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  1. Introduction Hello and welcome, dear reader, to another installment of scientific breakdowns of questions posed by Christopher Francis Ocean. Today we will be discussing the possibility of Mr. Ocean coming out as Mr. Surtr - the bringer of Ragnarök. If you missed the previous installment where we discussed a line in Biking regarding the effects of moving air and heat dissipation, please feel free to give that a read over here. Context, Lyrics and the Question In the Blonde album closer, Futura Free, our Los Angeles based rapper/singer heads into a realm of philosophy that touches upon theological territory. He asks his mother, Katonya Breaux Riley, the following: I'm just a guy I'm not a god Sometimes I feel like I'm a god but I'm not a god If I was I don't know which heaven would have me, momma? Let me run this ***** I'ma run it into the ground momma, the whole galaxy [Christopher Francis Ocean, Futura Free, 2016] This is indeed a valid question! Which heaven (a symbolic term which we will interpret as referring to a form of religious belief system) would be suitable for inviting Mr. Ocean, a god-but-not-really-a-god, to essentially destroy the whole universe? Analysis None of the most popular religions in the world seem to fit the mission statement that Mr. Ocean posits here: neither Christianity, Islam nor Hinduism seem to have religious scriptures that are a match for being run over by a would-be galaxy destroyer. We will have to find a place for our god-but-not-really-a-god elsewhere. And luckily enough, there is a place for Mr. Ocean in a religion: in the Norse Mythology, as Surtr, the bringer of the foretold apocalyptic event known as Ragnarök. Let us lay out the reasoning for this by learning more about the writings on Surtr: Surtr is foretold as being a major figure during the events of Ragnarök; carrying his bright sword, he will go to battle against the Æsir, he will do battle with the major god Freyr, and afterward the flames that he brings forth will engulf the Earth – Surtr will fling fire over the earth and burn the whole world. [Henry Adams Bellows, The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems, 2004] Seems pretty fitting a role for a galaxy destroyer as Mr. Ocean, no? Also, Surtr fits the description perfectly of a being like Mr. Ocean that sometimes feels like a god but is not a god, as Surtr is a Jötunn, more specifically a Fire Giant – who is not recognized as a God but can do battle with Gods. Also, Mr. Ocean could likely be a Fire Giant, as he 100% spits fire. And besides, what can make you feel like a God more than defeating one in combat: If Ragnarok comes to pass, Surtr will rise up with the legions of Hela's dead mortals and attack the forces of Asgard. It is prophesied that should this happen, Surtr will slay the god Frey. [Raven Kaldera, Northern Paganism, 2012] We’ll let you guys prophesy. [Christopher Francis Ocean, Nikes, 2016] in conclusion Narthok is based and a true son of Odin yours in raiding,
  2. Robert kicks open the door to the Oratory. “Your eminence, it would seem that a price has been placed on the head of Cardinal Haraccus as a response to this missive of peace.” Robert firmly places the poster in the Pontiff’s hands.
  3. A Thesis on Blood Blood; the genus, the ichor of life. Bestowed with divine purity at the time of creation, the blood of the descendants has been diluted through the ages by ignorance and sin. Yet ignorance is no excuse, for we, the children of God, have been plagued by this iniquity since the time of Aegis. Blood is what binds the family and seperates the truly faithful from those unworthy of salvation. The sacred tenets of Temperance have been broken time and time again, men overtaken by violent lusts, and so we must TAKE HEED of the Lord's word, for it is us that must suffer for the sins of our fathers. According to Imperial records, the parentage of the Lady Helen Horen is unknown to us. In truth, only the Lord can say with certainty if she was truly a divine Horen. The prestige of those noble families whomst have remained pure in ancestry is well-deserved, for the burden of purity is a holy burden indeed. With the dissolution of the 'Horen' dynasty, however, those houses whomstd've fallen short of purity must be called into question. They must be accounted for and perhaps even culled lest they seduce the empire into anarchy and ruin as the Harrenites of old. As a humble acolyte, I call upon his eminence Johannes I ( @Froschli ) to hear the needs of the faithful, to recognize the iniquity that has befallen the nobility of Oren, and to take action against those who have fallen short of God's purity. Amen, and God save us. Portrait of Imperial Princess, Anne Augusta, 1739
  4. "It occurred that the evil of men persisted, and further that a millennium of the Lord’s Silence would settle upon the world." Gospel, 5:2 The Lord sleeps, ignorant of our plight. He does not care to hear the petty bickering of his children, for this world was made to temper our faith. Even the blessed martyrs have been promised their place in the skies, as there is a time and place for all things. And so we must look to the worldly tools with which we have been provided; sorcery, for example, is an excellent medium of faith. Holy miracles of all kinds may be performed at whim such as healing the sick, purifying one's blood, or emitting blasts of holy fire from one's hands. Indeed, with the power of holy magic one may even commune directly with God. Shrines to various representations of the Lord may be erected, small animals may be sacrificed, or one may even try to summon one of the holy saints. When such practices prove unsatisfactory, however, self-flagellation is the next logical step. Just as a starving babe must cry and scream to rouse their sleeping mother, the faithful must suffer and bleed so as to wake their sleeping Lord. Flagellare, ‘to whip’ in Flexio
  5. A Thesis on Magic “Verily, brother, the Lord GOD put many powers into the heart of man.” Is a man not entitled to the fruits of his study? "Yes!" clamors the foolish heathen, "It is mine!" "No!" decries the lowly acolyte, "It belongs to Iblees!" "Perhaps..." says the wise scholar, "It is a gift from God." And he is right. Just as the sea, the sky, the sun, the stars and all thereof were plucked from the void so too was the phenomenon of magic meticulously constructed from the primordial gloop of creation. Fashioned for us with divine purpose, to deny these gifts is to deny the implacable wisdom of the Lord. Rather than harbor fear for the void from whence it was pulled, the magic should be celebrated, for it is the very essence of life and creation. So too should the magi be revered as pilgrims, for in their practice they walk the path of God. As it is written upon the scroll of Virtue; "I am the Lord God... and I separated the World from the Void, and placed the lesser and greater lights into the sky, and breathed life into all the beasts of the earth. And I have also breathed life into thy heart, and the hearts of thy children... and I am the father of all things."
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