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real talk tho: the idea that you're not allowed to be interested in something without pledging your life's blood to its defence has done immeasurable damage to our collective conscious and our ability to talk about anything

it's impossible to say anything of significance if whoever you're trying to talk to can't differentiate between information they disagree with or can't immediately fit into their existing framework, and an attempt at their life

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the way we relate to popular fiction is an easy example, but it shows up in all kinds of stuff. people will build their identities on something secondary (anime or science or having a vagina), construct an imaginary enemy that wants to take it away (prudish communists, irrational science-denying mystics, postmodern 3rd wave feminists), and condition themselves to activate maximum meltdown whenever they encounter the most quotidian statement that could possibly be linked to this imaginary satan

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which if we want to talk about actual postmodernism, is probably the result of people trying to preserve a stable sense of identity in a world of decaying grand narratives, and most often falling prey to brand marketing or straight-up fascism that preys on just that instinct

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full disclosure i do want to take both your anime and your science away. but that's beside the point

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