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Existence: Reflecting on Identity and Society in the Modern World

Hello Doomcat Family,

I hope everyone is doing well. As you all know, I post many blogs on the Doomcat family’s website about a wide range of topics. They range from real-life scenarios to general music and art, covering nearly any topic related to the human condition.

Throughout the day, nearly every day, I ask myself, "What the hell am I doing, and who the fuck am I?" These are the two questions that rattle my brain whenever there is a dull moment or a silence that lingers a little too long. I have no idea why I have these thoughts. Time and time again, I ask myself, "Why do I care what other people think about me?" But I think I know the reason.

Overall, what sets me apart from you, the reader? We are made up of the same elements, bleed the same blood, yet my actions and the way society portrays who I am and what I have accomplished as a human is distorted in my eyes. I don’t have a firm grasp on how I view this reality. I don’t know what to make of it. No one on this planet seems to know what is going on. We wake up every day trying to make money for someone else. Not only that, we have to use all the money we make to survive on things that are killing us, such as pesticides in food and rocket fuel in our water, and we say we care, but nothing ever really gets done.

The only thing that I know is going to get done is destruction and devastation. Everyone wants the world to be theirs. They are the main character, and we are all just NPCs playing along. If this is the case, then who is the real main character?

There are too many people on this planet for us to be constantly fighting with each other. The worst part about the fighting is that all of the conflict derives from either money or beliefs that groups of people share as a collective—money and power, basically.

One of the most persistent questions that haunts me is, 'Why do I care what other people think about me?' This concern with external validation seems to be hardwired into our psyche, a relic of our deeply social nature. Historically, our survival often depended on our integration within a community, which necessitated a certain level of approval and acceptance from others. In modern times, this evolutionary trait manifests as a continuous search for validation through our social interactions and accomplishments. We are driven to compare, to measure up, and to meet sometimes unspoken standards of success and normalcy, which are often amplified by social media and cultural expectations. This perpetual quest for approval can lead to significant anxiety and self-doubt, particularly when we feel we don't measure up to the ideals we perceive in others.

In conclusion, our shared human experience is marked by similarities in our physical make-up and the everyday challenges we face, yet our perceptions and societal roles create profound differences. These reflections raise fundamental questions about identity and purpose, often leaving us wondering about our individual significance in a vast world. While it's easy to feel overwhelmed by these existential concerns, they also remind us of our shared struggles and the importance of striving for understanding and compassion in our interactions. Ultimately, recognizing that we are all protagonists in our own lives can inspire us to act more thoughtfully and work towards a more cooperative and less divisive society.

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