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Answer for question 4210.

What is your favorite motto or motivational message? Why do you like it?
"You can't change other people." It's a central tenet of Buddhism.


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Jan. 26th, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
"We would gladly feast on those who would subdue us... not just pretty words!" -- Morticia Addams

Aside from being very funny, I also, in a way, mean it. I really don't like people trying to control me. I'll control myself, thank you very much. When people put a lot of energy into trying to control me, it makes me angry, and my attitude becomes "Fine. Knock yourself out. I'll do what I want, anyway... and, if your need to control me works to my advantage, I'll use it." Not always my best ethics, but it is how I am, and I accept that about myself.
Jan. 26th, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
I don't see it as unethical, I see it as a pretty darned healthy response to a shitty situation. It doesn't cause more grief than the other person puts into it, and hey, maybe they'll learn something.

For some reason, I'm reminded of something that happened a while back while I was playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. The mission was to sabotage gun emplacements so that they fired on their own side instead of us. When we were done, my companion said "I hope they don't turn that trick against us. I hate poetic justice." Now, that was scripted dialog, but I was playing with a friend and using Skype to talk with him. He heard my companion's declaration, and so I said, "Yeah, except that's not poetic justice, it's ironic reversal." At which point Dave (my friend) said (in the voice of the companion) "Well, la dee dah!" I nearly wet myself laughing.
Jan. 26th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yes. I have friends like that, too.
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