I feel extremely called out, Brian w. Foster, but you’re not wrong. Here’s your alligators eating babies transcript.
“Flowers are beautiful, mushrooms are fascinating, rot is beautiful, and the swamp smells great. Also, alligators fucking eat a baby. And you’re like, ‘And it’s all part of the tapestry.'”Taliesin Jaffe
Scene runs: 0:36:16 to 0:38:15
0:36:16 Taliesin: “[Caduceus] is not a pacifist.”
Brian: “Oh course.”
Taliesin: “I know he gives the vibe of a pacifist. He’s… a naturalist? I don’t know; there’s not a good word for it. But no, I mean, if anything it was-“
Brian: “An herbalist.”
Taliesin: “He’s definitely- there’s some herbalism involved. But no, I think it’s more to the point that he felt that this wasn’t the most advantageous direction to take. there was very much the idea of, ‘The water’s pouring this way, but we’re hitting a rock and it’s-‘” He makes a diverting gesture. “But like, it’s very much the path of least resistance seemed to be, ‘This seems difficult, and I’m not entirely sure that we need to do this, and there might be something more for us if we just let it happen.’ But he would- I mean, he wouldn’t have had a second thought about grinding them into paste if it had come down to it because nature is cruel and indifferent to such things. But-“
Dani: “Nature is a cruel god.”
Taliesin: “Yeah! I mean nature- I mean like, you watch a nature video, there’s like- there’s a whole Nature is Metal subreddit that is just like, ‘Oh wow, yeah, that happens in the world.’ And, uh,” he laughs nervously.
Brian: “Like when you see the snake has actually swallowed a dude or whatever.”
Taliesin: “Oh yeah, things like that. And you’re like, ‘Oh my god!’ But accepting it and letting that be part of it along the lines of flowers are beautiful, mushrooms are fascinating, rot is beautiful, and the swamp smells great. Also, alligators fucking eat a baby. And you’re like, ‘And it’s all part of the tapestry.'”
Dani: “‘Also, alligators fucking eat a baby.'”
Brian: “You guys, I just flashed forward to two hours from now where I’m going to be at home on Tumblr, and I know the Tumblr accounts that are going to post that quote that you just said, too, and I will be seeing you soon.”
Taliesin: “I know, I’ll get it to you later.”
Dani: “In various colors.”
Taliesin: “And I know how I got there, and they won’t know how I got there, but I know how that happened just now in my head.”
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