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Notes on Defiance and Folly: The Broken Ones

This small body of text fills the last few pages of the book, written less as a stand-alone feature of the entire work and more as a speculative and less cohesive addendum added as a result of the author's tangential musings.


The foundations have been laid for the strategic view of life. Explanations for its particulars have been given and defended by way of argument and example. With the outline so thoroughly established it is time to turn to a very brief examination of a final, special case. Stepping out of the framework of tactically advantageous action is a phenomenon that happens in small degrees for most lifeforms every day. It is said a perfect game of Lanceboard will never be played and by extension the more complex games of life have universally imperfect participation; no one mortal being plays the games of life flawlessly. However, all the while a general set of strategies are followed by a creature these mistakes have little impact on anything noteworthy bar the adverse consequences for the actor. This chapter is focused on those rare instances where the detachment from strategy becomes so dire and consistent that novel aspects of personhood arise.

Existing without reference in action or thought to the incentives of the games we are made to play is not impossble, it is simply inviable because we are built against it. Built gainst apathy and over-commitment equally. We are fashioned by the gods to sever our ties to conscious concerns and unconscious actions at the point that they would lead to our failing to find nutrition, safety, replication or other tactical requirements. Clearly the circumstances for generating a being who does defy tactical incentive are likely to be convoluted or difficult to find in the regular course of the world. The kinds of occurences that could influence someone to end up in a place of defiance or apathy toward the games of nature or civilization must by definition be extreme and likely long-term.

Here a few candidates emerge: Discipline can instill that which is against our natural inclinations and extend this to situations beyond where that self-control is strategically beneficial. A child immersed in a world of strong and rigid disciplinary action and motifs will in turn acquire an immense level of self-control, at a possible cost in other core areas of the psyche. Such mental strength is exercised by us all on a daily basis to varying degrees of success (by this measure an alcoholic fares poorly) and is comparable to a muscle of the mind. A muscle that sees heavy use in life is bound to be robust. So it is that man with uncanny discipline can face down his greatest fears, endure starvation, face certain annhilation and other situations contrary to how he is constructed. The living practicioners of this method are monastic peoples, colloquially deemed "monks" by those who have met their like.

Madness provides another avenue towards this same end, disarming a man of his instincts and reason entirely. A madman neither fathoms nor cares for goals or desires that refer to any semblance of the world of experience and his reflexive motions are as likely to be inspired by hallucination and paranoid invention as by real stimulus. To the extent a madman follows strategies by his own will or not, those strategies may only incidentally align with solving natures games. Strength is a less fitting word when a mind is warped by this route to defiance. Boundless, unreferential resilience would be more suitable as a descriptor. The enigmatic Prince of Lies and his many fringe disciples are prime examples of the a-strategic existence characterised by madness.

Finally there is trauma, possibly the most difficult to understand. Adversity inflicted on a being to a great extent on a frequent basis serves to break down the psyche and spirit. The strategicically incentivised attachments to the world that colour that person's life dissolve in the face of their removal through suffering and torment. In simplistic terms a being who has undergone severe trauma may end up with nothing left to lose, no grounds to respond to the instinctive threats against failure in natures games such as shock, anguish or fear. These people are the least commonly understood even given the occasional madman and wandering monastic adherent to compare to; they are broken beyond all caring and from this they draw strength aplenty to defy the demands built into them. Ilmater is the god of the misunderstood, the Broken Ones. They who in spite of the death of their humanity and the lingering of their selves, with so little to lose, opt to wear the mantle of the worlds suffering to alleviate those still innocently immersed in the games of life. Of all the causes of defiant folly towards lifes games, subjects of trauma, the Broken Ones, stand in the right stead.

For what is life without concerns based on mortal attachments? Like a fish less water or a bird with wings clipped. A man stranded on ice with no traction for his feet. Only the abstract and robust remain beside mere descriptive facts; principles of right action and justice. They stand as ethics in normal life with due function, but remain as tall and applicable ouside of it in their universality and so oblige us to follow even when all around us disintegrates and loses its meaning. To act justly is the only thing left to do.

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Conclusion:

This book represents a small introduction to the potentials of strategic thinking. The broad and deep range of this type of thought cannot be underestimated but nor can it be proven by a few hundred pages of what amounts to one author's hunch. Here the real work begins and contines indefinitely should it prove effective; to test the world against our ideas and test again with time and resources permitting, selecting what aligns with our experiences to explain the intricacies of life. The profundity of life-as-strategy and therefore the success of the central idea of this book rests in the hands of those willing to go out and see for themselves.

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