You begin to develop a sense that when you care, when you try, when you live up to some kind of valiant honor as depicted by timeless heroes, the quicker you will garner scorn. By enjoying yourself, having principles, or even remotely attempting to accurately account for your responsibility and perspective to the moment, the world will lash out at you and teach you to break. It becomes obvious why we seem desperate to see things play out in a morally expectant way in our stories. Why we love to bang the pots and pans of self-reliance and liberal progressivism; the “real” world makes us sick.
[503] Child’s Play
Write Makes Right
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Yes! This reminds me of Sal Paradise in On the Road. If you’re real you get stung, but if you’re slick you get away with it.