I had a wonderful experience earlier today. I took my baby paladin through Shadowfang Keep on a PUG (Pick Up Group). I had been through it a couple of times as dps. I’ve even done the heroic mode on my main. But – the one time I tanked it, I was a horrible failure.
This time though was different. The group was so good, that they made me look like a pro! I told them I was new, and it was nothing but positive feedback and no complaining!
If I hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t believe it either.
The sad part is that we’re surprised by a PUG going well because so often they go so horribly wrong. We expect people to be turds. We expect people to be selfish. We expect the worse.
I think PUGs suck because of the nature of evil.
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I believe that the nature of evil is very natural. I think that the seeds of it are found within every person. I think it begins with selfishness. It gets into our self-centeredness, sense of self-preservation, to some extent of self-worship. If I think it is all about me, about my pleasure, about what I want, then I end up using you. Selfishness, combined with humanities natural tendency towards excess (feast or famine instinct) leads to all sorts of abuses. And I’m afraid that some people even make the excuse that since something is “natural,” then perhaps it is allowable. They end up legitimizing all sorts of abuses. They make us into nothing but animals; and to some extent they are right.
However, I also believe that there is something that separates us from other animals.
There is something that separates us from the little male doggy that senses the little female doggy in heat. That little male doggy will go crazy trying to get to the female doggy.
We are different.
We can choose to say “no” to our “baser instincts.” We can choose to say “no” to that which is “natural,” but also destructive. We can say “yes” to things that aren’t natural, but actually better.
I can say “yes” to my wife, to proper fidelity. I can say “yes” to my children, to spend the time with them that the desperately need. I can say “yes” to that stranger, who has fallen upon hard times. I can say “yes” to self-sacrifice, for it leads to a better world.
I can choose to respond to craptastic PUG experiences with respect, humility, and kindness. I don’t know what is going on with the person on the other side of the pixilation. But, I have control of the person on this side.
I choose that which is not natural, but very well may be better.
What about you?