So it has been discussed that Dark Academia is quite Eurocentric and a bit (if not so much) elitistic. If you like it, it's alright, though.
If you, my Filipino mutuals, felt that Dark Academia is pretentious, maybe (just maybe) it's because we cannot really relate to it while its western practices cannot awake our connection to its roots. For us, it is just "aesthetics" and will never be a "way of life".
Personally, I like the dark hues of dark academia, but I'm a lover of Filipino culture eh.
I would like to gather your thoughts about the Dark or Light Academia aesthetics and lifestyle in Filipino cultural settings. I'm sure I can find many Filipinos here who have ventured more into reconnecting with the indigenous academic culture than I have.
Let's start! (lol haba ng intro ko, eto lang pala 'yon)
Share any media, books, movies, objects, study materials pertaining to the following categories: my examples, without pictures because I'm uncreative.
Book Reco: any myth book, tbh
Poets to read: Andres Bonifacio (for those who don't know, this boi made a poem about Sidapa)
Writing Instruments: Bamboo and ink
Classical Musical instruments: Talaandug (alam nyo yung bamboo flute ni Agilus sa Mulawin, yun 'yon)
Must study: Baybayin
Study Table snacks: Puto pao
Coffee and Tea Reco: Barako, tanglad tea, lavender tea, turnate tea, and Sampaguita tea, all of which are grown in south east asia and can be found in shopee/lazada.
Philosophy and ethics: I'm blank on this one. Sadly, I only know Nietzschean and Confucian.
Objects that should adorn your study table: sari manok, because I'm basic and edgy.
Objects that should adorn your wall: T'boli weaving, Fernando Amorsolo works, random wooden stick you found in the wild
Objects that should adorn your book shelf: clay pot, random wooden stick you found in the wild
Garments: red saya (I have 3! Who cares about heat death!)
All I can give are basics and general, I'm that surface level. Please share your knowledge to celebrate Filipino Academia aesthetics/life style.
((edit: ah, the problem of study aesthetics is the consumerism that comes with it. So a reminder, don't feel forced to buy anything. We're just vibing. And if you can buy things, go local as much as you can.))
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💐 In The Name Of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful
💌 Three lessons learned from the stressful year 2020
To remind myself and others, with Allah's Mercy:
One: From noticing how most care for themselves mostly,
Concerned for their well-being and overall safety,
I recall how most may react with "Nafsee, nafsee",
"Myself, myself" when the Day of Judgment is revealed,
When humans worry about the outcome of their deeds.
So whatever you do, do it for Allah Only,
Unaffected by people's insults and mockery.
Every human deals with their own insecurities.
Two: From being enforced for some time to stay indoors,
To "social distance" and minimize going outdoors,
I recall the state of those buried under earth's floors.
Allah knows best. Good souls may be resting with rewards,
While others are chastised for the wrongs they did before.
Some from their houses busied themselves with wrongdoings
That ruined them like sexting, scamming and gossiping.
Others benefited from quarantine by learning,
Studying Islam and attending online meetings.
All humans have freewill. Goals and works are different.
Three: I've learned that the more you strive to be with Allah,
The more He guides you and you're resistant to fitna.
The more often you read the Qur'an, perform Salah,
Share something for Allah's sake, say Dhikr and Du'a,
The more you forget earth's chaos, preferring Jannah.
Despite the many protests and rants around the globe,
Avoidance and grudges from incompatible souls,
Foes slandering you, some loved ones leaving you ignored,
And the battles with toxic moods like "bored" or "alone",
You calm yourself knowing that Jannah is our real home.
So relax and trust Allah. As days and nights go by,
With more trials piling up, remember: Paradise.
Allah grants wealth to whom He chooses from humankind,
While Allah sends challenges to those He truly likes,
So we're fit for Jannah after we've been purified.
📖 Abu Huraira RadhiAllahu 'anhu narrated: The Messenger of Allah SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam recited this verse, "On that day, the earth will tell its stories," (Surah Az-Zalzalah 99:4) and he said, "Do you know what are its stories?" They said, "Allah and His Messenger know best." The Prophet SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, "Verily, its stories are that it will bear witness (testify) against every male servant and female servant to what they did on its surface, saying this person did such on such a day. These are its stories."
Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3353
Grade: Sahih (Authentic) according to Al-Tirmidhi
📖 Ibn 'Abbas RadhiAllahu 'anhuma narrated: Allah's noble Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, "Take advantage of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your free time before your work, and your life before your death."
Source: Shu’ab Al-Imān 9575
Grade: Sahih (Authentic) according to Al-Albani
📖 Abu Huraira RadhiAllahu 'anhu narrated: Allah’s noble Messenger Muhammad SallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam said, "The strong believer is more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, but there is goodness in both of them. Be eager for what benefits you, seek help from Allah, and do not be frustrated. If something befalls you, then do not say: 'If only I had done something else.’ Rather say: "Allah has decreed what He wills." Verily, the phrase ‘if only’ opens the way for the work of shaytan."
Source: Sahih Muslim 2664
Grade: Sahih (Authentic) according to Muslim
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