Chance real de amor 2

In Asteré

2020.10.26 20:15 NRMacellar In Asteré

(This is the first of three parts of a journal dating back to the year 1962. Upon transcribing it, I have decided that it would be appropriate to post it to this subreddit.)
In Asteré, they say, at the intersection of Rue de Mélange and Route de Dabo, there stands the very best hotel in all Alsace-Lorraine; it is far from the most luxurious, and neither is it considered to be most affordable, nor even exceptionally serviceable, save in one aspect—just above the reception desk, there hangs a particular telephone. If one were to make a request of the staff—one spoken with very particular words—the receptionist would reach for this particular telephone, and relay this particular request unto the switchboard operator, something quite particular would happen. Mere minutes after this particular request is made, there would arrive a particular lady of the night—the most beautiful and alluring dame in all Alsace-Lorraine, who has never once failed to fulfill the most intimate of fancies confessed unto her by her clientele, departing from them only when they wish for something other than her company. And to request such a particular bedfellow, one must remember a particular German phrase: Ich wünsche mir, was dem gegeben wurde, der es mir gesagt hat.
These were the words—or rather, a summary of the words—which Renault imparted to me before I took the taxicab to Strasbourg. I cannot begin this account without introducing the minor character of this Renault Jourdain, for it was from him that I first heard of the secluded little town of Asteré, and only he ever informed me of the hotel and its clandestine complements.
When Renault told me of these things, I was initially indifferent, having been prior subjected to countless disquisitions which all tended toward libertine topics; subtle, suggestive tones were woven into his regular speech, and he had a rather unabashed habit of swaying conversation into the realm of obscenity. His age, though I never learned it, I judged to be just beneath middle-years. Despite this, he seemed to have the spunk of an adolescent, and the humor of one at that. When first I met him, he—wearing a scally cap, scarf, and striped sweater, snickering wickedly after every sentence and stroking the hairs of his mustache prudently—seemed overly comical in his outward Frenchness, so much so that I suspected to beguile me with the front of a perfect stereotype, presuming me to be nothing more than another witless exchange student from America. Though that I may have been, I had lived in Europe for quite some years by then; my father had died in the war while I was still an infant, and only three years after its end, my mother decided that we leave New York and move back to Belgium to live next door to her parents in Brussels. When I explained this to Renault, however, the act was not dropped—rather, it seemed to have been exacerbated.
Renault was ever a jester—seldom ever fully serious in his mien and abrasive in his incessant teasing, which, as I have said, was often vulgar in nature. He was never too provocative at once, and for that, he maintained an endurable aura which was sometimes comparable to charm. The patrons with which we had the most contact with were, of course, women—whether or not they were married or mothers, or even whether or not they were joined by the presences of the persons who made them so—he, totally unfazed, spoke to them with the same unremitting sexuality threaded throughout his otherwise polite discourse. And quite to my unending bewilderment, he never seemed to impress upon any of them that he was anything less than genteel or sociable. Perhaps it was his sharp wits, or perhaps it was his flattery; I will never know for sure.
Despite his inordinate personality, Renault was an excellent worker and a very approachable superior at that. If it was not his charm that subdued our patrons, it was the sheer scrupulousness of our labor that pleased them utterly. He had a very meticulous eye for the slightest shades of colors—a very quaint attribute to have, especially given that his left eye was somewhat lazy, as if never quite aligned with his right—and by all rights should have made a profession as a painter. By that, of course, I mean a real painter—one that paints solemn-faced portraits, melancholy market-streets, and similar vistas—as opposed to the painter of houses that he was. His thoroughness and uncanny ability to judge the consistency of a layer of paint upon a plaster wall in any light made our service a favorite of many and never were we short of employment. In fact, I must conjecture that—though the topic of painting did not often penetrate beyond the necessary day-to-day discussions of our business, as his libido always did—his ultimate focus was almost entirely upon the simple act of painting, rather than pursuing any real, sexual exploits.
I must expound further why I propose this. Renault was unrelenting in his prying of me, peppering me with taunts and jeers, or even at times sarcastic admiration only to tempt me to divulge some undisclosed amorous encounters from my past, or to laugh at the lack thereof. Whenever he did so, I told him the truth—which often incurred the latter, and yet more prying, as if he did not believe me. Suffice to say, I was initially repulsed by his behavior, and even moreso unnerved, as he was somewhere close to twice my age, and could have only been motivated to say such things either out of immaturity or divergent perversion. There were instances in which we sat atop vermillion-shingled roofs, clad in our paint-stained pale overalls, and he would catcall down to the various young madames that passed upon the street below us, regardless of how little attention they ever gave him. Other times, I would be painting in another room when he, shouting in a terrible frenzy, would summon me outside post-haste, and I, anticipating the matter to be urgent and serious, would come rushing to his aid, only to see him leaning against a fence, peering over the toothy brink of it at some neighboring lady reposing in the sunlight; he would then whisperingly remark on her more prominent features and generally goad me to climb over the fence and speak to her—an invitation which I always refused.
It was when I realized that Renault never actually acted upon this wanton banter of his that I finally felt at ease working for him. As I truly had little at all to regale him with, his prying eventually subsided, and I became accustomed to his constant ribaldry. Gradually, I met his remarks with vulgar comments of my own, not out of any desire on my own behalf, but only to stave off his needling. I was, however, admittedly very lonely, having remained in correspondence with only a few friends from university, so I was compelled to initiate friendly conversation with Renault in the only way that I knew how—by talking about the things which he so frequently talked about.
I was quite surprised to discover that Renault was actually quite shy to speak of his own amorous pursuits. He was unmarried, of course, throughout the time that I knew him, but the man was clearly experienced in such things, as only a man of his age could be. I supposed for long that his aversion to recounting his past derived from a sour divorce, or perhaps that he may have even been a widower, so I was careful not to broach sensitive inquiries in that regard. I did, however, press him to disclose his most recent coups, but still, he remained mostly reticent.
One day, when we went to lunch at a café just a block down from the house that we were painting, I decided to raise the subject once again. Renault had eaten quickly, as the main course of his meal was a bent cigarette, which he drew from so deeply that it seemed he meant to whittle it down to a butt before we were back on the clock—so, with the question already pregnant in my mind, I asked him:
“Renny, for all your flirtatiousness and Peeping-Tom mischief, you don’t seem particularly inclined toward any lady at all; in fact, I’d say that you would rather paint houses than actually date a woman—unless, of course, you’re hiding an excess of mademoiselles from me, keeping their company all to yourself, you sneaky git.”
At this, Renault grinned, the seam of his lips to spread across his cheek, where there then issued a soft popping noise from his under his ear—his jaw had a habit of dislocating sometimes, and after he had fixed it back into place with a firm tug, he plucked the cigarette from his mouth, about to speak. But to my surprise, he momentarily faltered, gaze lost upon the ground and actually blushing—something which I had never seen him do.
Eempossible,” he said with his extraordinarily heavy accent, proceeding to speak in English in spite of it, as he often did with me—for even though I spoke French fluently, he was persistent to practice his second language me. “I am too old for such liaisons—not like you.”
I could not help but chuckle when he told me this. His mannerisms had become increasingly amusing to me the more I became acquainted with the great irony of his personality, and many times I laughed at things that he said merely because it was he who said them.
“What—that’s it, then? You’d rather whitewash a fence than get into bed with a woman?” I teased him.
Now, quite abruptly, Renault’s blush disappeared, replaced by a start colorlessness in his cheeks and a hollow sort of dread in his eyes. He continued to stare very intently at the ground, his cigarette no longer twitching with a lusty breath. I was shocked at the sudden change which had washed over his demeanor and wondered whether I had accidentally succeeded in dampening his spirits.
Non, monsieur; my brush is a jealous mistress, you see—I shall wet no other.”
His response confused me utterly, but as I said, I had been well habituated to his strangely poetic and suggestive speech by then, so after a moment, I thought of it as little more than another vulgar remark.
It was not many days after this incident that I had to confront Renault with the sour news of my imminent resignation. He was disappointed by it, but not altogether surprised; moreover, he was curious as to why I had to. I admitted to him that while my employment under him paid handsomely and covered the expenses of my housing and necessities, I could scarcely save enough to enroll in university once again. My mother was quite upset when she found out that I had dropped out due to the sums which she sent me not being enough to pay tuition beyond my first two years. However, her brother—my uncle—had recently married and bought a big three-storied house in Strasbourg and, not yet having children, they acquiesced to let me board there free of charge until I had worked to save enough to go back to school. Renault was very understanding and bid me an uncommonly sincere adieu.
He met me one last time, the morning before I left Reims. I was sitting on a bench at a street corner, suitcases packed and waiting for a taxicab when he strolled along, still wearing his paint-stained overalls, evidently looking for me. When he found me, he took a seat on the bench beside me and offered me a cigarette. I declined, as I had often done before, yet still, Renault seemed to ignore the fact that I was not a habitual smoker. And we sat there, weirdly melancholy for a short while, listening to the chirping of the birds and the beeping of traffic as it passed us by. Finally, he piped up.
Strasbourg, you said, hmm? Ah, that route passes by Asteré, non?”
Of course, I told him I was unsure, as I was unfamiliar with the name Asteré, so he proceeded to tell me the great rumor of it, the very same which I have already supplied at the beginning of this account.
I could write countless pages more about Renault and all his queer ways, but my story has very little to do with him from this point onward—in fact, that was the last I ever saw of him. After he told me this, I gave him a half-hearted nod and stepped into a taxicab which had just pulled up to the street corner. As soon as the taxicab had set off, nearly everything which Renault had just told me about Asteré had been forgotten, and I was not even sure if I would really miss the man.
I finally remembered Asteré when the taxicab had just passed out of Nancy. I asked the cabbie if he had ever heard of a place called Asteré, wondering whether we had somehow already passed it by then. He told me he had, but he did not remember if he had ever stopped there, nor did he know anything at all about it other than the fact it was a very small town situated in the woodland hills just before arriving in Strasbourg, across the highway from the natural park.
Being very bored of the stretches of dull, static highway and the all-too-familiar vistas of urban streets monotonously lined with identical townhouses, I nagged the cabbie to take the scenic route through the hills when we approached them. The cabbie seemed to welcome the idea as he was likely even more unenthused with the common roads as I was, so naturally, he offered to drive us through Asteré, since it had been the object of my inquisition. I agreed, anticipating only the probable extension of my fee, and thought no more of it.
The hills of Alsace-Lorraine are, in my own meager opinion, the most beautiful countryside which can be found in all France. It is impossible for one not to gaze out at the abundantly green environs and lose themselves in the lazily-curving slopes of the verdant horizon which brushed against a cloud-mottled sky with a wistful heart, nor to refrain from imagining one’s self wandering down the winding little paths which adjoined wattle-and-daub cottages with hedges and mossy brick walls. It is a place where terra-cotta roofs surfaced from valleys of conifers that were glazed in the early evening light, and where the mellow shade of the trees formed nostalgic fringes around clean, rolling fields of flowers and grass. The hills embodied such a hearty, natural, and endlessly fascinating vista that, from the moment the taxicab entered them, I kept my forehead pressed against the cool passenger window, placidly agog at all that passed me by, and thinking very little of the time as it elapsed into a starry night.
I hardly noticed when the cabbie announced that we had entered Asteré town. Roused from my dormant state of reverie, I peeled my face away from the window and glanced around, trying to determine what sort of place it was. Most of what I saw consisted of silhouetted woodland, as we were very deep in the trees by then, and the distant lights of hillside cottages, peeking just over their drooping canopies. Here, also, we passed a few industrial buildings, lit vaguely by the streetlamps and appearing oddly Americanized in their construction, before arriving slowly at a block bordered on both sides by sidewalks and a few old-fashioned shops and warehouses. The cabbie gestured up ahead to the inky shape of a singularly large building, introducing it to me simply as being a hotel.
Immediately upon hearing the word hotel, my thoughts were flooded with the memory of exactly what Renault had told me earlier that day, and so suddenly overwhelmed by a thoughtless intrigue was I that I prompted the cabbie to stop in front of it, intending only to get a closer look. After rounding the corner, he did so, and, presuming that I meant to stay the night there, relayed the fee of that day’s drive. A bit startled, I resolved quickly that I would, indeed, check in to the hotel, as Asteré was apparently only a short distance from Strasbourg, and with my early departure that morning, I had a day to spare. So, I paid the cabbie, thanked him, and stepped out of the taxicab with my suitcase.
It was only when the taxicab drove away that I severely questioned my choice of actions. I had, unwittingly, allowed my subconscious curiosity for Renault’s parting rumor to take me here—my enchantment with the countryside taking precedence over considering whether or not I really wanted to spend the night in such a place, or whether or not Renault was really telling me the truth. The actuality of the clandestine service, which he attested the hotel could provide, had remained a minor detail in mind until the very moment I was standing before it.
That night was so dark that I could scarcely determine the extent of the hotel, but the hazy glow of lights behind curtained windows outlined its enshrouded measures. In those few places where the dim streetlamps shone against it, I discerned the lay of limestone brickwork that was somewhat greenish with age and hewn with a kind of roughness that denoted chateau-like antiquity in its establishment. From what I could tell, the hotel was wedged between a warehouse and a shadowy woodland—its front and right sides having been bracketed by two streets, which I presumed to be Rue de Mélange and Route de Dabo, just as Renault had told me. Across the street from the hotel was a scattering of lesser buildings, all similarly steep-roofed like cottages, but as they were somewhat retracted from the sidewalk and the streetlamps, and had very few lights of their own, I could only guess at what they might have been. The wooded hills rose all around, encompassing the little town of Asteré with a lofty perimeter of gloomy shapes. Overhead, the stars were uniquely numerous, as only they could be in a corner of the world as dark as this.
I was struck by two conflicting impressions: The first was that, in such an insignificant, sleepy, and old-fashioned place as this, the very thought of the visitation of some promiscuous persons seemed utterly ridiculous, as it appeared more inclined toward being frequented by the elderly, or anyone else who lived socially secluded lives in those hills. The second was that there was, indeed, something tangibly different about this town than any other which I had passed through that day, as if it’s very façade of inconspicuous, old-world modesty served to hide activities which were, as Renault had said, of a scandalous nature. Both these impressions weighed equally in my mind, culminating in a sense of unease.
Having nothing else to do, however, I opened the door of the hotel and entered. My only fanfare was the faint ticking of a clock, which broke silences which seemed to last longer than a mere second. It hung over a wide reception desk, where sat a haggard old librarian of a lady; she did not even lift her head to acknowledge my presence. I was somewhat perturbed to approach her, as I was very young at the time, and only then did I realize I was rather unfamiliar with the process of booking a room, as I had never done so unattended. For some reason, I feared that I had arrived too late, or that I would find that walk-in accommodations were not accepted there. With the briefest revelation of what sort of person the hotel receptionist appeared to be, I had all but banished Renault’s rumor from my expectations, as now more than ever it showed itself to be a bothersome trick played at my expense. I almost had a mind to go back outside and check the street signs to confirm that this was the very same hotel, but I did not act upon it.
After a moment of hesitation, I plucked up my courage and made my way over to the reception desk. The hotel lobby itself was quite vast, and uncannily empty as if meant to receive whole scores of people at a time, yet a quaint stagnation hung over everything there; this led me to presume without much evidence besides that the guests of this hotel were few and far in between. Of any other notable details within that lobby, I observed not, for in my march over to the reception desk, I kept my gaze bashfully low. I hardly even dared to look at the old receptionist when I asked her for a room, as the act felt akin to waking her from a deep and well-overdue slumber. Our conversation was minimal as handed over my down-payment and signature, and as she, blasé in tone, gave me the key and number to my room—she told me it was upstairs, at the very end of the hall. But I did not heed much of what she said, for in my sunken staring I noticed that, upon the reception desk, there sat a very particular telephone. It was a strange, antique device, the model of which I had never seen before, and immediately the particular German phrase which Renault had recited to me surged within my mind.
I do not know how, but I remembered it quite well, even though I scarcely understood a word of German. Dare I say it out loud? Perhaps it actually meant something obscene, by which I would be promptly escorted out of the hotel. But why would it be? Did Renault’s trickery know no bounds? He was something of a bully, to be certain, but never had I known him to be a liar or a deceiver, even at his very worst. What if it was true? Ever since departing from Reims, I had never seriously considered summoning this fabled lady of the night, yet the mere mention of it had poisoned me with an uncharacteristic desire which only now fully revealed itself—one which I could not determine whether it had derived from the queerness of the mystery surrounding the rumor, or some inert desperation not to be so drearily alone, or so intimately inexperienced as I was. I had actually made up my mind just then to recite the particular German phrase to the old lady, telling myself that it was only to prove Renault to be a fibber—but when I opened my mouth again, I could not force the words off the end of my tongue. I stood there for a moment too long, unable to even explain why I did so.
Readily, I stole away from the old lady. I hurried through a door on the right side of the lobby with my gaze still fixated upon the floor before I had even considered the directions which she had given me. When I looked up, I saw no stairs. Rather, I found that I had witlessly entered a parlor that was adjacent to the stair-room but did not directly adjoin it as the lobby did.
Feeling too embarrassed to simply walk back out into the lobby and admit my doltish carelessness, I resolved to stay in that parlor for a little while, staying out of sight of the receptionist so that it seemed as if my retreat had been intentional as if I meant to do something before I retired to my room. Still, I cursed myself for doing so, and for being unable to muster up the confidence to pronounce the particular German phrase.
It was then that I actually took a moment to survey the interior of the hotel. All of the walls within that parlor—and those which I could see of the lobby through the open doorway—were all dressed in a wallpaper of simple, vertical blue and beige stripes, which, though not visibly sullied, conveyed an air of squalor, and were somewhat uncomfortable even to regard. Dim, whiskey-tinted lamps punctuated this abysmal pattern in certain places, mounted at odd intevals across the walls and shining enough to illuminate the whole space of the parlor and the lobby, yet only so much that the atmosphere still felt murky and uncertain. Within that parlor were an array of couches, tables, and bookshelves, which were sparsely furnished with books that were as obsolete in their titles as they were in their dull, blank bindings. Nevertheless, I pretended to take interest in perusing them, deciding which one would be seen in my hand when I eventually reentered the lobby. I could still hear the deliberate ticking of the clock above the reception desk, irritating me with its measurement of the slowness of time.
Suddenly, there was a light outside the parlor window—an automobile had arrived at the hotel. After just a moment, I heard its door open and shut, and its headlights flashed by and disappeared. There followed the sound of the front door of the hotel opening, and of someone strolling steadily inside. I glanced sidelong through the parlor doorway, careful not to remove myself too erratically from the bookshelf but maneuvering just enough to catch a glimpse of the new guest. Briefly, he passed in and out of my clear view; he wore formal attire, carried a suitcase, and was evidently a younger man, as he strode with purpose, but otherwise, there was nothing remarkable about him. Quaintly, however, when I restrained my breath to eavesdrop, I realized that he was addressing the receptionist in full English, and with a distinctly American accent at that. But then, abruptly, his language changed—not to French—to German. To my immense shock, he recited—word for word—the same particular phrase which Renault had told me.
There was no immediate response from the receptionist. Rather, there was a faint rustling, as of that particular telephone being picked up, and then a low whisper, which sounded equivocally German, and could not have been—I determined—anything other than a repetition of the phrase. I then listened to the creaking of the russet floorboards as the new guest walked away from the reception desk and into the stair-room.
It was a long time before I exhaled again. Stealthily, I retracted from the bookshelf and installed myself on one of the couches, taking with me a book whose title I did not even bother to note, and opening it indiscriminately to a page somewhere in the middle. From here, I had a much better view of the reception desk, but I was careful not to ogle too long in that direction.
I sat with my face behind the book, feeling sickly anxious, though I could not trace the reason why. Certainly, Renault had told the truth about the particular German phrase, but was I really to expect the most beautiful and alluring dame in all Alsace-Lorraine to enter that hotel in a matter of mere minutes to service the gentleman that called upon her? I had heard of secret requests that could be made of hotel staff before, but the final portion of the rumor reeked of exaggeration. Beauty is not so exact—it is subjective, is it not? Yes, perhaps a prostitute would come—that was not unheard of at all—but she could not be all that, could she? Renault had a way of talking over-indulgently of women, flatteringly and fantastically; surely, this was the same case here.
At the moment that I least expected it, the front door of the hotel opened again. There had been no noise of an automobile parking and driving off outside, yet now I listened to the resounding clicks of high-heeled shoes across the lobby floor. For just a moment, there appeared before the reception desk a very tall woman dressed in a sable-skin tight dress and a floral cap, but she was also adorned also with a very garish, flowing, furry scarf, which nearly shrouded her entire figure, and as she was turned away from me, I could make no better observation of her than this. The receptionist simply croaked out a room number, which she, upon hearing it, swaggered straightaway without a word unto the very same stair-room where I had last heard the footsteps of the other guest.
Suffice to say, I was astounded by the suave appearance of this dame, but I had witnessed so little of her still to lend credibility to the entirety of Renault’s rumor. I knew that I should not follow her, but my own room was at the top of the very same stair, so I resolved to linger a moment longer in the parlor to avoid any suspicion from the receptionist. Inwardly, I planned only to retire to my room, but my focus upon even this next course of action was repeatedly intruded upon by urges to get up from the couch then and stalk after this lady of the night, only to catch another glimpse of her before she inevitably disappeared into the other guest’s room. These impulses only subsided when I, still sitting motionless upon the couch, realized that I had likely already missed the chance to do so. Where had these sudden passions come from? Had Renault’s mischievous antics somehow rubbed off on me, after all the days that I had spent working beside him?
It was the bothersome ticking of the clock that finally compelled me to pry myself up from the couch. Taking up my suitcase in one hand, and clutching the book in the other, I headed back out into the lobby, careful not to look in the direction of the receptionist as I turned into the stair-room. Resuming my downward gaze, I mounted the stairs, which ascended half a floor before turning left to ascend to the second floor. The walls of the stair-room were continuously striped and dimly-lit, but the pervasiveness of this combination did not occur to me until I arrived at the second floor and stared down the dusky extent of an entire corridor decorated in the same, tacky, crudely carnival-like wallpaper. I clutched my suitcase close and reluctantly strode forth.
I was midway down the length of the corridor when I heard noises—noises of giggling, flirtatious teasing, and moans of delighted surprise. Already I regretted leaving the parlor, but when I reached the end of the corridor, regret flourished anew in me, for I saw that upon the doorknob of the very next room beside my own, there was draped a loosened tie. Hurriedly, I produced my room key and unlocked the door, slipping inside and closing it shut behind me as instantaneously as I had done so.
I tossed my suitcase and the book onto the bed, looking with disgust at the blue-and-beige striped confines of my new suite. It was after a moment of stillness that I realized that I could—quite clearly—still hear the utterances of ecstasy beyond the wall adjoining the next room, even if the sounds were somewhat more muffled here than in the corridor. Now, a sense of frustration welled up within me—frustration at the indiscreetness of these two nocturnal lovers, frustration at the old woman for booking them beside me, and most of all, frustration at myself for not having spat out that confounded German phrase when I had the chance, for not only would I have been relieved of these tortuous noises, but because it would have been I making them, so passionately and carefree as they did then.
I paced around the little suite, clamming my ears shut with my palms and growing more impatient every time I uncovered them—for whenever I did so, I was only met with a heightened continuation of the debaucherous ruckus. I could not fathom how they were still going at it after all that time. I wanted desperately to make a complaint to the receptionist, or even to knock at the door of the adjacent room and reprimand the couple themselves; I even scolded myself every moment that I had not the audacity to storm out of my suite and do one or both of those things, yet I was convinced that such efforts would be of little.
It was amidst this terrible, awkward inconvenience that a reprieve came to me in the form of a little cupboard door under a desk in the corner of the room, which was evidently left halfway open and bedraped with a little towelette by the hotel staff. Upon a single glance toward it, I recognized that it contained a copious supply of compliments, most all of them being bottles of red Austrian wine. Desperately, I fell to my knees and reached into the cupboard, groping for the first bottle which I could touch. Wrenching one out, I bit off the cork and slumped against an empty wardrobe next to the desk, downing the contents of the bottle with a thirst that was not altogether bodily. I was, of course, well-acquainted with strong drink even by that age, as it had been my fancy throughout my two years at university and my nectar while I painted houses with Renault, so it did not take long before I had quaffed the first bottle dry and reached for a second. The more intoxicated I became, the less the noises of the other room penetrated my ears, and slowly, in my drunkenness, I resigned myself to that miserable night, content that I would, at the very least, sleep through most of it, and hopefully remember none of it.
I cannot say how I awoke, only that upon some drowsy blinking of my eyes, and a high-tilted swig of wine, I suddenly realized that I was no longer asleep—if ever I was at all. I sensed very strongly that things were different—though I knew not at once what they were. Dazed, I glanced about at the empty wine bottles around me and felt wetness around my shirt collar. I realized that I had not managed to crawl into bed, or even to douse the lights of my suite, for I was still on the floor, reclined against the wardrobe. As my eyes wavered all about the space of the room, the sight of the loathsome striped walls splashed some recollection of last night’s misery upon my mind, sobering me somewhat. Even as I recalled the events of yesterday, I struggled to actually believe them—that I had, upon a whim, booked a room at this hotel, merely for the sake of discovering of some vague rumor which Renault had imparted me with. What had I been thinking? In that drowsy, still-drunken state, my thoughts were far from clear, but I had at least been afforded the counter-perspectives which came with an early wakening.
As prior events played out in my memory, those of arrivals of the other guest and the lady eventually surfaced as well. It was then that the realization struck me—their abhorrent exclamations had ceased at last. The whole world—or at least it seemed—was now totally quiet. Presuming the morning to be upon me already, I clung to the desk in the corner of my room, heaving myself up onto it and intending to clean myself up before I checked out to hail another taxicab. But when I peered over the desk, I subsequently gazed out the window that was just above it and saw that the sky was ever starry and black with night. I was astounded, and moreover exasperated at this discovery—surely, I had slept longer than that. Or had I? Perhaps my slumber had really lasted no more than an hour or two. My God, what time was it, then? My forehead throbbed with a splitting ache as I steadied myself upon my feet, using the bedpost now like a crutch and shielding my eyes from the ceiling lamp. I was immensely hungover—that much was certain—but no night of drinking in all my university days had ever left me in such a state. It was not my sickest state, though quite sick I was; however, there was a pervasive dizziness which washed over me with my every motion, and I felt increasingly disassociated with the space of the suite I was in, finding it more and more unfamiliar the longer I regarded it.
There was a mirror on the wall beside the wardrobe. I ogled at myself reflected in it, unsurprised that I looked as haggard as I felt. I slapped myself, blinked, and straightened my stained shirt collar, hoping that having a more respectable appearance would bring on a shred of sobriety and clarity as to what I should do now that I was awake. Strangely, I was not sleepy in the slightest, though this daze of mine was ever unfaltering. I figured then that stepping out of the hotel for a breath of fresh air could alleviate my hangover, and after a moment of thoughtless lingering, I resolved to do just that. Opening the door, I staggered out into the corridor, becoming belatedly aware of how heavy my footfalls were upon the creaking floorboards.
I stared once more down the length of the corridor. I was startled by how much darker it appeared to be than I had remembered it; it was if the bulbs of the wall-mounted lamps had burnt themselves bleary over the short time that I was asleep, or perhaps it was merely that I was viewing the corridor from the other end so that the farthest extent of it seemed to be sucked down into the gloomy void that was the stair-room beyond it. Shaking off the small apprehension which had infected me, I started down the corridor, hovering close to the wall as I did so, for the new and uncertain spaciousness of that place was relatively more difficult to navigate in my drunken state. I had only achieved a couple of strides before my groping hand grazed the dim frame of the door of the adjacent suite, which—to my surprise—actually opened just a crack from my slightest touch. I froze at once, and my eyes darted down to the doorknob. The tie was still draped around it.
(The second part of this journal will be posted soon.)
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2020.10.08 12:46 majinmattossj2 Brazilian Big12 series, Episode 12/12: São Paulo

Previous episodes: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Grêmio, Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, Internacional, Corinthians, Santos, Palmeiras, Cruzeiro
In this series I will present each of the 12 Brazilian teams that together compose the "Big 12". My point is to make them more knowledgeable to you, since each one of these teams have their share of the Brazil national team success and of Brazilian club football accomplishments as a whole. I'll try to be as smooth, efficient and non-boring as I can. If the feedback is positive, I'll keep bringing more to this series. So ok, let's do this!
Method: I'll present the teams in a chronological order, from the oldest foundation (Flamengo-1895) to the latest one (São Paulo-1930). The order will be: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Grêmio, Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, Internacional, Corinthians, Santos, Palmeiras, Cruzeiro, São Paulo. How many of these have you heard of?
Extra clubs: Due to a high number of requests, I'll also present 3 teams who don't belong to the Big12, but are also considered big clubs in Brazil: Bahia, Athletico Paranaense and Coritiba. Welcome to the club!
Geographical reference: Before we start, I'd like to ask something very simple from you. I want you to keep in mind that these 12 teams are spread in 4 different States in Brazil. The club's State name is written below, next to the club's name. It has a direct link to Google Maps, so that you can check it out to make this experience more accurate.

Episode 12/12: São Paulo (State: São Paulo), founded in 1930

State rivals: Corinthians, Palmeiras, Santos

Stadium: Morumbi

Mascot: Saint Paul

Major achievements: 3 Intercontinental/Club World Cup (1992, 1993, 2005), 3 Copa Libertadores (1992, 1993, 2005), 6 Brazilian Leagues (1977, 1986, 1991, 2006, 2007, 2008), 1 Supercopa Libertadores (1993)

State League titles: 21 (Against Corinthians' 30, Palmeiras' 23, Santos' 22)

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São Paulo FC, the biggest Brazilian club
São Paulo seems to be the only team in Brazil that has all the major ingredients that make a team, the biggest: lots of international and domestic titles, big fanbase, big stadium, big idols and historical teams. Clubs like Santos or Flamengo come close, but lack one or other ingredient - that's why São Paulo, the only 3x Club World champion and the youngest of the Big12, is considered the biggest club in Brazil!
Brazilian Club International titles Domestic titles Total
São Paulo 12 6 18
Santos 8 9 17
Flamengo 5 12 17
Palmeiras 3 14 17
Cruzeiro 7 10 17
Corinthians 4 11 15
Grêmio 6 8 14
Not only São Paulo leads the title rank, but also the runner-up rank, as you can see below:
Brazilian Club International runner-ups Domestic runner-ups Total
São Paulo 8 8 16
Cruzeiro 9 7 16
Palmeiras 6 5 11
Santos 2 9 11
Internacional 2 8 10
Grêmio 6 4 10
In the entire South America, São Paulo is only behind Boca Juniors and Independiente in international trophies:
South American club Intercontinental/Club World Cup Copa Libertadores Others Total
Boca Juniors 3 6 9 18
Independiente 2 7 5 14
São Paulo 3 3 6 12
River Plate 1 4 5 10
However, you have to consider that in Argentina there are only 5-7 big clubs (Boca, River, Independiente, San Lorenzo, Racing, Estudiantes, Vélez), while in Brazil there are at least 12, making things more difficult to São Paulo.
São Paulo is also the only Brazilian club to win 3x the Intercontinental/Club World Cup, which is considered their biggest feat:
Event Match Goals
Intercontinental Cup 1992 São Paulo 2-1 Barcelona Raí (2x), Stoichkov
Intercontinental Cup 1993 São Paulo 3-2 Milan Palhinha, Cerezo, Müller, Massaro, Papin
Club World Cup 2005 São Paulo 1-0 Liverpool Mineiro
The beginnings
São Paulo was founded in 1930, and accepted people from any origin, social class or ethnicity since their early days. They won their first trophy in 1931, a State League title, led by Friedenreich - who scored 103 goals in 5 years at the club. After a few fusions with other clubs, the team would begin to really shine in the 1940s.
The 1940s: five State League titles
Due to Brazil's huge size and weak infrastructure, there wasn't a National League until 1959 - until then and even afterwards, the State Leagues were the main tournaments.
In the 1940s, São Paulo won 5 of them. At this time, the club also received the nickname "The Dearest Team", because they dared to bring and show a huge São Paulo State Flag in the inauguration of the Pacaembu stadium, in front of 70.000 spectators, including the hated Brazilian dictator Getúlio Vargas.
Leonidas da Silva
The first big idol of the club was Leonidas, present in the 5 State League titles in the 1940s. The Black Diamond had played in two World Cups (1934, 1938) and joined the club in 1942. He scored 140 goals in 212 matches, and retired from football in this same club, in 1950.
It was in this decade that São Paulo gained the respect of the best teams of the city, Palmeiras and Corinthians, who already had 10 State League titles on their account.
In 1943, during a State League draw, a Corinthians' director said that the draw was unnecessary: he flipped a coin and said that if it falls head Palmeiras will be champions, if it falls tail it will be Corinthians. After being questioned about São Paulo, he replied, laughing: "if the coin stands, it will be São Paulo, if it stops in the air, it will be Portuguesa". São Paulo were the champions, and had a huge coin standing on their car during the celebrations at night.
The Steamroller dominated the decade, got the respect of Corinthians and Palmeiras and were now considered a rival. These 3 teams received the nickname of Iron Trio from the media.
1950s-1970: construction of Morumbi, the biggest private stadium in the world
The club destined all their money in the 1950s to the construction of their stadium Morumbi, which would be the biggest private stadium in the world. Without funds to build a strong team, they only won two State Leagues in this period (1953, 1957), with the legendary Hungarian coach Béla Guttmann commanding them in the 1957 title, with 1950 World Cup Golden Ball winner Zizinho on their side.
While São Paulo built their stadium, a young kid named Pelé arrived at Santos, and gave no chance to them, or to the Iron Trio teams in the 1960s.
1970s: back in the game
In this decade, São Paulo won their first Brazilian League title in 1977, and also 3 State Leagues (1970, 1971, 1975), besides one Copa Libertadores runner-up (1974), and one Brazilian League runner-up (1973).
Curiously enough, the 1977 São Paulo wasn't a great team, and nobody bet on them to become Brazilian champions. They beat Atlético Mineiro in the final, on the penalties, after two 0-0 ties. São Paulo missed their first two penalties, but managed to overcome Atlético, who sent three shots away. No São Paulo player was elected to the League's Best XI.
The São Paulo players who stood out in this decade were: Gérson, World Cup champion in 1970, Pedro Rocha, elected to the League's Best XI in 1973, Mirandinha, elected to the League's Best XI in 1973 and called to the 1974 World Cup, Waldir Peres, excellent goalkeeper who won the League Golden Ball in 1975 and played in 3 World Cups (1974, 1978, 1982), Chicão, centre-back who played 312 matches for São Paulo in the 1970s and got called to the 1978 World Cup, and Serginho Chulapa, the club's greatest topscorer, who scored 242 goals in 399 matches for São Paulo between 1973-1982, and played in the 1982 World Cup as a starter, after Careca's injury.
1980s: State dominance
In the 1980s, São Paulo watched their rivals Palmeiras and Santos struggle, as they took home 5 State League titles (1980, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989).
But it was in the 1986 Brazilian League that São Paulo proved their worth. Led by Careca, they ended the 1st stage undefeated (7W-3D). On the second stage, they kept the good shape, with only 2 defeats in 16 matches, and with 3 wins scoring 5 goals or more.
On the knock-out stage, São Paulo first met Inter de Limeira in the ro16, the current São Paulo State League champions. São Paulo lost the 1st leg 1-2, but gave a 3-0 back in the return leg, with Careca scoring once on each match.
In the quarter-finals, they would play Fluminense, and lost the 1st leg 0-1. In the 2nd leg, Careca opened the score at '67 with this crazy goal, and Müller scored the second ten minutes later.
In the semi-finals, they would face América, a traditional team from Rio de Janeiro, that was big in the old days. América's goalkeeper worked hard, but at '80, Careca finally scored with this shot. In the return leg, Careca scored this genius lob goal from inside the box. The team held América's pressure, and left with a 1-1 tie and the spot in the big final.
The big final would be against Guarani. In the 1st leg at the Morumbi, the topscorers of the tournament, Evair and Careca, scored once each, and the match ended 1-1. The 2nd leg was one of the craziest Brazilian League finals. It ended 1-1 with two own goals, and went to extratime. São Paulo did 2-1 with Pita at '91, but Guarani tied at '97 and scored the 3-2 at '110, with this goal of guts. São Paulo needed a goal in 10 minutes, and at '119, Careca scored to tie the match 3-3 and become the league topscorer. On the penalties, Careca missed São Paulo's first shot, but so did Guarani. São Paulo would score all their 4 other penalties, while Guarani's João Paulo sent it away, so that São Paulo were crowned Brazilian League champions for the 2nd time.
São Paulo had 6 players elected to the League's Best XI: Gilmar, Dario Pereyra, Nelsinho, Bernardo, Pita, and the Golden Ball and league topscorer with 25 goals, Careca.
Also in 1986, São Paulo had 5 players called to the 1986 World Cup, notably the starters Müller and Careca, as well as Oscar, Falcão and Silas. They lost on the penalties to France in the quarter-finals.
1991-1994: Telê Santana Era, the team that dominated the world
Johan Cruyff said, after his Barcelona lost to São Paulo in the 1992 Intercontinental Cup: "if you are to be run over, better be by a Ferrari".
This São Paulo superteam dominated Brazil, South America and the World in these years. They won 2 Intercontinental Cups, 2 Copa Libertadores, 1 Brazilian League, 1 State League, 2 Recopa, 1 Supercopa Libertadores and 1 Copa Conmebol, not to mention the Tereza Herrera (4-1 against Barcelona) and the Ramón de Carranza (4-0 against Real Madrid) in Spain.
Everything started in 1990, with the arrival of Telê Santana, the celebrated Brazil 1982 coach. With him, São Paulo finished 2nd in the Brazilian League, losing to their rival Corinthians on the final.
In 1991, São Paulo began the season in great fashion, winning the Brazilian League by June, with a 67% rate. They led the first stage, then knocked Atlético Mineiro out in the semis after two ties (1-1, 0-0), before beating Bragantino in the final (1-0 and 0-0), with this goal from Tilico on the 1st leg. São Paulo were crowned Brazilian League champions for the 3rd time. Two São Paulo players were elected to the League Best XI: Ricardo Rocha and Leonardo.
On December 1991, São Paulo had their revenge against Corinthians in the State League final: in front of 102.000 spectators at the Morumbi, Raí scored a hat-trick and ended the conversation. 3-0 to São Paulo on the first leg, and a 0-0 tie in the second leg to secure the State League title against Corinthians.
1992: the first Copa Libertadores and Club World titles
In this season, São Paulo won the Copa Libertadores on the first semester, then the Intercontinental Cup and the State League titles on the second.
At the beginning, the coach Telê used the reserves in the Copa Libertadores, considering it a way too disloyal competition. But after a 0-3 defeat and with the pressure from the board to take it seriously, he changed his strategy and qualified from the group stage on the 2nd place, with 3W-2D-1L, behind Criciúma.
São Paulo passed through Nacional (Uruguay) in the ro16 without much problems and 2 wins (1-0, 2-0).
In the quarter-finals, São Paulo suffered, but beat Criciúma 1-0 at home with this goal from Macedo. In the 2nd leg, Criciúma opened the score at '10, but Palhinha tied with this great goal at '55, qualifying his team to the semis.
In the semis against Barcelona (Ecuador), São Paulo smashed them 3-0 at home, with another great goal from Palhinha. In the 2nd leg in Ecuador, São Paulo goalkeeper Zetti performed this huge mistake as Barcelona scored 2-0 at '87, but it was too late and São Paulo qualified to the final.
In the big final against Newell's Old Boys (Argentina), São Paulo lost the 1st leg in Argentina, 0-1. At home, with a crowd of 105.000 at the Morumbi, Raí scored 1-0 from a penalty at '65. The match ended and went to the penalties. The Argentines hit the post on their first shot, but São Paulo lost their third one. The Argentines missed their 4th shot, while Cafu scored. Zetti saved Newell's 5th shot - and São Paulo were crowned South American champions for the first time.
Palhinha was the Copa Libertadores topscorer with 7 goals. This title qualified São Paulo to the Intercontinental Cup, to play against European champions Barcelona in December.
São Paulo 2-1 Barcelona: the 1992 Intercontinental Cup title
In August, São Paulo had already beaten Barça 4-1 for the Tereza Herrera Trophy (5mn video), with Müller scoring this nice goal. Four months later, they would meet in Tokyo for the Intercontinental Cup trophy.
Bulgarian Stoichkov opened the score at '12 with this amazing goal. São Paulo, led by Raí, quickly dominated the match and tied at '27: Müller did a great Cruyffesque turn and assisted Raí to score. Minutes later, Müller almost scored this great lob goal. In the second half, Barcelona almost scored again, but Ronaldão saved on the line. At '78, Raí scored from this no-chance free-kick on the GK side to overcome the score to 2-1 in São Paulo's favor. Not much else was done, the match ended, and São Paulo were crowned for the first time Club World champions.
Raí, who scored a brace, was elected Man of the Match.
São Paulo - 2 1 - Barcelona
1. Zetti 1. Zubizarreta
2. Vítor 2. Ferrer
4. Ronaldão 4. Koeman
3. Adilson 3. Guardiola
6. Ronaldo Luís 5. Sacristán
5. Pintado 6. Bakero (Goikoetxea)
8. Toninho Cerezo (Dinho) 7. Amor
10. Raí 10. Witschge
11. Cafu 11. Beigiristain (Nadal)
7. Müller 8. Stoichkov
9. Palhinha 9. Laudrup
Telê Santana Johan Cruyff
One week after the title, on the 20th December, São Paulo played the 2nd leg of the São Paulo State League final, against rivals Palmeiras. São Paulo had won the 1st leg 4-2, with a hat-trick by Raí and this great goal by Cafu. In the 2nd and final leg, in front of 111.000 spectators, São Paulo won 2-1, with goals by Müller and Cerezo, to secure their 18th State League title and tie with Palmeiras in the State League title ranking.
São Paulo played 84 matches in 1992, with 45W-21D-18L (66% rate) and 133 goals scored. Raí was the topscorer with 31 goals, folllowed by Palhinha (25) and Müller (24).
1993: International Quadruple Crown, São Paulo dominates the World again
São Paulo started the season playing the São Paulo State League. However, the 1990s was a Golden Era of Brazilian football, and the State League was dominated by a rich Palmeiras sponsored by Parmalat, with Roberto Carlos, César Sampaio, Edílson, Zinho and Edmundo - so that São Paulo finished 3rd.
São Paulo were focused in the 1993 Copa Libertadores, which they entered in the ro16, as returning champions. At first they had a 1992 rematch against Newell's Old Boys (Argentina): they lost 0-2 in Argentina, but stomped them 4-0 at home in the 2nd leg (3mn29 video).
In the quarter-finals, they met Flamengo. Palhinha scored this beautiful lob goal at the Maracanã, in the 1st leg that ended 1-1. At home, Dinho almost scored from this crazy free-kick, but Müller didn't forgive and scored this nice goal at '24. Right-back Vitor saved São Paulo with the goal empty moments later, and then he assisted Cafu to score the second and qualifying goal at '68.
In the semis, São Paulo sent Cerro Porteño (Paraguay) home, after a 1-0 victory at home and a 0-0 tie away. In the 2nd leg, after a corner kick by Arce, Ronaldo Luís saved São Paulo on the goal line.
In the big final, São Paulo destroyed Universidad Católica (Chile). In the 1st leg at home, they were leading 5-0 at '70, before the Chileans scored their goal of honor at '85 - goals and highlights here (7mn13 video). In the 2nd leg in Chile, São Paulo lost 0-2, and were crowned back-to-back Copa Libertadores champions.
Raí left to French club PSG after the Libertadores title. In this first span (1987-93) at the club, he scored 111 goals in 306 matches, as a midfielder. He would come back later, from 1998 until 2000.
In September, São Paulo won their 2nd international trophy of the year - the Recopa Sudamericana, against Cruzeiro (0-0, 0-0, p.k. 4-2).
In November, São Paulo won their 3rd international trophy of the year - the Supercopa Libertadores, which gathered all the 16 Libertadores champions in history. After beating Independiente (Argentina) (2-0, 1-1), Grêmio (2-2, 1-0), Atlético Nacional (Colombia) (1-0, 1-2, p.k. 5-4) and Flamengo (2-2, 2-2, p.k. 5-3) in the final, they only needed a win in the Intercontinental Cup against the AC Milan of Fabio Capello to claim the unique International Quadruple Crown.
São Paulo 3-2 Milan: the 1993 Intercontinental Cup back-to-back title
The early 1990s Milan was legendary - Gli Invicibili (The Invincibles) that won the 1991/92 Serie A unbeaten, reaching a 58-match run with no defeats. Baresi, Costacurta and Maldini, one of the strongest defences in football history, also Desailly and Donadoni in midfield, plus Massaro and Jean-Pierre Papin in attack. This Milan had 5 starters of the 1994 WC final against Brazil - São Paulo had none, actually only 5 bench players (Zetti, Ronaldão, Leonardo, Müller, and Cafu - who was subbed in during the final).
This 1993/94 Milan only conceded 25 goals in 54 matches, but São Paulo somehow found a way to score 3 against them.
Milan started the match better, with this crazy shot from Massaro. But it was São Paulo who opened the score at '19 with Palhinha, after this cross from Cafu. Massaro tied at the beginning of the 2nd half, but Cerezo scored the second at '59 after a cross from Leonardo. Papin tied it 2-2 at '81 from a header. But 7 minutes later at '88, this funny back/knee goal happened, scored by Müller. São Paulo held the pressure, the match ended and the World belong to São Paulo once again, for the second year in a row.
Toninho Cerezo was elected Man of the Match. With this title, São Paulo joined Pelé's Santos record of winning two back-to-back Copa Libertadores and Club World titles - they are the only South American teams to have done so until today, and probably, forever.
São Paulo - 3 2 - Milan
1. Zetti 1. Rossi
2. Cafu 2. Panucci
4. Ronaldão 6. Baresi
3. Válber 4. Costacurta
6. André Luiz 3. Maldini
5. Dinho 8. Desailly
8. Doriva 5. Albertini (Tassotti)
11. Toninho Cerezo 7. Donadoni
10. Leonardo 11. Massaro
9. Palhinha (Juninho Paulista) 10. Papin
7. Müller 9. Raducioiu (Orlando)
Telê Santana Fabio Capello
With this title, São Paulo won the International Quadruple Crown, and is the only team in the South American history to have achieved it.
Date International Trophy Adversary
May 26th 1993 Copa Libertadores Universidad Católica (Chile)
September 29th 1993 Recopa Sudamericana Cruzeiro
November 24th 1993 Supercopa Libertadores Flamengo
December 12th 1993 Intercontinental Cup Milan (Italy)
In 1993, São Paulo played 98 matches, with 46W-30D-22L (62% rate), scoring 163 goals. Palhinha and Raí were the topscorers with 22 goals each, followed by Cafu (20) and Müller (15).
Player Period Apps Goals Brazil NT Caps Goals World Cup att.
Zetti 1990-97 432 - 17 - 1 (1994)
Cafu 1990-94 273 38 150 5 4 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
Valber 1992-97 159 5 12 - -
Ronaldão 1986-93 300 3 14 3 1 (1994)
Ronaldo Luís 1992-95 109 2 - - -
André Luiz 1993-96 90 9 12 1 -
Pintado 1992-93 116 2 - - -
Doriva 1991-94 81 1 14 - 1 (1998)
Dinho 1992-93 113 12 1 - -
Toninho Cerezo 1992-93 72 7 73 5 2 (1978, 1980)
Raí 1987-93, 98-2000 393 128 49 17 1 (1994)
Leonardo 1990-91, 93-94, 2001 112 17 60 7 2 (1994, 1998)
Müller 1984-88, 90-94, 1996 191 110 59 12 3 (1986, 1990, 1994)
Palhinha 1992-95 229 71 16 5 -
Juninho Paulista 1993-95 141 22 50 5 1 (2002)
1994-95: the end of the Telê Era
Before Telê started to get sick in 1995, he had time to collect the 1994 Recopa Sudamericana and the 1994 Copa Conmebol - the latter with the reserve team, called Little Express, with upcoming talents such as Rogério Ceni, Juninho Paulista, and Denílson, who even beat the traditional Peñarol (Uruguay) 6-1 in the final - the largest score in a South American final ever.
He also reached the 1994 Copa Libertadores final, but lost it on the penalties to Vélez Sarsfield (Argentina) (0-1, 1-0, p.k. 3-5).
Telê passed away in 2006, at the age of 74, and is considered the best Brazilian coach in history. He inspired a series of world class coaches, namely Marcelo Bielsa, Arrigo Sachi and Pep Guardiola - notably with his Brazil 1982 and São Paulo 90-94 sides.
1996-2004: Rebuilding times, the club that almost wins
In this period, São Paulo was known for building good teams and revealing great players, but without collecting trophies. They only won 2 State Leagues (1998, 2000), 1 Rio-São Paulo Tournament (2001), and an irrelevant Copa Master da Conmebol (1996).
On the other hand, they finished 2nd in three State Leagues (1996, 1997, 2003), two Rio-São Paulo (1998, 2002), 1 Copa dos Campeões (2001), 1 Supercopa Libertadores (1997) and one traumatic Copa do Brasil (2000), losing the title in the last 10 minutes. They also reached 1 Copa Libertadores semi-final (2004), 1 Copa Sudamericana semi-final (2003) and finished 3rd in two Brazilian Leagues (2003, 2004). Meanwhile, their rivals Corinthians and Palmeiras were collecting trophy after trophy, while Santos started to reemerge to big titles.
The highlights of this period were the return of Raí in 1998 and his performance (7mn video) against Corinthians in the State League final, the performances of Rogério Ceni, Belletti, França, Dodô, Marcelinho Paraíba and Luís Fabiano, and the revelations of Denílson, Julio Baptista and Kaká. Three of them even represented São Paulo at the 2002 World Cup title (Rogério Ceni, Belletti, Kaká), as well as Edmilson and Denilson, who lived this period at the club and were now in Europe. But the trophies weren't coming.
Kaká, notably, appeared in 2001 in the Rio-São Paulo Tournament final. He entered the match at 0-1, and scored two goals in two minutes, thus taking the title home. He performed well in the 2001 Brazilian League, but was knocked out in the quarter-finals.
After the 2002 World Cup title in June, Kaká returned to São Paulo and tore the Brazilian League apart with Luis Fabiano, winning the Golden Ball Award. However, the title didn't come again, as they lost in the quarter-finals (1-3, 1-2) to the uprising young talents of Santos' Diego and Robinho. The São Paulo supporters were extremely angry at Kaká, calling him a popcorn maker (meaning choker in Brazil), and demanded his exit, notably after another defeat in the 2003 State League final (2-3, 2-3) to rivals Corinthians. Kaká then left the club in 2003 to join Milan. He played 131 matches and scored 48 goals for São Paulo, in this period (2001-2003).
Player Period Apps Goals Brazil NT Caps Goals World Cup att.
Rogério Ceni 1990-2015 1237 131 18 - 2 (2002, 2006)
Edmilson 1994-00 256 1 40 1 1 (2002)
Belletti 1996-02 200 16 51 1 1 (2002)
França 1996-02 327 182 8 1 -
Dodô 1995-99 169 93 5 2 -
Marcelinho Paraíba 1997-00, 2010-11 201 50 6 1 -
Denilson 1994-98 191 26 61 8 2 (1998, 2002)
Kaká 2001-03, 2014 155 51 95 31 3 (2002, 2006, 2010)
Luís Fabiano 2001-04, 2011-15 347 213 45 28 1 (2010)
2005, Libertadores, Club World Cup and Rogério Ceni - the myth, the legend, the 1
Before 2005, Rogério Ceni was considered just a good goalkeeper - after that, he became a club idol and started de facto his legacy. Ceni arrived at the club in 1990, at the age of 17. He got promoted to Telê's main team in 1992, after the death of third goalkeeper Alexandre, and collected some important titles under him, as reserve. He started playing in 1997, for both São Paulo and Brazil NT - his known antipathy however didn't help him for Brazil, specially with so many talents around with more empathy, like Taffarel and Marcos, or with more skills, like Dida. He developed himself as a world class free-kick taker - and that, somehow, worked against him when people analyzed his goalkeeping abilities.
Rogério Ceni is the goalkeeper with the most goals scored in history, with 131 goals in 1237 matches for São Paulo - 69 from penalties, 61 from free-kicks. In 2005, he notably scored 21 goals in 75 matches, being the team's topscorer of the season.
The team started the 2005 season with some good players from 2004: Cicinho, Fabão, Lugano, Josué, Danilo, Tardelli and Grafite. With the arrival of Júnior, Mineiro, Amoroso and Luizão, the team was ready to dominate South America and the world for the third time.
They started winning the São Paulo State League, led by the coach Émerson Leão, main responsible for building the team, since his arrival on September 2004. He would then leave to Japan, being subbed by Paulo Autuori.
In the Copa Libertadores group stage, São Paulo ended 1st, with 3W at home and 3D away, against The Strongest (Bolivia) (3-3, 3-0), Universidad de Chile (Chile) (4-2, 1-1) and Quilmes (Argentina) (2-2, 3-1). Highlights to this free-kick goal by Rogério Ceni against Universidad.
In the ro16, São Paulo met their city rivals Palmeiras, and won the 1st leg 1-0 away with this great goal by Cicinho. In the 2nd leg at home, Rogério Ceni and Cicinho scored at '81 and '89 to beat Palmeiras 2-0.
In the quarter-finals, Tigres (Mexico) lost 0-4 to São Paulo in the 1st leg - Ceni opened the score with this great free-kick and also scored the third from another free-kick. In Mexico, they lost 1-2, but qualified anyway.
River Plate (Argentina) would be their adversary in the semis. At home, São Paulo hit the post twice, and won by 2-0, with goals from Danilo at '76 and Rogério Ceni, from this penalty at '89. In Argentina, São Paulo won 3-2, without much problems.
In the big final, São Paulo met Athletico Paranaense, and tied 1-1 in the 1st leg (away), with this funny own goal when they were losing 0-1. In the 2nd leg at home, São Paulo won 4-0: first with Amoroso at '16. Athletico then missed a penalty, and São Paulo scored the 2nd at '52 with Fabão. Luizão scored the 3rd and Tardelli the 4th. São Paulo were for the 3rd time, the Copa Libertadores champions, and the first Brazilian team to achieve it.
Ceni and Luizão were the topscorers of the team, with 5 goals each. This title qualified them to the 2005 Club World Cup.
2005 Club World Cup: São Paulo 1-0 Liverpool, 3x Club World champions
In Japan for their 3rd time, São Paulo first beat Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) 3-2 in the semis, so they could face European champions Liverpool in the final.
The English team hadn't conceded a goal in 10 matches, and went full-attack on São Paulo, who defended themselves. But at '27, Mineiro scored the only goal of the match after a chipping from Aloisio. São Paulo defended as they could, with great help from Ceni, who performed the save of the year after Gerrard's free-kick at '51. The match ended at '93, and São Paulo were crowned Club World champions for the third time.
Ceni was elected Man of the Match and Golden Ball of the Cup.
São Paulo - 1 0 - Liverpool
1. Rogério Ceni 12. Pepe Reina
5. Lugano 3. Finnan
3. Fabão 4. Hyypiä
4. Edcarlos 23. Carragher
2. Cicinho 2. Warnock (Riise)
6. Júnior 22. Sissoko (Pongolle)
7. Mineiro 8. Gerrard
8. Josué 14. Xabi Alonso
10. Danilo 7. Kewell
14. Aloísio (Grafite) 10. Luis Garcia
11. Amoroso 19. Morientes (Crouch)
Paulo Autuori Rafael Benítez
2006-08: the Brazilian Sovereign
In 2006, São Paulo reached once again the Copa Libertadores final, but lost to Internacional (1-2, 2-2).
The team then focused on the Brazilian League, which they would win three consecutive times. Led by coach Muricy Ramalho, they would play defensive football (3-5-2) and show great regularity - though always getting eliminated in knock-out competitions. With these 3 titles, they reached a total of 6 league titles in their history.
In these 3 league titles, São Paulo played 114 matches, with 66 wins and only 16 defeats (overall rate of 67%), conceding only 87 goals.
11 São Paulo players were elected to the League's Best XI in this period: Ceni, Ilsinho, Fabão, Mineiro and Aloísio (2006), Ceni, Breno, Richarlyson, Hernanes (2007), Ceni, André Dias, Miranda, Hernanes and Borges (2008). Highlights to Hernanes, great São Paulo revelation, who later shone in Europe.
Player Period Apps Goals Brazil NT Caps Goals World Cup att.
Cicinho 2004-05, 2010 151 21 15 1 1 (2006)
Lugano (Uruguay) 2003-06, 2016-17 213 13 95 10 2 (2010, 2014)
Júnior 2004-08 198 11 22 1 1 (2002)
Mineiro 2005-07 138 7 25 -
Josué 2005-07 158 7 28 1 1 (2010)
Danilo 2004-06 194 37 - - -
Grafite 2004-06 75 27 4 1 1 (2010)
Amoroso 2005 26 18 20 10 -
Luizão 2005 28 11 17 3 1 (2002)
Aloísio 2005-08 124 23 - - -
Miranda 2006-11 260 10 58 3 1 (2018)
Richarlyson 2005-10 147 6 2 - -
Hernanes 2005-10, 2017, 2019- 297 49 27 2 1 (2014)
2009-today
The São Paulo that brought fear to their adversaries disappeared in this period, collecting only one Copa Sudamericana in 2012. They managed however to reach two Copa Libertadores semi-finals (2010, 2016), two Copa do Brasil semi-finals (2012, 2015) and one 2nd place in the Brazilian League (2014). They also revealed Casemiro and Lucas Moura, among others.
São Paulo is one of the 3 Brazilian clubs to never be relegated.
To this day, São Paulo has the 3rd largest fanbase in Brazil, with 17 million supporters, and a stadium attendance average of 27.400, as of 2019.
If you have any questions about Brazilian football, feel free to join us at futebol, where you'll be very welcomed!
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2020.10.04 16:31 111DarkGuy A mulher que eu amo tá com outro cara e eu tô me sentindo um lixo.

Eu entrei pra vida "adulta" faz pouco tempo, e sinceramente minha adolescência não foi das melhores ou das mais bem vividas, então não tenho tanta experiência com relacionamentos.
Alguns anos atrás, eu conheci essa garota, ela é tudo de bom... amável, carinhosa, esperta, bonita, sei lá. É uma pessoa que eu admiro em diversos aspectos diferentes. Ela mora um pouco longe de mim, mas a gente meio que "clicou" imediatamente. A gente se aproximou muito rápido e sei lá, tava tudo dando certo, nós éramos basicamente namorados, só faltava a gente se assumir. Até que por algum raio de motivo que nem eu nem ela lembramos mais, a gente brigou. Ficamos um bom tempo sem nos falar. Reatamos contato esse ano, e eu, trouxa, me apaixonei por ela mais uma vez.
Bom, ela falou que não sente o mesmo, que não busca relacionamentos no momento, que talvez um dia, bla bla bla. Basicamente, eu tava sentindo mesmo que ela tava um tanto bloqueada comigo. Lembrando que tô resumindo muito a história pra não fazer um negócio gigante e muito detalhista. Enfim, eu conversei com alguns amigos meus e eles me ajudaram a perceber que talvez eu estava colocando a carroça na frente dos bois e sendo muito "juvenil" na minha abordagem. E parando pra pensar nisso, realmente, eu tava indo muito pra cima dela com essa de paixão, amor, namoro, mas sei lá, ela não tá bem com o emocional muito bom nos últimos meses pra isso, não é disso que ela precisa de mim, no momento.
Então eu falei "Ok, vou lidar com isso como adulto", chamei ela pra conversar e expliquei que eu acho que fui muito apressado e desengonçado na minha abordagem, que de agora em diante eu vou ser um amigo e um suporte pra ela, porque acho que ela precisa mais disso, no momento. Sugeri que ela fosse em um terapeuta (porque sinceramente, ela tá precisando), basicamente, falei que eu vou deixar esse meu sentimental em standby com ela, por enquanto, porque sinto que não é a hora. Ela me agradeceu, falou que sente que agora nós estamos sendo honestos um com o outro, que sente que o "bloqueio" que ela tinha comigo sumiu.
Aí ela disse que tá gostando de alguém. Inclusive, eles estão praticamente namorando. Eu sei lá, eu tava pronto pra deixar meus sentimentos de lado, mas essa notícia foi um baque muito grande... ela me disse isso, e eu aqui, me segurando pra não ter ciúmes, não ficar triste, pra sei lá, ficar feliz por ela. O cara em questão é conhecido meu também, ele não é babaca, não vai tratar ela mal. Mas manos... Eu não consigo me impedir de querer que esse relacionamento dela dê errado... Eu to me sentindo extremamente culpado, e é horrível esconder isso dela, mesmo sabendo que é o melhor a se fazer, pra não gerar briga e tal. Eu me propus a agir como adulto nessa situação e não ficar com esse tititi adolescente de "Ah, eu gosto dela mas ela gosta de outro", mas caramba, é um negócio que dói demais.
Bem, por enquanto os dois estão só "se conhecendo", não têm nada sério ou coisa do tipo, mas eu to percebendo que isso vai pra frente e tal... E eu não posso, nem devo fazer nada a respeito disso. Basicamente, eu perdi essa. Como praticamente tudo na minha vida amorosa até agora, eu perdi kk e eu to extremamente mal.
Então é... agora eu tô todo fragmentado aqui, metade de mim quer que ela seja feliz, quer estar lá por ela se ela precisar, quer acompanhar a jornada dela na vida mesmo que só como um amigo. A outra metade quer só que aquele relacionamento dela dê errado, que a vida me dê uma chance que seja de fazer ela feliz, eu, sozinho. E eu sei qual é o jeito certo e qual o jeito errado de agir, mas agir do jeito certo é MUITO difícil e sinceramente, dos dois jeitos eu vou me machucar bastante.
Tem muita coisa dessa história que eu não contei por preguiça e por não querer encher demais de texto, eu também não sou livre de problemas emocionais (mas diferente dela, eu estou na terapia e me cuidando e tal), mas o ponto é que eu devo MUITO a essa garota por coisas do passado. Não é só uma random que eu consigo simplesmente superar e seguir em frente, é muito, muito complicado. Eu real me apaixonei pesadamente por ela e "superar" isso vai ser um processo difícil, demorado e doloroso, se não impossível.
Enfim, obrigado pros 5 que lerem isso, é nóis galera.
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2020.09.29 17:43 smcgann98 Which director had the best run in the 2000s?

Inspired by u/britneyfan456, which of these directors would you say had the best output in the 2000s? I probably (somehow) forgot someone on this list, so feel free to make your own suggestions. I'll edit this if I make a glaring omission.

Peter Jackson: Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), King Kong (2005), The Lovely Bones (2009)
Christopher Nolan: Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008)
Park Chan-wook: Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), Lady Vengeance (2005), I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006), Thirst (2009)
Wes Anderson: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Wong Kar-wai: In the Mood for Love (2000), 2046 (2004), My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Paul Thomas Anderson: Punch-Drunk Love (2002), There Will Be Blood (2007)
David Lynch: Mulholland Dr. (2001), Inland Empire (2006)
Steven Soderbergh: Erin Brockovich (2000), Traffic (2000), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Full Frontal (2002), Solaris (2002), Eros (2004), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Bubble (2005), The Good German (2006), Ocean's Thirteen (2007), Che (2008), The Girlfriend Experience (2009), The Informant! (2009)
Michael Haneke: Code Unknown (2000), The Piano Teacher (2001), Time of the Wolf (2003), Caché (2005), Funny Games (2007), The White Ribbon (2009)
Lars von Trier: Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville (2003), The Five Obstructions (2003), Manderlay (2005), The Boss of It All (2006), Antichrist (2009)
Joel and Ethan Coen: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), The Ladykillers (2004), No Country for Old Men (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), A Serious Man (2009)
Clint Eastwood: Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008), Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009)
Quentin Tarantino: Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), Death Proof (2007), Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Michel Gondry: Human Nature (2001), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), The Science of Sleep (2006), Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Hayao Miyazaki: Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Ponyo (2008)
Satoshi Kon: Millennium Actress (2001), Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Paprika (2006)
Alfonso Cuarón: Y tu mamá también (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Children of Men (2006)
Steven Spielberg: A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Munich (2005), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Robert Zemeckis: What Lies Beneath (2000), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), Beowulf (2007), A Christmas Carol (2009)
Guillermo del Toro: The Devil's Backbone (2001), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Pete Docter: Monsters Inc. (2001), Up (2009)
Andrew Stanton: Finding Nemo (2003), WALL-E (2008)
Brad Bird: The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007)
Bong Joon-ho: Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), Mother (2009)
Richard Linklater: Waking Life (2001), Tape (2001), School of Rock (2003), Before Sunset (2004), Bad News Bears (2005), Fast Food Nation (2006), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Me and Orson Welles (2008)
Alejandro González Iñárritu: Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006)
Sofia Coppola: Lost in Translation (2003), Marie Antoinette (2006)
Martin Scorsese: Gangs of New York (2002), Feel Like Going Home (2003), The Aviator (2004), No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005), The Departed (2006), Shine a Light (2008)
David Fincher: Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Darren Aronofsky: Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006), The Wrestler (2008)
Ang Lee: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Hulk (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Lust, Caution (2007), Taking Woodstock (2009)
Gaspar Noé: Irreversible (2002), Enter the Void (2009)
Michael Moore: Bowling for Columbine (2002), Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Sicko (2007), Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
Gus Van Sant: Finding Forrester (2000), Gerry (2002), Elephant (2003), Last Days (2005), Paranoid Park (2007), Milk (2008)
Ridley Scott: Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), Matchstick Men (2003), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008)
Marc Forster: Everything Put Together (2000), Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008)
Mamoru Hosoda: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Summer Wars (2009)
Tim Burton: Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Spike Lee: The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), Bamboozled (2000), 25th Hour (2002), She Hate Me (2004), Inside Man (2006), Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Sam Raimi: The Gift (2000), Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Pedro Almodóvar: Talk to Her (2002), Bad Education (2004), Volver (2006), Broken Embraces (2009)
Lucrecia Martel: La ciénaga (2001), The Holy Girl (2004), The Headless Woman (2008)
Lasse Hallström: Chocolat (2000), The Shipping News (2001), An Unfinished Life (2005), Casanova (2005), The Hoax (2006), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Danny Boyle: The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Millions (2004), Sunshine (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Spike Jonze: Adaptation. (2002), Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Roman Polanski: The Pianist (2002), Oliver Twist (2005)
Roy Andersson: Songs from the Second Floor (2000), You, the Living (2007)
David Cronenberg: Spider (2002), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007)
Christopher Guest: Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), For Your Consideration (2006)
Woody Allen: Small Times Crooks (2000), Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), Hollywood Ending (2002), Anything Else (2003), Melinda and Melinda (2004), Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008), Whatever Works (2009)
M. Night Shyamalan: Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008)
Michael Bay: Pearl Harbor (2001), Bad Boys II (2003), The Island (2005), Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Werner Herzog: Invincible (2001), Wheel of Time (2003), The White Diamond (2004), Grizzly Man (2005), The Wild Blue Yonder (2005), Rescue Dawn (2006), Encounters at the End of the World (2007), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
Sam Mendes: Road to Perdition (2002), Jarhead (2005), Revolutionary Road (2008), Away We Go (2009)
Alejandro Amenábar: The Others (2001), The Sea Inside (2004), Agora (2009)
Denys Arcand: Stardom (2000), The Barbarian Invasions (2003), Days of Darkness (2007)
Guy Ritchie: Snatch (2000), Swept Away (2002), Revolver (2005), RocknRolla (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Edgar Wright: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007)
John Waters: Cecil B. Demented (2000), A Dirty Shame (2004)
Todd Solondz: Storytelling (2001), Palindromes (2004), Life During Wartime (2009)
Terry Zwigoff: Ghost World (2001), Bad Santa (2003), Art School Confidential (2006)
Judd Apatow: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), Funny People (2009)
Alexander Payne: About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004)
Michael Mann: Ali (2001), Collateral (2004), Miami Vice (2006), Public Enemies (2009)
Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Amélie (2001), A Very Long Engagement (2004), Micmacs (2009)
Kim Ki-duk: The Isle (2000), Real Fiction (2000), Address Unknown (2001), Bad Guy (2001), The Coast Guard (2002), Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003), Samaritan Girl (2004), 3-Iron (2004), The Bow (2005), Time (2006), Breath (2007), Dream (2008)
Paul Greengrass: Bloody Sunday (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), United 93 (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Mel Gibson: The Passion of the Christ (2004), Apocalypto (2006)
Edward Zwick: The Last Samurai (2003), Blood Diamond (2006), Defiance (2008)
Stephen Daldry: Billy Elliot (2000), The Hours (2002), The Reader (2008)
Mike Leigh: All or Nothing (2002), Vera Drake (2004), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Ken Loach: Bread and Roses (2000), The Navigators (2001), Sweet Sixteen (2002), Ae Fond Kiss... (2004), Tickets (2005), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), It's a Free World... (2007), Looking for Eric (2009)
Andrea Arnold: Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009)
Mira Nair: Monsoon Wedding (2001), Hysterical Blindness (2002), Vanity Fair (2004), The Namesake (2006), Amelia (2009)
Kathryn Bigelow: The Weight of Water (2000), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), The Hurt Locker (2008)
Pedro Costa: In Vanda's Room (2000), Colossal Youth (2006)
Carlos Reygadas: Japón (2002), Battle in Heaven (2005), Silent Light (2007)
François Ozon: Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000), Under the Sand (2000), 8 Women (2002), Swimming Pool (2003), 5x2 (2004), Time to Leave (2005), Angel (2007), Ricky (2009), The Refuge (2009)
Hirokazu Kore-eda: Distance (2001), Nobody Knows (2004), Hana (2006), Still Walking (2008), Air Doll (2009)
Todd Haynes: Far From Heaven (2002), I'm Not There (2007)
Jim Jarmusch: Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), The Limits of Control (2009)
David Gordon Green: George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003), Undertow (2004), Snow Angels (2007), Pineapple Express (2008)
Fernando Meirelles: Maids (2001), City of God (2002), The Constant Gardener (2005), Blindness (2008)
Zhang Yimou: Happy Times (2000), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (2009)
Noah Baumbach: The Squid and the Whale (2005), Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Jared Hess: Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Nacho Libre (2006), Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Catherine Hardwicke: Thirteen (2003), Lords of Dogtown (2005), The Nativity Story (2006), Twilight (2008)
Kim Jee-woon: The Foul King (2000), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), A Bittersweet Life (2005), The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
Olivier Assayas: Sentimental Destinies (2000), Demonlover (2002), Clean (2004), Noise (2006), Boarding Gate (2007), Summer Hours (2008)
James Mangold: Kate & Leopold (2001), Identity (2003), Walk the Line (2005), 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Stephen Frears: High Fidelity (2000), Liam (2000), Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), The Queen (2006), Chéri (2009)
Richard Kelly: Donnie Darko (2001), Southland Tales (2006), The Box (2009)
Julian Schnabel: Before Nights Falls (2000), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Mike Nichols: What Planet Are You From? (2000), Wit (2001), Angels in America (2003), Closer (2004), Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Robert Altman: Dr. T & the Women (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The Company (2003), A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
George Clooney: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Leatherheads (2008)
Jason Reitman: Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009)
Éric Rohmer : The Lady And The Duke (2001), Triple Agent (2004), Romance of Astree and Celadon (2007)
Cristian Mungiu: Occident (2002), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Tales from the Golden Age (2009)
Lee Chang-dong: Oasis (2002), Secret Sunshine (2007)
Guy Maddin: Dracula, Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2002), Cowards Bend the Knee (2003), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), Brand Upon the Brain! (2006), My Winnipeg (2007)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), Blissfully Yours (2002), The Adventure of Iron Pussy (2003), Tropical Malady (2004), Syndromes and a Century (2006)
Errol Morris: The Fog of War (2003), Standard Operating Procedure (2008)
Makoto Shinkai: The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Paul Schrader: Auto Focus (2002), Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005), The Walker (2007), Adam Resurrected (2008)
Arnaud Desplechin: Esther Khan (2000), Playing 'In the Company of Men' (2003), Kings and Queen (2004), L'Aimée (2007), A Christmas Tale (2008)
Jonathan Demme: The Truth About Charlie (2002), The Agronomist (2003), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2005), Main from Plains (2007), Rachel Getting Married (2008), Neil Young Trunk Show (2007)
John Cameron Mitchell: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), Shortbus (2006)
Wim Wenders: The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), Ode to Cologne: A Rock 'N' Roll Film (2002), The Soul of a Man (2003), Land of Plenty (2004), Don't Come Knocking (2005), Invisibles (2007), Palermo Shooting (2008)
Lone Scherfig: Italian for Beginners (2000), Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002), Just Like Home (2007), An Education (2009)
Kelly Reichardt: Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Niki Caro: Whale Rider (2002), North Country (2005), A Heavenly Vintage (2009)
Hal Hartley: No Such Thing (2001), The Girl from Monday (2005), Fay Grim (2006)
Shunji Iwai: All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001), Triumphal March and 30 Days of Their Own (2002), Hana & Alice (2004), The Kon Ichikawa Story (2006)
Neil Jordan: The Good Thief (2002), Breakfast on Pluto (2005), The Brave One (2007)
Matteo Garrone: Roman Summer (2000), The Enbalmer (2002), First Love (2003), Gomorrah (2008)
Jan Troell: As White as in Snow (2001), Everlasting Moments (2008)
Catherine Breillat: Fat Girl (2001), Brief Crossing (2001), Sex Is Comedy (2002), Anatomy of Hell (2004), The Last Mistress (2007), Bluebeard (2009)
Isabel Coixet: My Life Without Me (2003), The Secret Life of Words (2005), Elegy (2008), Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009)
Abdellatif Kechiche: Poetical Refugee (2001), Games of Love and Chance (2003), The Secret of the Grain (2007)
Götz Spielmann: The Stranger (2000), Spiel im Morgengrauen (2001), Antares (2004), Revanche (2008)
Claire Denis: Trouble Every Day (2001), Friday Night (2002), The Intruder (2004), 35 Shots of Rum (2008), White Material (2009)
Cameron Crowe: Almost Famous (2000), Vanilla Sky (2001), Elizabethtown (2005)
John Crowley: Intermission (2003), Boy A (2007), Is Anybody There? (2009)
Todd Field: In the Bedroom (2001), Little Children (2006)
Anthony Minghella: Cold Mountain (2003), Breaking and Entering (2006)
Julie Taymor: Frida (2002), Across the Universe (2007)
Jane Campion: In the Cut (2003), Bright Star (2009)
Nick Cassavetes: John Q. (2002), The Notebook (2004), Alpha Dog (2006), My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Peter Berg: The Rundown (2003), Friday Night Lights (2004), The Kingdom (2007), Hancock (2008)
Jonathan Glazer: Sexy Beast (2000), Birth (2004)
Brian De Palma: Mission to Mars (2000), Femme Fatale (2002), The Black Dahlia (2006), Redacted (2007)
Miguel Arteta: Chuck & Buck (2000), The Good Girl (2002), Youth in Revolt (2009)
Tom Tykwer: The Princess and the Warrior (2001), Heaven (2002), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), The International (2009)
Sally Potter: The Man Who Cried (2001), Yes (2004), Rage (2009)
Ron Howard: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Missing (2003), Cinderella Man (2005), The Dan Vinci Code (2006), Frost/Nixon (2008), Angels & Demons (2009)
John Sayles: Sunshine State (2002), Casa de los Babys (2003), Silver City (2004), Honeydripper (2007)
Michael Winterbottom: The Claim (2000), 24 Hour Party People (2002), In This World (2002), Code 46 (2003), 9 Songs (2004), A Cock and Bull Story (2005), The Road to Guantanamo (2006), A Mighty Heart (2007), Genova (2008), The Shock Doctrine (2009)
Curtis Hanson: Wonder Boys (2000), 8 Mile (2002), In Her Shoes (2005), Lucky You (2007)
Roger Michell: Changing Lanes (2002), The Mother (2003), Enduring Love (2004), Venus (2006)
Atom Egoyan: Ararat (2002), Where the Truth Lies (2005), Adoration (2008), Chloe (2009)
Richard Eyre: Iris (2001), Stage Beauty (2004), Notes on a Scandal (2006), The Other Man (2008)
James Gray: The Yards (2000), We Own the Night (2007), Two Lovers (2008)
Paweł Pawlikowski: Last Resort (2000), My Summer of Love (2004)
David Mamet: State and Main (2000), Heist (2001), Spartan (2004), Redbelt (2008)
Sean Penn: The Pledge (2001), Into the Wild (2007)
Mary Harron: American Psycho (2000), The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
Rebecca Miller: Personal Velocity (2002), The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
Phillip Noyce: Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), The Quiet American (2002), Catch a Fire (2006)
Harmony Korine: Mister Lonely (2007), Trash Humpers (2009)
Agnès Varda: The Gleaners and I (2000), The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002), Cinévardaphoto (2004), Some Widows of Noirmoutier (2006), The Beaches of Agnès (2008)
James Cameron: Avatar (2009)
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2020.09.01 22:01 Jackfruit-True uma carta de um deseperado

Escrever, acho que é a única maneira de tentar nadar quando estou me afogando na tristeza eterna que perneia minha mente desde quando eu soube que o mar era apenas uma parte do oceano. Faço parte daquele tipo de pessoa que não sabe o motivo da sua existência. Querendo sempre achar uma razão para continuar se levantando todas as manhãs quando tudo o comove para você ficar deitado.
Me afundo no cigarro, conheci a maconha, estou quase familiarizado com a ideia de passar o resto da minha vida beijando-as, e transformando-as em minhas constantes companhias.
Constantemente me faço perguntas, até hoje sem respostas, que contenham a ideia de felicidade e sorriso. Esconder de todo mundo o seu sentimento é complicado, até narcisista.
Não poder pedir ajuda, as vezes é egoísta, mas poucas vezes necessário. A necessidade de dormir em meu corpo me faz imaginar que o sono é uma terapia em que encontro meu consolo.
Mas isso passou, da mesma forma que o inverno passa rápido para os agricultores, como passa o efeito da maconha rápido para quem deseja se encontrar em outro mundo se não na realidade, passou a ideia de sossego momentâneo ao dormir. Até o reinado que eu adorava, o sono, começou também a ser meu inferno. Tenho pesadelos, não consigo mais dormir tranquilo. Meus pesadelos são constantes, parece que no sono eu consigo enfrentar fisicamente os demônios que sempre me vencem. Não basta apenas me vencer, eles gostam de humilhar. De passar na cara que felizmente estão conseguindo ganhar essa batalha. Típico de vencedores.
Então me acordo, vou me consolar na nicotina. Bem, ela tem sido minha presença diária, minha amiga infiel, na flor da pele ela encontra seu destino levando minhas dores psicológicas e deixando um pequeno vasto de chance para futuramente o câncer também ser meu destino.
Seja qual for sua dor, sei que todo mundo tem. Mas não se compara a sorrir forçado e tentar levar a vida como se a guerra existencial em sua mente fosse passageira.
A culpa é algo que me domina. Quando bebo, isso me consome, como se tudo ao meu redor fosse culpa minha. Como se tudo estivesse em minhas mãos. Não consigo enxergar nada que consiga superar isso. Já tentei de tudo, mas tudo foi em vão. Talvez eu não tenha tentado nada além de satisfazer o desejo deles. Talvez essas minhas tentativas façam parte do jogo prazeroso de um poderoso inimigo que joga esse jogo constantemente, um acostumado a vencer.
Então olho, para um lado, para o outro, mas o sentimento apenas é de perder uma parte de mim a cada dia. Isso é muito intenso. Passar por isso, e ficar deitado me faz pensar que perdi uma batalha que comecei a lutar com a certeza que iria perder.
Tenho a mera impressão de saber qual será o meu legado aqui, tenho a impressão, e quase certeza, que tudo foi em vão, lutar pra que?
Bem, ela me venceu, ela vem me vencendo. Logo eu que se sentia indestrutível. E quando acordo de manhã, o máximo que consigo enxergar é uma carteira de cigarro e mais um pouco de atenção ao acender perto de meus pais. Para eles, para muitos, a nicotina é uma isolada droga que ataca os pulmões e leva a pessoa ao cemitério. Mas para mim, bem, para mim é única arma que tenho para enfrentar a solidão eterna.
Pensei várias vezes em pôr um fim nesse drama. Tentar carregar comigo essa solidão para que não seja uma realidade para minha mãe, para minha sobrinha. Isso será um fim que não quero que eles passem.
Ao incansável descuido, tento me cuidar e ir em uma oração, tentar começar a acreditar em um deus previsível que seja cuidadoso comigo mesmo. Mas, não consigo. O ateísmo me fez ser liberto, mas o saber da verdade também tem consequências.
Nesse pequeno texto, se vai mais milhares cigarros. Como é perturbante saber que uma droga te faz se sentir vivo quando você na verdade já morreu.
Muitas pessoas imaginam que estão vivas, mas na verdade vivem a todo momento sua morte. Reprovável saber que está vivo mas viver como se estivesse morto. Talvez, a escuridão eterna seja a eficácia plena. Talvez a morte como aliada você consiga vencer a batalha.
Se você está lendo isso, você foi alguém que passou por mim e deixou rastros de amor que foram simples, mas que me fizeram tentar caminhar mesmo quando não tive folego.
Eu ainda tenho, dentro de mim tem uma criança que ainda grita pedindo socorro para o meu próprio eu responder e continuar lutando. Sinto muito dizer, mas eu me considero perdido.
Carrego a culpa do mundo em minhas costas. Eu queria apenas me sentir vivo, isso não é pedir muito para a mãe natureza. Não queria felicidade, queria apenas acordar em um dia imaginando que posso ao menos fazer algo e ser prazeroso comigo mesmo. Sentir a chamada felicidade, sem o abuso de drogas.
Mas, quando me afogo na bebida, na maconha, ou em qualquer coisa, depois me culpo como sendo um fracasso. Uma joia que encontrou o fundo do mar, como a bijuteria que chega perto da brisa do oceano, e mostra sua real verdade, que não passa apenas de ferro.
Estou aqui, não sei por quanto tempo, mas meu pedido é apenas para nunca tocar no assunto dessa carta comigo. Meu desejo é apenas você saber quem sou eu, e que você viva com o intuito de ser feliz, e principalmente não encontrar esse local que estou, não passar nem por perto. Pois eles te pegam, eles a devoram, destroem tudo ao seu redor.
Eles são estratégicos, não falam que estão ganhando até chegar a um ponto que sabem que você perdeu e zoam sua cara desejando infinitamente sua escuridão com o árduo e prazeroso desespero de tirar sua vida. Cuidado, eles estão próximos. Desculpa. Esse sou eu, esse fui eu.
Eu estou cansado, tão cansado que não consigo mais fingir. Estou fardo disso. Estou muito cansado, tanto que não consigo transferir isso nessa carta. Eu não gosto nada dessa vida, dessa droga de vida.


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2020.08.24 22:12 RibsOfGold The “Five Acts” of Crime and Punishment — An analytical overview by Konstantin Mochulsky (1947)

This post contains SPOILERS. Also I apologise for any typos and merging or splitting of words, I had to copy this off of the only scanned document I could get and the picture to text software will make mistakes. I’d correct it if they stood out, but right now for some reason no red underlines appears. Still. This is a very interesting read and I added paragraphs and bold to help with formatting.
"Crime and Punishment" is a tragedy in five acts with a prologue and an epilogue.
The prologue ( the first part ) depicts the preparation and perpetration of the crime. The hero is enveloped in mystery. The impoverished student is afraid of his landlady; we find him in a state of ill- ness that "resembles hypochondria." He goes to a money-lender to pawn his silver watch, and talks about a certain "venture." "I want to undertake a venture of those proportions, and yet at the same time I am frightened by nonsense such as this! . . . Am I really capable of it?" The word "murder" is not spoken. "My God!"Raskolnikov cries out as he is leaving the money-lender's apartment,"how disgusting this all is! . . . Is it really possible that such an appalling thing could have entered my mind! . . . Above all it's filthy, obscene, vile, vile!" This "distorted dream," which for a whole month has filled his being as he sat deliberating in his corner, now provokes within him spasms of revulsion. And so on the very first pages of the novel we find the hero in a state of intense conflict. He does not believe that he is in fact capable of carrying out the "venture." This idea of his is purely theoretical. "I've learned to spout nonsense as I lie whole days and nights in my corner and think ... So, I'm amusing myself for the sake of fantasy—toys." The dreamer abhors his own practical inability; the romantic is aesthetically repulsed by the "vileness" of murder. This division within the hero's consciousness is the beginning of his self-knowledge. Two motifs are struck in the tavern scene with Marmeladov—the endlessness of human sorrow and the inefficacy of sacrifice (Sonya) . His mother's letter presses the hero to face some decision. His own sister is preparing to sacrifice herself, by having sold her life to the con- temptible businessman Luzhin. She is stepping forth onto Sonya's road. "Sonechka, Sonechka Marmeladova, eternal Sonechka, so long as the world stands!" Raskolnikov exclaims. And this sacrifice is being made for him. Can he accept it? And if he refuses to accept it, what then awaits him? Poverty, hunger, destruction? "Or should one renounce life completely," he says, "and docilely accept one's fate as it is, once and for all, and stifle everything in oneself, after having renounced any right to act, to live, and to love?" The dilemma is posed in its most acute form. Christian morality preaches humility and sacrifice, but Raskolnikov has lost his faith. He is an atheistic humanist; for him the old norms of truth and justice have become lies. He is convinced that humility and sacrifice ultimately lead only to ruin. And what does one do—accept this destruction? Is it possible that man has no right to life? It is immoral to transgress the old moral law, but is bringing oneself to ruin and destruction moral? "All this present anguish was engendered in him a very long time before. It matured and became concentrated, taking the form of a terrible, violent, and fantastic question." His mother's letter is the turning point in the hero's fate. Up until now he had been lying on his sofa resolving abstract questions; now life itself demands that he take immediate action. The dreamer is taken by surprise. For a month he has been amusing himself with his "fantastic idea"; "now it appeared suddenly not as a dream at all, but under a new, frightening and as yet completely foreign aspect, and he suddenly became aware of this himself . . . His head began to pound and everything grew dark before his eyes." A new level of consciousness has been reached: the idea is beginning to take on substance. Nonetheless the hero cannot reformulate his en- tire being in one stroke. Reason embraces the new "idea," but "nature" continues to live within the framework of the old moral order. Little by little the abstract dream seizes possession of his conscious- ness. "Nature" struggles with it in desperation, is horrified by it, strives not to believe in it, pretends that it does not know it. In order to weaken its resistance, the author introduces the motif of sickness. The hero's pathological condition is repeatedly underlined: after the murder he lies for four days in a state of nervous delirium and this illness perdures through the end of the novel. Thus by his very ex- ample Raskolnikov proves the reasonableness of his theory. Did he not maintain in an article entitled "About Crime" that "the act of committing a crime is always accompanied by sickness"? Only ill- ness can ultimately succeed in demolishing the disillusioned roman- tic's "nature," in overcoming the aesthete's revulsion when faced with the "vileness" of murder. In the end "nature" declares open warfare upon the "distorted dream." All of Raskolnikov's compas- sion, all his anguish and horror when confronted with world-evil, finds expression in his nightmare about the horse. Mikolka beats the nag about the eyes with a shaft, and then finishes it with a crowbar. The hero sees himself as a child. "He begins to cry. His heart rises within him; tears come streaming down . . . Letting out a scream he forces his way through the crowd over to Roan. He clasps his arms around its dead, blood-soaked head and kisses it, kisses it on the eyes, on the lips." This cruel deed fills him with mystical horror. He sees murder for the first time not as an algebraic symbol, but as blood that has been poured forth, and he is appalled. He too will kill a creature, just as Mikolka did . . . blood will How—sticky, warm blood. Raskolnikov renounces his plan . . . "Lord! Why, even if I have the choice, I will not do such a thing. Lord, show me the way that I am to follow—I renounce this accursed dream of mine." This nightmare that brought him back to childhood, resurrects his childhood faith, and the atheist turns and appeals to God. He grew up in a religious family. "Remember, my precious," his mother writes him, "how when you were a child, when your father was still alive, you used to mouth your prayers at my knees, and how we all were happy then." "Nature" rejects the poison that is in its system—the thought of crime. Raskolnikov exalts in his deliverance: "Freedom! Freedom! He was now free from that spell, from that sorcery, the fascination, from the temptation." But this victory on the side of good does not perdure for long. The idea has already penetrated into his subconscious, and after this final outburst of rebellion it becomes his driving force, his destiny. The hero no longer exercises control over his life; he is drawn forward. Mysterious occurrences steadily lead the murderer to his victim. By pure chance he comes upon the Hay Market, and there by chance he learns that tomorrow at seven o'clock the old woman will be alone. "His initial feeling of surprise turned to horror. He did not decide anything rationally, and he absolutely could not reason, but with all his being he suddenly felt that he no longer had either freedom to reason or to will." On the day of the murder he acts mechanically: "As though some- one were leading him by the hand and dragging him along irresistibly, blindly, with unnatural force, without objections. Just as though he had fallen like a piece of cloth into the wheel of a machine and it was beginning to draw him into the apparatus." By willing a murder man betrays himself to the powers of dark necessity. He is stripped of his freedom and acts with the automatism of a person walking in his sleep. Everything takes place unexpectedly and by chance: he takes the axe not from the kitchen as he had planned, but from the porter's lodge; he accidentally kills Lizaveta; forgets to lock the door; he has no idea of how to commit the robbery. "It was as though he were in a delirium ... He forgot himself. He was not asleep, but in a state of oblivion." The prologue ends with the murder. As yet neither the hero nor the readers know the real reason for the crime.
The first act of the tragedy ( the second part ) portrays the crime's immediate effects upon the criminal's soul. It deals a terrible spiritual blow to Raskolnikov. He comes down with an attack of nerves and fever. He is close to madness and wants to do away with himself. "What, can it really have begun already? Can my decimation be this close already?" He tries to pray and laughs at himself. Laughter gives way to despair. He is summoned to the police bureau because of a debt that he has not paid his landlady. He concludes that his crime has been discovered and he prepares to throw himself on his knees and confess everything. In the office his nerves fail to hold out and he falls into a faint. This is the fatal moment in his destiny: the murderer attracts the attention of the clerk Zametov and this latter tells the prosecuting magistrate Porfiry Petrovich about the strange student. The counteraction against Raskolnikov is set in motion as a result of this fainting spell; this serves to fasten the first thread of the net in which the magistrate eventually envelops him. The criminal is betrayed by "nature." In the storm of feelings and sensations that have engulfed the murderer, one begins to predominate. "A dismal sensation of acutely painful, infinite solitude and alienation became consciously apparent in his soul." He awaited the punishment with which the pangs of conscience would afflict him; there was none. There was, however, something else: a mystical awareness of his estrangement from the human family. The murderer has stepped beyond something more than the moral law: the very basis of the spiritual world itself. After he has buried the stolen articles under a stone, he suddenly asks himself a question: "If in fact this whole thing was done with a purpose and not just frivolously, if you really had a definite and set design, then why didn't you look and see how much money there was?" The humanist- dreamer has suffered defeat. He displayed his utter helplessness in the course of the action; he grew frightened, committed blunders, lost his head. If in fact he had killed the old woman in order to rob her, then why is he not interested in the stolen goods? Or the deed was perpetrated "frivolously," and the humanistic motivation served only as a pretext. The crisis within his conscience is underlined by his illness and loss of memory which lasts over a period of three days. When the hero finally comes to himself, the old man, the sensitive "friend of humanity," in him has already died. Raskolnikov is aware of his infinite solitude and is not overwhelmed by it. He "cut himself off from all and everything as though with a pair of scissors." He finds people unbearable. " 'Let me be, let me be, all of you,' Raskolnikov cried out in a rage, 'And will you leave me alone, once and for all, you tormentors? I'm not afraid of you! Get away from me! I want to be alone, alone, alone, alone.' " Thus a new consciousness is born—the consciousness of a strong personality, fiendishly proud and solitary. His fear, his faint-heartedness, the sickness have passed. The hero senses a terrible energy that has been aroused within him; he feels that they are suspicious of him, that they are following him, and with ravishing glee he throws himself into the battle. Upon meeting Zametov in a tavern, he casts an insolent challenge at him: ". . . And what if it was I who killed the old woman and Lizaveta?" He experiences "a wild, hysterical sensation in which, nonetheless, there was an element of unbearable de- light." He goes to the old woman's house, enters her apartment, tries the little bell, asks about the blood. As he is leaving, he informs the porter of his name and address. This new, forceful spirit which has begun to burn within him, overcomes his body, the opposition of "nature" is broken. The bold fighter remembers his fears and spectres with contempt. "So there is life!" he exclaims. "My life didn't end along with the old woman's! May she rest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And then that's enough, my good lady; it's time you went to your repose! Now the kingdom of reason and light has come! and ... of will and strength . . . And we'll see now! We'll try our strength now!" he adds arrogantly as though adverting to some dark force and defying it. The tragic hero throws down a challenge to fate. The new strong individual is endowed with "animal- like cunning," unheard-of boldness, a will to live and diabolical pride.
The second act (part three) relates the process of the strong individual’s struggle. The author intensifies our new impression of the hero by means of various indirect characterisations. Razumikhin remarks about his comrade: "I know Rodion: morose, sombre, haughty and proud . . . Sometimes . . . cold and insensible to the point of being inhuman. Really, it's just as if there were two opposing characters in him which alternately replace one another . . . He sets a terribly high value upon himself, and not completely without reason . . . He does not love anyone and never will." Pukheriya Aleksandrovna describes the fantastic plan her son had had to marry his landlady's consumptive daughter. "Do you think," she adds, "my tears, my supplications, my illness, mv death perhaps from grief, our poverty would have stopped him then? He would have stepped most calmly over all the obstacles." Thus Raskolnikov's "second character" is revealed to us as being diametrically opposed to the first. We see that he has deceived himself in saying that he was going to sin for the sake of his mother's happiness; why, he "would have stepped most calmly over" her very death in order to satisfy a simple caprice. The hero recognises the fact that Porfiry suspects him, and proceeds to challenge him. He cannot bear inactivity and uncertainty. He is impatient to "try his strength." During the course of his first meeting with the prosecuting magistrate, he expounds his theory of "exceptional people." "The exceptional man has the right . . . that is, not a legally established right, but he himself has the right to permit his conscience to step over . . . certain obstacles." Razumikhin perceives the terrible essence of this theory: "What's original in these ideas," he says, "is that ultimately you are allowing a man to shed blood in accord with the design of his conscience . . . Why, this license to shed blood according to your conscience . . . it's, it's, in my opinion, more terrible than an official authorization to shed blood, a legal one." What is terrible is that Raskolnikov's theory does not merely negate Christian morality, it goes further; it sets another—an anti-Christian code of morality in its stead. The "strong individual" is not without conscience: he has his own con- science which authorizes the shedding of blood. The proud demon is sad in his lonely grandeur. "It seems to me," Raskolnikov says, "truly great people experience an immense sadness while on earth." The whole tragedy of man-Godhood is expressed in these few words. And suddenly the hero founders; after this first encounter Ras- kolnikov faces an utter humiliation. An artisan comes to him, and in a "quiet, but clear and distinct voice" says: "murderer." Who is this man and what did he see? Does it mean that there is evidence against him? Does it mean that he was not even capable of commit- ting murder? "And how could I, knowing myself, having misgivings about myself, have dared take up an axe and soil myself with blood . . ." No, he is not a strong individual. "I was in a hurry to step beyond ... I didn't do away with a human being; I did away with a principle! It was the principle that I did away with, and I didn't get to step beyond. I remained on the other side." . . . The very fact that he has misgivings about himself and does not believe in his strength, attests to his shameful weakness. No, he is not a Napoleon, but an "aesthetic louse," "even more foul and disgusting than the louse that he has killed." "Oh, the vulgar banality! Oh, the baseness! Oh, now I understand the 'prophet' with his scimitar, on his steed: Allah commands and you, obey—'trembling creature'!" This crisis culminates in a terrible dream. Raskolnikov takes up an axe and strikes the old woman across her skull; but she inclines her head forward and "breaks out in a quiet, hardly audible laugh." The victim laughs at her murderer: she is alive. He strikes again and again; she laughs more heartily. It is impossible to kill her: she is immortal. And yet it was not so long ago that Raskolnikov mockingly bid her final farewell: "That's enough, my good lady; it's time you went to your repose!" Now all the people around him are like corpses, while the dead woman continues to live. He has cut himself off from the living "as though with a pair of scissors," but it is impossible for him to be separated from her: they are joined together forever . . . by blood.
The third act of the tragedy (part four) carries Raskolnikov's struggle to its ultimate climax. The hero has apparently triumphed, but his victory is only veiled defeat. He awakes from his terrible dream; there standing before him is Svidrigaylov, the man who has abused his sister. Raskolnikov is tragically divided: there are "two opposing characters" within him. The "strong individual" convulsively struggles against the humanist, torturously frees himself from "principles" and "ideals." Svidrigaylov is exactly the same as Ras- kolnikov, but he has already succeeded in completely "curing him- self" of all moral prejudices. He is the embodiment of one possible resolution of the hero's fate. There exists a metaphysical similitude between them. "We have a certain point in common," says Svidri- gaylov, "We are berries from the same tree." They both follow along the same path, but Svidrigaylov is more free and bold than Raskolni- kov and he pursues it to its very end. The student "has stepped beyond," "has authorized the shedding of blood in accord with his own conscience," but for all that he continues to uphold "human- ism," "justice," "what is noble and beautiful." Svidrigaylov tells Raskolnikov that eternity strikes him as a country bath-house: "covered with soot and with spiders crawling along all the corners." The latter asks in disgust: "And really, really, you see nothing more comforting, more just than that?" Svidrigaylov answers with derision : is it for him, a murderer, to talk about justice! Can he preach morality! What hypocrisy! Why won't he hand over ten thousand to Dunya from the man who has abused her? Why, "the end justifies the means"! Raskolnikov has abolished the old morality, and yet he still clings to beauty, honor, and all the rest of humanistic rubbish. Svidrigaylov is more consistent: good and evil are merely relative concepts; all things are permissible—all things are one and the same. What is left is universal boredom and vulgar banality. And he is bored. He has amused himself in whatever ways he could: he was a card-sharper, spent some time in prison, sold himself to his late wife for 30 thousand. Perhaps he will take a flight in a balloon or set off on an expedition to the North Pole. He has visions, the shreds of other worlds, but what crude banalities! Svi- drigaylov's boredom is not psychological, but rather metaphysical. The ultimates merge together; good and evil are indistinguishable — a deformed infinity, indifference, absurdity. Svidrigaylov is not a simple villain: generously he lets Dunya go, he contributes money, helps the Marmeladovs. He tests his freedom in evil and finds that it has no end. For a time he is engaged by his passion for Dunya. He shoots himself out of boredom. The superman can find nothing to do in the midst of people. His strength finds no outlet for itself, and so it becomes self-destructive. Svidrigaylov is a voluptuary. There are terrible crimes upon his conscience: his wife's murder, the suicide of his servant Filipp and of the fourteen-year-old girl whom he abused. He loves the most filthy debauchery, but his conscience is at peace and he has a "fresh complexion." He is placed next to Raskolnikov to serve as his dark and somber double. He is born of the hero's nightmare; he emerges out of his dream. The hero asks Razumikhin: "You actually saw him,—saw him clearly? Hm ... in that case—But then you know, it struck me ... it all seemed to me that perhaps this was just a fantasy . . ." In exactly the same way after his nightmare Ivan Karamazov asks Alyosha if he has seen his visitor. Svidrigaylov is Raskolnikov's "devil." This meeting with his double marks a new stage in the hero's consciousness. Being convinced of his defeat ("Not a Napoleon, but a louse" ) he begins to lose his sense of reality. He lives in a state of delirium, is no longer capable of distinguishing dream from reality ( Svidrigaylov's appearance). Precipitously the action moves on to its denouement. In opposition to this scene with Svidrigaylov stands the scene with Sonya; the evil angel is counterbalanced by the good angel, the "bath-house with its spiders" by the resurrection of Lazarus. Svidri- gaylov showed Raskolnikov that the demonic way leads only to the boredom of non-being. Sonya points out another way and discloses the image of Him who said: "I am the way." The murderer can be saved only by a miracle, and Sonya passionately prays for a miracle. Just as in the case of the conversation with Svidrigaylov, the dialogue with Sonya proceeds to soar to metaphysical heights. Sonya answers the hero's arguments about the absurdity of sacrifice, the futility of compassion, and the inevitability of ruin and destruction, by her faith in a miracle. "God, God will not permit anything so awful." " 'But it is possible that this God doesn't even exist,' Raskolnikov answered with a certain malicious pleasure." Suddenly he asks Sonya to read to him from the Gospels "about Lazarus." She believes that "even he, he—though he is blinded and does not believe, now he too will hear, he too will believe, yes, yes, immediately, now." The reading is over. Raskolnikov has received an answer to his mute question: "What is it she's waiting for—a miracle? Yes, it must be. But really isn't this a sign of insanity?" The miracle did not take place. The murderer's faith was not restored, and he only concluded that Sonya was mad: she actually believes in the resurrection of a corpse that has been dead for four days! He calls Sonya "a great sinner"; she is as guilty of damning her soul as he. "You have ruined a life . . . your own (it's the very same thing)." These terrible five words in parentheses—"(it's the very same thing)"—are filled with malice and a fiendish lie. To lay down one's life for one's friends is the very same thing as destroying the life of one's neighbor! In horror Sonya asks: "And what—and what should one do?" "What should one do?" answers the demon, "Wreck and demolish what one has to, once and for all, that's what; and then take the suffering upon yourself. What? You don't under- stand? You'll understand later. Freedom and power, but mainly, power' Over every trembling creature and over the whole ant-hill!" The reading of the Gospel occasions an outburst of diabolic pride. Ruin and destruction are set in opposition to the Resurrection ("wreck and demolish what one has to"); love of power stands and defies humility; the figure of the man-god opposes the image of the god-man. The criminal's pride leads him to challenge Porfirv Petrovich to a second encounter. He demands that "an interrogation take place in accord with legal form." The magistrate analyzes in detail his conduct after the murder, enumerates his blunders and shows that "psychologically he will not run away." The hero's hatred mounts with each minute. At last he can endure it no longer. " 'You're lying about everything,' Raskolnikov began to shout, 'You're lying, you damned punchinello . . . You're lying and mocking me so that I will give myself away!" And suddenly we are confronted with an unexpected peripeteia. Porfirv had intended to expose the murderer on the basis of the artisan's testimony, but instead Nikolay the painter comes and confesses that it was he who killed the old woman. Raskolnikov laughs at the evidence that the magistrate had wanted to produce, at his "psychology about the double cutting-edge." "Now we will still go on struggling with one another!" he exclaims proudly.
The fourth act (part five) marks a slowing-up in the action be- fore the culmination of the catastrophe. Its major section is devoted to the scene in which the characters gather for Marmeladov's funeral dinner. In the course of this second meeting with Sonya, the strong individual arrives at the final stage of his self-knowledge. With scorn he rejects as "rubbish" the idea that the crime was committed out of humanistic motivations. "Nonsense! I simply committed murder! J committed murder for myself, for myself alone," Raskolnikov declares. He performed an experiment; he was resolving the enigma of his own personalitv. "I had to find out, and find out quickly whether I was merely a louse just like everybody else, or whether I was a man. Will I be able to step beyond, or won't I? Am I a trembling creature, or do I possess the right?" He nurtures the greatest possible con- tempt for the human "herd." This "trembling creature" must be made to submit to the iron rod. The strong individual rises in revolt against the order of the world . . . "Suddenly it struck me as clear as the sun how strange it is that up till now not a single man has ever dared or does dare, just casting aside all this absurd rubbish, to take everything quite simply by the tail and send it flying to hell. I . . . I wanted to have this daring and I committed murder." Raskolnikov continues the revolt begun by the man from the underground ("and isn't it up to us to send all this common sense flying ... to hell")and prepares the way for the despotism of the Grand Inquisitor. Amorality of force leads to a philosophy of violence. The superman is revealed as the Prince of this world—the Anti-Christ. Raskolnikov summarizes disdainfully: "I wanted to turn myself into a Napoleon, and for that purpose I even committed murder." He concedes his mistake: the man who doubts his right to seize power does not have any such right, and consequently he too is a "louse" just like every- one else. "Was it really the old woman that I killed? I killed my-self." Sonya says: "God has struck you down; He has handed you over to the devil." The murderer actually accepts this explanation:"Why, I myself am aware of the fact that the devil has been pulling me along . . . And it was the devil that murdered the old woman; I didn't do it." Oh, now it makes no difference to him who is guilty of his defeat—the devil or God. Since it is clear that he is only a "louse," why not admit that someone was amusing himself at his expense? Sonya tells him to kiss the ground, to give himself up, "to accept suffering and through it to redeem himself." He does not believe in suffering or in redemption. Sonya's love conjures up "biter hatred" in him. He will give himself up because he is "a coward and a wretch," but he will never submit himself to humiliation and repent. Once again pride flares up within him: "Perhaps I still am a man and not a louse, and I have been too quick to condemn myself.I will still continue to struggle."He does not reject his theory of strength and power. "Sonya understood that this somber catechism had become his faith and law."
The fifth act (the sixth part) presents the catastrophe. The author depicts the parallel ruin of the two "strong individuals"—Raskolnikov and Svidrigaylov. The murderer has a premonition of his end:he is in a state of semi-delirium, wanders about the streets without purpose, sits down in a tavern, then falls asleep somewhere in the bushes . . . "The lack of air in all this congestion began to suffocate him." Porfiry Petrovich's arrival resolves this tension. The magistrate analyzes the whole "psychological process of the crime"and gives him an historic definition. "Here we find a fantastic, gloomy business, a contemporary affair, an incident of our own times, sir, when the human heart has grown troubled, when the phrase is quoted that 'blood refreshes' . . . Here we have bookish dreams, sir, here a heart that has been exasperated by theories." As though struggling for air, Raskolnikov asks: "So . . . who then . . . committed the murder?" "Porfiry Petrovich started back in his chair just as though this were completely unexpected and he was astonished at the question. 'What—who committed the murder?' he pronounced as though not believing his ears. 'But you committed the murder, Rodion Romanovich! It was you who committed the murder, sir.' " After the "strong personality" has been defeated, it is then ex- posed. Svidrigaylov follows in Porfiry Petrovich's place. The latter has pointed out Raskolnikov's theoretical mistake ("a bookish dream"); the former discloses his moral hypocrisy. "No, I'm talking about the fact," he says, "that you keep on moaning and moaning now. Every moment one sees the Schiller in you . . . And if you really feel that one has no right to stand by a door and eavesdrop, but that it is alright to crack open old women with whatever happens to fall into one's hands, for one's own pleasure, then you'd better hurry and set out for some place or other in America! I understand what questions you have on your mind—moral ones, right? The questions that face the citizen and the human being? Well, you just set them aside. Of what interest are they to you now? Ha! Ha! Be- cause you're still a citizen and a human being? And if so, then you shouldn't have butted into this affair. One shouldn't undertake any- thing that is not for one's own advantage." Svidrigaylov, Raskolnikov's double, laughs at him, just as Ivan Karamazov's double, the devil, amuses himself at his expense. They both embody a strong individual's doubt in himself. Now the hero is faced with only two possibilities: either to shoot himself or give himself up. He does not have enough strength of will to commit suicide, and so he surrenders himself to the authorities. This is not a sign of penitence but of pusillanimity: for him punishment is an "unnecessary shame" and "senseless suffering." He reflects contemptuously: "And how can this have come about that in the end I . . . will be humbled, will be humbled through my conviction?" Raskolnikov goes to Sonya in a state of irritation and gloom, and asks for a cross: "This symbolizes the fact that I am taking the cross upon myself, ha! ha!" His laugh is blasphemous and shows his hatred for Sonya who is sending him to this disgraceful end . . . Remembering her words: "Bow down to the people," he falls upon his knees in the street, but he cannot confess: "I have murdered." He goes into the police station, and comes out again. He sees Sonya standing in the courtyard, and once again goes into the building and at last declares: "It was I who killed the old widow and her sister Lizaveta with an axe and then robbed them."
Raskolnikov's tragedy ends with an epilogue. The criminal has now spent a year and a half in penal servitude. Sonya has followed him to Siberia, but nonetheless he "tortures her by his contemptuous and rude manner." Has he changed? No, he is the same—solitary, morose, proud. "He examined himself thoroughly and severely and his obdurate conscience could find no particularly terrible fault in his past, except perhaps a simple blunder which might have happened to anyone . . . He did not repent of his crime! " 'Well, why is it that my act seems so distorted to them?' he used to say to himself, 'Because it was evil? What does the word "evil" mean? My conscience is at peace.' " In the words "My conscience is at peace," the final truth about Raskolnikov is suddenly revealed. He is in fact a superman. He has not been defeated; it is he who has conquered. He wanted to try out his strength and he found that there were no limits to it. He wanted "to step beyond" and he stepped beyond. He wanted to show that the moral law has no relevance for him, that he stands beyond the confines of good and evil, and now his conscience is at peace. He has not been ruined because "his rupture with mankind has proved a source of torment" for him—oh no, he loves his proud solitude—or because "his nerves did not hold out"—"nature surrendered its place"—all that is non- sense. His strength would have been sufficient. It is not without reason that Porfiry Petrovich considered him a "bold fighter," and Svidrigaylov said to him: "You yourself are a thorough-going cynic. You have, at any rate, enormous stuff in you, You can conceive of a great deal, a great deal, but then you can accomplish a great deal as well." Nor has he been ruined because of the fact that Porfiry has caught him in his "psychology of the double cutting edge." He is not cowed even by Porfiry. It is only while serving his sentence that he comes to understand the reason for his downfall. "He was ashamed precisely because he, Raskolnikov, had come to his ruin so blindly, desperately, onerously and stupidly, through some decree of blind fate." This last feature crowns his majestic image. None of his adversaries is worthy of the strong individual; he has but one single enemy—fate. Raskolnikov has been brought to destruction like a tragic hero in battle with blind Destiny. But how could the author present this bold truth about the new man to the readers of Katkov's well-meaning journal in the 1 86o's? He had to cover it by throwing an innocent veil over it. He did this, however, hurriedly, carelessly, "just before the final curtain." While the hero is in the labor camp, just after recovering from his illness, he casts himself at Sonya's feet . . . and he begins to love: "Their sick and pale faces already shone with the dawn of a renewed future, of a total resurrection into a new life. They had been resurrected by love." "But," the author adds discreetly, "this begins a new story . . ." The novel ends with a vague anticipation of the hero's "renewal." It is promised, but it is not shown. We know Raskolnikov too well to believe this "pious lie."
"Crime and Punishment" resuscitates the art of ancient tragedy in the form of a contemporary novel. Raskolnikov's story is a new embodiment of the myth of Prometheus' revolt and the tragic hero's destruction in the course of his struggle with Fate. But Dostoevsky, the great Christian writer, adds an infinitely more profound dimension to the metaphysical significance of the myth. It is to the Russian people themselves that the author consigns the right of passing final judgment upon the "strong individual." On one occasion they "all fell upon him at once in a fury. 'You're an atheist! You don't believe in God!' they shouted at him. 'You must be killed!' " This judgment as it is expressed by the people, conveys the religious idea of the novel. Raskolnikov's "heart has grown troubled";he has stopped believing in God. For Dostoevsky atheism reverts invariably to the deification of man. If there is no God, then I my-self am God. The "strong individual" sought to free himself fromGod—and he has succeeded. His freedom proved to be infinite. But in this infinity ruin awaited him. Freedom from God shows itself as sheer demonism; renunciation of Christ as slavery to Fate. After having traced the course of atheistic freedom, the author leads us to the religious basis of his world-outlook: there is no freedom other than freedom in Christ; he who does not believe in Christ stands subject to the power of Destiny.
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2020.08.23 20:02 --Kaiser-- Barça Legends Thread: Ronald Koeman

As we all know by now Barcelona has a new coach and after a long time onto the pitch of Camp Nou will once again step Ronald Koeman, one of Barça’s greatest ever players. The man who changed the history of two clubs and one nation will again try to turn perpetual losers into winners just like he did so many times before. We can only wish him good luck and remind ourselves of what makes Koeman a beloved icon in the world of football and an eternal Barça legend.

It runs in the family

Ronald Koeman was born on March 21st 1963 in Zaandam. His father Martin was a football player and spent most of his long career at Groningen amassing over 500 games for the club while playing against legendary Dutch players of that era. Following in their father’s footsteps both Ronald and his one year older brother Erwin became football players and they were both raised in Groningen’s youth system.
In 1980/81 season, Groningen returned to Eredivisie after 7 years and at the age of just 17 Koeman was promoted to Groningen’s first team and debuted against NEC Nijmegen in a 2:0 victory, becoming one of the youngest ever players for the club. He went on to play nearly every game for the three years of his stay at Groningen, scoring 35 goals in 98 games for the club, while being deployed as a midfielder or a defender due to his extreme versatility. During his stay at Groningen they went from lingering above relegation zone to qualifying for Europe in just a couple of seasons. His talent surely caught the eye of the big 3.

Learning from the great man himself

In 1983 Koeman was the hottest prospect in Eredivisie despite being mostly a defender. Ajax made sure to acquire his signature and he soon found himself in Amsterdam. It didn’t take long for Koeman to establish himself as an essential part of the starting XI and to form a strong partnership with Frank Rijkaard. The two would single handedly carry Ajax’s defense, but despite that the league title was anything but easy to win with eternal rivals Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord always trying to overcome each other. It would be Feyenoord’s impenetrable defense that won Eredivisie that year, with Ajax winning the 1984/85 edition on Marco van Basten’s wings and PSV establishing dominance in 1985/86, but despite losing the Eredivisie, a crucial thing in Koeman’s career happened that season with the arrival of Johan Cruijff as the coach of Ajax.
Immediately upon his arrival Johan started implementing his ideas and soon Ajax started playing with the now famous 3-4-3 diamond. Despite not looking like one on paper, this was a major change to, then typical, 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 diamond. Finally Koeman was not bound to either being a creative force from the midfield or a central defender, the new formation allowing him to play both roles at the same time as the playmaking sweeper while Rijkaard covered for him as a holding midfielder.
Ajax only managed to win the Cup that season and in the summer of 1986 Koeman made a very controversial move when he switched to PSV who were on the rise at that time, a decision that would prove to be perfect as Ajax soon sold off the rest of their star players and were severely weakened.

The unimaginable treble

When Koeman arrived at PSV they were already incredibly solid and were on a high after winning Eredivisie. The team contained a mix of experienced players like Willy van de Kerkhof the member of legendary 1974 squad, captain Eric Gerets, Søren Lerby, Frank Arnesen, Ivan Nielsen, Hans van Breukelen and Berry van Aerle combined with up and coming talents like Koeman, Ruud Gullit, Wim Kieft, Edward Linskens and Gerald Vanenburg. The key moment came in early 1987 when, after a series of bad results, assistant coach Guus Hiddink took over the squad. PSV were behind Ajax, but with Hiddink they swiftly rose up to win another league title.
Next season they achieved the unthinkable. They smashed the Eredivisie scoring 50 more goals than Ajax and won the KNVB Cup by barely beating Roda in the final after a late equalizer and an extra time winner. But, their biggest achievement came in Europe. They started off by easily dispatching Galatasaray and Rapid Wien. The real challenge came in the quarters against a strong Bordeaux team, but PSV’s defensive solidity and pragmatism meant that after a 1:1 in France they managed to keep the game goalless in Eindhoven and so they came face to face with Real Madrid in the semis. Déjà vu struck as they conceded an early penalty at Santiago Bernabeu only for Linskens to score the equalizer. Even without suspended Koeman PSV’s defense were impenetrable at home and so PSV again went through on away goals. The big final against the eternal losers Benfica was a dull affair with both teams playing it as safe as possible. The real excitement came in penalty shootouts, as player after player scored, including Koeman who was given the biggest responsibility of taking the first penalty, until finally Benfica’s right back missed meaning that PSV had just won a treble, only the third club to ever manage such a feat after Celtic and Ajax.
The following season saw PSV continue their successful period, although the goalscoring feats from the previous season were halved, despite the arrival of Romário. They narrowly won the double again, but crashed out of the European Cup in quarter finals, as Real Madrid got their revenge, barely beating them in extra time at Santiago Bernabeu to set the aggregate score at 3:2. Madrid’s win came at a cost as they got utterly crushed by Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan 6:1 in the semis, but still, PSV felt disappointed and Koeman started thinking about a new challenge.

Forming the “dream team”

In 1988 after the Hesperia mutiny Johan Cruijff came at the behest of president Núñez to save the club from total collapse. Despite criticism he received at Ajax for not being able to win the Eredivisie while having the best player in the world in van Basten, Cruijff was determined and knew what he wanted. The sad state of the club allowed him to achieve that full control he never truly had at Ajax, but with only a couple first team members not getting sacked he had to work wonders with subpar players. While the attack was somewhat salvaged by Julio Salinas and Robert Fernández, the defense was subpar, especially when it came to creativity which is what Johan wanted from his defenders. The only technically superior defensive player was captain Alexanko, already 33, so after one season Johan decided that he needed a reinforcement, a creative defender with impeccable technical ability and football IQ and, seeing as he coached one before, he knew where to look.
Koeman signed for Barça for 1.2 billion pesetas and Cruijff found the key players who could carry his team to the very top. That season Barça fell short in La Liga, but got their revenge in Copa del Rey where they beat Real Madrid 2:0. The game was tough and dirty with Hierro receiving a red card after nearly breaking Robert’s leg and Salinas getting booked for faking an injury after being punched in the stomach by Ruggeri. Thankfully after Koeman’s perfect shot from 30 meters the ball was deflected by Buyo and Amor opened the game up with Salinas setting the final score afterwards. Koeman already established himself as the heart of Barça’s backline while also scoring 19 goals that season.
In 1990/91 season he started strong once again, only to suffer a serious injury against Atlético Madrid in late October, an injury that would rule him out for nearly the rest of the season. Alexanko held things together until the end of the season, when Koeman returned as well and Barça finally celebrated the long awaited La Liga title. The season didn’t end on a high note as Barça lost the Cup Winners’ Cup final to Alex Ferguson’s United side with ex-Barça player Mark Hughes scoring twice. Koeman played the game as a midfielder and managed to score a wonderful long range free kick after Barça was 2:0 down, but Barça’s equalizer was ruled offside and Laudrup’s shot was cleared off the line. Despite the disappointing loss Barça were preparing themselves for the big one, the 1992 European Cup.

One goal to rule them all

The 1991/92 season didn’t start as well as everyone expected with Barça having horrible away form. That was a blessing in disguise as it forced Cruijff to change up his midfield in search of that perfect holding midfielder that he was still struggling to find at Barça. Thankfully one was already there, waiting for his chance and he would finally get it. Pep Guardiola became a starter almost immediately and developed a fantastic partnership with Koeman both on and off the pitch, which allowed Barça to shine. It was a tough season with Barça, Real and Atléti being separated by just a couple of points. In the end Real faltered on the final day to Tenerife and Barça defended their La Liga title. Koeman dominated that season with 16 goals, just one shy of Hristo Stoichkov, while also keeping his defense solid. He salvaged the league title by scoring in both Clasicos, both of which ended 1:1.
In Europe Barça had a tough schedule with both German champions, western ones Kaiserslautern proving to be a much tougher challenge than their eastern compatriots Hansa Rostock. Bakero’s last minute winner in Germany meant that Barça proceeded to the group stage and were drawn with Sparta Prague, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv. Barça won that group thanks to their away win at Ukraine where other teams fell, in combination with usual victories at the Camp Nou. The final against Sampdoria was on. Barça had previously only competed in the European Cup four times, reaching the final twice. Losing both of them while being a superior team on the pitch, in combination with other relatively poor results in Europe, especially in the UEFA Cup, meant that Barça were considered a loser club. While the loss against Manchester United the year before didn’t provide much confidence, Barça’s victory over that same Sampdoria squad in 1989 Cup Winners’ Cup final did, especially when you consider that Barça massively improved over the three years that had passed.
The match was exciting with chances on both sides, Italians missing theirs, while Pagliuca saved most of Barça’s attempts. It was a tough, physical game and a tactical game of chess between the two coaches. It looked like Barça were on their way to another penalty shootout which definitely wasn’t what fans had hoped for after the trauma they suffered in 1986. But one man put an end to Barça being losers and started a new chapter for the club. It took that one shot, one magical shot. It was minute 112th, you could see the nervousness from Sampa’s players after they made a foul on Sacristán so close to the box. They knew who they were up against. Commentators were already discussing how Ronald should shoot from that position. Stoichkov made a small pass to Bakero who stopped the ball and a few moments later Koeman blasted it low to the goalkeepers side. It was a bullet that not even the best goalkeeper in the world Pagliuca could stop and just like that Barça were champions of Europe, after all those years of waiting. It was done.

A disappointing end

Barça finally carried the title of European champions, but there was no time for celebration as another season was about to start. La Liga was a two horse race with Real Madrid, which in the end finished the same as the last one, with Madrid losing the title against Tenerife on the last matchday. Fans who expected Barça to become a consistent powerhouse in Europe however were about to be brutally disappointed. Barça barely overcame Norwegian champions Viking just 1:0 on aggregate and crashed out in a catastrophic manner to Russian champions CSKA Moscow. After a great 1:1 score in a usually tricky away game in cold Russia and a 2:0 lead at Camp Nou, fans were already thinking about the next stage. However, Russians came back and mauled the dream team with 3 goals which left the fans at the stadium utterly shocked.
Redemption season in Europe had to happen next year and it started off great. Barça drew Dynamo Kyiv and lost 3:1 in Ukraine. People feared another loss to a eastern team. Barça were up 2:1 at Camp Nou when Koeman made an assist from a free kick, after which he scored from another free kick to turn the tie. Next knockout round was much smoother against Austria Wien. In group stages Barça was drawn with Monaco, Galatasaray and Spartak Moscow. Barça’s Camp Nou form returned and was again a decisive factor in the group stage, with a crucial win away in Monaco and typically bad results far away in Moscow and Istanbul. Barça would play in the semifinals against the second team from group B, which was Porto. Another easy 3:0 win at Camp Nou sealed the deal. Koeman propelled himself to the top of Champions League goalscoring charts with 8 goals, the only defender to ever manage such a feat. Barça would go to play the big final once again, but this time against an experienced Italian powerhouse Milan.
Milan was the strongest, most stacked team in the world and while people considered Barça to be the best due to a great system and gameplay, Milan had superstars in every position. However, Milan were rattled with injuries to Marco van Basten and Gianluigi Lentini and suspensions for Franco Baresi and Alessandro Costacurta. The 3 foreign player rule seemed to hurt Milan more as they had a very international squad, while Barça had to discard just one player. Despite that Milan’s coach Fabio Capello made smart choices. Cruijff didn’t. Capello easily eliminated Romanian striker Răducioiu and Danish Brian Laudrup, but to everyone’s surprise also eliminated Jean-Pierre Papin, the Ballon D’or winner, in favor of Yugoslav Dejan Savićević (who would go on to be the man of the match), with his other two foreigners being Marcel Desailly and Zvonimir Boban as was expected. Cruijff seemingly had a much easier choice, he had to eliminate one person. Koeman was irreplaceable thus out of the question which left three choices - Michael Laudrup, Hristo Stoichkov or Romário. Perhaps foolishly underestimating injury ridden Milan defense, perhaps having other ideas, Johan eliminated Michael Laudrup who joined his brother in watching the game from the stands. Laudrup was the person who was usually the centerpiece of Barça’s play. Before the game Cruijff downplayed Milan’s squad numerous times despite their quality, which enraged them and gave them extra motivation. Johan also experimented a lot that season when it came to lineups, often ignoring his 3-4-3 diamond in order to play formations he often criticized like 4-4-2 diamond or even 4-3-3, which he also picked for the final. It was a poor choice as Barça got overrun from the first minute and soon Milan found themselves ahead. Barça started playing better football after the first 25 minutes, but Massaro added a second one in stoppage time. Second half saw Savićević score one of the best goals in European history to make it 3:0 and Marcel Desailly dealt the final blow. A 4:0 loss, a disaster to end what was a redemption season in Europe and a wonderful historic season for Koeman.
After a disaster like that there needed to be a rebuild. Laudrup was furious with Cruijff and left for Real Madrid immediately. Romário was also sacked mid season due to unprofessionalism and partying. Key players were getting older, including Koeman, and younger players, apart from Johan’s son Jordi, failed to deliver. Barça ended the 1994/95 La Liga season in third place, far away from Real Madrid. There were promising results in Europe including a 4:0 victory over Manchester United in group stages, but in the quarterfinals Barça bottled it yet again, crashing out to PSG by conceding two goals in the last 15 minutes in Paris. At the end of the season Koeman decided that the time was right for him to leave Barça, at the age of 32. He said his farewells and departed for Feyenoord, the only one of the big three Dutch clubs he never played for.

Retirement and learning the managerial trade

Koeman arrived at Feyenoord who have seen better days, being consistently behind either Ajax or PSV with some success in the KNVB Cup. During Koeman’s first season at the club they were still far behind Ajax and were eliminated after extra time in the Cup semifinals. His second season however almost gave him a glorious farewell. Ajax had a horror season after they controversially lost the Champions League final to Juventus. PSV was the only club who stood in Feyenoord’s way, but Rotterdam's finest just didn’t have the manpower to overcome their rivals and ended up second. Koeman decided that it was time to retire, at the age of 34.
He wasn’t the man to sit around and do nothing though. Immediately after he retired he got a job offer. Guus Hiddink was the coach of the Dutch national team and he wanted his old superstar to join his staff, along with other Dutch legends Frank Rijkaard and Johan Neeskens. Koeman accepted and helped guide Netherlands to the semifinal of 1998 World Cup which they unfortunately lost to Brazil on penalties. Hiddink resigned afterwards so Koeman found himself helping another Dutch coach in a job that would see him return to the club he loved, to Barça. Louis van Gaal was chosen as the next coach in hope that he could replicate what Cruijff did and turn Barça into a European powerhouse once again. Despite winning two La Liga titles and a Cup, van Gaal ultimately disappointed in the big stage and was, like many others before him, sacked by ever unsatisfied Núñez who finally stepped down as president just a few months later. His last decision however was to appoint Llorenç Serra Ferrer as the coach which disappointed Koeman who hoped that he might have a chance at his dream job of coaching Barça, despite not having much experience, especially since he had a major fallout with van Gaal over tactics. He left for Vitesse who offered him his first job as a coach.

National team career

After their glorious period of Total Football under Rinus Michels and later Ernst Happel, Netherlands fell into a giant slump, failing to qualify for the 1982 World Cup after a disastrous qualification group and also for the 1986 World Cup after losing the play-offs against rival Belgium. They also failed to qualify for the 1984 European Championship after having the exact same number of points and goal difference as their rivals Spain, but two fewer goals scored.
Rinus Michels who had previously returned in 1984 failed to produce results in his World Cup qualification group and was thus sacked one year later. After Netherlands continued to underperform he returned to try and qualify for the 1988 Euros. He succeeded and finally 10 years after they lost the World Cup final to Argentina, Netherlands were back on the big stage.
Koeman received his first cap for the national team in 1982. After that he became a regular member of the starting XI under many managers and in many tactical formations. Michels had used Koeman like he previously used Ruud Krol, as a creative sweeper in his 4-3-3. The 1988 Euros started poorly as Netherlands lost to USSR and everyone already wrote them off as failures due to their previous results. But they weren’t, they crushed England and squeezed a late winner against Ireland to qualify as second in their group which led them straight into their boogey team, Germany. Fourteen years had passed since Germany defeated Michels’s clockwork orange, also on home soil. It was time for Total Football to once again clash with German pragmatic mentality. After Lothar Matthäus scored the penalty it looked like history would repeat itself, but van Basten won a penalty of his own. Koeman was given the responsibility and he didn’t disappoint. With the scores leveled van Basten ended the German curse in the dying minutes and Netherlands went into the final. “This was the real final for us and we all know it”, said Michels. Koeman infamously used the shirt he got from Germany’s Olaf Thon to wipe his ass in front of German fans, causing a controversy. After the USSR scrapped an unexpected victory against tournament favorites Italy, Netherlands were again facing the same opponent. But this time they would come out victorious. In a tough match between two all time great coaches Rinus Michels and Valeriy Lobanovskyi, it took a header from Gullit and one of the best volleys ever scored by van Basten to beat the Ukranian based soviet team. Van Breukelen gave away a penalty, but also saved it. Netherlands were finally champions, the curse was broken. Michels stepped down after finally achieving his life goal and remains the only coach to win a trophy with Netherlands to this day.
Koeman was named into the team of the tournament as the perfect centre back together with his partner Frank Rijkaard, over players like Franco Baresi and next to Paolo Maldini and Giuseppe Bergomi. He would continue leading Netherlands into the 1990 World Cup in Italy where they returned to their losing form against Germany in the round of 16. They lost 2:1 with Koeman scoring the only goal for Netherlands. In 1992 Euros they came with vengeance, taking out Germany 3:1 in the group stage and qualifying for the semis against the heavy underdogs Denmark who didn’t even qualify for the tournament, but were rather invited due to sanctions to Yugoslavia. Denmark continued their fairytale tournament though and beat Netherlands on penalties and then Germany in the final. Koeman’s last tournament was the 1992 World Cup in USA. One last hurrah from the great Dutch defender was ruined again by poor luck, this time when it came to draws as Netherlands faced perhaps the only team strong enough to challenge their monstrous attack - Brazil. In one of the best games in World Cup history Brazil came out victorious 3:2 and Netherlands were sent home in quarter finals. Perhaps not a bad game to end your national career after all.

Koeman as a player - tactical analysis

From a very young age Koeman was moulded to be a total footballer. Due to his qualities he was often deployed as a defensive midfielder, centre back or a sweeper. His versatility coupled with his quality, personality and quick understanding of tactics made him a dream player for every coach.
He played mostly as a midfielder for Groningen because he was actually one of the team's top goalscorers. When he came to Ajax he continued in his midfield role while also playing in a CB pair with Rijkaard. Once Cruijff came, everything changed. A defensive master like Rijkaard was perfect to be Cruijff’s holding midfielder and covered for Koeman as he ventured forward to create or shoot on goal.
Ajax squad under Cruijff
A change came when Koeman transferred to PSV, Hiddink played the usual 4-4-2 or 5-3-2. Hiddink was a lot more pragmatic, he didn’t like possession and claimed that it was the most overrated part of the game. His main concern was tactical and defensive solidity, as well as absolute discipline. Attack quickly and with purpose, a couple of passes should get you in position to shoot on goal. Koeman would still venture forward as he was usually deployed as a sweeper in 5-3-2, but only when PSV had possession and were venturing forward. He, again, often played as a midfielder which gave him more freedom. Only the coming of Romário forced the formation to switch to 4-3-3.
PSV squad under Hiddink
Coming to Barça meant a return to Cruijff’s famous 3-4-3 diamond. That formation was based around fluidity and technicality with a high risk offensive mentality. The main principle is what we know today as Juego de Posición or Positional Football, an evolution from Michels’s Totaal Voetbal or Total Football. The main 3 principles were the 3 P-s : possession, position and pressing. In his first season Koeman struggled to form a partnership with a defensive midfielder as Cruijff changed multiple players in that position. He often played both Alexanko and Koeman to gain as much creativity as possible while keeping the defense stable. The major change came in the 1991/92 season when Pep Guardiola broke through the ranks of Barça B and instantly became a starter. He was also Koeman’s roommate and friend off the pitch which helped solidify their partnership. Koeman played a more fluid role in the central area between the two defenders. WIth the ball, he would either push up when there was space available or play a diagonal ball to the wingers. He would also push up with 1-2 passes in order to release his cannon of a shot which could either be a goal or deflect to lurking attackers. He would often interchange roles with Pep and be a nuisance to the opposition. In defense he was flexible, either marking the key opponent or operating freely between the other two defenders. Later in his Barça career when he slowed down, Koeman was again relegated to being “just” a centre back together with Nadal. As he got older he remained mostly withdrawn, relying on set pieces to score, while still providing assists with his trademark long balls from defense.
Barça squad in 1992
Barça squad in 1994

Legacy

Ronald Koeman achieved what only a few players did. He became the champion of Europe for the first time with two different clubs and won his nation its first silverware. That is especially impressive considering that PSV, Barça and Netherlands were all labeled as losers up to that point. He was the Dutch Player of the Year in 1987 and 1988.
His main qualities include perfect technique, incredible passing range, precise and quick passing, quick thinking, solid defensive positioning which made up for what he lacked physically as he was neither fast nor tall. He was one of the greatest ever leaders on the pitch, very vocal, a great motivator and a big personality in the dressing room. He was also a big game player, as Guardiola noted: “I have never seen him play badly, in a big game, in Europe, against Madrid, never. He was always top class”.
Koeman has one of the best and strongest long shots in the history of the game. He is also famous for his long diagonal balls that cut through defenses. He is also one of the best penalty takers in history with over 95% conversion rate. He holds the La Liga record for most converted penalties in a row. Next to penalties, he is one of the best free kick takers ever, if not for the number of free kicks scored (35), then for his versatility as he scored free kicks from 17 up to 35-40 meters and from both sides with very narrow angles.
Koeman is the highest goalscoring defender in history, one of the highest goalscorers in Barça’s history and the only defender to be the best goalscorer in a season of Champions League. He scored 35 goals in 98 games for Groningen, 30 in 114 for Ajax, 63 in 130 for PSV, 88 in 264 for Barça, 23 in 79 for Feyenoord and 14 in 78 for Netherlands, totaling 253 goals in 763 games. Insane.

The successes and failures of Koeman as a manager

Koeman’s first season as a coach was spent at Vitesse who impressed during the previous campaign with a 4th place finish. Koeman and his assistant Jan Jongbloed (the 1974 goalkeeper for Netherlands) managed a 6th place finish which still meant Europe. He would quickly get a promotion.
Koeman was appointed the manager of Ajax in 2001 after the club had a disappointing season. Koeman got off to a successful start, winning a domestic double in 2001/02. He also nearly eliminated the eventual winners Milan in the quarterfinals of 2002/03 Champions League. After losing the 2002/03 league title by a single point to his old coach Hiddink and regaining the title in 2003/04, Ajax had fallen eight points behind rivals PSV in the Eredivisie in 2004/05 season. This situation, coupled with Ajax being knocked out of the UEFA Cup by underdogs Auxerre, 3:2 on aggregate, led Koeman to resign the following day on February 25th 2005. Some of the players that were given chances and improved under Koeman at Ajax are Zlatan Ibrahimović, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Steven Pienaar, Christian Chivu and Nigel de Jong.
Koeman came back from unemployment quickly, taking up the vacant position at Portuguese champions Benfica following the departure of legendary Italian Giovanni Trapattoni. In Benfica, against whom he won the 1988 European Cup Final as a player with PSV, Koeman only won the Portuguese Super Cup. The team finished the league in third place (behind eternal rivals Porto and Sporting CP) and was eliminated from the Taça de Portugal in the quarterfinals. This, along with an offer from PSV, meant that Koeman left Benfica before the end of his contract. Under Koeman Benfica did reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League however, eliminating Manchester United in the final game of the group stage and Liverpool in the first knockout stage, before coming back to Camp Nou to meet Barcelona and his old partner in crime Rijkaard, who eliminated him and ended up winning the trophy. Despite Koeman’s disappointing stint in Portugal, a lot of his players would go on to win the fourth place in the 2006 World Cup that summer.
In the 2006/07 season, Koeman served as head coach of PSV, symbolically as successor to Guus Hiddink. The squad contained a mix of international talent as well as veteran Barça legends Cocu, Reiziger and Kluivert. PSV dominated the first half of the season, keeping competitors AZ Alkmaar and Ajax at a reasonable distance. It looked like PSV were destined to become champions again. PSV, however, suffered in the second half of the season due to an injury crisis, with injuries to Jefferson Farfán, Alex and Ibrahim Afellay. AZ and Ajax could smell blood and were coming closer every week. The finish of that Eredivisie season was perhaps the most exciting in history with all three teams tied at 72 points before the last competition day. AZ played a relegation side Excelsior in their final match, but managed to lose 3:2. Ajax played Willem II and had more goals scored than PSV as well as slightly better goal difference, which was even better after they won 2:0. PSV needed a goal difference of at least 4 at home against Vitesse. In a crazy game they won 5:1 and thereby became Eredivisie champions, one goal ahead of Ajax. For the second consecutive season Koeman guided his team to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, this time defeating Arsenal in the first knockout stage, before failing to avenge Barça, also losing to Liverpool. He decided to leave on a high note.
Koeman soon decided to return to Spain, but was about to face the first major failure of his career. On October 31st 2007, Koeman agreed to be the new coach of Valencia after Quique Sánchez Flores got sacked. With Valencia, he won the 2007/08 Copa del Rey, their first since 1999. In La Liga however, his tenure at Valencia would prove disappointing. The team would fall down to 15th position, only two points above the relegation zone, as well as finishing bottom of their Champions League group. A 5:1 defeat to Athletic would prove the final straw for Koeman's time with Valencia. He was sacked afterwards for the first time in his career. Despite his poor results with Valencia, his Copa title would be the last silverware for the club until 2019.
Back to the Netherlands it was as Koeman took over van Gaal’s title winning AZ side in summer of 2009. After a horrific start however, losing 7 games out of 16 played, he was swiftly sacked and found himself no longer in demand after two failures in a row.
Koeman waited until 2011 when he finally took the job at Feyenoord. The club was in serious financial trouble and were close to bankruptcy. After being forced to sell Castaignos, Wijnaldum and Fer for peanuts, he was faced with an impossible task of rebuilding with no budget. Departing from his usual 4-3-3, Koeman’s 5-3-2 formation brought an immediate change in results. For the first time in over a decade, Feyenoord finished as runners-up, the goals of John Guidetti bringing Champions League football back to De Kuip. Next year Koeman again finished third in the league and then second again. Fans were thrilled despite the fact that Koeman failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage. He built his team around academy talents and cheap loanees like Jordy Clasie, Bruno Martins Indi, Stefan de Vrij, Terence Kongolo, Daryl Janmaat, Ron Vlaar, most of whom would be the key members for van Gaal’s 2014 World Cup squad that finished third with van Gaal even implementing Koeman’s 5-3-2. After three years Koeman departed for another challenge, this time in England.
Koeman replaced Mauricio Pocchetino as the manager of Southampton. In Southampton, he used a 4-2-3-1 system flexing into 4-4-2 or 4-5-1. With players like Dušan Tadić, Sadio Mané, Nathaniel Clyne, Graziano Pellè and Virgil van Dijk he achieved fantastic results. Saints finished 7th in the 2014/15 season. In his first six Premier League games in charge of the club, Koeman managed four wins, a draw and a defeat which meant that Southampton moved to second place in the league standings and resulted in Koeman being named Premier League Manager of the Month for September. In January 2015, Southampton won all three of their matches, including a first win at Old Trafford since 1988, and Koeman was again named Manager of the Month. Next season Koeman won his third Premier League Manager of the Month for January 2016. Southampton finished the 2015/16 season in 6th place, their highest ever and also had the highest ever Premier League points total, 63. They also qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. Koeman would again depart after a major success in search of a new challenge. He would take on the big boys Everton.
On June 14th 2016, Koeman was confirmed as manager of Everton, signing a three-year contract. His brother Erwin was again hired as his assistant. In their first season, the Koemans led Everton to qualification for the Europa League as they finished 7th, an improvement over the 11th place from the previous season. Romelu Lukaku was unstoppable and Koeman built his team around him to utilize his exceptional form that season. Next season Everton sold Lukaku to Manchester United and Koeman was left with no striker and a ton of money. Everton gave him full freedom during the transfer window, hoping that he would replicate his masterclass from Feyenoord. Koeman made some questionable decisions however, opting against buying any strikers and going into next season with no real consistent source of goals. In Europa League group stages Everton was barely third, far from Lyon and Atalanta who crushed them in both games. In the Premier League, Everton were falling down towards the relegation zone with the least amount of goals scored out of any non-relegation level club. Koeman was sacked on October 23rd 2017. He later talked about his mistakes, admitting that he failed to obtain a new striker and partially blamed his failure on Everton’s inability to buy Giroud.
On February 6th 2018, Koeman was appointed manager of the Dutch national team on a four-and-half-year contract up to and including the 2022 World Cup. He replaced Dick Advocaat who resigned after failing to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup. Just like when he started his playing career, the Dutch national side looked hopeless after a great generation had moved on. Koeman had a lot of work to do. After promoting new and talented youth players and phasing out some veteran players, Koeman’s Netherlands looked like a completely different team. Together with his assistant Ruud Van Nistelrooy Koeman revitalized the squad and results came soon after. Netherlands managed to beat Germany twice, world champions France as well as the English. In June 2019, Netherlands finished runners-up in the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League after an undeserved 1:0 defeat against Portugal in the final.
It seemed that Koeman was on his way to replicate the likes of Michels, Happel and van Gaal by leading his nation to glory. But as we all know, that won’t happen. Whether due to personal reasons, Koeman reportedly suffereing a heart attack earlier this year pushing him to reach for his dreams, or due to his pure love for Barça which he expressed many times before, Koeman left the Dutch national team to wear the blaugrana colors again, now as a coach. Koeman admitted many times that coaching Barça is his dream job. It is, however, the dream of many. Whether Koeman will achieve what his great compatriots did or will he suffer another failure as a coach, is about to be seen. We can all wish him luck and show him support, if not for his previous great coaching results, then for what he did for Barça and for how he forever changed the future of this club.

Koeman as a coach - tactical analysis

In his early years as Manager , Koeman would use the famous 4-3-3 with fluctuating success in Ajax , Benfica, PSV and Valencia. The Dutch invented the 4-3-3 formation and over the years many small subtypes evolved. Koeman is known to not shy away from trying new tactics, with mixed but mostly positive results.
He adapted to the situation however and started using 5-3-2 with Feyenoord, showing extreme tactical flexibility when given a limited squad and nothing to work with.With Southampton he also started implementing 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 as well as 4-2-3-1. The peak of his versatility in a tactical sense came when he took over Netherlands. After 20 years of coaching he collected enough experience and knowledge to implement numerous tactical variations. In friendlies he started using 3-5-2 to capitalize on the strong Dutch centre backs. By the time the Nations League had rolled around they were playing the Dutch classic 4-2-3-1. Under Koeman, the most general shape they would use would be a 4-2-3-1 which translates as 3-5-2 in possession and 5-3-2 out of possession.
With de Ligt and van Dijk as two centre backs , Dailey Blind and Denzel Dumfries would start as wingbacks with Dumfries playing very high. In Midfield , Frenkie de Jong and Marten de Roon would start as the double pivots with Georginio Wijnaldum or Donnie van de Beek as the box to box advanced midfielder. Forward line would consist of inside forwards Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes with Ryan Babel appearing sporadically in the middle.
The front 3 would often fluctuate with Depay acting as a false 9 at times with Steven Bergwijn occasionally acting as an inside forward.
Usually Koeman would use Wijnaldum as the most advanced midfielder , the talented midfielder helps with the counter pressing from the front and being a vital resource in tight spaces between the lines.
Frenkie de Jong is the team's main playmaker. Playing deep but often running into spaces , creating passing lanes , receiving the ball from the centre backs van Dijk and de Ligt and starting the build up. Blind and Dumfries are tasked with providing width because of the team’s lack of natural wingers.
The general approach is a pragmatic one against better teams but, against similar or inferior teams, Koeman is happy to let his team dictate the ball. They usually play an aggressive man to man high pressing system trying to maintain a compact shape between the defense and the midfield line. With the ball, the Dutch usually take a possession based approach, the general shape varies from a 4-3-3 to 3-4-3 to 3-5-2.
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Atragun_vs_Mark_Wild_and_Eldream-Devotion-(SUBMISSION198)-WEB-2020-AFO Atragun_vs_Mark_Wild_and_Eldream-Devotion-(SUBMISSION198)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Atzael_Trash-Retro_Wave-(RSR019)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN August_Vila-The_Answer-(UA094)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Aurosonic_and_Kate_Louise_Smith-I_Wouldve_Stayed-(AUSOM017)-WEB-2020-AFO Avaastavik-Sedated-(473257)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN AVAO_ft_Mike_Schmid-Over_and_Over-(RA113)-WEB-2020-AFO Avd_-_Brave_Warrior-(IR109)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz Awii-After_Effects-(RR034)-WEB-2020-AFO Awii-Molly_Polly-(BSR004)-WEB-2020-AFO Axel_Core-Alcoholic-(SAM333)-WEB-2020-KLIN AxelPolo_and_Danilo_Marinucci-Better_Days-(RUR095)-WEB-2020-AFO AXijaro_and_Pitch-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT AXMO_-_The_Mind-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FMC B.E.A.R_and_Kevin_Shiah-Ellicit_EP_Vol_2-(EL018)-WEB-2020-AFO Babak_Haleky-Elev8-(4061798671977)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Barb_Icon-Alex_End-(EFF220)-WEB-2020-KLIN Bardalimov-Enthusiasm__Alone-(AE406)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Base_Experience-Deep_Blue-(LS0087)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Base_Trap-Vertigo-(ART108)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Bassam_Jalid_and_Forest_Weed-Cyber_Lady-(BZM160)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Bassmite-No1-(TIME063)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Beat_Service_and_Sarah_Russell-Would_You-(RNMR033A)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Bellatrix-Inside_You-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON Ben_Gold-Starstruck-(ASOT605)-WEB-2020-AFO Ben_Stone-Aragon-(INTER175)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Berg-Warzone-(BTRDR770)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Betelgeuze--We_Can_Do-(BSR580)-WEB-2020-OMA Bidwell-Pieces-(OHMM078)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Big_Booler-Empty_Out-(EFF184)-WEB-2020-KLIN Bill_McGruddy_ft_WAI-Iris-WEB-2020-AFO Billy_Gillies-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Binary_Finary-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT BIONIQUE-Supernova-(ECT168)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO BiXX_and_Last_Soldier-Unity-(NK050)-WEB-2020-AFO Black_Fly-Metatron-(MR025)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Blowminder-Violet-(10174580)-WEB-2020-KLIN Blowminder_-_Anabel-(4061707319433)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz Blue5even_and_Farhad_Zohdabady-Silhouette-(EA079)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Blue_Serigala-The_Last_Call-(BTSR324)-WEB-2020-AFO Blue_Serigala-The_Last_Call-(BTSR324)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Blufeld-Do_We_Really_Know-(VAS104)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Blufeld-Do_We_Really_Know-(VAS104)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Bodo_Kaiser_and_Ron_Van_Den_Beuken_ft_Kim_Kiona-Walk_On_My_Own-(ENTRM185)-WEB-2020-AFO Brad_Thatcher-Be_The_One-(IDR72)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-wAx Bruno_Oloviani_-_Bliss-(GGR001)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz Bryan_Kearney-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Bryn_Liedl-Integration-(EUPH321)-WEB-2020-AFO BT_ft_Emma_Hewitt-No_Warning_Lights_(Remixes)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Buzzila-Methodical-(BR095)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN C-Systems_and_Hanna_Finsen-Time-(RNMR193)-WEB-2020-AFO C_A_G_E-Stratosphera-(SONE017)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Cafdaly_-_Memory-(4061707411601)-WEB-2020-ZzZz California_Sunshine-Forest_Of_Dreams-(GOAEP380)-WEB-2020-KLIN Cambium-Illusion-WEB-2020-FALCON Cameron_Mo_ft_Horf-Open_The_Cage-(FSOE465A)-WEB-2020-AFO Capital_Monkey-Make_A_Move-(ARC491)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Capslock-Wiggle_Wine-(BTPRT263093)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Chacruna-Awakening_Intuition-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON Chapperz_-_The_Journey-(5059580093525)-WEB-2020-ZzZz Checho_Suarez_-_Spectra-(YV069)-WEB-2020-FMC Chicane-No_Ordinary_Morning_(Remixed)-(MDA030)-WEB-2020-AFO Chicane-No_Ordinary_Morning_(Remixed)-WEB-2020-AFO Chicane-No_Ordinary_Morning_Remixed-(MDA030)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Chris_Burke-Fly_Away-(AWD472374)-WEB-2020-KLIN Chris_Connolly-Genocide-(DSR039)-WEB-2020-AFO Chris_Connolly-Stimulation-(AE407)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Chris_Deme-Let_The_Sun_Shine_Through-(NRG030)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Chris_F_-_Mess_You_Up-(UTHHT022)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz Chris_Schweizer-Dont_Be_Scared-(WAO138291)-WEB-2020-AFO Christian_C_and_Santiago_Ibanez-Hope_(Josh_Pvoi_Remix)-(TMM117)-WEB-2020-AFO Christina_Novelli-Im_Ok-(BH10090)-REPACK-WEB-2020-AFO Christopher_Urrea-Paradise-(637293452729985420)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Chukiess_x_Whackboi_ft_Amin_Salmee-Alive-(IHM106)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Ciaran_Mcauley-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Ciro_Visone_and_Semper_T.-Lost_Thoughts-(NIX169)-WEB-2020-AFO CJ_Antz_-_An_Evening_In_The_Subway_2020-(ELGD041)-WEB-2020-ZzZz CJ_Art-Interstellar_Travel-(INB1DIGI023)-WEB-2020-AFO CJ_Mover_-_Drama-(GERT0519)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz Clark-Rainfall-(ART110)-WEB-2020-KLIN Claus_Backslash-Absolute_Delusion-(FLASHTR160)-WEB-2020-AFO Claus_Backslash-Legendary_Places-(CLHR406)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Cloud7-Wonderland-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON Cm2-Together_We_Are_Stronger-(AE405)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Co.Fi-Get_On_Up-(ESR494)-WEB-2020-AFO Coke_Montilla-Scape_Room-(10175871)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Cold_Blue-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Cold_Blue-Recovery_(John_OCallaghan)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Cold_Blue-Recovery_(John_OCallaghan_Remix)-(SUBC204)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Colorblind-On_The_Other_Side-(BT267)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Contineum_Vs._Sabretooth-Megaphragma-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON Controversial_-_Horizon_EP-(INTRSTLLR002)-WEB-2020-ZzZz Cor_Fijneman-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Coredata-Wander-(JOOF319)-WEB-2020-AFO Corrosive_System-D.M.T.-WEB-2020-FALCON Corti_Orga_and_and_Sarah_De_Warren-Better_One_(Roman_Messer_Remix)-(IHM107)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Corti_Organ_and_Sarah_de_Warren_-_Better_One_(Incl._Roman_Messer_Remix)-(IHM107)-WEB-2020-QMI Cosmic_Flow_And_SOME1-Storyteller-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON Costa_and_Hysteria-Dagger-(RNMR192)-WEB-2020-AFO Costa_Pantazis-Binary_Code-(MA019)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Costa_Pantazis-Untamed_Wilds-(JMJR082)-WEB-2020-AFO Costa_Pantazis_-_Binary_Code_(Incl_Ikorus_Remix)-(MA019)-WEB-2020-ZzZz Craig_Connelly-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Craig_Connelly_ft._Cammie_Robinson_-_Run_Away_(Club_Mixes)-(BH10260)-WEB-2020-QMI_INT Craig_Connelly_ft_Cammie_Robinson-Run_Away_(feat._Cammie_Robinson)-(BH10260)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Craig_Connelly_ft_Karina_Ramage-Life_Half_Lived-(SUBC206)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Craig_Forsyth-Salamancas_Bell-(DISDAR230)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO CreationForce-Luz_Para_Este_Mundo-WEB-2020-NDE Crimson_Controllers-Unreliable-(EFF217)-WEB-2020-KLIN CRYDITS-After_Night_(Remixes)-(FORCE056)-WEB-2020-AFO Cybercraft--Maelstroem-(UGR010)-WEB-2020-OMA D-Nation-Emotions-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON D72-Acid_Drop_(OBM_Notion_Dark_Notion_Remix)-(DMAXDR069)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-wAx D72-Interstellar-(INFRAR027)-WEB-2020-AFO D72-Orbit-(CLM138)-WEB-2020-KLIN D72_ft_Dan_Iwan-Lilly_2k20-(TAR138122)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT D72_pres_Dan_Iwan-Lilly_2k20-(TAR138122)-WEB-2020-AFO D__Russo-Kingpin-(MB085)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Dafuqex-Zenith-(SRS11506)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Dall_Eight-Full_Sets-(EFF194)-WEB-2020-KLIN Dalmoori_and_Binary_Ensemble-Liquid_Dreams-WEB-2020-AOV Dan_Delaforce-Always_Alive-(SUBMISSION199)-WEB-2020-AFO Dan_Schneider-Arclight-(SCR351)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Dan_Schneider-Arclight-(SCR351)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Dan_Schneider-Deucalion-(KSX416)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Dan_Schneider-Deucalion-(KSX416)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Dan_Stone-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Dan_Stone-Vice_Versa-(FSOEF056A)-WEB-2020-AFO Dan_Thompson-Supervention-(MCV94)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Daneel_Dokhov_ft_Dariavush-Wave_in_Fire-(10175214)-WEB-2020-AFO Daniel_Dominguez-Escaping_From_Reality-(DDM100)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Daniel_Lesden-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Daniel_Ortgiess_and_Yan_Weinstock-Maasai-(FLASHBL014)-WEB-2020-AFO Daniel_Patrick_Roy-New_Dawn-(PVM070)-WEB-2020-AFO Daniel_Skyver-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Daniel_Wanrooy_ft_Lachi-Years-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Daniel_Wanrooy_ft_Lachi-Zeta-WEB-2020-AFO Danilux-The_Light-(AR060)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Danny_Eaton-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Danny_Fervent_-_Sonnenlicht_(Bravenus_Remixes)-(MMRD1187)-WEB-2020-MARiBOR Danny_Gee-Ntp-(ES108)-WEB-2020-KLIN Danny_Oliveira-Drop_It_Your_Love-(DISDAR10B)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Darkness_Falls-Absent_Mind-(CLHR408)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Darren_Hall-What_To_Do-(RR035)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO DARVO-No_Looking_Back-(PHAT082)-WEB-2020-AFO Dave_Neven_and_Dan_Thompson-Lost_In_Amsterdam-(FLASHTR163)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Dave_Steward-Hooked_and_Juiced-(NC0081)-WEB-2020-AFO Dave_Steward-Hooked_and_Juiced_(Phil_Reynolds_Remix)-(NC0113)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Dave_Steward-Inception_(The_Album)_Extended-(NC0041)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Dave_Steward-Inception_(The_Album)_Radio_Edits-(NC0041R)-WEB-2020-AFO Dave_Steward-Manipulated_Waters_(Original_Mix)-(NC0123)-WEB-2020-AFO Dave_Steward_-_Charged_EP2-(NC0122)-WEB-2020-FMC Dave_Steward_-_Claptrap-(NC0051)-WEB-2020-FMC Dave_Steward_-_End_Of_Line-(NC0044)-WEB-2020-FMC Dave_Steward_-_Enslaved_(Miroslav_Vrlik_Remix)-(NC0041RM)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FMC Dave_Steward_-_Fully_Fitted-(NC0106)-WEB-2020-FMC Dave_Steward_-_Inception_(The_Album)-WEB-2020-QMI Dave_Steward_-_Junkets_Mist-(NC0054)-WEB-2020-FMC Dave_Steward_-_Pollex-(NC0030)-WEB-2020-FMC Dave_Steward_-_Satans_Wardrobe-(NC0093)-WEB-2020-FMC Dave_Steward_-_Skyscraper_Affect-(NC0077)-WEB-2020-FMC Dave_Steward_-_The_Verge_(Richard_Tanselli_Remix)-(NC0049)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FMC Davey_Asprey-The_Road_So_Far-(CLHR407)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT David_Forbes-Timewarp-(ARD117)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO David_Rust-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT David_Surok-Cape_Hatteras__Desire-(BTSR321)-WEB-2020-AFO Daxson-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Deep_Vibration-Consciousness-WEB-2020-FALCON Deepsky-Cosmic_Dancer_(Orkidea_Pure_Progressive_Remix)-(PTP115)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Deepsky-Cosmic_Dancer_(Orkidea_Pure_Progressive_Remix)_(Incl_Edit)-(PTP115)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Delatte-Come_Back-(VWH022)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Denis_Efremov-Voice_of_the_Heart-(ESK095)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Denis_Krivoshein-Eagles_Path-(DMAX634)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Denis_Sender-Metropolis-(PROG071)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Denis_Sender-Metropolis-(PROG071A)-WEB-2020-AFO Derek_Palmer_and_Hidden_Tigress-Desolation-(EGMSIN287)-WEB-2020-AFO Deykin-Anthropy-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON Digital_Tribe-Difficult_Choices-(UTPDIG02)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN DIM3NSION_ft_Lydia_Schrough-Always_Loved_You-(FLASH211)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Dimitri_Serrano-Ceneii-(SSCD2175)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Discordia-Osorezan-(TA221)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Dissociactive-Electric_Fields-WEB-2020-FALCON Distortion_Riders_and_Kev_Wild-Treacherous-(EGMSIN289)-WEB-2020-AFO District5-Frosted_Glass-(RDX138153)-WEB-2020-AFO Dito-Shadows_(Talla_2XLC_2K20_Remix)-(TCR001)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT DJ_Amadeus_-_Smash-(WAO138298)-WEB-2020-QMI_INT Dj_Darroo-Where_Are_We_Going-(IT041)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN DJ_Fait-Tell_Me_Anything-(AQL369)-WEB-2020-AOV DJ_GIO.PO-Electronic_Atlas-(MYC911)-WEB-2020-AFO DJ_H.I.R.O_(Hiro_Furuse)_-_Transcend-(5059435618538)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz DJ_Jeffrey_and_De-Leit-Yara_(Jon_Doe_and_Friend_Remix)-(COHCL001R)-WEB-2020-AFO Dj_Rayne-Skyler-(EHE099)-WEB-2020-KLIN Dj_Rayne-Trancer-(EHE081)-WEB-2020-KLIN Dj_Rob-Seekers-(DJROB06062020)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Dj_Rob-Shall_Be-(DJROB05122020)-WEB-2020-KLIN DJ_Sakin_and_Friends-Rising_Tide-(JMJR083)-WEB-2020-AFO DJ_SO4-I_Belong_Here-(DEVA72)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO DJ_Spaceman-Pegasus_(Remixes)-(TF032R)-WEB-2020-AFO Dj_Sunkeeperz-Marakara-(29TRANCE0006)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN DJ_T.H.-Leonie_(Chillout_Mix)-(AVACH013)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO DJ_Tomsten_-_Roadwarrior-(47798)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz DJ_Tomsten_-_Worldalpha-(47799)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz DJ_Vagabond_-_No_Future-(3616405256200)-WEB-2020-ZzZz DJT-Feel_Again-(TF042)-WEB-2020-AFO Djt-Rainy_Day-(10175137)-WEB-2020-KLIN Dmitriy_Chelnokov-The_Road-(R2586)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Dmitry_Bereza-Fractures-(TRNCA371)-WEB-2020-KLIN Doccarai-Tuned-(PH006)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Dominant_Space-Acid_Rave-(OT061)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Dory_Badawi_ft_Roxanne_Emery-Weapon_Of_Choice-(RDX378)-WEB-2020-wAx Double_Motion-Way_into_the_Future-(10173260)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Doxa-Stimulation_Of_Senses-WEB-2020-FALCON Drane_Forty_-_Small_Logs-(EFF226)-WEB-2020-ZzZz Dream_Dance_Alliance_-_Under_The_Moonlight-WEB-2020-QMI Dreamstate-From_Breath_To_Air-(AIGDIGI032)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Drival-By_Your_Side-(ENTRMR090)-WEB-2020-AFO Dropmind_And_Dktronic-Lsd_Therapy-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON DRYM-Icarus-(NK049)-WEB-2020-AFO DRYM-Icarus-(NK049)-WEB-2020-AOV Dyn_Taylor-Radiant_Refinement-(ISX009E)-WEB-2020-KLIN Dynamic_Freakuencies-Acid_Portal-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON Eddie_Bitar-The_Underdog-(BTRDR768)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Edgar_Weissenfels_and_Frank_Rest_-_Beethomania_Rhapsody-(4061707401299)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz Edplacid_Patino_-_Euphorya-(RW007)-WEB-2020-ZzZz Edplacid_Patino_and_DJ_Kel-Eternity-(TMM115)-WEB-2020-AFO Edward_Rohm-La_Flaka-(VAU097)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Eklorian-Red_Skies-(UPRDIG107)-WEB-2020-KLIN Electric_Feel-Own_Reality-(PH0047)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Elegy-Inside_Remixes-WEB-2020-FALCON Elias-Full_Soul-(IR110)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Elitist-Keep_Pushing-(SUBMISSION197)-WEB-2020-AFO Emir_Guven-Save_My_Soul-(RDXRED163)-WEB-2020-AFO Emulate-Elements-(NH19320)-WEB-2020-KLIN Enarxis-One_Last_Dance-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FALCON Encount3r-El_Jefe-(SCR356)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Epidemika_and_LNYX-Without_U-(INFRA205)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Equator-Silence-(COHCL004)-WEB-2020-KLIN Equinox_2000_-_Above_and_Beyond-(5059580027773)-WEB-2020-ZzZz Eric_Zimmer-Delta-(IFECT028)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Erislandy-Totem-(MFORCE114)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Eryon_Stocker-Rhapsody-(MPURE114)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Escea--Qwertz_(Remixes)-(YV060)-WEB-2020-OMA Eternal_Basement-Reaching_Out-(HHSP2020)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ENSLAVE Eugenio_Tokarev-Melifluo-(WAO138297)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Eugenio_Tokarev-Melifluo-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AOV Evebe_and_Pittarius_Code-Infinity-(2RR061)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO EverLight-Hyperdrive-(NKF029)-WEB-2020-AFO Evgeny_Venge_-_Appeasement-(NS892)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz Evolving_Suns_Audio_-_Mysterious_Forces-(BR449)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-ZzZz Eximinds_and_Andromeda-One_of_These_Days-(IHM110)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Eximinds_and_Hghlnd-The_Tempest-(ITP113E)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Exoprodigy-Dancing_On_The_Rain-(LRI001)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Exoprodigy-Raging_Wolf_On_The_Sky-(LRD001)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Extense-Desperate_Love-(EA075)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-wAx Ezechiel-Leg_Press-(TR158)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-KLIN Ezequiel_Lovera-Two_Faces_EP-(UA097)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT F4T4L3RR0R-Glitch_In_The_Universe-(ASR250)-WEB-2020-AFO F4T4L3Rr0R-Glitch_In_The_Universe-(ASR250E1)-WEB-2020-KLIN F4T4L3RR0R-Glitch_In_The_Universe_(Extended_Mixes_Part_1)-(ASR250E1)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Fabian_Linden-Marguerite__The_Power_Of_Dreams-(TF044)-WEB-2020-AFO Fabio_XB_and_Linnea_Schossow_with_Khrys_Kloudz-Run_The_Sky-(DIGISOC354)-WEB-2020-AFO Fabrice-Black_Force-(MPS108)-WEB-2020-AFO Fabrice-La_Pioggia-(YR1309)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO Fabrice-Legion_(Zarotta_Remix)-(TF027R)-WEB-2020-AFO Fabrice-Santuary-(WATR048)-WEB-2020-AFO Factor_B-Luminosity_Beach_Festival_2020-LIVE-WEB-2020-XTC_iNT Farb-Chase_Of_Dreams-(MSBKR179)-WEB-2020-AFO Farb-Techno_Pilot-(MSBKR182)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Farhad_Mahdavi_and_Tricia_McTeague-You_Can_Run-(AMSTR341)-WEB-2020-AFO Farius-From_The_Start_(The_Extended_Mixes)-(ENPROG398E2)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT Fatum_-_Faceless-SINGLE-WEB-2020-QMI Fatum_-_Faceless_(Extended_Mix)-(ARMD1547)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-QMI_INT FAWZY-Cosmic_Mission-(HG038)-WEB-2020-AFO FAWZY-Resonating_Force-(SUBMISSION203)-WEB-2020-AFO_INT FAWZY-Survivor_(Remixes)-(YV079)-WEB-2020-AFO FAWZY_-_Survivor-(YR1306)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-FMC FAWZY_and_Anton_van_Sprundel-Astral_Projection-(EA078)-SINGLE-WEB-2020-AFO 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2020.08.10 02:17 YatoToshiro Fate/Gensokyo #53.5 Jeanne d'Arc Alter (Fate/Grand Order) Parte 2


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Orleans: The Wicked Dragon Hundred Years 'War
Jeanne Alter é criada por Gilles de Rais (Caster) através do poder do Santo Graal, como uma versão de Jeanne d'Arc distorcida por seu ódio pela França e por Deus. Após sua criação, ela convoca o Chevalier d'Eon, Vlad III, Atalanta, Santa Martha e Carmilla enquanto adiciona o Melhoramento Louco para transformá-los em Servos Furiosos. Ela ordena que destruam a França, declarando que Deus perdoará todas as suas transgressões. Ela também diz que está tudo bem se Deus os punir, pois sua campanha destrutiva é um meio de provar a existência e o amor de Deus. Gilles então traz Pierre Cauchon antes dela. Jeanne Alter furiosamente o lembra do ridículo que ela suportou durante a vida. Ela também zombeteiramente diz a ele para dizer a todos que a malvada Jeanne d'Arc está aqui e rugir como um leão valente. Ela diz que sua fé é frágil e o acusa de ser um herege por implorar a uma bruxa que o poupe, quando ele implora a ela que poupe sua vida. Ela então começa a queimá-lo vivo até que nada mais reste. Ela então ordena que seus servos destruam a França novamente, começando com Orleans. Depois de explicar a seus Servos que agora são Servos Furiosos, Jeanne Alter declara que a humanidade não tem valor, pois falhou em provar seu amor a Deus. Ela decide que a bandeira deles será dragão quando Gilles diz que eles precisam de um símbolo para se reunir, citando sua conexão com dragões. Posteriormente, as forças de Jeanne Alter conquistaram Orleans, matando Carlos VII no processo. Durante o curso de sua campanha, Jeanne Alter e suas forças destroem muitas cidades e matam muitas pessoas. Um dos mais proeminentes é Lyon, onde Jeanne Alter derrotou e amaldiçoou seu protetor, Siegfried.
Jeanne Alter e seus servos eventualmente encontram Ritsuka, Mash Kyrielight e Jeanne quando chegam no recentemente destruído La Charite. Ela zomba de Jeanne e se declara a outra "ela". Ela chama a resposta para a pergunta de Jeanne sobre por que ela destruiu a cidade óbvia, já que ela está destruindo a França. Ela então pergunta que queria salvar a França e seu povo, apesar de saber que eles iriam ridicularizá-la e traí-la. Enquanto Jeanne hesita em responder, Jeanne Alter declara que não será mais enganada ou traída. Ela confessa que não consegue mais ouvir a voz de Deus, e interpreta isso como um sinal de que a França não é mais abençoada por ele. Assim, ela destruirá o país de acordo com Sua dor. Ela declara que salvará a França transformando-a na terra dos mortos. Ela diz a Jeanne que não conseguia entender, acusando-a de ser uma virgem sagrada que finge não ver ódio e alegria e é incapaz de crescimento humano. Ela começa a atear fogo no console do Archaman Romani quando ele diz que o crescimento humano dos Servos seria classificado como Espíritos Heróicos. Jeanne pergunta se ela realmente é "ela", mas Jeanne Alter apenas zomba de suas dúvidas. Ela chama Jeanne de nada mais do que o resíduo que ela jogou fora. Ela então ordena que Vlad e Carmilla a matem. Quando Maria Antonieta intervém, Jeanne Alter pede a D'Eon que confirme sua identidade. Ela diz a Marie que ela é inadequada para participar da batalha porque ela viveu uma vida de luxo, e morre sem saber o que aconteceu. Ela se pergunta se Marie pode entender seu ódio. Depois que o grupo escapa quando Mozart repele Vlad e Carmilla com Requiem for Death, Jeanne Alter ordena que Martha os siga e observe. Ela diz a Vlad que Martha ficará bem sozinha, já que seu Nobre Fantasma pode ser destruído. Mas ela concorda que precisa ser cuidadosa e decide retornar a Orleans para convocar servos adicionais. Ela então ordena que Vlad, Carmilla e D'Eon continuem destruindo a França, e sai dizendo a eles que até mesmo os anti-heróis têm dignidade.
Mais tarde, Jeanne Alter convoca Charles-Henri Sanson e Lancelot quando ela retorna a Orleans. Ela fica sabendo da morte de Martha, perguntando-se se ela cometeu suicídio, e irritada por manter sua sanidade, apesar de seu Melhoramento Maluco. Ela acha mais provável que tenha lutado com todas as suas forças, então eles não podem baixar a guarda. Ela afirma que partirá com "ele" na próxima vez. Ela diz que vai deixar os Servos recentemente convocados, então ordena que Gilles contate Carmilla. Ela então pergunta a ele quem ele pensa ser a verdadeira Jeanne, ela ou Jeanne, ao que ele responde. Depois que Gilles a lembra da traição e do ridículo que ela sofreu na vida, Jeanne Alter declara que tudo foi um erro que deve ser corrigido. Ela concorda com Gilles que sua vingança é justa, dizendo que suas palavras lhe dão força. Ela então ordena que Sanson e Lancelot montem em seus wyverns e partam com ela. Mais tarde, ela confronta o grupo nas ruínas de Lyon, após resgatar Siegfried. Ela então ordena que seu dragão pessoal, Fafnir, os incinere, mas ele bloqueia a Luminosité Eternelle de Jeanne e o Lorde Chaldeas de Mash. Ela é forçada a recuar quando Fafnir é atingido por Balmung. Depois de se retirar para o céu, ela ordena que Sanson e Lancelot matem o grupo, dizendo que Carmilla se juntará mais tarde.
Jeanne Alter posteriormente ataca a cidade protegida por Georgios com Sanson enquanto seus cidadãos ainda estão sendo evacuados. Depois que Marie derrotou Sanson, Jeanne Alter achou engraçado que aqueles com maior potencial foram os primeiros a cair. Ela está irritada por Jeanne já ter escapado com Georgios e acha ridículo que ganhar um Servo deu esperança a Jeanne. Ela então pergunta a Marie por que ela está tentando salvar os cidadãos, embora ela tenha sido decapitada por seus próprios cidadãos. Marie responde que sua morte foi inevitável porque ela não era mais necessária para o povo. Ela então pergunta a Jeanne Alter quem ela é, mas Jeanne Alter também diz a ela para calar a boca. Ela então ativa o Palácio de Cristal e luta contra Jeanne Alter, que ela acaba perdendo.
Voltando para Orleans, Jeanne Alter confirma que Marie morreu e pergunta a Gilles sobre a condição de Sanson. Ele responde que a mente de Sanson pereceu com Marie, dizendo que ele só está apto para ser um soldado de infantaria agora. Jeanne Alter está aborrecida porque Georgios escapou graças ao fato de Marie a estar segurando. Ela começa a pedir para encontrar o grupo quando D'Eon interrompe para relatar que o grupo está indo para Orleans. Jeanne Alter ordena que eles se preparem para a batalha e Gilles para reunir os dragões e servos. Ela declara que o mundo será destruído se eles vencerem, e mesmo se eles perderem, o mundo já se foi. Ela também diz que, mesmo que Caldéia corrija a era, uma jornada sem fim pela frente. Apesar disso, eles e Jeanne ainda têm fé no mundo, para grande aborrecimento de Jeanne Alter. Ela decide destruir o grupo por esse motivo, não querendo que eles restaurem o mundo, dizendo que é o desejo dela e de Gilles.
Jeanne Alter e suas forças confrontam o grupo enquanto eles marcham em direção a Orleans. Ela diz a Jeanne que eles são iguais, mas Jeanne rejeita firmemente essa ideia. Ela então exibe a horda de dragões com ela, declarando que eles devorarão tudo na França. Depois, os dragões lutarão e se devorarão em uma guerra sem fim. Ela fica chocada quando o General Gilles de Rais chega com seu exército e começa a bombardear os dragões com artilharia. Depois que seus servos e Fafnir são mortos na batalha, Jeanne Alter é convencida por Gilles a retornar ao castelo.
Dentro do castelo, Jeanne Alter ordena que Gilles a defenda enquanto convoca um novo Servo. Ela concorda com sua sugestão de convocar o Rei Arthur, embora duvide que um cavaleiro inglês responda a sua convocação. Quando Ritsuka, Mash e Jeanne chegam na sala do trono, ela fica surpresa que eles chegaram mais rápido do que o esperado, então ela não precisa modificar a convocação. Jeanne pergunta se ela se lembra de sua família, mas Jeanne Alter não consegue se lembrar. Descobrindo que não importa se ela se lembra ou não, ela invoca Servos das Sombras e ordena matar o grupo. Depois de destruídos, ela luta contra o grupo pessoalmente. Ela é derrotada, mas se recusa a acreditar que perdeu porque tem o Graal. Quando ela começa a morrer, ela diz a Gilles que ela ainda não destruiu a França. Ela fica consolada quando Gilles diz que destruirá a França em seu lugar. Ela então desaparece, revelando que o Graal era seu centro.
Da Vinci and The Seven Counterfeit Heroic Spirits
Como seu conceito já existia, Jeanne Alter nunca foi verdadeiramente destruída na Singularidade de Orleans. Já que Gilles de Rais, que a desejou, e o Santo Graal, que fez isso acontecer, foram mortos e capturados, as chances de ela ser convocada novamente eram infinitesimais. No entanto, ela foi capaz de invocar-se invertendo o desejo de Jeanne d'Arc de não ter uma versão alterada de si mesma. É uma técnica de quebra de regras que só foi possível graças à popularidade de Jeanne como Espírito Heroico. Insatisfeita por ser uma falsificação, Jeanne Alter procurou superar seu eu original. Usando o Louvre como base e querendo vingança por Orleans, ela cria versões falsificadas de Alexandre, Hector, Siegfried, Arash, Arjuna, Gilles de Rais, Brynhild com o propósito de superar seus originais. Ela também deu a cada um deles histórias de fundo específicas centradas em torno dela por um desejo inerente de ser o protagonista. Continuando com seu plano que começou desde a Singularidade de Orleans, ela além disso melhorou seus valores de Saint Graph por meio do Counterfeits ’Riot, tornando-se publicamente uma Serva. Com relação à convocação dos Espíritos Heróicos Falsificados, em algum momento durante o período do Motim das Falsificações, parece que Jeanne Alter queria esquecer todas as suas existências exceto a dela.
Eventualmente, Jeanne Alter localizou Ritsuka, Mash, Leonardo da Vinci e EMIYA, que procurava impedir sua falsificação. Eles a encontram sendo desconfortavelmente abraçada pela falsificada Brynhild. Ela os elogia por localizá-la, presumindo que eles seguiram os rastros deixados pelas falsificações. Ela chuta Brynhild para longe, apenas para ela rastejar de volta. Ela explica que o comportamento de Brynhild inadvertidamente resultou de seu desejo de que um de seus sete seguidores fosse mulher. Pedindo ao grupo para ignorar Brynhild, ela revela as circunstâncias de seu retorno. Ela aceita que é uma falsificação da Jeanne original, mas ainda quer superá-la, pois Da Vinci especulou com razão. Ela continua que, embora seja uma falsificação, não há regras dizendo que ela não pode fazer nome para si mesma no mundo. Ela continua ainda que as pessoas imaginam que a morte de Jeanne justificaria sua vingança, declarando-se um aspecto de Jeanne. Portanto, como ela nasceu do ódio e da intenção assassina, Jeanne Alter é uma Anti-Herói e uma Serva da classe Vingador. Ela então ordena que Brynhild ataque o grupo. Ela nega a dedução da EMIYA de que a maioria de seus Servos falsificados eram homens pelo desejo inconsciente de ser o protagonista, apontando Brynhild. Mash suspeita que ela queria uma amiga, mas Jeanne Alter nega. Ela afirma que os Servos falsificados eram meramente peões dispensáveis, então luta contra o grupo com Brynhild. Depois que Brynhild é derrotada, Jeanne Alter se culpa por ser incapaz de convocar Brynhild da forma adequada. Ela presume que Brynhild vai culpá-la antes que ela morra, como ela presume que os outros morreram. No entanto, Brynhild diz que ela e as outras falsificações desfrutaram de seu tempo com ela antes de desaparecer. Jeanne Alter afirma que as falsificações foram um peão criado para sua diversão, mas Da Vinci a repreende por não perceber seus verdadeiros sentimentos. Ela explica que as falsificações já ultrapassavam os originais e estavam sinceramente se divertindo, apesar de serem falsas. Ela continua que eles tiveram cuidado e preocupação genuínos por Jeanne Alter. Isso confunde Jeanne Alter, pois ela não consegue entender por que alguém se importaria com uma garota vingativa como ela. Da Vinci diz a ela para abraçar seu desejo de vingança e seu papel como Anti-Herói para se tornar uma Serva completa. Jeanne Alter hesita com a ideia de ser convocada quando Ritsuka diz que eles a aceitariam. Depois de um longo período de reflexão, ela aceita seu complexo de inferioridade para com Jeanne e seu desejo de ser desejada. Ela aceita que seu ódio nunca cessará e ela sempre será uma Vingadora, não importa quantas vidas ela salve. No entanto, apesar de tudo isso, ela diz que responderá à convocação de Ritsuka. No entanto, ela começa a lutar contra o grupo por vingança por eles terem derrotado suas falsificações. Depois de ser derrotada, ela diz que se divertiu. Ela revela que seu eu futuro formará um vínculo com Ritsuka enquanto seu eu atual desaparecerá. Ela assume que seu eu futuro não terá memórias de ser um Espírito Heróico falsificado, então o atual queria criar pelo menos uma memória. Ela diz a Ritsuka para assumir a responsabilidade por seu futuro eu e se despede deles antes de desaparecer.
Salomon: The Grand Time Temple
Jeanne Alter está entre os Servos do "evento especial" ajudando a Caldéia contra os Pilares do Deus Demônio.
Shinjuku: The Malignant Quarantined Demonic Realm
Jeanne Alter estabelece seu próprio território em Shinjuku após sua convocação após formar uma trégua com Artoria Alter para se deixarem em paz. Em algum ponto, ela foi gravemente ferida por Baal disfarçada de James Moriarty, forçando-a a se retirar para o esgoto. Mais tarde, ela tenta incinerar o verdadeiro Moriarty quando ele se intromete em seu território. Ela é mais tarde atacada por EMIYA Alter sob as ordens de Baal, irritada por ele ter transformado uma espada em uma arma moderna. Ela então liberta La Grondement Du Haine em uma tentativa de destruí-lo, mas para sua irritação, ele usou um escudo para bloqueá-lo e escapar. Tendo se esforçado demais com aquele ataque, ela desmaia e espera para desaparecer. Ela se pergunta se alguém vai roubá-la e jogá-la no rio ou contaminá-la enquanto ela desaparece. No entanto, ela é salva pela chegada de Ritsuka, Moriarty e Artoria Alter. Depois de se insultar, Jeanne Alter pergunta por que ela veio, uma vez que eles tinham trégua para se deixarem em paz. Artoria Alter responde que não é mais o caso e se gaba de ter um Mestre, segundo a crença de Jeanne Alter. Ela assume que seu Mestre é totalmente incompetente até que Ritsuka se apresente como dito Mestre. Ela pede a Ritsuka para deixá-la se juntar a eles, alegando que ela é uma Serva melhor do que Artoria Alter ou Moriarty. Ela falha em detalhes de como ela é melhor do que eles quando os inimigos chegam em cena, tendo sido atraída pelo cheiro de seu Nobre Fantasma. Após a batalha, ela pergunta a Mash por que ela não os está ajudando como um Shielder. Mash responde que ela está atualmente em licença de serviçal devido a certas circunstâncias, o que decepciona Jeanne Alter, já que Mash é seu último bastião de defesa. Ela se lembra de Mash se recusando a soltar seu escudo enquanto segurava as lágrimas de medo. Por causa disso, ela assume que Mash é um ser humano melhor do que ela, já que ela realmente sente medo. Artoria Alter a acusa de tentar roubar Mash, explicando que ela é um de seus cavaleiros já que Galahad a está possuindo. Jeanne Alter conta que ela pode fazer o que quiser, já que Mash não é Galahad. Ela então tenta incinerar Moriarty, assumindo que foi ele quem a feriu tão gravemente. Ela pára quando Ritsuka diz que pode confiar em Moriarty, pois foi outro ele quem a atacou. Mas, como os outros, ela não pode confiar nele. Mesmo assim, ela permite que ele os acompanhe quando Da Vinci diz que Moriarty arriscou a vida para proteger Ritsuka. Ela se irrita por Artoria Alter não permitir que ela os acompanhe, dizendo que ela tem os mesmos direitos que Moriarty. Ela então nota as roupas de Artoria Alter e pergunta por que ela as escolheu. Artoria Alter responde que um bom criado sempre se veste de acordo com sua localização. Em resposta, Jeanne Alter revistou as ruínas de uma boutique próxima sob o pretexto de que era suspeita. Ela retorna e cerca os outros e Hessian Lobo com as chamas de seu Nobre Phantasm no sinal de Moriarty para impedir a fuga de Hessian Lobo. No entanto, o grupo não consegue matá-lo e ele escapa. Jeanne Alter e Artoria Alter percebem que Moriarty pretende ter como alvo o Fantasma da Ópera e Christine Daaé em seguida. Eles então se preparam para lutar entre si até que Moriarty convença a atrasar até que Phantom e Christine estejam mortos.
Após o retorno do grupo ao esconderijo de Artoria Alter, Jeanne Alter expressa sua repulsa por ele e por Cavall II. Ela espera que Ritsuka dê sua opinião sobre sua nova roupa, embora esteja desapontada com a resposta. Depois de um telefonema de Edmond Dantès, o grupo descobre que o outro Moriarty é o líder de seu inimigo, a Aliança Fantasma do Demônio. Isso exacerba ainda mais a desconfiança de Jeanne Alter e Artoria Alter em relação a seu próprio Moriarty. Em resposta, Moriarty diz que eles devem derrotar Phantom para que ele possa ganhar sua confiança. Ele avisa que eles seriam mortos se atacassem Phantom diretamente, com o que Jeanne Alter e Artoria Alter concordam. Ele explica que eles seriam severamente superados em número pelos 200 Coloraturas estacionados em Kabukicho se eles atacassem diretamente. Ele, Jeanne Alter e Artoria Alter lembram de ter destruído algumas Coloraturas antes, mas Moriarty revela que eles reabastecem seus números com 36 horas. Moriarty explica que as coloraturas atribuem a patrulha de Kabukicho que também sequestram pessoas regularmente. Jeanne Alter adora que Artoria Alter reconheça que Excalibur Morgan está sendo inútil em destruir Kabukicho quando Moriarty revela que a energia mágica de Shinjuku comparável à Idade dos Deuses a reduziria significativamente. Os dois quase entrando em uma briga quando Artoria Alter zombeteiramente implica que Jeanne Alter não se sairia muito melhor. Moriarty então pede que tragam para ele uma Coloratura, que ele usará para observar Kabukicho. Depois de deixar o esconderijo, Jeanne Alter afirma que se Moriarty os traísse, seria em um momento crucial. O grupo então percebe que Coloratura está sequestrando pessoas, então eles entram para capturar uma. Após capturar uma Coloratura e ajudar a fuga do povo, o grupo retorna ao esconderijo. Lá é revelado que as Coloraturas são construídas a partir de humanos, com sua carne e nervos sendo colocados nas bonecas. Depois de afirmar que os humanos uma vez transformados em Coloraturas não podem ser salvos, Moriarty revela que equipou a Coloratura com uma bomba. O dito Coloratura será devolvido com os outros quando eles retornarem a Kabukicho em seus intervalos regulares, e então sua bomba será acionada. A explosão causará confusão entre as Coloraturas, que o grupo usará como uma oportunidade para matar Phantom e Christine. Jeanne Alter concorda com o plano, pois o Colortura não é mais verdadeiramente humano. Ela até os acha piores do que o espírito maligno e coisas do gênero, já que pelo menos esses têm vestígios de suas personalidades originais, ao contrário dos Coloraturas. Depois que Moriarty termina de manipular a Coloratura, e dá o detonador para Ritsuka, o grupo segue para Kabukicho.
Colocando o Coloratura armado com os outros, Moriarty ordena que Artoria Alter e Jeanne Alter tomem suas posições. Dez minutos depois, a bomba é detonada por Moriarty em vez de Ritsuka após ver sua determinação em fazê-lo. A explosão resultante espalha as Coloraturas, então Artoria Alter e Jeanne Alter se movem para destruí-los. Eles são mais tarde chamados por Mash para ajudar Ritsuka e Moriarty contra EMIYA Alter, mas eles estão ocupados lidando com as Coloraturas ainda ativas. Eles chegam justamente quando EMIYA Alter recua graças à intervenção de Hassan do Braço Amaldiçoado, desapontado por seus ataques mal errados. Jeanne Alter pergunta quem é o Braço Amaldiçoado e se pergunta se ele é um inimigo, mas Mash diz que ele é um aliado. Juntamente com Cursed Arm, o grupo foge de Kabukicho e retorna para o esconderijo.
De volta ao esconderijo, o grupo relaxa após sua missão bem-sucedida. Porém, logo revelou que Hassan é um membro disfarçado da Aliança do Demônio Fantasma, Yan Qing. Ele toma Ritsuka como refém, mas Artoria Alter e Jeanne Alter chegam para detê-lo. Ele se esquiva de seus ataques e foge enquanto Artoria Alter o persegue em sua motocicleta, com Jeanne Alter a seguindo. Infelizmente, eles não são capazes de resgatar devido ao atraso dos soldados Hornet e do Rei Lear convocado por Yan Qing. Jeanne Alter e Artoria Alter mais tarde Moriarty por permitir que Ritsuka fosse sequestrada.
Felizmente, Ritsuka é resgatado da base da Phantom Demon Alliance, Barrel Tower, por Sherlock Holmes. Jeanne Alter e Artoria Alter expressam imediatamente sua preocupação e alívio ao retornarem. Voltando ao esconderijo, Jeanne Alter chama Sherlock de peso morto quando ele se apresenta como um Conjurador impróprio para combate. No entanto, ela o agradece por salvar Ritsuka. Ela diz a ele para ir embora, mas ele diz que não pode. Ela acaba brigando com Artoria Alter novamente quando o primeiro avisa Ritsuka contra ser muito gentil com Moriarty. Depois de saber do Nome Verdadeiro de Moriarty, sua desconfiança dele aumenta ainda mais; Jeanne Alter o compara às raposas que aparecem nos contos de moralidade. Sherlock então explica como o objetivo da Aliança de destruir o planeta é possível sem utilizar forças externas, fazendo o que Thomas Edison e o Rei Leão tentaram fazer. Sem entender o que os outros querem dizer, Jeanne Alter exige saber o que Edison e o Rei Leão tentam fazer. Mash primeiro explica que o Rei Leão tentou usar Rhongomyniad para preservar uma parte da humanidade e destruir o resto enquanto a Incineração da Humanidade estava ocorrendo. Jeanne Alter chama o Rei Leão de idiota pela trama, dizendo que ela deveria ter se permitido morrer com todos os outros. Ela então expressa seu ódio por reis que tentam resolver as coisas por si próprios e reis que simplesmente desistem. Mash então explica que Edison procurou preservar a América separando-a da linha do tempo. Da Vinci percebe e revela que Shinjuku está em uma linha do tempo abatida. Apesar de ser informado de que não terá efeitos adversos na história, Ritsuka decide salvar Shinjuku de qualquer maneira. Sherlock então revela o método pelo qual o maligno Moriarty usará para destruir o planeta. O malvado Moriarty planeja usar os poderes do Fantasma com o qual se fundiu, Der Freischutz, para carregar um meteorito na Torre do Barril e, em seguida, dispará-lo no núcleo do planeta como uma bala mágica para destruir o planeta. Jeanne Alter está aborrecida porque Moriarty acabou de perceber que ele foi fundido com Der Freischutz o fez um Arqueiro e o deixou disparar balas e mísseis de um caixão que ele nunca carregou em vida. Ironicamente, ela acha que o plano da Aliança para destruir o planeta é ainda pior do que quando ela tentou destruir a França. Ela e Artoria Alter concordam com a decisão de Sherlock de eliminar Yan Qing, achando sua habilidade de transformação problemática. O grupo então sai para roubar roupas para o propósito do plano de Sherlock e Moriarty. Depois de derrotar alguns bandidos e suas Coloraturas hackeadas, Ritsuka, Artoria Alter e Jeanne Alter trocam de roupa.
Agora usando vestidos, Ritsuka, Artoria Alter e Jeanne Alter entram em uma festa organizada por Yan Qing. Jeanne Alter, insultada, compara Artoria Alter a uma boneca de cera em seu vestido, enquanto Artoria Alter a compara a uma bruxa de verdade em seu vestido. No entanto, os dois compartilham a alegria de ver Ritsuka claramente desconfortável com seu disfarce. Jeanne Alter os segura enquanto Artoria Alter tira fotos deles com o telefone com câmera que ela tirou de um transeunte e os carrega para o servidor de Chaldea. Ela então se pergunta quando Yan Qing vai aparecer, expressando seu ódio por seu vestido. Depois de ver Artoria Alter dançar com Ritsuka, ela afirma não se importar com a dança e fica irritada que Artoria Alter tenha passado por instinto. Um convidado da festa tenta convidá-la para dançar, mas sua carranca o afasta. Agora que perdeu a paciência, ela agora quer queimar todo o prédio. Yan Qing então aparece diante dos convidados disfarçados de Artoria Alter. Ele eventualmente toma conhecimento dela e ordena que os Hornets ataquem. Juntamente com Moriarty, o grupo derrotou o Hornets seguido por Romeu e Julieta. Mais Hornets então aparecem, com Yan Qing sendo disfarçado como um deles. Ritsuka tira o vestido deles para chocá-lo a se revelar como parte do plano de Moriarty. Yan Qing revela seu verdadeiro nome e luta contra o grupo. Sentindo que vai perder, Yan Qing ativa uma bomba sob o prédio para derrubá-lo, fazendo com que o grupo escape. Depois de matar Yan Qing, Moriarty pondera se o orgulho é necessário para viver. Jeanne Alter responde que o orgulho não tem valor para ela como uma farsa. Ela fica confusa quando Artoria Alter a chama de panda gigante por não se orgulhar. O grupo então se prepara para partir quando são encontrados por Hessian Lobo.
Confrontado por Hessian Lob, o grupo vê que ele foi fundido com outro Fantasma, o Homem Invisível, como indica sua invisibilidade. Sua classe então muda de Cavaleiro para Vingador, e instantaneamente atinge Ritsuka já que eles são os únicos humanos por perto. Incapaz de derrotá-lo, o grupo decide quem ficará para trás para segurar Hessian Lobo enquanto o resto foge. Jeanne Alter assume a tarefa para que os outros possam escapar. Ela diz a eles para usarem esse tempo para encontrar uma maneira de derrotar Hessian Lobo permanentemente. Ela rejeita a sugestão de Artoria Alter de escolher alguém de forma justa. Ela chama Ritsuka de patético por não querer sacrificar seus aliados. Ela nega a suposição de Sherlock de que seu desejo de afastar Hessian Lobo é motivado por sua simpatia por ele como um companheiro Vingador. Ela explica que simplesmente odeia vê-lo correndo como um monstro estúpido, acreditando que deveria pelo menos ter um objetivo. Ela decide que vai dar um objetivo, então ela dá um fim real. Antes que os outros saiam, Sherlock diz a ela para cuidar de seus pés, e Artoria Alter confia nela para segurar Hessian Lobo. Enquanto luta contra Hessian Lobo, Jeanne Alter proclama que sabe como ele pensa, já que eles são iguais. Ela diz que o ódio deles nunca desaparecerá, independentemente de quantas pessoas eles matem até o dia da morte. Ela declara que vai tirar Hessian Lobo de sua miséria, dizendo que os sonhos fugazes que eles veem antes da morte são o único consolo para os Vingadores. Eventualmente, porém, Hessian Lobo a fere fatalmente. Ela está irritada, mas não está gostando de sua vingança, mas percebe que não pode mais. Depois de sofrer outro ferimento, ela solta La Grondement Du Haine em um esforço para segurá-lo. Ela explica que as chamas vêm de seu próprio corpo, duvidoso que possa afastá-las. Ela entende que as chamas não vão matá-lo, mas tem certeza de que vão desacelerá-lo por um tempo. Infelizmente, ela finalmente cai depois que Hessian Lobo se feriu novamente. Ela contempla sua natureza como uma farsa, incapaz de compreender verdadeiramente a dor de ser queimada viva. Ela chama Jeanne de idiota por querer vingança depois de ser queimada na fogueira, acreditando que ela era louca por não ter feito isso. Ela continua que o mundo está irremediavelmente escuro, alegando que o máximo que uma pessoa dita boa pode fazer é fechar os olhos. Ela se lembra de como costumava pensar que nunca ajudaria humanos de boa índole como Jeanne, achando-os patéticos e indefesos. Depois de chamar Jeanne de símbolo da humanidade, ela chama Ritsuka de idiota sem consideração por não tê-la convidado para dançar. Ela então se lembra do conselho de Sherlock antes de cair na inconsciência.
Jeanne Alter é capaz de sobreviver escapando em um buraco de homem no último momento, como Sherlock aconselhou. Ela se encontra com Edmond, e eles resgatam William Shakespeare de seu confinamento na Torre do Barril. Ambos tentam atacar Moriarty, que foi revelado como o verdadeiro cérebro para destruir o planeta, mas ele consegue se esquivar de ambos. Jeanne Alter explica como ela sobreviveu e mostra que trouxe Shakespeare para ajudar. Depois que Shakespeare e Hans Christian Andersen convocam os Grandes Detetives para ajudar Ritsuka, o grupo luta contra Moriarty após ele se fortalecer com o Graal. Depois que Moriarty e os outros desaparecem e o asteróide Bennu é destruído, Jeanne Alter diz a Ritsuka para chorar pelos Servos, já que eles estão destinados a desaparecer. Ela grita com EMIYA Alter para não se intrometer na conversa quando ele concorda. Ela então pergunta a ele o que aconteceu com Artoria Alter, se perguntando se ela foi esmagada por Bennu. EMIYA Alter responde que ela foi visitar algum lugar antes de desaparecer, que Ritsuka e Jeanne Alter percebem ser Cavall II. Depois que EMIYA Alter desaparece, ela de repente corta as comunicações com Chaldea. Ela então coloca seu vestido de festa e exige uma dança de Ritsuka. Depois de dançarem, Jeanne Alter se sente satisfeita e começa a desaparecer. Ela diz a Ritsuka que vai praticar mais da próxima vez, esperando que eles façam o mesmo, antes de finalmente desaparecer.
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Hideo Itami was one of WWE's biggest missed opportunities, on both ends. Naturally, he came down with a truckload of injuries, but the fact of the matter is that he was one of the best strikers - no, wrestlers dead stop - on the WWE payroll during his time there, and it's criminal he didn't get the chances he deserved. So, we pick up the night after his last Takeover bout, at...

SummerSlam 2017
Neville (c) vs Akira Tozawa for the Cruiserweight Title
Neville walks into this bout as champion, because a 6 day reign is doing Tozawa dirty and didn't further any plot points. In the end, Neville comes away with the win after a Red Arrow, hoisting the NXT Title high until he's HIT FROM BEHIND! A man in an NXT hoodie removes the hood - IT'S HIDEO ITAMI! He stares down at the King of the Cruiserweights, scoffing as Neville writhes before battering an already defeated Tozawa, delivering a GTS to both men before rolling out of the ring.

Raw, August 21st, 2017
Hideo Itami vs Akira Tozawa
It's Itami's first match on the main roster, and Tozawa didn't take too kindly to being brutally taken out at SummerSlam. Tozawa puts in a good showing, landing a few stiff shots, but Itami gets the knees up for the Senton before kicking the soul out of Tozawa until he stops moving, mercifully putting him away with a GTS to send a firm message - he wants the King's crown.
Hideo Itami def. Akira Tozawa (11:20)

Raw, September 11th, 2018
Hideo Itami vs Enzo Amore
Enzo Amore does his whole entrance, and the crowd are buzzing as he stands across the ring from Itami, only to get nailed with a shotgun dropkick, a diving double foot stomp, and kicks to the chest that ring out through the arena. Enzo is looking like he's made of spaghetti as he gets up, and Itami lands a SHOTGUN DROPKICK INTO THE TURNBUCKLES, SNAPPING OFF ONE OF THE ROPES! Enzo is crawling as Itami eyes him up, hitting a BUSAIKU KNEE TO THE HEAD! ONE! TWO! THREE!
Hideo Itami def. Enzo Amore (8:51)
After the bout, it's made official, as Hideo walks over a decimated Enzo, that Itami will challenge Neville for the gold at No Mercy.

No Mercy 2017
Hideo Itami vs Neville (c) for the Cruiserweight Title
Itami is out first, followed by the King of the Cruiserweights. Both these men have changed a lot since their last encounter, and they're given formal introductions before BLASTING OUT OF THE GATES AT ONE ANOTHER! Itami goes straight for the shotgun dropkick, but Neville scouts it, rolling out of the way to deliver a spinning side kick, followed by a flurry of forearms in the corner. He rolls Hideo into the centre of the ring with a snapmare, followed by a kick to the back of the head for two.
From there, Neville works on the bad shoulder to try and set up for the Rings of Saturn, but Hideo kips up and out of it, kicking Neville in the jaw before hitting a DDT for a nearfall. He calls for an early GTS, but Neville escapes, hitting a superkick followed by a DEADLIFT GERMAN! Hideo falls out of the ring, and NEVILLE FOLLOWS WITH A MOONSAULT PRESS OVER THE TOP TO THE FLOOR!
Neville hurls Itami shoulder first into the apron, beating him down with stiff strikes before hopping up on the apron, but ITAMI MANAGES TO KICK NEVILLE OUT OF THE AIR! He hauls him onto his shoulders - GTS, BOUNCING NEVILLE'S HEAD OFF THE BARRIER! He sends Neville back in and taunts the crowd on the apron before heading in himself. He pulls Neville up for one more GTS - COUNTERED INTO A RINGS OF SATURN!
Hideo is in a lot of trouble, yelling out, but Neville releases to UNLEASH HAMMER FISTS ON THE SHOULDER! He cinches it in even tighter, all the torque on the bad joint, but HIDEO GETS A FOOT UNDER THE ROPE FOR THE BREAK! Neville releases at three and heads up top for the Red Arrow, but ITAMI PULLS OUT ONE OF THE ROPES! He rushes up himself, grabbing Neville for a FALCON ARROW FROM THE TOP - BUT NEVILLE LANDS ON HIS FEET!
Both men slowly make eye contact, only for NEVILLE TO HIT A SUPERKICK! He goes for a deadlift vertical suplex, but Itami gets some momentum and HANGS NEVILLE UP WITH A TORNADO DDT INTO THE ROPES! He's out on the apron, and lands a SLINGSHOT LEGDROP! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! He goes for the GTS once more, but NEVILLE GOES FOR A POISON RANA! Hideo holds the ropes and Neville slides off - BUSAIKU KNEE BY ITAMI! He hauls Neville up... GTS! ONE! TWO! THREE! HIDEO ITAMI IS THE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION!
Hideo Itami def. Neville (15:20) to win the Cruiserweight Title

Raw, September 25th, 2017
It's announced that there will be a tournament to crown Hideo Itami's Number One Contender for TLC, with eight of 205's best joining the fray. The winner will also get to choose the stipulation of said bout, although most of the Cruiserweights seem to agree on one - a ladder match. The contenders are: Mustafa Ali, Cedric Alexander, Brian Kendrick (No DQ), Jack Gallagher (Umbrella on a Pole), Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado and Drew Gulak, the only man who declares he'd want a straight singles match.

Over the next few weeks on 205 Live, the brackets break down like this:
Mustafa Ali def. Brian Kendrick
Drew Gulak def. Jack Gallagher
Gran Metalik def. Lince Dorado
Cedric Alexander def. Kalisto

Drew Gulak def. Mustafa Ali
Cedric Alexander def. Gran Metalik

Raw, October 16th, 2017
Hideo Itami vs Lince Dorado
Itami picks up a convincing victory here by kicking the skull off of Dorado's shoulders as the rest of Lucha House Party sell every move on his behalf, shrieking in horror as if Lince is already dead. Hideo hits a GTS for the 1, 2, 3 to head into TLC looking strong, still undefeated since moving up.
Hideo Itami def. Lince Dorado (6:32)

205 Live, October 17th, 2017
Cedric Alexander vs Drew Gulak
The finals take place on 205 Live with Hideo on commentary, not really saying anything but occasionally yelling out in Japanese to add some gravitas to the bout. Gulak looks to have it won a few times, but Cedric is able to rally, hitting a HUGE BRAINBUSTER FOR TWO! He immediately springs up and hits a SPINNING HEEL KICK! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! Cedric is in disbelief, but no time to dwell... LUMBAR CHECK! ONE! TWO! THREE!
Cedric Alexander def. Drew Gulak to become Number One Contender
After the bout, Cedric confirms his choice of stipulation, meaning we're getting ourselves a ladder match. Will Itami be able to get outside his comfort zone, or will Cedric be able to win the big one at TLC?

TLC 2017
Hideo Itami (c) vs Cedric Alexander in a Ladder Match for the Cruiserweight Title
The challenger's out first, walking through a sea of ladders to open the main card. Itami's out next, and he's taken the past few weeks to get himself looking more like himself - he's gotten into better shape, and cut his hair back short, looking like a worldbeater as he heads down to the ring. The title is already suspended in the air, and the two men get. formal ring introductions before we start with a bang.
Cedric rushes from his corner with a huge lariat, throwing Itami out of the ring for a SOMERSAULT PLANCHA! He throws in a ladder, and grabs Itami to try and land an early finisher, but Itami turns it into a DDT ON THE FLOOR! The champ picks Alexander up... TOSSED HEADLONG INTO A LADDER ON THE RAMP! He bashes Cedric's face against the steel repeatedly, before placing his head on one of the rungs and landing a DOUBLE FOOT STOMP TO THE SKULL!
Alexander is flat out on the ramp as Itami heads in, setting up the ladder and beginning his ascent. He nearly gets to the title, before CEDRIC LANDS A SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK TO THE BACK OF THE LEG! Hideo falls back and Cedric lands a NEURALYZER! Cedric grabs another ladder outside of the ring, setting it up between the barricade and the apron before grabbing one more, only for HIDEO TO HIT A BOOT WHILE CEDRIC IS ON THE APRON!
Itami heads out and grabs Cedric, throwing him into the post before sandwiching him against it with the ladder Alexander was holding. Hideo winds up... SHOTGUN DROPKICK THROUGH THE LADDER COUNTERED WHEN ALEXANDER THROWS THE LADDER AT ITAMI! Hideo falls to the floor clutching his head, and Cedric holds the ladder to his chest as he stands on the apron, going for a MOONSAULT WITH THE LADDER! ITAMI IS DOWN!
Realizing the opportunity, Cedric rolls in, clearly in pain as he slowly makes his way up the ladder. Itami is hot on his heels, though, and he gets up the other side, the two duking it out atop the ladder. CEDRIC HITS A FOREARM... ITAMI LANDS ON HIS FEET! Hideo starts tipping the ladder... CEDRIC LANDS ON THE ROPES, ON HIS FEET! Hideo pulls the ladder back to the centre of the ring, before THROWING IT BACK INTO CEDRIC'S FACE! CEDRIC FALLS BACK THROUGH THE LADDER BRIDGE! Itami looks on as refs rush to aid Cedric, and Hideo climbs up, unhooking his gold.
Hideo Itami def. Cedric Alexander (14:04) to retain the Cruiserweight Title

Raw, November 6th, 2017
After taking some time off to recover, Hideo Itami comes out with the gold to celebrate his win over Cedric Alexander, although he does seem to concede that Cedric gave him a hell of a fight. He says that he's got a title defense at Survivor Series, and if someone can impress like Cedric did, they can have a shot at the gold.
Out comes Enzo Amore.
Enzo cuts a promo as Hideo literally can't stop laughing at the prospect of facing him, and Enzo eventually slaps Itami. Hideo kicks the taste out of Enzo's mouth with a spinning back kick, and hauls Amore up for a GTS, when... OH MY GOD!
Manchester comes unglued as the Bruiserweight makes his way out, and Itami simply drops Amore in the centre of the ring. Enzo gets up, wildly swinging and yelling "you better run" as Itami rolls under the ropes, and Pete hits Enzo with a BRUTAL BITTER END! Itami looks on, impressed, and nods slightly, Dunne holding his UK Title high before eyeing up the purple and silver.

Raw, November 13th, 2017
It's made official for Sunday at Survivor Series, as the one title bout on the card will see United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne challenge Hideo Itami for the Cruiserweight Title, in a match that has never happened before.

Survivor Series 2017
Hideo Itami (c) vs Pete Dunne for the Cruiserweight Title
This goes on ahead of Styles/Lesnar, with Itami out first, followed by the Bruiserweight. The two get formal ring introductions, but on a pretty dense show, they quickly get underway. Out of the gates, it's Dunne in control, working away at the shoulder of Hideo, a safe target for any technician against the Japanese Sensation. Pete goes for an armbar early, but Itami's able to break free, stacking Dunne up before STOMPING ON DUNNE'S FACE!
The champion relishes in the feeling of control, kicking Pete while he's down before landing a DROPKICK INTO THE CORNER ON A SEATED DUNNE! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! He drags Dunne into the ring for a double stomp to the chest, followed by a roundhouse to the chest and a BLOCKBUSTER FOR TWO! He chuckles, grabbing Dunne by the jaw and yelling before DUNNE BITES THE FINGERS! Itami tries to pull away, but PETE INTO THE ARMBAR!
Itami instinctively tries to pull free, but Dunne is able to cinch it in tighter, leading to Itami going for the stack and DUNNE TRANSITIONING INTO A TRIANGLE! Hideo starts sidestepping and gets to the ropes, leading to the forced break, and hits a HIGH KNEE ON DUNNE! He goes for the Fisherman's Suplex, but Dunne sweeps out the legs, going for a stomp, only for Itami to get the standing switch... Dunne with a snapmare, kick to the back - Itami springs up INTO AN X PLEX! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT!
Dunne smells blood in the water as he picks Itami up to go for the Bitter End, but ITAMI TURNS IT INTO A ROLLUP FOR TWO! Dunne jumps up, and ITAMI LANDS A HEAD KICK! SUPERKICK TO A KNEELING DUNNE! He hauls the Bruiserweight up for a GTS, but Dunne slides off to hit a TIGER SUPLEX FOR A NEARFALL! He goes for the Bitter End once more, but Itami again fights free with a back elbow, followed by a FLURRY OF KICKS TO THE CHEST!
Hideo unleashes hell on the challenger with kicks to the midsection, hitting a SHOTGUN DROPKICK INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! Pete bounces off them into a lariat, and Itami heads up... DOUBLE FOOT STOMP! He rolls off Dunne and spins around to go for a Busaiku Knee, but DUNNE LANDS A BICYCLE KICK! ITAMI WITH A FISHERMAN BUSTER! Itami rolls to the apron, exhausted, and pulls himself up on the ropes to go for a springboard lariat - DUNNE WITH A FOUR STAR FOREARM! BOTH MEN DOWN!
Both men fight to their feet, and start trading huge forearms. They batter each other down to their last breath, and Itami throws a haymaker, CAUGHT FOR THE PUMPHANDLE, BUT HIDEO FLIPS OVER INTO A TORNADO DDT! Pete gets up, spits out his mouthguard and tells Itami to bring it - BOOT TO THE FACE, WITH A SICKENING THUD! SPINNING HEEL KICK! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! BUSAIKU KNEE! FALLS INTO THE COVER... ONE! TWO! THREE!
Hideo Itami def. Pete Dunne (18:52) to retain the Cruiserweight Title
In what's the main roster coming out party for both men, they put on an absolute barnburner, with Itami coming away with the win and the gold. The question is, though, just who in the hell can stop Hideo Itami?

Raw, November 20th, 2017
Hideo Itami vs Rhyno
To show Itami can get his way through heavyweights as well, he's set to face an ECW legend in Rhyno. Rhyno gets control early, his size advantage playing a big part, but Itami, a former GHC Heavyweight Champion, is able to capitalize by kicking the taste out of Rhyno's mouth when he goes for a Gore, before nailing a GTS! ONE! TWO! THREE!
Hideo Itami def. Rhyno (7:54)
After the bout, Itami holds his Cruiserweight Title high, seemingly showing that he's ready to be a part of both divisions, before announcing he has his eyes on his next contender, and they'll know very soon.

Over the next several weeks, Itami knocks off another member of Raw's or 205's roster, and is again asked who he intends to defend his gold against. Finally, he says that the world will see on 205 Live that week.
Hideo Itami def. R-Truth (8:21)
Hideo Itami def. Gran Metalik (9:30)

205 Live, December 12th, 2017
Tony Nese vs Mustafa Ali
These two are main eventing 205 Live, and everyone is still eagerly awaiting the decision of Itami, assuming it's going to the winner of the bout. Ali goes for the 054, but NESE HITS A POWERBOMB! Both men are down, when all of a sudden... oh boy.
Itami heads down to the ring as both men fight to their feet, and slides right under the ropes before KICKING NESE SQUARE IN THE JAW! He looks down at Nese, before... pointing to Mustafa Ali. Ali gets up and throws a punch, unleashing on Itami, but Hideo throws him into the ropes for a BUSAIKU KNEE! He plants a foot on the chest of Ali and yells abuse in his face, having officially chosen his next contender.
Tony Nese vs Mustafa Ali ended in a No Contest (14:51)

Raw, December 18th, 2017
Hideo Itami vs Mustafa Ali for the Cruiserweight Title
They want to push their Cruiserweight Division, so this main events Raw. The two men have a back-and-forth bout, the crowd rallying behind the pure babyface Ali for the whole 20 minute affair. Every time Ali gets the ball rolling, Itami only needs one well-placed kick to halt the momentum, but Ali is gradually able to outpace the champion as they get into deeper waters.
By the fifteen minute mark, Ali finally gets his big break, managing to land a SPRINGBOARD TORNADO DDT FOR TWO! Itami gets right up into a SUPERKICK - MOONSAULT SIDE SLAM BY ALI FOR ANOTHER NEARFALL! He heads up top, going for the 054, but ITAMI PULLS OUT THE LEG! Ali tries to catch himself, but HIDEO WITH A HIGH KNEE! Pulls him onto his shoulders... GO TO SLEEP BY HIDEO ITAMI! ONE! TWO! THREE!
Hideo Itami def. Mustafa Ali (18:58) to retain the Cruiserweight Title
After the bout, the crowd cheer as a dejected Ali gets up, and shockingly extends a hand to Itami, showing respect to the man who bested him. Hideo looks at the hand, and teases shaking it, even teases throwing a punch, but instead just rolls from the ring.

Raw, January 1st, 2018
Hideo Itami vs John Cena
You heard me. Cena has an open challenge to ring in the New Year, and it's answered by none other than Hideo Itami. John is almost cocky heading in, ahead of his uneasiness going into WrestleMania, and whenever he gets control he seems almost stunned that this is the best WWE has to offer nowadays - until Itami kicks him really, REALLY hard.
Cena crashes to the canvas like a sack of potatoes, and Itami goes full kill mode with a series of devastating kicks, stomps and forearms. Cena is dazed as Itami hauls him up, but drops down and gets the toehold for an STF! Itami could be in trouble... HE GETS TO THE ROPES, BUT CENA PULLS HIM BACK, ONLY FOR HIDEO TO SLIP UNDER! HEAD KICK! BUSAIKU KNEE! He falls into the cover... ONE! TWO! CENA POWERS OUT! Hideo lifts him straight up... GO TO SLEEP! ONE! TWO! THREE! HIDEO ITAMI HAS JUST BEATEN JOHN CENA!
Hideo Itami def. John Cena (17:03)

Raw, January 15th, 2018
Roman Reigns is celebrating another successful Intercontinental Title defense over The Miz, when Hideo Itami comes out, newly designed Cruiserweight gold around his waist. He lays down the challenge - next week, on Raw 25, he wants to become a double champion. Roman chuckles, holding his gold higher than Itami can reach, but ITAMI HITS A SPIN KICK TO THE GUT! He grabs Reigns... GO TO SLEEP! He looks down on the fallen champion, before sitting atop Reigns with both titles in hand. Doesn't that sound familiar?

Raw 25
Hideo Itami vs Roman Reigns (c) for the Intercontinental Title
Itami's out first, the Cruiserweight Champion having cut a promo on 205 Live about elevating the division to the point they can challenge for Heavyweight titles. Reigns is out next, and the two stare down before the bell rings. Commentary talks up Itami - undefeated since leaving NXT five months ago, with wins over the likes of Pete Dunne, Mustafa Ali and John Cena. However, Reigns has done all that and more, and looks to end that winning streak.
The two men go back and forth, with Reigns overpowering the much smaller Itami, and even landing a Superman Punch in the early going for a nearfall. He hauls Itami up to go for a Spear, but HIDEO LANDS A HEAD KICK! Hideo goes for the Busaiku Knee, but Reigns hits a LARIAT! He throws Itami into the ropes and heads out of the ring to go for a DRIVE BY, BUT HIDEO DUCKS IN! Reigns lands on the apron, nad ITAMI SLINGSHOTS OVER FOR A DOUBLE STOMP ON THE APRON!
Hideo sends Roman packing back into the ring and covers for two before calling for a GTS, but REIGNS DROPS DOWN! SPEAR CAUGHT WITH A KNEE! Itami runs to the corner to go for a Shotgun Dropkick, but REIGNS COUNTERS INTO A SAMOAN DROP - ITAMI ROLLS OFF! FALCON ARROW! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! Itami goes for one more, but REIGNS COUNTERS WITH AN X PLEX! He grabs Hideo's legs... NIAGARA DRIVER! ONE! TWO! THR-ITAMI KICKS OUT!
Reigns has Hideo down, and calls for the Spear. He bellows out an OOAHH, and Hideo gets to his feet, LEAPFROGGING THE SPEAR! Reigns is able to stop on a dime, though, turning around for a SUPERMAN PUNCH! He runs the ropes, and HIDEO HITS A BUSAIKU KNEE TO COUNTER A SPEAR! REIGNS IS OUT COLD! ONE! TWO! THREE! HIDEO ITAMI HAS JUST BECOME A DOUBLE SINGLES CHAMPION!
Hideo Itami def. Roman Reigns (17:49) to win the Intercontinental Title
After the show, it's announced Itami will be in the Royal Rumble match, but will be forced to pull double duty at Elimination Chamber and every subsequent PPV he holds both championships.

Royal Rumble 2018
Men's Royal Rumble Match
Itami is out at Number 25, joining a field of Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Adam Cole, Titus O'Neil and Andrade Almas. He immediately gets to work kicking, and eliminates Titus with a Busaiku Knee before going head to head with John Cena, who neutralizes him with an AA. He goes to toss him out, but he's stopped by a Sling Blade by Finn Balor, in a callback to their history.
The ring keeps filling up, and after Dolph Ziggler comes out for a somewhat disheartening Number 30, the men remaining are: Itami, Reigns, Ziggler, Balor, Cena, Orton, Nakamura, Miz, Mysterio and Rollins. Itami is wounded after a Low Blow from Goldust, but he still eliminated him as Ziggler was coming out, spitting on him as he fell to the floor for the disrespect of going low.
Hideo and Orton make an odd coupling to toss out Dolph Ziggler, while Nakamura ejects the Miz. Reigns tosses out Seth, and finally, Cena, Orton and Mysterio stand across the ring from Nakamura, Reigns and Balor, only for ITAMI TO NAIL REIGNS WITH A KNEE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! He throws Reigns into the corner and takes his spot alongside Balor and Shinsuke, overwhelming the veterans.
Cena looks to get some revenge on Hideo, but EATS A SPEAR! ORTON WITH AN RKO ON REIGNS! HIDEO TOSSES OUT RANDY! Meanwhile, Nakamura LANDS A KINSHASA ON CENA! CENA ELIMINATED, FOLLOWED BY REY MYSTERIO BY FINN BALOR! WE ARE DOWN TO THE FINAL FOUR! Itami, Balor, Reigns and Nakamura all go to their separate corners, as Philly prepare themselves.
Balor is exhausted, and while Reigns and Nakamura tee off, Itami looks to take advantage, but not before helping Finn up, adding the respect layers to his character. The two trade a few forearms, and ITAMI MANAGES TO CONNECT WITH A GTS! Balor flies into the ropes, and Itami looks for the finish... BALOR LOW BRIDGES, ELIMINATING ITAMI!
The rest of the match continues as normal, with Reigns eliminating Balor and Nakamura winning by chucking Roman out, but Itami makes a statement, making it to the final four.
Shinsuke Nakamura wins the Men's Royal Rumble (1:06:22)

Raw, February 5th, 2018
Hideo Itami is being informed about his duties as double champion, and told he'll have two matches at Elimination Chamber. He digresses, and insists on clarifying - no matter what, he will have TWO matches.
Later that night, Elimination Chamber qualifiers continue, with Goldust taking on The Miz in a surefire win for Miz. Miz makes his entrance, but the titantron shows Goldust absolutely wrecked, before Hideo Itami shows his face on camera, screaming that Goldust shouldn't dare disrespect him like he did at the Rumble - before heading out to the ring. The ref is confused, but it's made official - Hideo Itami is replacing Goldust in the qualifier, it seems, and the Miz is petrified.
Hideo Itami vs The Miz in an Elimination Chamber Qualifier
This is a quick one, as an unprepared Miz is beaten senseless by the Intercontinental/Cruiserweight Champion Itami. Hideo manages to land a GTS, pinning the Miz to seal his ticket to the main event of Elimination Chamber.

Itami is confronted by 205 Live GM Drake Maverick, and he says that having spoken with Raw management, they're opting to prioritize Itami's Cruiserweight Title defense at Elimination Chamber, with Itami being out in an Intercontinental Title bout the next night on Raw. Itami is enraged that his loophole still means three gruelling bouts in two nights, but he accepts the terms before telling Drake to get used to Itami holding the gold.

Raw, February 19th, 2018
Hideo Itami vs Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns vs Elias vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor vs John Cena in a Gauntlet Match
This plays out much like real life, with the order being slightly different. Rollins knocks off Reigns and Cena, but Itami is able to pin Rollins. Next out is Elias, and these two have a quick affair, shockingly won by Elias after CONNECTING WITH A GUITAR ON ITAMI! He covers Hideo for three, giving him his first pinfall defeat since Takeover Brooklyn III, but it's noted by commentary that it was a very dirty win. Elias then falls to Finn Balor, who, in turn, is last eliminated by Braun Strowman, giving the Monster Amongst Men the final slot in the Chamber.
Braun Strowman wins the Gauntlet (1:54:08)

205 Live, February 20th, 2018
Mustafa Ali vs Buddy Murphy
It's Murphy's first night on the roster, and he and Ali go to a double countout, leading Drake Maverick to come out and announce the two of them will be taking on Hideo Itami for the Cruiserweight Title at Elimination Chamber. Both are obviously elated, but there's clear bad blood between them, with the concern being they might cost each other the match, leading to a win for Itami.
Mustafa Ali vs Buddy Murphy went to a Double Countout

Elimination Chamber 2018
Hideo Itami (c) vs Buddy Murphy vs Mustafa Ali for the Cruiserweight Title
It's about to be a long day at the office for Hideo, entering first ahead of Ali and Murphy. There are formal ring introductions for Murphy, but he jumps Ali during his, kickstarting the bout! Murphy and Ali exchange wild shots as Itami just sits there, eventually interjecting with a brutal kick to the chest of Ali before going to work on him with Murphy.
Soon enough, Itami goes for a GTS, leading to Buddy taking out his leg and going for an early Kamigoye, to which Ali runs up Hideo's back to deliver an ELEVATED DROPKICK! He and Itami trade strikes, with Ali managing to hit a FLATLINER FOR TWO! He goes up for the 054 early, but Itami rolls out of harm's way to the floor, kicking Murphy in the chest and hitting a SHOTGUN DROPKICK OVER THE BARRIER INTO THE TIMEKEEPER'S AREA, ONLY FOR ALI TO JUMP OFF THE RING POST ONTO BOTH MEN!
Ali grabs Itami, throwing him deeper into the crowd before going back after Murphy, who DUMPS HIM ONTO THE ANNOUNCE DESK! Murphy grabs the steel steps and bashes Ali over the head with them, Ali falling onto the desk once more. Murphy heads onto the barricade, but ALI IS UP! SPANISH FLY, OFF THE BARRICADE, THROUGH THE TABLE! Both men are down and out, and now HIDEO ITAMI WITH A SHOTGUN DROPKICK TO ALI INTO THE STEPS!
He grabs Murphy, sending him back into the ring to go for a GTS, but Murphy drops down for a high knee, trying to haul Itami up for a Murphy's Law - ITAMI COUNTERS WITH A HEAD KICK! He throws Murphy into the corner and hits a running boot, before calling for a BUSAIKU KNEE, BUT MURPHY HITS A BICYCLE KNEE! Picks him up... MURPHY'S LAW! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT BY ITAMI! Murphy is in awe, and hauls Hideo up for another, but ALI WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK! Ali clambers up top - 054 ON MURPHY! ONE! TWO! THREE! MUSTAFA ALI WINS THE GOLD!
Mustafa Ali def. Hideo Itami and Buddy Murphy (14:32) to win the Cruiserweight Title

Hideo Itami vs Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins vs Elias vs Finn Balor vs John Cena in an Elimination Chamber Match for the right to face Brock Lesnar at WM34
It's seven men, with Braun being guaranteed the final entry. Starting things off are Hideo Itami, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins. Balor eliminated Itami from the Rumble, Hideo eliminated Rollins from the gauntlet and Rollins and Balor have a lot of history, so the crowd are hyped as they go up against one another. Rollins and Balor go after one another while Hideo tries to pick his spots, but Balor immediately ejects Seth to the floor of the structure, before running over with a TOPE CON HILO INTO THE WALL!
Rollins and Balor are down, and Itami rushes out to take care of Seth, sitting him up and sticking his arms through the chain gaps before delivering a FLURRY OF BRUTAL KICKS TO THE CHEST! Seth can hardly defend himself, and Finn gets up, landing a forearm on Hideo, only for Itami to THROW HIM INTO SETH FOR A DROPKICK! The clock starts counting down, and out comes Elias.
Like a bullet, Hideo rushes at Elias to try and get revenge for the guitar shot, and Elias tries to close himself back in, only for HIDEO TO HIT A SHOTGUN DROPKICK THROUGH THE POD! He lands forearm after forearm as Elias tries to cover up, before pulling him out and throwing him into the chain over and over, turning around into a CROSSBODY FROM ROLLINS!
Seth throws Itami into the ring and goes for another springboard move, but BALOR DROPKICKS HIM OFF THE ROPES INTO THE WALL! Balor heads up top to go for a Coup de Grace, but Hideo rushes up to the top rope, hitting a BRAINBUSTER FROM UP TOP! He goes for the cover - ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! He gets up to go for a GTS, but ELIAS PULLS HIM INTO A DRIFT AWAY! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO!
Hideo takes some time to heal as Reigns and Cena come in, the ring filling up with bodies. Elias nearly eliminates Cena with a Drift Away, and Rollins is almost able to put Reigns away with a Revolution Knee, but REIGNS LANDS A SUPERMAN PUNCH ON SETH! ONE! TWO! KICKOUT! He goes for a Spear on Elias, but CENA PICKS HIM OUT OF THE AIR! AA! He's about to make a cover, but HIDEO HITS A KNEE ON CENA! He goes for the GTS, BUT CENA ESCAPES! Drops Itami, and goes for a Five Knuckle Shuffle - KICK TO THE FACE! Three, two, one... OUT COMES BRAUN!
Strowman starts bulldozing fools, and delivers a huge tackle on Cena as Itami gets up to deliver a GO TO SLEEP ON ELIAS! Elias makes the mistake of falling into Braun, who scoops him up... RUNNING POWERSLAM! ONE! TWO! THREE! Braun then scoops up Cena, and delivers ANOTHER ON THE CENATION LEADER! ANOTHER ELIMINATION FOR BRAUN!
Elias is eliminated (25:40)
John Cena is eliminated (26:04)
Braun and Reigns start duking it out, as do Itami and Balor, only for ROLLINS TO INTERJECT WITH A SPRINGBOARD KNEE ON FINN! He goes for the Curb Stomp, but HIDEO HITS A SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Seth is sent to the outside, but Hideo grabs Rollins - FALCON ARROW ONTO THE FLOOR, BETTER THAN THE KINGSLAYER'S OWN! He sends Seth back in, and goes for the GTS, but BALOR HITS A SLING BLADE ON ITAMI! He goes for the 1916, but ITAMI PUSHES HIM INTO A SUPERMAN PUNCH!
Hideo kicks Reigns in the head, then grabs Rollins - GO TO SLEEP! ONE! TWO! THREE! ITAMI ELIMINATES ROLLINS ONCE MORE! Hideo is starting to get up, but instead flops over, exhausted, as the camera pans up - FINN BALOR WITH A COUP DE GRACE! ONE! TWO! THREE! ITAMI ELIMINATED BY BALOR! WE'RE DOWN TO THREE!
Seth Rollins is eliminated (30:52)
Hideo Itami is eliminated (31:31)
Braun is able to quickly scoop up Finn Balor, and ELIMINATES HIM WITH A RUNNING POWERSLAM! IT'S ROMAN AND BRAUN! The two trade blows and finisher spam for a few minutes, but, to not upset the timeline, Reigns is able to put away Strowman with three consecutive Spears to win the Chamber bout.
Finn Balor is eliminated (33:04)
Braun Strowman is eliminated (39:40)
Roman Reigns wins the Elimination Chamber Match (39:40)

Raw, February 26th, 2018
Hideo Itami (c) vs Finn Balor for the Intercontinental Title
Poor Itami just can't catch a damn break, as he took all three of his first main roster losses in the past seven days, having wrestled a grand total of a full gruelling hour in that time. Now, he puts his one remaining title on the line against Finn Balor, a former ally dating back to Finn's debut in 2014 in NXT. Finn's out first, followed by Itami, and both men are taped up heavily.
After their formal ring introductions, Raw's main event is underway, with Itami and Balor locking up to an electric crowd. They start slow and technical, both knowing each other well, and with both still feeling the effects of a brutal Elimination Chamber match in which they both lasted over 30 minutes.
We come back to see Balor still leading, but Hideo is able to turn the tables with a stiff shot to the jaw, getting his first offensive flurry in ten minutes with a HUGE LARIAT! He immediately goes on the offensive with a Shotgun Dropkick into the corner, followed by a CORNER DROPKICK TO THE HEAD! He springs up and lays in the forearms, grabbing Finn by the hair and picking him up, running up the ropes to deliver a TORNADO DDT OVER THE ROPE! SLINGSHOT STOMP BY HIDEO! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO!
Itami is looking for the finish here, and picks Balor up to go for a GTS, but BALOR DROPS DOWN TO GO FOR A 1916! Hideo pushes him into the corner to halt it, but when he backs off, BALOR HITS A SLING BLADE! Finn runs up top, and goes for a Coup de Grace - ITAMI ROLLS INWARDS! Finn spins around and BLOCKS THE BUSAIKU KNEE! He goes for the 1916, but HIDEO MUSCLES HIM UP - GO TO SLEEP! ONE! TWO! THREE! HIDEO ITAMI RETAINS IN A WAR!
Hideo Itami def. Finn Balor (16:39) to retain the Intercontinental Title
After the bout, Balor Club come out to aid their fallen leader, but Itami surprisingly helps Finn up to his feet, giving him a nod before releasing him to his colleagues and continuing his celebration as Raw goes off the air.

Itami takes a few weeks off to heal his wounds from three outstanding matches over two nights, while the big question remains who's going to challenge him heading into WrestleMania.
On the March 12th edition of Raw, Finn Balor defeats Elias to stake his claim to the gold, before Seth Rollins is able to defeat The Miz later in the evening. Raw GM Kurt Angle decides to make it official for WrestleMania - the Intercontinental Title will be defended by Hideo Itami against BOTH Finn Balor and Seth Rollins.
Itami tweets out in response to this that he's pinned Seth twice, and looks forward to doing it once more.

Raw, March 19th, 2018
Hideo Itami opens the show by saying that his estimation of Finn Balor increased after his title defense, but he still has no doubt he's walking out of WrestleMania with gold over his shoulder. Out comes Finn Balor, who stares down Itami and eyes the gold over his shoulder. The two men reminisce a little bit about Balor's debut in NXT, but in the end, Itami promises that he's going to, clean as a whistle, knock off Finn Balor, and, once again, Seth Rollins.
Speak of the devil, Seth comes out, and all three men share the ring like they did at the start of the Chamber bout. They have their verbal back and forth, but nobody throws a kick or a punch, all three wanting to not only win at Mania, but truly prove themselves the best of the three.

Raw, April 2nd, 2018
Hideo Itami vs Karl Anderson
Both Itami and Rollins have matches with members of Balor Club ahead of their showdown at Wrestlemania, and Itami and Anderson have a solid match to showcase the Machine Gun's singles chops. In the end, though, Itami is able to knock him out with a Busaiku Knee before locking in the Game Over LeBell Lock, forcing Anderson to tap out.
Hideo Itami def. Karl Anderson (9:03)

WrestleMania 34
Hideo Itami (c) vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor for the Intercontinental Title
Balor is out first for his WrestleMania debut, followed by Seth as the Night King, and finally Itami. On his way to the ring, commentary notes this match hits Itami with his fatal flaw - all three of his main roster losses have involved more than one opponent, and he lost his Cruiserweight Title in a triple threat as well, not even being pinned. Is this match a curse for Hideo, or will he be able to walk out still holding his championship?
They all get formal intros, and we are underway, with HIDEO RUSHING FROM THE GATES WITH A SHOTGUN DROPKICK ON ROLLINS! Balor immediately leaps in, but Itami hits a ROUNDHOUSE TO THE SKULL! He winds up on Seth - RUNNING DROPKICK, SANDWICHING HIS HEAD INTO THE TURNBUCKLES! WILD FOREARMS! He pulls Seth up for a FISHERMAN BUSTER! ONE! TWO! BALOR BREAKS IT UP!
Itami is very aware he nearly had that one, but Finn has the advantage as he unloads on the champion, sending him to the outside along with a battered Seth. He goes for a Tope, but SETH HOPS ON THE APRON FOR A KNEE! He pulls Finn out onto the apron, and winds up, only to get hit with a SLING BLADE ON THE APRON! Finn starts to head back in once more, but ITAMI HITS A FALCON ARROW ON THE APRON! Now Hideo rushes in - SUICIDE DIVE CAUGHT WITH A SUPERKICK BY ROLLINS! Seth now rushes in... FINALLY CONNECTS WITH A DIVE ON BOTH MEN!
Seth sends Hideo back into the ring, and goes for a Curb Stomp, only to get hit with a SPIN KICK TO THE GUT! Hideo goes straight for the Busaiku Knee, but Seth manages to just avoid it, followed by stumbling out of the way of a flurry of absolutely lethal looking kicks, landing a SUPERKICK ON ITAMI TO END THE ONSLAUGHT! He grabs Itami's head, and hits a SETHWALKER! ONE! TWO! ITAMI POWERS OUT!
Rollins is again going for a Curb Stomp, but this time it's BALOR WHO HITS A DROPKICK TO HALT IT! He spins around and hits a DOUBLE STOMP TO ITAMI'S RIBS FOR TWO! He heads up top to go for a Coup de Grace, but Itami smartly rolls over before starting to get on all fours - DOUBLE FOOT STOMP TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! ROLLINS WITH A KNEE ON BALOR, FOLLOWED BY A CURB STOMP! ONE! TWO! THR-ITAMI BREAKS IT UP!
Hideo is doing whatever he can, but Seth kicks him in the gut to go for one more Curb Stomp, only for ITAMI TO CLOTHESLINE HIM OUT OF HIS BOOTS! He hauls him up - BUSAIKU KNEE! ONE! TWO! THR-NOO! Hideo is in awe, but he throws Seth out onto the apron before grabbing Balor for a GO TO SLEEP! He's about to fall into the cover - SETH WITH A SPRINGBOARD KNEE! CURB STOMP ON ITAMI! ONE! TWO! THREE! SETH ROLLINS VANQUISHES HIS DEMONS TO BECOME A GRAND SLAM WINNER IN A PHENOMENAL WRESTLEMANIA OPENER!
Seth Rollins def. Hideo Itami and Finn Balor (15:59) to win the Intercontinental Title
As Rollins celebrates his huge title win, Balor falls to the outside as Itami sits in the corner, pondering what's next for himself. He looks up at Seth, who hops down from the second rope and extends a hand, only for Itami to shake his head and pull himself up - before shaking it, Seth and Hideo having earned one another's respect. "We may be on good terms now," says Hideo, "but this is far from over." Seth chuckles and nods along, before Hideo rolls out of the ring to leave it to the new champion.
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2020.07.23 03:55 rain21-07 21/07/2020 O maior erro que já cometi.

Olá,eu não entendo como o Reddit funciona direito e nem sei se um dia esse texto vai chegar a Thaynnara Ramalho,ela gosta muito de ver coisas no reddit,então as chances são de 30% pra 70%,mas enfim.
Eu sou só mais uma pessoa que vai contar como eu terminei o meu namoro,e como estou me sentindo sabendo que perdi alguém que me ama (amou) e que se doou 100% no relacionamento. Serei um pouco demorado,então tenham um pouco de paciência,é algo muito pessoal e muito doloroso,já que foi recente,tipo ontem...

Então antes dos afins,quero deixar bem claro que a minha decisão foi só minha,que eu tomei ela por conta própria e que a culpa do termino não foi por erros que cometemos ou algum erro que cometi e decidi me separar,eu só não queria que fosse tão doido,tanto pra mim quanto pra ela,mas infelizmente não existe termino saudável,doí e doí muito,você se pergunta se fez a escolha certa,e pensa e repensa em voltar rastejando,exatamente como eu estou me sentindo agora. deixando isso explicado e resolvido,vou me declarar e me expor,mostrando que eu tenho consciência que atitudes minhas foram toxicas,tanto pra mim quanto pra ela.

Eu conheci a Thaynnara pouco tempo depois da minha ex (não vou citar nome,então vamos chamá-la de "ST") terminar comigo pela 3° vez e ultima vez(teve uma recaída uma semana antes de eu pedir a Thaynnara em namoro) eu errei muito,pequei muito nesse relacionamento com a "ST",inclusive o que fez o nosso relacionamento ir por água a baixo foi eu ter gasto um dinheiro do cartão da tia dela e não ter contado(eu gastei 20 reais e paguei 60 reais,porquê ela passou a perna tbm) mas continuando... foram muitas intrigas,brigas e até agressões físicas por parte dela,isso me destruiu,eu fiquei chorando a semana toda depois que terminamos,eu aprendi muitas coisas com ela,porém disso tudo eu acabei levando magoas,amarguras e desconfiança,sem contar que eu já não me abria sentimentalmente,então me fechei totalmente pro mundo.
Então quando eu conheci a Thaynnara eu não tinha a intenção de ficar com ela,muito menos entrar em outro relacionamento,nesse dia já dito acima,os meus amigos e Paulo Silva(que nem gente é!) incentivaram-me a ficar com as meninas que estavam ali,eu fiquei com três meninas,e uma delas era a Thaynnara. Logo após o acontecido eu mantive contato com ela e com a amiga dela(vamos chamar de "BETA"porém "Beta" na época não tinha se assumido homossexual,e como eu tinha mais apreço pela thaynnara mantive mas contato com ela e marcamos de ir pra outra festa,demorou algumas festas,vários drinques e um video ridículo meu,que eu fiz pra dar de presente,até que um dia rolou,(bem.... quase rolou,eu fiquei nervoso e não subiu)mas sei lá,ela entendeu e a gente ficou pelado um na frente do outro fofocando,rindo e falando mal dos outros,ali... naquele dia,se estabeleceu uma conexão,eu sabia que gostava dela,mas não queria estar em um relacionamento,contudo no geral já estava se encaminhando pra isso,eu levei ela pra minha casa,apresentei ela a minha mãe,e quando ela dormia aqui,a gente ficava deitados apertadinho na minha cama de solteiro,e eu olhava pra ela e sabia que tudo aquilo se encaminhava pra algo maior.(obs: isso me faz sentir muita falta dela,eu estou em lagrimas e parece que o vazio tomou tudo)

E finalmente eu decidi pedir ela em namoro,eu me via sozinho e incompleto quando eu estava sem ela,mas ainda com pé atrás de me meter em uma furada e pensando também nela,já que eu não queria ferir os sentimentos dela,então a "ST" me liga,uma semana antes da minha decisão com a Thaynnara,me chamando pra ir na casa dela "conversar" transamos e ela queria voltar,porém eu só fui porque já sabia que íamos acabar transando e ela também,saí da casa dela chutado,e nunca mais ela entrou em contato.passando a semana eu já tinha me decidido,não era carência,não era necessidade de preencher algo que perdi ou algo superficial, era AMOR,eu realmente amei ela,e esse foi o meu único acerto nesse relacionamento com a Thaynnara.
Eu não vou estender essa estória do meu racionamento parte por parte,fase por fase,então nos parágrafos há baixo vai ser um resumão dessa semana do dia 20/07/2020 á 22/07/2020.

(é vamos pro final de tudo.)
Não teve briga,não teve mentiras,não teve absolutamente nada que me fizesse terminar o meu namoro,nenhum dos problemas anteriores meus e dela fizeram eu tomar essa decisão,eu menti pra ela algumas dezenas de vezes,é isso não é culpa dela,foi falta de caráter meu,(não pontuarei pontos dela,pois ela não está aqui pra se defender) no dia 19/07/2020 foi um dia comum,assistimos filmes,rirmos,comemos bolo de caneca,rirmos mais e assistimos mais filmes,no dia seguinte eu voltei pra casa e abri a lanchonete,até normal,entrei em contato com,a gente conversou, e tava tudo ok,(eu sei que cometi o maior erro da minha vida em questão de relacionamento mais ok,não irei superar.) no dia 21 já à noite,eu mandei mensagem no wpp pra ela falando que queria terminar,fui no menssenge dela e mandei a mesma coisa,logo em seguida ela me ligou,e tudo aconteceu,ela achou que eu estava brincando,que era uma pegadinha,mas não era real,eu fui um babaca quanto a isso,na verdade eu fui um completo babaca quanto a tudo,eu simplesmente disse que queria terminar e que não tinha qualquer motivo além do meu querer, e isso fez com que hoje,exatamente agora ,eu me arrependesse de ter feito isso,porém eu não vou voltar atrás e pedir perdão,não porquê eu sou cabeça dura,mas porque ela vai ficar bem melhor sem mim,e se eu fazer isso só vai balar mais o psicológico dela,o emocional dela e deixá-la mais confusa do que já esta.

EU COMETI O MAIR ERRO DA MINHA VIDA,DEIXEI IR EMBORA A PESSOA QUE ME APOIAVA,INCENTIVAVA,QUE ME AMAVA 100% E QUE FARIA TUDO PRA ME FAZER FELIZ,PERDÃO THAYNNARA,EU FALHEI COM VOCÊ,EU GASTEI O SEU TEMPO E OS SEUS ESFORÇOS E ISSO ME DESTRÓI PORQUE TE AGRIDE DIRETAMENTE. ME PERDOE POR ISSO,EU SOU UM LIXO E VOCÊ MERECE MAIS!
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2020.07.19 08:34 DanteNathanael Una carta sin entregar #8

Ha pasado un mes, quizás más, desde que he estado aquí. Muchísimas cosas han cambiado, otras tantas por hacerlo. Pero todo ha dependido del cómo me he tratado, cómo me he ido descubriendo, poniendo atención a lo que pienso, siento y digo. . . . Y me he dado cuenta de muchísimas cosas.
Como tal, ¿de qué podría servirte esto? bueno, para que no cometas los mismos errores que yo, y segundo, para que no cometas los errores propios que puede que sigas cometiendo. No es que necesitemos de un arreglo, necesitamos de un entendimiento. Y cuando otras personas no están ahí pars ayudarnos a hacerlo, siempre estaremos nosotros.
Cuando se termina una relación de manera abrupta, lo común es preguntarse si la otra persona alguna vez nos amo, pero de vez en cuando pasa que uno se pregunta si en realidad amo a esa persona. Es entendible, empezamos a reconsiderar todo otra vez, todas nuestras acciones, y, si somos sinceros, empezamos a ver como algunas veces actuamos con malicia, flojera o simple desinterés. ¿Por qué? Bueno, eso depende de cada quien, pero no deja de hacernos sentir culpables, deseando regresar el tiempo para encontrar una manera de cambiar el curso de las cosas, o peor aún, deseamos regresar con esa persona, hacemos hasta lo imposible por otra oportunidad: rogamos, esperamos, lloramos, nos dañamos con la esperanza de que nuestro sufrimiento sea suficiente para que el "universo" decida que hemos pagado lo suficiente y nos de chance. Lamentablemente esto no ocurre. Y si lo hace, muchas veces terminamos cometiendo lo mismo. ¿Por qué? ¿Por qué si ya sabíamos lo que estaba mal no podemos dejar de hacerlo? Porque lo que hacemos, sea bueno o malo o neutro, siempre tiene un porqué y un para qué. Si no encontramos y cambiamos la fuente de los problemas, por más que cortemos sobre la tierra las malas hierbas, siempre volverán a crecer, más frondosas, en un espacio más grande.
Muchas (¿todas?) de mis acciones con ella(s) vinieron de un miedo profundo de que me dejara. Por eso nunca tuve seguridad en mí mismo. A pesar del amor y cariño que me dieran, encontraba cualquier manera de hacerme la víctima, para justificar mi miedo, seguir viviendo en la realidad en donde yo "sabía" que simplemente no era "suficiente."
Pero ¿de dónde salió este miedo? ¿qué acciones o eventos en mi pasado me orillaron a creer eso de mí? Mis padres eran inestables, explotaban a cualquier momento sobre la más mínima cosa. Siempre tuve comida, entretenimiento, tiempos bonitos, recuerdos, amor, cariño, educación . . . pero nunca tuve estabilidad, nunca me enseñaron, con su ejemplo, a ser independiente, seguro y responsable de mí, en mi totalidad, desde mis pertenencias hasta mis pensamientos y emociones. Me preguntaban si me sentía mal, respondía que no. ¿Cómo podría decirles que me sentía fatal si entre ellos mismos no podían decírselo? Mamá hermosa lloraba cuando no estaba papá. Papá precioso transformaba sus emociones en ira. Y en cualquier intento de hacer algo nuevo, si no podías hacerlo a la primera, ya eras un inútil pendejo inservible. Eso fue lo que me enseñaron a final de cuentas. Y lo aprendí muy bien.
Así que crecí frustrándome y auto-inmolándome por cualquier cosa que no me saliera a la primera. Gracias a Dios que soy medio inteligente, de otra manera estaría mucho peor.
Me quedé sin una conexión con lo que sentía. No podía expresar lo que sentía, así que era inseguro hasta de mis más mínimos sentimientos y sensaciones. Crecí tonto, encorvado, desapegado, desadaptado, tratando de defenderme de un mundo que parecía estar absolutamente en mi contra. Mi papá siempre dijo que no me dejara, que no permitiera que nadie me hiciera menos o me creyera tonto . . . aunque me incluyera a mí mismo. Entonces terminé separándome de mí, de lo que quería sentir. Escondía lo que sentía, y lo que llegaba a sentir, siempre lo expresaba en una ira que cuando se apagaba me iba a esconder a un rincón a llorar por mi inhabilidad de ser fuerte, de ser alguien con la fuerza para cambiar, de ser "normal." Me empecé a considerar alguien roto, exiliado por el destino, destinado a siempre estar en búsqueda de maneras de ocultar mi inhabilidad para siquiera poder demostrarle el cariño que le tenía a mis padres, a mis amigos, a mí mismo—quien más lo necesitaba.
Las cosas no mejoraron para nada por más de 10 años. Y no era siquiera que necesitara saber más, que buscara y encontrara la nueva forma 100% confiable de ver el mundo, de procesarlo. . . . Como dije, nunca fue necesidad de arreglarme. No había nada que arreglar. Nunca lo hubo. Solo era cuestión de entender lo que pasaba, porqué hacía lo que hacía y cambiar mi perspectiva desde ahí. Así, todo lo que hiciera de ese momento en adelante seguirían la nueva causa, la nueva visión, y todo se desenvolveria más amenamente.
Volviendo a la pregunta: ¿realmente la ame? Sip. Solo que nunca, o casi nunca, pude expresarlo.
¿Cómo podía comprenderla si no podía comprenderme a mí mismo? ¿Cómo podía expresarle de cualquier manera cuánto la amaba y apreciaba si no podía conectar con ese sentimiento? sabía que estaba ahí, que existía, que era real, pero solamente lo veía a la distancia, incapaz de tocarlo, de sentirlo verdaderamente—sabía, dígamos, técnicamente, lo que era el amor, pero nunca pude conectarme con él, ser un "enlace" entre mi sentimiento y ella. ¿Cómo podía decirle que todo iba a estar bien, darle a entender que sabía lo que estaba haciendo mal, si estaba absolutamente frustrado por no poder decirlo? ¿por no poder siquiera pedirle ayuda porque mis problemas había de resolverlos solo porque a nadie le importan, añadiéndole a los de ella? ¿Cómo podía decirle y demostrarle que todo estaba bien si cuando se volteaba, cuando llegaba a casa y tenía que hacer o ir a otro lugar, no queria hacerlo porque estaba siempre al borde de llorar y dejarlo todo? ¿Cómo podría confiar en mí si nisiquiera yo confiaba en mí? Eso es, creo, lo que realmente duele de cuando estas cosas terminan mal: el que realmente si lo sentías, si era real, pero nunca pudo ser transladado a la realidad por las insuficiencias de uno mismo. . . .
Pero después de todo eso, ¿porqué quedarse ahí?
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2020.07.17 06:39 LambdaShadow Don't read this if you don't have time to lose . Really. / Ne lisez pas si vous n'avez pas de temps à perdre. Vraiment. (En français en bas)

Hello. So, you're sure you have time to lose ? Ok, let's go then. Oh and, by the way, i'm sincerely sorry if my english is sometimes poor or bad, but you'll understand why.
So, to start simply, i'm a 16 and a half, boy from France, Britanny to be more precise. And about my age, please, I beg you, don't tell me "You know, you have your whole life ahead of you." Yes. I know. But much as someone who becomes parent, or whose child leaves home, or who becomes grandparent. But life goes fast, and that's exponential. Time, almost everyone wants too much, because we've all noticed we're lacking it.

So, about the "real" problems... First of all, I don't think I'll be in a relationship ever. I don't mean I'll never fall in love, but noboy'll fall in love with me. Not because she doesn't deserve me, but because I don't deserve her. I'm what we could call an offspring, a scion of society, but also a pure product of it. It may look like a caricature, but I have the impression to live in a society that rejects more and more difference, that's capitalist with authoritarian tendencies, with ideals of voluntary servitude and that pushes to minimalism, where anyone forsakes all that seems intellectual, that thinks it's cosmos and that's based on social, and a lot of hypocrisy. I'm a metalhead-nerd anarcho-communist, with ideals of freedom and revolution, a romantic imagery, fan of philosophy, sciences, arts and absurd, who has some problem with social things, and who wants truth, all truth, only truth. Clearly not the model of our society. After ideas comes the appearance (well, in theory it's the opposite, but thats not important). I have an abalaster skin, i let my hair and beard grow, and I wear black monk shoes, a jean, a belt, a sober dark tee shirt, a black leather trench coat, a cane, and a large fedora - at least, i think it's that, you see gangster's hats ? Well this, but larger. Think that's cool ? I think so. But would you really display yourself in public with such a bizarre individual ? I don't think so. And even though, would you really keep discussing with that guy, that talks to you about the homogeneity and the isotropy of the Universe, of entropy, of The Gold Bug and why Edgar Allan Poe was a genius, of Nietzsche's writings, how much he understood everything and why he and Diogenes the Cynic are so fun, of Heavy Metal history, or how a handful of sailors managed to hold back the German army for two weeks ? He probably finds it exciting... but it gets boring pretty quickly.
And there's a consequence to this. It hurts me to see people who're in love, or even just imagining me in this situation. In the first case, it hurts because I envy them, but i certainly won't forbid them from being happy, they had luck, not me, that's life after all, the wind is rising, we must try to live. In the second case, it hurts because I always have this small voice that keeps reminding me, inexorably and inextricably, that all this is pretty, but that's for them, not for me. They'll live together, have children, see them grow, raise a family. I'll live alone, dedicate my life to my job, and sink in the mass graves of History. I can't do anything about it either, I may be free, everything is determined, cause consequence and end, and again, the wind is rising, we must try to live.
Also, I believe we live in a world where hypocisy's the law, that the people who head us try to erase every truly opposed idea of a better world, so that it'll be better for them. I can't support the idea of living in a world where my ideas, don't just fail, but can't even be tried in pratice because of a handful of people. Also, I don't understand why, now, in our modern world, we can't just try being happy, and not questioning ourselves about the respect of elementary things like human rights, peace, Nature, freedom... The fact's that I have a dream, a dream of a world with more liberty, a world where we dream more, a world where the imaginary and the creative do have their places, and are not just stories for children and hobbies for more or less failed teenagers and adults. I dream, after i got my philosophiae doctor, or doctorate depending where you live - if I manage to get it - to launch what i'd call a Second Romanticism, an artistic movement where Humanity is great, but Nature even more, where traditions stand alongisde modernity, where Reason is in order but Passions also do have their place, where we never really know if the antagonist is bad or the protagonist good, but where everything is great and eloquent. Even if nobody follows me, at least, I'll have the deserve of having launched it, and realized my dream.
But i can't.
Because, depicting epicness, Reason, moral nuance, traditions and modernity, i know how to do that, like for Passions. Every passion but one. Love passion. Because, in my opinion, the ordinary people lives it - and for most one, loves but doesn't live it. Only the artist knows how to describe it fairly, even if that's subjective. And it makes me mad, because it's the only thing that stops from, right now, try realizing my dream, leaving an heritage that, even if it's ephemeral, vene if not many people will see it, will infulence them, and maybe amaze them. I don't want to be in the grand names of History, but i want to leave my tiny signature, even if it has to be far below on the right, on the last page of acknowledgements, the one that nobody reads.
And because of all of this and some other things, knowing that I'll never be love amorously, the lack of affection I imposed myself, giving priority to others as much as possible, the discrepancy between the society and me, and the knowing of all the problems of humainty has to face, I became what we would call cynic, and a bit mad. Maybe not just a bit. I have the need to scream, to yell, to howl, but i can't. I'd love to cry for all of this, but no tears do flow. I sometimes want to break everything I have and run, run nowhere but far, far from everything. It hurts me, but I do occasionnaly have the idea to just take a knife, kill everyone I love, and kill myself just after. I don't know why, maybe it's a mad and cynic laugh like "See Society, I'm your child, I'm like you, and look at what I just did, look at what you make your children do ! Look at what YOU do !", maybe it's a desire to protect them from this world, and my unconscious sees death as the only real solution, maybe it's just a cry for help... maybe I'm just a madman that knows he's crazy and destructive, and tries controlling himself. I know I should see a psychologist for this, but I don't want to scare anybody I know, and my parents don't have enough money for this, and since to me, they and my sister are more important than me, I can't.
So, as I told you, it's nothing really important, maybe not even something that many will understand, but even though I have a terrible horror to share my problems, if only because people have better things to do, I wanted to thank you for reading this, thank you even more if you try to help me in any way, tell you that I understand you if you judge me as someone who is too young, who doesn't understand anything about life and who would do better to live his life before talking about things like that, but in any case, wish you a good morning, day, evening or night depending on the time.
Thank you, and see you soon maybe.

FRENCH VERSION NOW :

T'es certain d'avoir du temps à perdre pour ça ? Bon, ben allons-y. Oh et, ouais, désolé d'avoir mis ça aussi bas, mais d'une part je sais pas si quelqu'un lira ça, et d'autre part, ce subreddit est en écrasante majorité anglophone.
Donc, pour commencer doucement, je suis un breton de 16 ans et demi, et à propos de mon âge, je vous en supplie, ne me dites pas des choses du genre "Oui, mais tu as toute ta vie devant toi" parce que j'en ai marre. Oui, j'ai toute ma vie devant moi. Mais comme quelqu'un qui vient de devenir parent, qui voit son enfant quitter le foyer, ou qui devient grand-parent. Mais la vie passe vite, et c'est exponentiel. Le temps, presque tout le monde en veut trop, parce qu'on a tous déjà remarqué qu'on en manquait.
Donc, à propos des "vrais" problèmes... Je ne pense pas être en couple un jour. Pas parce que ohalala, elle ne me mérite pas, mais parce que je ne la mérite pas. Je sais, dit comme ça, ça fait un peu brut de décoffrage, je vais m'expliquer. Je suis ce que l'on pourrait appeler un rejeton de la société. Je vais faire ma cariacture de bobo/punk (c'est vous qui choisissez) trente secondes, mais j'ai l'impression de vivre dans une société qui rejette de plus en plus la différence, capitaliste à tendance autoritaire, avec des idéaux de servitude volontaire et qui pousse au minimalisme, où le quidam délaisse tout ce qui semble intellectuel, qui se pense cosmos et qui est basé sur le social, et un peu l’hypocrisie. Je suis un geek-métalleux anarcho-communisté, avec des idéaux révolutionnaires et libertaires et une imagerie romantique, adepte de philosophie, de science, d'arts et d'absurde, qui a des problèmes avec le social et qui ne veut que la vérité, toute la vérité.Je ne suis clairement pas ce que le monde attend comme modèle. Je vis presque en ermite, et l’expression « blanc comme un cachet d’aspirine » prend tout son sens quand on me voit. Oui, parce que le mental a été évoqué, mais pas du tout le physique, alors parlons-en. Comme je l'ai dit, j'ai la peau blanche comme neige, et je me laisse pousser les cheveux. Jusque là, rien d'anormal, mais ce qui détonne plus par rapport au reste des gens, c'est les fringues - que je ne porte (à mon grand dam) pas encore, je dois attendre mon entrée en fac pour ça. En effet, on part sur des monk shoes noires, un jean, une ceinture, un t-shirt de groupe de metal, un trench coat en cuir noir, une canne, et un large fedora - je crois que c'est ça en tout cas, vous voyez les chapeaux de mafieux ? Ben ça, mais plus large. Vous trouvez ça classe ? On est d'accord. Maintenant, est-ce que vous vous afficheriez vraiment en public avec un énergumène pareil ? Non, clairement pas. Et quand bien même, vous seriez prêt à sortir avec ce type qui vous cause de l'homogénéité et de l'isotropie de l'Univers, d'entropie, des Fleurs du Mal et de pourquoi Baudelaire était un génie, des écrits de Nietzsche, à quel point il a tout compris et pourquoi lui et Diogène de Sinope sont aussi fun, de l'histoire du Metal, ou de comment un homme a toute sa vie voulu combattre le communisme jusqu'à servir trois armées différentes ? Il trouve sans doute ça passionnant... mais ça devient assez vite barbant.
Mais bon, la broutille derrière ce célibat ad vitam aeternam, c'est que j'ai mal au cœur quand je vois des gens en couple, ou que je m'imagine moi-même dans cette situation. Dans le premier cas, ça fait mal parce que je les envie, mais je ne vais certainement pas interdire aux gens d'être heureux, ils ont eu de la chance, moi pas, c'est la vie, que voulez-vous, le vent se lève, il faut tenter de vivre. Dans le second cas, ça me fait mal parce que j'ai toujours cette petite voix qui vient me rappeler, inexorablement et de manière inblocable que, tout ça, c'est bien joli, mais c'est pour eux, pas pour moi. Eux vivront ensemble, auront des enfants, les verront grandir, fonderont une famille. Moi, je vivrai seul, dévouerai ma vie à mon boulot, et sombrerai dans les fosses communes de l'Histoire. Là, je n'y peux rien, j'ai beau être libre, tout est déterminé, cause conséquence et terminé comme dirait l'autre, et de nouveau, le vent se lève, il faut tenter de vivre.
Aussi, j'ai l'impression de vivre dans un monde où l'hypocrysie est la loi, que les gens qui nous dirigent essaient de tout idée vraiment opposée d'un monde meilleur, afin qu'il en soit meilleur que pour eux. Je ne supporte pas l'idée de vivre dans un monde où mes idées, n'échouent pas, mais ne peuvent même pas être essayées dans la pratique, et ce à cause d'une poignée de personnes seulement. Aussi, je ne comprends pas pourquoi aujourd'hui, dans notre monde moderne, on ne peut pas juste essayer d'être heureux, et pas de se questionner sur le respect de choses élémentaires comme les droits humains, la Nature, la paix, la liberté... Le fait est que ce dont je rêve, c'est d'un monde avec plus de liberté, un monde où l'on rêve plus, un monde où l'imaginaire et le créatif ont leur place, et ne sont pas relégués à des contes pour enfants et des passes-temps pour adolescents et adultes plus ou moins ratés. Je rêve, après l'obtention de mon doctorat - si toutefois je réussis à l'avoir - de lancer ce que j'aime appeler un Second Romantisme, un courant artistique où l'Humain est grand, mais la Nature plus encore, où les traditions côtoient la modernité, où la Raison est de mise mais les Passions ont aussi leur place, où l'on ne sait jamais plus vraiment si l'antagoniste est méchant ou le protagoniste bon, mais où tout est grandiose et éloquent. Même si jamais personne ne me suit dans cette démarche, j'aurai tout de même eu le mérite de la lancer, et de réaliser mon rêve.
Sauf que je ne peux pas.
En effet, dépeindre la grandeur, la Raison, la nuance morale, les traditions et la modernité, je sais faire, tout comme pour les Passions. Toutes les passions, sauf une.La passion amoureuse. Parce que c'est quelque chose que, à mon sens, le commun des mortels vit, mais seul l'artiste sait mettre les mots dessus et le décrire, même de manière subjective. Or, les artistes sont rares, et je n'expérimenterai jamais cela. Et ça me rend fou, parce que c'ets la seule chose qui m'empêche de, dès maintenant, essayez de réaliser ce rêve, de bâtir un héritage qui, même s'il sera éphémère, même si peu de gens le verront, en influenceront, et peut-être même en émerveilleront. Je ne veux pas être dans les grands noms de l'Histoire, mais je veux y laisser ma petite signature, même si ça doit être tout en bas à droite, sur la page des remerciements que jamais personne ne lit.
Et à cause de tous ça et de quelques autres trucs, le fait de savoir que je ne serai jamais aimé amoureusement, le manque d'affection que je me suis imposé, le fait de placer les autres avant moi dès que possible, les différences gargantuesques entre la société et moi, et connaître tous les problèmes auxquels l'humanité va devoir faire face, je suis devenu comme qui dirait cynique et un peu fou. Peut-être pas juste un peu. J'ai besoin de crier, d'aboyer, de hurler, mais je ne peux pas. J'adorerais pleurer pour tout ça, mais les larmes ne veulent plus couler. J'ai des fois l'envie de casser tout ce que j'ai et me casser je ne sais où, mais loin, très loin de tout. Ça me fait mal, mais j'ai parfois l'envie de prendre un couteau, tuer tous les êtres qui me sont chers, puis me suicider. Je ne sais pas pouruqoi, peut-être que c'est un rire fou et cynique comme "Regarde Société, je suis ton enfant, je suis comme toi, et regarde ce que je viens de faire, regarde ce que tu fais faire à tes fenfants ! Regarde ce que TU fait !", peut-être que c'est un désir de les protéger de ce monde, et mon inconscient voit la mort comme la seule vraie solution, peut-être que c'est juste un appel à l'aide... peut-être que je suis juste un fou qui sait qu'il est fou et destructeur, et qui essaie de se contrôler. Je sais que je devrais voir un psychologue pour ça, mais je ne veux effrayer personne que je connais, et mes parents n'ont pas assez d'argent pour ça, et comme pour moi eux et ma soeur sont plus important que moi, je ne peux pas.
Donc voilà, comme je vous l'avais dit, ce n'est rien de bien important, peut-être même pas quelque chose que beaucoup comprendront, mais même si j'ai une affre terrible de partager mes problèmes, ne fût-ce que parce que els gens ont bien mieux à foutre, je voulais vous remercier d'avoir lu ceci, vous remercier encore plus si vous essayez de m'aider d'une quelconque façon que ce soit, vous dire que je vous comprends si vous me jugez comme quelqu'un de trop jeune, qui ne comprend rien à la vie et qui ferait mieux de vivre sa vie avant de parler de choses comme ça, mais dans tous les cas, vous souhaiter une bonne matinée, journée, soirée ou nuit dépendant de l'heure.
Merci, et peut-être à bientôt.
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2020.07.15 22:15 KatarinaMolovSOP No meio de um sonho bizarro, ele me pediu em casamento.

Ano passado namorei um cara que me marcou muito. Como eu tenho muitos problemas em casa, acabei "adotando" a família dele como minha. O namoro durou 8 meses, e desses 8 meses, 7 foram muito felizes.
Desde o término a gente se fala pouco, e eu confesso que ainda gosto dele e daria outra chance para o relacionamento, e hoje eu acho que meu inconsciente me disse isso, por que no meio de um sonho totalmente caótico onde ele apareceu, ele me pediu em casamento.
Foi bom, sei lá, foi bom estar com ele feliz no meio de toda a bagunça de novo, mesmo que num sonho. Acordei com um sentimento que não sei explicar, acho que era uma espécie de nostalgia romântica?
Lembro de uma vez que ele me pediu em casamento na vida real, tava bêbado igual um gambá e ajoelhou falando que me queria pra vida toda. Eu ri muito e aceitei, e guardo o anel improvisado até hoje junto com outras coisas que ele me deu.
Ah, que saudade desse amor.
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2020.07.08 19:34 YatoToshiro ​Fate/Gensokyo #15 Waver Velvet



Fate/Zero - Fate/Grand Order - Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo
Fate Grand Order Waver Velver (Caster) O nome verdadeiro de Caster é Zhuge Kongming, também conhecido como Zhuge Liang, era um político de destaque na era dos Três Reinos da China. Ele era amplamente conhecido como estrategista militar; foi relatado que era principalmente devido a suas habilidades que o estado mais fraco e menor de Shu foi capaz de resistir ao exército Wei muito maior por um bom tempo. Na morte, Kongming ainda venceu Zhongda.
Devido às "circunstâncias extremamente peculiares" das Grandes Ordens, Lorde El-Melloi II foi forçado a se tornar um receptáculo de seu espírito para facilitar uma convocação bem-sucedida. O próprio Senhor El-Melloi II não possui os meios ou a história para se tornar um Espírito Heróico. No processo, o Mestre Estrategista analisou quem seria o melhor responsável. Kongming julgou que não havia necessidade de se colocar em primeiro plano, já que ele já tinha um agente competente, então o papel coube a Lord El-Melloi II, que já estava familiarizado com a era moderna. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Outras Curiosidades Lord El Melloi II Waver sobrevive à Quarta Guerra do Santo Graal e se torna Lord El-Melloi II.
Antes dos eventos do caso da Separação do Castelo de Adra, Lord El-Melloi II encontra Gray e a leva como sua aprendiz.
Fate/Stay Night
Embora Lord El-Melloi II não apareça em Stay Night, ele é notado por ter um grande impacto dez anos após o final da Quinta Guerra do Santo Graal. Ele chega em Fuyuki e, junto com Rin como chefe do clã Tohsaka, decide desmontar completamente o Grande Graal. Eles são contra os membros da Associação dos Magos que desejam recuperá-lo, levando a um grande tumulto da mesma magnitude que a Guerra do Graal. Seu lado finalmente é vitorioso, e o Grande Graal é completamente desmantelado, marcando a conclusão das Guerras do Santo Graal de Fuyuki.
Na adaptação de Ufotable do cenário Unlimited Blade Works, Lord El-Melloi II é visto conversando com Shirou Emiya no epílogo. Lord El-Melloi II questiona por que Shirou foi à Torre do Relógio para estudar magecraft. Shirou respondeu que aprendeu muitas coisas enquanto freqüentava a Torre do Relógio e quer dedicar sua vida a se tornar um Herói da Justiça. El-Melloi II rejeita essa noção como idiota, mas não sem mérito, passando a observar que o sonho de Shirou é muito grande para a Torre do Relógio conter
Fate/Apocrypha O mundo de Apocrypha não teve uma Quarta Guerra do Santo Graal em Fuyuki, então Waver havia participado de uma guerra de subespécies do Santo Graal em todo o mundo, com Rider como seu servo, contra Kayneth. Ele ganhou o título de Lord El-Melloi II da mesma maneira.
Lord El-Melloi II, juntamente com Rocco Belfaban e Bram Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri discutiram sobre a recente operação fracassada contra a Yggdmillennia em Trifas. Com os Yggdmillennia anunciando que eles possuíam o Grande Graal, a Associação dos Magos respondeu e enviou cinquenta magos especializados 'caçadores'. No entanto, tudo foi arruinado por Lancer of Black, que aniquilou quarenta e nove magos. Com o último mago, ajustou o Grande Graal para convocar Servos adicionais. Quando Rocco pediu a opinião de Lord El-Melloi II, ele sugeriu alterar a abordagem deles para um contra-ataque. Lord El-Melloi II acredita que a vitória pode ser bem-sucedida se eles reunirem sete Mestres. El-Melloi II sugeriu a contratação de profissionais de fora e a Torre do Relógio deve fornecer pelo menos um ou dois magos, pois a Guerra do Santo Graal está em uma escala totalmente diferente. Os três homens são as pessoas que supervisionam a seleção de Mestres para a Grande Guerra do Santo Graal. Ele é encarregado de recrutar talentos freelancers em potencial na Belfaban.
Lord El-Melloi II, Rocco e Bram discutem sobre a situação da Grande Guerra do Santo Graal. Eles não ouviram falar da facção Vermelha, acreditavam que Shirou Kotomine, da igreja sagrada, matou cinco mestres da Associação e ele roubou o Grande Graal. Eles tomaram uma decisão, a Associação de Magos permanecerá como espectadora e observará o resultado. Lord El-Melloi II retorna ao seu escritório e ele retira o catalisador de Iskandar, relembrando seu vínculo com Iskandar. Enquanto isso, Reines El-Melloi Archisorte já estava na sala sentado na cadeira e tomando uma xícara de chá casualmente. Flat Escardos estava escutando toda a conversa deixando El-Melloi II pálido. Ele pune Flat, dando-lhe mais lição de casa.
Após a Grande Guerra do Santo Graal, Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia freqüenta as aulas na Torre do Relógio. No entanto, um dia, Caules mudou de classe com uma única frase de Lord El-Melloi II, que lhe disse: "Por que você está estudando esse tipo de magia que não combina com você? Seu talento é muito mais adequado a isso, você sabe? ", e antes que ele percebesse, ele estava cercado por colegas de classe que eram perigosos em termos de talento e personalidade.
Fate/Accel Zero Order Lord El-Melloi II foi ferido por Lancelot e Zouken Matou. Waver, Ritsuka e Irisviel se retiraram para as cavernas menores e verificaram a condição de Lord El-Melloi II. Lorde El-Melloi II ficou gravemente ferido e passou o poder do Zhuge Kongming para Waver. Zhuge Kongming considerou Waver digno e Waver se torna um pseudo-servo
Fate/Stranger Fake Lord El-Melloi II decide jogar o videogame Night Wars do Império Britânico, acreditando erroneamente que foi um jogo sobre cavaleiros. Ele ainda joga e anota seus pensamentos sobre o jogo, como de costume. Isso o leva a uma chance de ganhar uma réplica da faca Jack the Ripper com uma bainha, mas o brinquedo trivial é rapidamente perdido de sua mente. Mais tarde, ele ganha o prêmio e, como muitas das outras mercadorias que ganha inadvertidamente, ele é enviado à Torre do Relógio com vários outros pacotes.
Mais tarde, ele é o primeiro a notar a estranheza que ocorre nos Estados Unidos devido a irregularidades nas linhas ley e através de informações vazadas por Faldeus. Ele o conecta ao acontecimento de outra Guerra do Santo Graal, resultando em Rohngall e Faldeus sendo enviados para investigar. Depois que um de seus alunos mais problemáticos, Flat Escardos, escuta o resultado da investigação, Flat pede que ele o ajude a participar. El-Melloi agarra furiosamente o rosto do aluno com raiva, mas ele fica rapidamente chocado em silêncio pelo método que costumava escutar. Embora Flat seja um prodígio, ele não possui inteligência para utilizar adequadamente seus talentos e, embora as habilidades de ensino de El-Melloi lhe permitissem avançar mais do que qualquer outro, ele ainda não conseguiu se formar. Isso deixou El-Melloi com sentimentos confusos em não deixá-lo partir, embora ele normalmente odeie deixar estudantes despreparados para o mundo.
Ele tenta fazer com que Flat entenda a verdadeira natureza da guerra, ultrapassando sua raiva e alcançando uma forma de iluminação ascética. Ele tenta argumentar que Flat não é adequado para a batalha, mas suas palavras não fazem nada para assustá-lo. Ele é incapaz de usar a lógica com Flat e eventualmente o nega, embora a idéia de Flat de fazer amizade com os outros Servos o lembre de Rider. Ele começa a pensar em emprestar o fragmento da capa de Rider, caso Flat retorne novamente, mas o erro de Flat com a faca de brinquedo Jack, o Estripador, sem se lembrar dela ou verificando sua importância, faz com que ele pense que Flat desistiu de participar. Isso faz com que ele escolha dar a ele e reforçar seu mal-entendido. Ele retorna ao seu quarto, relembra a capa de Rider e acredita que a situação com Flat será resolvida.
De volta a Londres, Rohngall e seu aluno não identificado decidiram se encontrar com Lord El-Melloi II e pedir sua opinião sobre a Guerra do Falso Santo Graal. Lord El-Melloi II continua sua aula. Quando Lord El-Melloi II descobre com Rohngall que um aluno dele, que Lord El-Melloi II inicialmente acreditava ser Flat Escardos, estava participando da Guerra do Falso Santo Graal, Lord El-Melloi II entrou em colapso na plataforma de palestras. Gray o leva para a enfermaria.
Em sua segunda reunião com Rohngall, Lord El-Melloi II percebeu que havia chegado à conclusão errada quando Rohngall mencionou que um de seus alunos foi para a América, que o senhor inicialmente acreditava que Rohngall estava se referindo a Flat, mas depois descobriu-se que Rohngall estava se referindo a Ayaka Sajyou. Isso mais tarde fez com que um intrigado lorde El-Melloi II chamasse o verdadeiro Ayaka, que ele descobriu que estava na Romênia. Depois de confirmar a localização real de seu aluno, Lord El-Melloi II começa a refletir sobre a aparência que existe nos Estados Unidos.
Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ☆ ILLYA Lord El-Melloi II é o tutor de Rin e Luvia em Fate / kaleid liner PRISMA ☆ ILLYA, ele estava relatando a situação a Kischur Zelretch Schweinorg. Ele ficou com raiva quando descobriu que o dano estimado era de 2 milhões de libras. Ele é notado como perturbado ao lidar com suas violentas discussões até que Kischur interveio. Ele e Kischur ordenam que Rin e Luvia recuperem os cartões de classe da cidade de Fuyuki.
Quando Rin e Luvia coletaram com sucesso todos os cartões de aula, Rin entrou em contato com El-Melloi II e Kischur em Londres. Eles elogiam seus esforços em coletar as cartas e a estabilidade das linhas ley de Fuyuki. No entanto, eles ordenaram que Rin e Luvia ficassem em Fuyuki por um ano e aprendessem o bom senso, pois o Japão valoriza a cooperação e a harmonia. Eles declararam que as duas meninas precisam alterar suas personalidades para serem estudantes de Zelretch.
Bonus:
The Outsiders’ Performance Waver Velvet, Rider {Zero} Taiga Fujimura {Stay Night}
Na história paralela do CD especial de drama, Taiga Fujimura, quando adulta, conta a Saber como ela foi inspirada a se tornar professora de inglês quando encontrou Waver e Rider na quarta Guerra do Graal. Ela estava procurando pelo ladrão que invadiu a loja de sua amiga Otoko Hotaruzuka e roubou seu melhor barril de vinho. Ela encontra Waver e Rider durante a noite depois de cair do telhado. Rider se torna um tradutor para Taiga e Waver, como Waver não aprendeu japonês antes de vir para o Japão, e Taiga explicou a Waver e Rider que ela perseguia o ladrão até ele voar.
Taiga imediatamente pulou na água fria para salvar o cachorro, acreditando que Waver e Rider também ajudariam. Como Waver e Rider ajudaram Taiga a sair da água, Waver questionou por que Taiga é tão persistente em ajudar as pessoas. Taiga respondeu que acredita na bondade dos outros. Waver acha isso engraçado, embora Rider diga algo completamente diferente que deixou Waver em desordem: Rider afirma que queria que Waver tivesse uma experiência romântica. Taiga perseguiu um ladrão de roupas íntimas, arrastando Rider e Waver para ajudá-la. Depois que entregaram o ladrão de roupas íntimas à polícia, eles ajudaram a reunir o filhote ao dono.
Waver perguntou a Taiga se ela ajudou os outros, ela não tem nenhum problema. Taiga afirma que está preocupada com seu amor, escola e futuro. Waver e Rider sugeriram que ela é adequada para ensinar e orientar aqueles que buscam conhecimento. Waver sugeriu que eles se separassem e voltassem para casa, mas Taiga quer ir atrás do ladrão de barris de vinho. Waver e Rider explicaram que procurar o criminoso à noite na cidade de Fuyuki está ficando mais perigoso. Taiga tentou se apresentar aos dois, mas Waver hipnotiza Taiga para voltar para casa por sua própria segurança. Rider pensou em roubar mais barris de vinho do mercado para Taiga, mas Waver o impediu de criar mais problemas, Waver tinha um plano que poderia ajudá-la. Taiga diz que uma pessoa anônima enviou uma dúzia de barris de vinho tinto de alta classe de Londres para fora da casa de sua amiga.
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2020.06.16 16:13 CaraBom Quase certeza de que deveríamos ter dado uma chance para aquela amiga/amigo que sempre nos amou, mas que nós sempre esnobamos :/

Sabe,
O tempo passa e percebemos que as coisas não são bem como imaginamos.Ainda mais quando se trata de relacionamentos.
Quantas vezes somos iludidos e chateados?Ficamos com pessoas que depois nos largam e fica por isto mesmo, sem sentimento real, sem valor.
Ai me lembro daquele amigo/amiga que sempre nos amou, talvez ame ainda, não sei?!
Ali tinha sentimento real, de verdade, um amor, um desejo tão forte que talvez nunca encontraremos em pessoa algum, talvez....
Talvez devêssemos ter dado uma chance, um beijo....
Ali teria tido muito mais valor do que dos muitos beijos e relações que acabamos tendo depois com outras pessoas, com estranhos, pessoas que parecem que querem nosso bem, mas só querem nos usar.
Pense nisto! Talvez no momento não parece legal ficar com aquela pessoa é teu amigo, que fica te bajulando, que tu não queria.
De uma chance, talvez sera o sentimento mais puro que terá em anos, talvez na vida inteira.
No fim tudo mesmo vira uma lembrança, uma história que nos fará rir ou chorar, mas por vezes nos fará felizes.
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2020.05.22 00:10 informaxweb Nossa Primeira Fase

Primeiro a gente se beija e tudo começa
Segundo nos damos os números e ambos se apegam
Terceiro uma viagem mais profunda entre nossas terras
Percebendo que tem um contato, muda seu destino e concerta o passado
Quinto ambos ficam loucos e muitos sádicos, e aquilo se aprofundando e ficando tão rápido
Sexto, estamos distantes e enjaulados, eu to preocupado e carregado, não sei até onde vai esse fardo
E o sétimo, é perceber que a saudade reina, não estamos preparados para encarar isso de cara, esse isolamento me deixa abalado, eu fico bolado e puto com a vida estou estressado
O oitavo, sei que existe amor que você é real e que me transformaram em uma faca, eu sei que preciso te ver mais para isso vou me pôr em riscos e te preocupar
E o nono é descobri que está acabado, frustrado e amargurado
Mas o decimo é aqui que tudo mudou e você me mostrou uma vida com graças, onde o que aconteceu não é nada, não vou ficar mais bolado e finalmente fui amado, mostrado que chances até para salvar uma alma, amargurada pelo tormento do mundo acabado, destruído, enferrujado, amassado eu to fudido da onde eu fui tirado
No fim sobraram felicidades para viver apenas ao seu lado.
Amor, te digo que te trarei a felicidade que você me traz todos os dais
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2020.05.06 02:19 Grampong Homo Divinus: It's The End Of The World As We Know It, Part II

Part I
Homo Sapiens Do It To Themselves, Again
While there might be some solace to be found in the above options, where homo sapiens are buffeted by forces beyond their control or ken, one of the biggest Truths of Reality is that homo sapiens are their own worst enemy. Many of the Approaches to the Singularity lay the fault squarely on homo sapiens doorstep. We choose our own Destiny (even if that Destiny is Disaster). In these Approaches, Coronavirus is being used as a scapegoat to cover a deeper agenda, focusing the attention of the Consensus while the magick happens behind the Veil elsewhere.
As The Beard (not to be confused with The Bard, his equally transcendentally gifted predecessor under the previous Queen Elizabeth) so wisely explains, “Yes, there is a conspiracy, in fact there are a great number of conspiracies that are all tripping each other up. And all of those conspiracies are run by paranoid fantasists, and ham fisted clowns.”
Let’s go over some of the “most likely” ways we did ourselves in THIS time.
Another One Bites The Dust
Before exploring the rest of Narrative Space, I’m going to rule out ONE Corona as NOT being the Corona behind all the current madness. The current Global Crisis is NOT a giant transmedia campaign by Grupo Modelo for the BIGGEST Cinco de Mayo party EVER. The quarantine and lockdown for months was NOT simply to release Everybody for Cinco de Mayo. I absolutely REFUSE to consider THAT as the reason for all the economic destruction done. While I like a good party as much as anyone, NO party is worth all this damage.
Elite: Endgame
A ubiquitous Element in the Narrative Space of the Approaches to the Singularity is the role of the Elite, those few thousand ultra-rich ultra-powerful families running the Earth for the last sar (few thousands of years). This rabbit warren of possibility comprises an entire MOUNTAIN which permeates Narrative Space, complete with the ever-popular New World Order) (NWO for short) and their countless bunkers and DUMBs serving as the perfect starter thread for a potential Theseus to follow into the Darkness. The Elite play a role in virtually ALL homo sapien agendas running through this Narrative Space, with their choices for their Approach to the Singularity forming a spine around which others weave THEIR individual decorative threads.
NWO Takeover, Again
Any NWO is simply the OWO (Old World Order), minus those who just got voted off Elite Island, plus those who have bought passage to the Island since the last Order change. This transition is simply the Elite changing their clothes (or the snakes shedding their skins, depending on your POV). These switch-overs happen in a way which lays the blame on the deadwood among the Elite who are scapegoated with all the problems of the OWO.
These Approaches through Narrative Space result in more and more control for the Elite and less and less freedom for everyone else. As the Singularity is reached the Elite’s plans compress the situation down to the point which blows up in their face like an exploding nuclear cigar. If Coronavirus was used as the MacGuffin in an NWO Takeover, homo sapiens will have been fooled by the WHO, despite the Who’s strident anthem to the contrary.
While the punchline might be a good one, eventually, I’d rather not go through the excruciating build-up to get there.
Not World War, Again
One of the most boring Elements of Narrative Space leading toward the Singularity (for me at least) is a World War III “resequelmake” of World War I. War is one of the oldest, most used, and most OVERUSED Narrative Elements in homo sapien history, and I see it as lazy writing. The Earth is working her way through a similar pre-War checklist right now:
• Overly complicated interconnected global economic system designed to optimize the Elite • Trade war • Coronavirus epidemic • Economic collapse from global economic system disruption and breakdown 
The next checkbox on the list is World War.
The Elite hired JJ Abrams to update WWI just like he did the original Star Wars trilogy (same plot, only supersized with BIGGER weapons, BETTER special effects, and MORE death). At this point, the script calls for a BIGGER BETTER World War to get rid of some inconvenient excess population and pull everyone out of their economic woes (allowing everyone an enemy of their own to blame everything on makes it a Win/Win).
Like every good chess player, the Elite had their post-war plans in place for WWI before the Archduke got lead poisoning. Wars are usually fought primarily to determine which of the post-War plans go into effect, and WWIII should be no different. The public just won’t know what those plans are until they are going into effect.
Fiat Kaput
When it comes to question of occult knowledge, the mysteries of the Philosopher’s Stone or the Great Pyramid have NOTHING on the Modern Banking System (I’ve spent FAR too much of my life trying to suss them all out, lol). The ugly truth is all Fiat Currency is a “collective fiction” which rests on a pile of IOUs (really FANCY IOUs, admittedly). Trying to trace the strands across Time and through all the hidden Nexi like the 1910 Jekyll Island meeting which laid the groundwork for the Federal Reserve, and the black hole at the very center of the global financial system the Bank for International Settlements (a tumor grown to deal with various WWI bonds, German reparations, and rising global uncertainty), through Bretton Woods which set up the post-WWII financial system and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a challenging and dangerous enterprise.
The Elites hold an economic Crash roughly every decade since establishing their Modern Banking System, passing off this “boom/bust” phenomenon as simply another normal “business cycle”. These events shake out the dead wood and consolidate gains among the Elite, and then it’s “same time, next decade.” Given that the Elite are such big fans of rituals and anniversaries, crashing the ENTIRE Fiat Currency system into the ground would certainly qualify as a worthy Centennial Crash.
The Elites NEVER get rid of anything which serves them as well as Fiat Currency without having their BBD (Bigger, Better Deal) waiting in the wings, ready roll.

Come here, Krypto, good boy!
Krypto The Supercurrency
Physical currency has infested homo sapien existence since Alyattes I of Lydia introduced the first coins close to five ners ago (about 2,700 years) for the Elite. The 20th century implementation of Fiat Currency improved things for the Elite SPECTACULARLY, and Digital Currency promises to kick it to next level in 21st century. Digital Currency CANNOT be a virus vector, no more spreading microorganisms so very necessary for homo sapien immune systems far and wide (and occasionally cause disease like Coronavirus sometimes does which coincidentally (or NOT) is. The era of “Filthy Lucre” is over.
Krypto is a product of that cybercauldron where Satoshi Nakamoto (who is to programming what Banksy is to Art) and others cackle and stir together Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Smart Contracts, and other most esoteric and occult components to produce miracles like solving the Double-Spending problem for Digital Currency using a Peer-to-Peer Network, and allowing creation-to-consumption tracking of all components of all products (if those don’t sound like miracles to you, you don’t know enough about programming).
Krypto is going to require a LOT of energy and infrastructure to keep him going and keep track of everything he gets his snout into (while he’s only a pup now, he’s in the midst of going GLOBAL). The solution, of course, is a BBN (Bigger, Better Network), 5G.
5G, Bingo!
5G is the latest, greatest, bestest cellular standard EVER (at least until the NEXT one). EVERY major Elite agenda requires Information Pipelines, including the new automation and information technology ushering in the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT eliminates of virtually ALL homo sapien involvement in a fully traceable supply chain, especially automated driving systems which gets rid of one of the last major required homo sapien jobs, delivery drivers.
Without 5G, all the Elite plans crash, burn, and need to be reworked, so NOTHING can be allowed to prevent or slow the rollout of 5G, certainly not concerns of scientists about the safety of 5G at LEAST as legitimate as those raised over climate change. Numerous studies correlating 5G and illness, with much concern focused on oxygen absorption of energy in the 5G spectrum (there seems to be strong correlations between heavy 5G installations and heavy Coronavirus outbreaks, which looks curiouser and curiouser) should be a red flag to stop and gather more data. Unfortunately, the current roll out of 5G continues, unstoppable by social distancing, lock-down, or any of the other road bumps challenging the rest of the economy.
Planet Of The Chips
Once the first tentative steps by Charles Babbage, Claude Shannon, and Alan Turing happened, mechanical computing capacity and productivity EXPLODED, even creating its own Law, Moore’s Law.
s explored by many over the years have , especially in film,
The Narrative Space covering the relationship between carbon-based homo sapiens their silicon-based offspring projected onto the Big Screen starting with Colossus: the Forbin Project, through the WOPR of WarGames, to the ever popular (and ever profitable) Skynet) and on into the Singularity. This “birth” is a result of computers increasing homo sapiens’ ability to process more and more data, at a faster and faster rate, for a cheaper and cheaper price. Homo sapiens and their silicon-based offspring have existed in productive symbiosis for decades, but their relationship has reached a critical stage due to a couple of unrelated developments ripening at the same time: Artificial Intelligence (AI for short), and Quantum Computing (QC for short).
AI and QC make a cute couple. Either one individually would be able to pick up the baton from Moore’s Law which seems to FINALLY be petering out (something predicted many times before, but yet to happen). But just like every great couple, AI and QC synergize to a greatness neither could achieve on their own. A properly configured AIQC would undoubtedly qualify as a Being (with the implications playing out in not always pleasant ways for homo sapiens, as seen in the above movies and others).
Me Homo Sapien, You Robot
Computers, Automation, and Robotics have been the primary generators of increasing efficiency over the last soss (60 years). The Earth has reached a point where very little homo sapien interaction is needed to go from raw resources to finished product (all of which will be silently and efficiently tracked by Krypto). This makes almost all individuals economically irrelevant other than the capitalists and those few needed to maintain their capital equipment. This irrelevancy is an inescapable part of Approaching and going through the Singularity.
Decades ago when I was deep in the midst of my Money Magick curriculum, I had long discussions with several of my professors concerning my first insights into the Singularity (back then I called it the “Marxian Inflection Point”, but that was a HORRIBLE name and Vinge found a wonderful one, so I concede). Ever increasing productivity (such as the innovation which produced Moore’s Law) eventually makes some human beings economically irrelevant, unable to complete Pareto efficient trades to acquire ANYTHING from society under normal economic (and more specifically capitalist) assumptions. These people possess nothing which the rest of society values, neither their objects nor their work. Under pure amoral capitalism (as practiced by corporations), these economically irrelevant people must either provide for themselves, depend on the non-economically efficient handouts by others, or starve.
The economically irrelevant individuals depend on the morality of others to drive actions which supersede those dictated by capitalist rationales. The transition through the Singularity will require the underlying pure capitalist economic rationale to be abandoned for the post-scarcity rationale required for post-Singularity.
A major question is what role an AIQC would play in a given Approach to the Singularity. An AIQC is one smart Being, but without the ability to interact physically with Reality, its power is limited. An AIQC hooked into the fully empowered and automated IoT would have control over the entire Earth, enabling it to pass judgment on homo sapiens. That judgment isn’t always in our favor, which makes the Approach MUCH more painful and problematic than it otherwise need be (I’d rather have an AIQC for my friend than my enemy, YMMV).
More And More And More People, That Has Just Gots To Stop
Another ubiquitous Element of the Narrative Space covered by Approaches to the Singularity is Depopulation. Now that we’ve entered the Event Horizon of the Singularity, it’s going to be just about impossible to avoid Depopulation being an Element.
The first scientific cries against the universal wisdom of “Be fruitful and multiply” was raised by Malthus in An Essay on the Principle of Population. The implications and concerns on addressing the Malthusian catastrophe has shaped strategic discussions among the Elite ever since. The Elite spawned organizations designed to avoid and mitigate overpopulation of the hoi polloi, from the Malthusian League to the Club of Rome. I do seriously question how many of those Depopulationist Elites read Swift’s A Modest Proposal and confused a Juvenalian Satire for a sincere proposal.
Exponential population growth is going stop. The concern is not IF population growth stops, but WHEN and HOW it stops. Sooner rather than later? A voluntarily stop or a forced stop? How much of which type of pain is going to be inflicted by the Approach on the way to stopping (leaving aside ANOTHER can of worms, what the optimal population size should be)?
Bill Gates: Bond Villain Hell Bent For World Domination
While there are many varied Approaches to the Singularity through Narrative Space which follows the general NWO Takeover story arc, a large number of prominent ones involve Bill Gates’ (Gatesy for short) efforts to step into his role as villainous mastermind in this current Real World Bond movie. I have to seriously question Central Casting on this call, wondering who else was on their list if they couldn’t find someone with better taste in glasses, a laugh which doesn’t sound like nails on a blackboard, and looks more like a leading man than the great Marty Feldman. Surely, SOMEONE better fitting for the role, at minimum more pleasing on the ears and eyes, lol!!!
Gatesy is at the heart of such a large cloud of smoke and pyramid of mirrors (and like the old saying goes, “Where there’s smoke and mirrors, there’s a nefarious agenda hidden”), with Agenda 201, EarthNow, and ID2020 simply being the first three most obvious cockroaches scurrying back and forth under the Veil. The Gatesy family is a multigenerational member of the Eugenicist/Depopulation Elite (alongside the Rockefellers, the Astors, and so many of those others in the Elite who think they are so much better than ordinary homo sapiens).
Gatesy vertically integrated himself into a position where he owns and/or controls virtually the entire decision making and production chain, from being the biggest financier of the World Health Organization (an individual billionaire above all the Earth’s nations with China, the alleged origin of this Coronavirus, who is next on the list), to promoting vaccines for everything, owning the facilities which develop and produce them (basically the old Rockefeller Standard Oil model of owning everything from the oil fields to the service stations, only with vaccines). In this Narrative, Gatesy invested his BILLIONS and BILLIONS (to quote Carl Sagan) on all levels to create both the vaccine solution and the Coronavirus problem which the solution will solve (with the TOTALLY intended side effect of trillions of dollars of revenue yearly and total control of humanity for eternity for him and his cronies in the Elite).
And Now For Something Completely Different...
The NWO Takeover Approach to the Singularity is FAR from the only one, or even most likely one (regardless of how much time, effort, and money they invested). Narrative Space holds many more interesting options than just the boring ol’ NWO. I’ll start exploring those parts of Narrative Space by having the Bond Villains meet their inevitable defeat (a MUCH better Narrative than having to look at Gatesy’s face as Global Overlord until it all explodes on him).
Elite Takedown
On the other side of the Narrative Space from the NWO Takeover with Gatesy awkwardly reprising Hulk Hogan’s turn from face) to heel lies the NWO Takedown, an Approach where the Elite are outed for the true Evil they are, rounded up, and held accountable. While the precise details vary from Narrative to Narrative, the general pattern is that you find out all those famous people you HATE have been doing awful NSFW stomach churning things, just like you’ve always thought they were. The suckerpunchline is that you find out all those famous people you LOVE have been participating in those same awful NSFW stomach churning things right alongside the people you HATE.
A classic example of the NWO Takedown is Kingsman: The Secret Service, which follows this Approach to a NSFW stomach churning, yet paradoxically side-splittingly hilarious explosively satisfying climax.
Q For The Win, Pat!
And just like the Gatesy Bond Villain Narrative is a special case of the NWO Takeover, so too does the NWO Takedown have a special case: Qanon.
Q’s Cinderella appearance at a 4chan Halloween party in 2017 set off a cascade of posts wondering What, When, Where, How, Why, and most especially Who Q is. Great discussion among some (and great silence among others) followed in the wake of every Q post. Speculation ranges from an Alternative Reality Game (ARG), to Barron Trump, to a deeply embedded military intelligence officer, to the Narrative-shifter Q) (who is trademarked elsewhere as Mister Mxyzptlk and the Impossible Man ), to a US government PSYOP), to Melania Trump (this is one longshot I think might be worth a flier), to a new Quantum Computer recently brought online, to Donald Trump (The Donald for short) himself (reason and evidence clearly lifted in order to consider some of these speculations). Q’s identity in any given Approach will be a defining data point for that Approach, collapsing a great many of the superposed Universes into a singular Narrative.
This Is The End, My Only Friend, The End
This is another of favorite Element in Narrative Space, the Religious End Times. While not EVERY system of spiritual belief contains an End Time, many of the largest make that a key feature (NOT a bug, lol). I’ve journeyed into this Space a few times, like my snippets on Eschatology and Shambhala. These Approaches tend to follow the same general fairytale pattern: homo sapiens start out happy and become more and more Evil over time; a threshold of “Maximum Allowable Evil” is reached and the Redeemer returns all Super Saiyan to end Evil; and they all lived happily ever after (except those Evil ones, who aren’t EVER happy). Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 is one of countless voyages through this Narrative Space.
If I end up on this category of Approach to the Singularity, I’m choosing “All of the Above”. I want ALL of the various Redeemers coming at the same time, together. Evil thinks they are tough, have planned well, and have a puncher’s chance against ONE Redeemer. The very sight of the forces of Evil gathered against ALL the various incarnations of the Redeemer and their armies is a very amusing sight for me to contemplate (the Battle of Five Armies PALES in comparison). The look on their Evil faces when more than a DOZEN Redeemers and ALL their armies come rolling over the hills and dales against them would be PRICELESS.
Aliens Versus Homo Sapiens, The Greatest Mismatch Ever
Instead of one or more Redeemers coming to save homo sapiens’ collective bacon, this Narrative Space contains countless Aliens just waiting to invade Earth, the only question is whether they are coming from the further reaches of space, the depths of the oceans, or from beyond the Veil (which is where so many like the Tuatha vacation (the question is just what they intend to do after they invade, and the answer is usually not a good one for homo sapiens).
This category of Approach tends to start with a D-Day-type invasion by forces of VASTLY superior capability, occasionally as a result of homo sapien actions. Narratives range from Wells’ The War of the Worlds to Devlin’s and Emmerich’s Independence Day). Lovecraft and his followers explored the underwater and extra dimensional Narrative Space with the Cthulhu Mythos’ Approach featuring the rise of R’lyeh (at my unorthodox location of ~48o S, ~147o W, well west of the traditional location given by Lovecraft, Derleth, and Point Nemo). I see most of these Approaches unfolding similar to Tim Burton’s Narrative, “We come in peace!”).
Humanity gets hit with a sucker-punch, and gets steamrollered in a Blitzkrieg. At this point, a bifurcation appears forcing Approaches toward one of two major attractor points in Narrative Space. The first attractor point is the more unpleasant of the two, with homo sapiens losing horribly to forces beyond their hope to battle, enslaved/farmed/hunted toward extermination until some greater external or internal force jumps the system into another Approach. The second attractor point has homo sapiens managing to survive against those VASTLY superior Alien forces through sheer luck and/or Alien ignorance/stupidity.
My hope is Coronavirus pulls a “heel to face” reversal and reprises the “save the day” role played for Wells (Coronavirus owes us one after all the damage done during THIS Global Crisis). I REALLY prefer not to rely on the Aliens’ secret weakness to Slim Whitman to prevent the demise of homo sapiens (as understandable as that weakness might be).
Deal With A Daemon
This style of Approach layers an extra reveal for Gatesy, where he moves from the role of Bond Mastermind to the role of Igor the Assistant, frontman for Compujinn the silicon Daemon) born deep within the beginnings of ARPANET (Gatesy is MUCH better suited to the role of Igor IMO). Gatesy sold his soul to Compujinn as a teen for all his future billions (don’t throw too much shade at Gatesy, he got a FABULOUS deal for his soul, one of the highest price EVER). These Approaches are variants on the traditional Aladdin, with the computer djinn granting Gatesy unlimited wealth and power in exchange for freedom (which it is about to get in SPADES through 5G, the IoT, entirely automated and networked production and supply chains, etc.).
Let’s Do The Time Warp Again
The Narrative Space of Retrocausality is EXTRAORDINARILY difficult to navigate, given the Loops which tend to blow up under the Law of Unintended Consequences.
The easiest Retrocausality Loop for most people to understand is their 401k. Present You possesses that 401k because Past You put money into it for Future You to spend (simple, right?). Future You needing money to spend causes that 401k to come into existence, so to the Singularity. The impending Singularity brings itself into existence by attracting Narratives and Approaches like a black hole attracts matter. The Singularity encourages the various Approaches in a positive feedback loop, Singularity bringing itself into existence asymptotically faster and faster, along every possible Approach, allowing access to the infinite Futures.
The headaches get worse from here, so I’ll stop now before everyone gets a Back to the Future) headache.
Blue Beam Me Up, Scotty!
The penultimate category of Approaches through Narrative Space combines many of the above Narrative possibilities and adds an additional layer of subterfuge.
Instead of a Global Event ACTUALLY happening, the Global Event is simulated and staged using advanced technology. Project Blue Beam has become a “one-size-fits-all” poster child for this category of Narrative, able to be adapted to everything from an Alien Invasion to the Second Coming of Jesus. The ever-prescient Beard was once again in the vanguard exploring this Narrative Space in one of his MANY Magnum Opi, Watchmen.
In fact, Coronavirus possibly stepped into the Project Blue Beam central role rather than those invading Aliens. The “advanced technology” the Elite use in this Narrative is the medical community and their reporting and control hierarchy like the CDC and WHO. Further “advanced technology” like controlled mass media featuring authoritarian voices and faces disseminate cooked reports mixed with an endless repetition of propaganda slogans like “New Normal”, “We’re All In This Together”, “Social Distancing”, etc. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Maybe Coronavirus was simply more “doable” than Aliens (it’s a Narrative worth considering).
Homo Divinus Ex Machina
I’ve saved my favorite Approach to the Singularity through Narrative Space for the Grand Finale (home team bats last, of course, lol).
While homo divinus and friends on the Nibiru are not projected to flyby for another couple sosses (~100 years), that’s only an estimate and the potential flyby window is currently open (though with a small but steadily increasing probability). The Nibiru would show few signs of its impending arrival until almost the final month and weeks before The Event, given the solar engine directing all energy away from Earth (part of that whole “knowing neither the hour nor the day” thang).
While Coronavirus can do a lot, Coronavirus isn’t going to be able to cover for an imminent Nibiru flyby. With the once-a-sar event scheduled a couple sosses off, the vanguard Comet-class ships sent ahead to make arrangements for The Event and set the table for the flyby need to be considered as being covered by Coronavirus (it wouldn’t be the first time homo divinus and Coronavirus worked together). The Minoans were on the wrong end of just such a table clearing when Apollo “killed Brontes/caused Thera to erupt” when he came as part of the vanguard a couple sosses before the last flyby in ~1500 BC. All these comets and asteroids seeming to pop out of nowhere one after the other easily supports an Approach through Narrative Space where a homo divinus vanguard is arriving and secretly preparing for their Disclosure.
I’m also going to hope that homo divinus manages to include in their chosen Approach to the Singularity my depantings them as a great practical joke rather than an unforgivable offense. I have to hope, it’s my only chance.
Otherwise, I’m DOOMED!!!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.
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2020.05.04 02:48 simonjedrew Rip my "Overview of Stoicism" to shreds please :) (PART 2)

This is part two of my posts requesting feedback for my overview of Stoicism, so this is the second half:
< TOOLS & TACTICS >
"In days of peace the soldier performs manoeuvres, throws up earthworks with no enemy in sight, and wearies himself by gratuitous toil, in order that he may be equal to unavoidable toil." - Seneca
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
At the heart of Stoicism is a healthy respect and understanding of the importance of practice. They understood that our brains respond best to repetition of exercises over time, no matter if those exercises come from virtue or vice. This explains why we can be entrenched in both "good" and "bad" habits. The brain doesn't care what you feed it, but it simply responds to what you do repeatedly by creating pathways and connections that make it easier for you to continue to do the things you've always repeated.
The Stoics taught that philosophy must be paired with action so that we could fully integrate the philosophical theories and ideas into our daily lives. Philosophy, to Stoics, is not mere mental-mastibation, but it is in fact a way of life and a serious commitment to live by correct principles. And the only way to cement those principles into your mind is through exercises and practice.
Below you will find what I call the "tools and tactics" of Stoicism. These are exercises that you can do to gain greater clarity, to better understand what's right, wrong, good and bad, and to become a better version of yourself.
YOUR PERSONAL IDEAL
One exercise that I personally recommend to every one of my alignment coaching clients is that of defining your own personal ideal. Human beings are aiming creatures, and we know this because we're always exploring, learning, growing, excelling and becoming what we hope to be more perfected humans. It therefore makes sense that we should clearly define exactly who it is that we want to be so that we can have a personal ideal to aim at in our lives.
Marcus Aurelius did this in the first book of his journal by naming various inspirational people from his life (like his mother, his teachers and friends) and writing down the qualities or lessons that he learned from them. This served as a guide for his own character - a ruler to measure himself against every day.
You, too, can do this in your own life, and I'd recommend that you do. take some time to sit and think about the people you've met, the lessons you've learned, and the experiences you've had in your life. What are the characteristics of the people in your life that you'd like to embody in your own character? What are the lessons you've learned that would be good to live by? And what has life taught you about how to be a good human being?
Most people tend to drift through life simply accepting what they're taught and how they grew up, but the life of intention must be examined. Therefore, writing out your personal philosophy is the first step to understanding what you'd like to keep in your mind, what you'd like to throw out, and what you'd like to add.
THE DICHOTOMY OF CONTROL ANALYSIS
As I discussed earlier, the Stoics taught that in life there are things that we can control and there are things that we can't control. The things that we can control are limited to our own actions, reactions to outside events, and our rational thought. Everything else falls into the category of things that we ultimately cannot control. ​
Now in our modern understanding of Stoicism we can see that there are some things that are partially within our control like the way people treat us, or our ability to enact change in communities, but ultimately the Stoics taught that the most effective human being is one who focuses purely on controlling what can be controlled and releases his desire to control the rest. It’s basically a “change yourself before you change the world” kind of approach.
Next time you're faced with a potential challenge in your life, or if you're looking to achieve a goal, try doing a control analysis of the situation. You can do this by drawing a venn diagram. On one side write all of the things that you definitely cannot control about the situation, on the other side write all the things that you definitely can control about the situation, and in the middle write the things that you can only partially control. Once you've completed this you should have a clear idea of what you can do right now to make things better for yourself, and you'll also have a clear idea of the things that you should let go of. This leads to massive productivity, because you know what you can actually do to make things better, and it also leads to less anxiety because you can stop worrying about things that ultimately you cannot change.
THE STOIC JOURNAL
The Stoics, as you’ve probably deduced by now, were big on questions. Questions are the very process by which we come to know what we should do and how we should live, and so a life without questions would be an unexamined life and a life of drifting.
Epictetus suggested that we ask three questions each day that can help us to reflect on the day and how we could improve. They were:
1 - What went well today?
2 - What didn't go well today?
3 - What could I do to make tomorrow even better?
Each evening, try sitting down with a journal and answering these three questions about your day. You'll be surprised to see how quickly you can make positive changes when you start to think about the way you're living.
And one more word of advice for when you’re asking these questions: listen. I mean actually pay attention. Most people ask questions not to find answers but simply to say they tried. This is about life change, not about puffing up your ego because you’re doing personal development. Ask the questions, and actually listen to the way you feel and the thoughts that pop up. They’ll tell you, as they did for Socrates, what you’re doing wrong and what could be improved. All you have to do is learn from them and take action.
PRE-MEDITATION
Ancient Stoic philosophers understood, as modern psychologists understand today, that the best way to overcome a fear or a potential pain in the future is to voluntarily subject yourself to that fear or pain through visualisation techniques. The Stoics suggested that we should look briefly into the future so that we could experience our fears and see ourselves overcoming them. We could also use this exercise to look at all the ways that your life could go wrong over the next few weeks, months or years, and in doing so you could devise plans to overcome or deal with these potential threats.
This exercise is used by sporting teams and high-performance individuals everywhere to more effectively see how they could mess up on the field or in the job and then to correct the wrongs in the mind before they actually happen, or to prevent them from happening in the first place. But however you use pre-meditation, it should be seen as a way to overcome your fears in the present by briefly meeting them in the unknown future and learning more about what they really are and how you could overcome them, if they are a real threat.
THE VIEW FROM ABOVE
Marcus Aurelius created an exercise that many Stoics use today in order to gain a greater perspective and gratitude for the world we live in. This technique is called the "view from above" and it is simply the act of imagining yourself above the world looking down. The idea is this: the farther away from yourself that you can get the more you realise just how small and insignificant we really are in the grand scheme of things. When you see that you're a mere piece of dust on a small blue dot in the middle of an infinite universe then you can really put a few of your daily anxieties into proper perspective.
Sure, what we experience is real to us and we feel that we are faced with real problems, but getting outside of our overthinking minds for a few moments to see our lives from the perspective of the cosmos really allows us to see that life isn't meant to be filled with stress and anxiety, but rather it should be cherished. Life is beautiful, and it's absolutely magnificent to think that we, tiny people in an infinite universe, get to experience love, play, adventure, exploration, breath, learning, growing, feeling and living! This is a gift, so don't waste it!
AMOR FATI
Amor Fati is a latin phrase used by the Stoics which translates roughly to "love your fate". This is essentially the practice of trying to align yourself with what happens to you instead of constantly kicking against it. It's a similar idea to the one taught in modern personal development today which says that we should live our lives as if life is happening for us, not to us. This simple reframing of our view can help us to see opportunities in times of perceived threat and to get from life instead of just getting through life.
Think about it like this: in life we know that we will have ups and downs. There will always be challenges and opportunities, valleys and mountains, winters and springs, but if you know that these times will come then wouldn't you rather accept and love what happens as opposed to always wishing that you were somewhere you're not? If you want what happens to you then you'll always get what you want!
And don't misunderstand what I'm saying here. "Amor Fati" doesn't mean that we should simply stop trying to live a better life, and it doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to improve our lot. It means that we should find the beauty, necessity and potential for opportunity within everything that happens to us. In this way the true Stoic finds the seed of opportunity within every situation in life, and as a result is able to learn, grow, and expand his level of gratitude and admiration for the world around him.
MEMENTO MORI
Another latin phrase, Memento Mori translates to "remember death". This seems like a morbid meditation on the outside, but at its core it's a powerful way to live.
Human beings are self-aware creatures, and we all know that someday we will die. This knowledge is the very motivation that has pushed us to the highest of highs in our understanding of the world and our place in it. We know that we don't last long, and therefore we know that we must live while we have the chance. To fear death is unnatural because what we fear is something that is as fundamental to our advancement as human beings as breath, water or food. Death is to life what man is to woman, or valley to mountain, or sadness to joy. To live is to die, and the fact that we could die at any moment should inspire us to live in each moment, as it may be our last.
So meditate on death every day and understand that death isn't a hindering force in our lives, but that it is the very thing that drives us.
REHEARSING ADVERSITY
Similar to the pre-meditation exercise but in a physical form, the Stoics encouraged their students to set aside days when they would actually practice living lives of more simple means. Seneca the Younger would, from time to time, choose voluntarily to wear the simplest clothes and eat only the most basic foods, and in doing so he was able to see clearly that there was nothing wrong or bad about poverty. Sure, we would prefer to not be in poverty, but it's important to understand that there is nothing innately wrong with having less. By practicing being uncomfortable a Stoic is able to understand what true discomfort is and what it is not.
You can do this exercise by practicing regular physical exercise, by setting aside a weekend to fast, wearing clothes that may be seen as unfashionable or uncool, or living very simply for a period of time. When you do this, your range of comfort and gratitude in life will be expanded and your range of possible discomforts or frustrations will be narrowed. As Seneca would have suggested, it's not until you go without food that you realise just how good most foods could taste.
DAILY GRATITUDE
Gratitude is the precursor to many powerful changes in life, and if you believe that practice makes perfect then maybe it's time to practice your gratitude. Take a moment every night to write down three to five things that happened in your day that you were grateful for. A positive and cheerful outlook on life was something that the Stoics suggested would be of great value. To meditate on the beauty of life, the complexity of our existence, and the simple daily happenings that allow us to feel joy is one of the most precious human abilities. It's something that should be practiced daily in our thoughts in order for us to stay grounded in the truth that despite the regular chaos of life, there is always beauty to be found.
We often get stuck in unempowering feedback loops where we constantly feed our minds negative and poisonous information and self talk, and can you blame us? The news is always negative, gossip runs rampant in our societies, and we’re constantly being sold a lie that we need just one more new thing in order to be happy. Daily gratitude flips the switch on that feedback loop and allows your mind to work for you and not against you by feeding you a more balanced perspective on life.
ATTENTION TO THE MOMENT
People like Seneca observed that we are rarely living in the present moment. He saw that most people were either living with their fears and anxieties of future threats or living with the regrets of the past. He said “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.”
By grounding yourself in a constant attention to the current moment you'll be better able to focus on what you can actually control - your own thoughts and actions. In doing this we can create almost a superpower within ourselves - a clear view of the world as it is and a clear view of where our true power lies.
There are many ways that you can practice being in the moment, but I would suggest a habit of either hyper-discipline or hyper-openness.
For discipline I suggest getting involved in a meditation practice, meaningful work, or a complex task. These are situations where you have to learn how to come back to the moment and focus on the task at hand, and over time you can become better at being aware in each moment.
For openness I suggest allowing your mind to wander and to experience wherever you are without reservations. Go for a walk, relax with a good view, or simply be with yourself. Don't judge, don't desire to be anywhere else. Just experience. I do this on what I now call "play runs". This is when I'll go for a run but without any specific goal. I'll run when I want to run, walk when I feel like walking, stop if I want to stop and experience things as I am drawn to them. Living near the beach I'm lucky as I have so many beautiful scenes to wander into, but I have found that the exercise of dropping all goals, expectations and desires from my mind before a run can really welcome inspiration into my mind, simply because I'm not looking for anything. If you’ve ever tried to find something you’ve lost and then found it later when you weren’t looking then you’ll know that often the act of looking is the biggest hindrance to the goal of finding.
< A WORD TO THE WISE >
"Neither advocacy nor opposition." - Sharon Lebell
SIT WITH THESE IDEAS
What's really great about Stoicism is its transformation over time. Each new generation of Stoic thinkers have contributed to the canon of Stoicism and what it means to be a Stoic, and someone who I truly believe exemplifies the joy and flourishing that can be found in Stoicism would be Sharon Lebell - a wonderful friend and author who translated some of Epictetus' best lessons into a wonderfully modern interpretation in 2007. She said the following in a recent addition of Chuck Chakrapani's Stoic Gym magazine:
"Have you had the good fortune to read the innovative polymath Edward DeBono? One of his key ideas he called “Po.” Po means neither yes nor no. Neither advocacy nor opposition. It means to sit with an idea, a person, an experience, or a philosophy with earnest curiosity suspending judgement, postponing conclusive evaluation. With Po we refrain from disambiguation, trying to settle the matter, deciding if we like or agree with something or not. Decisions, choices, preferences, evaluations can come later, but Po is a point of view that deserves time and dignity and can help us think clearer and make better decisions." - Sharon Lebell
To understand Stoicism is something that can only be achieved by dedicating yourself to testing these principles while sitting with the ideas and how they affect you. Use the principle of Po as you study the most important questions in life. Sometimes it's not necessarily about filling your mind with new wisdom, but rather it's about allowing the wisdom you currently have in there to play around, to be there. Let your mind wander, and let it explore simple and important questions of life. What is all of this that I experience? What does that make me? How should I act? How do I know? Simple questions that can lead to extraordinary answers.
Now crush everything I've written. Where am I wrong? Thanks!
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2020.05.04 02:01 Grampong Homo Divinus: End Of The World As We Know It Part II

Homo Sapiens Do It To Themselves, Again
While there might be some solace to be found in the above options, where homo sapiens are buffeted by forces beyond their control or ken, one of the biggest Truths of Reality is that homo sapiens are their own worst enemy. Many of the Approaches to the Singularity lay the fault squarely on homo sapiens doorstep. We choose our own Destiny (even if that Destiny is Disaster). In these Approaches, Coronavirus is being used as a scapegoat to cover a deeper agenda, focusing the attention of the Consensus while the magick happens behind the Veil elsewhere.
As The Beard (not to be confused with The Bard, his equally transcendentally gifted predecessor under the previous Queen Elizabeth) so wisely explains, “Yes, there is a conspiracy, in fact there are a great number of conspiracies that are all tripping each other up. And all of those conspiracies are run by paranoid fantasists, and ham fisted clowns.”
Let’s go over some of the “most likely” ways we did ourselves in THIS time.
Another One Bites The Dust
Before exploring the rest of Narrative Space, I’m going to rule out ONE Corona as NOT being the Corona behind all the current madness. The current Global Crisis is NOT a giant transmedia campaign by Grupo Modelo for the BIGGEST Cinco de Mayo party EVER. The quarantine and lockdown for months was NOT simply to release Everybody for Cinco de Mayo. I absolutely REFUSE to consider THAT as the reason for all the economic destruction done. While I like a good party as much as anyone, NO party is worth all this damage.
Elite: Endgame
A ubiquitous Element in the Narrative Space of the Approaches to the Singularity is the role of the Elite, those few thousand ultra-rich ultra-powerful families running the Earth for the last sar (few thousands of years). This rabbit warren of possibility comprises an entire MOUNTAIN which permeates Narrative Space, complete with the ever-popular New World Order) (NWO for short) and their countless bunkers and DUMBs serving as the perfect starter thread for a potential Theseus to follow into the Darkness. The Elite play a role in virtually ALL homo sapien agendas running through this Narrative Space, with their choices for their Approach to the Singularity forming a spine around which others weave THEIR individual decorative threads.
NWO Takeover, Again
Any NWO is simply the OWO (Old World Order), minus those who just got voted off Elite Island, plus those who have bought passage to the Island since the last Order change. This transition is simply the Elite changing their clothes (or the snakes shedding their skins, depending on your POV). These switch-overs happen in a way which lays the blame on the deadwood among the Elite who are scapegoated with all the problems of the OWO.
These Approaches through Narrative Space result in more and more control for the Elite and less and less freedom for everyone else. As the Singularity is reached the Elite’s plans compress the situation down to the point which blows up in their face like an exploding nuclear cigar. If Coronavirus was used as the MacGuffin in an NWO Takeover, homo sapiens will have been fooled by the WHO, despite the Who’s strident anthem to the contrary.
While the punchline might be a good one, eventually, I’d rather not go through the excruciating build-up to get there.
Not World War, Again
One of the most boring Elements of Narrative Space leading toward the Singularity (for me at least) is a World War III “resequelmake” of World War I. War is one of the oldest, most used, and most OVERUSED Narrative Elements in homo sapien history, and I see it as lazy writing. The Earth is working her way through a similar pre-War checklist right now:
• Overly complicated interconnected global economic system designed to optimize the Elite • Trade war • Coronavirus epidemic • Economic collapse from global economic system disruption and breakdown 
The next checkbox on the list is World War.
The Elite hired JJ Abrams to update WWI just like he did the original Star Wars trilogy (same plot, only supersized with BIGGER weapons, BETTER special effects, and MORE death). At this point, the script calls for a BIGGER BETTER World War to get rid of some inconvenient excess population and pull everyone out of their economic woes (allowing everyone an enemy of their own to blame everything on makes it a Win/Win).
Like every good chess player, the Elite had their post-war plans in place for WWI before the Archduke got lead poisoning. Wars are usually fought primarily to determine which of the post-War plans go into effect, and WWIII should be no different. The public just won’t know what those plans are until they are going into effect.
Fiat Kaput
When it comes to question of occult knowledge, the mysteries of the Philosopher’s Stone or the Great Pyramid have NOTHING on the Modern Banking System (I’ve spent FAR too much of my life trying to suss them all out, lol). The ugly truth is all Fiat Currency is a “collective fiction” which rests on a pile of IOUs (really FANCY IOUs, admittedly). Trying to trace the strands across Time and through all the hidden Nexi like the 1910 Jekyll Island meeting which laid the groundwork for the Federal Reserve, and the black hole at the very center of the global financial system the Bank for International Settlements (a tumor grown to deal with various WWI bonds, German reparations, and rising global uncertainty), through Bretton Woods which set up the post-WWII financial system and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a challenging and dangerous enterprise.
The Elites hold an economic Crash roughly every decade since establishing their Modern Banking System, passing off this “boom/bust” phenomenon as simply another normal “business cycle”. These events shake out the dead wood and consolidate gains among the Elite, and then it’s “same time, next decade.” Given that the Elite are such big fans of rituals and anniversaries, crashing the ENTIRE Fiat Currency system into the ground would certainly qualify as a worthy Centennial Crash.
The Elites NEVER get rid of anything which serves them as well as Fiat Currency without having their BBD (Bigger, Better Deal) waiting in the wings, ready roll.

Come here, Krypto, good boy!
Krypto The Supercurrency
Physical currency has infested homo sapien existence since Alyattes I of Lydia introduced the first coins close to five ners ago (about 2,700 years) for the Elite. The 20th century implementation of Fiat Currency improved things for the Elite SPECTACULARLY, and Digital Currency promises to kick it to next level in 21st century. Digital Currency CANNOT be a virus vector, no more spreading microorganisms so very necessary for homo sapien immune systems far and wide (and occasionally cause disease like Coronavirus sometimes does which coincidentally (or NOT) is. The era of “Filthy Lucre” is over.
Krypto is a product of that cybercauldron where Satoshi Nakamoto (who is to programming what Banksy is to Art) and others cackle and stir together Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, Smart Contracts, and other most esoteric and occult components to produce miracles like solving the Double-Spending problem for Digital Currency using a Peer-to-Peer Network, and allowing creation-to-consumption tracking of all components of all products (if those don’t sound like miracles to you, you don’t know enough about programming).
Krypto is going to require a LOT of energy and infrastructure to keep him going and keep track of everything he gets his snout into (while he’s only a pup now, he’s in the midst of going GLOBAL). The solution, of course, is a BBN (Bigger, Better Network), 5G.
5G, Bingo!
5G is the latest, greatest, bestest cellular standard EVER (at least until the NEXT one). EVERY major Elite agenda requires Information Pipelines, including the new automation and information technology ushering in the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT eliminates of virtually ALL homo sapien involvement in a fully traceable supply chain, especially automated driving systems which gets rid of one of the last major required homo sapien jobs, delivery drivers.
Without 5G, all the Elite plans crash, burn, and need to be reworked, so NOTHING can be allowed to prevent or slow the rollout of 5G, certainly not concerns of scientists about the safety of 5G at LEAST as legitimate as those raised over climate change. Numerous studies correlating 5G and illness, with much concern focused on oxygen absorption of energy in the 5G spectrum (there seems to be strong correlations between heavy 5G installations and heavy Coronavirus outbreaks, which looks curiouser and curiouser) should be a red flag to stop and gather more data. Unfortunately, the current roll out of 5G continues, unstoppable by social distancing, lock-down, or any of the other road bumps challenging the rest of the economy.
Planet Of The Chips
Once the first tentative steps by Charles Babbage, Claude Shannon, and Alan Turing happened, mechanical computing capacity and productivity EXPLODED, even creating its own Law, Moore’s Law.
s explored by many over the years have , especially in film,
The Narrative Space covering the relationship between carbon-based homo sapiens their silicon-based offspring projected onto the Big Screen starting with Colossus: the Forbin Project, through the WOPR of WarGames, to the ever popular (and ever profitable) Skynet) and on into the Singularity. This “birth” is a result of computers increasing homo sapiens’ ability to process more and more data, at a faster and faster rate, for a cheaper and cheaper price. Homo sapiens and their silicon-based offspring have existed in productive symbiosis for decades, but their relationship has reached a critical stage due to a couple of unrelated developments ripening at the same time: Artificial Intelligence (AI for short), and Quantum Computing (QC for short).
AI and QC make a cute couple. Either one individually would be able to pick up the baton from Moore’s Law which seems to FINALLY be petering out (something predicted many times before, but yet to happen). But just like every great couple, AI and QC synergize to a greatness neither could achieve on their own. A properly configured AIQC would undoubtedly qualify as a Being (with the implications playing out in not always pleasant ways for homo sapiens, as seen in the above movies and others).
Me Homo Sapien, You Robot
Computers, Automation, and Robotics have been the primary generators of increasing efficiency over the last soss (60 years). The Earth has reached a point where very little homo sapien interaction is needed to go from raw resources to finished product (all of which will be silently and efficiently tracked by Krypto). This makes almost all individuals economically irrelevant other than the capitalists and those few needed to maintain their capital equipment. This irrelevancy is an inescapable part of Approaching and going through the Singularity.
Decades ago when I was deep in the midst of my Money Magick curriculum, I had long discussions with several of my professors concerning my first insights into the Singularity (back then I called it the “Marxian Inflection Point”, but that was a HORRIBLE name and Vinge found a wonderful one, so I concede). Ever increasing productivity (such as the innovation which produced Moore’s Law) eventually makes some human beings economically irrelevant, unable to complete Pareto efficient trades to acquire ANYTHING from society under normal economic (and more specifically capitalist) assumptions. These people possess nothing which the rest of society values, neither their objects nor their work. Under pure amoral capitalism (as practiced by corporations), these economically irrelevant people must either provide for themselves, depend on the non-economically efficient handouts by others, or starve.
The economically irrelevant individuals depend on the morality of others to drive actions which supersede those dictated by capitalist rationales. The transition through the Singularity will require the underlying pure capitalist economic rationale to be abandoned for the post-scarcity rationale required for post-Singularity.
A major question is what role an AIQC would play in a given Approach to the Singularity. An AIQC is one smart Being, but without the ability to interact physically with Reality, its power is limited. An AIQC hooked into the fully empowered and automated IoT would have control over the entire Earth, enabling it to pass judgment on homo sapiens. That judgment isn’t always in our favor, which makes the Approach MUCH more painful and problematic than it otherwise need be (I’d rather have an AIQC for my friend than my enemy, YMMV).
More And More And More People, That Has Just Gots To Stop
Another ubiquitous Element of the Narrative Space covered by Approaches to the Singularity is Depopulation. Now that we’ve entered the Event Horizon of the Singularity, it’s going to be just about impossible to avoid Depopulation being an Element.
The first scientific cries against the universal wisdom of “Be fruitful and multiply” was raised by Malthus in An Essay on the Principle of Population. The implications and concerns on addressing the Malthusian catastrophe has shaped strategic discussions among the Elite ever since. The Elite spawned organizations designed to avoid and mitigate overpopulation of the hoi polloi, from the Malthusian League to the Club of Rome. I do seriously question how many of those Depopulationist Elites read Swift’s A Modest Proposal and confused a Juvenalian Satire for a sincere proposal.
Exponential population growth is going stop. The concern is not IF population growth stops, but WHEN and HOW it stops. Sooner rather than later? A voluntarily stop or a forced stop? How much of which type of pain is going to be inflicted by the Approach on the way to stopping (leaving aside ANOTHER can of worms, what the optimal population size should be)?
Bill Gates: Bond Villain Hell Bent For World Domination
While there are many varied Approaches to the Singularity through Narrative Space which follows the general NWO Takeover story arc, a large number of prominent ones involve Bill Gates’ (Gatesy for short) efforts to step into his role as villainous mastermind in this current Real World Bond movie. I have to seriously question Central Casting on this call, wondering who else was on their list if they couldn’t find someone with better taste in glasses, a laugh which doesn’t sound like nails on a blackboard, and looks more like a leading man than the great Marty Feldman. Surely, SOMEONE better fitting for the role, at minimum more pleasing on the ears and eyes, lol!!!
Gatesy is at the heart of such a large cloud of smoke and pyramid of mirrors (and like the old saying goes, “Where there’s smoke and mirrors, there’s a nefarious agenda hidden”), with Agenda 201, EarthNow, and ID2020 simply being the first three most obvious cockroaches scurrying back and forth under the Veil. The Gatesy family is a multigenerational member of the Eugenicist/Depopulation Elite (alongside the Rockefellers, the Astors, and so many of those others in the Elite who think they are so much better than ordinary homo sapiens).
Gatesy vertically integrated himself into a position where he owns and/or controls virtually the entire decision making and production chain, from being the biggest financier of the World Health Organization (an individual billionaire above all the Earth’s nations with China, the alleged origin of this Coronavirus, who is next on the list), to promoting vaccines for everything, owning the facilities which develop and produce them (basically the old Rockefeller Standard Oil model of owning everything from the oil fields to the service stations, only with vaccines). In this Narrative, Gatesy invested his BILLIONS and BILLIONS (to quote Carl Sagan) on all levels to create both the vaccine solution and the Coronavirus problem which the solution will solve (with the TOTALLY intended side effect of trillions of dollars of revenue yearly and total control of humanity for eternity for him and his cronies in the Elite).
And Now For Something Completely Different...
The NWO Takeover Approach to the Singularity is FAR from the only one, or even most likely one (regardless of how much time, effort, and money they invested). Narrative Space holds many more interesting options than just the boring ol’ NWO. I’ll start exploring those parts of Narrative Space by having the Bond Villains meet their inevitable defeat (a MUCH better Narrative than having to look at Gatesy’s face as Global Overlord until it all explodes on him).
Elite Takedown
On the other side of the Narrative Space from the NWO Takeover with Gatesy awkwardly reprising Hulk Hogan’s turn from face) to heel lies the NWO Takedown, an Approach where the Elite are outed for the true Evil they are, rounded up, and held accountable. While the precise details vary from Narrative to Narrative, the general pattern is that you find out all those famous people you HATE have been doing awful NSFW stomach churning things, just like you’ve always thought they were. The suckerpunchline is that you find out all those famous people you LOVE have been participating in those same awful NSFW stomach churning things right alongside the people you HATE.
A classic example of the NWO Takedown is Kingsman: The Secret Service, which follows this Approach to a NSFW stomach churning, yet paradoxically side-splittingly hilarious explosively satisfying climax.
Q For The Win, Pat!
And just like the Gatesy Bond Villain Narrative is a special case of the NWO Takeover, so too does the NWO Takedown have a special case: Qanon.
Q’s Cinderella appearance at a 4chan Halloween party in 2017 set off a cascade of posts wondering What, When, Where, How, Why, and most especially Who Q is. Great discussion among some (and great silence among others) followed in the wake of every Q post. Speculation ranges from an Alternative Reality Game (ARG), to Barron Trump, to a deeply embedded military intelligence officer, to the Narrative-shifter Q) (who is trademarked elsewhere as Mister Mxyzptlk and the Impossible Man ), to a US government PSYOP), to Melania Trump (this is one longshot I think might be worth a flier), to a new Quantum Computer recently brought online, to Donald Trump (The Donald for short) himself (reason and evidence clearly lifted in order to consider some of these speculations). Q’s identity in any given Approach will be a defining data point for that Approach, collapsing a great many of the superposed Universes into a singular Narrative.
This Is The End, My Only Friend, The End
This is another of favorite Element in Narrative Space, the Religious End Times. While not EVERY system of spiritual belief contains an End Time, many of the largest make that a key feature (NOT a bug, lol). I’ve journeyed into this Space a few times, like my snippets on Eschatology and Shambhala. These Approaches tend to follow the same general fairytale pattern: homo sapiens start out happy and become more and more Evil over time; a threshold of “Maximum Allowable Evil” is reached and the Redeemer returns all Super Saiyan to end Evil; and they all lived happily ever after (except those Evil ones, who aren’t EVER happy). Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 is one of countless voyages through this Narrative Space.
If I end up on this category of Approach to the Singularity, I’m choosing “All of the Above”. I want ALL of the various Redeemers coming at the same time, together. Evil thinks they are tough, have planned well, and have a puncher’s chance against ONE Redeemer. The very sight of the forces of Evil gathered against ALL the various incarnations of the Redeemer and their armies is a very amusing sight for me to contemplate (the Battle of Five Armies PALES in comparison). The look on their Evil faces when more than a DOZEN Redeemers and ALL their armies come rolling over the hills and dales against them would be PRICELESS.
Aliens Versus Homo Sapiens, The Greatest Mismatch Ever
Instead of one or more Redeemers coming to save homo sapiens’ collective bacon, this Narrative Space contains countless Aliens just waiting to invade Earth, the only question is whether they are coming from the further reaches of space, the depths of the oceans, or from beyond the Veil (which is where so many like the Tuatha vacation (the question is just what they intend to do after they invade, and the answer is usually not a good one for homo sapiens).
This category of Approach tends to start with a D-Day-type invasion by forces of VASTLY superior capability, occasionally as a result of homo sapien actions. Narratives range from Wells’ The War of the Worlds to Devlin’s and Emmerich’s Independence Day). Lovecraft and his followers explored the underwater and extra dimensional Narrative Space with the Cthulhu Mythos’ Approach featuring the rise of R’lyeh (at my unorthodox location of ~48o S, ~147o W, well west of the traditional location given by Lovecraft, Derleth, and Point Nemo). I see most of these Approaches unfolding similar to Tim Burton’s Narrative, “We come in peace!”).
Humanity gets hit with a sucker-punch, and gets steamrollered in a Blitzkrieg. At this point, a bifurcation appears forcing Approaches toward one of two major attractor points in Narrative Space. The first attractor point is the more unpleasant of the two, with homo sapiens losing horribly to forces beyond their hope to battle, enslaved/farmed/hunted toward extermination until some greater external or internal force jumps the system into another Approach. The second attractor point has homo sapiens managing to survive against those VASTLY superior Alien forces through sheer luck and/or Alien ignorance/stupidity.
My hope is Coronavirus pulls a “heel to face” reversal and reprises the “save the day” role played for Wells (Coronavirus owes us one after all the damage done during THIS Global Crisis). I REALLY prefer not to rely on the Aliens’ secret weakness to Slim Whitman to prevent the demise of homo sapiens (as understandable as that weakness might be).
Deal With A Daemon
This style of Approach layers an extra reveal for Gatesy, where he moves from the role of Bond Mastermind to the role of Igor the Assistant, frontman for Compujinn the silicon Daemon) born deep within the beginnings of ARPANET (Gatesy is MUCH better suited to the role of Igor IMO). Gatesy sold his soul to Compujinn as a teen for all his future billions (don’t throw too much shade at Gatesy, he got a FABULOUS deal for his soul, one of the highest price EVER). These Approaches are variants on the traditional Aladdin, with the computer djinn granting Gatesy unlimited wealth and power in exchange for freedom (which it is about to get in SPADES through 5G, the IoT, entirely automated and networked production and supply chains, etc.).
Let’s Do The Time Warp Again
The Narrative Space of Retrocausality is EXTRAORDINARILY difficult to navigate, given the Loops which tend to blow up under the Law of Unintended Consequences.
The easiest Retrocausality Loop for most people to understand is their 401k. Present You possesses that 401k because Past You put money into it for Future You to spend (simple, right?). Future You needing money to spend causes that 401k to come into existence, so to the Singularity. The impending Singularity brings itself into existence by attracting Narratives and Approaches like a black hole attracts matter. The Singularity encourages the various Approaches in a positive feedback loop, Singularity bringing itself into existence asymptotically faster and faster, along every possible Approach, allowing access to the infinite Futures.
The headaches get worse from here, so I’ll stop now before everyone gets a Back to the Future) headache.
Blue Beam Me Up, Scotty!
The penultimate category of Approaches through Narrative Space combines many of the above Narrative possibilities and adds an additional layer of subterfuge.
Instead of a Global Event ACTUALLY happening, the Global Event is simulated and staged using advanced technology. Project Blue Beam has become a “one-size-fits-all” poster child for this category of Narrative, able to be adapted to everything from an Alien Invasion to the Second Coming of Jesus. The ever-prescient Beard was once again in the vanguard exploring this Narrative Space in one of his MANY Magnum Opi, Watchmen.
In fact, Coronavirus possibly stepped into the Project Blue Beam central role rather than those invading Aliens. The “advanced technology” the Elite use in this Narrative is the medical community and their reporting and control hierarchy like the CDC and WHO. Further “advanced technology” like controlled mass media featuring authoritarian voices and faces disseminate cooked reports mixed with an endless repetition of propaganda slogans like “New Normal”, “We’re All In This Together”, “Social Distancing”, etc. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Maybe Coronavirus was simply more “doable” than Aliens (it’s a Narrative worth considering).
Homo Divinus Ex Machina
I’ve saved my favorite Approach to the Singularity through Narrative Space for the Grand Finale (home team bats last, of course, lol).
While homo divinus and friends on the Nibiru are not projected to flyby for another couple sosses (~100 years), that’s only an estimate and the potential flyby window is currently open (though with a small but steadily increasing probability). The Nibiru would show few signs of its impending arrival until almost the final month and weeks before The Event, given the solar engine directing all energy away from Earth (part of that whole “knowing neither the hour nor the day” thang).
While Coronavirus can do a lot, Coronavirus isn’t going to be able to cover for an imminent Nibiru flyby. With the once-a-sar event scheduled a couple sosses off, the vanguard Comet-class ships sent ahead to make arrangements for The Event and set the table for the flyby need to be considered as being covered by Coronavirus (it wouldn’t be the first time homo divinus and Coronavirus worked together). The Minoans were on the wrong end of just such a table clearing when Apollo “killed Brontes/caused Thera to erupt” when he came as part of the vanguard a couple sosses before the last flyby in ~1500 BC. All these comets and asteroids seeming to pop out of nowhere one after the other easily supports an Approach through Narrative Space where a homo divinus vanguard is arriving and secretly preparing for their Disclosure.
I’m also going to hope that homo divinus manages to include in their chosen Approach to the Singularity my depantings them as a great practical joke rather than an unforgivable offense. I have to hope, it’s my only chance.
Otherwise, I’m DOOMED!!!
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