Randomly wondering what the very libertarian denizens of the #eldraeverse would think of being accused of that old Earth standby, "rugged individualism".
Something, I think, along the lines of:
"Don't be silly. We prefer soft, squishy individualism, with lots of cushions and fancy coffee. Also puppies. Puppies are good."
@cerebrate A superior libertarian is one who uses his superior moral philosophy to avoid situations requiring the exercise of his superior ruggidity?
@cerebrate I guess I'm thinking of stuff like _Darkness_Within_. Certainly the modal Imperial sitting pretty in the middle of the CEZ surrounded by wonderful sophs and shiny everything should never be faced with a situation like that. But from my read of the Imperial psyche I'd've thought it'd be important to them to be able to honestly believe they _could_ handle it. Is that not what you mean by "ruggedness"?
@soundnfury Thinking in this case of the pejorative uspol definition of the whole phrase; not taking a position against ruggedness.
But the thing I note about _Darkness Within_ is that Isif never has a moment’s doubt about all the other people’s work she and her plan are depending on, or that the rest of the fleet have her back and are coming for her. Not a *moment*.
Everyone has solid trust in that everyone else will do the right, smart thing.
@soundnfury Which are very much not traits of the uspol-stereotype of the “rugged individualist”.
Even if it’s exactly how squishy individualism should work.
@cerebrate Okay. I guess I don't quite speak fluent uspol, which is probably lucky of me on the whole. (And on reflection I may be conflating "rugged" with "resourceful"; I'm not too sure where the line is drawn.)
@soundnfury definitely lucky.
Learning uspol is like staring into the Nietzschean abyss.
Except the abyss is goatse.
It’s goatse all the way down.
a Schelling point for those who seek one