure Ruism, 仁义礼智信 are collectively called the Five Constants (五常)
But culturally, there are the 四维八德 (Four anchors and eight virtues) where the four anchors are 礼、义、廉、耻 and the eight virtues are 忠、孝、仁、爱、信、义、和、平。
You also see virtues clustered into sets of six as follows:
为臣之六德 (6 virtues for a minister)：诹、谋、度、询、咨、周
为民之六德 (6 virtues for the people)：知、仁、圣、义、忠、和
兵家之六德 (6 virtues for the military)：礼、仁、信、义、勇、智
From these few examples, you can tell the order isn’t consistent. Which virtues are included in a list aren’t consistent. AND the application of the list of virtues changes based on your target audience.
So, I don’t think there is an actual hierarchy to the four virtues. It depends on what you’re doing and who you are. From a Ruism perspective, 仁 is fundamental. Everything stems from 仁. So that would go first. But when the thoughts are applied to government, order becomes important so 忠 becomes the priority. In fact, if you’re a minister to an emperor, you better prioritize 忠 (and to be a good minister, prioritize 仁) but 孝 and 义could end up as lip service. But if you’re a wandering martial artist on the jianghu, you may not have a need for 忠 but you will prioritize 义 and 仁.
So what does wwx do if he can’t sacrifice himself? Since there isn’t a clear order of priorities, I think he would look at the Jiang Sect Motto and go from there. He needs to decide where the line is drawn. What is good? What is bad? What is black? What is white? He will likely focus on and 仁. And his choice of action vs inaction will ultimately be how he interprets his own morality.