“There are some things about myself I can’t explain to anyone. There are some things I don’t understand at all. I can’t tell what I think about things or what I’m after. I don’t know what my strengths are or what I’m supposed to do about them. But if I start thinking about these things in too much detail the whole thing gets scary. And if I get scared I can only think about myself. I become really self-centered, and without meaning to, I hurt people. So I’m not such a wonderful human being.”—Haruki Murakami (via 33113)
I honest to god, nearly rage quitted at that part because my feelings were going; GODDAMNITCHARLESANDERIKWHYCANTYOUJUSTBEHAPPPYYYEVERYTHINGISALWAYSGETTING IN THE WAYYYY WHYYYYYY..but…I couldn’t and then the ending kinda happened so I’m glad I didn’t. Ahahah! BUT REALLY AT THAT TIME ALL OF THE FICS I WERE KEEPING UP WITH WAS SUDDENLY ANGSTING AND EVERY CHERIK WAS FALLING APART.
LOL…I ACCIDENTALLY..AGAIN..WITH THIS ACCOUNT—. Oh well. OTL”
1. You’ve Been Psychologically Conditioned To Want a Diamond The diamond engagement ring is a 63-year-old invention of N.W.Ayer advertising agency. The De Beers diamond cartel contracted N.W.Ayer to create a demand for what are, essentially, useless hunks of rock.
2. Diamonds are Priced Well Above Their Value The De Beers cartel has systematically held diamond prices at levels far greater than their abundance would generate under anything even remotely resembling perfect competition. All diamonds not already under its control are bought by the cartel, and then the De Beers cartel carefully managed world diamond supply in order to keep prices steadily high.
3. Diamonds Have No Resale or Investment Value Any diamond that you buy or receive will indeed be yours forever: De Beers™ advertising deliberately brain-washed women not to sell; the steady price is a tool to prevent speculation in diamonds; and no dealer will buy a diamond from you. You can only sell it at a diamond purchasing center or a pawn shop where you will receive a tiny fraction of its original “value.”
4. Diamond Miners are Disproportionately Exposed to HIV/AIDS Many diamond mining camps enforce all-male, no-family rules. Men contract HIV/AIDS from camp sex-workers, while women married to miners have no access to employment, no income outside of their husbands and no bargaining power for negotiating safe sex, and thus are at extremely high risk of contracting HIV.
5. Open-Pit Diamond Mines Pose Environmental Threats Diamond mines are open pits where salts, heavy minerals, organisms, oil, and chemicals from mining equipment freely leach into ground-water, endangering people in nearby mining camps and villages, as well as downstream plants and animals.
6. Diamond Mine-Owners Violate Indigenous People’s Rights Diamond mines in Australia, Canada, India and many countries in Africa are situated on lands traditionally associated with indigenous peoples. Many of these communities have been displaced, while others remain, often at great cost to their health, livelihoods and traditional cultures.
7. Slave Laborers Cut and Polish Diamonds More than one-half of the world’s diamonds are processed in India where many of the cutters and polishers are bonded child laborers. Bonded children work to pay off the debts of their relatives, often unsuccessfully. When they reach adulthood their debt is passed on to their younger siblings or to their own children.
8. Conflict Diamonds Fund Civil Wars in Africa There is no reliable way to insure that your diamond was not mined or stolen by government or rebel military forces in order to finance civil conflict. Conflict diamonds are traded either for guns or for cash to pay and feed soldiers.
9. Diamond Wars are Fought Using Child Warriors Many diamond producing governments and rebel forces use children as soldiers, laborers in military camps, and sex slaves. Child soldiers are given drugs to overcome their fear and reluctance to participate in atrocities.
10. Small Arms Trade is Intimately Related to Diamond Smuggling Illicit diamonds inflame the clandestine trade of small arms. There are 500 billion small arms in the world today which are used to kill 500,000 people annually, the vast majority of whom are non-combatants.
+there are much cooler stones out there than diamonds.
#just propose with a car
^HAHAH. Wouldn’t exactly woo ME but there are so many other things I’d want rather than a diamond ring…
The picture really is gorgeous. Out of curiosity, could you make a wallpaper version of it? I have it set as one now, but I've had to crop it. My screen is 1920x1200.
Oh! I’m glad you liked it so much~! ;w; I’ll try to get a fancy wallpaper version JUST FOR YOU as soon as possible~! ..I wish tumblr would keep a copy of these asks after I reply to it privately…so I’ll just publish this so I can keep a hold of your resolution.
7. I post most of my stuff, but I only posted this one on twitter and I don’t believe many people saw it, so I hope it counts.
13. I am in a career in art, actually! I’m an Illustrator for OMGPOP. Before that, I was an illustrator for a small game company called Game Brains in Kuala Lumpur. None of these professions have anything to do with my college major, though, haha (Information Science). After I graduated, I basically said, I DO WHAT I WANT and applied based on portfolio alone.
17. Nothing, actually. I’d like to try drawing everything and anything at my leisure. Ugly, odd, vulgar things are strange and fascinating when you draw them!
Awkwardly reblogging an ask PURELY FOR THE ZHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.