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Stalking Vol 2: The Bridge of Reason


"There is a category of assistants and companions," Bonnie carried on, "which Stalkers call
the perfect secretary. These people are gracious, efficient, and some of the nicest people you will
ever meet. The fatal flaw in their personal development is that they are virtually useless without
direction." She looked at me inquisitively.
"I’ll wait until you’re done."
She continued. "The opposite of the perfect secretary is the petty, devious, and egocentric
person. Insecurity makes them envious, so they talk almost exclusively about themselves to be
the center of attention. Their fatal flaw is that they will kill for power."
I nodded.
"The dreamer is the middle ground: they are mostly indifferent to outside events, and
instead spend their energy creating the illusion that they have great things waiting for them. They
also talk incessantly about things they don’t do anything about, which makes their fatal flaw
neglect."
"Do you mean that literally, or in terms of personal growth?"
"I mean it literally and metaphorically," she said, tapping the tabletop. "If you can’t operate
without direction, what’s to stop a devious person from using you to death—a person who talks
but won’t intervene?" she said rhetorically.
"Point taken."
"The fourth personality," Bonnie said, "is what some seers call a Warrior. These people ca n
accept events without judgment, then choose to act upon them or not. Either way, their choices
are deliberate, and include following the dictates of impeccability; we will have to expand the
meaning of both these terms." Bonnie gestured the point aside. "Go ahead, ask it."
"You are saying that we are not unique?"
"I am not saying that. Our uniqueness lies in the one-off arrangement of our energy
construction, which constitutes our accumulated knowledge and undigested experience that
allows for the endless variations of perception we find between our experiences and other’s
versions of the same events."
"So I’m unique, and like everyone else at the same time?"
"You are like everyone else who is energetically encased in the modality of your time. This
encasement includes your unique means of interpreting events, which underscores your
assumption of autonomy."
"In English?"
"I’m saying your conclusions—your personality being one of these—are limited to the
cognition of the average person."
"Artists create unique things all of the time."
"They create unique interpretations of their perceptions." She waited for me to process the
distinction.
"Meaning these interpretations are drawn from the same four core conclusions they think of
as who they are?"
"You're getting it." She feigned a strained grin. "But my point goes deeper."
"It would. Shoot."
"If all of our assumptions have been shaped by the same fundamental forces, then so have
our decisions."
"My decisions have been shaped by… okay, I see your point."
"I think not," she grimaced. "I’m saying that all of your so-called independent decisions are
actually acquiesces to pre-existing assumptions drawn from the cognition of the average person."
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