How To Avoid Everybody

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Would You Still Be Moral If You Had No Fear Of Being Caught

Or Punished For Doing Injustices?

Revenge is strange. It is something I have been feeling as of late. Intellectually I know better than to act out on these thoughts. However I have been stopping myself from even having them through carefully monitoring my thoughts.

Plato tells the tale of the Ring of Gyges in Book 2 of the Republic. Would the ability to slip into a ring and become invisible send you on a dangerous journey or would you seek to do good with this ability? I know when I was younger it would definitely have been the first choice.

Maybe you share this fascination with wanting to disappear.

Think about all the cultural references to it and you’ll see that we are not alone. The Ring of Gyges is a start. Next H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man. Houdini. Then “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” More contemporary the Invisibility Cloak in Harry Potter.

What else did I miss?

I think part of the issue comes down to the battle between avoidance vs. confrontation. In this corner we have avoidance. It is good for ignoring issues, neglect, and introverts. In the red corner we have confrontation who can be assertive but often times is aggressive, rude, and loud-mouthed.

And as much as I have come to be able to assertively confront people, sometimes I still just want to avoid everybody.

Therefore, I have compiled this brief guide on how to do just that.

Nine Easy Ways To Avoid Everybody

1 Hide

If you are at the office it would be wise to hide under your desk. Also if you are out and about the area, perhaps duck into a closet. In a pinch quickly hid around a corner. I think you get the idea here. Just get out of sight…

2 Ignore

This one you gotta be committed to it. And you might come off a little crazy, but don’t break character. Just flat out ignore what is going on around you. Avoid everybody by pretending they don’t exist. Or that you don’t exist. The effects are similar… Don’t answer questions. Don’t respond to stimuli. Don’t breathe… they can sense your fear.

3 Redirect/Misdirect

This is really a plan B for the rest of us who can’t pull of the total ignore. Avoid by redirecting people to others for whatever they asked you for. Say they need your signature, tell them that Jane can sign it. Even if she can’t. That’s the misdirect part. Then you will need to hide or…

4 Walk Away Quickly

Try the “Hey look over there!” technique. Then walk away quickly. Run if you have to! Or sometimes the situation calls for a dramatic slowly backing away. Use the appropriate method, but just get the heck outta Dodge.

5 Take Fire Escape Stairs

A key component to avoidance is avoiding well trafficked areas. Everybody going down? Not you. You know where all the Fire Escapes are, not for emergencies, but for avoiding that awkward moment in the elevator. Plus you look like a healthier person too in your coworkers eyes (when they see you at least…)

6 Lock Your Office Door

This is a good trick. A roommate and I used to lock our apartment and turn off all the lights to avoid unwanted guests. At work this way only people with a key to your office will bother you. Which is probably a coworker you share the office with or perhaps the janitor. In the janitors case, he’s cool man, all janitors are cool.

7 Take A “Sick” Day

Bueller…? Bueller…?

8 Go Through The Motions

This is like the ignore or redirect/misdirect, but it is for the mentally weak. You do everything normal, but mentally you are dead inside. NOT RECOMMENDED. Not a good place to be, but not as bad as…

9 Don’t Get Out Of Bed

If you do this to avoid everybody then probably things have gone terribly wrong for way too long. Know this that there are ways to get back out there and avoid people properly, you just may need to do some soul searching to find which ones work best for you. If you really have depression, please talk to somebody. It is real and can get better.

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With the internet we don’t have to be invisible to get revenge.

But should we?

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P.S. Why would anyone let another person affect their thoughts and behaviors? Are we not independent and self-reliant?

As much as we may be filled with thoughts like these, anyone who is honest will admit that they have been shaped and influenced by several people throughout their life.

Speaking of influential people, what do James Altucher, Dale Carnegie, and Theodore Roosevelt all have in common?

When reading Conspire To Inspire, you will find out why I chose to feature these three prominent people along with six others. You will get a quick and to the point glimpse at inspirational people, a story about when I discovered them, and why you should care. Don’t believe me? Find out for yourself by joining me to Conspire to Inspire.

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