What good is physical prowess if someone can convince you not to use it? Mind over matter, my friend. What good is a gun if firing it will condemn you? What good is doing anything heroic if the world will think you a villain, regardless? Are you in the wrong?
Whoever controls the present controls the past etc. etc.
The extremeties of physical endurance border insanity. You will never be as tough as someone who can willingly sit down and have the crap beaten out of him. Or her, for that matter.
In a dog eat dog world, you have to learn to become a cannibal to survive. [EDIT: By this I mean, you’re going to have to learn to eat dog. ie. everyone else. Metaphorically, not literally Ellie.] The alternative is dying. Let’s face it. You don’t want to die. If you did, you probably would have killed yourself by now. That means to survive, you’re going to have to eat everyone else who’s weaker than you.
What is justice if corruption has more power?
What if the system is out to get you? You’re hated, shunned, and shot at by everyone in the world. You band together with everyone else who is hated, shunned and shot at. That’s all you can do if you want to survive. And let’s say you decide to fight the system. How do you do it? You can’t just walk in and kill everyone. You wouldn’t pull it off, there are too many, too powerful. So what do you do? I honest to God don’t know. You live in fear, you hope they don’t find you, and you try not to love anyone, because loved ones get hurt by people who want to hurt you.
When it all comes down to it, there are three types of people.
1. Those who hate and fight the system.
2. Those who control the system.
3. Those who pretend that they are not controlled by the system.
4. Those who support and follow the system. Thanks Georgie.
1984 is the most relevant book to our current society that I have ever read. I hope I remember this post and think back to the world that exists in the slums, when you’re not safe from anyone. No one can protect you except the system you’re against (which won’t, because they want to crush you) and the rejected (who you shouldn’t, because people will get hurt). If you don’t care about hurting people, then sure, band with the rejects and let them take bullets for you.
My thoughts are fragmented, as might be indicated by the numerous paragraphs. Paragraphs are supposed to contain one key idea. How many ideas are sprouting off from the simple question, "Have you watched Sin City?"