Citing The Nirvana Fallacy Is An Admission Of Weakness
The Ideal Is All That Powers Us
I was arguing with someone, and they told me I engaged in the Nirvana Fallacy too much.
The Nirvana Fallacy is “the informal fallacy of comparing actual things with unrealistic, idealized alternatives. It can also refer to the tendency to assume there is a perfect solution to a particular problem.”
Admittedly, I am idealistic: I believe myself and others are capable of great things. The scourge on the human soul is mediocrity, the belief that we cannot reach tremendous and exciting heights. I believe the most significant error of our time is an individual’s refusal to embrace personal responsibility.
The bitterest black pill I ever had to take was admitting the average man does not want to be great, responsible, or virtuous. He has no ideals. He has no hope, no heroes. The average man is weak and nihilistic, which explains why he desperately wants to be ruled.
Yet, the whole point of life should be to achieve what is ideal. You should always strive to become your most virtuous self.
There is a perfect solution to most problems: personal responsibility. If the individual believed himself capable of being better than his vices, we would resolve everything from racism to obesity to inflation. But the average man does not want to work on himself. He would rather look outward.
Thus, he wallows in his mediocrity, then criticizes the man who wants more than hopelessness.
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Become A Polymath: Understanding Your Limits
With Become A Polymath, I’m tracking all the cool things I’ve learned or the unique tools I use to achieve my virtuous ends. However, there are limits to what I can do because I don’t possess the resources.
This week, I’ve decided to stop learning how to garden. Growing food is something I’ve always loved doing. Seasoning your food, making tea, or creating a sandwich with your produced plants is a rewarding experience.
But I don’t have time. Checking my calendar, I don’t see where I can learn everything I need to know. So, I must let gardening go, at least for this year.
In the meantime, I’ve compiled a list of resources I’ve used to learn more about planting, growing, and maintaining a garden.
And while I won’t be gardening, I will keep my hydroponic units. They are easy to manage, and I only have three.
Here is the model I’ve been using and recommend:
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LIFE IS NOT WRETCHED - You must repeat this reality to weak individuals. We suffer because of our weaknesses. Life improves when we address personal shortcomings, adjust expectations, and focus on virtue.
WEAK INDIVIDUALS WILL ALWAYS HATE HOPE - Weak individuals don’t like hope because hope implies something more significant than the vices they are addicted to.
WHY HAVE HOPE? - I’ve had many challenges, but I always hope things can. Such hope or faith is based on the true nature of my beliefs: the pursuit of virtue produces the best outcomes for the individual and society.
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Momma’s Old School Burgers
Momma’s Old School Burgers is about the best diner in purgatory and the people who work and visit there.
The Nirvana Fallacy also applies to my work. I am an optimist. I believe the individual can improve. The “solution” to most character struggles is to embrace personal responsibility, own up to their errors, and commit to self-improvement.
I write about individuals improving. The characters in Momma’s Old School Burgers start as broken, lost, and confused about their place in purgatory. If I wrote like every other cynic, these characters would never improve, and their lives in limbo would be worse by the story’s end.
But I write stories as they ought to be. A man ought to improve. He should not wallow in darkness.
I don’t want to remain where I am. And I don’t want to write characters who remain where they are. I like heroes, the everyman who rises above his brokenness. There is no other story that interests me.
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