Greetings fans of the First-class legend himself, I'm sorry but I would like to address a certain elephant in the room, not sure if I am the only one who has noticed this -- and maybe I have been afraid to bring this up, but I think the world is in fear. Don't panic though, it may actually be nothing, or maybe my mind is playing tricks on me, but far too many times these past few weeks I have seen cases both online and in the real world where I myself or someone I know is dealing with an unknown fear, fear of what? That's the thing; there are so many fears to identify the fact that we cannot know all is in and of itself appalling. Fear of pain... of discord, fear of not meeting expectations, fear of offending someone or of being offended... Fear of change, of being taken advantage of, or just being too much to handle, etc... And I bring this up now because I just so happen to realize that for the past few weeks people around me have not been themselves lately, or worse. And I'm not exempt from this, we all have certain fears that are becoming maybe more and more prominent as the pandemic continues to develop new trends and habits. I hate how I can be too nice, or be too much of an a-hole. I simply project my infinity onto the fabric of the universe itself and let things unfold as they may... psych! well, I do realize can also be one heck of a nightmare (even to myself). No but seriously, to those of you who are going through tough times, and speaking to you -- the group, and whatever some of those fears that you have may be -- and that a few of you are projecting online, do you guys notice this as well? I think that the news, social media, and entertainment culture have enabled us to pin the blame on others, well, and at times I pin all the blame on me just for the sake of being different (or maybe I walk on egg shells sometimes); but that is beside the point. Think about: zombies, vampires, aliens, the end of the world. It seems as though all of us have become accustomed to the idea that someone, somewhere screwed up; and we all end up paying for it -- and vice-versa. Maybe we had been so bored with the start of another decade that chaos seemed like the ultimate one-stop salvation, and maybe I am exaggerating, and this is all part of the cycle of life (who knows?). I dare say this too shall pass, we have not had it easy at all lately, but by understanding our fears, our faults, our challenges, our strengths, and our weaknesses; the change really does happen from within, and I speak from experience. Past mistakes, sunk-cost fallacies, ill-invested time in counter-productive things, boredom, laziness, and vices that claim at the soul -- these evils of the mind all come from within; in a place where if it were without, it would better bring out central thoughts and balance in us, at the root.
And if you're wondering, I am not talking about an isolated case, this is clearly a pattern that I see here in DA, and in facebook, instagram, twitter, and even a little in YouTube (and IRL with friends and family). So I've absolved my fear of offending any one specifically to come up with a conclusion as to why this all may be happening?
Tell me what you guys think, and are you up to learning how to face your fears?
- Teh Pres.