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01 November 2002 @ 03:22 pm
Thought for today  
From any reasonably objective point of view, we're probably all insignificant specs. It's only the biased opinions that really matter.
Musings with no Musejenny_sparks on November 1st, 2002 03:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know... even if I only look at my opinion of my own existance I find everything from my mental to my physical intricacies amazing... and since I know that I am no different from anyone else in that way... from an objective point, moving from a point of looking at myself to looking to the world for what I know it it to be, that makes the world amazing to me, not insignificant dust specy
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 1st, 2002 04:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. There are two leaps here that I don't quite agree with. First, you assume that that you are no different from anyone else in the way that you find everything about your existence to be amazing. That is an assumption I do not agree with; I get the impression that we all have vastly different degrees of amazement and fascination with our realities. I have known people who consider their experiential realities to be utterly mundane and boring, an outlook which inspires tremendous pity in myself.

Second, I think we have very different meanings of "objective". From my point of view, we are each nearly insignificant when we consider humanity as a whole. Similarly, humanity as a whole seems insignificant on the scale of the galaxy. Any limited thing within our universe is insignificant from some point of view.

That leavs it to us, to make our own significance. If we can't rely on being the cornerstone of a grand cosmic plan, the only significance available to us lies in relative significance we have to each other, the impact we have on each other's lives. From this perspective, the biased opions of our friends and loves ones should not be dismissed because those people are "biased". Rather, these relationships and perceptions should be cherished, as the only value judgements we have.
Musings with no Musejenny_sparks on November 1st, 2002 05:11 pm (UTC)
Actually I didn't say others found themselves to be amazing... I find myself intricate and amazing, and that I don't consider my intricacies to be unique... I feel everyone is as intricate as I am... therefore to me the existance of everyone is equally amazing.
I never said that others see the world as I do.

Eric Franklin: XRaygamethyme on November 1st, 2002 03:30 pm (UTC)
I take comfort in insignificance.

After all, if I'm insignificant, so are all my enemies.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 1st, 2002 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, insignificance and meaninglessness are very comforting thoughts for me, too.
Eric Franklingamethyme on November 1st, 2002 04:03 pm (UTC)
Speaking of which, have you looked at UA, yet?
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on November 1st, 2002 04:17 pm (UTC)
A little. I've read the intro portion and the core rules before. This morning I thumbed through the Adept and Avatar descriptions, and was left with the STRONG opion that the listings they have were incomplete. I'm glad to see that they freely admitted this fact, and procided their guidlines for supplying more.

I was in Wizards at lunch the other day. You would probably be amused to hear that UA was right next to the DP9 stuff.
Eric Franklin: dancergamethyme on November 1st, 2002 04:40 pm (UTC)
Mild amusement.

Complete lack of surprise.

They are (despite all the interest being paid to UA in the non-LJ Gaming Community) "Fringe" games. Like "Little Fears."

Certainly not up to the quality of the Holy d20 System, and so (if your Wizards store is anything like the ones I have seen) probably on a lower shelf or a different area from the d20 stuff that Wizards Stores like to emphasize.