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Unlike most people's avatars, mine isn't an arbitrary illustration I got temporarily infatuated with and will change next week. It's a cryptic summary of who I am - and that's why it changes at major turning points of my story, but *only* at such turning points. Here was the first version (excuse my inconsistent use of tenses in this article):


Each element was carefully pondered:

The Philosophy of Minimalism

But loneliness suited me in other ways. I was not the only Protagonist by the time I decided to make myself a logo, but I felt rejected from every camp. I thought I was closest to ancaps but they still hated me. Due to my very unusual life, I was often the only one who couldn't relate to an experience everyone else assumed was shared, like high school, job interviews, non-remote employment, leaving the house to hang out with friends...


Universally accepted but contradictory metaphysics

What philosophy is

It's because of a couple things. Firstly, anomaly is a factor of beauty. Part of the reason we find the sunset colors beautiful is precisely because they're only there for a tiny sliver of the day. If the sun were yellow all day and things turned more white for a few minutes around midday, we'd find that equally beautiful.

Secondly, there's something very real to the relationship between Protagonism and the sunset. More generally, it's about vast things being beautiful. Associating beauty with vastness leads us toward thinking about vast things in real life; finding a purpose, ambition.

This is part of why I want so badly to teach others, whether leading them to philosophic truth or just teaching programming or whatever. I'm not a hero and might never be. But I can be a mentor. So that's the role I'll try to fill as long as I'm on team good.

When I finally left my parents to go live with a fellow Protagonist marked the first turning point big enough to warrant a logo change. It became this:


The yellow and white mean the same thing as before, although I rearranged the colors because blue is here for a different reason: instead of sin, it represents my recently-acquired role as comforter. In my year on Twitter, I met more suicidal anarchists than I can count, and keeping them alive became a core aspect of what I perceive my role to be. I'm very comfortable with the role, and I started to imagine myself as the party healer in a JRPG. (I would also cast buffs to represent my role as teacher, but I'm a healer too, and maybe first.)

I did not suddenly decide that my logo shouldn't have anything representing my flaws. Rather, I realized that red was the appropriate color because my greatest sin was spilling blood, and also that it was more appropriate as the background because it clearly outweighs all noble actions on my part. I had stopped committing this sin as soon as I left, but because of its sheer magnitude, I didn't deserve to erase the sign of it so easily.

My greatest sin

About a year later, it became this:


After a year of veganism, I felt I had earned the right to remove the red. The magnitude of the sin cannot be overstated, but it is too common to continue to define me.

I promoted yellow to the background now that I felt I had finally matured as a Protagonist.

The grey represents a drastic shift in attitude I had since the previous year: walling off. I no longer engaged with normies: not just statists, but normal ancaps and ancoms too. Such minds had become so alien to me that I felt as if I could never have a meaningful conversation with them. I was no longer interested in gaining followers or friends - I had enough friends and I didn't care about having followers who aren't friends. I wished to interact only with my friends, the Protagonists. I didn't want to hear anything about the millions of stories out there I couldn't do anything about.

Accordingly I was less interested in insurrection. I still believed it's the right strategy against the state... that is, if you view everyone who isn't part of the state as someone you're fighting for. But this is false. Not only are most people bad, but most people would backstab their liberators. If I killed a stormtrooper in front of a normal person, they would help the enemy capture me. I would not throw away my life for people like that. I planned only to gather hand-picked innocents - my friends - and protect them, which I could do without sacrificing my life.

On 2022-05-04, it became this:


The cause of this change was a traumatic event where I, blinded by anger, pushed away my closest friend, and could not get her back. I won't dump the whole story here.

So I brought back black to represent my grief. Blue changed position because it changed meaning. I didn't really identify with the healer role anymore. I had stopped doing much comforting. Rather, blue represents the lesson I learned: to be more lenient. Anger led me to ruin. After this event, I couldn't feel it anymore, at anyone. When friends did things that used to make me angry, I would be lenient with them instead. Anything is better than hurting a friend, even if they deserve it. Blue and black are placed together because of their relationship.

On 2022-11-29, it became this:


My life changed a lot. I tried to share housing with another online friend to cut costs, but that friend turned out to be a bad person and threatened me and my husband into leaving, and on such short notice that we had to leave many of our belonings behind. The month after was filled with long bus rides, a reluctant return to Airbnb, and lots of exploitation at the hands of landlords. It was miserable and costed me a ton of money. But finally, I got a lease, and my husband and I moved into an apartment. For the first time in my life, I have stable housing in my own name. No more dependence on parents or treacherous housemates.

I was lucky to have regained my lost friend. I also regained my ability to feel anger, of which the landlords made me feel plenty. In fact, I brought back red to represent my bloodlust. This has always been part of me (or at least ever since I became political). I see so much injustice and hardly ever see anyone strike back. Don't you hate watching an endless one-sided beating? The world is a giant story of that. Someday, I really want to kill a lot of people. I think that killing or severely hurting at least one of these monsters would greatly benefit my mental health. I think it would make me much more able to cope with watching these endless beatings, to know that I've hurt the enemy back.

Yellow has been relegated to a side role because I've actually kind of lost sight of what Protagonism is. There no longer *seems* to be a fundamental difference between Protagonists and normies. Perhaps this is just a result of me getting farther into normal, adult life, that normies become more relatable to me, and I somewhat lose touch with the childlike spirit of adventure that drove Protagonism in the first place. The new grey background represents this same change: I'm more mellow, closer to being a normie.

I don't like this change in me. I really hope I regain that spirit of adventure someday. Maybe once I've had some time to get used to my new, comfortable life, and get bored of it.

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