If you live long enough, are even remotely intelligent, and can briefly pull yourself away from selfish endeavors, you will have more questions about life than you have answers. I question everything, and I’m fairly certain my last breath will be in the form of a question, no, not as to why I am dying, of that I think I will know. It is the answers to all these questions that I have tried to find throughout my life. I still don’t have many answers for the big question, and my faith is tenuous at best, but without it, I have no reason to keep from going “Postal” on the whole world. Most people realize at some point in their life, (whether they do so intellectually or sublimely), that they are not immortal, the world is a bad place, the best we can do is usually unappreciated, that the only person you can depend on is yourself, and that faith is called faith for a reason. What people do with that knowledge is what makes a difference. Most people try to drown that knowledge out with drugs, sex, alcohol, endless social engagements, escapism in books, films and games (video games and real sports), spending money, “keeping up with the Joneses”, business ventures, thrill seeking, abusing others, power grabbing, and the list goes on and on. There is a means of “escaping” reality for every person. Did you ever wonder why? I know why, but I’m not telling. I spend a lot of time alone. I play video games, too, and I read, but I don’t read fiction since it is more productive to read non-fiction. When I play video games, I am observing the interactions between the players, and I have really learned a lot about humans. Some things I have observed, and this is a generalization, besides people being incredibly selfish, they have low self esteem, yet have big egos; they will always demand more from you than they are willing to give of themselves; they will do despicable evil to the unwary or gullible; they will do the most ridiculous things to get attention, even negative attention, and they are inherently lazy. And, that is just a little bit I learned from what I’ve seen of video game players, now let me tell you something else. That video game world is a tiny microcosm of the real world. In the real world, people will use you until you have nothing left to give. They will walk on you like a rug, if you let them because for some inexplicable reason, and this is something I have been trying to understand my whole life (without an appropriate answer); when people perceive you are kind and willing to do more than your share of the work, etcetera, they think you are the “Golden Goose” and they will take advantage of you and treat you badly. (Goose, by the way, is a slang term for someone who is gullible). Pay attention, observe more and change your ways and I mean in life, not stupid video games!

Next, I would like to share some quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, born 1844 and died 1900. Short life. I really don’t like Nietzsche, he was pompous, rude, had an ego big enough to float the Titanic, was misogynistic, and thought more of himself than he should have. But, he was an observer of human activities and some of his observations are interesting and worth repeating. Which just goes to show, even a bad person sometimes has something decent to offer humanity.

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