trying to make the unreal real

Request: seems to be a common way we deceive ourselves

stand one's ground

"To refuse to yield, compromise, or be belittled" --

doing something for the sake of calibration

Modifying behavior as informed by consciousness calibration.

preferential treatment

Request: treatment of one individual or group of individuals in a matter that is likely to lead to greater benefits, access, rights, opportunities or status than those of another individual or group of individuals

resigned to the fact

to accept a bad situation that cannot be changed --

honest to a fault

contextually inappropriate truth-telling that renders harm to oneself or others

day drinking

"On average, the time from first to last drink on day-drinking days was three times greater than on evening- or nighttime-drinking days"

asking to "like, comment, subscribe" on YouTube, etc.

Request: content creators ask the audience to like and subscribe to the channel for the YouTube algorithm... Perhaps due to the ~190 YouTube algorithm, they're playing the game at that level?

beat the system

"To circumvent rules, regulations, or conventions, usually by finding loopholes" --

hot take

a "piece of deliberately provocative commentary that is based almost entirely on shallow moralizing" in response to a news story, "usually written on tight deadlines with little research or reporting, and even less thought" --wikipedia

snobbism / snobbery

posture of looking down on those perceived to have inferior or unrefined tastes


"the conscious process of pushing unwanted, anxiety-provoking thoughts, memories, emotions, fantasies and desires out of awareness" --

lost in thought

thinking about something and not paying attention to one's surroundings --

splitting hairs

"To make or focus on trivial or petty details, differences, or distinctions." --


"a usually smug satisfaction with oneself or one's position or achievements" --