Hate What You Fear


“People fear what they don't understand and hate what they can't conquer.”

― Andrew Smith


Oh boy, is this ever true in Eve. In the great social experiment that is New Eden we see this unfold each and every day. As a student of group dynamics, mass exploitation and "propaganda" ( or advertising ) I am continually fascinated by my fellow pilots.

When they attack my blog and what I do here I can only smile, content in the knowledge that everything is working exactly as intended. Why is that? Because, people attack the thing they fear the most.

That is why, when I talk about other groups on this blog, I attack the opposite thing. Some small and insignificant portion, a mockable trait, a stupid, meaningless aspect. Not only is this funny, at least to me, it does nothing more than to confuse the Hell out of the other guy.

But their attacks on me, or on Stay Frosty, reveal their fears. And by revealing their fears they reveal more about themselves than they imagine. They reveal the underlying current, the basic truth that they so often try to hide behind big words, big blobs and superior attitudes of elitism. But their actions defy them and bring to light the true nature of things. For those observant enough to pay attention, your enemy is telling you everything you need to know.

Are they railing on you because you use ECM? Or because you hot-drop? Gate camp? Or blob? Ah, then those are the things that they fear most. Or are they demanding you stop blogging about them? Or mocking you in local? Are you starting the get the picture?

The trick is in having no fear.

Eve is, after all, just a game. And while it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day bullshit of the game, it is after all, nothing to be upset about. Crossing that paradigm and landing in the land of understanding, is the key to long-term success in New Eden. It certainly was for me back in the early days. I struggled with it and nearly rage quit a few times, walked away, pounded my desk, railed at the moon. But slowly you come to the realization that the days continue to move forward, those that threatened or demanded have stopped playing and you are still here. Time moves on.

And while having no fear seems trite, it is the absolute key to your survival.

The phase is easy to identify, when it first comes over you the symptoms are easy to see. Suddenly you will start looking for "fun" ships to fly, something to "derp" yourself in. Because you just don't care. This is the very early stage. You will take risks you shouldn't take. You will lose ships you shouldn't lose. And the frustration of this phase will mount. You will suddenly hit a very large and formidable wall. This is your personal breaking point. You have been over-compensating. And you didn't even know it.

There are large ones and small ones. Big moments and tiny moments, but they all hit you hard. And what you do next will determine your future path within or without New Eden. Many will quit, many will take long breaks, many will be destroyed, and some will triumph and pass thru.

Fear of feeling fear. It makes us feel weak and scared. It is the mind killer. And most rail against it. Some will triumph over it and use it as their strength. And a few, like myself, will use it as a tool in a slightly larger context.

A man without fear cannot be defeated. An entire group of people without fear? Well now, that remains to be seen. But so far, so good.



15 comments:

  1. In my experience, fearless men die a lot more quickly than the fearful. Having no fear is a stupid way to act and works in complete opposition to our finely honed survival mechanisms.

    Fear does not make you weak. Focusing on fear does. Shift your focus. Concentrate on your modules. Stick to the strategy you planned for yourself in a calmer mind. Let the fear work for you, allowing you to take in more information than you ever could without it.

    And always bring a fresh pair of trousers for after.

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  2. Tbh I don't know why ppl would complain about the blog and I think its awesome but doesn't you complaining about ppl complaining mean that your afraid of them?? Its like when ppl say I don't care what you think but make a big deal so its obvious they care wot you think haha!

    I think you shud just ignore the complainers and keep making a good blog also more 1V1 comics pls

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    1. That makes it extremely difficult to talk about anything. But you are essentially correct.

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  3. I dont fear spinach yet i hate it. Your logic isnt very sound. Yes fear does lead to hate but hate doesn automaticaly mean fear is behind it.

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    1. I actually agree. This post was written very early this morning and sadly I didn't make my point as perfectly as I strive to do. Which happens sometimes.

      I hope, as I often do, that the reader will take my general point. Which if I was forced to summarize would essentially be this: "Bullies often bully their own weakness".

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  4. The US hated Germany and Japan, and even feared them. Then we promptly smashed and destroyed them. Totally and utterly. The problem with quotations is the problem with bumper stickers: they're overly simplistic. The one you chose and the tack you chose is "they hate me so they must fear me and, somehow, that is an indicator of my strength." It's only an indicator of how much you annoy people. If you find joy in rubbing people the wrong way, that's your choice, but it's neither a strength nor a virtue.

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    1. I do annoy people. And bullies like to bully their own weaknesses. And the US clobbered the Germans and the Japanese. Truth is truth. And I take no joy in "Rubbing people the wrong way", I take joy in writing my thoughts as they come to me at the time I write them. Expressing truth as I see it un-filtered by what others might think of me when I do so.

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  5. I don't fear or hate much of the unhinged blathering (such as this post) that you've engaged in recently. I just remember fondly old happy warrior Rixx who I liked quite a bit. I suspect quite a few others feel the same. But I could be wrong, I often am.

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    1. I like to un-hinge my blathering from time to time, I find it is good for the soul. And it keeps me interested in writing about Eve every single day. In 1,200 posts I'm sure there are more than a few that any one person would find uninteresting, dull, boring, stupid, or otherwise unworthy of their time.

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  6. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear !
    Fear is a necessity for showing courage !!

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  7. http://shadowcartel.com/kb/?a=kill_related&kll_id=77078

    to good to not share, god rixx you are a joke.

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    1. Impressive battle report, but hardly evidence of gross incompetence on Rixx' part. I assume the kestrel killed the atron, the other 3 landed and the kestrel kited them. Rixx had little to bring to the fight other than a damp. He had no web and no scram and the other 2 frigates were short range and torps do fuck all damage against frigates so ... shrug. GF BYDI has quite a few decent pilots.

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    2. BTW same BYDI pilot, same day. http://eve.battleclinic.com/killboard/killmail.php?id=20855943

      Sometimes you're the hero, sometimes you're the goat.

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  8. Well, then, I know what you fear. You fear people who can stay out of a fight with you. People who don't go to low-sec to avoid you. People who put escape modules on their ships. You're afraid that someday, there just won't be anybody left for you to fight.

    Am I on to something?

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    1. Nope. I'd just head back to Null then. sorry to burst your bubble.

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