Thursday, July 4, 2013

Heroes and villains are overrated

Young people often dream of becoming a hero, one who is capable of doing huge differences all by himself. Of course none of them actually becomes one. However it's not because they didn't try hard enough or failed. It's because the heroes themselves are overrated. Nothing shows this better than the recent S2N Citizens sovereignty drop. A hero/villain (depending on which side you are) completely exterminated the renter system of the Nulli coalition.

Yet, Nulli and allies already reclaimed most of the systems. I'd guess in a week or two no one could tell that anything happened at all. Some difference he made!

The reason for the failure of him becoming hero/villain is not his personal shortcomings. What he did was one of the largest moves in EVE history. But he tried to move something stable. If Superman would lift a huge rock, the rock would return to its original place as soon as Superman gets bored of holding it. The stable equilibrium is that the rock stands on the ground and it needs perpetual effort to keep that changed. Nulli owned those systems based on its force. The same way they gained them they could regain it. Actually they could do it much faster as everyone else were aware of their force and choose not to mess with them.

When a Goon spy did the same to Band of Brothers, they collapsed. However they weren't stable earlier either. They were on the sure path of defeat and the sov drop was just the final nail in the coffin.

So it comes down to this: becoming a hero/villain is purely the result of luck. Thousands of people could do the same things before and after him without becoming famous. The hero was at the right place and the right time to give a final push to something that was about to fall anyway. He merely takes credit of the efforts of the thousands before him.

Don't try to become heroes, don't dream to make a "big thing", simply work on your goal and if the goal is reachable, it will be reached. You won't be remembered, but you will remember accomplishing your goal. Those who set out with the plan "become hero or a bum" has about 99.99% chance to end up being a bum.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"When a Goon spy did the same to Band of Brothers, they collapsed. However they weren't stable earlier either. They were on the sure path of defeat and the sov drop was just the final nail in the coffin."

I'm speechless, where did you get this piece of miss information?

a) there was no spy, a BoB director switche sides, by that hes a traitor, not a spy. A spy would have been placed there on purpose.

b) BoB was disbanded, sov was dropped in february. The BoB corps instantly went to KenZoKu, a pet-alliance of one of the BoB corps, which had already sovereignity structures in place in those regions (back then sov was coupled to sovereignity). When the whole of the NC (who where at their prime) plus goons, plus a lot of others came due to the weakness, BoB did still fight until July, before they decided to take off in their own directions to regain strengh lost during a 5 month grinder.
It took the attacking allies another few weeks to clear out the last BoB structures.

c) before all of this happend BoB was one of the strongest alliances this game has seen, they had given up on the max campaign (which had come to stalemate,) and where fighting with mostly goons in the south - killing more than 3 times as much as they lost. "Sure path of defeat" looks different.

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