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What would you tell your younger self?

LeapingGnome wrote:

What would you tell your younger self?

I would just point and laugh. I feel like younger me would understand just enough to be confused until future events happen. Then they turn 50 then they would do it to younger me and the cycle would continue.

Am I a bad person if I am doing this to myself?

LeapingGnome wrote:

What would you tell your younger self?

Do things because there’s a reason to, not because there’s no reason not to.

I think I'd tell myself that you have the power over whether any effort is wasted. And with time and perspective, no effort is wasted, so try.

LeapingGnome wrote:

What would you tell your younger self?

Give more sh*ts.

Jonman wrote:
LeapingGnome wrote:

What would you tell your younger self?

Give more sh*ts.

Yeah. That’s pretty close to what I was thinking.

I was taught that life sucks, and no matter what you do it’s going to continue to suck, so it doesn’t matter what you do. You might think I’m exaggerating or trying to be provocative but I’m not. My great grandparents were children of dust bowl migrants and survivors of the Great Depression. My grandparents were the WWII generation and suffered from undiagnosed PTSD and the downstream effects of all of that. My parents were hippies, counter culture drop outs. Most of them were dirt poor their entire lives and the ones who were successful weren’t able or maybe weren’t willing to lend a hand to the rest.

When I take this all into account, I can’t be mad at them. I’m sure they were all doing the best they could under each of their circumstances.

I think I’m experiencing some sort of midlife crisis. Or existential crisis. Maybe those are the same thing. My son is 17 and is experiencing that pre-adult identity crisis that I’m sure most if not all of us are familiar with. I’ve been simultaneously reflecting on my late adolescence and early adulthood and also trying to figure out how best to guide my son to some sense of clarity about who he is and who he’d like to become. I’m specifically trying to instill in him the notion that the things you do can lead to a happy life. Basically I’m trying to steer him away from the type of thinking that has been a staple of my family for many generations.

That where all of that doofy time travel talk was stemming from.

LeapingGnome wrote:

What would you tell your younger self?

A ton of what you learn at school isn't true.

Most of the stuff you learn at church isn't true.

Everything that your peers tell you about yourself to hurt you isn't true.

LeapingGnome wrote:

What would you tell your younger self?

Math in college is going to be a lot different from and a lot harder than math in high school, even AP Calculus. Don't get discouraged when you discover this.

Stealthpizza wrote:

Well, we know someone is still working.

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”I’d like a cheeseburger and fries.”

“Ma’am, this isn’t a Wendys.”

LeapingGnome wrote:

What would you tell your younger self?

Love to love things. Do the things you love to do.

Be the person you want to be. Be the best version of you.

You’re not better or more special than anyone else. But you are unique. Some folks will try to shame you because you aren’t like them. Don’t try to fit in. That’s a complete waste of your time.

Something like that maybe.

To get off my f*cking lawn and turn down the music.

Rational people don't exist, and that's a good thing. Stop treating your feelings as inferior to your supposedly rational thoughts.

So my Dad's involved with the Masons, and apparently the head Mason of a lodge is referred to as a "Worshipful Master" of the lodge, and the head Mason of the head lodge of the state is referred to as the "Most Worshipful Master."

Most worshipful. More full of worship than any other master.

The title literally means "holier than thou."

hbi2k wrote:

So my Dad's involved with the Masons, and apparently the head Mason of a lodge is referred to as a "Worshipful Master" of the lodge, and the head Mason of the head lodge of the state is referred to as the "Most Worshipful Master."

Most worshipful. More full of worship than any other master.

The title literally means "holier than thou."

Is that meant to be toung-in-cheek? I was under the impression that most Masons were atheists. Is it some weird artifact from the origins of the organization?

TBH, I don’t know much about the Masons. I’d read somewhere that one of the requirements of becoming a member is that you must acknowledge and accept the existence of a higher power, but that they are really liberal about the interpretation of that. For instance, you can claim “the universe” as your higher power. Claiming to be a Humanist-Atheist is also acceptable from what I’d read. This seems to fall along the lines of an antiquated policy that was reinterpreted rather than changed.

Dunno...

Man, if anything about the Masons is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, then they are onto some next-level trolling. That's a long way to go for a bit.

I had a great uncle who was a Mason. All I know is that at his funeral there were some guys with sort of ceremonial trowels in their hands. I thought that was weird...

RawkGWJ wrote:

TBH, I don’t know much about the Masons. I’d read somewhere that one of the requirements of becoming a member is that you must acknowledge and accept the existence of a higher power, but that they are really liberal about the interpretation of that.

Yeah, traditionally you had to be religious but they're lax nowadays. I don't think it's a huge point of dogma, more a byproduct of the fact that masonry is old enough to date to when practically everyone was religious. Or maybe that's what they want us to think!??!

It's a pretty weird topic - most stuff about masonry is still secret in principle, but at the same time probably everything there is to know has been published somewhere at some point. But there's also lots of misinformation around, so finding anything out about it is pretty much just sorting fact from fiction.

Waaaay back in the day my brother and I got interested in it (for conspiracy theory/illuminati sorts of reasons) and read a lot. He went so far as to actually join (using the "mystical universe as a higher power" exemption of course), and was relatively secretive about the process. But he lost interest in it not too long afterwards.

That said, there still seem to be a lot of them about. I'd be surprised if there aren't some in GWJ.

In fact they're probably watching us right now!

I consider this community to be a secret society of sorts. Not in the same way as the Masons of course. But still...

For instance, if a friend asks me what GWJ at the end of my internet handles means, I typically tell them, “Don’t worry about it.” All of my trusted friends know what it is of course.

RawkGWJ wrote:

I consider this community to be a secret society of sorts. Not in the same way as the Masons of course. But still...

Shalalm baskur

20,000 random posts.

Incidentally if anyone thinks it's just a coincidence that Freemasonry cropped up on page 667, then clearly you don't know very much about Freemasons!

I was at a bar tonight and we were talking "old" music, and someone pointed out that really, a decade's cultural impact doesn't really end until 2-3 years into a new one, and suddenly, most of the pop music made between 1990-92/93 made sense.

Much in the same way the 80s arguably didn't start until what? '83? '84?

I don't know, 1991 was already pretty nineties with Nirvana's Nevermind, Pearl Jam's Ten, Blur's Leisure, R.E.M. with Out of Time I would agree is perfectly in line with both decades.

When it comes to pure pop though, I just checked the Belgian hit list for the early nineties and the whole Eurodance thing only kicked off in 1992. 1991 was all about Rick Astley, Roxette, Guns'n'Roses, 1992 about Snap, Dr Alban and 2Unlimited.

You might be on to something

Oh yeah as great an album as Thriller was in Nov, 1982, there's still a couple songs on there with disco beats that sound very 70s.

I think y’all are on to something. I’m thinking specifically about hip-hop. ‘90-‘92 hip-hop was, in a way, all of the greatest things about ‘80s hip-hop distilled down to its purest form.

I think the same can be said for punk, metal, and hardcore.

There will be outliers, obviously. Perhaps the outliers were simply ahead of their time. For instance, Radiohead’s Ok Computer.

ABC's Lexicon of Love, a masterpiece, had a handful of disco style tracks.

RawkGWJ wrote:

I think y’all are on to something. I’m thinking specifically about hip-hop. ‘90-‘92 hip-hop was, in a way, all of the greatest things about ‘80s hip-hop distilled down to its purest form.

I think the same can be said for punk, metal, and hardcore.

There will be outliers, obviously. Perhaps the outliers were simply ahead of their time. For instance, Radiohead’s Ok Computer.

I just find this stuff interesting, because there's always bleed-over, but it's not uniform across various kinds of culture.

Music is what comes to mind first, but 90's fashion doesn't start until '92, at the earliest, maybe not until '93.

Film and TV, it feels like the change begins in earnest by '91 (T2 comes out, The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Clarissa Explains It All debut on Nick).

EDIT: Holy sh*t, Aeon Flux debuted in 1991?

And I know I've heard people say "the 60's" as we popularly remember them didn't start until '63 or even '64, that the first few years of the decade are absolutely still the 50's.

I never seen a moth the size of a small bird before. Got a surprise when I seen him in disguise on a piece of art outside my door. He blends in perfectly with the art but sticks because he is so huge.

Goddammit YouTube.

I watched two, yes two Markiplier videos.

Please stop recommending me 600,000 more Markiplier videos.

Prederick wrote:

Goddammit YouTube.

I watched two, yes two Markiplier videos.

Please stop recommending me 600,000 more Markiplier videos.

So if I understand correctly, it only takes viewing two Markiplier videos and I will never get recommended "why feminism is destroying masculinity" and effin' Ricky Gervais again?

I'll take it!