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A Guide to Make Revolutionary Choices!

Denial is poison and elixir at the same time.

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If you could throw a switch and randomly kill half the population on earth, would you do it?
The first time I experimented with pain is when I went to the gym. Me and my friend, we commenced our journey to the gym somewhere around my junior year. He already had a good physique, so he was the one to be my spot and trainer at the same time. He told me that the most excruciating part of workout are the legs. I did not believe him until I executed it myself.
Believe me, at least for a week, I felt the pain in my legs. In fact, the second day of my leg-workout I could barely climb the stairs. It was painful but at the same time it was not. I loved that pain. Ironically, I wanted more pain. Never have I ever felt such pleasure in my life. It was like when you work hard on something and you can literally feel the outcome.

We do things that give us pleasure and we avoid things that inflict pain.

Notice there, I did not mention good or bad things or things we should or should not do. The statement simply is a fact of how humans do what they do and why they do it.

Playing games is pleasure so we can do that all day long, without stopping. I am sure if we did not have a necessity as necessary as eating something because our body needs fuel to run, we would be wasting our lives playing games and watching Netflix.

It is the need for food that you see people running to jobs in the morning or taking shit from their bosses. It is because we need the next paycheck to survive, to take care of our family. It is painful. Nobody likes to listen to problems, let alone deal with them. It is not easy but we still do it. Pain is not our juicy nectar that we are attracted to. We Avoid Pain whenever we have a choice. For example, going to the gym.

Do you think people do not know that they need to go to the gym t to stay healthy? They do know that. Of course, they do. The reason they do not follow-up on that thought and actually got to a gym is because they know it is painful. Such an errand will take more than physical strength to be accomplished. It takes mental toughness. It takes grit. It takes guts.

The Catch

All things that give us pain are not bad for us, all things that are pleasurable are not good for our sinking Titanic.

Thus, sometimes, to avoid pain we don’t do what should be done and we do what is forbidden.

When you fall off of a bicycle, you get a wound. It hurts. What do you think? Is it good or bad for us? Mentally? Physically? Emotionally?

It all depends on the motive.

If you are a soldier and you suffer wounds and cuts, it is not bad. It is bad in terms of getting an infection but do you think the soldier cares? For him, these cuts are medals. More he gets them, better he feels. Isn’t that strange? I just said we avoid pain then how come certain people welcome pain?

If you look at people going to the gym, those who are passionate about it, they are deliberately looking out for pain. If they don’t suffer, there is no progress. Not just the physical, even people who are cursed with knowledge, take pride in speaking about themselves when they lay out all the sacrifices they have made to get here — sleepless nights, mental stress, fatigue, malnutrition, no social life, and so on.

Pain is not just physical.

Going through a tough time in life such as losing someone close or going through a breakup. It all takes its toll on you.

The catch is that suffering is inevitable. You can never escape its reality. It will haunt you and follow you as your shadow, the only difference being it will follow you in the dark too.

Thus, sometimes, to avoid pain we don’t do what should be done and we do what is forbidden.

Another beautifully malignant example that we are guilty of doing is the act of Denial.


Denial is poison and elixir at the same time. Let me show you how.

Can you give any solutions to the problem of overpopulation?

I bet you cannot. For two reasons:

First, you have never given it a thought because you have been living in a denial until now.

Second, you know the solution but you don’t have the courage to say or do something about it.

What is denial?

The human mind has a primitive ego defense mechanism that negates all realities that produce too much stress for the brain to handle. It’s called Denial. — Inferno, Dan Brown

The human mind pushes away the realities that are too much to handle. When you wake up in the morning, do you think about how you will go to the office or do you think how will I cure the disease of overpopulation (not asking those who are currently researching this)?

You think about the office and such small and finite issues that your brain can process with less stress. Definitely finding a solution for overpopulation is too much stress but you can do it. It is not impossible. You choose not to because you will have yo go through that pain and efforts of saving humanity from extinction.

The second reason is you know the solution. Why do you not speak about it then? Because it is inhumane.

Black Death

Do you know what happened in Europe in the 14th century? I will let Wikipedia quote that:

The Black Death, also known as the Great Plague, the Black Plague, or the Plague, was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351.
The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe’s total population. In total, the plague may have reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century. It took 200 years for the world population to recover to its previous level.
Spread of the Black Death in Europe and the Near East (1346–1353)

The pandemic killed more than 1/3rd of the European population. Millions of people died. It is one of the worst tragedies in the history of mankind. But, this isn’t my point. My point is about what happened after the plague.

After the Plague

“From the perspective of many of the survivors, however, the impact of the plague may have been ultimately favorable, as the massive reduction of the workforce meant their labor was suddenly in higher demand. R.H. Hilton has argued that those English peasants who survived found their situation to be much improved. For many Europeans, the 15th century was a golden age of prosperity and new opportunities. The land was plentiful, wages high, and serfdom had all but disappeared.” — Wikipedia

According to many researchers, it was due to the plague that Europe saw a new age of Renaissance. There were other factors too but the Black Death was the last nail in the coffin. Due to the death of millions of Europeans, a million others saw a growing and prosperous nation. Someone’s death laid someone’s throne of money and abundant resources.

Before the plague, Europe was suffering in overpopulation. There were more mouths to feed and less food. Low wages and more labor. After the plague, there was more food, more wages, less labor. It was a wonderful time in the history of Europe — Renaissance.

What happened a century later?

A century later, as population growth resumed, the lower classes again faced deprivation and famine.

Marvel’s Infinity War

Follow-up on the Black Death, there is MCU’s big-flix, Avengers: Infinity War.

Disclaimer: Spoiler Alert.

For those of you who have watched the movie, you know what I am talking about. For others, keep reading.

Thanos, a villain in the movie (not to me), is out to get his Six Infinity stones, so that he can wipe out half of the population on Earth. If he gets all the stones in his gauntlet, he could do that with the snap of his fingers (literally). The catch here is the half that will be killed, will be on a random basis, equal to all, rich and poor.

Six Infinity Stones

Here is the spoiler. He gets all the stones and in the end he snaps his fingers to kill half the population. He succeeds. After he was done, he was left all alone. There is a scene immediately after this, where Thanos is asked by his little daughter:

“What did it cost?”

He answers this: “Everything.”

Let’s not discuss the morality of his actions now. This story was depicted here to make you understand two points: One, that making difficult choices is not easy. Second, sometimes for the better good of a billions, you have to sacrifice millions. The greater the purpose, more is the pain. It isn’t the pain that matters. It is the good that comes out of it.

The hardest choices require the strongest wills. — Thanos

Let me ask you a question now. A very important question. Think carefully and answer.

If you could throw a switch and randomly kill half the population on earth, would you do it?

Let me guess your answer. It is a ‘No’. Or perhaps ‘Of course, not’

But what if you were told that if you didn’t throw that switch right now, the human race would be extinct in the next hundred years?
Would you throw it then? Even if it meant you might murder friends, family, and possibly even yourself?
Would you kill half the population today in order to save our species from extinction?

And if you incapable to answer then congratulations, you are in Denial.

Making difficult choices is not easy.

They are painful. They are against your obvious path of simplicity and comfort but haven’t we seen throughout the history that those who have made agonizing decisions made it big in life?

Haven’t those, who walked opposite to the normal herd, lived an extraordinary life?

Some make this choice out of necessity. Others have been making these choices from a long time. It is a part of their daily life. Not because they are psychopaths or insane people. They are the inventors and the creators.

Tesla, Microsoft, Apple, and such organizations are standing on ground today because some people decided not to cover their faces with blankets and sleep an extra 10 minutes in the morning.

Your life means more than a sleep and wake-up routine.

We all have a purpose. Small or big, but we all play a part.

Make your life worth inspiring. Live in a way that others are inspired not to sleep and follow their dreams.

If not for all of us, do it for that one person who is watching and following your content daily.

Live abnormal.

Act crazy.

Love extra.

Be you.

Thanks for reading! :)

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