musou

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musou wrote (edited )

If the jewel which everyone desired to possess lay far out on a frozen lake where the ice was very thin, watched over by the danger of death, while, closer in, the ice was perfectly safe, then in a passionate age the crowds would applaud the courage of the man who ventured out, they would tremble for him and with him in the danger of his decisive action, they would grieve over him if he were drowned, they would make a god of him if he secured the prize. But in an age without passion, in a reflective age, it would be otherwise. People would think each other clever in agreeing that it was Unreasonable and not even worthwhile to venture so far out. And in this way they would transform daring and enthusiasm into a feat of skill, so as to do something, for after all, "something must be done." The crowds would go out to watch from a safe place, and with the eyes of connoisseurs appraise the accomplished skater who could skate almost to the very edge (i.e. as far back as the ice was still safe and the danger had not yet begun) and then turn back. The most accomplished skater would manage to go out to the furthermost point and then perform a still more dangerous-looking run, so as to make the spectators hold their breath and say: "Ye Gods! How mad; he is risking his life." But look, and you will see that his skill was so astonishing that he managed to turn back just in time, while the ice was perfectly safe and there was still no danger. As at the theatre, the crowd would applaud and acclaim him, surge homeward with the heroic artist in their midst, to honour him with a magnificent banquet. For intelligence has got the upper hand to such an extent that it transforms the real task into an unreal trick, and reality into a play. During the banquet, admiration would reach its height. Now the proper relation between the admirer and the object of admiration is the one in which the admirer is edified by the thought that he is a man like the hero, humbled by the thought that he is incapable of such great actions, yet morally encouraged to emulate him according to his powers; but where intelligence has got the upper hand the character of admiration is completely altered. Even at the height of the banquet, when the applause was loudest, the admiring guests would all have a shrewd notion that the action of the man who received all the honour was not really so extraordinary, and that only by chance was the gathering for him, since after all, with a little practice, everyone could have done as much. Briefly, instead of being strengthened in their discernment and encouraged to do good, the guests would more probably go home with an even stronger predisposition to the most dangerous, if also the most respectable, of all diseases: to admire in public what is considered unimportant in private— since everything is made into a joke. And so, stimulated by a gush of admiration, they are all comfortably agreed that they might just as well admire themselves.

Sören Kierkegaard, "The Present Age," 1846

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musou wrote

just see how many times you can kill rodney i guess

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musou wrote

that's me sorry i posted it in the other thread but i should have sent you a reply

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musou wrote

i do too but the syntax feels weird to me in a language that is more like lisp

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musou wrote

yeah it's basically erlang without the freaky prolog style syntax

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musou wrote

okay i had to sign up for origin and all my names were taken so i'm foldleft, add me if you wanna play! no guarantees that i will be any good but i will try my best

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musou wrote

oh gosh that sounds super fun. i was actually sort of hoping fortnite would have been like a UT4 BR mode instead of a minecraft with guns sort of game so i think i will definitely try it out.

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musou wrote

i guess if i put my feet in the air then they are both apexes and leg ends.

is it first person or third person? does it have fortnite-style building mechanics?

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musou wrote

i feel like ive been waiting for a new advance wars for forever! i gotta check this out

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musou wrote

ok definitely gonna skip it then because i've never really been a disney fan... but also because when mickey mouse shows up out of nowhere like 2.5 hours into that 3 hour movie it's the most out of left field thing ever. i thought i was watching a kinda slow paced existentialist movie with a subplot about in group conflict in the League of Extraordinary Sephiroths and then suddenly it was like i knew nothing about anything anymore.

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musou wrote

should i play it if my only experience with the whole series is watching a 3 hour video of all the cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts 358 / 2 Days

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musou wrote

my stepdad loved it so much that when he finally full cleared it he rigged up a way to tape the ending with a VCR