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Protagonist Syndrome, Selfishness, and a Cure for it all


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Protagonist Syndrome: A particular brand of narcissism in which a person views him/herself as the main character in a work of fiction. Everything this person does all fits into a narrative, this person has ambitions, dreams and obstacles all leading up to a goal. But what are those obstacles? Other people, obviously. Friends are all supporting characters, strangers are background characters, and the villains are those who get on your nerves.

Everything bad that happens to you is a result of other peoples' stupidity, negligence, or outright malevolence. You can never be wrong because you're the main character, and constantly fighting the persecution that the world throws at you!

So basically, every single other person on Earth is reduced to a one-dimensional piece of scenery, a supporting character at best or an obstacle at worst, neglecting the fact that all of those people are leading lives every bit as full and rich as your own.

This worldview appears to be incredibly pervasive, and I know I experienced it in my teenage years before I found a girlfriend. Those who keep it well into their adulthood, though, tend to be annoying to talk with at best, or at worst, hideously selfish.

These are the people with persecution complexes, who defend their actions even when just about everyone has turned against them (usually for good reason). Sometimes these people are just savvy enough to find their way into positions of power.

So yeah, I'm sure that human selfishness is pretty much the root of all problems humans face.

I've discussed before that a good cure for humanity's problems would be a mind link that all humans possess. Through this they would step into the brain of someone they were interacting with as a spectator and experience the collective thoughts and feelings of everyone else as if they were their own.

This would have a wonderful effect of ushering in a new era of understanding and cooperation. People could still act as individuals, but knowing what others think and feel would greatly discourage them from being selfish. The barriers between humans are possibly the biggest barriers of all, break them and we can become truly enlightened.

Thoughts?

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The way I see it, as a transhumanist, most people simply haven't being doing enough to accelerate the arrival of vital technologies such as true artificial intelligence and biological immortality.   They may have fulfilling lives, but their goals are, from my point of view , pathetic have a family get some wealth and die of aging.   They escape the reality of death through the delusions that arise from the promises found in ancient religious texts.

 

Do I care?  Well I want to gain all possible information, I want unlimited resources, absolute security, immortality, in essence godhood.   I wouldn't want to interfere with others lives, but I do not want them to interfere with my life, my acquisition of information and resources nor my use of resources(nor my living creations).    The problem is that others intend to have me submit to their laws, that is fine as it pertains to my interactions with their society, but once I'm fully self sufficient these laws have no justification to govern me over my own domain... and once I've enough resources they won't be able to apply to me, and any attempt to apply them to me could result in severe consequences for the would be enforcers.

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On 9/11/2020 at 12:42 AM, Enda Goodwin said:

The way I see it, as a transhumanist, most people simply haven't being doing enough to accelerate the arrival of vital technologies such as true artificial intelligence and biological immortality.   They may have fulfilling lives, but their goals are, from my point of view , pathetic have a family get some wealth and die of aging.   They escape the reality of death through the delusions that arise from the promises found in ancient religious texts.

 

Do I care?  Well I want to gain all possible information, I want unlimited resources, absolute security, immortality, in essence godhood.   I wouldn't want to interfere with others lives, but I do not want them to interfere with my life, my acquisition of information and resources nor my use of resources(nor my living creations).    The problem is that others intend to have me submit to their laws, that is fine as it pertains to my interactions with their society, but once I'm fully self sufficient these laws have no justification to govern me over my own domain... and once I've enough resources they won't be able to apply to me, and any attempt to apply them to me could result in severe consequences for the would be enforcers.

It seems to me that those who acquire near unlimited resources, absolute security, and all their physical desires don't really find happiness until they "interfere" with other's lives, either as a tyrant or a benefactor. The hyper rich and powerful of our current time demonstrate this over and over again. I'd be interested to hear more about what exactly you would do to find meaning once you aren't strictly required to do anything for yourself. Maybe we can have a conversation about it sometime as there really is too much to unpack here for a forum conversation. Feel free to reach out to me on Discord at "₁₇#9091"

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