Alcohol vs marijuana
OH MY GOD I WASNT EXPECTING THAT
this is it.. my favorite gif on this entire site
If only more people thought like this.
"What do you plan to do with your future?"
Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.
Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.)
But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.
Do you ever just see the first sentence of a text message and just think “oh fuck no I do not have time for this shit”
Looks like he found some amazing cereal
i love when people call me precious thats such a cute thing to call somebodyyeah it does have a nicering to it
Recent studies confirm that reading books and drinking tea doesn’t make you better than anyone else
wearing a black bra and black underwear cause you’re a fierce bitch
I just tried to write ‘raggedy man’ on my phone. It autocorrected to ‘tragedy man’.