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[GT]Don't live up to your stereotypes

Day 1,826, 22:17 by Ayame Crocodile


I was going to write about the personalities and motivations behind why individuals play erepublik. To examine, dissect and eventually categorize or define them into groups based on their ingame roles.

Yet that would be a huge folly, To stereotype real people as merely functions within a larger system and a controlled world would be demeaning and degrading of the worth of not just others but myself as well.

The driving forces of citizens are so varied and ever changing that it’s impossible to define any one person in any one set definition. It pushes people into boxes that are ill fitting and presumptuous if not wholly false. Not long ago I believe it was Elle Roslin who made a comment that I found profoundly true.

"It is important to avoid becoming a stereotype here - people have a tendency to 'become' a role and remain in it throughout their e-existence".


Even with the unbounding freedom of anonymity we are drawn to hiding behind a facade

Never accept or be contented with becoming forever just one of several choices. Neither a rabble rouser, fighter, economist, policy maker, game changer, enforcer, unifier, party member or plotter exclusively.

Because we are all these things if we choose to be and so much more, We all have our own dispositions to ‘roles’ but far more importantly than that we have the amazing ability as human beings to surpass any boundaries of definition.

In coming to erepublik often we find ourselves taking on an identity. Some use it as a shield or a mask others as a projection of their ego, but early on in a players time on erepublik they will find themselves unknowingly sliding into a caricature. A two dimensional being in a two dimensional world. Where each decision is viewed through the prism of roleplaying their ‘character’.

From this we find ourselves butting against each others definitions. As a member of this party I must believe /our/ idea X to be superior to /your/ Y proposal. We can barely hear each others self expression and reasoning for all the ideology and empty rhetoric clashing.


Decide now! You must define yourself through generic meaningless terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’!

Instead of being a social experience we have turned a brilliant opportunity into just another team competition. This narrow view of eExistance has given rise to exclusive friendship groups and camaraderie within this battle of supremacy defined purely through opposition to other groups.

It’s not that we forget that this is a team game in a national sense, but that we have lost sight of the beautiful reality we now inhabit, both ingame and within our own lives. A reality where we have a vast array of tools to understand each other, to connect and to form sisterly bonds across all borders, whether they be national, ideological, religious or sexual.

Never before has a generation been so interconnected, with an ability for direct contact and discussion so readily at their disposal.

It’s through communication that a society can be born. Not just a collection of opposing sides or of two dimensional caricaturisations but a colourful world of unfettered variety and personalities.

The greatest moments in my erepublik experience have been more akin to a jovial chat in a pub than to any shouting match across a playing field, From every upset and turbulent moment of dismay at the actions of others has come a true reward of communication and an insight into another person. Just a slight crack in the mask yet still wide enough to see the true depth of humanity beneath.

To be quite honest I have no idea what it is that has lit up within my own mind, Why it is that such a small realisation feels so pronounced and vital but nonetheless it does.


Beyond this world lies yourself

Don’t let your real self become a slave to the front you put forward. Hide behind no illusions and allow this great opportunity to become about being who you truly are rather than what your ego believes yourself to be. And let others define themselves freely without interference, Hold judgement as today’s frustrated caricature will soon be tomorrow's new friend.

So today introduce yourself to someone you have yet to meet, That person who keeps vocalising an idea that troubles or intrigues, Someone you've always seen as just a joker or trouble maker, the person who seems too important or cliquey to talk to you. Climb over that border fence. Because everyone has a longing to connect whether they admit it or not and everyone has a story to tell.

 

Comments

MaryamQ
MaryamQ Day 1,826, 22:36

Very well said. I wholeheartedly approve this message!

BigAnt
BigAnt Day 1,826, 22:54

interesting article friend.

Voted

Niemand
Niemand Day 1,827, 23:22

It would be a nice change.
Voted!

Coyolxauhqui V
Coyolxauhqui V Day 1,827, 23:31

"Never before has a generation been so interconnected, with an ability for direct contact and discussion so readily at their disposal."
"To be quite honest I have no idea what it is that has lit up within my own mind, Why it is that such a small realisation feels so pronounced and vital but nonetheless it does"
I could not agree more. It is a rather diverse world here, and there are some interesting ideas and actions towards being outside the box of the two team scenario.
Thanks, I enjoyed.

Un Foullon
Un Foullon Day 1,827, 00:17

lets get the purple going !

Ayame Crocodile
Ayame Crocodile Day 1,827, 00:30

Thank you for the Kind comments everyone, It's great to see that my rambling is understood and that I'm not alone in wanting to forget the lines on the map or in our own countries.

And Un Foullon hits it spot on for me:
lets get the purple going !

Sexagenarian
Sexagenarian Day 1,827, 00:33

Well said

mittekemuis
mittekemuis Day 1,827, 00:55

Behind our masks and protected armer we are indeed just a person. We have our faults we have our strengths. Our character is formed by our existence it is called our own history. We can put on that mask and pretend to be a better person or even become bad ass person if we desire. But it is my believe that although there is no RL interaction, when you talk(really talk) with one and other, you will find their real personalities shines through.

Snugz
Snugz Day 1,827, 01:25

sexual sisterly bonds, ewwww

I'll have some of what you're smoking please ACroc

Ayame Crocodile
Ayame Crocodile Day 1,827, 01:39

haha Snugz, I think you misunderstood what I meant by Sexual Boundaries : P

And Sisterly bonds, Brotherly Bonds... it's all good whatever you're into!

BaskB
BaskB Day 1,827, 02:38

A great article. Gets my vote

Now to choose someone to mail....

Aces man
Aces man Day 1,827, 05:30

Lovely article croc ^

Johnobrow
Johnobrow Day 1,827, 05:41

I've been meaning to write something on erep and roles for a very long time, but this is pretty good so maybe I won't bother. x D

Johnobrow
Johnobrow Day 1,827, 05:45

Related links:
CrimethInc, One Dimensional Man the Three Dimensional World: http://www.crimethinc.com/texts/atoz/onedimensional.php
Raoul Vaneigem, The Revolution of Everyday Life, Chapter 15: Roles: http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/raoul-vaneigem-the-revolution-of-everyday-life#toc50
Giorgio Agamben, The Coming Community, Chapter 1: Whatever: http://www.scribd.com/doc/16639909/The-Coming-Community-Giorgio-Agamben#page=5

Johnobrow
Johnobrow Day 1,827, 05:45

Tiqqun, How is it to be Done?: http://tiqqunista.jottit.com/how_is_it_to_be_done%3F

Elliot Brown
Elliot Brown Day 1,827, 06:55

Best article I've seen in a while

Talon Karrde
Talon Karrde Day 1,827, 09:49

Great article

Mr Woldy
Mr Woldy Day 1,827, 10:50

BANGIN'

Chihiroh
Chihiroh Day 1,827, 11:16

This one's of a very unique quality, congratulations

Matija Kovacevic
Matija Kovacevic Day 1,827, 11:47

vote

CptChazbeard
CptChazbeard Day 1,827, 12:30

Luckily I'm a drunken git in RL too, so it's not just an act in eRep. Brilliant article! I think a lot of us newer players wonder why there's so much infighting when, ultimately, the main goal is the same. Co-operation for prosperation. Huzzah! voted and subbed

Thedark ace
Thedark ace Day 1,827, 12:34

Nice article

Arfan-Khan
Arfan-Khan Day 1,827, 14:15

My name is Khan and i'm not a terrorist!

gaara dead puppet
gaara dead puppet Day 1,827, 22:39

its good
V!

wigibob
wigibob Day 1,828, 09:08

I am a very quiet guy who is terrible at talking to people, errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr *akward silence*

 
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