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This is just another nerdy hobby group. There's generally very little difference between people who spend all day debating whose sub-sub-subfaction of leftism is better or whose coronavirus theory is right and people who argue about Marvel movies or video games.
Generally, people in dissident circles are under the delusion that this whole thing is about having the perfect beliefs in your head. That if you can just have exactly the right opinions about what's going on, you "win" in some way. And that's just not what this is about.
This thing is about changing the world, and changing you. That's it. If you're not actually, concretely doing one of those two things in any given moment while engaging in dissident circles, you're just participating in another nerdy hobby group, with about as much consequence.
It's not enough to have the right ideas in your head. That's a foundation for doing real things, but it's only a foundation. This adventure should change you. Radically transform you. In real ways that you can watch happen day by day. Otherwise it's just more glorified escapism.
Ultimately what we are doing here, if we're really doing something real, is bringing consciousness to our species and to ourselves. Shining the light of truth on our dark dysfunctional areas both inside and outside. Scoring 'likes' by dragging some neolib doesn't accomplish this.
Politics should change you. Revolutionary thought should transform you. Dismantling establishment narratives about the world should dismantle your own narratives about yourself. And those changes in you should shape the world, in large and small ways. Anything else is escapism.
It's so easy to become hardened and rigid and sink into set patterns, especially on this site which rewards egoically pleasing behavior with the egoic currency of accolades and attention. But we started off on this adventure to actually change things, and bring truth to untruth.
Try asking "What is this changing?" If you can see the potential for movement in yourself or in the world, then it's a worthy expenditure of energy. If it's just spinning the same old wheels in the same old ways, then it's probably not, and your energy should be moved elsewhere.
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