It’s a brisk, snow-covered Sunday afternoon in my neck of the woods. Homework is getting done at an unusually monumental level and the cups of tea are filling up just as soon as they’re emptying. I keep wandering over to my sliding class door doing a minimal job at keeping the cold out and keeping the heat in but it’s not too bothersome. Why? Because it’s a fine balancing act that this door is doing. It’s trying to keep the icy air outside of my living quarters while the rest of the apartment is trying to conjure enough heat to keep me warm. It’s this balance that got me thinking about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. You know the one. This one.
Now what happens when you have all of the things? You make a another hierarchy of needs of course. What does that call for? I have no idea but I can assure you that it’s not a pyramid. It’s more like an evolving four-square court that is always changing the rules to add more squares and new conditions. So, it’s exactly not like a four-square court at all. I don’t even know why I mentioned it. However, we’ll call this the Alexander Method for Sustainable Living through Adventure and Excitement or AMSLAE for short. if I were to fill in the first square in with this terrible analogy with information, the bold text world be Arch-Nemesis.
Now let’s be clear, there is a fine line between an Arch-Nemesis and a rival/anti-hero. While a rival can be a pest, they’re not their to make you quit at life or become “an hero” as it were in 2006. The Arch-Nemesis is there to place a stop to all of your plans, to destroy you from the inside out, and to cause you to possibly become dead in the process. One can become dead very quickly with an Arch-Nemesis. I have seen it done. It’s no joke. That’s why you should have a serious talk when deciding to take on an Arch-Nemesis in your life.
Here are some things to remember when decided whether or not to have an Arch-Nemesis.
1. An Arch-Nemesis is there to test every fiber in your being if not destroy you. THIS IS NOT A LIGHT DECISION. You’ll constantly have to be aware of your surroundings, be willing to stand up to every issued challenge, and able to handle a henchmen or two if your Arch-Nemesis is unable to meet in person.
2. Your loved ones will also be in danger as well. At a moments notice, you may be called to action to save them if your Arch-Nemesis is vindictive. This may include puzzle solving, riddle guessing, disguise work, surveillance, and on the occasional off day, off-humor chit chat that will be sure to pull fans to your cause. Do not let this go to your head as they may be the next victims.
3. Arch-Nemesis’ require a lot of attention. As soon as you take your eyes off of them or vice-versa, something may get blown up as a collateral damage due to your negligence. Don’t be a victim of capital damage for not answering correspondence, ignoring phone messages, or, Odin forbid, forgetting to let your Arch-Nemesis out to pee. I don’t choose your Nemesis’ flaws. Different strokes for different folks.
All in all, having an Arch-Nemesis can increase the excitement and adventure in your life. Just take the case of the BBC Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty for an example. Does an Arch-Nemesis get any better?
This prime example is exactly what you can expect if you choose to adopt a villainous foe into your everyday lifestyle. Be aware, take notes, and be prepared for anything. Thanks for letting me rant about the Alexander Method for Sustainable Living through Adventure and Excitement. It’s a new way of living and it may not be for everyone but when you life’s needs are met, Maslow style, it’s important to not let life get stale. Keep on growing and be smart of who you make enemies with.