Operation Achieve Anything: Day Three-Hundred-Forty-Eight, Dateline 12-14-2018

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It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
— Author Unknown
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Good afternoon crickets. Welcome to day number three-hundred-forty-eight of Operation Achieve Anything. Yesterday I shared my plan to give up dealing politics on social media since I started avoiding the subject at the start of the week and instantly began to see the benefits. Keep in mind, when I say deal with, I’m not just talking about the time when I give in to the urge to respond to someone else’s political comment or make a political post of my own, I’m talking, avoiding the topic altogether. I’ve been muting anyone who posts anything on the regular that gets me worked up to the point where I want to share my two cents while knowing my input won’t change a damn thing.

Instead, I’ve been trying to focus my attention on creative types and offering encouragements or adding to the fun of a conversation instead of trying to point out where other’s thoughts are wrong. At least that’s the goal, and for the most part, I’m sticking to it. That is until last night where an Atheism page that I follow posted an article about how NASA had a plan to show new evidence to prove that the moon landing was real. I responded with how I personally think that this is awesome because if there is extra information I want to see it, not to be convinced either way but because I’m always interested in updates about history because we do learn more things with the passing of time.

I went on to say this is also great because I feel that the rise in revisiting old beliefs is due to a failure in the education system and all of this confusion over conspiracies is the canary in the coal mine that the way we now teach is off. Here I was, on a page where people claim to love science over faith, so I figured my positive twist on the article would get a couple of likes, and the post would disappear with time. Instead, I got four or five comments with nothing but remarks about how people are too dumb to learn. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how none of these idiots who all claimed to be geniuses that have it all figure out and simply say science to end any argument, couldn’t wrap their head around the fact that the education system I’m talking about is meant to educate the kids so that we can think about the future.

They just kept saying the information is out there and it’s not our job to spoon-feed idiots. Their close-minded approach of “just trust the science,” sounded a lot like a faith-based argument to me that led me to become an Atheist in the first place. They also used a lot of arguments that they are wholly against when it’s faith-based like falsely equating moon landing deniers with flat-earthers as if they were one and the same, just like how religious-type claim that Atheist believe in Satan which isn’t the case because by definition we don’t believe in the guy. Sure there may be more crossover in the fake moon land/flat-earther crowd, but they’re still using a false equivalence to create an argument that isn’t even being made in the first place.

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I don’t know, as I keep saying, I like to entertain every angle to, one, build my own beliefs based on the evidence that I’ve seen and, two, to attempt to understand why people who believe in nonsense may think the way that they do. I’m sure by sharing the fact that I enjoying watching these type of documentaries a lot of people think that means that deep down I believe, which is ridiculous considering the fact that I also used to watch a lot of pro-religious documentaries to solidify my Atheist thoughts. I just think it’s important actually study the things you disagree with to find your own blind spots when it comes to knowledge by testing the facts that while in school I just took for granted.

I also love the conspiracy/paranormal genre, because they are fantastic storytellers and have on the spot answers to everything that still might not make sense or be accurate, but they’re never at a loss of words to continue the narrative. Maybe if legitimate educators used this approach instead of, “that’s just the way it is,” when presenting information in monotonous tones people wouldn’t seek out the more entertaining but false information. I’d watch the genre either way because, outside of this blog, I’m an amateur fiction writer and love to explore made-up worlds, and whether I’m successful or not, I want to attempt to use some of these storytelling techniques as I adapt my screenplays into novels.

It seems more than anything, people don’t seem to understand this ability to be fascinated by something I don’t believe. Nowadays, all you need to do is check off one box from a list, and you are automatically shoved onto a team, whether or not you actually fit in a uniform. That’s why, as of today, I’m not just done with politics, but I’m done with any team-based interactions in general. As far as social media goes, I may even back off to the point where I just share my links to this blog where people have to opt-in to read my beliefs, and the rest of the digital world can go and fuck themselves.

As soon as I get this page profitable to support myself, I’m going to drop off the planet as far as social media goes, but for now, I still need it to promote my work. This actually leads into the assignment from yesterday where I was supposed to try to figure out how to push myself even more than I already do. I think that the more and more I give up on caring what the rest of the world thinks of my point of view, the more and more I feel free to say what I want the way that I wish to, at least through TheWickerBreaker.com.

Hopefully, next year, when I’m done working through this self-help book and get back to focusing on my creative side, now that I feel like a stronger writer, I’ll get out of the mindset of self-exploration to make it less nerve-racking to promote my work. I’d much rather push engaging content like the My Saturday Night Life challenge, than have to sell my perspective on the world, like how Operation Achieve Anything is turning out. That said, I have really gotten a lot out of this challenge since it has helped me work through many internal conflicts that still slightly holding back, but as of right now, I feel closer than ever to finding my non-screenwriting writer’s voice.

So, now that I’ve shared this new plan, let me introduce the assignment from today where I’m now supposed to explore the quote of the day about how it’s more impressive to have your qualities discovered by others minus the aid of your own input. This is the entire reason why I’ve never been into the idea of marketing and always dreamed of being discovered, but I’ll dig into that tomorrow when I fulfill the task in my next update. With that, it’s now time to wrap this one up as usual by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

The Wicker Breaker

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P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.