anonymous asked:

Destroy Build Destroy

You blow up the car.

You put the car back together in a shittier form.

Andrew W.K. forces you to blow up that car, even as you cry, and wish for your parents to come.

What is this, what is this hellish work camp for minors where you are forced to endure of cycle of destruction, toiling away in the desert heat, and then laying waste to the fruits of your ill-gotten, involuntary labor.

Andrew W.K. leans into your ear, and whispers those words you can’t stand any longer…

“Put it back together again.”

The traditional modern concept of success — being the measurement of monetary income as the primary indicator of effort and mastery in a certain field — is essentially a scam, a con, and a lie. To equate success with an amount of money earned, or an amount of fame achieved, is at best an unfortunate miscomprehension of the very nature of success. At worst, it’s a malicious distortion.

To truly succeed at something is to devote oneself to what one loves, and to allow that devotion to bring out the best and most admirable qualities one has inside of them, so that in the end, one ultimately succeeds at the only effort that really matters: Becoming a better person than you were.

The idea that making money is the best indication of success is fundamentally flawed. Far too often the individuals who make the most money are often the biggest failures in every other area of life, most notably, the areas related to personal integrity, kind-hearted values, and quality of character. Many people think that achieving material success is worth total sacrifice in every other part of their life — but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Success in one area of life should enable further and more meaningful success in all the other areas, too. Success materially and failure spiritually is no success at all.

—  Andrew WK