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All of Batman's foes are monsters due to them all having tragic lives, which villain do you think has the most heartbreaking life story? Besides Freeze

wouldyouliketoseemymask:

I’m probably biased because he’s my favorite character, but I believe that Scarecrow has the most tragic backstory out of all of the Rogues Gallery (except for Mr. Freeze), largely due to the events in Scarecrow: Year One.

From the moment that Crane was born, it was abundantly clear that his arrival was unwelcome. He had barely taken his first breath before his own grandmother was planning to literally dispose of him—his family was so ashamed of his mother’s “tarnishing” of the Keeny family name (never mind that the only remnants of the Keeny’s “glory days” were a long-ago depleted fortune, an old, decaying manor crammed with antiques, and a debilitated atrium that doubled as a chapel) by having a child out of wedlock that it was suggested that Crane be buried and forgotten. His great-grandmother (aka “Granny Keeny”) chose to keep the boy instead—not out of love, but so he could act as her personal servant and maintain the manor’s cornfields. 

Crane’s childhood was a joyless one, consisting of laborious chores far too physically demanding for his young age and dictated by Granny Keeny’s strict, religiously zealous rules. Any perceived misstep was punished severely—Crane would be clothed in a suit coated with an herb mixture and rodent blood (a concoction used to attract crows), unceremoniously thrown into the Keeny’s chapel, and subsequently attacked by trained, merciless crows. This abusive, Draconian punishment greatly frightened Crane and heavily-influenced his future, as illustrated by a scene in which Crane witnesses a scarecrow torn to pieces by a pack of crows. 

The only brief moments of happiness in Crane’s childhood involved books. Bullied at school, he would sit beneath a tree in the schoolyard and immerse himself in literary worlds, momentarily escaping from the cruelty and violence that ruled his own existence. A pivotal moment in Crane’s life occurs when he opens to door to a room that Granny Keeny forbade him from ever entering and discovers a library. As he browses through the books, he comes across a particular volume that would later prove itself fateful: Advanced Chemistry

After reaching adulthood and completing his education, Crane becomes a college professor, teaching a psychology course with an emphasis on fear, and befriends a colleague named Professor Pigeon. Crane looks up to Pigeon as both a mentor and the father figure he never had, and when Crane later faces the school board after firing a gun in his classroom in a misguided attempt to convey fear’s great influence to his students, he is hopeful that his mentor will defend him.

Unfortunately, Crane was wrong. 

He is fired from the university, and his teaching career is ruined. Feeling betrayed by the one person in the world that he cared for and trusted, Crane becomes bitter and hardened. He takes up the Scarecrow mantle, and dedicates his life to fear and seeking revenge against those who had wronged him.

Did Crane make some very bad choices? Without a doubt. Was his expulsion his own fault? Yes, definitely. Does his past give him an excuse to harm others? No, but it certainly explains why he feels a need to. Crane’s early life revolved around fear, and his only means of defending himself was to learn everything that he could about fear and how he could control it. If Crane had experienced a functional, healthy childhood rather than an abusive one, it is likely that he would never have been drawn towards fear in the first place. Crane’s transformation to Scarecrow is a sad testament to the trauma that lingers long after abuse has ended, and in that sense I do not think that he can be fully blamed for the course his life took. Crane himself states that “life is all about choices”, but that doesn’t mean that one’s choices aren’t influenced by the cards were are dealt. 

The little boy who lived his life in fear grew up to frighten others, and IMO that is extremely tragic. 

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Dawkins is starting to piss off a lot of atheists. It's pretty obvious his recent Twitter comments about things like Down syndrome are contributing to that.
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amazingatheist:

ughsocialjustice:

mirtagevss:

ughsocialjustice:

What did he say about Down’s???? Oh my god I hate him.

-the italian one

He basically said Down Syndrome babies are better off dead. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/29/if-i-had-a-downs-child-richard-dawkins-has-more-to-say-about-abortion-being-the-right-decision-for-babies-with-down-syndrome/

…………………..

fuck this dude. In the ass. With several cactuses. Just because I feel merciful today.

How can one person be this… I can’t even i quit

-the italian one

An estimated 92 percent of all women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to terminate their pregnancies, according to research reviewed by Dr. Brian Skotko, a pediatric geneticist at Children’s Hospital Boston.

If you disagree with Dawkins and think he’s a monster, you must also condemn 92 percent of women (because that’s the percentage of women who choose abortion when faced with the prospect of raising a baby with Down syndrome.) 

Why don’t you stop being a bunch of emotionally retarded imbeciles and follow the sagacious advice of Christian Bale to “think for one fucking second.”  

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amazingatheist:

statedept:

Educating yourself about the #Ebola virus is one way to help stop the virus from spreading. 

Watch President Obama’s message on the Ebola virus and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://goo.gl/Ypmkyt for more information.

DON’T LISTEN TO ANYTHING HE SAYS! OBAMA PROBABLY CREATED THE EBOLA VIRUS. EBOLA. OBAMA. EBOLA. OBAMA. SOUNDS KIND OF SIMILAR. COINCIDENCE? OR CONSPIRACY? YOU DECIDE (but the answers totally conspiracy and if you don’t realize that you’ve been brainwashed by the puppet media)! 

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30 DAYS OF DC

↳ 3. Favorite friendship   Batman/Superman (Bruce Wayne/Clark Kent)

"It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all. Then... he shoots fire from the skies and it is difficult not to think of him as a god. And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him."
"Sometimes, I admit, I think of Bruce as a man in a costume. Then, with some gadget from his utility belt, he reminds me that he has an extraordinarily inventive mind. And how lucky I am to be able to call on him."