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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-18-2020, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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hence arbitrary. if motivation comes from will power, where does will power come from? motivation comes from will power which comes from fortitude(?) which comes from X which comes from Y which comes from Z which comes from the void. “If you look long enough into the void, the void begins to look back through you.”

but anyway i didn't emphasize enough how important not bringing on the apocalypse is, which you'd think would be obvious but people seem to enjoy ruining things. its the only motivation that has consistently produced actions for me, even if they only exist in the background now. what is the point of gaining social status and luxury items etc when the people enjoying the apocalypse will curse your memory and even others now who are against the apocalypse will curse you as a useless trump-like idiot.
Well, motivation may not always be arbitrary - particularly if driven by natural instincts (or an external influence).

With that being said, if you feel you're actions may determine a future event (like the apocalypse) and so decide to base your actions according to how would influence this event... then yes this can be argued to be an arbitrary motivation.

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Well, motivation may not always be arbitrary - particularly if driven by natural instincts (or an external influence).

With that being said, if you feel you're actions may determine a future event (like the apocalypse) and so decide to base your actions according to how would influence this event... then yes this can be argued to be an arbitrary motivation.

but instincts are just as arbitrary as values

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. ― Mother Teresa
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Nowadays mostly survival. I like to keep waking up.

I never really gave all this other stuff much thought tbh - I just live my life as best I can.
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At this point the only real motivation I have in life is to do the bare minimum necessary to keep my job. Otherwise I'm just coasting, in all aspects. This includes adhering to (or even just having) any kind of guiding values in my life. I used to have principles but that was A) before reality and the universe decided crush my soul and B) before I learned no one else really has any principles so what's the point? So I mostly just seek pleasure wherever I can find it and sorta check out otherwise because nothing has really panned out for me. Why bother believing in anything if nothing and no one believes in you?
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don't really have any
Thank you all for contributing. I won't try to address individual points (unless if you want me to).

I hope you dont mind however, me asking from a different angle... but is there anything you'd like to be known for - At the very least, you'd be glad people saw [i]that[/] in you?

Overall, I think I'm asking about core values, or even a kind an honour code you follow - ones for which you might be disappointed with yourself if your life actions overall contradicted.

Even in regards to this forum, this maybe an impression that makes fellow SAS forum members think "this person deserves better in life than how life currently seems to be treating them".

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Focus on how to solve a problem, rather than whining at the unfairness for the problem to have befallen on you in hopes someone will see the distress of your whining and swoop in themselves to solve the problem for you themselves.

For some, things will just keep throwing you down and endlessly keep on kicking you as you're down no matter what. And you just to have fight your way to stand back up, and in turn punch down at whatever is throwing you down and keep kicking you when you're down to make sure it stays down. And do the same at each gradual thing that comes along that does the same to you.

Focus on yourself in how you progress gradually, rather than how your progress strictly measures up to the progress of others. (Although this probably doesn't apply in the harsh reality that your own progress is strictly dependent and can be obstructed if your progress is in competition with that in relative of others. The real world just plain sucks).

What goes up, will inevitably come back down. Whoever you have to step on when you go up, you will be at their mercy when you go down.

The truth is strictly what the ones in power perceives it to be.

Enjoy any good things, even the little and menial ones, as you will never know what impending distresses could descend upon you in a moment.
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