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Sweetened Condensed Worldview

I have realized recently that my worldview/philosophy can be neatly summed up in these four simple rules.

1. It's all about consent.
I think most human rights and tolerance issues can be boiled to consent or lack thereof. The thing that started me thinking about this is the Great Gay Marriage Debacle that's been dominating social politics for the past few years. My philosopy is this: so long as all parties have given informed consent, it is really none of my business what they do. I feel this way even about much less socially acceptable practices as well, like polyamory and even consensual adult incest. Seriously, so long as it's consensual, I don't care what the fuck other people are doing.

This also relates to government. I am, at least in theory, an anarchist, because I believe that the concept of government is contrary to freedom. In submitting to governance, and to hierarchies of power in general, a person gives up a great deal of her self, because in many instances she is deprived of the right to deny consent. The government acts on her, and causes her to act, without her consent. This, I believe, is inherently wrong. According to the social contract model, anyone living under a government has given consent by allowing the government to continue to exist, but I think that's bullshit. They're exerting power, and the people cannot always adequately oppose it. So, while anarchism may not work on a large scale, I think all government is shit and should be resisted when possible.

2. Don't be a douche.
This is quite possibly the most important rule of human interaction ever. It's the Golden Rule--do unto others, etc. It's not even that difficult to follow. Just don't do anything blatantly inconsiderate or, you know, mean. If we all obeyed this one rule, all other rules would be unnecessary. I'm not saying that you have to be perfect. If no one had any faults, literature would be so damn boring. Just... try not to be a douche.

3. Show, don't tell.
Also known as Actions Speak Louder Than Words. I care what you say, yes, but I care more about how you say it. Consider body language. Lying with your mouth is easy; lying with your body is much more difficult. This is talked about a lot elsewhere, so I won't go into it here.

However, I will go into literature. It really pisses me off when narrators tell me how the characters feel about things. I don't fucking care. Make me care, okay? I truly believe that each word should be imbued with layers of meaning. I believe in writing that is elegant and efficient, where tiny details are what carry characterization. Eschew excessive verbiage in favor of meaning. This is also how I feel about life. It goes along with "Always leave the audience wanting more." Only speak when you actually have something to say. Though I don't always follow this rule.

4. Love what you do.
Ideally, you should be really enthusiastic about everything you do. I would like to apply the NaNo philosophy of exuberant imperfection to my entire life, but that doesn't always work. That's unfortunate, because I think people are way more interesting when they care a lot.

I mean, sure, it hurts a lot when you care too much. I know this intimately. But in an ideal world, enthusiasm would be encouraged, not denied.


And those are my thoughts on yaoi rules for living!


Feb. 1st, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
I agree 2-4 and definitely the first paragraph of 1. Still thinking about the other.

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