Mar. 12th, 2011

wolven7: (The Very Devil)
Some days I like to think about what I would do if I had a billion dollars-- The kinds of things I would fund, the kinds of projects I would undertake-- and i ask myself: "Would that make me a superhero, or a supervillain?"

I think about the nature of selfishness, the nature of altruism, and what it would mean for others for me to truly pursue the situations and circumstances I want to see as existant, in the world, and I have to consider what it does to other people. I have to.

But that doesn't mean that those considerations will necessarily stop me from achieving my goals.

Sometimes deals with bad people will get you great places, and then you promise yourself that you can eliminate the need for those bad people, after you have enough power (Right, Senators?). But without a firm understanding of What it is you're trying to do, Why it matters, and When it needs to be done, the How and the Who involved in getting you enough fame/money/influence to accomplish your goals may drag you into the trap of sustaining a structure you never intended to allow to remain in place. You become a tool of the Systems you were trying to Destroy.

I often think about what I would do if I had a billion dollars. If money weren't an obstacle, if i didn't have bills and rent to pay, or worry about food to buy. Then I go about finding ways to do those things, anyway, because that's what matters. Those are the things that will make me happy, in the long term. Very Office Space, i know, but still true.

And to answer the other question: I'm both. I would do amazingly selfish things and amazingly selfless things. It's just who and what I am.

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