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  1. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    What? We're not derailing the topic, my hmmmms just go on a little longer than other peoples hmmmmms. =p
  2. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    At the moment, the concept of discussion. Now don't go giving me the whole "stop picking on us!" line, we are having a good debate! This is how people collaborate to become smarter, wiser, more knowledgeable and more open-minded. You have to be open about hearing the perspectives and thoughts of others! Maybe there are some parts of what I said you agree with, maybe there are some you don't, you have the freedom to pick and choose which parts make sense to you and what to accept, but either way you can't tell me this hasn't been an insightful conversation, right? 😮 It is difficult to say how well humanity would unite in the face of extra-terrestrial threats. Sure, your favorite Sci-Fi movies make it seem pretty simple and glorious, but in these Hollywood-based films the world tends to universally and unconditionally follow the leadership of the United States (If a movie even depicts anyone other than Americans at all), which from the perspective of an American probably does seem like the perfect concept. =P Obviously in the real world it's a bit more complicated. That said there is no reason to believe humanity couldn't act in a united and collaborative way, there are certainly plenty of examples in which the United Nations does just that. And movies aside, I'm sure that's more what you had in mind anyway. Unfortunately we can't form an adversity with something that isn't there. Possibility alone isn't enough to unite people, it has to become something real first. That's not likely to ever be aliens, and as for global catastrophes well.. you can see how well that's uniting us already with global warming. The asteroid impact is the only realistic form of outer-planetary threat we have a chance of being faced with, but this probably won't actually unite people. Most developed nations can and have already put together their own plans for dealing with the threat of an oncoming asteroid, and can act upon their solutions independent of other countries. At most it would be a collaborative project of the UN, and as long as we catch an incoming asteroid early enough we're more than capable of dealing with it. (Unless it's really really big, that would be bad) Once the asteroid is dealt with, it's back to business as usual on Earth. I like to think I'm preserving the art of conversation just fine right here! 😄 I don't think social media is causing people to lose the art of conversation, people who are strong conversationalists still have their avenues to converse in. What social media is doing is providing an overwhelming outlet for the many people who are not strong conversationalists. These people were always there, we just didn't have to read what they said everywhere we went before. Does language affect our thinking? As in does someone's native language influence the way they think? Probably not. But the culture they grew up in, in which that language is derived from, most certainly would.
  3. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    I disagree with your disagreement! People will set aside smaller conflicts in the face of greater adversity, that much is true. But in the absence of a greater threat, smaller conflicts develop a lot more frequently. When the groups or organizations or countries you affiliate yourself with are not in jeopardy, when the interests of the whole are not at stake, then the interests of yourself and those you are more strongly connected to become more relevant and more worth sinking limited time and resources into pursuing. We've never attained true peace, but we've certainly transitioned between times of greater conflict and times of greater peace and can see the patterns that emerge the further we go in either direction. Well it probably isn't what you said, because I wasn't actually responding to what you said. I was responding to what Purplez said. Your scenario is similar but it has some differences. All right, though. Let's look at what you said. Actually our limits would be profound. The free market is a zone of fierce competition, businesses are in a constant struggle to outdo and surpass each other. And without question this leads to some of the greatest forms of greed and corruption that plague our species. It is not only inevitable but necessary, any company that does not make profit and success its top priority will lose to any company that does, and as such ethics and morality often take a secondary role. But while businesses are pretty cut-throat to each other, and seemingly pretty greedy with their constant vying for money and profits, overall this actually works in favor of the consumer. The people and the world as a whole benefits greatly from a system in which businesses and corporations compete, because it is only in the process of constantly outdoing each other that advances are created and built upon. Let's take a look at cars, for example. A marvel of technological ingenuity, it was nevertheless pretty limited in its ability when first created. Fortunately for us, it was created in a world with a competing market. Where one company manufactured and sold these new inventions, another looked at what they were doing and said "I bet we could make it faster, and then people would buy ours instead". And they did, and people did. And then another company made another improvement so people would buy from them instead. Cars were developed to be faster, travel further, be more fuel efficient, more aerodynamic, better handling, more comfortable seating, better carrying capacity, and on and on and on. Each one a direct result of businesses improving on a design for the sole purpose of outdoing the other and turning a greater profit, eventually going from that first old-timey car from before, to this: This is the result of economic competition, the conflict of the open market. Now I know what you are thinking; "But Terra, my whole point is that we would be so much better if people just did these things anyway to make humanity better, instead of competing." Except, my dear Compfreak, we can't. Conflict paves the way for production and progress in a way simple good intention never can. Advancement only comes when preceded by need, and profit is among the most fundamental of all needs. Still skeptical? Well let's look at two examples of humanity, one of conflict and economic competition, and one centered on values and greater good. Look at the history of the Eastern world compare to the history of the Western. On the one hand you have in the East, civilizations of people forming kingdoms and empires. In the west, communities of first nations with their balanced cultures and unity with nature. The very culture and tradition of the first nations people revolved around working for the greater good. Tribes did not hunt and gather for money and profit, they did it to feed their people, promote their way of life, and live in comfort. But while they worked for their greater good, the East was rife with conflict. Kingdoms warred, Empires subjugated, kings and warlords alike cut bloody conquests again and again. Although the first nations people had their moments of skirmishes between tribes, for the vast majority of their history they lived relatively peaceful lives, and their problems were limited to the natural causes of food and resources. But in the East, people developed swords and shields and plate armors to better subjugate. Then they developed stone and brick castles and fortresses to better prevent subjugation. Then they developed catapults and trebuchets to better subjugate again. The free market took root, businesses competed for profits, and technology developed. Bows became crossbows, crossbows became muskets. There are other factors that influenced eastern culture and development as well, but there is no doubt that conflict and economic competition played insurmountable roles. And by the time Eastern humanity crossed the ocean and came to the lands of Western humanity, the cultures of peace and unity stood no chance against the superior technological development and methods of the culture forged in conflict. So, what would the human race look like if everyone worked solely for the greater good of all? Something more or less along the lines of this: Exactly like many secluded tribes still in existence in places like South America today, who have kept to their ways of working for the greater good of the whole, like they always have for thousands of years. Because once again, it is only through adversity that humanity can achieve its greatest potential.
  4. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    Which is exactly what I'll say about you in this topic. =P I'm starting to think you are really just a purple care bear now. Don't get me wrong though, it's certainly better to see an overwhelming waterfall of compassion and positivity gushing out of someone rather than the much-more-common ignorant and short-sighted vitriol that every internet troll likes to spout. The world could use a bit more positivity in it. But would a world ruled by compassion and positivity really be better, do you think? Is flooding the world with kindness and selflessness really what is best for humanity? Consider this: an act of heroism can only exist in moments of strife. The greatest heroes we cherish in human history, Joan of Arc, William Wallace, George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr, Alexander the Great, all of them are the iconic heroes of their times because they were faced with situations of great conflict and suffering. In similar fashion, every great story and adventure is great precisely because of the challenges, conflicts, or moral contrasts within them. We measure our greatest feats and ideals by the horrors in which they are a contrast to. As people, we grow to detest conflict and depression. We see the hardships and suffering it creates, and it makes us wish that such things would disappear so that no one need ever have to experience such pain. But the truth is that humanity's greatest potential comes out only in times of greatest hardships. There is no greater source of perseverance than that of resolve, no stronger motivator than that of great need, no country more united than the one which is threatened. In the face of a common threat people tend to rally together, focusing on a common objective, and historically many of our greatest achievements and advancements come during times of conflict. I've seen it myself, and I've also seen what happens when you take away the common enemies and problems from a populace. Unity becomes division, progress becomes stagnation, interest becomes indifference. The truth is we need conflict. It is as much a part of what makes us who we are as our bonds. There is no good without evil, humanity can only reach its full potential with the existence of unity and adversity both. True conflict can destroy the human race. But make no mistake, true peace could destroy us just as easily. Don't be too quick to reach for it.
  5. Terra

    Things that make you go hmmmmm

    Free will is real within the bounds of how we experience life, if we are to consider free will to be an illusion then we must redefine what we interpret to be reality. (Which if you are going to include the possibility of parallel universes branching out from every possibility, like a lot of theories of the quantum world suggest, then we might have to) But assuming we are not including that, then in the world we perceive we are free to make our choices based on our information and feelings, and will similarly be held accountable for those choices based on the free will of others. Succeeded. It's a trick question because it tries to impose a "right answer/wrong answer" concept on a subject of personal principle. The choices that define our direction and objectives aren't measured as being correct or incorrect, it's just a question of which direction we want to go and what objectives we want to pursue. The choices we make in pursuit of those objectives can be regarded as correct or incorrect, based on whether they contributed to that desired objective. In regards to this statement, the moment the person in question changed their objective from fulfilling a task to failing the task, they were pursuing a different objective from the one aligned with fulfilling the task. It isn't correct or incorrect, just a different choice. And in the pursuit of that new objective, they succeeded. If it was the objective of someone else to get this person to succeed at the task, then they consequently failed.
  6. Terra

    Tutorial on Trading

    How about a snapshot of my amazing lightning magic in action? Who could resist then?
  7. Terra

    Tutorial on Trading

    Youtube video on trading in Black Desert Trading chart
  8. Terra

    Whale Spawn Locations

    Map with Whale Spawn locations
  9. Terra

    Map for Gathering Wood

    Map image for Gathering Wood and Guild Missions
  10. Terra

    Nodes and Workers Guide

    Written guide on Nodes and workers http://www.blackdesertfoundry.com/workers/ Youtube video on setting up Nodes
  11. Terra

    Horse-Breeding Guide

    Written Guide on Horse Breeding http://dulfy.net/2016/03/03/black-desert-online-horse-taming-and-breeding-guide/ Youtube video on Horse Breeding
  12. Guide for improving gear. https://www.blackdesertfoundry.com/upgrading-gearfailstacking-guide/
  13. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    Seems you got it figured out.
  14. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    I've created Black Desert as a Squad on the website for us. The website unfortunately doesn't allow Corporals to be Squad Leaders, so I have *temporarily* assigned lead to myself and XO to Aerineth. Once you reach Staff Sergeant rank or higher, Mono, I will switch leadership to you and I'll place myself as the XO. I've also created a chat channel for us in Discord so that we can talk easier and leave messages for each other, rather than having to continue to use this topic on the forum here. Our Discord is: discord.overdosed.net You'll find the Black Desert channel down in the active squads section.
  15. Terra

    Expansion of OD into a new game

    That's the plan. Character name: ArilynSkye Family name: TerraOD We'll start putting things together tomorrow (later today, being that its past midnight) Altros says he's fine with us using his boat to hunt some early sea monsters and get some good starting money for our guild. I have to re-learn basically everything, so I'm going to be pretty rusty, but I'm sure we'll figure it out.