At the end of the proverbial day, something has to mean something.
Not “something” has to mean “something”, but “something” has to “mean something”.
It has to mean something TO YOU. It doesn’t matter if you can explain the meaning of it to anyone else.
I think a lot of people get caught up in worrying about, thinking about, and acting because of what something means to someone else, which is why they don’t feel sated.
I can’t explain to you what the value is of being a videogame hero if you don’t personally value that.
I can’t explain to you the value of competition as people make their best efforts to defeat you and you still win if you aren’t a competitive person.
I can’t even explain the value of multiplayer to you if you only play singleplayer.
The value to me is that the time is well spent, every second counts, and I know who I am at the end of that particular day and intend to prove it again in the future.
Same thing with college. I didn’t have to go to MIT but I did. alum.MIT.edu/www/BillCammack
I could have breezed my way through some nonsense party school and had a much easier life for 4 years, but I didn’t.
The value was the achievement.
Everything that happened after that was incidental.
I could have gone to several colleges for absolutely free instead of my parents having to pay for MIT. (plus the amount I kicked in from summer jobs as a financial aid requirement)
I selected a difficultly level and achieved what I wanted.
I can’t explain the value of that to someone who doesn’t value “selecting mountains and then climbing them”.
Actually, that’s a good example right there. 😀
I can’t explain to you (or to myself) why people climb actual mountains. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I mean if you can climb 10 feet in a row, you can climb 100 feet in a row or 1,000 feet in a row. So what? 😀 I don’t care about any of those things. I live in civilization where we have elevators.
But to THOSE PEOPLE, it’s really an accomplishment for them to climb a particular mountain, which I applaud, and the achievement is FOR THEM and not FOR ME or anybody else.
I dropped $100 yesterday spending time with someone I really enjoy spending time with.
You could look at that as I now have -$100 USD purchasing power compared to 24 hours ago.
Except what’s the value of my socialization? o_O
What is it that I could have spent $100 on that would have been more valuable to me than the good times we shared?
In fact, I haven’t even left my house today and don’t have any plans to, so yesterday’s expenditure is going to be diluted by today’s non-expenditure, costing me $50 for both days.
What difference does it make? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I don’t devalue people’s obsession with money, but the value of money isn’t having it, it’s what you can do with it.
There are quite a few people who are simultaneously rich and miserable.
There are quite a few people who are broke and emotionally fulfilled and happy.
It comes down to the difference it makes.
If you can utilize money to purchase happiness, good for you. 😀
If you can’t, you have to figure out another way to feel like the day you just lived was worth living.
My crew and I beat everyone but the best players in the games we specialized in.
I personally had world records.
I remember to this day Mak and I against IoS OptimusPrime and BlazinKhan on Hang ‘Em High.
I remember to this day defeating superteams that *NOBODY* on the forums gave us a chance to win against and then those bastards disbanded immediately. Records of like 10-0, 20-0 and then we made them hold this L and they disappeared into thin air.
YOU don’t know who we are, but WE know who we are.
That’s the difference it makes.
I remember when our crew lost a match to a team that had both of The Ogres on it.
As soon as I saw that they were the opposition, I knew it was going to be a tough match. We fought hard but we lost. Respect to them. They played the quality of game that they were known for.
Did I get paid for any of this? No. This was before they even created MLG (Major League Gaming)
We kicked people’s asses because that’s what we do.
We didn’t do it for money.
We SPENT money in order to do it. Buying systems. Buying controllers. Paying for internet service. Spending hours playing videogames that we could have been billing clients for.
I spent money to go to MIT instead of accepting one of my many free scholarships.
I spent money during my IRL time with my friend yesterday.
If your goal is to amass funds, more power to you. Just make sure you aren’t missing out on real life.
What I’ve found is that losers tend to cherry-pick content and accept what bolsters their beliefs and reject what makes them feel like losers.
This, Unfortunately, is what made them losers in the first place.
If you don’t want to recognize what the game is, the game is going to go on without you.
If you’re prepared for baseball and the game is football, you may as well hang it up right now.
However, there’s the element of guilt.
Being a winner, I personally feel guilty if I don’t attempt to assist losers in escaping what they think is their fate but doesn’t have to be.
I’m not happy when I see obvious winners who self-oppress and make themselves losers unnecessarily.
When I was a kid, I didn’t give a flying ****. The only thing I was concerned about was that losers recognize their status on the totem pole and play their position. If they got out of place, I put them back where they belonged.
I’m literally THE. LAST. PERSON. that you want to attack because I’ll make sure you regret that you were ever born.
I’ll wake up in the morning wondering whether you still need an ass-whipping or not, whether that’s physical, emotional, or psychological.
Not being a child anymore, I have sympathy for losers.
If there’s something that I see that you don’t see, I’m ready, willing and able to tell you what that is so you can bypass that issue and live a better life.
My theory is that if everyone lived their best lives, nobody would be a creep.
Helping people escape their supposed fates only makes society, the community, and the entire world better.
Unfortunately, What happens when you attempt to help people is that they have some kind of amazing ability which may be an effect of stupidity to reconstruct what you said to bolster their loserism.
This is new to me because as I mentioned, I always went to elite schools so I’ve always associated with elite people and I never experienced this cherry-picking until I made my descent into uneducated territory.
Let’s say I didn’t like where I live. The obvious solution to that is to move.
The obvious questions are whether you can move and where you would move to.
This conversation requires at most an hour. It doesn’t require a full day. It doesn’t require a week. It doesn’t require a month. It doesn’t require a year. It doesn’t require several years.
Meanwhile, losers will complain to you in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 about not liking where they live.
Why should I give a damn what you’re talking about when you’ve spent 3 years bitching and moaning instead of moving? o_O
Think about what you’re doing and what it means to you.
What’s the value? o_O
Does it give you more purchasing power? Does it give you more prestige? Does it enhance your self-esteem?
Why are you doing what you’re doing?
Are you trapped? Is your life going to fall apart if you stop? Are people going to stop liking you if you stop?
This brings us to a similar topic.. What happens when your gimmick disappears? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Let’s say the only reason people pay attention to you is because you peddle racism to your viewership.
On either side… You’re either EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. coming up with a reason why you want to point out racism or EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. you’re trying to tell people why they SHOULD be racist.
What happens to you when people realize that the problem is CLASSISM and not RACISM? o_O
Who suffers when American companies move their factories to China & Mexico?… American workers.
Who suffers when American companies are paying convicts 26 cents per hour to do the job you used to get paid 26 dollars an hour to do?… American workers.
Who suffers when American companies outsource their telephone interactions to India?… American workers.
Who is it that has no control over any of this?… Immigrants.
So what happens to you when Americans wake up and realize they’ve been betrayed by the corporations? o_O
What happens to you when you can’t peddle racism to your viewership anymore?
You go out of business is what happens.
As soon as this obsession goes out of style, you’re going to apply for a cashier job at Target.
Ride your gimmick until the wheels fall off, but the wheels are falling off.
At the end of the proverbial day, something has to mean something.
If there isn’t anything that means anything, you may as well take a long walk on a short plank.
Other people can not define what’s meaningful to you.
You decide what matters. You decide WHY those things matter.
If what’s important to you is dying with a bunch of money in the bank, good luck with that. 😀
Your achievements accompany you throughout your life.
Your achievement might be having kids. Your achievement might be educational propers. Your achievement might be becoming an authority in your field of expertise. Your achievement might be still being alive when all of your friends are dead.
Regardless, it’s YOUR achievement and this doesn’t have to be explained to anybody because they’re living a different life than you are.
Do what you do. Enjoy your life. Recognize what is and is not valuable to you.
Make it good to yourself.