(Written September 3rd, 2012)
“Every day you sit behind your desk and you learn a little more how to accept the world the way it is. Well here’s the rub: heroes don’t do that. Heroes don’t accept the world the way it is. They fight it.”
Much as that show had started to drag on by the time Lindsey said that to Angel, this was one of those hidden gems. I’m not on the side of the ‘heroes’ of this world or anything, but I know ’em when I see them, and I can see when they’ve started to accept things for the way they are, a little at a time. For the would-be Jedi, Lightsiders, and heroes of the world, I will say this much… “I/We/They am/are only human” is just an excuse. “I’m just being realistic” is, more often than not, just an excuse. You undermine yourselves by using either.
So to is the excuse that the cup is an illusion. I get that it’s a lot easier to cope with cups you don’t like when you’ve convinced yourself they’re not even real, making even the acceptance and its resultant deterioration acceptable or, in any case, tolerarble, but I sincerely doubt that will lead you to become a Jedi in any meaningful way if over-indulgence in things like this just keeps going. A bit of advice that may (or may not) be helpful: The light side is rife with contradictions to… tread carefully, don’t kid yourselves with bullshit tactics like this. If you ever want to be what you aspire to be, you’ve got to do better than this.