StarlordPhoenix

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  1. Teros 44: Demon Hunter

    Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is the definition of insanity. But then again, we are all mad here, are we not? I guess you just seem far more invested than most neutrals (I say this from the experience of being a neutral and dating a neutral). Neutrals don't typically try to bring about change, good or bad. because they don't really care. They don't really care who is in control or what system they are in, as long as they can find a way to thrive and profit off of it. Sure, chaotic neutrals like to break the rules, but not necessarily for anyone's benefit or demise (aside from maybe their own or the select few that they care about). But given your explanation, I can definitely see how you would test as a neutral. I mean, it is a pretty efficient way for the corporations to profit. One person's waste of money is another person's gain. That is the way money works. I don't see this so much as a society problem as much as a human nature problem. No matter how perfect the society or laws, they will always fall to corruption because there will always be humans that try to screw others over, and there will always be humans stupid enough or lazy enough to let it happen. If only this was the way people typically operated. Yes, the people that get their acts together display this behavior, but far too many people in society today tend to take the role of the victim. They want to say that it is someone else's fault that they are stupid and inefficient, and that it is someone else's responsibility to clean up their mess. We live in a society full of entitled people who think it is everyone else's responsibility to change. They aren't growing and changing over time because they have been sheltered from the life lessons of failure with participation awards, and being told "you are perfect just the way you are," and being told "good job" on sub-par work. Did you know that some colleges are actually designing special programs and counseling for students because they are finding that many students today are becoming entirely depressed and devastated over something like a bad grade in a class because they don't know how to recover from a setback or failure? Yes, inefficiency and stupidity, and the mistakes that come from them, *should* encourage people to grow and change, but we have managed to undermine the natural order. Personally, I would keep the secret. I would make sure she understand the consequences of her actions, I would advise her to speak with her parents, and I would make sure she is aware of her options and resources, but ultimately, I would still leave the choice up to her. Perhaps breaking confidentiality could help this one girl, perhaps it could make things worse for her. But if enough people decide to make exceptions to the confidentiality rule, based on their own ethics, suddenly 14 year old girls figure out they can't trust social workers, and suddenly perhaps the only adult they trust enough to talk to and go to for advice is no longer considered an option. They suddenly lose their one trusted resource for help and advice, because they are afraid of being reported. In fact, it would likely extend beyond young pregnant teenagers. Young boys and girls would all have no certainty of whether or not their specific case would be deemed worthy of a breech in confidentiality. It is not impossible to think that doubt could extend even to some adults, especially those unstable and paranoid to begin with. The reason that doctors and social workers and counselors have confidentiality rules to begin with is so that people will trust them. It is not just about protecting the rights and name of the client, it is about giving them someone to trust. And the crazy thing about trust is that it often only takes a single compromise to entirely destroy it.
  2. Teros 44: Demon Hunter

    There are a few issues that would arise with a society/law system that based itself upon utilitarianism and efficiency. First of all, utilitarianism and efficiency tend to be fairly relative to the specific framework and paradigm that you are functioning in. They are also somewhat relative in and of themselves. What I consider the most efficient and useful can vary from what you consider most efficient and useful based off of our own personal values and judgments. Utilitarianism and efficiency can also be taken too far. For example, it would be efficient and utilitarian to remove unnecessary people from our society. It would free up limited resources, which could, in turn, raise the standard of living for those that remain. But that is hardly humanitarian. It would be useful to castrate anyone with genetic disorders that would harm our gene pool, but that could quickly get complicated. I think we can agree that most humans are not the most efficient or utilitarian beings. In order to base a society on such things, you have to take away the rights of the people who don't fit into the system properly. Or remove them from the system altogether. Perhaps even remove some of what it means to be human. A system with proper checks and balances will never be perfectly efficient or utilitarian. A system that allows for choice and freedom will never be perfectly efficient or utilitarian. Yes, moving closer to such a system could certainly prove useful, but only if we know where to stop, where to say, "we have gone far enough."
  3. Harnessing Hamingja

    First of all, congrats on the progress you have made so far! Also, I love your new goals. They seem really well-rounded and balanced.
  4. Teros 44: Demon Hunter

    Oh, I know, it still just always surprises me when you can put up with people acting like that for as long as you do. But then again, I played sports as a young child and have been performing all my life, including through college. I was always competing with friends for the same position, role, award, placement, etc. Sure, it is disappointing if someone gets what you want, but you move on. If someone is going to be petty about it, their friendship isn't worth the time and energy to maintain it. Yeah, I would say that villains can actually fall on just about any part of the morality alignment spectrum, depending on their mission. I would say heroes usually stay in the good-neutral area, but can range from lawful-chaotic. I am actually kind of surprised you don't identify as Chaotic Good, with just how much you care about helping people. Haha, and yes, you are most definitely Chaotic. You like to challenge the status quo and authority and rules way too much for there to be any question otherwise. I do find it amusing that you mention the most "efficient" and "utilitarian" way, because in a society that functioned as such, you could almost be a Lawful.
  5. Annyshay Plays

    I relate to this so much. I committed to absolutely no dieting for 2017 and it was one of the best decisions I made last year (I have also struggled with a terrible relationship with food for most my life). It is so hard to find that balance, though, between eating healthy but not eating TOO healthy/obsessing, but it is worth the effort. Way to go on your progress so far!
  6. Teros 44: Demon Hunter

    You have wayyyyy more patience with people than I do. I am sure this is probably true of any dogmatic and charismatic leader or individual. I am sure Hitler and Stalin believed they were doing what was best for what they believed in, I am sure the early American leaders that committed genocide against the Native Americans believed they were doing what was best for their colonies and the growth of our nation. I am sure that Jim Jones believed he was doing what was right on his commune. Everyone is the hero of their own story. Every villain thinks he or she is a hero for some reason or another, whether it be for settling the score, correcting an injustice, purging the population. religious dogma, etc. That is why these people, despite the terrible things they did, still had MANY followers, and some still have people who believe in their doctrines to this day. They were willing to push the limit, make the unpopular decision, sacrifice morality for the sake of the mission. On the flip side, every hero is the villain to someone else's story. If a "villain" is a hero in his own mind, then the "hero" is his villain, his foil. Victors write history, and they always write themselves as the hero. I don't think it is about whether you are the "villain" or the "hero," as each term is entirely relative and subjective to whose side you are on. The villains that you have mentioned are villains that many people love, mostly due to the fact that we are allowed to see their side of the story. We get to see their troubled upbringing, or their troubled mental state that doesn't allow them to interact with others, or the loss of their family, etc. We admire them for overcoming great odds and their ability to make hard decisions. You have some great goals here. I am looking forward to seeing more posts.