and people can't get emotionally invested

  • what she says: i'm fine.
  • what she means: i played 4 fuckin games thinking that by the end of it desmond miles would be this unstoppable badass assassin who would single handedly save the world and turn the tide against abstergo - i thought i would get an amazing modern game where we get to jump off skyscrapers and infiltrate businesses and government buildings in abstergo's pocket and walk around hacking computers and stabbing people and then taking a nap in the animus so we could play as anscestors but noooOOOOooooooOooOoO they had to go and fuckin kill him like i didn't just spend the last 4 games getting emotionally invested in a sarcastic piece of shit bartender i cAN'T BELI E VE

anonymous asked:

I know politics is the mind-killer, yet I can't help but get overly emotionally invested in US elections every two/four years. Are there any things where you find it particularly hard to keep an outside view/not give over to your baser instincts?

Since you mentioned politics - I know, deep in my heart, that we probably need Clinton, Jeb, Kasich, or maybe Rubio as president, on the grounds that they are not total raving loonies. Some Tumblr people have done a good job arguing that Sanders would be an acceptable choice because a Republican Congress would prevent him from implementing any of his terrible ideas, but I’ll have to think about that more before I’m willing to take that risk.

But it’s really hard not to cheer on Sanders and Trump, just because it would be so much fun to watch them fight a general election, so satisfying to have the establishment collapse in on itself with wailing and gnashing of teeth, and so interesting to see where things go from there.

I’m trying to restrain myself and remember that no, the needs of hundreds of millions of people to have competent leadership and thoughtful, compassionate policy outweigh my desire to metaphorically poke a beehive with a stick and see what happens, but it’s really hard.

anonymous asked:

Ben's Paley analysis is my favorite yet. It's like the 5 stages of Gillovny. Stage 1: "This is cute." Stage 2: "I can't. I'm done with these two. I'm never doing this again." Stage 2: "I’m getting emotionally invested in this." Stage 4: "I’m actually needing them to be in love now because it would be the biggest goddamn shame if they weren’t." Stage 5: "They should come out and get it over with, because people don’t need 20/20 vision to see what’s going on here." BEN SPEAKS FOR US ALL.

“I don’t understand why you get so emotionally invested in characters. They’re not even real, it’s just a story.”

But isn’t that what we ARE? At the very core of human existence, isn’t our entire history - “story” even in the word - and our possible future only a collection of stories? Stories are what our present will become by tomorrow.

When we lose someone in our lives, they become the scar they behind leave in our hearts and the stories we have about them. When we are done and gone, we are the scars we leave on the hearts of those who cared for us, and the stories they can tell.

If we have been in a position to do so, maybe we leave behind genetic material in our children, though I think we are luckier still to leave behind stories that will last longer than the generations who were alive alongside of us.

Stories are how we relate to one another, how we bond as human beings. We share stories with one another, however brief, in order to be social. We have favorite stories from our lives. We have stories that will never see the light of day if we can help it.

We are stories, every one of us, and I fail to see how it matters if the stories I fall in love with happened in my world or not, to people I personally know or not. I fail to see any reason not to get emotionally invested in stories about people, whether they are currently real or not. Maybe they will be real someday. Maybe they are real right now, somewhere that we cannot see or reach. I don’t think it matters.

Someday I will not be real, but I will leave behind a story, and I will always hope it will be one worth becoming emotionally invested in by someone.