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What Being In A Forever War Means For You

This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series The Art of War of Learning

You have to fight right now. But you don’t have to win right now. Not right this second.

You don’t have to become the god emperor of Japanese right this moment. There’s no way of tidying your room so well that it never needs tidying again. You could brush your teeth for three hours straight today (…shouldn’t take a DDS degree to realize that this is a bad idea…) and they would still need brushing tomorrow.

There is no final boss, no conclusive battle, no last stand. There is no girl to get, no princess to rescue — you male chauvinist patriarchal cishet bastard, you (lol)! All there is, is another day, another hour, another minute, another second, another reset, another skirmish. And that’s beautiful. No drama, just fun and games — strategy.

All you need to do and all you can do are the same thing: make some progress. Gain some ground. Skirmish. Reset.

To quote Marianne Williamson: “The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another.”

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  2 comments for “What Being In A Forever War Means For You

  1. Walter
    February 18, 2019 at 22:29

    Do you want to have my babies? 🙂

    • khatzumoto
      February 19, 2019 at 05:33


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