crystal_richardson_ wrote:^That's very good. I agree.
crystal_richardson_ wrote:It has come to my attention that some of you think me idealistic. Whether or not this is true, I think some of you require clarification as to what idealism is.
There are three ways to think about the world that readily come to my mind:
1) How the world is (Realist)
2) How the world should be (In its purist form - Idealist)
3) How the world could be
To me, an Idealist is someone who exclusively practices number 2. They have ideas about how the world should be, but a poor understanding of how the world is and how it could be, so their ideas show little relation or consideration for numbers 1 and 3 and can thus appear delusional.
crystal_richardson_ wrote:To me, the most important (and difficult to acquire/develop) way to think about the world that one must have solid skill or knowledge in is not how the world should be nor how the world is but how the world could be. Because to know and understand how the world could be is to know and understand then whether one's ideas regarding how the world should be are realistic - or idealistic and therefore impractical or unimplementable.
crystal_richardson_ wrote:In other words, if steps can realistically be taken in the direction an idea, then that idea ceases to be idealistic in the strict sense. It enters the realm of the realistic and possible.
crystal_richardson_ wrote:But we all disagree on what is realistic and possible don't we? Most of you are simple people. You don't want to die for other's happiness or safety or whatever, or give up what you've worked so hard for, so you are quick to see the steps that are possible to achieving an idea as "idealistic", and thus said idea also "idealistic". But you must understand, that such ideas are not idealistic in the instance, but rather YOU are not willing to do what it takes to realize them. This is a deficiency of you (or more abstractly the society that made you deficient) not the ideas.
crystal_richardson_ wrote:Humans are capable of great things collectively. History attests to this. So a rebuttal that what this^ asks of you is "beyond the capacities of humans" is invalid. The ideas are not idealistic, they are realistic, what is lacking is YOU. You want the easy road. And are willing to let others suffer at the hands of a few humans with a pathological need for power to maintain your easy life.
But let me tell you something. You're going to die. And that will be the end of your existence.
Yet given this inevitability, you still take the easy road, and choose to prolong your death and avoid a short life and momentary suffering at a chance to realize good ideas, for a mediocre slightly less short life where you die anyway...
It's irrational people.
- Now post a humorous meme to avoid the distressing content of this post and get yourself back to feeling nothing you zombies.
Freud talked about how repression, suppression, or denial, are ways of keeping noxious thoughts and memories out of one’s consciousness. That is, they are attentional avoidance mechanisms that work just like ADHD.
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