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  • Rotting Away…

    As the rancid stink hits me like a truck, I realise what is transpiring. My fellow carcasses and I are getting carried away to our final resting place.

    The road seems rather rugged, but I am uncertain as I am unable to feel and my vision is fuzzy. We come to an immediate stop, as me and my acquaintances are thrown down into our cosy little trench. I cannot fight back or scream. Will anyone come to save me?

    Several nights have passed, and I am filled with regret and anguish. Larvae and mites are devouring my lifeless remains. I try to kick and punch but to no avail. But admiringly, I have my fellow dead acquaintances and the gunshots in the distance to keep me company. I never wrote my last work or met my soulmate. For I am doomed to be devoured and rot away until my head finally gets digested by a hundred ticks. 

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  • We need to STOP making idealogy an identity.

    Declarations!

    This piece is written by a person that believes in eco-socialism and was written for Pravda and is a Pravda Product.
    This piece is still as politically objective as possible, but I think it’s important to mention where I stand, politically.


    Hello there dear reader! The other day I was thinking about identity, and things we would consider a part of our identity. While I was thinking I realised that we constantly consider our political ideology, as a part of our identity, a part of who we are as people.

    But the more I thought about it, I realised how bad that is for our society, political discourse and debate. When we say that we are conservatives, socialists or liberals, we say that we are those things. That is our identity, that is who we are.
    And I think that is extremely unhealthy for society as a whole. When we say that we are a part of an ideology or group, it becomes something personal and something that we hold really near and dear.

    I believe that is the biggest reason why, when opposing “political enemies” try to talk to each other, it turns hostile and very toxic very quickly. People start calling each other bigots, commies, SJWs and so on.

    You can especially see the effects of this in internet political discourse, namely Twitter. People often have their political ideology in their bio, and different emojis have come to symbolise different political groups. Like a globe 🌏 means Globalist, a rose 🌹 means social-democrat and so on. These are also typically used to call out different groups of people and as mentioned earlier, a symbol to show others what idealogy you are a part of.

    This can also lead to the much-dreaded creation of “safe spaces”. A safe space is typically defined as a place or a forum, where people can hide from harassment and/or political discourse. These places are usually populated by people that either want to escape politics or feel like they are being attacked by the constant barrage of political non-sense on Twitter.
    But people that oppose these safe spaces claim that these areas are for “snowflakes” that can’t handle being constantly debated against. They also claim that these areas become echo chambers where radical and socialist ideas get affirmed and reaffirmed constantly, leading to an unhealthy feedback loop.

    In my opinion, these safe spaces, that do turn into echo chambers, are very unhealthy and do create bad feedback loops, but they’re no different than an incel forum, a conservative get-together or a fascist rally. A place where like-minded people go and may get their radical ideas affirmed, which further radicalises them.

    But the creation of these areas, these safe spaces, tell us something very interesting about ideology. If these places truly are forums where “lefties” hide from constant political discourse, then that tells us that debate and political discussion, makes a lot of people feel like they’re personally being attacked by people.


    The way we debate politics is absolutely unacceptable

    If you’ve ever seen or been a part of an argument on Twitter or Facebook, then you would know that people get pretty mean in the way they talk to each other. People get angry and call each other all sorts of inappropriate things. People call each other slurs, make fun of personal stuff and so on. When you’ve been a part of a Twitter “debate”, then you can see that no wonder people create safe spaces where they can get a break from this.

    This also brings me to debates. Debates are no longer about, finding out who is correct or coming to an agreement. It’s about who is the most charming and who can win.
    In an ideal world, everyone would make good faith arguments for their belief, and be able to be “a good loser” if they were simply in the wrong.
    But we don’t live in a perfect world, so people want to win to get into positions of power, gain status or make people like them more, and hate their political opponent.


    Conclusion

    I believe the best way to combat this, is to stop considering our beliefs and ideologies as a part of who we are. Stop saying that you’re a socialist or a conservative, but rather say “I believe in socialism” or “I think conservatism is pretty neat”. Stop making it so personal, because when you do, no one can have an effective debate. Instead of attacking an ideology, people start attacking each other. I have not seen a single respectable and calm debate in forever. If we want to live in a better world and fight current issues effectively, then we must respect each other and STOP making our ideologies, a part of our identity.

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  • A guide on the struggles of essay writing and how to fix them

    Hello there dear reader! I’m going to share with you a few common struggles people have with essay writing, me included, and maybe a few ways on how to improve on them!

    How do I find a topic to write about?

    Hey, I get it! Writer’s block absolutely sucks, or maybe you aren’t creative enough to find a topic, so it’s completely understandable. Finding a topic to write about is difficult, never mind an actually interesting one that people would be interested in.
    My essays usually revolve around tv-shows, movies, games, books etc., so I usually turn to those for inspiration. You don’t have to write about the entire piece of media for example, but what I like to do is to take a specific theme and write about that. Like for example writing about income inequality in Casanegra (a Moroccan movie). You can either make a loose connection and just talk about the theme or topic in general, or talk about how it is portrayed in the piece of media.

    Another way of finding something to write about could be something in your everyday life. I remember reading this danish essay called “Jeg, en grovbolle” (translated it means, I, a bun), talking about how in school, what you ate at lunch determined which group you were a part of and how you literally are what you eat.
    Something so simple as lunch can become a topic for a multipage essay. Thinking out of the box and creatively about simple things in our lives, can make for the best and most interesting essays!

    “Reviewer Brain”

    Reviewer brain is a term coined by awesome YouTube channel and video essayists named “Transparency“. Reviewer brain happens when an essayist while writing about a piece of media, goes off-topic to discuss the piece’s shortcomings or starts reviewing the piece of media when it is completely unnecessary. For some reason, you feel obligated to mention the bad things about the piece of media, before others can correct you.
    I myself have been a victim of this tragic illness, and I have found ways on how to combat this, but I would still highly recommend watching the video yourself if you want to learn more!

    Remember to ask yourself if what you’re writing is even relevant to the subject matter and review at large. You don’t have to please other people by mentioning that the book you’re writing about’s pacing is weird at times, or the video game’s graphics are shit. Write for yourself first, you can be personal and ignore a few shortcomings of the piece of media, that’s completely ok!

    Staying on topic

    This point is a bit similar to reviewer brain, but this matters to all essays. Remember to stay on topic and not veer off into weird tangents that inevitably lead nowhere and doesn’t further your point. Interesting and good essays keep the reader engaged in whatever you are discussing and reading into. Staying on topic also helps the essays pace and makes it flow way better, and nothing is better than an essay that doesn’t waste your time and reads extremely well.

    What really helps with staying on topic, and also reviewer brain is to ask yourself if what you’re writing is relevant every once in a while. If you’re unsure, then maybe ask someone to read it through and see if they think it’s unnecessary and should be taken out.

    Also for the love of all that is holy, read through your stuff a few times and edit it, so you can make it flow better and fix any grammatical mistakes! You have no idea how many times a simple read-through has infinitely improved my writing.

    Bonus reading material!

    Heyo! I wrote this poem a while back and as a gift for you that has read through this piece (thank you btw really appreciate it), you too can experience it!

    The Hill

    Laying down on the old familiar hill.
    It’s nighttime but the moonlight shines so brightly.
    The town and its winding roads, so empty, yearning for something or someone to fill the emptiness.
    I look up at the sky, gazing at planets and dying stars.
    So beautiful, yet spine-chilling. So far away and unreachable.
    Suddenly a boy walks up to me and lays down beside me. He gazes at the dying stars, making innocent and sweet remarks. “Oh my gosh, those stars look like one big space raccoon!”.
    I giggle at his remarks.
    I then reach my hand out to him. 
    He then holds it firmly, never letting go.
    Magically the stars come back to life, reinvigorated with energy and joy.

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  • 2021 was one hell of a year for me

    Hello there dear reader! To keep you occupied while you wait for an on-topic post on Sunday (ill be uploading at 3 pm GMT), I would like to reflect on this year.
    I am not a very open person like I don’t talk about myself and my life but for this blog, I might as well.
    2021 was a year that was filled with wonderful moments, happiness, trauma, self-discovery, stress and a whole lot of hospital time and not studying (im a student).

    If 2020 was the year where I was productive and made a whole lot happen in my life creatively, 2021 would be the year where everything came crashing down. And I’m not talking about the pandemic or anything, I am talking about what happened just in my own life. I have spent around 2-3 months of this year in a hospital bed and spent a total of 8 months out of school when I should’ve been there. I’m not gonna get into why, as that is a big can of worms that would require a 164-page long novel to answer.

    But creatively I feel so bad about what I’ve accomplished this year, as in I accomplished nothing. I haven’t exactly written much or made new videos or made any new exciting games. I’ve just been busy with trying to set my life straight, and that is kinda depressing when I jot it down.
    I’ve started this project, this blog just so I have something creative that I am working on for the duration of 2022, but I’m also scared that I’ll let this project die because of stuff IRL, or because I simply have no motivation.

    But looking back at this year, I don’t think it was all bad, I mean it was pretty fucking horrible, but I discovered a lot of things about myself, that I previously didn’t. I’ve also met so many people that I am so lucky to know and have in my life.

    When reflecting back on something or a year I think it’s really important to talk about both the good and the bad, as it lets us realise that the world isn’t black and white, good or bad and that the world isn’t out to get us. The world isn’t sentient and life isn’t either, and in every situation, there’s bound to be something good, even if it looks absolutely rubbish.

    It’s not healthy to get caught up in an echo chamber of delusion, making yourself believe that everything is bad and life is purposefully trying to get you. Trust me it’s not, and that is coming from a girl that had to walk through hell and back, a girl that has been in and out of the hospital, and basically missed out on an entire year of her life.

    When you reflect back on this year, look at the bad, look at the good and stay confused at how life just doesn’t make any sense. The pure chaos of the world.

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  • Welcome to the adventure!

    Hello dear reader! The road to writing brilliant and amazing essays (and other stuff) is long and arduous, but with enough time and dedication, it is possible to write amazing and thought-provoking pieces.
    I will be honest and say that I haven’t had too much experience with literature, but I want to document my adventure in learning how to write brilliant pieces and help others along the way! You can expect a new post every Sunday, which will either be a short story, an essay, a review or other stuff!

    Wanna read more?

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