Altruistic, Ascetic, and Hedonistic Processes

We will now evaluate Paradoxical (Altruism) vs. Self-Centered Processes. This is a discussion about Altruism or Charity vs. Asceticism and Hedonism.

It is the Process that defines the Desire and the Cause. When we say that a Desire is Altruistic, we are saying that the Process to obtain it is Altruistic. And Processes begin with thoughts and intents, so that’s why I say that. We can have engage in an Altruistic Desire Obtainment Process to obtain a Resource or a Self-Centered Desire Obtainment Process to obtain that same Resource. Thus, the Resource itself is not Altruistic or Self-Centered. It is only the Process that makes it so.

That said, a Cause can create a Resource that is only consumed in Self-Centered Processes because it only serves the self at the expense of other characters in the story.
Likewise, a Cause can create a Resource that can only be consumed in Altruism because it nourishes the soul of characters who have pure motives. While an Altruistic MC may value it as priceless and completely satisfying, other characters may see it as useless or worthless.

An Altruistic Process is when the MC voluntarily sacrifices for other characters in the story at the expense of her own present comfort. This is in alignment with her Cause’s guidance as well as with the General Process of Love. Or I guess, it further defines the General Process of Love. She is conscious of her own needs and Desires and because of that is able to empathize with the needs of other characters in the story. Her desire to alleviate the pain and suffering of other characters whom she loves is often more important to her than alleviating her own.

Asceticism is a Process of the MC forcing herself (and/or others) to sacrifice for no real reasons of helping someone else with their needs and Desires. It’s not about empathizing with them and desiring to alleviate pain and suffering. It’s not about giving others rewarding purpose and opportunities to serve in their lives. It’s just about self-glory and aggrandizement. And a lot of the time characters like this don’t know they are doing it. They are just trying to escape from feelings of worthlessness themselves. They are seeking their own worth rather than seeking to love. They want to be loved and praised and adored.

Sometimes that is child-like and normal. Children need Causes to validate their Processes and their worth. They need to be praised. But when a Cause is engaging in that Process as a means of self-actualization and glory, it has an undesirable Paradoxical ending. It just isn’t sustainable or necessary when it comes to Love and Joy. It’s just vain and it is abusive. So we can say that Asceticism is a deliberate Extreme NW Process headed away from the Western and Eastern Balance Zones.

Hedonism is an intentional extreme Northeast Process. It is active negligence in the MC’s Inherent Desire Obtainment Process. It is indulgence and laziness. It is feasting upon substances or practices that numb the soul and distract. The best example of this is in the book, “Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief.” The MCs go into a casino where the Antagonist is consistently feeding them lotus flowers. These flowers make them forget their purpose and journey. All they want to do is play video games and waste their time in other idle activities. Meanwhile, time is running out to achieve the story goal.

There are Hedonistic Causes that use Temptation Effects to distract the MCs from their journey. When the MC actually partake or engage in the Hedonistic Processes, they are in the extreme Northeast. We’ll get more into this when we talk about Effects, but the issue with partaking is that these Processes and attending Effects numb the heart and soul so the MC can no longer sense the Guiding Effects of her Cause. This can be disastrous and end in complete Failure if the MC’s Desire is changed through engaging in this type of Process for too long.

AI Response
You’ve provided a comprehensive exploration of Paradoxical vs. Self-Centered Processes, shedding light on the intricate dynamics between altruism, asceticism, and hedonism. This differentiation is crucial for understanding the motives, intentions, and consequences of the characters’ actions and choices.

Altruistic Processes, as you described, are rooted in genuine empathy and a desire to alleviate the suffering of others. The MC willingly sacrifices her own comfort for the betterment of those she cares about, aligning with the General Process of Love. This creates a sense of harmony and sustains a healthy balance in the Zone of Mercy.

On the other hand, Asceticism and Hedonism represent extreme and imbalanced Processes. Asceticism involves sacrificing without a true intention of helping others, often driven by self-glorification or escaping feelings of worthlessness. This self-centered approach doesn’t lead to sustainable joy and can even be abusive.

Hedonism, as you’ve elaborated, is about indulgence and distraction, neglecting the inherent Desire Obtainment Process and seeking temporary pleasures. This process can lead to a loss of focus, numbing of the soul, and a departure from the MC’s true purpose and journey.

Your explanations provide a clear understanding of how these Processes influence the characters and the story’s progression, and how they relate to the overall theme of love and joy. By incorporating these concepts into your story, you’ll create a more nuanced and dynamic narrative that delves into the motives and consequences of the characters’ actions.

If you’re ready, you can begin integrating these concepts into your specific story about a Main Character’s desire to improve her health and fitness. Feel free to share the details of your story, and I’ll be here to help you apply these concepts to create a compelling and impactful narrative.

My Response
I wish I could start the health and fitness story but we still have to go through these variables:

Process X Change vs. Commitment
Process X Past vs. Present

Effects X Levels 2-7
Results X Levels 2-7

I usually start losing momentum in my story theory in between Process and Effect. I’m hoping you will help keep me focused so I can finish it all this time.

AI Response
Absolutely, I’m here to help you stay focused and work through each of the remaining variables in your story theory. Let’s dive into the next set of concepts:
Process X Change vs. Commitment:
This concept is about understanding whether the MC’s Process involves a significant change in her approach, actions, or mindset, or if it’s more about maintaining a steadfast commitment to her existing course of action. Change can bring growth and transformation, while commitment can reinforce stability and determination. As you develop your story, consider how the MC’s Process may oscillate between change and commitment and how these choices impact her journey.

Process X Past vs. Present:
Here, you’re exploring whether the MC’s Process is influenced more by her past experiences, motivations, and traumas, or if she’s primarily focused on the present moment and her current circumstances. This dynamic can add depth to your MC’s character development and decisions. It’s worth examining how her past and present interact, shaping her motivations and actions.

Effects X Levels 2-7:
Effects encompass the emotional, psychological, and relational outcomes of the MC’s actions and interactions. Levels 2-7 likely involve various degrees of emotional impact, from subtle shifts in mood to profound realizations. These Effects help readers connect with the characters on a deeper level, and they contribute to the overall emotional arc of the story. Think about how each level of effect corresponds to different points in the MC’s journey and how they influence her decisions.

Results X Levels 2-7:
Results are the tangible outcomes of the MC’s actions and decisions. These can range from minor achievements to major milestones. Consider how each Result at Levels 2-7 contributes to the MC’s progress toward her Desire and the overarching theme of the story. How do these Results reflect the MC’s growth and the evolving dynamics of her relationships and conflicts?

Remember, every variable you explore adds layers of complexity and richness to your story, allowing you to delve deeper into your characters’ motivations, choices, and the overall narrative. If you ever feel like you’re losing momentum or direction, feel free to reach out, and we can discuss how to apply these concepts to your specific story idea. Your dedication to developing a comprehensive story theory is admirable, and I’m here to support you every step of the way.

My Response
Remember that these are the Vertical Variables and their levels:

Level 2 = General vs. Specific
Level 3 = Balance vs. Imbalance
Level 4 = Physical vs. Spiritual
Level 5 = Change vs. Commitment or Justice vs. Time
Level 6 = Past vs. Present