Lord Varys Trends On Twitter Because Of His Timely Quotes On Loyalty
Another day, another Twitter trend. This time, one of the many trends that took over the popular socmed site is Lord Varys, a character from the hit TV show Game of Thrones.
For a brief background, sans spoilers: In the realm of Game of Thrones, Varys is a eunuch who served as the master of whisperers (aka the intelligence adviser and spymaster) for the king (or queen), as he had done for King Aerys II Targaryen during his term, for King Robert Baratheon right after, and for Joffrey Baratheon when he assumed the throne. He also served the same role for Daenerys Targaryen. Bottom line is, as many rulers had come and gone, Varys remained.
Why was the character suddenly trending on Twitter? It was because of two notable quotes from Lord Varys during a conversation about loyalty with Daenerys in the show’s Season 7 Episode 2. One of the quotes goes, “Incompetence should not be rewarded by blind loyalty. As long as I have my eyes, I’ll use them.” Another one goes, “You wish to know where my true loyalties lie? Not with any king or queen, but with the people.”
Here are some of the many tweets that made it trending:
Here’s the full scene where the quotes came from, for reference:
Why were people suddenly posting Lord Varys’ quotes on social media? People found the quotes to be timely and apt for our current situation. It was a way for netizens to remind one another to, like Lord Varys, devote their loyalty to those who are in need of it the most—the people, especially in a time when the nation is faced with a crisis like the one brought about by COVID-19.
Currently, frontliners—from those in hospitals to those in supermarkets—are risking their lives to do their parts in the collective fight against COVID-19. Educational institutions, private corporations, and individuals from various industries have offered to devote their assets and expertise to produce the needed resources to aid in COVID-19 efforts. For instance, UP made a comprehensive dashboard for everything the public needs and wants to know about COVID-19. Meanwhile, Filipino fashion designers offered their talents to address the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners by making some themselves. Select local government units have also done their parts in providing aid to their respective communities, like the efforts of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, and Alaminos City Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste, among others.
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.