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Scorched earth policy


IMG_2786For some it is not enough to beat someone at a simple board game, or an intense rivalry between athletic enemies, or take a bite out of someone’s ego or sense of self by showing them up intellectually or by getting a better score on a test. Some people must win, if they’re going to win, by a considerable margin or they don’t feel they’ve won At all. This behavior is unfortunate in that it hurts those this kind of person competes against, it hurts that person themselves, and there is usually collateral damage to spectators, or, more tragically, to the environment. Because these people adopt a ‘win at any cost’ attitude everything around them tends to become inconsequential during the heat of the time it takes to win or lose whatever game is at hand. These people play with a single-minded and narrow focused concentration while they are playing, but they are not engaged in competition all the time. Those who are vengeful players or feel they have been wronged in some way and must seek and have revenge that are the most dangerous, since they will use any strategy or employ any tactics to gain and keep the upper hand, up to and including complete destruction. We all have the potential to become out of control and dangerous in the extreme; it is important to stop and study our reactions when we become annoyed or angry – could we let anger become so focused that we’d give everything to get our way?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

2 thoughts on “Scorched earth policy

  1. Great post, and great thoughts on how aggression blinding us.

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