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About Tesh

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    "Knowledge weighs nothing. Carry all that you can."
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    But here is a riddle to guess if you can, sing the bells of Notre Dame: What makes a monster and what makes a man?
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    Lover, what have you become? Coal cars and oil drums, warehouse walls and factory floors. I don't know you anymore. And in the meantime up above, the harvest dies and people starve. Oceans rise and overflow. It ain't right and it ain't natural.
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    Farewell my fallen idol and false friend. We had such hopes and now those hopes are shattered.
  • ICQ
    I cannot believe what I am hearing! A great discovery is near. Lesser men may wait behind, paralyzed of heart and mind, but I am not afraid to dare! We'll change the course of history, please see beyond your petty fears. I was once a dreamer, now I'm man's redeemer! We're on the verge of new frontiers! She's going to be perfect! God is here on earth! I am the modern Prometheus, bear witness to her birth!
  • Yahoo
    Look around you! I have found you cannot tell, by lookin' at the surface, what is lurkin' there beneath it! See that face! Now, I'm prepared to bet you, what you see's not what you get - 'Cause man's a master of deceit ! So, what is the sinister secret? The lie he will tell you is true? - It's that each man you meet in the street isn't one man but two!
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    Death doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints, it takes and it takes and it takes. History obliterates, in every picture it paints, it paints me and all my mistakes.
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    On the north-east tip of North America, on an island called Newfoundland, there's an airport. It used to be one of the biggest airports in the world, and next to it is a town called Gander. Welcome to the Rock if you come from away. You probably understand about a half of what we say. They say no man's an island, but an island makes a man, 'specially when one comes from one like Newfoundland. Welcome to the Rock!

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    Female
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    I genuinely don't know where I am.
  • Interests
    Reading, number one. I also love writing, musicals (such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Hadestown, and Hamilton), birds (I have a budgie named Kaladin), and have I mentioned reading? I also like history, skiing, dragons, want to learn how to use a longsword, and am currently learning how to use a French smallsword. Have I said reading yet?
  1. Well it's 9:57 in the evening and I want to go to bed.

    But it's also May 16th.

    Again.

    Somehow.

    And, somewhat unfortunately, this takes precedent over sleeping a reasonable amount.

    First and foremost.

    AHHHHHHHH WHAT THE ACTUAL FREAKING HECK HOW HAVE I BEEN ON HERE FOR FIVE YEARS????

    I've been on here for five years.

    I uh... technically joined when I was 12, but we don't talk about that. Or any of my early posts. 

    A whole hecking lot has changed over those five years, and a lot of it in no small part thanks to this site and the amazing people I've come into contact with. You all got me through a really rough patch (AKA middle school) and then about two years ago I got onto Discord and just got to know some people even better.

    You all are amazing.

    Time to start the list. 

    @The Awakened Salad SALAD. Thank you for being the other half of STAELSAHD, for putting up with me despite all of my many erm... moments of being a crummy friend, and for forgiving me. Every time I look at the moon I think of you and your 42 elbow-ed arms reaching down to pat me on the head. You're one of my best friends and I don't know what I'd do without you. And I know that I most certainly wouldn't be where I am without you at this point. And thanks, of course, for watching Barbie movies with me in the ungodly hours of the morning. Honestly, those are some of my fondest memories. Dragons!!!

    @AonEne Eeeeeeeeeeeeene. I can't even put into words how awesome you are. Like dude. You ROCK. You're one of my closest friends, and the FAB squad just wouldn't be the same without you. I mean, then we'd just be the AB squad, and that'd be weird... But you're just so kind and amazing and funny and I love you so much. Hanging out with you in person is always a joy, and VCs are always an adventure. Thank you so much for coming to the anthology release, and putting up with my weird ramblings about stuff. You're amazing. Avi!!! Also I've been on the Shard longer than you so HAH. :P

    @Knight of Iron Koi. I gave you your nickname and I'll be forever proud of that fact. You're such an amazing, kind, considerate, and thoughtful friend. I love talking with you so much, and just... You're amazing. Thanks for the help figuring out Hollow Knight, and for talking about random stuff. You're one of the best people to talk to about Random Stuff. Honestly, you're just a really cool person and I really really value our friendship. 

    @Ed Venture Vennie! I LOVE YOU. I love talking about musicals with you, and often times the more serious aspects of life and stuff. You're honestly just one of the kindest people I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with. I can't wait for the day when we'll be able to watch a musical together. It will happen some day, and it'll be so much fun when it does. 

    @Channelknight Fadran Fadrinooooooo. THANK YOU for going to all those awesome writing things with me. You're so much fun to hang out with at them, and your chaotic energy is infectious. Thanks for yelling at everyone to play Hollow Knight. I suck at it, but it's fun, and I wouldn't be playing it if you didn't talk about it all the time. 

    @DramaQueen Have I ever told you that you're just a really really cool person? You're such an amazing friend and I just love talking with you. You and Fadran are adorable and I can't wait to be your basement gremlin. We'll go see musicals all the time and drag Fadran to all of them so that he will actually have to listen to them. :P Tell Petri I say hi! 

    It's not letting me tag people anymore for some reason so I might just have to do that in comments. 

    @Condensation I love talking to you and hanging out with you and just... you're cool. It was so much fun to hang out with you that night in March. I don't have much that's very specific to say, just I love you and you're such a good friend.

    @Vapor VASPIE. You are the bestest bowl. And, once again, hanging out with you that night in March was one of the best nights ever. It was just a blast. I love you so much. Tell Chowder I say hi. :) 

    @Mist I haven't really talked with you much lately, but you're such a cool person. Meeting was really cool, and I hope we can see each other again before too long. 

    @Doomstick Shortie. Thanks for coming and visiting me this winter! That was such a fun day and I'm really glad I had that opportunity to hang out with you. You're a huge fricking nerd and just an all-around cool person. DFTBA!

    @Hentient ALSO DFTBA. Thank you for being the cameraman at Fadran's birthday party! I really hope I can meet you in person some time soon. (Wait I just realized that you'll be at the same school as one of my IRL friends from where I live.) You're also a super cool person. Tell Toto I say hi! And DFTBA!

    @S4S You're one of my oldest friends from here. You've been there since the beginning. And I'm so sorry you were there at the beginning. :ph34r: You're also a super cool person (is it just me, or am I friends with a lot of really cool people? Maybe I have a knack for finding you all.) and a super talented writer. Talking to you again after two years was amazing. I can't even tell you how cool that was. All I can really say is thank you. 

    @Firerust You've also been around for quite a while! Thank you for carrying on KotC for so long. You're also a very talented writer, and a very good friend. And, like with S4S, talking to you again after those two years was an incredible experience. Thanks for hanging around. :) 

    @King Aragorn of Gondor You're also super cool!!! Talking to you is always so much fun and I always tend to stay up later than I mean to when I do. :ph34r: Thanks for being awesome. Tell Bucky I say hi! He's such a good birb.

    This is by no means everyone. I'm missing a ton. However, if I did miss you, this is for you: YOU'RE SO COOL AND SUCH AN AMAZING HUMAN AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. 

    The Shard has honestly been a huge part of my life, and generally for the better. Thank you all for being here with me for it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

    It's now 10:36.

    AND NOW I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH A QUOTE FROM THE ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED BECAUSE IT'S AMAZING AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT. 

    "I think two of the fundamental facts of being a person are 1. We must go on, and 2. None of us ever walks alone."

    Thank you for walking with me.

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    2. Condensation

      Condensation

      :o:o:o

      Congrats so much, and I'm so excited to keep being able to talk to you!!!

      Also I'm gonna go see Hadestown in August and then we can talk about even more.

      HAPPY SHARDIVERSARY!!!

    3. Firerust

      Firerust

      *tries not to cry*

      It's been some time, hasn't it? Always glad to see you around here or the Discord. I miss those frequent chat times and constant RPing, but the memories still live on in a place of gladness. I'm just glad we're still here and all still friends. Thank you for being my friend.

      Happy freakin' Shardiversary!!! Love ya!!!

    4. Mist

      Mist

      Thanks, Tesh!

      You're cool too! I like seeing you around. Kaladin is fun, and seeing you nerd out about birds is awesome! 

  2. Thanks for following me!

  3. Umm... Yeah. I would highly highly highly recommend you reach out to someone and try to get some help, be it a family member, a teacher, a therapist, or a hotline. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ This is the link to the national suicide prevention hotline. There are people who can help you. There are many different hotlines that you can call or text to receive help, and please do so. You don't have to be alone in this. Also, if anyone would like, please feel free to PM me (or honestly anyone on here) and I'd be more than willing to find some more resources for you, if that is better than asking on a public forum. My psychology teacher is also the head of a suicide prevention group on campus, and I could ask him for more resources as well.
  4. Okay so... (Personal thoughts) I'd say it's when it interferes with your daily functioning. That's kind of the big thing when it comes to mental illness, although there are three other boxes to check off for that. So basically: if it's affecting you living your life, it's a mental health struggle. But if it's something like stress for a large project that's negatively affecting you by causing a regular amount of stress, that's not quite a mental illness. (This is taken directly from my psychology notes). For something to be abnormal behavior (AKA a mental illness/disorder), it needs to meet four requirements. These are life impairment (illness prevents a person from living a normal life), maladaptive behavior (person cannot cope with daily stress in an appropriate manner), psychological dysfunction (thought process and/or emotions are not logical or rational), and socially deviant (person struggles to live within the rules of society). I hope that was worded all right, let me know if I need to clarify on anything.
  5. It's that time of year again!

    Happy mental health awareness month!

  6. Well. It's that time of year again. Somehow. AP testing! :DDD Just kidding. As some of you may know, for the last four years I've posted a thread around May 1st for mental health awareness month. In this thread I discuss some of my reasons for this being important to me, and encourage people to change their profile picture green for the month. So... Yeah. Mental illness is really prevalent in my family, and honestly, in many of the communities I'm a part of, including this one. I know many many people to whom mental illness is a defining factor in their lives. This includes everything from depression to OCD to eating disorders. And it's affected my life in ways that I can't even really explain. For me, personally, I've dealt with some depression, anxiety (mostly social anxiety), and constant derealization. However, I've also learned that I'm aroace and on the autism spectrum (and I'm diagnosed now!!!) and finding these key parts of my identity has been so incredibly helpful for my mental health. I'm doing very well, and have been for a while now. However, so many people are really really struggling. For many people each new day is just a new battle. I know a lot of these people, and I love many of them very dearly. And there are even more who I don't know. You are not alone. I invite anyone who feels comfortable to share their experiences. If you don't feel comfortable doing so, just know that you aren't alone, and that there are people here who are willing to support you. And even if you aren't dealing with any mental illness, remember to take care of yourself and your needs. You are important too. I'd also like to invite anyone who wants to change their pfp to something green, as green is the color for mental health awareness. Each and every one of you is loved and appreciated, even if it doesn't feel like it. Happy mental health awareness month! Side note: although often during this month the focus is on mental illness, feel free to ask me any questions about autism. Autism is not a mental illness, it is a developmental disorder (although I don't particularly like that wording either), as is ADHD. People who have either or both of these are known as being neurodivergent. I've done extensive research on autism, especially on how it presents differently in AFAB than AMAB people, and I'd be more than willing to answer any questions. I know that there are some green versions of the old 17th Shard logo floating around from previous years, and we could probably make some for the new logo as well. I can also change the color of symbols and the things such as that if anyone would like. THIS IS THE LINK TO THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE'S WEBSITE. Please do not hesitate to reach out through a call or text. These people are trained to help people in crisis, and can point you towards more long-term resources. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
  7. *is totally not reading tWoK for the twelfth time in five years*

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    2. Firerust

      Firerust

      You've posted, like, three times as much as me, so that might be what you've got going for ya. 1,919 is not "never posting anything". ;)

      Congrats, Radiant! Hey, it makes sense to be reading that one again, it's the Windrunner book! Can't get more Tesh than being a Windrunner, right? Life before death, Radiant.

    3. Trutharchivist

      Trutharchivist

      There's a slight difference between "didn't post in a while" and "never posting anything". So, I'm with Firerust. And rereading is a good thing! I think. Though people keep trying to urge me to read new books...

      Anyway, yay for weird coincidences! 

    4. Tesh

      Tesh

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      You've posted, like, three times as much as me, so that might be what you've got going for ya. 1,919 is not "never posting anything". ;)

      Most of that has been in the first three years I was on the Shard, I think.

      Ooh I just realized how close I am to 2,000.

      ...

      Wow.

  8. Hahahahaha guess who's having urges to reread the entire Cosmere literally two weeks before AP tests hahahahaha definitely not me.

    SCUDDING STORMS AP TESTS ARE IN TWO WEEKS.

    DANG IT.

    *dies*

    1. Firerust

      Firerust

      Haha, I have finals in two weeks.

      Probably not the best time for me to want to record a bunch of YouTube music videos at one time to schedule for future release hahahahaha(laughter turns to crying)huhuhuhuhuhuhu. :lol::blink::unsure:

      That was weird to write. Come to think of it, why do we not have a written expression for crying like we have for laughing? "Boo hoo" doesn't count, because it doesn't fit in the way "hahaha" fits laughter.

    2. DoomStick

      DoomStick

      we have *cries*

    3. Flying

      Flying

      I have so much stuff to study for the AP Lit test. My teacher assigned all these study guides, and I should probably reread books that I can use for the test.

      But no.

      Instead, I have somehow decided that it's the perfect time to reread Era 2. 

  9. Well

    I missed my Sanderversary. 

    Because I've been very busy.

    I saw a sea turtle today.

    Anyways.

    Five years ago, I bought and began reading my first Sanderson book. It was The Way of Kings, and I cannot tell you how much this changed my life. It's still one of my top three favorite books of all time. (The other two are The Anthropocene Reviewed and The Book Thief, if you were wondering.) 

    But... Yeah! 

    After I finished tWoK, I got halfway through WoR and then joined the Shard, so thanks to that, my Shardeversary is in less than a month. 

    Alright I'm going to bed now. Night!

    1. DramaQueen

      DramaQueen

      Happy Sanderversary!!!! Love ya, Tesh!!

  10. 1. I can now crochet tiny octopi and they're amazing and I love them. @King of the Oreo send me the pattern. I have now made ten of them and I am planning on making far more.

    2. Kaladin's adorable.

    3. I got stabbed last night at fencing really hard and now have a giant bruise but it was a whole hecking lot of fun.

    4. I'm planning on rereading a few classics that I love (and maybe a few new ones or maybe just Frankenstein), then rereading the whole Cosmere because I FEEL LIKE IT.

    5. Y'all. The Frankenstein musical. Is AMAZING. I've listened to it three times today alone.

    6. AP tests in a month. Hahahahahahahahahaha

    *dies*

    1. Tesh

      Tesh

      *sent

    2. Tesh

      Tesh

      I AM THE MODERN PROMETHEUS

      Help me.

      I think I'm going insane.

    3. Tesh

      Tesh

      7. My psych teacher has read I Am Not A Serial Killer and I recommended Sanderson to him.

  11. happy birthday!

    1. Robin Sedai

      Robin Sedai

      Happy birthday Tesh!

    2. Trutharchivist

      Trutharchivist

      Happy birthday... I guess...

      Thing is, when I created my Facebook account (I was less than 13 years old by then) I set my birthday at April fool's as a weird joke. I have no idea if that's the case here. Probably not, I guess, since people can still be born during April 1st. So, to do it properly:

      Happy birthday!

    3. Tesh

      Tesh

      Hehehehe 

      It's not my actual birthday. It was about two months ago.

      But thank you guys!

  12. Guys.

    I got to use an arming sword tonight.

    I mean it was a synthetic one, but STILL.

    I did also get to hold a metal one, which was fun. We didn't swing those ones around much, though, cause they only had one metal one. 

    It was so much fun.

    1. Tani

      Tani

      You lucky duckling

      I be jealous

      I want to play with swords too! :(

  13. Hello hi yes I'm back with another book recommendation.

    If you are in the US, you have got to read Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen. (If you're not in the US, it'll just show you how incredibly racist and biased the US history curriculum is in US high schools is! So It could be fun for you guys as well.) :P

    You have to read it.

    The author takes the twelve most commonly used US history textbooks in high schools and analyzes them for the things that they leave out or lie about. And then he also talks so much about super interesting things and it just adds so much nuance to what's usually taught in schools and it's just so good.

    He also talks a lot about why this is such as issue (racism and whitewashing history are a couple big ones) and why this leads to a lot of people finding history boring.

    Stuff like this is why I personally love history. I have had an awesome teacher who was willing to dive deep into things, go beyond the curriculum, challenge common misconceptions, made us question, think critically, and just AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I love it so much.

    Just, please, take the time to at least look into this book. It's written in a super entertaining way, it's jam-packed with information, and it will honestly make you a better person.

    (Oh also, I love the term "whitewashing history." It's so interesting. Cause there's the "whitewashing" where you cover up the "blemishes" or the "imperfections." The things that make (in this case) the US look bad. Then there's also another meaning. "White"washing history. Focusing on history from the white European perspective. Ignoring or invalidating other points of view. (I've had people recommend to me An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States although I haven't read it myself yet, so that might be worth looking into if you guys are interested in this.))

    So yeah.

    PLEASE READ IT.

    If you find history boring this might change your opinion.

    At the very least it will leave you a better informed citizen.

    Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen.

    (Also my psych teacher (he used to teacher world history as well) said this is one of his all-time favorite books, my AP World History teacher uses this to help teach Columbus, and my AP US History teacher listens to the podcast.)

    (A few other history books that I've read and that I've loved are Flyboys by James Bradley, Becoming Evil by James Waller, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch, and Asperger's Children by Edith Sheffer.)

    (Also I'm only about 70 pages into Lies My Teacher Told Me and this is how much I'm already loving it.)

    PLEASE READ IT.

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    2. JesterLavorre

      JesterLavorre

      I have heard about it before, I think. I’ll definitely add it to my list. As the homeschooled kid of a science teacher, that could be very Inter to me for a variety of reasons.

    3. JesterLavorre

      JesterLavorre

      *Interesting. Dang mobile and not being able to edit my typos.

    4. Silva

      Silva

      I read it (~3 years ago)! Don’t remember much, but it was great!

  14. I was just thinking that it might be a good idea to have a thread where we can just share the things that keep us going. Songs, quotes, books, tumblr posts, anything like that. When you're struggling, this is what you turn to for motivation or a little bit of happy. Or even what brings you joy when you're already in a good place. These are some of mine. This Year, The Mountain Goats No Children, The Mountain Goats (this song is not happy at all, but it's good, and is really fun to yell along with.) Flares, The Script (perfect for when you're feeling lonely) Piano Man, Billy Joel The Boxer, Mumford and Sons (This one is also really sad, but also really good.) Carry On, Fun The Anthropocene Reviewed, by John Green (This is one of my favorite books of all time, and it really makes you appreciate being alive, and being able to experience. I'll probably share quotes from this a lot if this thread becomes a little active.) An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green (A beautiful book that reminds you that despite our flaws, humanity is amazing) Hank Green music (This Isn't Hogwarts and A Song About an Anglerfish are a couple of my favorites. They're just fun and remind you that you're unalone in your nerdiness.) Vlogbrothers videos (especially the sunset ones, or the ones where John goes on a walk from 2020. Vlogbrothers videos just in general are the reason I'm a functioning human being.)
  15. I originally wrote this as a response to @Dannnex's status update, which can be found here, but a friend recommended that I post this as a SU myself so that more people will see it than just those who originally commented on Dannex's SU. This is just to share my point of view, not to attack those of you who have no issues with the kickstarter. Your positions on this are valid, too. 

    And to be clear, I'm still getting the books myself. 

    Okay, so, for me, I'm not thrilled about the kickstarter, and here's why:

    1. This is a very large expense that was thrown on a lot of people with no warning whatsoever, and it's a limited time thing. A lot of people who aren't in a great financial situation are still going to get these books and boxes even though it isn't the best idea in terms of money. With more notice, it would have given the people in this situation more time to set aside some money to lessen the financial blow. For me, in order to get the hardcovers, I'm having to return a couple dnd books I got a few weeks ago so that I can afford them. If I had known about this in advance, though, I wouldn't have bought them in the first place. I'm a high school student, I don't have a job, and this is the last of my birthday money, so this isn't a huge deal for me, but I can't even imagine springing this huge expense onto, say, a college student, or a struggling family, with no warning. And I can't blame these people for, say, taking money out of their food budget to pay for this. Because I love Brandon's books too, and I also don't want to wait an extra year, or even more, to read these books.

    2. Storms this stuff is expensive. Dragonsteel is asking people to pay $600 for these swag boxes that they aren't telling us what is in them. And that's okay to a certain extent. Surprise is fun. However, they're so expensive that they should be giving us some idea of what's in them. All we have is "yeah there might be a shirt or something." Plus, $50 for a book the size of AoL is really storming expensive. I get that they're not printing with a traditional publisher, and that the books are going to have extra stuff in them. But it's still a lot, especially with how successful this kickstarter is. And then $40 for shipping... Once again, it's a lot. I do understand the decision to ship all of them separately though. But if there was an option to just get all of the limited edition books in one shipment at the end of 2023, I would take that option myself and save on the $30.

    3. A lot of people were really genuinely concerned for Brandon. I have a family member who is really close to his family, and if something was really going on there, it would have impacted my life as well, especially the life of my family member who is close to them. A lot of people were worried he was going to drop the Cosmere or something like that, and it's been so so so important in so many people's lives, including my own. And just the emotional stress his presentation of this put on me and so many other people... I know a lot of people were able to just brush it off. But some of us can't.

    4. This kickstarter started two days after the end of The Project For Awesome, an annual charity event run by John and Hank Green. They have done this for fifteen years. For the first half of the livestream that they do (it's 48 hours long) the money goes to Partners in Health and Save the Children. The proceeds raised during the second half are going to a variety of charities and non-profit organizations nominated and voted on by the community. The P4A raised $3 million in 48 hours. Which is so storming incredible and it was almost a spiritual experience when they hit that number. And then the kickstarter. They got to $13 million in about 12 hours. And that just... honestly, it really hurt. And I know this is more of a thing that's specific to me, but that doesn't change the fact that it hurt. And yes, I know Brandon has a charity and stuff, but there is almost no information on it. He doesn't tell us how much he gives to it, keep us updated on what it's doing, or anything like that. Frankly, he doesn't need all this money. And at the very least he could give us more information on the Lightweaver Foundation. Then this wouldn't be as big of a deal for me.

    I'm so excited for the new books, and I can't wait to read them. I'm so glad so many other people are excited too, but I can't be excited about the kickstarter itself.

    Even just trying to say "YAY BRANDON GOT $20 MILLION IN FOUR DAYS!" leaves me with a metaphorical bitter taste in my mouth. 

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    2. Tesh

      Tesh

      I'm not upset about Brandon's success. He's accomplished incredible things. 

      However, I was personally disappointed that some people I really care about worked hard over many days (years, actually! They've been doing this fundraiser annually for 15 years!) to get to $3 million for a lot of causes that will save lives, only for Brandon to come in and out of nowhere people show up in the vast majorities to support something else.

      $3 million doesn't seem like much anymore.

      And whatever you say is not going to change the feeling of profound unfairness that I feel when I look at the difference in those numbers.

      This isn't the "comparison game," as you put it. 

      These are my emotions, and I will recognize them as valid even if you don't.

      The world is not fair, capitalism is not fair, society isn't fair, death isn't fair.

      The P4A raised $3 million to help decrease maternal and child mortality in Siera Leone and to help many other causes and nonprofits, and Brandon raised $24 million to send his writing and merch to people.

      I'm sorry, but I know which cause I think is more important, and the difference between the two hurts, in part because I also care a lot about Brandon's writing. It's changed my life in more ways than I can count.

      I can't change any of this though.

      And I am happy about both, in a strange, sort of distanced way. I am probably also going to add some of my money to the larger pool, even though I'm feeling even more hesitant about it by the minute. But I cannot just ignore the differences and be completely enthusiastic about both of these. 

      However, I do think that pointing out these differences is how change begins to happen.

      These are my thoughts, thank you for yours. Thank you to Koi for helping me explain my reasoning.

      Feel free to respond, Dannex, but I will not respond again after this. Neither will Koi or Ene. 

    3. Trutharchivist

      Trutharchivist

      I just want to say, in relation to point 4:

      Here, in Israel, I occasionally get links to donate money to charity, or to Yeshivos - large religious learning centers. All those things are supposedly important to me, yet I don't donate usually, since I don't have a steady income. Now, here comes Brandon with a kickstarter - and I'm willing to donate to him for four books. I'm not saying this as a proof that this kickstarter is a bad thing. I'm just saying that mine - and the larger population's - reaction to this made me reflect on some of my life choices. Due to that, I decided that whichever amount of money I'll give to the kickstarter, I will donate to the next charity cause I'll hear about.

      Is the P4A still available? If so, I might need to donate to them.

    4. Knight of Iron

      Knight of Iron

      @Trutharchivist

      I do agree, this whole thing does kinda reveal in everyone that people are more willing to spend money on stuff for themselves rather than charity.

      P4A’s publicity thing ended the 27th of February, I think, but the donation button still works.

      http://www.projectforawesome.com/