I'm Donald. I'm searching for the answer to two very personal questions:
1. "What is enlightenment?"
2. "What is strength?"
If you're interested in asking me anything else, feel free to ask questions.
I never completed Super Metroid. I am ashamed. Too ashamed to capture with words, Tumblr.
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If we aren’t given absolutely everything needed to prosper and live virtuous lives, we make destructive decisions and delude ourselves. We are so unintelligent, in fact, that we get offended when another person tries to remove the possibility of screwing up through not giving us the capability to delude and/or deny. We say that person is wrong, that he or she is no better. Reality is knowing some people aren’t wrong and those same people ARE better. Those people actively try to recognize their faults and improve upon them. Who is in a better position to lead? To drive the rest of us forward into a new age of prosperity and value? Who is more prepared to promote general social concern? To promote less materialism in young people? To promote equal rights for women, oppose discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, intelligence, or age? Who better to ensure we provide food and shelter for the homeless? The problem with people is threefold: we respond poorly to any words or experiences that may make us uncomfortable; we refuse to move forward even when undeniable fact is presented to us; and we see nothing other than our small, ultimately insignificant goals and no persons other than ourselves.
When people tell us things that force us to re-evaluate our understanding of ideas we respond with varying degrees of negativity more often than not. We don’t like re-assessment because we have to entertain and sometimes accept the notion that we’re incorrect about a conclusion we’d reached. Not only that, but we feel unintelligent, ashamed, and judged. There is no way to say for certain if any of that is real, and for that reason I say we should not allow those thoughts to stop us. It is difficult, but possible. We paint experiences, things, and persons in opposition to ourselves as bad. We say those persons have superiority complexes, label them “insane” or “tyrannical” in some cases and take great pleasure in demeaning them. Sometimes we miss out on very important ideas.
All too often we refuse to accept things that are fact. We use anecdotal evidence that is flimsy at best, to try and undermine or weaken opposing arguments founded on much better evidence. We say we were taught differently, and that our teachers would not steer us in the wrong direction. Sometimes we simply just don’t want to admit we were wrong out of misplaced pride. If you’ve ever had a silly argument over the year your favorite movie came to theaters you’d understand. To clarify let’s say you and a friend like the video game “Sonic The Hedgehog 2” and are in a dispute over the date the game was released in Japan. Your friend says the game was released November 21, 1992, and you say November 24, 1992. Eventually after a silly, non-malicious name calling exchange and a few repetitions of “I hate you” your friend goes to the internet. He or she verifies the date and you are forced to accept that you were wrong. Suddenly you say you were referring to the European/North American release. You’ve conveniently created an excuse that keeps you from acknowledging your fault. This is a fairly simple example, yet it can be applied on a much larger scale, which I’ll refrain from diving into as it’s no more effective in proving my points. If we can’t admit we’re wrong about the release date of our most beloved games or films for example, how could we admit to being wrong about anything more substantial, more meaningful? Once we stop misplacing pride and creating a cushion of false security with our justifications, we’ll be able to move forward. A guide could help spur the process.
Our ability to completely cast out any thought of others, of reality beyond the limited scope of our plans, is truly astounding. We easily get up and think about our next party, the next time we’ll get dinner reservations. Our vices control us. We go through the motions socially, saying “hello” and “goodbye” when appropriate with no thought of whether we actually know anything about the people we’re speaking with. We don’t acknowledge the fact that every person on the planet is equally complex and multi-faceted. It’s disheartening. We pervert conversation, make it obvious that we are sick. A guide not only points out this casual perversion of interaction and lack of sight but helps to alleviate the sickness by pressing the rest to be socially aware. To be intellectually honest. To be truly respectful.
Our conversations are shallow, devoid of life and sincerity. We fantasize and fetishize our climb to the top of the socio-economic ladder and when we get there nothing changes. We keep the routine. We become more and more self-absorbed, unwilling to acknowledge what makes us uncomfortable, and more controlled by our vices. A guide would not allow this to continue. He or she would encourage us to be open to outside influences, even if we’re uncomfortable initially.