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Old 09-28-2003, 03:49 AM   #1
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Default What does personal fulfillment mean to you?

For me, it means finding the will, courage, and conviction to place my ideas into reality; to act on what I believe in.

Unfortunately, I place most of my faith in absolute truths, things I can rely on completely and inalterably. My first impulse after having any sort of theory is to attack it from every conceivable angle. If there's the slightest weakness in ideal or flaw in logic, I'll exploit it to the fullest. I must find the exceptions to every rule, the crushing downfall to any dream. Not out of cynicism, pessimism, or ill will --- quite the opposite. I seek ultimate objectivity, the elimination of every extraneous factor and the revelation of purest truth.

Although I take great pride in this, I also envy those who can be satisfied with everyday life, the land of fast cars and new clothing and beer kegs.

*sigh* Even now I contradict myself. I've enjoyed and do enjoy these things, but I cannot consist of them. And I write like a pretentious nitwit, out of adherence to twelve years of English class.

I basically have two modes of operation: the first, a jovial, carefree observer and the second, a pensive, analytical philosopher. As soon as I find myself in one I yearn for the other... and invariably conclude that neither is what I'm looking for. However, I cannot live as an average man and find any sort of fulfillment.

Therefore, with regard to the first sentence, I resolve to reconcile my two halves and make video games. Ones with real depth of philosophy and character, along the lines of say, Neon Genesis Evangelion. I don't care what anyone says about that series, it was awe-inspiring. [img]/wwwthreads/images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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Old 09-28-2003, 04:00 AM   #2
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> Not out of cynicism, pessimism, or
> ill will --- quite the opposite. I seek ultimate
> objectivity, the elimination of every extraneous factor and
> the revelation of purest truth.

I belive that is the true nature of cynicism.

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Old 09-28-2003, 04:04 AM   #3
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well...i dunno...but, if my ideals are broken down into SIMPLEST form, i am a nihilist

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Old 09-28-2003, 04:24 AM   #4
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According to the definitions at http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=cynicismDictionary.com</A>, I wouldn't say it describes me at all. I'm indifferent to what I discount as subjective.

> I belive that is the true nature of cynicism.
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Old 09-28-2003, 04:36 AM   #5
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Nihilism... that's an interesting philosophy, although I find it personally destructive to live by.

Whether or not there is any actual meaning to life, people have a need for it.

> well...i dunno...but, if my ideals are broken down into
> SIMPLEST form, i am a nihilist
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Old 09-28-2003, 04:40 AM   #6
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> > I belive that is the true nature of cynicism.
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Dictionary.com is using the modern defeniton, not the original.
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Old 09-28-2003, 04:48 AM   #7
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> Nihilism... that's an interesting philosophy, although I
> find it personally destructive to live by.

> Whether or not there is any actual meaning to life, people
> have a need for it.

I suppose I could be called a nihilist, because I don't believe life has or needs a meaning. But, I do not merely accept my insignifigance, I embrace it. I don't care if my action don't effect everyone. So what?

The secret oof life is to live it.

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Old 09-28-2003, 07:32 AM   #8
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That sounds a bit like existentialism, actually. Like, "I'm insignificant, the universe is pointless, but I'm going to enjoy life while it's here." Cool by me. <img src=smilies/thumb.gif>

I suppose I would adhere to that philosophy myself, but I'm not entirely sure that life is meaningless.

> I suppose I could be called a nihilist, because I don't
> believe life has or needs a meaning. But, I do not merely
> accept my insignifigance, I embrace it. I don't care if my
> action don't effect everyone. So what?


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Old 09-28-2003, 08:00 AM   #9
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I don't know. I used to be smarter. The past few years of drinking have made me more party-minded and less analytical. Which is good for me because I used to analyze way too much, looking for meaning in everything and my happiness suffered from it. [img]/wwwthreads/images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 09-28-2003, 08:14 AM   #10
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> I don't know. I used to be smarter. The past few years of
> drinking have made me more party-minded and less analytical.

I don't care, I just wanna know what would make you happy or fulfilled or whatever. If it would be $50 and a van down by the river, so be it. <img src=smilies/magbiggrin.gif>

> Which is good for me because I used to analyze way too
> much, looking for meaning in everything and my happiness
> suffered from it.

Ditto, ditto. I need to tell my mind to shut up sometimes.

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