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Episode Info: Hi, I’d like to present an idea: “Consider your origin story.”   We all love a good ‘rise from the ashes’ tale. Our superheroes who overcome a great tormented past, the homeless man turned real-estate tycoon, an underdog athlete overcoming great odds; the list is without end. But what of those raised in comfort? Without a strong driven sense of clarity, those instilled with comfort are fighting against something far less determinable. Worse yet, they are too often inclined to underestimate it, and perpetually fail.   If you find yourself spread-thin, wavering between periods of intense energy and exhausted apathy, if you find that despite your efforts, you’re not objectively better at the end of the day, if you find your sense of aspiration dulled and eroded—it may be that you’ve been fighting the wrong fight, engaged all this time in combat with an enemy unknown. The Comfort Warrior finds his/herself so; frustrated, desperate, unable to move forward in any way that’s congruent. They are not themselves, their deepest passions engulfed by supernormal stimuli, unavailing but for cheap indulgence and vicarious pining. They do not lack a strong sense of drive, they’ve been consumed by it. Yet from within their hopeless condition, they recklessly and defiantly enlist. They become informed, they pursue clarity, ungratified by staged euphoria. They discover themselves from within a brutal chaotic struggle, confronting fear and stress, molding it, and their ambition erupts. The only obstacle in the way of this enemy earning your respect, is understanding it. left unnoticed, subtly effective, it seems to pose no great threat, yet once realized, it obstinately reveals itself as an apparent, grand endeavor. Once you understand the challenge posed by supernormal stimulus, you recognize it for what it is; momentous. Once you understand the tyranny of your subconscious, formed under this influence, that your neurological underpinnings are pervasively inclined toward thought-suppression over cognitive reappraisal, that following your intuitive tendencies in an attempt to make things better leads to making them worse. There’s no other way to slice it, it’s nothing short of insidious. And to be doubtful of that is indicative of a Warrior’s mindset, an often-warranted and skeptic dismissal of cowering behind the maternal dressRead more »

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