who we trust

The subject of the documentary Last Call at the Oasis was water pollution and how little water there is in the world and all that, but the what stood out to me the most was the part where they gave people on the street recycled water to drink opposed to the polluted bottled water they usually had, and their reactions to it. Some were cooperative and ended up surprised at how pure the water tasted while others refused to drink anything recycled.

 

Now, I don’t know about you, but I tend to trust things if it’s ensured it’s scientific. I mean, it’s science. And they filled their case with logic and made sense and weren’t condescending about it (“Didn’t you know bottle water was filled with chemicals?” said with a roll of the eyes).

 

 

It makes you think and consider who we trust, what we trust and why exactly we trust that source of information.

Who exactly would you think of as trustworthy? Your parents? Well, they told you that Santa and the Tooth Fairy existed, so you shouldn’t believe everything they say (I love you, mom and dad, but I was utterly heartbroken when I found out the truth). The great thing with Internet is that information can be spread a lot quicker, but is it always believeable? Anyone and everyone can write whatever they want on the World Wide Web. Not completely trustworthy, then. Teachers? Well, in eight grade my teacher told me that Napoleon was a tiny man, but that is actually a “fact” we’ve ingrained to our minds and to history because of British propaganda depicting him as very small. He was actually a man of average height. That rules out both teachers and history itself.

Maybe this post makes it seem as if everything is a conspiracy and you shouldn’t even believe that your name is your name and your family is your famuily and that everyone is out to get you and that your whole life has turned out to be the Truman Show. I obviously don’t believe that, but it is strange to realize our most reliable sources of information when we’re seven can be quite lacking when we’re seventeen.

world of politics and bloodshed

My brother is a big fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, and him buying all the books and obsessively reading them made me decide to give it a chance, eventually. This was after watching the first season of Game of Thrones and right before watching the second one, and I, like my brother, became consumed with this world of politics and bloodshed. While my love for the tv-series has faded (that’s too soft of a word; crashed and burned, really) with every bad change and mistake they make on it, the books are as wonderful as ever.

Now, if you have read the books or watched the show, you should know what it’s about. If you have not, well… in keywords; dragons, usurpers, murder, eternal winter and tears (the tears are mostly my own. So many tears). It’s not surprising that the fictional world of Westeros has quite a few wars. A Clash of Kings, book number two, tells of The War of Five Kings, and that is what I will be writing about.

Every war consists of several parties (five in this one) with their own agendas. I will inform the “audience” of their motives and reasons, and their methods of warfare. Along the way, I will also attempt to discern their backgrounds and character development throughout the book (focusing mostly on the second book, using parts of the third one) and, hopefully, my thesis, which begs the question of why and how this war came to be, will be answered. Wish me luck!