Just yesterday we were asked by someone (won’t bother naming whom, we’ll assume they simply know who they are and we’ll all leave it to that. Nopony needs be ridiculed or anything of such nature) “what am I some client of yours?”
Shortly thereafter our answer, which was “everyone is a client of PhilosoShy.” was continued with one of our standard overly formal responses. “Yourself, Rhyme Scheme, my friends here at home. Even some members of the PhilosoShy crew are considered clients to me, the writer, or another member of the crew.” We’d all like it to be known that this is, beyond what we could collectively consider any sort of shadow of a doubt, still true to this day and we all consider it to be so henceforth without necessary urge for direct compensation; largely only friendship and perhaps sometimes an ear lent out for a few moments. (Those who know any of us know how venting can sometimes be quite necessary for anyone) Of course donations are, as always, appreciated; though with the state of the world at this time we all agree it would be a little selfish to ask money of others when it could so honestly be more valuable elsewhere, (whatever our current stressful financial and housing situations situations.)
“Do you talk to all of your friends like this? I just don’t feel as much of a friend as a client.”
What would you like us to say? It seems entrapping. One way or the other, the answer is “Yes.”
However, all the same We have faced these sort of questions before from many sources. We’d like to preemptively nip this one in the bud; before it starts getting asked too many times.
To understand where the formality comes from one must know better the writer and their decisions in earlier portions of their life. It’s been written down around in different posts and, suffice it to say, it’s been decided amongst the PhilosoShy Crew that we’re just not yet involved enough with this project to trust some of those things with the readers. While PhilosoShy has come a long way, there is still much apprehension and it could even be said a small degree of apathy within the project that we all face. Times are difficult and that makes it almost equally difficult to get time, motivation or inspiration for quality philosophy updates. We don’t want to disappoint our followers. The formality is not necessarily due to a fear of loss at the point of difference from our readers but rather a honing mechanism to make what words we can publish really count for what they are. When one works in the field of philosophy they must often take a less emotional path to reach true emotional understanding. Sometimes the deprivation of a trigger entirely allows one to understand it. After conquering it we know how it is to be defeated if it shall return.
At the same time there is simply a very powerful desire in all of us to do “Right.” The writer of the PhilosoShy Crew as well as lead representative of the PhilosoShy Project proper, it should be noted, genuinely and powerfully believes that what is Right to retain as proper a social etiquette as the American English language allows. (The only language they know fluently) The writer has gathered, in their attempt to become properly cultured and diversify their social interactions, (for the purpose of improving themselves) is actually considered to be a very rude, crude and blunt language without as many social functions for proper manners as a goodly half of the other languages of the world. With this understanding, still delighting in the act of bettering cultured opinions, they retain proper manners, as a business partner to a client, with everyone they speak to when possible. There are very few exceptions to this rule; such as blood family or extremely close personal friends (Such as individuals who have personally known them for a duration of over five years and has with them personal background stories that could simply not have been helped in the first place) With particular mitigating circumstances this courtesy even applies to some special individuals whom the universe, for whatever reason, will simply not allow to part ways from the Writer of the PhilosoShy Crew. (Though such is EXCEEDINGLY rare)
It is to be made of Special Note (Us and all of our “Notes”) that the writer of the PhilosoShy crew takes it personally upon themselves to, in point of fact, improve their manners more and more, if possible in proportion to the level of their relationship with various clients. Client, in this case, is used in the very best possible way, when using the word. PhilosoShy, as a collective, was designed to be a servant to those who would partake of her advise. She is placed where she needs to be, she goes where she must. She says what needs to be said and takes the flack for it because someone has to and nopony is stepping up for it any time soon.
PhilosoShy exists to jump in front of the bullet shot at the stranger in the dark alley.
It isn’t some cheesy admittance to self righteousness. It is what the Dharma put us where we are for that reason, in a sense. We accept that wherever the pieces land, they landed there so that they could get done what they do and falter where they will. Thus is the way of things. We in the PhilosoShy accept the circumstances of the Universe. There will be no arguments for exceptions to the unalterable from us. We understand that we are flawed, but we were put here all the same to learn. We appreciate if we can make a living off of our reports in the school of infinite living; to be sustained on learning and spreading of attained experience through existence. If not there is, supposedly, that epitomological “Day Job” we hear so much about; that we should get one, that it’s easy, that we just have to walk in a get it, etc. Alternatively, since that hasn’t been working for us all despite repeated attempts over five years, constantly, we work on other projects; anything legitimate to get the next dollar, anything to keep living short of breaking the law. We will remain thankful for what we do have.
And there is largely nothing we can do to stop it. The lead representative of PhilosoShy is quite the PhilosoShy and if we got a new writer or tried to change that it simply wouldn’t be PhilosoShy. What’s the point? The mod is the character is the story is the mod. It’s a funny little twist of fate; but it makes more sense within the crew than any amount of this must to you. We wouldn’t have it different for the world. Stay Bought And Finish The Job falls into an interesting application in this sense but is oddly fitting in that there has been loyalty bought with service of friendship within the PhilosoShy Project; something that could, theoretically, be paid for, but it is easier and even more meaningful to simply do it the good old fashion way and become great friends and allies, making wonderful contacts along the way. It’s a price that’s been paid for by all of us and we wouldn’t change it for the world.
The Writer personally speaks up to call on a personal quote, “I would rather take the world with my writing than be given the world to stop writing.”
There was a discussion a while back about whether that was moral or not within the group but it eventually came down to this; The point of PhilosoShy is to inspire change for the betterment of the collective of existence through leading by example and bringing to light less thought upon ideals, sometimes those considered “utopian in nature.” These sort of ideals are stressed because we would like to emphasize that it’s never too late to make proper, ethical decisions; fight for the Right of the situation instead of giving into a flawed system just because there is nothing better around yet in existence. If the collective works together in truth there will be no force that would try to stop them. The collective would be entirely working in unison. There would be no need for war; we’d all be getting along already, working together based on respect for mutual existence, as it should be. If the world paid us anything we could ever want if we just kept our mouth shut we would laugh. Perfect unison with everyone and everything is all we could ever want; the peace and prosperity of the collective of all living things, without need to subject the majority to suffering due to lack of mutual understanding and respect for mutual existence. By definition someone trying to give us the resources of the world to stop this sort of thing is NOT the sort of person PhilosoShy would stand to represent. It does not represent the better society we are working to help create.
In the end, some things that simply must be accepted about PhilosoShy if she is to be taken with any amount of seriousness, are that; the please and thank you will most often be present in all conversational aspects. One will be treated formally and cordially, if not as an honored guest and client, when in conversation with her. One will be extended the generosity and kindness of family in the sanctity of her domain when unable to be provided with the lavish entertainment of nobility due to distance or economic constraints. The “Sorry”s come often, even when she has nothing to do with the dilemma.
There are many interpretations one could make on this particular set of traits (or whatever you’d like to call them) and we encourage interpretations to be made by those who have them, whether negative or positive. Opinions are the greatest option for intelligent evolution we have. Let’s embrace differences and be cordial all the while when possible.
Have A Blessed Day